Seniors' Health Centre Visitor Guidelines
Family members may visit their loved ones under the guidance of safety measures put in place to protect the health of residents and staff. Please read the information below carefully:
- As of June 9, 2021, one (1) general visitor per resident at a time will be able to visit Seniors’ Health Centre (SHC). This includes indoor visits where a resident's mobility limitations or health condition make outdoor visits highly unlikely or impossible. One (1) Essential Caregiver may also be present during each visit.
- General visitors are not permitted if the resident has symptoms of COVID-19 or is in isolation (under droplet and contact precautions) or reside in an area of the home that is in outbreak. This applies to indoor and outdoor visits.
- One (1) Essential Caregiver per resident may visit indoors, including where a resident is symptomatic or under isolation.
- Both Essential Caregivers and general visitors must screen for COVID-19 upon arrival and before proceeding with indoor or outdoor visits. Those visiting indoors are required to undergo COVID antigen testing (rapid test) and must test negative for COVID-19 before entering SHC.
- Individuals who have previously had COVID-19 (and have recovered) will be required to resume asymptomatic screening 90 days after testing positive for the virus.
- Essential Caregivers and general visitors who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear eye protection (this applies to indoor and outdoor visits).
- Visitors who are partially immunized or not immunized must remain two (2) metres apart from residents. Brief hugs may take place.
- For fully vaccinated visitors and residents, visits may include close physical contact (which includes handholding).
- Essential Caregivers who are fully vaccinated may support residents in the SHC dining area.
- Children under the age of two may also visit with a general visitor or Essential Caregiver and are not required to wear a mask or face covering. This applies to indoor and outdoor visits.
- Social and temporary absences, which include absences that are 24 hours or less and those that are two (2) or more days and one (1) or more night for non-medical reasons are now permitted for fully vaccinated residents.
Our updated guidelines have been implemented, in consultation with our Medical Director and Toronto Public Health, to ensure we continue to follow safety practices in our long-term care setting, and to safely reunite residents and loved ones.