Covid-19 Updates

Visitation

Essential Caregivers

The limit of two designated caregivers per resident has been removed. If the resident or substitute decision maker wishes to designate more than two caregivers, they must fill out the Consent for Designation of Caregivers Form:

  • Essential caregiver is a type of essential visitor who is designated by the resident or substitute decision-maker to provide direct care (e.g. supporting feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, relational continuity and assistance in decision-making) and must be at least 18 years of age
  • Maximum of two (2) caregivers/general visitors per resident may visit at a time
  • Follow antigen testing guidelines
  • Wear your mask and eye protection properly at all times
  • Can walk and visit in common spaces (e.g. hallways, lobby, courtyard) with a resident. Must maintain two (2) metres physical distancing from all other residents, staff and visitors

Fully immunized caregivers: 

  • Permitted to eat with the resident in resident’s room ONLY
  • Must maintain two (2) metres physical distancing from all other residents, staff and visitors
  • The ONLY time caregivers are permitted to remove their mask and eye protection is when eating with the resident

Partially/unimmunized caregivers:

  • Not permitted to eat with resident
  • Must wear mask and eye protection at all times – NO EATING OR DRINKING.

We will continue to request proof of caregiver immunization at screening to ensure we have an accurate record. If you have not already done so, please bring proof of vaccination to your next visit.

General Visitors

Outdoor visitors:

  • Visit must be booked at least 24-hours in advance and during business hours by calling 705-360-2644 ext. 4500
  • Outdoor visiting is available Sunday at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday from 10:00 am - 11:30 am and Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am and 1:15 pm – 3:30 pm for 30 minute time slots
  • Maximum of four (4) caregivers/general visitors per resident may visit at a time
  • Present to the gate at the special care courtyard for screening
  • Wear your mask properly at all times – NO EATING OR DRINKING
  • Maintain physical distancing of two (2) metres
  • General visitors younger than 14 years of age are only permitted to visit outdoors and must be accompanied by an adult and follow all infection control measures

Indoor visitors

  • Visit must be booked at least 24-hours in advance and during business hours by calling 705-360-2644 ext. 4500
  • Indoor visiting is available 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm for 60 minute time slots
  • Maximum of two (2) caregivers/general visitors per resident may visit at a time
  • Present to the front entrance for screening
  • Follow the antigen testing guidelines
  • Wear your mask and eye protection properly at all times – NO EATING OR DRINKING

Can walk and visit in common spaces (e.g. hallways, lobby, courtyard) with a resident – must maintain two (2) metres physical distancing from all other residents, staff and visitors

Fully Immunized Caregivers and General Visitors

  • Permitted to eat with the resident in resident's room
  • Must maintain two (2) metres physical distancing from all other residents, staff and visitors
  • The ONLY time visitors are permitted to remove their mask and eye protection is when eating with the residents

Testing Guideline

  • Individuals who are fully immunized will no longer require surveillance resting when entering the home
    • A person is fully immunized if they have received the full series of COVID-19 vaccine or combination of COVID-19 vaccines and received their final dose at least 12 days ago
    • Caregivers, visitors and support workers will be required to show proof of vaccination at screening. You can obtain a copy of your vaccine receipt at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca. Vaccination status of individuals entering the home will be kept in our record so you will not have to show proof at future visits.
  • Partially / unimmunized individuals or individuals that choose not to disclose their vaccination status will continue to require surveillance testing. The frequency of surveillance testing will continue to be daily and individuals must wait for their results before proceeding.

Antigen Testing

Please be aware of the hours that testing is available at the Golden Manor and plan your visit accordingly:
8:00 am – 8:45 a.m.
9:30 am – 11:45 a.m.
12:30 pm – 4:45 p.m.
5:30 pm – 6:45 p.m.

The testing clinic closes at 7:00 p.m., therefore the last test will be at 6:45 p.m. to allow adequate time to receive the results 15 minutes after the test is taken.

Absences

All residents are permitted to go on short term (day) and temporary (overnight) absences regardless of immunization status.

Residents will be provided a medical mask to wear (as tolerated) when unable to maintain physical distancing. Follow public health measures, including physical distancing, hand hygiene, and limited numbers of people gathering. Those in contact with the resident must wear a mask when unable to maintain physical distancing.

  • Temporary (overnight) absences must be requested at least 24-hours in advance for approval. Resident must be tested (via PCR) and isolated upon return until negative results received
  • Prior to taking a resident on an absence the staff on the resident’s floor must be notified. If you are not going to the resident’s floor and only picking the resident up at the front entrance, please inform the resident’s floor in advance to ensure proper arrangements can be made.
  • Resident must undergo active screening upon return – MUST return by 7:00 pm to allow proper screening while screener present

General visitors and caregivers should communicate plans regarding the days and times they will be in the home to avoid overlapping visits. Only two (2) individuals (caregiver or general visitor) per resident may visit indoors at a time.

If the resident is self-isolating or symptomatic or the Golden Manor goes into outbreak, general visits and social short term and temporary absence will be cancelled. All guidelines are subject to change based on Ministry and Porcupine Health Unit directives.

    

Provincial Updates:

May 21, 2021:

COVID-19 guidance document for long-term care homes in Ontario

COVID-19: Visiting long-term care homes

Directive: COVID-19 Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes under the rule Long-Term Care Homes Act 2007 (PDF)

Minister's Directive: COVID-19 Long-term care home surveillance testing and access to homes

May 04, 2021

COVID-19 guidance document for long-term care homes in Ontario

COVID-19 fact sheet: Communal dining, indoor activities and social gatherings