Hon Mick Murray MLA

Hon Mick Murray MLA

Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

    Restrictions placed on visits to aged care facilities

    19/03/2020 8:00 AM
     
    • National Cabinet agrees to restrictions on visits to aged care facilities
    • Anyone who has been overseas or in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days will not be permitted to visit aged care facilities
    • Aged care residents will only be able to receive one visit per day, with a maximum of two people visiting
    • Children aged 16 years or less must be permitted only by exception
    • Visits should be conducted in a resident's room, a specifically designated area or outdoors - to reduce risk of potential transmission 

    Following agreement by National Cabinet, comprised of the Prime Minister and State leaders, a number of restrictions have now been placed on visits to aged care facilities in Western Australia.

     

    National Cabinet has agreed to the following restrictions on visits to aged care facilities:

    • anyone who has been overseas or in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 14 days will not be permitted to visit aged care facilities;
    • aged care residents will only be able to receive one visit per day, with a maximum of two people visiting;
    • children aged 16 years or less must be permitted only by exception; and
    • visits should be conducted in a resident's room, a specifically designated area or outdoors - to reduce risk of potential transmission. 

    Some aged care providers have also taken additional precautions. For example, Regis are entering a lock down and prohibiting any visitors for the next two weeks in all of their facilities – however, allowances will be made in exceptional circumstances.

     

    It is recommended to call the facility ahead of your visit to ensure there are no additional requirements.

     

    Every Western Australian needs to be conscious of minimising the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to older Australians, one of the groups at most risk of serious infection.

     

    These sensible measures are important mechanisms to protect our most vulnerable. For the latest advice, visit https://www.health.gov.au

     

    Comments attributed to Seniors and Ageing Minister Mick Murray:

     

    "Protecting the elderly is a priority. Restrictions have now been placed on visits to aged care facilities. Western Australians should familiarise themselves with these restrictions.

     

    "These are precautionary, preventative steps, made in the best interests of our community."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6400