Long-Term Care Visitation
When visiting long-term care facilities, ensure you follow all public health measures,
- physical distancing
- frequent hand washing
- staying home when unwell
Visitation is permitted with controls in place using the following guidelines:
Partner in Care
- Residents are able to designate three Partners in Care. Partners in care are able to visit the resident in their room at any time during regular visiting hours.
- The Partners in Care may support Residents with:
- An individual can only be designated as a Partner in Care at one long-term care facility or nursing home.
- If determined it is appropriate by medical staff based on a risk assessment, a Partner in Care or visitor who travels outside of the Atlantic Provinces, may be required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to visiting with the resident.
- Partners in Care and visitors may be accompanied by minor children during visits if the Partners in Care or visitors assume responsibility for the children during the visit.
- A resident may leave the facility in a vehicle with one or more Partners in Care for a pre-determined time period.
- The Resident may exit the car with their Partner in Care as long as they limit exposure to others.
- The Partner in Care is required to wear a medical grade mask in the vehicle and only these Partners in Care are to be in the vehicle with the resident.
- Residents may be permitted to have an overnight stay accompanied by a Partner in Care, as long as masking and all other infection control measures are followed.
- Visitors do not have to be designated.
- There is no limit to the number of visitors permitted to visit at one time.
- 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.
- All visitors must practice hand hygiene before and after visiting.
- Visitors may visit together or separately.
- Visits may be scheduled at specific visiting times to allow for staff support during the visit.
Compassionate visiting within the Atlantic Provinces
- These visits are permitted bedside in the residents’ rooms.
- There is no limit on the number of visitors that may be at the bedside.
Compassionate visiting from outside the Atlantic Provinces
- If traveling from outside of the Atlantic Provinces for compassionate reasons such as the end of life of a loved one, formal permission needs to be provided by the administration of the facility where the family member is being cared for and by PEI’s Department of Public Safety.
- The traveler must first request a Visitation Approval Letter to the facility where the loved one is located (letters will be provided by the facility). If approved, then the traveler must apply to Public Safety for Pre-Travel Approval.
- After obtaining the Pre-Travel Approval, the traveler must arrange to be tested 3 times at a COVID Testing Clinic in PEI on days 0-2, 4-7, and 10-12 after arrival.
- The traveler will be allowed to visit their family member after the first negative test result.
- The visitor will be required to self-isolate for the first 14 days they are on the Island, but may visit with the patient or resident during a specified time frame.
- The visitor will be required to wear full PPE (gown, gloves, and a mask) for the duration of the visit.