Please note: As spots in the Atlantic Bubble are experiencing more COVID-19 cases, folks from areas of the Atlantic Bubble that are identified outbreak / orange zones are asked not to visit our facility at this time. If you travel to an identified outbreak / orange zone, please wait 14 days upon your return to Nova Scotia before visiting our facility. Thank you for your help in minimizing risk!
Update: November 24, 2020
As you may have heard in Dr. Strang’s update today, INDOOR VISITS in long term care will be SUSPENDED as of November 26th.
This is a tough but important precaution as the number of cases of COVID-19 spread within our community.
*Please note: Designated Caregivers CAN continue to visit our long term care facilities at this time.
Update: November 23, 2020
As our understanding of COVID-19 evolves, we continue to make small and big changes to increase safety for our staff, residents and community!
Moving forward, we’re making a small change: all staff, visitors and family will now be required to wear a mask (non-medical or medical) to enter our doors.
Once inside the facility, you will:
1. Perform hand hygiene (use hand sanitizer)
2. Remove your personal mask and properly store or dispose of it
3. Perform hand hygiene again
4. Put on one of the medical masks supplied by us, as usual!
As you get used to these new added steps, please also remember to maintain a 6 foot distance from others while waiting to come in to the facility and while in our entry. We ask that you wait to enter until there is room to maintain the 6 foot distance.
Thank you so much for your continued support and commitment to following these new and evolving practices!
August 27, 2020
Dear Ocean View families and loved ones:
We know as the weather grows colder, many of you have wondered how you will continue to comfortably visit your loved one here at Ocean View. Fortunately, we have heard from the provincial government this week, and they have lifted some further restrictions on long term care. With all of this in mind, we are thrilled to announce that we will be switching to Indoor Visits at Ocean View, beginning Sept. 9th!:
What do you need to know about indoor visits?
• Based on provincial restrictions, only 1 visitor will be permitted to visit a resident at a time from the list of visitors provided by the resident/substitute decision maker. However, there is no limit to the number of family members and friends that can be added to the list.
• As per provincial restrictions, during the visit, both the visitor and resident will wear a mask; sit at a 6 foot distance; and perform hand hygiene.
• Visitors will now need to wear a medical mask, which will be provided should you not have your own.
• During an Indoor Visit, you will still be able to give a quick HUG or a pat on the back, as both parties will be wearing a mask!
• Visits must happen in a designated area. As per the provincial guidelines, staff will accompany visitors from the entry to the designated area when you arrive. We know family members have very much missed being a part of their loved one’s day-to-day life, but at this time visitors are still not permitted to assist at mealtime on the neighbourhood; help with personal care; attend activities with the resident; etc.
• All indoor visitors must remain aware of the possible impacts of COVID-19 in long term care, and the importance of following all safety practices to prevent unknowing transmission of COVID-19 to our vulnerable senior population. Please help keep your loved one safe. If you are unwell, we ask that you stay home and alert us at 902-465-6020 ext. 2176. We will gladly reschedule.
• To book your Indoor Visit, please call 902-465-6020 ext. 2176 on Mondays or Tuesdays, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. If you leave a voicemail, note that the appointment is not confirmed until you receive a callback.
Further Visitation Reminders:
– You will have to let us know the names and contact information of the person who will be visiting when calling to book.
– Visitors must answer our pre-screening questions truthfully regarding potential COVID-19 symptoms and exposures.
– Visitors must review provided information on hand hygiene and perform hand hygiene (hand sanitizer) at the beginning and end of the visit.
– Visitors must practice respiratory etiquette (i.e. cough/sneeze into elbow, etc.)
– Visitors must respect physical distancing (2 metres / 6 feet).
– Visits may be cancelled if our facility experiences an outbreak of illness.
– Visits must be cancelled if the visitor or resident are exhibiting symptoms of illness; have suspected exposure to COVID-19; or are required to self-isolate.
If you become ill in the two (2) weeks following your visit, you must contact 811 for screening and testing. Should you test positive for COVID-19, you must inform Public Health that you have visited our facility.
Planning a Visit? Here is some helpful information you can review ahead of time:
We are also happy to continue offering:
• Skype/Facetime/Zoom visits
• Window visits
Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org !
The practices and restrictions outlined above are based on direction from the Department of Health & Wellness and Chief Medical Officer, and are intended to protect those we serve. Those in long term care are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, and we will continue to make decisions based on the difficult balance between risk and quality of life. We thank you for your patience and support.