We have all heard the May 5th announcement regarding visits by caregivers to seniors’ residences and C.H.S.L.D. as of May 11th, 2020.
While we are aware of the importance of visiting significant people for our residents, we do not share the government’s view on the timeline.
The situation in Montreal is far from being under control, the figures tell us that we are on the “plateau” of the curve.
We are currently developing a strategy to allow meetings between residents and their loved ones while limiting the risk of contamination.
You must understand that you are not just putting your loved one at risk if you come to visit him but the 112 residents of the Château and its employees. This virus is highly contagious and spreads extremely rapidly in healthcare facilities like ours.
Once our strategy is finalized, we will publish the details. It will include the categories of people who may come (young children will not be allowed at the beginning), the prerequisites (no symptoms, test result, etc.), and how this will be done.
We do not plan to implement these measures until at least this summer. The date has not yet been decided. This will depend on the progression of the disease in the metropolitan area.
All of our decisions are based on ensuring the safety of residents. We are sorry for the inconvenience this causes you. We are aware that these times are difficult but we have managed, with drastic measures, to avoid the deaths and the hecatomb that have suffered other C.H.S.L.D., we want to continue on this momentum and maintain an environment free of COVID-19.
We would also like to point out that we have developed a visitation protocol for residents receiving end-of-life care.
Thank you all for your understanding and collaboration. We could not achieve these results without your support.