COVID-19 Update

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 and as an accommodation provider for many patients with low and compromised immunity it is vitally important we prioritise their health and consider our own by following the latest guidelines set out by Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer.

We ask that any current and incoming residents to Ryder-Cheshire Victorian Homes Foundation consider the following questionnaire:

Question 1.   Do you currently have a fever or recent history of fever AND current acute respiratory infection (shortness of breath or cough or sore throat) or severe acute respiratory infection without fever requiring hospitalization within the last 14 days?

Question 2.  Have you been Overseas with the last 14 days?

Question 3.  Have you had close contact within 14 days of symptom onset with a confirmed or suspected case of novel corona virus?

If the answer to any of these are Yes, we ask that you seek medical advice and or testing prior to staying at the Homes.

If you are currently staying at The Ivanhoe Homes and find yourself in this situation please self isolate and advise Management.


Before staying at The Ivanhoe Homes we recommend you download the governments COVIDSafe app. The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps us support and protect you, your friends and family. Please read the content on the link below before downloading.

Restrictions Metropolitan Melbourne

As of Thursday evening at 11:59pm, October 21st 2021, within the state of Victoria:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home, and there is no stay-at-home curfew, but staying COVIDSafe remains important.
  • Face masks

    • Face masks must be carried at all times and must be worn indoors and outdoors.
    • You do not need to wear a mask in your own home, the home of your intimate partner or if a lawful exception applies.

It is important that we act every day to keep ourselves and others safe. These actions below can help protect you from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Stay safe by washing your hands regularly, wearing a face mask when you leave home, coughing and sneezing into your elbow, and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.
  • Keep your friends and family safe by meeting outdoors. There is a lower risk of spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) between people if you are outdoors.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) get tested and stay home. Stay at home if you feel unwell.

What we are doing to protect everyone at The Ivanhoe Homes

Listed below is information and processes and procedures designed to inform and keep everyone as safe as possible.

Please note that we are following the current Victorian Government Department of Health & Human Services Guidelines.

We have hand sanitiser dispensers located in prominent places, particularly around entry and exits and high use areas such as reception, toilets, etc.

We have extra face masks should residents require them to be able to walk around the the homes and local community safely.

Our cleaning staff are undertaking rigorous and more frequent cleaning of touched surfaces using appropriate detergent/disinfectant solutions paying particular attention to horizontal surfaces such as tables, hand rails, door handles, elevator buttons, computer keyboards and mice, and telephones.

All extra activities such as morning/afternoon teas, art and music sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

Social Distancing at Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Homes

We have all been advised to ‘Keep our distance” from others, due to the risk of contracting or passing on infections.  This is particularly important here at Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Homes, where residents and patients or carers of patients, some with suppressed immune systems, and many residents (and committee members, staff and volunteers) may be in high-risk groups.  So we are requesting:

Unless you really need to speak to office staff face-to-face, please keep your distance

Please phone the office from your room phone (dial 410) or from your mobile (ph. 9254.2400) and we can discuss your booking, take EFTPOS payments, assist you with filling our forms, help with local knowledge, take your shopping order, etc.

On departure, if finances have been finalised, you can drop your keys in the key-box in your building: Building 10/Outside Room 51; Building 12/on ground floor near lift; Building 14/beside office door.

When walking in and around the residential buildings please remember to keep a safe distance of over 1.5m between yourself and others.

All extra activities such as morning/afternoon teas, art and music sessions have been cancelled until further notice.

Protecting Yourself & Others

  • Protect yourself from Coronavirus by washing your hands regularly with soap and water; and try not to touch your face, including your eyes, nose or mouth. One way to become infected is to transfer the virus from a contaminated surface to your face or mouth by touching.
  • Practice good respiratory hygiene:
      1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
      2. Cough into your elbow.
      3. Dispose of tissues.
      4. Wash your hands with soap afterwards.
  • Personal hygiene is an important protection against coronavirus disease and all respiratory illnesses – this includes washing hands regularly, especially after using the toilet and before eating.

More Information & Resources

For the latest advice, information and resources, got to

Find out more about the coronavirus disease in Victoria:

For current restrictions in Victoria:

Call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Information Sheets and Local Links:

Keeping residents and families informed

We will continue to provide updates as relevant information is released by health authorities, or if there are changes to our operations that may affect our residents.

Thank you for your co-operation at this difficult time,

Management and Committee, The Ryder-Cheshire Ivanhoe Homes.

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