Rand Aid Association’s Ron Smith Care Centre has installed visiting booths and screens on the premises to facilitate visits from family and friends, while protecting its residents from Covid-19.
The management of frail care centres falls under the Department of Social Development and the government gazette sets out clear Covid-19 guidelines for visits to frail care centres under the disaster management protocols.
“Depending on South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown level, visits to frail care centres are either limited or prohibited,” says Rand Aid’s senior nursing manager Avril Maltman.
“When allowed, all visits must be non-contact, social distancing and mask wearing must be enforced and only two visitors are allowed at a time,” she adds.
Ron Smith Care Centre screens all visitors before they go to the visiting stations.
“The visiting booths have made a significant difference for our residents, as they are now able to see their family and friends in a safe environment and feel much less isolated,” says Avril.