We request that visitors do not enter the Home if they are suffering from the flu, a cold or any other communicable illness. Our frail residents are very susceptible to illness and an illness may compromise their condition even further.
It is also very important that all visitors read and adhere to the notices posted at the main entrance to the Home or at the residents’ bedroom doors. These notices are to advise of any illnesses that residents may be experiencing and special instructions that need to be followed during visitation.
Hand washing is proven to be the single most effective infection control measure to prevent the spread of infection. Hand sanitizer is provided inside the front door to enable everyone to wash their hands on entering the Home and again before leaving the building. As well, it is important that if visiting more than one resident, that you wash your hands with soap and water or by using hand sanitizer between resident contact and at other times as appropriate.
Residents who feel unwell are asked to inform the nurse immediately.
The operation of a humidifier/vaporizer, either hot or cool mist, is not generally permitted.
Pets are not permitted in the dining rooms immediately before or during the service of meals or snacks.
What else can I do to prevent infections?
Immunization is important for all seniors. It is especially important for individuals who are frequent visitors in a long-term care facility.
It is recommended that seniors receive:
- A single dose of tetanus and diphtheria booster every 10 years;
- Pneumococcal vaccine at the age of 65 or over.
- A flu shot for influenza every autumn.
The influenza vaccine is the single most effective way of preventing the flu. Please check with your family doctor.
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