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Residential aged care

Aged Care

To protect our vulnerable aged care residents the following restrictions are in place for all aged care homes in the Northern Territory:

  • A person may enter an aged care facility for any reason (subject to the usual rules of the facility) provided they are not a person who is not permitted to enter a facility.
  • There are no limits on the number of visitors permitted to visit a resident at any one time.
  • In addition to symptomatic people, the following people are not permitted to enter an aged care facility:
    • (a) a person who has been in contact with a person infected with COVID 19 within the previous 14 days;
    • (b) a person who must quarantine under any COVID-19 Directions;
    • (c)  a person who was, within the previous 14 days, in a place that is declared to be a COVID-19 hotspot at the time of entry;
    • (d)     a person who is required by me to be tested for COVID-19 if:
      • the person has not yet been tested; or
      • the person was tested but has not received a negative result for COVID-19 infection.
        • A quarantine worker who enters an aged care facility must wear a mask and stay 1.5m away from any other person if they have entered a quarantine facility within the last 14 days.
        • Employees and contractors of aged care facilities who work at other workplaces must provide the details of their workplaces to the proprietor, who must keep a record of this information and provide it to an authorised officer upon request.
        • Employees and contractors with other workplaces must, without delay, report to the proprietor of the facility if they become aware that a person is infected with COVID-19 at the other workplace.
        • Facilities must collect contact information from visitors using the Territory Check-in app.

    The definition of an aged care facility now includes residential care that is funded by a grant agreement under the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flexible Aged Care Program. This change was made during the lock down period and has been retained.