Long-Term Care Visitation

Beginning February 28 circuit breaker measures are in place until 14 March 2021. These time-limited interventions are being put into place in order to get control of the situation at hand and break the chain of transmission of COVID-19.
The below information is accurate as of February 1, 2021.

When visiting long-term care facilities, ensure you follow all public health measures,

All visitors and Partners in Care must have their name and contact information recorded. All visitors and partners in care will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and must be asymptomatic. If symptomatic they are not permitted in any facility.

Visitation is permitted with controls in place using the following guidelines:

Partner(s) in Care

  • Residents are able to designate up to two (2) 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:
    • Companionship
    • Comfort
    • Mobility
    • Feeding
    • Socializing
  • An individual can only be designated as a Partner in Care at one long-term care facility or nursing home (unless extenuating circumstances).  
  • If determined it is appropriate by medical staff based on a risk assessment, a Partner in Care or visitor 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Partner(s) in Care are to be in the vehicle with the resident.

Designated Visitors 

  • Long-Term Care residents may designate up to six (6) visitors in addition to their two (2) Partners in Care.  
  • Designated visitors must schedule their visit.  
  • A maximum of two (2) designated visitors may visit with a resident at one time.  
  • Visits may be up to one (1) hour in length in a designated visiting space that allows visitors and residents to remain six (6) feet apart at all times.  
  • 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.
  • Physical distancing is required between residents and designated visitors. Designated visitors are not permitted to have physical contact with residents or visit in a resident’s room (unless at end of life).  
  • Visits may be scheduled at specific visiting times to allow for staff support during the visit.

End-of-Life Visiting

Compassionate visiting within Prince Edward Island 

  • These visits are permitted bedside in the residents’ rooms.
  • A maximum of three (3) visitors, including the Partners in Care, may be present in the resident room at one time.  

Compassionate visiting from outside Prince Edward Island 

  • If traveling from outside of Prince Edward Island 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 Office 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 0-1, 4-6, and 9-11 after arrival.
  • The traveler will be allowed to visit their family member after the first negative test result.
  • Compassionate visitors arriving from outside of PEI are required to be the sole person(s) visiting with the resident for the duration of the visit.  
  • Visitors from outside of PEI are exempt from self-isolation ONLY to visit with the 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 to the Long-Term Care facility. When not visiting the resident they must return directly to self-isolation.  


Published date: 
February 1, 2021
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