COVID-19 and Campus Updates

New Unionville Home Society’s top priority is the health and safety of all who work, live and visit on our campus of care.

You may have heard that there will be some loosening of restrictions for long-term care homes as a result of the Step 3 re-opening plan. Here are some important changes that you should be aware of, effective July 16, 2021.

SURVEILLANCE TESTING

Any person entering a long-term care home who is fully immunized will be exempted from surveillance testing. This includes staff, caregivers, students, volunteers, support workers and general visitors. A person is considered fully immunized if they have received the full series of a COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada (e.g., two doses of a two-dose vaccine series, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine series) and they received their final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days ago.

People must prove they are fully immunized by showing the physical or emailed receipt that was provided to them at the time of vaccination. They may also be asked to show I.D. if they are not known to the screener. Vaccination receipts can also be downloaded or printed through the provincial portal Ontario COVID-19 vaccination service (ontariohealth.ca). Please show your proof to the screener during the screening process. If you are a frequent visitor, you can also choose to add your name to our list of people who have shown their proof of vaccination in order to avoid showing the proof for each visit.

All individuals entering the home, ages 2 and up, must follow the testing requirements. Parental consent is required for minors (individuals under 18 years of age) that undergo testing. If consent is not given and/or testing is refused, the individual is not permitted to enter the home. If a minor who is eligible for vaccination (currently ages 12-17) is fully immunized, they are exempt from asymptomatic surveillance testing.

You will agree that the health and safety of individuals in long-term care homes is a top concern. Testing results help protect individuals in the home (e.g., staff, student placement, volunteers, residents) from exposure to infectious diseases. Any person entering the Home, without valid proof of full vaccination, will be required to undergo surveillance testing (rapid testing), one to two times per week depending on the frequency of the visits.

VISITORS

As of July 16th, there are no longer sector-specific limitations on the number of visitors who can visit a resident, either indoors or outdoors. However, we must still maintain IPAC protocols. Masks must be worn when indoors. Adequate physical distancing between groups and persons must be maintained so we are asking that no more than three visitors are present in a resident room. Larger groups should use the common areas or outdoor spaces.

Pre-booking is required and can be done through the  Outdoor Booking Portal

SOCIAL ABSENCES

As of July 16th, 2021, all residents, regardless of immunization status, can leave the home for social absences that do not include an overnight stay. Temporary absences that involve two or more days and one or more nights for non-medical reasons are permitted for all residents, regardless of immunization status. Residents who leave the home for an overnight absence (including temporary absences) are required to seek prior approval from the Home. Upon their return, they must consent to an NP swab followed by isolation and droplet precautions until the results of a negative swab are received.

RESIDENT ACTIVITIES

All long-term care homes can have organized events and social gatherings with precautions of cohorting within their units (when indoors), masking (including for residents where possible/tolerated) and limited capacity in a room to allow physical distancing where necessary. All participants should physically distance (2 metres) from one another unless staff are providing direct support with cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces between activities/room use and use of natural ventilation wherever possible (e.g., open windows). As of July 16th, activities such as singing and dancing are permitted in the home.

All residents are permitted to take part in off-site excursions, regardless of immunization status. For all types of absences, LTCHs are required to provide a medical mask to the resident (as tolerated) and remind them to follow public health measures, such as physical distancing and hand hygiene, while they are away from the home. With this in mind, residents should wear medical masks (as tolerated) and follow public health measures during an absence. For the time being, residents will remain cohorted to their units for outings. If a resident is travelling in a van or bus, it is ideal for residents to remain socially distanced whenever possible, with windows opened.

MEALTIME ACTIVITIES

Fully immunized staff and fully immunized visitors may accompany a resident for meals including for the purposes of either having a meal themselves or assisting a resident with feeding. Care must be taken to limit room capacity to allow physical distancing between tables/diners. Frequent hand hygiene of residents and staff or caregivers or volunteers assisting with feeding should be undertaken. With this in mind, we will re-open the Rob van Velzen Family Room for resident/family dining by appointment only up to a maximum of 4 people plus the resident. Reservations can be made through Customer Service 24 hours in advance to allow for cleaning. Food can also be consumed outdoors. However, due to space constraints, only residents will be permitted to eat in our resident unit dining rooms.

OTHER

Eye protection for staff and essential caregivers will only be required when caring for residents who are on droplet precautions and/or directly in an outbreak setting.

Residents will undergo symptom screening and temperature checks once per day (compared with twice daily).

Please let us know if you have any questions or require further clarification. We are working through these changes so please be patient during the transition. This is good news for everyone but we still need to be cautious, both at Union Villa and as we restore our personal interactions.

For more details: Pandemic Response FAQs

 

The Adult Day Program  is currently closed for in-person programming but providing virtual activities to clients.

Unionville Community Centre for Seniors has resumed in-person programming both indoors and outdoors with limited capacity in addition to  virtual activities to its clients.