An indication that a strong defense does make a difference.
The Not For Profit home in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, led by CEO Ciarán Foley, came under fire in the media – in particular from now-retired 2GB presenter Alan Jones – during the pandemic after implementing a staged lockdown.
But Ciarán says their adherence to infection controls and hygiene practices has paid off with the home notching up 80 days without any colds, flu or coronavirus among residents.
The home began a period of what he labels ‘elevated restricted access’ on 31 March and has since dropped down to restricted access, with scheduled visits by relatives and friends to residents that have been extended where necessary on compassionate grounds.
“During the course of the 80 days, we have received immense support from relatives who completed a survey in May which resulted in 98% choosing to stay away during the Elevated Restricted Access period,” he said. “Some expressed clearly that they did not want to be the person to bring in a cold, flu or Covid-19 to their loved one, to other residents or to our staff.”
The home is now welcoming back its volunteers and Ciarán says they look forward to greater easing of restrictions by the Government soon.
“Of course, we can never be complacent and the Winter threat of influenza/flu is ever present,” he added, thanking his staff and management team for their leadership and commitment.
“Together, we have saved lives and we are saving lives! Always remember what we have achieved over the past 80 days! The photo of ‘Fortress Allambie’ with our staff demonstrates the strong lines of defense and our commitment to protection!”