Depending on their conditions or the type of facility people live in, they must follow special measures. These extraordinary measures are intended to contain the spread of COVID‑19.

Whatever their situation, when people return to their facility, all infection prevention and control measures must be rigorously applied.

In the event of a fire in a RPA private seniors’ residence, an intermediate resource, a family-type resource or a CHSLD, additional measures must be put in place during the evacuation and at the gathering point (PDF 64 Kb) to prevent the spread of COVID‑19.

Visits

Facilities that do not have an outbreak

Visits to hospitals, CHSLDs, intermediate resources or family-type resources and private seniors’ homes that do not have an outbreak are allowed, subject to specific infection prevention and control conditions.

Facilities that have an outbreak

For facilities that have an outbreak (more than 2 confirmed cases), informal caregivers who provide significant help or support to a person in a CHSLD, intermediate resource or family‑type resource (SAPA program) or private seniors’ home may continue to access the facility, provided they comply with specific conditions in this regard. These conditions and other information are presented on the page Informal caregivers during the coronavirus disease (COVID‑19) pandemic.

In the event of a localized outbreak in the facility, visitors may, under certain conditions, be allowed to access unaffected units in the CHSLD, intermediate resource or family‑type resource (SAPA program) or private seniors’ home with the authorization of the institution's Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Officer or the Director of Public Health.

Visitors must be accompanied to make sure there are no criteria for exclusion and to supervise the application of the required IPC measures.

The exclusion criteria are as follows:

  • people with COVID‑19 infection;
  • people with suspected COVID‑19 infection because they have compatible symptoms;
  • symptomatic people waiting on a COVID‑19 test result;
  • people who have had significant contact with a confirmed case;
  • people who have been told to self-isolate by a public health authority.

Outings

People who live in a CHSLD

Residents in a CHSLD that does not have an outbreak can go on unsupervised outings or participate in a get-together outside the CHSLD.

In CHSLDs where there is an outbreak, if the outbreak is localized, asymptomatic residents who live in an unaffected zone (cold zone) may be allowed to go out without supervision upon the recommendation of the IPC team or the Director of Public Health.

Intermediate resources and family-type resources

People who live in intermediate resources and family‑type resources in the Support for Seniors’ Autonomy, Intellectual Disability-Physical Disability-Autism Spectrum Disorder, Mental Health and Dependency service programs that do not have an outbreak can go on unsupervised outings or participate in a get‑together outside the resource. However, whether or not it is necessary to supervise or accompany the client on an outing is determined by each client's Identification and Classification Instrument or, if warranted, by referring to the clinical judgment of the professional in the institution who is responsible for the client's follow‑up.

The person must be aware of the risk associated with the community spread of COVID‑19 when they go on an outing. They must also be able to follow public health guidelines regarding physical distancing of two metres during their outing.

In intermediate resources and family-type resources where there is an outbreak, if the outbreak is localized, asymptomatic residents who are assigned to an unaffected zone (cold zone) may be allowed to go out without supervision upon the recommendation of the IPC team or the Director of Public Health.

Clients in other programs must comply with a variety of different conditions that institutions (CISSSs‑CIUSSSs) and those in charge of intermediate resources and family‑type resources are aware of.

Private seniors’ homes

Residents in private seniors’ homes can go out without supervision to do all authorized activities.

It is essential that these residents follow the health recommendations for everyone at all times.

Whatever their age, they must follow the instructions on the Instructions and directives page.