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.

The Province of Ontario has announced new measures aimed to keep residents and staff safe against the COVID-19  in long-term care facilities across the province.  These new measures will apply to both Huronview and Huronlea.

Effective December 30, 2021:

Testing: Anyone entering Huronview or Huronlea will be required to take a rapid antigen test upon entry, each day they visit/enter the home, and must remain in the screening area until a negative result is obtained.

Vaccination Status: Caregivers will be required to be vaccinated to enter a home, with the exception end-of-life situations or those who have a medically valid exemption. All general visitors must fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the Home. We strongly urge everyone to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Visits: In-person visitation has been paused at this time with the exception of essential care givers.

Essential Caregivers:

  • Essential caregivers may continue to enter both Huronview and Huronlea Homes provided they continue to adhere to all in-home safety measures and protocols.
  • Essential caregivers will be limited to one per resident and visits will be limited to the resident’s room.
  • Essential caregivers are permitted to visit residents in isolation provided they wear all required PPE for the duration of the visit.
  • We kindly ask that essential caregivers consider their exposure risks in community settings, prior to entering the Home.

Cohorting: Cohorting of residents for higher-risk activities, such as singing and dancing. This is in addition to the cohorting of residents during meal times.

Leaves: Day absences for social purposes have been paused.

The following preventative measures remain in place:

Outdoor visits

As of December 30, at 12:01 am, per direction by Public Health, access to long-term care homes by general visitors has been temporarily paused.

Virtual visits with loved ones can be booked by emailing hvvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronview and hlvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronlea.

    Indoor visits

    As of December 30, at 12:01 am, per direction by Public Health, access to long-term care homes by general visitors has been temporarily paused.

    Virtual visits with loved ones can be booked by emailing hvvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronview and hlvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronlea.

      Short Term Absences

      As of December 30, at 12:01 am, per direction by Public Health, day absences for all residents for social purposes has been temporarily paused.

      Virtual visits with loved ones can be booked by emailing hvvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronview and hlvisiting@huroncounty.ca for Huronlea.

      Temporary Absences (2+ days / overnight)

      All overnight absences are paused until further notice.

      • 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.
      • Provincial and Federal travel restrictions may apply.
      • These enhanced active screening protocols may be subject to change.
      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.

      Staff continue to practice physical distancing and stringent hand hygiene.

      Service changes
      • Personal care services, such as hairstyling, are currently suspended.
      • 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.
      • 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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