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 line with the advancements of the government’s Roadmap to Reopen, and as directed by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, 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 July 16, 2021.

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

Reminder: For the health and safety of our residents and staff, COVID-19 screening is still required prior to visiting our Homes.

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
  • Visit must be pre-booked 24 hours in advance.
  • If greater than two visitors, must bring your own chairs.
  • All visitors must wear a mask or face covering at all times.
  • Visits take place under the tents in the parking lot with be kept to 30 minutes – first come first served basis.
  • 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 4 visitors at a time.
    • Asymptomatic, fully immunized caregivers and visitors are no longer required to undergo routine COVID-19 testing upon entry to our Homes.
    • If a visitor is not willing or unable to show vaccination status, they must follow the testing requirements as stated in the Minister’s Directive.
    • Minimum 30 minute visits.
    • 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.
      • 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.
      • Overnight absences require PCR test and isolation until a negative result is obtained upon return.
      • Up to 2 people permitted to pick up resident.
      • Prior approval from the Director /Administrator and Direct 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
      • 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, etc.
      • All staff, including service people and delivery persons entering the homes will be screened.
      • 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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