Elgin Homes – Update July 16, 2021

On July 14, 2021, the Ministry of Long-Term Care provided Long-Term Care Homes, with information regarding changes to Surveillance Testing, Absences, Activities, Dining, Visitors and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

We are looking forward to improving our resident quality of life by being able to ease the restrictions on our visits and activities, surveillance testing and PPE (eye protection).

The changes outlined below for County of Elgin Homes will begin effective July 16, 2021.

COVID-19 Updates July 5, 2021

On June 29, 2021, the Ministry of Long-Term Care provided Long-Term Care Homes with information regarding changes to visits and absences for general visitors and essential caregiver visitors that will come into effect on July 7, 2021.

We are looking forward to implementing these exciting updates and thank you for your patience as we work towards safely implementing these changes for residents, general visitors and essential caregiver visitors.

COVID-19 Updates – Essential Caregiver Visitors and General Visitors

On June 2, 2021, the Ministry of Long-Term Care provided Long-Term Care Homes, with information regarding changes to visits and absences for general visitors and essential caregiver visitors that will come into effect on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

We are looking forward to implementing these exciting updates and thank you for your patience as our Homes work towards safely implementing these changes for residents, general visitors and essential caregiver visitors.

COVID-19 Updates – Essential Caregivers and General Visitors

While the Infection Prevention and Control measures in Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH’s) of masking, protective eyewear, physical distancing, resident and staff cohorting, visitor policy, and immunization have been highly effective in minimizing transmission of COVID-19, the Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC) has heard from families, residents and families within the current COVID-19 long-term care home experience.

On May 4, 2021, the Ministry of Long-term Care, provided information to Long-Term Care Homes regarding updates to Directive #3 and the new Ministry of Long-Term Care COVID-19 Guidance Document for LTCH’s in Ontario, to be implemented as soon as feasible.

May 2021 Elgin Homes Newsletter

With the heralding of warmer weather, many residents and their essential caregivers will wish to head outdoors to enjoy some fresh air, hear the birds and enjoy the gardens on the beautiful Elgin Homes grounds. The garden work has started and we can see spring and summer foliage awakening around us.

This year, we are required to ensure that we adhere to and follow local Municipal and Provincial COVID-19 guidelines that have been put in place to ensure the safety of the public as well as the residents, visitors and staff at the County of Elgin Homes.

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing

Screening and testing for COVID-19 continues to play a central role in the battle against COVID-19. The Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC) has mandated screening and testing requirements for staff, residents, essential caregivers, general visitors and support workers to Long-Term Care Homes. Weekly PCR surveillance testing for visitors will be changing to on site “rapid antigen testing” (PanBio).

County of Elgin Homes March 2021

We are excited to share that our partners at Southwestern Public Health and community partners were able to administer the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech to all participating County of Elgin homes residents.