COVID-19 Update

Families can call the Inquiry Line for up-to-date COVID-19 information related to our Homes: 519.606.5005

The safety and well-being of residents and long-term care staff at the Huronview and Huronlea Homes for the Aged is priority for the County of Huron.

In response to latest Ministry direction, Ontario is making additional changes to enhance long-term care home residents’ quality of life. At Huronview and Huronlea, these changes take effect as of October 15, 2021.

All visits and leaves of absence must be prearranged. Learn more about updated protocols below.

Please email hvvisiting@huroncounty.ca to schedule a visit or leave at Huronview and hlvisiting@huroncounty.ca to schedule a visit or leave at Huronlea.

The following preventative measures remain in place:

 

Outdoor visits
  • Residents can have outdoor visits of up to 10 people
  • If greater than two visitors, please bring your own chairs
  • Visit must be pre-booked 24 hours in advance
  • All visitors must wear a mask or face covering at all times
  • Visitors must be actively screened upon arrival at the Home
  • Pets are able to join

Visits are available daily from 9:30 am - 11:00 am and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm.

To schedule a visit, please email hvvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronview and hlvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronlea.

    Indoor visits
    • Residents can have up to two general visitors and two caregivers at a time
    • Asymptomatic, fully immunized caregivers and visitors may be required to random surveillance testing upon entry to our Homes
    • For partial or unimmunized visitors, they must participate in surveillance testing with a negative result confirmed prior to each entry
    • Minimum of one visit per week for minimum 30 minutes
    • Visits must be booked 24 hours in advance
    • A surgical mask required for the duration of the visit

    Visits are available daily from 9:30 am - 11:00 am and 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm for 30 minutes.

    To schedule a visit, please email hvvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronview and hlvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronlea.

      Short Term Absences
      • Short Term Absences must be booked 24 hours in advance, at minimum
      • Up to 2 people permitted to pick up resident
      • Maximum of two Short Term Absences per week
      • Surgical mask required for visitor and resident at all times
      Temporary Absences (2+ days / overnight)
      • Temporary Absences must be booked 24 hours in advance, at minimum
      • A lab-based PCR test is required for partially or unimmunized resident when returning from and overnight absence. Isolation is required for 14 days
      • Testing and quarantine of fully immunized asymptomatic residents is not required
      • Up to 2 people permitted to pick up resident
      • Maximum of one Temporary Absence per week
      • Prior approval from the Director /Administrator and Director of Care is required
      • Surgical mask required for visitor and resident at all times
      Enhanced active screening
      • All staff and third-party contractors are actively screened when they enter the building. If symptomatic, they cannot enter.
      • All residents are actively screened for symptoms once a day. If symptomatic, they will be isolated and tested.
      Isolation and testing
      • Residents who become symptomatic will immediately be isolated and tested for COVID-19. If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, they will remain isolated from other residents.
      • If a staff member tests positive for COVID-19, contact is traced back to prevent spread, and they will not be permitted to return to work until approved.
      • Any resident readmitted from the hospital will be tested and results received prior to returning to the Home.

       

      Personal protective equipment for staff
      • All resident care staff will continue to wear personal protective equipment as directed by the Ministry of Health and as appropriate to their role, duties, and contact with others.
      • All staff are required to wear a surgical mask while in the building.
      • Staff continue to practice physical distancing and stringent hand hygiene.
      Service changes
      • Personal care services have now resumed.
      • Increased cleaning and sanitation measures are in place, including common areas are being cleaned and sanitized including touchable surfaces such as door knobs, railings, mailboxes, and etc.
      • Temporarily suspended meal services to the Highland and Heartland Apartments.
      • All staff, including service people and delivery persons, entering the homes will be screened.
      • Physiotherapists are now doing onsite care with PPE and other COVID measures in place.
      • PTAs will be allocated solely to one facility (either Huronview or Huronlea) and will continue to provide service within the Homes.
      • Medical Directors are providing weekly virtual care and occasional in house visits for residents.
      • Both Huronview and Huronlea have a tote box at the front door for dropping off items. Please label items to be delivered and refrain from bringing food items.

       

       

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