In light of the current situation regarding the worldwide pandemic COVID-19, having the ability to keep reliable records of your contractors has never been more important. During this challenging period, it is vital that you find ways to adapt and manage your procedures to meet the changing circumstances and to address the higher risks associated with older people who are cared for in residential settings.
To address the new restrictions announced by the Prime Minister regarding visitors and employees entering aged care homes, you will need to have a failsafe method to document contractors’ compliance with these measures
As of Friday 1st May 2020, no one can enter an aged care home unless they have been vaccinated for influenza. The restriction applies to everyone who enters the home including staff, health practitioners, volunteers, cleaners, maintenance staff, gardeners and visitors. This means that every aged care home must take all reasonable steps to ensure that anyone who has not been vaccinated does not enter or remain on the premises if they do not meet the vaccination and health requirements set out in the relevant state and territory directions.
Do you have the necessary systems in place to ensure that everyone who enters your home has the required vaccinations? Are you able to acquire and document the evidence needed, such as immunisation history statements or health practitioner records to ensure effective administration and demonstrate your compliance with this requirement?
Having an effective but simple-to-use system for your aged care contractor management will ensure compliance and demonstrate that you are fully committed to the care, wellbeing and safety of your residents.