The Saskatchewan Health Authority put together a Family Presence Expert Panel to provide a list of guidelines for the return of visitors in hospital rooms and care homes.
The panel consisted of patient and family advisors, Infection Prevention and Control experts and public health informants.
As of right now, hospitals and care centres are only allowing visitors for compassionate care reasons under certain circumstances.
Compassionate care reasons may include, but are not limited to, end-of-life care, major surgery, or intensive/critical care.
Long-term care residents:
- Quality of life will be put into consideration.
- Care needs will be considered if the needs cannot be met without a family or support person.
- Two family members/support people can be assigned to a patient with one family/support person visiting at a time.
Critical care and intensive care patients:
- Now included in the compassionate care definition (previously limited to those at high risk for loss of life).
- Palliative care patients can have two family members/support people being present at the same time.
Inpatient, outpatient, emergency/urgent care patients:
- There can be one family member/support person for patients who have specific challenges such as memory loss and hearing problems.
Instructions have been put in place for caretakers to have a better understanding of when a patient can have a family member/support person with them.
In order for family members/support people to keep patients and themselves safe, clear guidelines have been put in place for them to follow.
- COVID-19 screening
- Proper hand sanitation
- Limited access to care facility areas
- Read a SHA Family Presence Commitment document
- Wear a mask within SHA homes and facilities
The full list of regulated guidelines will be put into effect within the coming week.