Families welcome in-facility, at-home visits with long-term care residents

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SHEET HARBOUR – Family members who have not been able to have in-person visits with their loved ones in long-term care facilities since March due to COVID-19 are beginning to have some relief.

For the past two weeks residents are being permitted outside the facility to have visits at home. Clinical Supervisor for Harbourview Lodge Continuing Care facility, Cathy Logan, told The Journal in an email: “Residents may visit at home provided visits are pre-booked and all COVID-19 protocols are followed.”

Additionally, Logan says that during the past three weeks family members are now able to visit - in person- within the Lodge. Logan explains what the necessary steps are to follow. “Families are able to request visits as often as they wish. We do our best to accommodate all requests,” Logan said. She explained what steps are necessary to follow.

Public Health and Harbour View Lodge COVID-19 protocols must be strictly followed for both inside and outside visits with residents. Relatives can book appointments and a staff member will explain safety protocols in place at the time the appointment is made. Appointments are booked through Harbourview Lodge’s recreation department.

At this time prebooked appointments the only way to visit residents at the Lodge. “Visits must be pre-booked in order to ensure staffing is available to screen visitors and supervise visits,” Logan explains.

Ramifications due to the recent outbreak in the New Brunswick facility has caused Nova Scotia to be cautious. “We are keeping a close eye on what’s happening in neighbouring provinces,” said Logan. “We continue to follow our protocols and screening requirements as determined by Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.”

The reaction of residents and family members and staff to the loosening of restrictions. has been one of cautious relief

“Residents and their families are very happy to be able to able to visit and re-connect with loved ones,” Logan said. “Our employees are also very pleased that visitor restrictions have eased and are working diligently to follow the necessary protocols for the safety of our residents.”

Janice Christie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal