Nursing homes across the area are getting used to having visitors once again since the Province allowed that move recently. North Centennial Manor Administrator Claude Tremblay says the morale is definitely up by staff and residents with the addition of visitors being allowed outside.
“We are continuing with our virtual visits too for residents and families who can’t get together face to face,” he said. “Both ways the morale is up for everyone and people are really enjoying having their visitors and loved ones come and visit.”
Tremblay says the are hopeful that phase two of the government’s plan could be implemented in the very near future.
“As soon as the emergency is removed by the government we can look at having visitors inside but under certain circumstances,” he noted.
Kapuskasing’s North Centennial Manor created two visiting areas outside for the residents and the families to see each other. Tremblay says the hot weather and the bugs have made it challenging. He adds that despite having a short amount of time to set up the visitor areas, they have been able to put two excellent ones in place.
Under the current guidelines, visitors must get a COVID-19 test every two weeks prior to the visits, and all physical distancing rules must be followed.