Aged care outbreak

Health. Emmerton Park has temporarily closed its doors to visitors as the aged care facility deals with a number of confirmed cases of influenza.

Christine Hyde, director of care, said staff were also monitoring other residents who had cold like symptoms.

“We have kept in touch with family members and have discouraged any visitors, however if any of the residents become particularly unwell family members can talk to us about coming into the facility to be with them,” she said.
“Residents have been encouraged to remain in their rooms and the Leisure and Lifestyle staff have been visiting them, offering activities or entertainments.
“We have been advised that we should maintain the lockdown until five days have elapsed since the onset of the respiratory symptoms, however this will depend on whether there are any new cases of influenza.”

Family members are welcome to make contact with any concerns, Mrs Hyde said.

“If the opportunity is available, Emmerton Park staff may be able to facilitate Skype or FaceTime between residents and family members.”

Family members will be contacted as soon as the lockdown is lifted, however people with any cold or flu like symptoms are asked not to visit.

Earlier this month, 14 health and aged care facilities across the state had reported clusters of influenza like illness.

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