With increasing Covid-19 vaccination rates among our residents, staff, and in the community, and following the provincial announcement of the change to Pandemic Level Orange, we are pleased to announce further enhanced visitation opportunities and support social leaves for residents.

Enhanced Visitation:

End of Life: Increased visitation timeframe (4 weeks), up to 4 Designated Family Caregivers (2 may visit at a time), up to 2 unvaccinated/vaccinated general visitors

Designated Caregivers: no change to current visitation.

General Visitors (indoor/outdoor):

  • In the resident’s room- up to 2 vaccinated general visitors
  • All-Season Visitation Shelter/Designated Indoor Visitation Room – up to 2 unvaccinated/vaccinated general visitors
  • General visitors from out of province may visit in the all-season visitation shelter/designated indoor visitation room with proof of vaccination
  • Outdoor Visits – a reasonable number of general visitors per resident may visit at a time if physical distancing can be maintained; outdoor visitation capacity will vary by site

The principles of frequent hand hygiene, physical distancing, and visitor screening continue to be important, effective measures to minimize the risk of Covid-19.

Criteria for Social Leaves:

If the resident AND driver are fully vaccinated –

  • Social leaves are permitted up to full day, overnight stays are not recommended
  • Direct travel to the destination and back to facility is recommended to minimize exposure and contacts.

If either the resident or the driver is NOT fully vaccinated:

  • Each resident can designate up to a maximum of two drivers/escorts.
  • Passes are limited; a maximum of 2/week for a maximum of 2 hours.

Physical distancing and masks are required in the vehicle and recommmended to be worn unless for the purpose of eating/drinking. Perform hand hygiene frequently.

Please contact recreation department to schedule a social leave, or to designate your 2 unvaccinated driver/escort.

Fully immunized residents and visitors are those who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and whose second dose was received more than 14 days before the planned visit. Both the resident and the visitor(s) must meet these criteria, visits must be scheduled and visitors will be required to demonstrate proof of full immunization and photo identification before entry.

Please note, visitation changes will take effect July 5, 2021. Friends and family can call our Recreation Department at 1-204-482-6601 ext. 125 to book a scheduled visit or a Social Leave.

We know the last number of months have been difficult and have required limits on social visits and interaction. We look forward to continuing to support time spent with your loved ones.

All visitors will continue to be screened before entry, masks must be worn, and anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be admitted.
We will regularly review opportunities to improve and will learn as we go. We are grateful for your continued cooperation and patience.

New Admisions during Pandemic Response System Level RED (CRITICAL):  We are providing advance notice to all families with residents in Private Rooms that during the Pandemic Response System Level RED (CRITICAL) it will be necessary to “Temporarily” move a resident in a private room to accommodate a New Admission being placed in “Quarantine” for a full 14 days. New residents from hospital, other nursing homes and the community need to be placed in isolation to protect our other residents and ensure there is no COVID infection risks to the facility. We definitely do not want to go back into an Outbreak situation again.

To be fair and equitable to all residents we are trying to take turns so it is not always the same resident that must move. Families will be notified in advance when this is occurring and which double room they will be moving to for the two weeks. Before they return to their own room it will be cleaned & disinfected and the room will be restored to as close as we can to how it was. We will move only stable residents and only within the unit or cohort. Residents on end-of-life or with special care needs will not be moved.

We sincerely regret the necessity for needing to do this but it is very necessary to keep all our residents safe.   Our building is very old, 50 years, and we have many double rooms and shared washrooms, hopefully in the future we can get renovations that will make this process unnecessary as each resident will have a private room. We are advocating for these infrastructure improvements and hopefully they will come soon.

If you have any questions or concerns please speak to your assigned Nurse Manager for more information. They can be contacted at the below contact information. Again, thank you for your patience and support during these difficult times. Stay safe, wear a mask and social distance. 😊

Majel Dignadice RN Maples Hall
Tel: (204) 482-6601 Ext: 138

Laetitia Martyniw RN BN Poplar Oak Hall
Tel: (204) 482-6601 Ext: 139

Seniors Cannot Wait

Covid-19 has changed all of our lives and we find ourselves not only facing health risks but many other challenges on a daily basis. But we know the greatest danger of all, is the risk our vulnerable seniors face. 81% of all deaths in Canada have been in long-term care1. Obviously, this is an area of enormous concern. As long-term care and elderly housing providers for more than 100 years, members of the Long Term & Continuing Care Association of Manitoba are speaking out of Shine a Light on Seniors’ Care in Manitoba. We understand the capacity and support needed for safe care. We understand first hand, that SENIORS CANNOT WAIT!

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