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.

At present, there are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 in either Huronview or Huronlea Homes.

We are now facilitating scheduled indoor visits in addition to outdoor visits, subject to strict visitor protocols and associated health and safety procedures being in place.

With some restrictions, two visitors can visit one resident at a time. All indoor and outdoor visits must be pre-arranged by appointment.

Visitors need to:

  • Get tested for COVID-19 and complete an attestation form upon arrival confirming negative COVID-19 test results prior to their visit. This is for indoor visits only.
  • Be screened by Home staff prior to/upon arrival for your scheduled visit; if visitors fail screening, they will be asked to go home, self-isolate and will be encouraged to get tested.
  • Wear a mask throughout the duration of their visit. For indoor visits, visitors must wear a single-use or disposable mask – cloth face coverings will not be permitted. If you do not have one, one will be provided to you.
  • Practice hand hygiene and maintain physical distancing of 6 feet/2 meters from the resident and staff during visits to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Remain in the dedicated visiting areas for both indoor and outdoor visits. In-room visits are not permitted at this time.

Please email visiting@huroncounty.ca or call the Home to arrange a visit and for more information on visiting protocols.

The following preventative measures remain in place:

 

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 twice 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.
  • The County of Huron will continue to source equipment and maintain a sufficient supply.
Activity on or off Huronview or Huronlea sites
  • Residents and tenants are not able to leave to visit family or friends due to risk of exposure. They must stay on the property and keep two meters (six feet) from others.
  • Only essential medical appointments will be permitted and residents will be actively screened when they return.
  • Staff with more than one job have been requested to work at only one healthcare facility during the pandemic to minimize risk of COVID-19 spread.
  • Dining services and arrangements continue to be monitored to ensure physical distancing.
Indoor visits

Visitors need to:

  • Get tested for COVID-19 and complete an attestation form upon arrival confirming negative COVID-19 test results prior to their visit.
  • Be screened by Home staff prior to/upon arrival for your scheduled visit; if visitors fail screening, they will be asked to go home, self-isolate and will be encouraged to get tested.
  • Wear a single use mask throughout the duration of their visit. If you do not have one, one will be provided to you.
  • Sanitize hands prior to and post visit.
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet/2 meters from the resident and staff during visits to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Remain in the dedicated visiting areas. In-room visits are not permitted at this time.
Outdoor visits

Visitors need to:

  • Be screened by Home staff prior to/upon arrival for your scheduled visit; if visitors fail screening, they will be asked to go home, self-isolate and will be encouraged to get tested.
  • Wear a non-surgical mask or face covering throughout the duration of their visit. If you do not have one, one will be provided to you.
  • Sanitize hands prior to and post visit
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet/2 meters from the resident and staff during visits to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Remain in the dedicated visiting areas.
How to connect with your family member

We understand that you may want to connect with your loved one and we hope that you will. We would like to offer some support in helping you to do that. Here are a few ways to connect:

  • Send a letter by email or mail to someone who lives at one of our Homes, we will be happy to share it with them. We encourage you to send photos and pictures along with your letters.
  • Email visiting@huroncounty.ca to arrange a video call by FaceTime or Skype with your family member.
  • Follow the Huronview & Huronlea Homes for the Aged Facebook page.
Service changes in Homes for the Aged
  • 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.
  • All physiotherapists working in the Homes have moved to a virtual care platform to assess and support resident care needs.
  • 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 rounds 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.

 

 

Media Release – April 28, 2020

Letter to Families – April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Community Resource Guide

COVID-19 Self Monitoring Tool