Grandchildren will finally be able to visit their grandparents in aged care homes in Queensland as coronavirus restrictions wind back across the state.
- Aged care home residents can have two visitors at a time, including children
- Residents can also leave their nursing homes for family gatherings of up to 20 people
- However, groups of residents cannot yet go on external excursions together
From today, residents can have two visitors at a time, including children, as part of the updated public health direction.
There will no longer be a time limit on a visit, nor a cap on the number of visitors per day.
Despite the relaxing of restrictions, groups of residents will still not be able to go on external excursions together.
However, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said residents can to leave their homes for exercise, health appointments, and family gatherings of up to 20 people.
She said the restrictions over the past three months had been challenging but necessary.
“From a personal perspective, I understand how difficult and how heartbreaking this has been for families,” she said.
“My grandmother has had very limited contact with her immediate and extended family for the better part of this year.”
Shirley Glover said she was thrilled with the easing of restrictions for aged care.
Her husband Bill, 91, moved into a dementia ward of an aged care facility in Brisbane’s south during COVID-19.
She said it had been very difficult.
“Now I will be able to visit him longer and at a time which suits me,” Mrs Glover said.
“The staff say Bill is always asking after me and wants to know where I am.”
The couple has been married for 68 years.
“More of the family will now be able to visit, which will make all the difference for Bill,” she said.
Queensland recorded no new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
The final person who was being treated in intensive care was discharged.