June 30, 2020
Today, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that, in the near future, one designated visitor will be allowed to visit safely with residents in long term care homes and assisted living apartments. She asked long term care homes to exercise caution and thoughtfulness to minimize risk to the residents and staff as they develop a safety plan for visits in the coming weeks.
Menno Home, Menno Hospital and Terrace East Assisted Living currently operate under the orders of Mark Lavoie, Fraser Health Medical Health Officer. The orders for essential visitors have not, yet, been changed. At this time, there are no changes to visiting at Menno Home, Menno Hospital or Terrace East Assisted Living as we await specific instructions and information from the Public Health Officer to guide us in the plans to open up visiting in long-term care and assisted living.
In today’s media update, Adrian Dix, BC’s Minister of Health announced funding for up to three full-time staff per care home/assisted living apartment to assist with the logistics of booking, cleaning and transporting residents to a safe space for visits. This will be essential for Menno Place as we anticipate 443 designated visitors booking visits with their loved ones once we open.
As it has been 100 days since the visitor lockdown began, we understand how difficult it has been for family members to be separated during this time. Please prepare yourself for a different way of visiting when these visits are opened up. There will be active screening questions prior to visiting, along with donning personal protective equipment as well as social distancing.