Residents within Prairie Mountain Health’s Personal Care Homes (PCH) have been welcoming loved ones for visits in the province’s new CoVisitation shelters. Each PCH shelter in Prairie Mountain Health region had different targeted start dates, depending on individual facility circumstances and contractor circumstances.
During Provincial Code Red restrictions, the shelters will accommodate a maximum of one (1) general visitor at a time to visit with a PCH resident. For those PCHs without external all-season CoVisitation shelters, designated internal visitation rooms have been developed to support visits with similar precautions in place. Visitor screening for symptoms of – or exposure to – COVID-19 remains in place, masks must be worn by visitors and residents (as able to) and physical distancing maintained for the duration of the visits
At this time, please contact your local PCH to find up-to-date details on general visitation opportunities and schedules. Visits are by appointment only and all visitors will be ‘health screened’ prior to their visit.
This should not be confused with the current personal care home guidelines surrounding in-person visitors that have already been identified as ‘designated family caregivers’. Up to two designated family caregivers identified may visit as determined with the care team and providing all Infection Prevention control measures are followed including COVID screening, hand hygiene and physical distancing requirements.
The all-season shelters have been carefully developed and constructed with every COVID-19 precaution to allow residents to safely and comfortably participate in social visits with family members and loved ones.
External and internal shelters have dedicated ventilation systems designed to ensure the required level of air changes, filtration and directional airflow to support the safety of both residents and families. Interior surfaces have been selected to complement and facilitate the ongoing cleaning and disinfection occurring between visits. The shelters are designed so that visitors enter from outside of the building and are not required to travel through the PCH, limiting exposure to PCH residents and staff.
A video tour of what a CoVisitation shelter looks like and how it operates can be seen here.
Visitation shelter attached to Fairview Home in Brandon.
Visiting inside the visitation shelter at Country Meadows PCH in Neepawa.