A statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) to update residential aged care facilities about minimising the impact of COVID-19.
In November 2020, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) endorsed updated visitation guidelines outlining how residential aged care providers can respond to the COVID-19 threat level in the community and adjust visitation arrangements as needed.
Previously, on 21 April 2020, AHPPC published advice for residential aged care facilities about minimising the impact of COVID-19. AHPPC continues to emphasise the significant health risk of COVID-19 for the elderly and individuals with co-morbidities or low immunity.
AHPPC recommends that all Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs) ensure they are sufficiently prepared to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. Detailed guidance for facilities is available.
AHPPC considers the personal welfare and mental health of residents in RACFs to be of vital importance. Visitors including family and friends provide support for resident wellbeing, and external service providers such as hairdressers and allied health are an important component of person-centred residential care. As Australia moves towards becoming COVID Safe, these factors must be balanced against the significant risks of COVID-19 outbreaks in RACFs.