There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Fairhaven for Residents or Employees at this time
July 16th, 2020 – Updated Visitor Policy for Long-Term Care Homes
Early Wednesday (July 15th) evening, the Ministry of Long-Term Care released an updated visitor policy for long-term care homes across the province. The following are key highlights:
Change in requirements for outdoor visits
- Effective immediately, COVID-19 testing for outdoor visitors will no longer be required. Visitors will, however, still need to pass an active screening questionnaire administered by home staff.
- Visits must still be made, by appointment, through Reception (705-743-0881)
- Visitors are required to use a face covering if the visit is outdoors and are responsible for bringing their own face covering for outside visits.
- Outdoor visits will now be allowed for two people to visit a resident at the same time.
Opening of indoor visits and requirements
- As of Wednesday, July 22nd, indoor visits to long-term care homes will be permitted
- Visits start at 9:30 am and end at 4:00 pm from Monday through Friday
- At Fairhaven, this will take place in our Great Room, which will have tables, just like outside in our tent, at which visits will take place
- For indoor visits, visitors MUST VERBALLY ATTEST THAT THEY HAVE TESTED NEGATIVE FOR COVID-19 within the previous two weeks and have not subsequently tested positive.
- The province has made a point of ensuring that visitors must be informed that Homes are not responsible for providing the testing
- Indoor visits will also allow for two people to visit a resident at the same time.
- When calling to schedule a time to visit your loved one. Please indicate whether you would prefer an indoor or an outdoor visit. Remember that indoor visits will continue to require COVID testing for those attending Fairhaven property.
- The home is responsible for supplying surgical/procedure masks to indoor visitors. Since these items are in short supply, it would be appreciated if visitors brought their own surgical/procedure masks with them.
- The updated policy still requires that the home must not have any active COVID-19 cases and that visitors wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
- The province has also stressed that non-compliance, such as refusals to wear face coverings, will result in a possible penalty which could include the discontinuation of visits.
- Homes retain the task of scheduling visits and must do so in a manner that prevents overcrowding
- Initially scheduled visits will need to remain at 30 minutes to ensure that an equitable distribution of visits is achieved with all of our Residents. If there is a scheduled opening after your initial visit, it will be possible to extend the length of your time together. Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide this information until the time of your stay here.
- Please remember that, if our Home experiences an outbreak of any kind (COVID or otherwise), indoor visits will be suspended until the end of the outbreak
Messages to Friends & Family From Some of Our Residents …