Long-Term Care Residents Can Again Leave Homes For Short-Stays, Temporary Absences

Aug 28, 2020

By Bob Komsic

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Effective immediately residents of long-term care homes in Ontario can spend time away for day trips or overnight stays.
For so-called ”short-stays,” which do not include overnight, long-term care homes must provide residents with a medical mask to be worn at all times when outside the home, and remind them of public health measures, including physical distancing.
When they return, residents must be screened but are not required to be tested or to self-isolate.
”Temporary absences” of one or more nights, will be at the discretion of the home and decided on a case-by-case basis.
Those residents will be required to self-isolate for 12 days upon their return.
If a home denies a ”temporary absence” request, it must state its rationale in writing.
Calling it a ”day we’ve all looked forward to,” Long-Term Care Minister Dr. Merrilee Fullerton says it’s her ”hope these welcome changes will improve … residents’ quality of life while keeping them safe.”
An updated policy for visits to long-term care homes will be released next week.


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