COVID-19 Update

UPDATE: COVID-19 Residence Visitor/Vaccination Policy - Effective April 28, 2022

As the province continues to lessen COVID-19 protocols and restrictions, it is important to recognize the dangers that still exist with the spread of COVID-19. To ensure the ongoing safety of our residents, staff/volunteers, and visitors, Hospice continues to follow the following precautions:

As of Tuesday, March 8, 2022, all visitors aged 12 and older who enter the Residential Hospice at 140 Water Street will be required to:

  1. Complete and pass the COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire; and,
  2. Show proof of full vaccination or complete a COVID-19 rapid antigen test (once daily at Hospice) with a negative result; and,
  3. Show proof of identification; and,
  4. Wear a surgical mask (provided by Hospice) and any additional PPE as required.

Visiting Guidelines:

  • Visitors who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated must adhere to our PPE guidelines (surgical mask, goggles/face shield, and gown). PPE must be removed in the resident’s room just before exiting the room.
  • Please use the washroom in the resident’s suite.
  • The maximum capacity in the great room is not to exceed 6 people.
  • Designated visitors under the age of 12, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Visitors who fail to show proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will not be permitted to enter Hospice.

These measures are put in place in order to protect residents and their families, as well as staff and volunteers, to allow Hospice to provide safe and effective care. The situation is being monitored and updates will be provided as they become available. If you have any questions, please contact me.


Changes to COVID-19 Residence Visitor/Vaccination Policy - Effective December 23, 2021

Given the continuing spread of COVID-19 within Ontario and the transmissibility of the Omicron variant, Hospice has implemented the following precautions to ensure the safety of our residents, staff/volunteers, and visitors:


As of Thursday, December 23, 2021, all visitors aged 12 and older who enter the Residential Hospice at 140 WaterStreet will be required to:

1. Complete and pass the COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire; and,
2. Show proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours or proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid test; and,
3. Show proof of identification; and,
4. Wear a surgical mask (provided by Hospice) and any additional PPE as required.


Visiting Guidelines:
• Residents or their Power of Attorney (POA) will identify who their designated visitors will be. Each resident may have up to 15 visitors. Eleven (11) designated visitors and four (4) essential visitors will be present when end-of-life is near.
• The resident may have a maximum of two (2) designated visitors within the Residence at a time. When end-of-life is near, the four (4) essential visitors may be in the suite at one time (these 4 individuals will remain the same and may not be substituted). Other designated visitors may continue to visit 2 at a time. The health care team will notify the family when that time is near.
• Visitors who are not vaccinated or not fully vaccinated must adhere to our PPE guidelines (surgical mask, goggles/face shield, and gown). PPE must be removed in the resident’s room just before exiting the room.
• Family will not be permitted to gather in the great room. Please use the washroom in the resident’s suite.
• Designated visitors under the age of 12, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
• Visitors who fail to show proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will not be permitted to enter Hospice.

These measures are put in place in order to protect residents and their families, as well as staff and volunteers, to allow Hospice to provide safe and effective care. The situation is being monitored and updates will be provided as they become available.
 


Changes to Supportive Services Delivery - Effective December 23, 2021

In response to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Supportive Services Team will be implementing changes to service delivery to protect the vulnerable members of our community we serve, volunteers and staff. Effective December 23, 2021:


• All in-person Volunteer Visiting will be suspended, reverting to telephone support only.
• Support groups will be offered virtually.
• Clients will be encouraged to participate in telephone and virtual counselling in place of in-person appointments.
• In-person individual counselling services will continue to be available to those who are fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken with 72 hours of the appointment.


*  In the case of in-person individual counselling, clients are required to complete and pass the COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire; and,
* Show proof of full vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours, or proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid test; and,
* Show proof of identification; and,
* Wearing a surgical mask (provided by Hospice) is required.


We will use the skills, technology and experience acquired since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to continue our work within the community under these temporary restrictions.
Full vaccination has been shown to be effective in reducing COVID-19 virus transmission and protecting vaccinated individuals from severe consequences of COVID-19. Given the continuing spread of COVID-19 within Ontario, the compelling data demonstrating a higher incidence of COVID-19 among the unvaccinated population, and the increasing levels of contact between individuals as businesses, services, and activities have reopened, it is important that clients/visitors to Hospice be fully vaccinated and/or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test priorto entering Hospice.


Clients/visitors who fail to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test will not be permitted to enter Hospice. Alternative programming offered by telephone or by videoconferencing may be available to those who are unable to enter Hospice.

These measures are put in place in order to protect residents and their families, as well as staff and volunteers, to allow Hospice to provide safe and effective care. The situation is being monitored and updates will be provided as they become available.
 


COVID-19 Enhanced Visitor Restrictions, Effective Immediately - December 10, 2021

Lambton Public Health has informed Hospice that the Omicron variant of SARS-COV-2 is now in Ontario and may overtake the Delta variant as the most commonly occurring type of virus, if
spread.


Consistent with federal and provincial directives and Lambton Public Health, effective immediately, entry is restricted to any non-essential personnel or non-essential visitors to Hospice who have travelled outside of Canada (including the United States) within the last 14 days, for any trip lasting more than 24 hours. This includes all staff who do not provide direct care in the Residence and volunteers. Exemptions for critical operations and emergencies will be allowed. Compassionate exemptions will be granted, as allowed with the express permission of the Executive Director. As more information becomes available from Public Health and federal and provincial directives with respect to the Omicron variant, updates will be published.
 


COVID-19 Residence Visitor Vaccination Policy

 As of  Monday, November 8, 2021, all visitors who enter the Residential Hospice at 140 Water Street will be required to:

  1. Complete and pass the COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire; and,
  2. Show proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the past 72 hours or proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid test: and,
  3. Proof of identification

Also please note the following:

  • All who enter Hospice, aged 12 and older, must show Proof of Vaccination or proof of a negative test and a piece of identification. 
  • Residents or Power of Attorney (POA ) will identify who their essential visitors will be. We will maintain our current direction that every resident has 15 essential visitors.  
  • We will document the proof of vaccine of family/friends who plan on returning for a visit later. For those coming in for a one-time visit, we will only need to document proof of vaccine on the screening sheet.
  • Visitors will be encouraged to visit a maximum of 4 people at the bedside at a time.  
  • Between the hours of 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, all visitors are welcome to hospice. There will be no restrictions on the number of visitors allowed. This is over and above the 15 essential visitors. 
  • Between the hours of 8:00 pm to  8:00 am, only essential visitors (list of 15) will be encouraged to visit. 

Visitors under the age of 12, who are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination must complete and pass the COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire prior to entry, and a face mask must be worn at all times.

Full vaccination has been shown to be effective in reducing COVID-19 virus transmission and protecting vaccinated individuals from severe consequences of COVID-19 and COVID-19 variants, including the Delta variant currently circulating in Ontario.

Given the continuing spread of COVID-19 within Ontario, the compelling data demonstrating a higher incidence of COVID-19 among the unvaccinated population, and the increasing levels of contact between individuals as businesses, services, and activities have reopened, it is important that visitors to Hospice be fully vaccinated and/or provide proof of a negative COVID test prior to entering Hospice

Visitors who fail to show proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will not be permitted to enter Hospice.

For a list of local testing centers, please visit:

https://lambtonpublichealth.ca/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-criteria/#when