BriaCare™ Centres Safety Protocol & Guidelines
01 April 2021 – Updated Visiting Guidelines
The Provincial Health Officer announced changes to visiting policies in LONG TERM CARE CENTRES effective tomorrow, 01 April 2021. We are pleased to welcome visitors to our BriaCare™ Centres with these guidelines:
- Visitors are welcome in residents’ rooms and are asked not to linger in shared spaces or visit with other residents.
- A maximum of two adults and one child may visit at any one time.
- There is no limit to how many friends and family can visit in a week.
- Visitors will be able to hold and touch their loved ones while ensuring appropriate hand hygiene and wearing a medical-grade mask.
- There is no time limit to visits, but visitors are asked to check-out with the visitor support team or call the nurse if they can not be reached.
- Visits will no longer be monitored by staff.
- Please do not touch the other residents or anything in the common areas (ie. railings, door handles, equipment, etc.)
- Residents are welcome to go on outings or overnight visits with family members and are not required to self-isolate upon return.
- Items brought in must be cleaned before being given to the resident.
Your visits will continue to require:
- Booking in advance with the visitor support team. Please let them know if you must cancel.
- Health screening before entering
- Wearing a medical-grade mask and practicing frequent hand hygiene.
In compliance with the BC Public Health Act, BriaCare™ Centres engage numerous Covid-19 safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of Care Centre residents. These include, but are not limited to:
- Staff actively screened for Covid-19 symptoms twice per shift
- Residents actively screened for Covid-19 symptoms twice a day
- Residents and staff who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms are immediately tested
- All staff wear required PPE, including medical-grade masks at all times
- Enhanced cleaning practices throughout the building
- Single site order for all staff, including staff who work in either our Care Centre or Independent Living community.
- Single point of entry for all staff and visitors, where active screening takes place
- Ongoing assessment by a Fraser Health Prevention Assessor
- Recreation activities will ensure 2m of distancing. Any equipment used must be sanitizable and is sanitized before and after use.
- Increased supplies of PPE on-site
- Regular Infection Control Practice Audits performed by the Director of Care and Fraser Health
- Staff undergo monthly infection control practice training
- All non-medical external visitors are subject to restrictions
- Scheduled in-person visits with oversight by a designated staff member and a medical-grade masks mandate for visitors.
Enhanced prevention and control measures may be implemented under the direction of Fraser Health if there is a low-risk threat of staff or resident exposure with no evidence of transmission. These include, but are not limited to measures listed above as well as:
- Increased resident screening for symptoms of Covid-19
- Enhanced cleaning protocols
- Closure of the dining room and commencement of room service to residents in their suites
- Discontinuation of all visits
- No new move in’s and no transfers out
- An internal audit of staff and procedures to ensure full separation of Care Centre and Independent Living
- Prioritized prevention assessment by Fraser Health
In the event of a Covid-19 exposure or outbreak, Fraser Health Authority establishes an emergency centre of operations on-site and works with Bria Communities Director, the Director of Care and staff to deploy outbreak management. This includes, but is not limited to measures listed above as well as:
- Assessment and development of a management plan
- Additional on-site resources for enhanced monitoring provided by Fraser Health to contain transmission and provide support.
- Residents self-isolating and on droplet precautions