Hospice COVID-19 Protocols
Notice of Outbreak (additional cases): Posted Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
- A clean mask provided by the hospice must be worn at all times during the visit. The mask must cover from the bridge of the nose to underneath the chin.
- Personal protective equipment (PPE), including mask, gown and gloves must be worn for the entirety of the visit during the 14-day isolation period following admission. The ability to visit will be dependant on availability of PPE.
- Physical distancing of a minimum of 2 metres must be maintained by visitors from the staff.
- Families are asked to select up to 4 people who will register as designated indoor visitors. A maximum of two visitors at a time are permitted into the patient's room. Designated visitors are not interchangeable.
- Designated visitors can enter the building at any time and are required to sign in and out at the screening desk on each entry and exit.
- Common areas within the hospice are not open for use by any visitor.
- Upon entering the building, visitors must pass screening requirements. If a visitor does not pass screening requirements, entry will be denied and they will be asked to contact public health.
- Food and drinks are not permitted entry into the hospice by families for the purpose of sharing with patients. Commercially prepared food can be delivered to the hospice where it will be received by our screeners and required protocols to be followed.
- Visitors are expected to go directly to the patient's room, and remain in that room until the end of their visit. A single assigned washroom will be available for visitor use
- An indoor visit is a distinct type of visit and must be completed using the exit procedure prior to engaging in another form of visit.
- Children of all ages may be permitted entry, however, arrangements must be made with the nursing staff in advance of a visit.
- Hand hygiene protocols must be followed.
- A clean mask provided by the Hospice must be worn at all times during the visit.
- A maximum of 4 people will be permitted to visit within the patio area at a time. Additional visitors may rotate in.
- All visitors are required to sign in at the screening desk prior to proceeding to the patio. Visitors must pass screening requirements. If a visitor does not pass screening requirements, the outdoor visit will be denied and visitors will be asked to contact public health.
- All visits will be 30 minutes or less and are to be scheduled in advance. An increase or decrease in visit time will be at the discretion of the registered nurse.
- Visitors are expected to go directly to the assigned patio and remain in that area until the end of their visit. Common areas within the hospice are not open for use by any visitor.
- Food and drinks are not permitted during the visit.
- An outdoor visit is a distinct type of visit and visitors must complete this visit type before engaging in an indoor visit, at which time adherence to indoor visit protocols will be required.
- All essential visitors, employees and physicians must enter Stedman Community Hospice site through the main entrance.
- A staff member will be at the main entrance to ensure all essential visitors, staff and physicians clean their hands with alcohol-based hand rub before entering into the building. Visitors will also be asked about their current health status (eg. fever, cough)
- Staying home if feeling unwell or have new/worsening cough or shortness of breath and/or fever.
- Following good infection control practices, such as washing hands and not touching your face, coughing/sneezing into elbow or a tissue and disposing of the tissue immediately.
- Wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when working or visiting with someone that is sick and under droplet/contact precautions.