Update for July 15, 2021
Re: Phase 4: Visitation Update
Dear Residents, Family and Friends of RK MacDonald
As of June 30, 2021 “the goal of COVID-19 Management of Long Term Care facilities is to, as much as possible, prevent the introduction of the virus into the facility and/or prevent transmission to its residents and staff within the facility” [Chief Medical Officer of Health]
Based on the July 12, 2021 announcement, there will be further opportunities to visit and with an increase in visitation comes an increased responsibility to meet the goal of keeping COVID-19 out of the Home. This will require all of us to continue to practice public health measures such as hand washing and mask wearing [Masks must be properly worn at all times on the property– inside and outside]. Increased visitation also means increased infection prevention and control measures – which takes time to organize staffing resources in order for us to be in alignment with Long Term Care directives. Respecting the contagious nature of the Delta variant, we have to remain committed and vigilant to keeping each other virus free and we can do this by: wearing a mask, washing our hands, get fully vaccinated and get regular asymptomatic testing.
It is also imperative that anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms and/or tests positive within two weeks of their visit to the facility notifies the facility immediately to ensure we take the necessary precautions.
Visiting residents at the RK :
- All Visitors must be screened prior to visiting inside or outside the home.
- Scheduling a visit is only required for three (3) or more visitors per resident at one time – book your visit by calling 902-870-3458 or via email @ email@example.com. Visiting hours are 11 – 5:00pm, 7 days a week [exemptions can be made based on circumstances]
- Residents are encouraged, but are not required, to wear a mask and physically distance from their visitor(s).
- Maximum number of visitors indoors is four (4) per resident. If that number is exceeded- especially in semi-private bedrooms, staff will support finding alternative visiting spaces inside or on the grounds. We ask for your cooperation and flexibility to ensure we can accommodate visits indoors. Outdoor visits can accommodate 3-5 visitors at one time.
- Residents may now travel on public transit and have full access to community venues
For residents fully vaccinated
- Visits in a family home, including overnight stays for no more than one night at a time, are now permitted, while adhering to the current Public Health Order (e.g., gathering limits people that live in the household + 25 people, without social distancing and masks). Please ensure you provide 24 hours of notification to the Nursing care area so they can prepare for the overnight visit
- Others may visit the home while the resident is present, as long as gathering limits are maintained. It is recommended that all eligible residents in a family home are immunized with at least one dose.
- A family home includes the home of a family member or Designated Caregiver. This may also include a family cottage, RV, etc.
- Full community access is now permitted for residents who are fully vaccinated.
- Designated Caregivers, support person are able to accompany residents to retail stores, restaurants, banks, etc.
- Those residents who remain independent, may access the community unaccompanied.
- The Team Lead RN/LPN in the care area must be notified of the outing- ideally in advance, to ensure residents are prepared to go out.
- A sign-out/sign-in book will be available in the front lobby.
For residents who are partially immunized or not immunized against COVID-19:
- Same visitations as for fully immunized residents
- Masks required
- Visits in a family home are not yet permitted in accordance with the Directive Under the Authority of the Chief Medical Officer.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health determines what can or cannot happen in each phase of lifting restrictions with advice from the Department of Health and Wellness, Public Health, Infection Prevention and Control, and Continuing Care. The foundation of decision-making is rooted in clinical and public health evidence, and considers factors including COVID-19 activity, vaccination rates, and an understanding of the unique needs of our long-term care residents. As always, it will take us several days to adapt to the increased visitation. There continue to be a number of safeguards and monitoring required on the part of the facility.
We are inching through this and making progress. Thank you for your ongoing patience and support as we continue to ease restrictions.
– Michelle Thompson, CEO