Changes to restrictions on visitation in long-term care and assisted living: what does this mean for staff?
July 16, 2021 | News
The province has announced that from July 19, they will be easing restrictions on visitation in long-term care and assisted living, as well as making some changes to infection prevention and control policies based on the vaccination status of individuals. SafeCare BC has been working with the Ministry of Health to understand exactly what this means for staff in the sector.
The announcements made last week apply only to long term care and assisted living settings. We expect more information to follow this month on changes for the home care sector.
No. Those working in long-term care who are fully vaccinated will not be required to wear masks or eye protection unless clinically indicated for individuals on precautions or based on their point-of-care assessment, or to protect against the normal hazards in their regular work. This also applies to contractors and personal service providers who are regularly at the site.
The province has said that unvaccinated staff will be asked to undergo regular rapid testing. However, this does not have to be in place by July 19. More information will be available in the coming weeks about how care homes and assisted living residences can access these tests and implement rapid testing.
The single site order is still in place for now. The province has announced it is working on a plan for fully vaccinated staff to be allowed to work across ‘clusters’ of care homes. We expect more information soon on what this will mean for you and care staff.