Simcoe Muskoka Retirement and LTC Homes Welcome Visitors Again –

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Simcoe Muskoka Retirement and LTC Homes Welcome Visitors Again – fr


ORILLIA, ONT. – Now is the time for family and friends to reunite with loved ones in long-term care homes and retirement homes.

Over the weekend, IOOF Seniors Homes in Barrie welcomed dozens of families wishing to visit residents.

The province requires that all visits be outdoors and be limited to a maximum of two visitors per resident.

The IOOF complex is home to several outdoor meeting places, one of which has plexiglass barriers, if required.

“People can come and visit their loved ones off the property,” said Garry Hopkins, CEO of IOOF Senior homes. “They don’t need to be tested or take a PCR test, [but] they must be examined. “

All other COVID-19 safety rules remain in place, such as masks and social distancing.

Retirement homes also adapt to several changes in visitors.

According to Champlain Manor in Orillia, residents can now visit loved ones outdoors and take family outings.

“They can bring them home for lunch or dinner, not overnight. Thus, up to five people who do not belong to the same family can participate in this gathering, ”said Alexandra Stone, administrative assistant at Manoir Champlain.

Barb Leighton is a resident of an Orillia nursing home and said the province’s decision to ease visitor restrictions made her sigh with relief.

Leighton’s family lives in Mobile, Alabama and southern Ontario. Being separated from family has been difficult over the past year, with border closures and travel restrictions. She hopes to reunite in the not-so-distant future.

“It has been a long and difficult time,” said Leighton.

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