Jul 16, 2020

By Jane Brown

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After months of painful isolation, long term care residents and family members are welcoming news that the provincial government is allowing indoor visits starting next week.

Among those family members is a regular caller to Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back with Libby Znaimer.

(Photo credit: Richard Lautens/Toronto Star)

Verna Andrews calls it “magic” that starting July 22nd, she will be able to visit her husband indoors at Peel Region’s Sheridan Villa.

Her husband has dementia and she says it will mean everything to him for her to be able to go inside the facility.

Verna called Fight Back on Monday and said she has had three outdoor visits since the COVID-19 lockdown ended and has seen an improvement in her husband’s condition.

“And I’ve just had a call to say that I can go in and cut his hair in complete PPE…They’re going to wipe and sanitize all my hair cutting equipment…and I’m just full of joy today!” Verna exclaimed.

As of Wednesday July 22nd, visitors may assist with eating or washing and providing emotional support for people who’ve declined from months of loneliness and depression.

Before mid-March, when visitors for all but palliative residents were locked out by COVID-19 restrictions, many family members and friends provided hours of care for their loved ones, freeing up staff to spend time with other residents.

During this next phase, indoor visitors will be required to test negative for COVID-19 within the past 14 days. Outside visits no longer require a test.

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