Aged Care Residents Test Positive to COVID-19: Accessing Hospital Services
Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) is the peak body for the non-for-profit aged care providers in Australia. They’re battling for clear COVID-19 protocols in the case of outbreaks in aged care. If accepted, the rules allow for hospitalisation of aged care residents who test positive to COVID-19.
Framework for Aged Care and Health Care During COVID-19
ACSA released “A framework for the aged care and health care interface during COVID-19″. The policy paper outlines the requirements in response to an aged care outbreak. This including protocols surrounding hospitalisation of residents and the use of personal protective equipment.
The Prime Minister ‘Scott Morrison’ commented recently that all lives are of equal importance when approaching the containment of an outbreak of COVID-19. He said that “Every Australian matters. It doesn’t matter whether they’ve just been born or they’re approaching the end of their life. Every Australian matters.”
Steps Taken by Aged Care Providers
While aged care homes have extensive measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, they need resources, such as enough personal protective equipment. Furthermore, they’re not an acute care facility. The facilities don’t have the same level of funding or the same resources that an acute care setting has, to look after a critically ill patient. Additionally, ACSA acknowledges that the aged care residents live at these facilities. They’re their homes, and they’re not hospitals, even though clinical care is available.
Further Information and Help
If you or a loved one are in receipt of government-funded aged care services, the Older Person’s Advocacy Network (OPAN) can offer support and guidance if you feel that you’re discriminated against for your age during COVID-19.
You can read the full policy paper here on the “framework for the aged care and health care interface during COVID-19.”