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.

Please see Leaves of absence below for updated protocols on Short Stay and Temporary Absences.

For alternatives to leaves of absence, we have several options on-site and encourage booking an indoor or virtual visit at the Home.  As a reminder, outdoor visits are also available, weather permitting. Please email the Home at visiting@huroncounty.ca or call Activation.

The following preventative measures remain in place:

 

Leaves of absence

Short stay absences:

  • Residents may leave the Home for short periods of time for social visits with family/friends, medical appointments, etc.
  • Short absences are not overnight with the exception of a single-night emergency room visit.
  • On return, the resident may be required to complete COVID-19 testing. 
  • Family members are required to inform the Home 24 hours in advance of your plans.

Temporary absences:

  • Residents may leave the Home for one or more nights for personal reasons with approval from the home.
  • On return, the resident will be required to self-isolate and complete a COVID test. Once a resident receives a negative COVID-19 test result, they will no longer be required to self-isolate.
  • Family members are required to inform the Home 48 hours in advance of your plan

We ask that you;

Communicate plans. Resident or Family member are asked to inform the Home in advance of your plans, to ensure we are aware and can be prepared. You can email the Home at visiting@huroncounty.ca or call Activation.

Sign out. The screener will ask you to use the sign out sheet to communicate time you have left and anticipated time of return, and acceptance of responsibility during leave of absence. Please leave a contact number.

Use a surgical mask. We will provide the resident with a surgical mask. Please remember, the mask should cover your nose and mouth and fit snug to your face and be worn at all times.

Wash your hands often. Proper hand hygiene is the best defense!

Maintain physical distancing. Continue to stay 2 meters from others.

Be safe and enjoy yourself! We all have a responsibility to ensure we not only protect ourselves, but others in the Home.

Screen in. When the resident returns to the Home, they are required to complete active screening at the designated entrance. The resident or visitor are also required to sign in.

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.
Indoor visits

Visitors need to:

  • Get tested for COVID-19, show proof of negative test and complete an attestation form upon arrival confirming no COVID-19 related symptoms 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 surgical or 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.
Service changes
  • 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 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