July 2, 2020
Since the middle of March, visits with residents have been restricted due to the threat of CVOID-19. Earlier today we heard from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Di, that there will be increased opportunities for family/social visits with residents of care homes and assisted living residences.
In order to allow visits as outlined today by Dr. Henry, we must first have in place a detailed, written plan that describes how we will meet the practice requirements and established criteria to ensure safety for residents, visitors and staff. This plan will include for example location(s) for visits that support physical distancing practices, a process for booking visits in advance, appropriate staffing to screen and assist visitors with infection prevention control practices, and how the single designated visitor for each resident will be identified.
As Dr. Henry indicated, we need to move slowly and cautiously. We are now beginning to develop the plans and resources to ensure safe visits and will provide further information within the next couple of weeks. Thank you for helping us keep KinVillage COVID-19 free to date and for your patience as we thoughtfully prepare to welcome residents’ visitors.