On June 30, the BC Ministry of Health announced they would be relaxing restrictions on visits in long-term care homes and assisted living residences. This news has many family members are asking what this means for them and the people they care about.
Why visitations were restricted
On March 16, 2020 Minister of Health, Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that the province was moving to restrict visits in long-term care homes to essential visits only. This decision was made to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care homes and assisted living residences, where residents are most vulnerable to adverse outcomes, due to age and chronic health issues.
While the impacts of this directive have been challenging for families and residents, the swift action on this issue has also been celebrated as a key factor in B.C.’s efforts to “flatten the curve.”
On June 30, the BC Ministry of Health announced they would be relaxing restrictions on visits in long-term care homes and assisted living residences, as to allow for residents to have a single designated visitor in specific visiting areas. This approach will be monitored through July, with an aim to expand it in August.
Visits will be immediately suspended at care homes or assisted living residences under outbreak protocols.
What you need to know:
For more information about timelines and protocols please contact the residence where your family member or friend lives. Processes will vary across sites.