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Lyndoch Living Update: COVID-19 and workforce update

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Lyndoch Living today welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s support of 16 additional care and support staff by supplying registered nurses, endorsed enrolled nurses and personal care assistants as part of its COVID-19 surge workforce program and to support the Lyndoch Living team.

The support comes after three Lyndoch Living residents tested positive to COVID-19, with one resident already completing their isolation period after returning a negative result. The other two residents are doing well, have anti-viral medication, are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccines and are asymptomatic.

The outbreak is isolated to the main Lyndoch Living aged care facility, Swinton on Level 1. Lyndoch Living is closely monitoring the condition of residents across the facility and providing daily updates to the affected residents’ primary contacts.

While no other residents have tested positive, the arrival of the surge workforce team since Sunday 9 October provides support and relief to the Lyndoch Living team to ensure they can continue to provide high-quality care to residents.

Andrew Long, CFO for Lyndoch Living, said this workforce surge will ensure the healthcare needs of all residents are met while supporting Lyndoch staff.

“Our priority is always the safety and care of our residents and team, and the arrival of these additional care staff will ensure we are able to deliver that,” Andrew Long said.

“We are grateful to the Commonwealth and State Governments, who have provided this surge workforce to assist our team and will continue to work closely with them throughout this outbreak.”

The arrival of the surge workforce coincides with the commencement of Lyndoch Living’s new Acting Director of Nursing Anita Plowman. Anita was previously a Nurse Unit Manager at the aged care service. We are grateful for the support of Moyne Health Services who have agreed to release Anita on secondment to support the Lyndoch Living team.

Anita will take over from the previous Acting Director of Nursing Leigh Tannock who will remain with the Lyndoch Living team until Friday 11 November to support the handover, and the care team.

Lyndoch Living remains committed to its residents and encourages the families of any residents who have questions or concerns about the health, safety and care of their loved ones to contact (03) 5557 8888. Lyndoch Living will continue to provide updates to the community in the coming days.

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“We are very grateful for the professionalism and care the staff have shown”

Family of [email protected] clients

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“We would like to acknowledge the fantastic support shown to this lovely couple by the [email protected] team and the flexibility and understanding of their care needs”

Family Member of [email protected] client

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“The lady you sent over yesterday was delightful, and even made Mum a hot lemon drink and put her to bed”

Leanne (daughter of [email protected] client)

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“What a wonderful job Trish and Liz do, we are so happy with the care they provide”

Family Members of [email protected] clients

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“I really appreciate the support from the Lyndoch [email protected] team, it’s a huge help in managing my caring role”

Michelle ([email protected] client)

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“A very big thank you to the wonderful staff who came into our home and cared for my husband.  This respite break made a very difficult situation more tolerable and gave me something to look forward to”

Christine (Liv[email protected]me client)

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“Geraldine is the about the best cleaner I’ve ever had!”

Maurice  ([email protected] client)

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“Jan is such a capable, competent and calming carer, I feel so safe in her hands.  I could not ask for anyone better”

Joan ([email protected] client)

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“I’ve always been a busy, practical person and I’m still a busy person – I’m still able to be very involved in the community, especially the Speedway. I’m a busy bloke!”
“I get spoilt rotten here! I really get cared for.”

Stuart (Swinton East)

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“One of the lovely nurses had a great idea and planted out a raised bed with tomatoes and other plants and I enjoy getting out there and doing some work in the garden, collecting the produce.” “The staff are very, very nice. They greet you with a smile and do things very well.“
“I really enjoy the school kids visiting, and I’m amazed at the quality of the kids,
they’re all so nice!”

John (Lake Lodge)

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“I’ve lived here for 5 years and I’m very happy with the nurses and other staff”

Margaret (Lake Lodge)

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“I’ve made friends here that I wouldn’t have been able to meet living by myself at home. It’s like an extension of your family” “The staff are absolutely fantastic here, nothing is ever a problem for them. Right through to the maintenance men, the cleaners and gardeners and staff at the kiosk, they’re all obliging and always greet you with a smile” “At Lyndoch I get comfort, care and conversation, add a bit of fresh air and that’s exactly what you need in life”

Lynette (Swinton East)