With Peterborough reverting to the yellow zone, Hospice Peterborough will begin to loosen restrictions slowly and carefully with the awareness that at any moment that could change based on COVID-19 positive numbers, and directives from Peterborough Public Health.
Hospice Peterborough will continue actively screening everyone who enters the building and medical-grade masks are required. Rapid PANIBO testing for staff and any reception volunteers that come back into the building will continue.
We hope to start having reception volunteers 2-3 days a week.
Currently HP has 6-8 beds open in the Residence which is being reviewed weekly with some flexibility depending on complexity of care. RNs/RPNs/PSWs working in other facilities can work at Hospice – unless they have cared for a known COVID-19 positive case or work in a facility that is in outbreak or LTC, in accordance with the Ministry of Health directives. Dr. Beamish, Medical Director, will continue to manage admitting.
Residence visitor numbers will be decided by the Outbreak Management Team (OMT) on a weekly basis.
Most programs will continue in a digital setting, or with a virtual option. Grief Groups will begin in-person with proper safety precautions taken including limiting numbers to allow proper spacing. The Palliative Care Community Team will continue with online and phone meetings with the possibility of in-person sessions taking place in the Hospice building.
Community and Administrative staff can return to the building one scheduled day a week, with most meetings still taking place over Zoom.
Heightened disinfection and cleaning continues throughout the building with some public spaces remain closed.
We thank our community for the incredible patience and support they continue to show us throughout this pandemic. We are so grateful.