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December 2021

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Betty Bowdern and daughter, Ellen.

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Annette Brumby and daughter, Margaret.

Visitor returns welcomed

Residents at Kilmore District Health’s Caladenia and Dianella aged care facilities were delighted to see loved ones again, with the lifting of COVID-19 lockdowns.

To ensure residents and staff are kept as safe as possible, all visitors are asked to undergo a rapid antigen test before they enter, as well as wearing a surgical mask when in common areas.

The facilities encourage small numbers of visitors at a time and, where possible, time is spent with residents in their rooms or in the beautiful outdoor courtyard areas.

‘It was so nice to see the family,’ said Dianella resident Elizabeth (Betty) Bowdern.

‘It had been a long time.

‘I missed them dearly.’

Dianella manager Bernie Lavars and Caladenia acting nurse unit manager Jamie Duffy acknowledged the dedicated work of staff to ensure residents were kept busy and in touch with family and friends during lockdown.

‘Our staff continually looked ‘outside the box’ to keep our residents in contact through phone calls, video chats and window visits.

‘Daily activities increased to ensure residents stayed engaged and active and milestones and events were celebrated, on top of the health care the staff provided day in and day out.’