McLean Care requests limited visits

McLean Care has advisedsome of their residents have recently been diagnosed as being infected with the Influenza virus in Beresford Coward Hostel.
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McLean Care are asking if family of residents believe they have been have been in contact with people with influenza-like symptoms recently, to please not visit the residential facilities whilst we care for your loved ones, and continue our risk minimisation protocols.

“McLean Care has specific protocols in place, including annual influenza immunisation for both staff and residents, and stringent hygiene practices, but occasionally the virus, which is a particularly determined bug, still manages to reach us.” general manager of residential services Sarah Wade said.

“We certainly don’t want to alarm anyone, and wish to reassure families and the wider community that we are doing everything that we can to contain the spread of the virus, and comfort and care for our residents who are infected, and make them as comfortable as possible until their illness has passed.”

As most people are aware, Influenza is a highly infectious virus that spreads through droplets caused by sneezing or coughing, and symptoms develop rapidly, within 2-3 days. An infected person can be infectious for a few days, and may transmit the virus, one to two days before the onset of their own symptoms.

Influenza is a particular risk of serious illness to people 65 years of age and over, those of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who are 50 years of age and over, residents in long term health care facilities such as residential aged care, and individuals who have complex health conditions.

McLean Care will contact the families of infected residents, and maintain open communication with them as to their health and wellbeing. If any family members of residents have any concerns, they are invited to contact McLean Care for further information and updates.

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