Ontario must allow families in long term care homes

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On March 16, 2020, the Ministry of Long Term Care closed all long term care facilities to family to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Since then over 1,400 long term care home residents have died without their family by their side. Thousands more - particularly those with cognitive impairments like Alzheimers and dementia - have been left without the support of family to advocate for them on critical issues including health care procedures.

Premier Ford, Minister Fullerton, Minister Elliott, Dr. Fullerton, it is time to begin to live with the reality of COVID-19 and allow families back into long term care homes under the following conditions;

1.  There is no outbreak in the home

2. To begin the reintroduction, one family member will be designated as a visitor. They will self isolate when not at the long term care home.

3. The designated family member is provided by the long term care home with personal protective equipment at the same level as staff at that home use.

4. The designated family member be screened in the same manner as staff on the way in and out of the nursing home each day

5. The designated family member attends a COVID-19 Health and Safety seminar  to meet the standards of the home

We also request that the province review the issue in two weeks with the goal of allowing another significant family member to visit the resident and easing the above restrictions should conditions allow.