Blue Haven Illawarra | Update on mask mandate and COVID-19 testing protocols at Blue Haven
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Update on mask mandate and COVID-19 testing protocols at Blue Haven

Starting from the 1st of September 2023, we will no longer require the mandatory use of masks within our Blue Haven Aged Care Facility.

This change applies to all individuals within our Blue Haven community, including our dedicated staff members and valued visitors. We believe that this shift will foster an environment where residents can more openly interact with staff, friends, and family, promoting emotional well-being and enhancing the quality of life for everyone residing in our facilities.

It is important to note that our Blue Haven staff have been wearing masks for 3 and a half years, from 2020. This dedication to safety has been a significant part of our commitment to resident’s well-being.

While the mask mandate will be lifted, we remain committed to prioritising the health and safety of our residents. To this end, we will continue to implement RAT (Rapid Antigen Testing) twice a week throughout the month of September. This testing protocol will be applicable to both visitors and staff.  We will carefully assess the effectiveness of this testing approach and review its necessity by the end of September.

We recognise that these transitions have been especially challenging for our residents living with dementia. We are fully committed to providing them with the utmost care and support as we navigate these changes together.

Please rest assured that the health and safety of our residents remain our top priority. We maintain a robust Outbreak Management Plan in place to swiftly address any potential risks and to protect the well-being of our community. Additionally, our Partnership in Care Program will continue unabated, reaffirming our commitment to transparent communication and collaborative decision-making with residents, families, and representatives.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all residents, relatives, friends and staff for your unwavering support and understanding during these challenging times.



30th Aug 2023



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