Jewish Care Victoria is continuing to work with the Department of Health & Human Services, The Alfred Hospital and the Commonwealth Department of Health to support the wellbeing of Elders and staff as we respond to the significant cases of COVID-19 at our Residential Home in Windsor.
COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus. Elderly people and those with existing chronic illness are particularly vulnerable. Sadly, today we must inform the community that one Elder at our Residential Home Windsor, who last week tested positive to COVID-19, has passed away.
As at 5pm on Sunday 9 August:
• One Elder has passed away.
• A total of 22 Elders and 10 staff members are positive.
• All diagnosed Elders are stable and are being made as comfortable as possible at the home. They are receiving care from our staff with clinical oversight from our Clinical Care Coordinator, their GPs and Alfred Health in-reach services.
• The diagnosed staff members are quarantining at home.
“On behalf of all at Jewish Care I extend our most heartfelt sympathies to the family of our Elder, who sadly passed away overnight. Jewish Care have contacted the Elder’s family directly to convey our condolences and offer any support we can”, said Bill Appleby, Chief Executive Officer.
We are continuing to support our Elders, families and staff at the Residential Home Windsor. Families are being kept up to date regarding their loved ones’ conditions and we continue to communicate with all families daily to keep them informed.
The sad loss of our Elder overnight underlines how serious this virus is for vulnerable people. We would call on all Victorians to adhere to the Stage 4 restrictions to limited further spread into our aged care homes across the state. All at Jewish Care hope and pray for the recovery of our diagnosed Elders.
Families are reminded to use the dedicated call centre that has been set up: 8517 5556 or [email protected].
Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our Elders, staff and the community is our most important concern and we will continue to take every precaution to achieve this.