Long-Term Care Easing Restriction on Visitation

Some forms of visitation permitted with controls in place using the following guidelines:

Partner in care

Residents of public and private long-term care facilities are now able to designate one 'partner in care.' This person is able to visit the resident in their room at any time during regular visiting hours, provided their visit doesn't have a negative impact on the care of any other resident. 

The partner in care will assist with:

  • Basic care
  • Socialization
  • Feeding
  • Mobility
  • Comfort
  • Companionship

The partner in care will be trained in appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and may be required to undergo COVID-19 testing.

Residents of LTC will be able to go for drives with their designated partner in care. However, they must first be granted a pass to leave the premises by their primary care provider and the LTC facility administrator.

Other visitors

Visitors other than a resident's partner in care are still permitted to visit, while following the below guidelines:

  • Residents are no longer required to designate their visitors. Two visitors are permitted to visit indoors and outdoors at any one time, unless at end of life.
  • All visitors and residents must maintain physical distancing of two metres (6 feet);
  • Visitors must wear a medical grade mask for indoor visits. If physical distancing is not possible during outdoor visits, a non-medical mask must be worn;
  • All visitors will be screened before visiting. Anyone with symptoms will have to postpone their visit;
  • Designated staff or volunteers must accompany visitors directly to the visiting space (and assist them with safely donning/doffing mask);
  • All visitors must practice appropriate hand hygiene prior, before and after visiting.

Routine visiting

  • Outdoor visits will take place in designated areas;
  • Indoor visiting is permitted; 
  • A maximum of two visitors per resident are permitted indoors and outdoors at any one time, unless at end of life;
  • Visitors may visit together or separately;
  • Visits will be limited to a maximum of 60 minutes to allow access to all residents within the property;
  • Visits will be scheduled at specific visiting times to allow for appropriate staff support to help during the visit;
  • Enhanced cleaning of spaces will take place between visits.

End of life visiting

  • These visits entail bedside visits in residents’ rooms;
  • A maximum of six designated visitors will be selected per resident;
  • Only two of the six designated visitors may visit at one time, unless during their last hours when all six may be present at once;

Additional guidelines

  • Community Clergy and/or Faith-based leaders may schedule an appointment to visit (beyond the patients/residents two designated visitors) and will follow all infection control processes including physical distancing when providing service to their patients. For visits at long-term care they must wear a medical mask when visiting residents indoors and a non-medical mask for outdoor visits when 6 foot physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Residents must remain within the grounds of their home unless granted a pass;
  • Residents must practice physical distancing when within the home grounds/ designated area.
Published date: 
August 4, 2020
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