The management team of Ian Anderson House continues to closely monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the latest directions and acting on guidance from the Ministry of Health and Public Health Ontario. We are also participating in meetings with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario where issues specific to residential hospices are discussed.
We are taking the necessary precautions to keep residents, staff, visitors and volunteers safe, including the use of appropriate personal protective equipment.
Unfortunately, we have had to put visitor restrictions in place and volunteers are currently not coming in to the hospice. We are encouraging window visits and virtual visits through Facetime or similar applications. Please contact us for the current visitor policy.
We are actively screening everyone entering the hospice, including essential visitors and staff using the most recent screening tool issued by the Ministry of Health. People who do not pass the screen are not permitted to enter.
We recognize that these measures are not ideal and we thank you for your patience and cooperation. Keeping everyone safe is of utmost importance while we maintain our high standard of care for residents and continue to support families the best that we can under the circumstances.
We greatly appreciate your support and understanding during these unprecedented times.
October 22, 2020
We confirm our policy of four designated visitors per resident with up to two in the resident’s room at a time. In addition, we are committing to a minimum of two designated visitors per resident in the event of a lockdown in Halton region, unless there is a contrary directive from Public Health.
September 3, 2020
We have updated our visitor policies. Each resident is permitted to have up to four designated visitors with up to two of these designated visitors allowed in the resident’s room at a time.
July 31, 2020
The first group of volunteers that have returned to the house are doing well. Next week we will conduct an orientation session with a second group of eligible volunteers who will be added to the volunteer pool starting on August 9th. Some volunteers who have not yet returned to work inside the house are instead working outside in the gardens. They are doing a great job and feel that they are part of the team again!
June 23, 2020
Volunteers return to IAH! The first group of eligible volunteers participated in an orientation session prior to returning so that they are familiar with COVID-related procedures. Volunteers are screened when they arrive for their shift. Volunteer shifts will be from 11am to 3pm daily, one volunteer per shift.
May 21, 2020
We have expanded our visitor policy to permit two essential visitors per resident, one per day. Exceptions may be made near the end of life.