Bupa Woodend avoids virus outbreak


By Jessica Micallef

A Woodend aged care facility has weathered a potential COVID-19 outbreak.

In late July, Bupa Aged Care Woodend’s outbreak management plan was implemented after a staff member tested positive to coronavirus.

Katrina Bolmat, the home’s general manager, said staff members acted swiftly to ensure any risk of residents contracting the virus was kept to a minimum.

“Our outbreak management plan included working closely with the relevant authorities, regular deep cleaning of the home and the use of full personal protective equipment,” she said.

“We also asked residents to remain in their rooms where possible and we split the home into separate communities with staff rostered on to a specific area.”

All residents and staff underwent three rounds of COVID-19 testing over two weeks before the Victorian Public Health Unit officially lowered the alert status at the home to “active survelliance” on August 13.

During the active surveillance stage, residents could move freely around the home.

After a further two weeks, the outbreak was officially closed.

Ms Bolmat said she was proud of the dedication her team showed in caring for their residents.

“We have all seen how easily COVID-19 can spread, so the fact that we have been able to contain it and ensure none of our residents became infected is a credit to our team at Bupa Woodend,” she said.

“It has been a really scary and challenging time for our employees, residents and their loved ones as we have fought to keep the virus out of our home.

“Everyone connected to our home has been supportive and patient over the past month and we cannot thank them enough.”

To bring some cheer to the home, residents have been taking part in 60 second dance parties, bingo, carpet bowls and exercise parties.