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COVID-19

Visiting a Long-Term Care Home during a Pandemic

For Bethammi Nursing Home and Hogarth Riverview Manor visitors

Notice: Bethammi Nursing Home and Hogarth Riverview Manor have additional enhanced precautions when outbreaks exist. (See below for enhanced precautions)

Visiting restrictions may change at any time, without prior notice. If you are feeling unwell, please postpone your visit until feeling better.

Be Prepared

  • All visitors must be up-to-date with their COVID vaccinations. (See below for Caregiver exceptions)
  • Provide Proof of a negative antigen test (See below for frequency of tests)
  • Must participate in screening.
  • Read/Re-read the Visitor Policy at a minimum of once per month
  • Compassionate exceptions to visitor restrictions are made for those visiting a resident at end-of-life.

While you are here

  • Clean your hands often (See requirements below)
  • Wear a surgical mask provided by St. Joseph’s Care Group
  • Maintain two metres (six feet) of physical distancing from all other residents, staff and visitors
  • Visit only with the individual you specified on entry

Televisits

Televisits are available for family and friends who live out of town, or who are unable to visit in person. Visit our Televisit page for more information.

Full List of Restrictions, Precautions and Extra Details

Please select a sub section below, to learn more.

Visits
Restrictions, Precautions & Travel
  End-of-Life Visits
Exceptions
  Definitions
Caregivers, General Visitors, Fully Vaccinated and more
  Antigen Testing
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St. Joseph’s Care Group follows the direction of the Ministry of Long-Term Care, along with the guidance of public health.

Visits
Visitor Restrictions & Precautions
  1. Residents may have a maximum of four (4) visitors at a time.
    • Enhanced Precautions for COVID-19 Outbreaks
      • When there is one (1) or more COVID-19 outbreaks at Bethammi Nursing Home
        • General Visiting is paused
        • The maximum number of Caregiver Visitors is reduced to two (2) at a time
        • The maximum number of Caregiver Visitors to a designated outbreak unit is one (1) at a time.
      • When there are three (3) or more COVID-19 outbreaks at Hogarth Riverview Manor
        • General Visiting is paused
        • The maximum number of Caregiver Visitors is reduced to two (2) at a time
        • The maximum number of Caregiver Visitors to a designated outbreak unit is one (1) at a time.
  2. You must be up-to-date with your COVID vaccinations, unless your visit is outdoors.
    • All General Visitors must be fully vaccinated to enter.
    • All Caregivers must be fully vaccinated, unless they have a valid medical exemption.
  3. You must provide proof of a negative antigen test, unless your visit is outdoors.
    • All General Visitors and support workers must provide proof of a negative antigen test within 24 hours of entering the home.
    • All Caregivers must participate in antigen testing at minimum of two (2) times per week within a seven day period (Monday through Sunday) on non-consecutive days.
  4. Must pass your screening and prepare to show your results before you enter one of our homes
  5. Read/Re-read the Visitor Policy at a minimum of once per month
  6. Everyone must clean their hands with sanitizer when:
    • Entering the Home
    • Before and after putting on protective equipment
    • As needed - e.g. if hands become soiled or after touching common surfaces like door handles
  7. Wear the mask provided while inside the Home. Personal masks are not permitted.
  8. Maintain two metres (six feet) of physical distancing from all other residents, staff and visitors
  9. You can only visit the individual(s) you specified on entry
  10. Infants aged 0 to 12 months are permitted without testing or vaccination and are not counted towards the visitor limit.
  11. Pets are allowed in the home, but, they are not allowed in the dining area.
Travel Restrictions

For International Travel, including to the United States within the past 14 days:

  1. Visitors who have traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days, including to the United States, will be required to show proof of a negative antigen test within the last 48 hours prior to entering the site.
  2. If the Government of Canada has directed you or any member of your household to quarantine, you will not be permitted to enter the home until the quarantine period has ended.
End-of-Life Visits

All End-of-Life visitors must follow the visitor requirements and travel restrictions above but may exercise the following exceptions.

Visitor Exceptions
  1. Support Workers, Caregivers and General Visitors for residents at end-of-life are exempt from regular antigen testing and vaccination requirements.
  2. There are no time limits or set visiting hours when a resident is at end-of-life.
  3. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult and must be able to wear a surgical mask for the duration of their visit.
  4. If you have traveled outside Canada within the last 14 days, you must provide proof of negative antigen test within the last 48 hours prior to entering the home.
Definitions
General Visitors

A general visitor is a person who is not a caregiver and is visiting:

  • To provide non-essential services, who may or may not be hired by the home or the resident and/or their substitute decision maker; and/or
  • For social reasons (e.g. family members or friends) that the resident or their substitute decision-maker assess as different from direct care, including care related to cognitive stimulation, meaningful connection and relational continuity.

General visitors are not permitted if a resident is symptomatic, isolating under droplet and contact precautions, or lives in an area of the home that is in an outbreak.

Caregivers
  • A maximum of four (4) caregivers designated by the resident and/or their substitute decision-maker who is visiting to provide direct care to the resident (e.g. supporting feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, relational continuity and assistance in decision-making).
  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Designated in writing to the home. The decision to designate an individual as a caregiver is entirely the remit of the resident or their substitute decision-maker and not the home.
  • A resident and/or their substitute decision-maker may change a designation in response to a change in the:
    • Resident’s care needs that is reflected in the plan of care.
    • Availability of a designated caregiver, either temporary (e.g. illness) or permanent.
  • Examples of caregivers include family members who provide meaningful connection, a privately hired caregiver, paid companions and translators.
End-of-Life Visitors
  • End-of-Life Visitor exemptions only apply when a resident’s condition has deteriorated and is approaching end-of-life. This is generally within 14 days.
Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19
Proof of Vaccination for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate (paper or electronic); and
  • Photo identification that matches name on immunization receipt.
Vaccination Medical Exemptions
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for a medical reason, an appointment must be made with the Administrator of the Home to review your medical exemption documentation.
  • Medical exemption documents must be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner and include:
    • Name and contact information of the physician or nurse practitioner providing the note;
    • Practice logo or letterhead identifying the physician or nurse practitioner;
    • A statement that clearly indicates the medical reason for exemption of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19; and
    • The time period for the medical exemption.
Resident and Family Newsletters

Most recent newsletter is at the bottom of the list.

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