Canberra Aged Care Lyneham chief executive Clayton Hutchinson slams ACT government aid after COVID exposure as homes struggle with Omicron | Canberra time

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A Canberra aged care chief executive says the sector is not getting enough support as ACT aged care homes battle COVID-19 outbreaks. Canberra Aged Care Lyneham chief executive Clayton Hutchinson said he had not received enough help from the ACT government, with three of its staff self-isolating after testing positive for COVID. ACT Health declares an outbreak if a resident, staff member of an aged care facility, tests positive. Mr Hutchinson said all residents of the home had been placed in a 14-day lockdown under the direction of ACT Health. He said some of the residents were close contacts, but none had tested positive. Mr Hutchinson said that while the community support had been “incredible”, the industry did not believe the ACT government was meeting the sector’s needs. “I and most industry players don’t feel supported [by the government]“, he said. Mr. Hutchinson said the elderly ACTcare home had to provide full PPE to staff after an exposure. Masks and gowns had to be replaced each time a staff member interacted with a resident. , leading to increased costs. Mr. Hutchinson said while he had received about 395 masks from ACT Health, he would use about 1,000 masks for staff in just a day and a half. He said the number of masks was about $4,000. breathless and frustrating,” Mr. Hutchinson said. need someone to come and do a risk assessment on my residents.” Department of Health data suggests that of 26 aged care facilities in the ACT, only two received Commonwealth rapid antigen tests up to December 21, 2021. Mr Hutchinson said ACT Health had ordered the home to isolate residents in their rooms, but he refused. He said old people’s homes in Canberra were isolating patients. “I would never lock anyone in the room,” he said. The sector continued to try to manage outbreaks of Omicron, Mr Hutchison said the political expectations placed on care homes for the elderly could be unrealistic due to the vulnerability of many residents. test their nose or [to wear] masks can be extremely distressing,” he said. “These are people with very high needs and cognitive impairments. Australia’s chief executive, Ian Yates, said providers needed “a cohesive national approach”. “State and territory health units have spent far too long confining residents to their rooms, which is generally not necessary,” he said. with other states, territories and the federal government to update national guidance on elder care outbreaks. “ACT Health continues to work with other jurisdictions and the Commonwealth to review and adapt the response to COVID-19 in aged care settings, including providing feedback in updates to national guidance,” said a spokesperson. Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT is free to all. Do not access. However, we are dependent on subscription revenue to support our journalism. If you can, please subscribe here. If you are already subscribed, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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