Important Update: Community houses clients and families, 30 April 2021

Posted on Friday, April 30, 2021

Last night the WA Premier, Mark McGowan, announced the next stage in the Perth and Peel regions’ transition out of lockdown. Whilst we are not back completely to pre-lockdown arrangements, it is positive news that we have not seen further cases of community transmission.

This means from tomorrow morning (Saturday 1 May 2021 at 12.01am) we will be able to welcome back visitors to our disability homes under the following conditions as outlined by the Premier.

  • One household (i.e. people who live at the same street address) can visit a resident per day in a disability care home.
  • This means a resident can have one visit a day (by people in the same household).
  • Different households must visit on different days.
  • Masks must be worn at all times by visitors when indoors or outdoors at a Brightwater site.
  • In order to maintain appropriate physical distancing, we ask that visits take place in a resident’s room or if possible in an outdoor area suitable for visitors where you are able to physically distance from other residents.
  • In order to maintain physical distancing in resident’s rooms, we ask that you try to limit visits to two people (from the same household) at a time.

The Premier announced the above conditions will be in place until 12.01am on Saturday 8 May 2021 if there are no further cases of community transmission. We will update you again prior to this time to confirm next steps.

How can I book a visit?

We understand that there will be many family and friends that want to book a visit to see their loved one in our care. From 12.01 Saturday 1 May 2021 to 12.01 Saturday 8 May 2021, only one household will be able to visit a resident each day under the State Government restrictions. Therefore we ask that you speak to other family and friends to arrange how this will work amongst you.

Zipline will remain turned off this week and bookings must be made direct to our sites via telephone. Telephone numbers for each of our sites can be found here.

As mentioned above the visit must take place in the residents room or appropriate area, masks must be worn and only members of the same household can visit at the same time.

What else is in place this week?

As per the State Government’s announcement, masks will remain mandatory for our staff whilst at work at all times.

We are continuing to ensure that good infection control principles are in place across our homes. Our staff and visitors are reminded to practice good hygiene and asked to stay at home if unwell.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support,
Jennifer Lawrence, CEO