Indoor visitation restrictions are easing, but Springdale families prefer the outdoors

Even though restrictions have eased to allow indoor visits for residents and their families at Ontario long-term care homes, Springdale Country Manor family members have preferred to continue meeting with their loved ones outdoors, says the Peterborough-area long-term care home’s life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC).

Sonia Murney says Springdale Country Manor’s courtyard has been the perfect venue for residents and family members to visit each other because of the shaded areas and the scenic gardens.

“Even though we now have indoor visits, our families love being outside and prefer seeing their loved one outside in the fresh air, and they love being out in our courtyard,” Sonia says.

In fact, at the time of this writing, Springdale has only scheduled two indoor visits since the restrictions were eased on July 22.

Indoor visits are permitted for up to two family members at a time, and visitors must “verbally attest” to having had a negative COVID-19 test result within the past 14 days.

Social distancing protocols continue to be in effect and it’s mandatory for family members to wear masks during their visits.

Sonia says the fact that family members are preferring outdoor visits is a win-win because residents are getting some outdoor time which they enjoy and non-essential indoor visits are remaining low.

“Everyone has loved being outside and our visits have actually increased,” she says.

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