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Visitors to Hospice

TO: All Staff, Volunteers, Board of Directors/Committee Members, Physicians
FROM: Larry Lafranier, Executive Director
DATE: April 3, 2020
RE: VISITORS TO HOSPICE - Directive #1 for Health Care Providers and Health Care
Entities – Revised March 30, 2020, Issued under
Section 77.7 of the Health Protection and Promotion
Act (HPPA), R.S.O. 1990, c. H.7
As you are aware, the COVID-19 virus is in our community and we are committed to responding to this situation responsibly based on the directives from the Ministry of Health and Hospice Palliative Care Ontario. The health and wellbeing of our Residents, Health Care Team and visitors is of the utmost
importance to us and we are implementing as many precautions as needed to protect them from risk. As such, we are seeking your cooperation in helping us to manage the risk to our Residents, Health Care Team and visitors as outlined below:
 Effective immediately, we must limit designated visitors to only two (2) per resident. The designated visitors remain the same for the duration of the Resident’s stay.

 We are asking that designated visitors limit their visits to two (2) per day per visitor, and reduce visiting time, to minimize the risk.

 We ask that all visitors and staff practice social distancing when not visiting Hospice (keeping a distance of two (2) meters from others and avoiding non-essential outings), with frequent hand washing.

 All visitors will be screened at each visit.

 If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms such as a cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat or fever, you must notify us immediately and stay at home.

 Please encourage family members and friends who are not able to visit to stay in touch by phone or video calls. Please let staff know if you require assistance with this.

 We will no longer be able to offer treats, coffee or tea to our visitors in our Great Room or Kitchen area. We ask that you bring your own, if needed, in sealed containers, that can be left in the resident’s room.

 We ask that you refrain from accessing our Great Room area and other common areas.

This is an unprecedented time that calls us to act in a way that is outside of our typical Hospice philosophy of care. We recognize this is a difficult time for you and your circle of support and it is with great compassion that we extend our sincere gratitude for your understanding and cooperation at this time. The above is subject to change, as per directed by legislation.

Thank you,
Larry Lafranier

Executive Director, St. Joseph's Hospice


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Posted: Friday, April 3, 2020 1:12 PM