There are changes to our Supported Independent Living and Respite services. Read about them here.
There are state-based changes are state-based changes in our Supported Independent Living (SIL) homes that impact visitors going in to the home to visit customers, and the activities customers can now take part in out of their homes.
Family / carers visits can go ahead – they can now be both social visits and visits for ‘care and support’.
Visits will need to be a maximum of two adults at a time. From the 15th May, this will increase to a maximum of five adults at a time. All visits will need to be pre-arranged with staff.
Customers can now enjoy recreational activities with their Aruma staff and/or one person who does not live at the SIL– such as going for a drive or going for a picnic – up to 150kms from their home.
Family / carers (and their dependent children) visits can go ahead – they can now be both social visits and visits for ‘care and support’.
Customers can leave the SIL to visit another household, such as a parent or sibling. From the 15th May, they can also attend an outdoor gathering of up to 10 people.
Visits to Aruma sites are allowed for up to 10 people at any one time. Visits still need to be pre-arranged with staff. Parties are still not permitted.
Customers can leave the SIL to visit another household, such as a parent or sibling.
Family / carers can visit a SIL home for ‘care and support’ only.
Customers can leave the SIL to visit another household, such as a parent or sibling. There must be no more than 5 people at that home at one time.
Partners living separately are able to visit each other at home.
Customers can also attend outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people.
The Victorian Government has stated that they deem non-essential car trips as irresponsible.
We’ve done our best to define what “support or care” can include:
If ‘support and care’ can only be done at the family home, then the 14-day quarantine protocols outlined under ‘Movement of customers away from a SIL home’ would be required.
For the safety of our customers and staff, if families, carers or guardians that take a customer out for an ‘extended period of time’, we require a 14-day quarantine period before the customer can re-enter their SIL home. At the end of the 14-days, we will require a Statutory Declaration that the 14-day isolation period has been served.
There isn’t a simple definition of ‘extended period of time’. Most outings will be less than an hour or two, but in some circumstances, they may need to be a bit longer. The basic test is whether the time away is longer than is reasonably necessary to complete the activity. Examples of an ‘extended period of time’ include:
We want to make sure everyone remains safe, so please speak to our staff before you visit or decide to take a customer out of their SIL home.
Unfortunately, other than approved health services, we have suspended in-home customer support by external providers. Only Aruma staff will provide supports within the house for the time being.
The only other visitors to SILs will be emergency maintenance repairs such as plumbing or checking safety equipment. These visitors are to:
Our staff have the right to refuse someone entry to a site if they have:
All centre-based respite activities have stopped. No new customers will be taken on and we will support existing customers in respite to return home in a practical manner.
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To keep our customers, staff, and the community
safe, there are some changes to our services.