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Easier to visit Long Term Care homes

Easier to visit Long Term Care homes

Ontario will make it easier for family and friends to visit and care for loved ones in long-term care homes.

Premier Ford announced today that the rules for outside visits with long-term care residents are being relaxed, starting today, and guests will no longer be required to attest they’ve taken a COVID-19 test within the previous two weeks.

Inside visits to long-term care homes – currently limited to essential workers and families of palliative patients – will be broadly permitted as of July 22, the source said.

Long-term care facilities will also welcome back essential caregivers — often family members like a spouse or child who help with tasks like feeding — when indoor visits resume, the source said.

The updated non-essential visitor policy will still require that the facility have no active COVID-19 cases and that visitors wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.

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A government source said the updated visiting policy reflects the improved outlook in homes, and is a credit to family and friends who were respectful of the rules when visitors were re-introduced under tight regulations in June. “That’s one of the reasons we’re able to move on to the next stage with confidence,” the source said.

According to the newly-amended directive, two people can visit a resident at the same time in an outdoor setting, beginning Wednesday. On July 22, indoor visits can begin with a two-person limit as well.

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