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Changes to Patient Visitation at HDS

Posted Feb 17th, 2021 in News

On Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, Niagara returned to the province's COVID-19 Response Framework and transitioned into the Grey/Lockdown zone. Ontario was previously following a shutdown/stay-at-home order.

As a result, Hotel Dieu Shaver has made changes to the current visitor restrictions that are in place at HDS.

As of Tuesday, February 16th, visitation at the hospital will be permitted if the individual:
  • is supporting a patient in exceptional circumstances; or
  • has been designated as an Essential Care Partner (ECP) for a patient

An Essential Care Partner (ECP) provides emotional, cognitive or physical care to their loved ones and function as another member of the care team. Members of the patient’s care team will help identify patients who would benefit from this program and provide support to ECPs in the intake process. ECPs will be given HDS’ Universal Masking Policy prior to their first visit. When determining if a patient is eligible for our ECP program, factors considered are:

  • supporting patients in life altering circumstances
  • experiencing a mental health crisis
  • are at end of life
  • are vulnerable (cognitive, developmentally delayed, language impairment, physical challenges)

Eligible patients will designate up to two (2) people as ECPs, preferably from the same household, who will be their only designated visitors. Loved ones are encouraged to contact the patient’s Charge Nurse for more details. Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and Nurse Management approval is required prior to initiating an ECP program for a patient.

Strict IPAC measures are in place at HDS for everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an enforced universal masking policy. All guidelines at HDS must be followed, which includes wearing a hospital-issued mask at all times. Those who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave.

Hotel Dieu Shaver is sincerely committed to providing the safest environment possible and is extremely grateful to the community for their ongoing support as we continue to care for our patients and their families.