Keeping Safe During COVID-19
Effective Tuesday, June 2, 2021 at 8 a.m., the following changes will be made to restrictions in long-term care facilities across Nova Scotia:
- Outdoor visitation without physical distancing can resume for residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (see definition below). Visitors must wear a mask throughout the visit.
- Licensed hairdressers can resume offering services to residents who are fully immunized. Hairdressers must wear a medical mask and COVID-19 immunization for the hairdresser is recommended.
- Two Designated Caregivers may visit a resident at the same time. Designated Caregivers are subject to screening at the facility and other measures outlined in the LTC Guidelines and it is recommended that Designated Caregivers be immunized.
- Fully vaccinated residents of homes licensed by the Department of Health and Wellness under the Homes for Special Care Act can resume access to their communities for work or school.
Note, a person is considered fully immunized against COVID-19 when:
- They have received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is authorized as a two-dose schedule and their final dose was administered a minimum of 14 days previously, or
- One dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that is authorized as a one-dose schedule and their final dose was administered a minimum of 14 days previously.
For locations in NB and PE our facilities are still closed to visitors. Designated Care Givers may be permitted pending local public health orders and facility-specific conditions. If you are a Designated Care Giver, please check the Public Health website for the most current orders and contact our Homes to confirm if you can visit. If you have any questions or concerns about your loved one residing in one of our Homes, please call the Home directly.
Please note, the following continues to be allowed by Public Health:
- Residents can have 2 designated caregivers to help with specific caregiving tasks like personal care support, mobility or help with eating. Designated caregivers can be family members, spouses, friends or other support persons, and they must have an established caregiving relationship with the resident before COVID-19.
- Residents are not permitted to leave the facilities. Residents may participate in drives by a designated caregiver or staff, but such outings must not include: (a) other passengers in the case of drives by a designated caregiver; or (b) stops or drive threw
- Residents can leave the facility for medical and dental appointments accompanied by the designated caregiver only, as per the MOH directives
- Off-site sightseeing trips for residents of long-term care facilities using facility vehicles can continue, but there can’t be stops along the way (like stopping for shopping, visiting or going through a drive-thru).
MacLeod Cares is committed to the health and safety of our residents, employees, designated caregivers and partners in care. We have implemented all pandemic protocols at all of our homes. Our entire organization is focused on keeping our residents and employees healthy and safe while respecting and facilitating designated caregiver and family access where permitted.
Public Health protocols and directives are changing daily. We understand it can be confusing and difficult to get current information applicable to your location. For specific information on a Home, please contact that Home directly. You can find a listing of all our locations here
For more provincial COVID-19 updates, scroll down to the Provincial Websites section.
Vaccination Update – as of April 30th, 2021: MacLeodCares continues to work closely with provincial health authorities regarding the roll-out of vaccinations for our residents and staff. To date, approximately 91% of our residents have been vaccinated and 69% of our staff. Vaccinations are on-going.
OUR PANDEMIC PLAN AND APPROACH TO CARE:
- Daily Updates: Each day our Homes receive updated Public Health directives. Our Directors and Site Managers meet with the care teams at each Home to review the latest directives and ensure they are communicated throughout the Home to all employees, Designated Care Givers and Partners in Care.
- High Alert Areas: As a result of an increase of COVID-19 cases in certain geographic areas, we will sometimes take additional measures that restrict access to the Home. We know these changes may seem sudden and can result in inconvenience for families and loved ones. Please know that any decision we make is resulting from our professional assessment and mandate to keep our residents, families and employees as safe as possible.
- Visitor Screening and Access: Each of our Homes will follow the current Public Health and Provincial directives on screening and visitation. Each province may have variations so please check with the specific Home in advance of making a visit to a resident.
- Employee Screening: All employees are screened daily as per public health directives. Screening protocols include temperature checks upon arrival and screening questions.
- Public Health Protocols for Designated Care Givers and Partners in Care: All of our Homes follow Public Health directives for Care Givers and Partners in Care including wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), washing hands and physical (social) distancing.
- Activities: We are working to increase recreation programming and staffing in order to offer more programs to keep residents engaged and active.
- Staying Connected: Staying connected with loved ones is important. Our care team members are happy to pass along messages, book video visits and deliver gifts. For all parcels and deliveries, please check in advance with the Home to ensure the gift can be received, quarantined if necessary, and delivered on time
- Dining: Dining rooms and meal services have been adapted to meet public health directives. This includes changes to dining services during high-risk periods which incudes, in-room dining and changes to a dining location.
- Supplies: Each of our Homes has an additional inventory of medical, food, cleaning and operational supplies. These are in addition to provincial supplies that are available to all Homes.
- Cleaning: All Homes are following Public Health protocols for deep cleaning and regularly scheduled cleaning for high touch areas.
- Communications Updates: Each Home has a contact list for resident family and loved ones who wish to receive email updates. If you are not currently receiving these messages, please contact your Home to be added to their email list.
WHAT IF THERE IS A POSITIVE CASE AT MACLEOD CARES? In the event that we should experience a positive COVID-19 test at one of our locations, you can find an overview of the immediate steps that will be taken here
PROVINCIAL COVID-19 WEBSITES: Please see the most current information regarding COVID-19 and visitation policies at the provincial websites noted below:
If you have questions or concerns specific to your family member or loved one, please contact the Director of Facility and Resident Care or Site Manager. Contact information for each of our locations can be found here