Ontario to Resume Family Visits in Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, and Other Residential Care Settings.
I am happy to confirm, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government announced the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings.
Family and friends will be allowed access to these settings beginning June 18, 2020. Long-term care homes will allow outdoor visits of one person per resident each week at a minimum. Retirement homes will resume indoor and outdoor visits in designated areas or resident suites when physical distancing can be maintained. Other residential care settings will be able to allow outdoor visits of two people at a time. Physical distancing will be required for all visits. This approach will ensure the health and safety of residents, staff and visitors.
Additionally, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as other residential care settings, must meet the following conditions before they welcome visitors:
Homes must not be in outbreak;
Homes must have an established process for communicating visitor protocol and the associated safety procedures; and
Homes must maintain the highest infection prevention and control standards.
I welcome this move as most of us have or know someone who has a loved one in a retirement or long term care home and can resume, responsibly, visits and strengthening those family bonds.