Mount Isa Laura Johnson Home has enforced high restrictions to keep their residents safe from a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
With COVID-19 highly dangerous to the elderly, Laura Johnson Home has put strict measures in place to keep their 60 residents safe.
Laura Johnson Home CEO Betty Kiernan said their infection control policy and procedures were enabled in mid-February.
"We have a very strong infection policy that we enacted, we were then following the messages from the Federal Government, Department of Health and the State Government and obviously we were informing all our residents, staff and visitors that they were following our procedures," Ms Kiernan said.
"We set up sanitiser, masks and gloves at our front counter, we have put up complete signage on our doors and sign in desk; to ensure that all visitors have been complying with our infection control policy."
Ms Kiernan said on Monday March 16, Laura Johnson Home had enforced even stronger requirements.
"I am restricting visiting hours at this point in time but it can chance completely with further requirements from the Federal Government," she said.
"We are also taking peoples temperature as they walk in the door to ensure we are keeping our residents safe.
"We also have to monitor resident's movement, so we are working closely with Queensland Health and Queensland Ambulance Service for residents who are going to and from hospital."
Ms Kiernan said residents were understanding of the restrictions
"They understand we have their health and best interest in mind and residents have been staying up to date with the news locally, nationally and internationally," she said.
"We have got a lot of information at hand and I have well informed senior teams, therefore we don't have a sense of panic.
"We have written to families and explained the restrictions and that we are expecting that there is going to be substantial changes forthcoming."
As the situation is expected to be prolonged, a stock of appropriate protective equipment is essential.
"Living in the North West every November we have what is called a wet weather stock, so we actually have a double stock of all clinical and operational requirements including toilet paper," Ms Kiernan said.
"So late February we also put in extra orders for all the infection control, masks, gloves, sanitiser; increased our stock.
"Therefore we are in a good position and we will continue to hold our wet weather and infection stock for the next six months."
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