September 11, 2020 – The Grove Nursing Home residents and their loved ones now have more ways they can connect in person safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In accordance with the Ministry of Long-Term Care’s updated COVID-19 guidance, the Grove has further eased visitor restrictions allowing each resident to have up to two designated caregivers visit in the home, and residents can now leave the home for short stay absences.
“Our team is excited to safely ease our temporary visitor restrictions for residents and their family members as we know how difficult it’s been for everyone during the pandemic,” said Judith Gilchrist, Director of Care, Grove Nursing Home, Arnprior Regional Health (ARH). “As we slowly and cautiously increase visiting access for family members, our priority continues to be the safety of our residents and staff.”
The newly introduced designated caregiver visits are for any person whom the resident (or substitute decision-maker) identifies as their family caregiver – these visits are not scheduled or restricted by length of time or frequency. The designated caregivers must adhere to safety precautions, including:
“The Grove team has done a tremendous job staying vigilant during the pandemic to successfully keep the virus out of the home, while doing what is possible to keep residents connected to their loved ones during the various phases of lockdown and the reopening,” said Susan Leach, Vice President, Patient and Resident Services, Chief Nursing Executive, ARH.
The second new visiting option is short stay absences, which allows a resident to visit at a family member’s home or go out for a scenic drive. For these outings, the following safety precautions must be followed:
Through the Recreation Team, the Grove continues to facilitate scheduled outdoor visits and indoor visits – both with safety measures in place including masks and physical distancing.
About Arnprior Regional Health
Arnprior Regional Health (ARH) is a progressive 105-bed organization that includes a fully accredited community hospital, nursing home, primary health care centre and extensive community programs. ARH is a regional hub with a strong history of providing exemplary care to the residents of West Ottawa, McNab/Braeside, Arnprior and Mississippi Mills. As your partner in health, ARH is committed to listening to and responding to meet the needs of those we serve, because together, we create a healthy community.
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