WARM WELCOME AWAITS: Maria Arthur, Phyllis Lee and Liz Jurd are looking forward to National Seniors Week.
WARM WELCOME AWAITS: Maria Arthur, Phyllis Lee and Liz Jurd are looking forward to National Seniors Week. Ella Archibald-Binge

Week for our seniors

SENIORS Week could not come at a better time for Carramar residents, who were feeling lost and lonely last fortnight after the facilities were forced into "lockdown" to contain an outbreak of norovirus.

Forty per cent of Carramar residents and ten per cent of those living at the Villa facility were affected by the gastro virus, which is typically prevalent among aged care facilities during the winter months.

However Carramar director of care Ann Bourke said it was difficult to pinpoint how the outbreak started.

"It may not necessarily be coming from in-house - there are people experiencing the symptoms in the wider community," Ms Bourke said.

"We're required to secure the facilities to stop the outbreak spreading, but also to protect residents and staff from visitors who may bring the virus in."

Staff banded together to contain the virus and all residents are now fully-recovered.

Ms Bourke said both Carramar centres had employed professional cleaners to sterilise every curtain, bingo card and puzzle piece ahead of Seniors Week, which runs from August 19-25.

"The residents are looking forward to some community involvement, because they've missed out for two weeks," she said.

Ms Bourke reminded guests not to visit aged care facilities if they were sick, as elderly patients were at a higher risk of contracting viruses. Doors at both Carramar facilities are now open and activities are in full swing.

For a schedule of Seniors Week events visit southerndowns.qld.gov.au

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