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Cut to the Chase - Essential and General Visitors in Retirement Homes?

Did you know the Ontario government issued guidance on essential and general visitors, allowing visits with residents in Retirement Homes? And the impact on these visitors when there's a COVID-19 outbreak in the home? Stay tuned for one minute to learn more.

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In Ontario retirement homes, essential visitors are defined as either: support workers or caregivers. Learn more what this means in this video.

The government released COVID-19 guidance (September 2020) outlining the reopening of retirement homes. Download guidance Reopening-Retirement-Homes-Ontario.pdf  for the complete visitor guidance details.

Retirement Home Essential & General Visitors Explained...

Caregiver/Essential Visitor

  • Includes family member, companion or a paid caregiver,

  • Supporting a resident's feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, relational continuity and assistance with decision-making, and

  • Two caregivers are allowed at any time, except as noted below

Only one caregiver allowed when:

  • there's COVID-19 outbreak in the home, or

  • if a resident is symptomatic, or

  • if it's a new resident in their 14-day self-isolating period 

General Visitors

  • A resident can also have general visitors such as a friend or family, visiting for social reasons 

  • Two visitors are allowed at any time, except as noted below

No General Visitors are allowed when:

  • there's COVID-19 outbreak in the home, or

  • if a resident is symptomatic, or

  • if it's a new resident in their 14-day self-isolating period  

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