Long-Term Care Easing Restriction on Visitation
Some forms of visitation permitted with controls in place using the following guidelines:
- All visitors and residents must maintain physical distancing of two metres (6 feet);
- If physical distancing is not possible, visitors must wear a mask (non-medical grade preferred for outdoor visits and medical grade required for indoor visits;
- 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 or face shield if required);
- All visitors must practice appropriate hand hygiene prior before and after visiting.
- Outdoor visits will take place in designated areas;
- Indoor visiting is now also permitted;
- A maximum of two designated visitors per resident;
- Designated visitors remain consistent and do not change regularly. Residents may identify a temporary replacement designated visitor for approval if one of the originally designated visitors is unable to perform their role for a period of time;
- Designated 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;
- The two daily visitors may visit together or separately.
Additional changes for long-term care
- 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.
July 10, 2020