Devonfield isolation area

Posted on
May 7, 2020
Social Community and Disability Sector

Last week we heard about a client and staff member being isolated.

They were accommodated at Fred Rose House due to a recent trip to the LGH but there were concerns the area was inadequate and, due to the high needs and age bracket of some of the clients, it was thought the area used posed a risk to the well being of those inside and outside the isolated area.

We wrote to Tanya about these concerns and this is a summary of her reply:

"We have had 3 clients go to hospital and return to isolation in 3 homes operated by Devonfield. On each occasion we have responded to the requirements advised by either the NWRH Burnie or Launceston General Hospital for isolation periods of 7 to 12 days.

Our Fred Rose House only accommodates 14 residents currently and one resident with the isolation staff member has been set-up in large room with fridge, microwave, king single beds, lounge suite, large TV with DVD, etc plus outside deck area and backyard with BBQ area to access throughout the 10 days required to not have contact with other vulnerable residents. The resident and staff member also have a full bathroom for their use during isolation period from other residents and staff that required a barrier across the long hallway to the large room installed as measure to prevent residents walking to the room.

Residents and staff can speak at a distance to the client and staff member by walking into the large backyard and standing on the deck talking to them with the door opened, however unable to enter.

I therefore confirm that at no time is the barrier in the hallway of concern as placed to prevent other residents entering the area.

Staff and resident have enjoyed the facility and set-up for their safety, health and well-being during the isolation period at the resident’s home that concludes this morning.

I wish to convey Devonfield prides itself on providing safe facilities for all clients and staff plus has and will continue to ensure all pandemic guidelines are adhered to for the health and well-being of all accessing Devonfield’s facilities."

The isolation period has now ended and fingers crossed there’s no need to isolate in the near future, but if there is we'll continue to contact Tanya with any concerns members may have to ensure worker and client safety.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email or complete our online contact form

Social Community and Disability Sector