DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF OFFICIAL ADVICE CHANGES OR IS UPDATED
Kerikeri Retirement Village will remove all visitor access to its Care Facility from 12 noon today in response to new guidance from the Director-General of Health and the New Zealand Aged Care Association. An event scheduled for today to formally open the Village’s new apartment block has been postponed.
KERIKERI RETIREMENT VILLAGE – ISOLATION PLAN
There will be no visitors to the Care Facility, and external activities will be curtailed, as will all activities that bring people into the Village area.
Care Facility lock-down
- Friends and Family access suspended
- Village resident access suspended
- Private healthcare and support service staff access suspended
- Village Support staff access to the Care Facility suspended
Services and programmes suspended
- Day Care programme
- Wellness Activities; eg, Yogalates
Services and Facilities closed
- Social Centre closed
- Chapel Services suspended
- External meetings in Social Centre and HH Murray room suspended
- Hairdresser closed
The Village cannot allow ‘window visiting’. This is in an effort to keep the general flow of people in and out of its premises as low as possible. People congregating around the Village increases the likelihood of cross-contamination, a risk the Village aims to minimise.
At this stage these arrangements must remain in place until midnight on Friday 14 August. Beyond this, we will be guided by health authorities and central government.
INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS
The Isolation Plan affects our Independent Living residents only in so far as they do not have visiting access to the Care Facility, and restricted from using Village services and facilities, as outlined above. In all other respects our Independent Living residents are able to live their lives as if they lived anywhere else in town.
Our Care Facility is deemed an Essential Service. We are asking all staff to continue coming to work if they are healthy. We are investigating ways to help with childcare.
If staff are unwell with flu-like symptoms, we will be asking those staff members to get tested and not to come to work until they receive a negative test.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY
We are acutely aware of the impact, stresses and strains these measures will place on friends and family. We will bear this in mind with every decision we are forced to take. We ask for peoples’ patience and trust as we manage our way through these difficult times again for the benefit of our Village community; our residents and our staff alike.