Beginning June 18th, families of Ontario seniors in long-term care, retirement homes and other residential care settings will be allowed to visit their loved ones.
The announcement will be welcomed by residents and families alike, who have been separated for months during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the lockdowns barring visits were driven by safety precautions, the isolation felt by seniors in care homes was devastating to many.
“Easing restrictions on visits by family to residents in care homes is a great decision on the part of the government,” says Marissa Lennox, Chief Policy Officer at CARP. “Families play a critical role in providing care to residents and their absence was felt. There’s no question that families and residents will be relieved by this announcement.”