Implementing recommended COVID-19 public health measures in the era of living with COVID-19: Experiences of residential aged care facility managers in New South Wales, Australia

Katarzyna T. Bolsewicz, Kirrilly Thompson, Peter Murray, Megan Vidler, Joanne Taylor, David N. Durrheim

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Abstract

Objectives: To understand residential aged care facility (the facility) managers' perspectives on implementing public health measures (the measures) in their facilities in terms of barriers, facilitators and suggestions for improvement, after three years of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Methods: Nine managers of the facilities without an active COVID-19 outbreak across New South Wales, Australia, representing metropolitan and rural locations, diverse facility size and star quality rating were interviewed (April–June 2023) and data qualitatively analysed. 

Results: Broader policy context, the need to balance the measures with resident well-being, facility-built infrastructure and mask fatigue were reported as barriers to implementation. Workplace policies, cultural embedding and local innovations were reported as facilitators. Suggested strategies included recommending the measures consistent with temporal COVID-19 risk; government agencies improving communication about the measures; mandatory staff vaccination; and simplified reporting requirements. 

Conclusions: We recommend that relevant government agencies develop a single source of formalised, endorsed, up-to-date advice for the sector-specific COVID-19 information and communications; streamline outbreak notification and reporting requirements; and improve consultation with the sector.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Early online date6 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Feb 2024
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • outbreak
  • public health
  • residential facility

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