Regis Brighton – COVID-19 update

Dear Families,
I’m pleased to write to you today with the good news that so far the majority of our resident and staff results from yesterday’s test have returned negative for COVID-19. We are, however, still waiting on a few to receive their results. We expect these back by tomorrow and will provide an update once available.We are working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to advise next steps. The next phase, assuming these resident and staff results return negative for COVID-19, will be ‘enhanced surveillance’. This involves residents being able to come out of their rooms and into communal areas. Staff will cease to wear full Personal Protective Equipment, with the exception of face masks and shields. We will also closely monitor all residents by continuing to screen them every day.

Staff are regularly reminded to be vigilant whilst at work and home and to stay away and seek testing if at all unwell. If all residents and staff remain well for a further period of 14 days, the Public Health Unit will declare the outbreak over. Unfortunately, visitation will still be restricted, unless compassionate reasons apply.

Lifestyle activities are underway and morale in the Home is good. Our clinical team has completed their round of daily assessment of all residents using the screening tool provided by DHHS. The majority are doing well and our team will be in touch if the clinical status of your loved one changes.

I understand that you may feel concerned, anxious or worried, particularly as we wait for the pending results. We are here to support you and your loved ones during this challenging time and will keep you informed every step of the way. Please call Regis Advice (1300 998 100) to be put through to our senior team who are on standby to take your calls and follow up on requests.

Best wishes,

Linda Mellors
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer