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Hospice Peterborough COVID-19 Update – Stage 3 of Reopening

We are so proud to be a part of a community that rallies together to flatten the curve, allowing Hospice Peterborough to enter phase 3 of our Pandemic Re-opening Plan.

Changes are being introduced slowly and Hospice Peterborough continues to follow the expert advice of Public Health professionals, and direction from the Ministry of Health. We vigilantly monitor changes daily and decisions continue to be made with the safety of clients, residents, families, staff, and the community at large as our top priority.

Most support programs and palliative navigation will continue to take place virtually or over the phone, with home or in-person visits offered only by following a decision tree to ensure screening and safety measures can be followed. Programs that involve gatherings of individuals most at risk, such as our Day Hospice groups, will remain virtual. Group meeting areas are closed and the heightened cleaning and sanitization procedures remain in place throughout the building.

Although we miss our volunteers terribly, all volunteer activities are still on hold while we are carefully planning to restart low risk volunteer activities in our next Phase.

Visitor restrictions are adjusted weekly. Currently (as of July 31, 2020), each resident will be allowed 6 essential visitors (2-3 visitors at a time). All visitors are screened daily as they enter the building. Visitors are also able to meet with loved ones from the courtyard through a window as the weather permits. Staff are happy to assist in coordinating these types of visits. Additional visitors may be allowed in the last hours of life, and at the discretion of our Medical Director and Manager of Residence.

Frontline and residence staff are equipped with proper Personal Protective Equipment including masks, face shields, gloves, and gowns. Non-frontline staff continue to work mostly from home, with the option of time, scheduled ahead, in the office. Social distancing, wearing masks, and screening procedures extend to all staff as they enter the building.

We have been so moved by the community’s response during this pandemic which has allowed us to continue to support those living with a life-threatening illness, at the end of life, and dealing with grief.

While life goes on, so does death, and we are still here for those who need our care and support.

If you have any questions about our programs, support, or our pandemic plan, please call 705-742-4042.

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