Visitor and Outings Policy – (last updated 31 May 2022)
Visiting continues as normal in all units under these conditions:
- Residents can have a visit from up to 2 fully vaccinated visitors aged 12 years and over, every day, 7 days a week.
- Residents can also have up to 2 children under 12 years provided they are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult at all times and subject to further conditions below*.
- Normally visits need to take place between 9:00am and 5:30pm
- Pre-booking is not required.
- Wherever possible, visits should take place outside, so we can continue to reduce the risk of Covid positive relatives bringing it into a facility.
- You will need to bring with you a rapid antigen test, use it after you arrive at the facility and show the results to our staff on the door.
- You will need to bring a P2 or N95 mask and wear it while you are with the resident, even outside the facility.
- Outside visits are preferred.
- If it is not feasible to have an outdoor visit, you may visit in the resident’s room.
- However, in that case you also agree to wear a face shield while you are in the facility and with the resident. We will supply you with a reusable shield that you need to keep and use in later visits.
- You will not be able to go to any common areas in the facility.
*Children over 5 years and under 12 years:
- If children between 5 and 12 years of age visit, they will need to be doubly vaccinated and wear a P2 or N95 mask and have a negative Rapid Antigen Test.
- If the visit is inside a facility they will also need to wear a face shield while they are in the facility.
*Children under 5 years
- We understand that children under 5 years cannot be vaccinated and while children under 2 years of age are exempt from mask wearing, we appreciate that it is probably not feasible for children of this age to wear a P2 or N95 mask or take a Rapid Antigen Test either.
- If residents and families decide that they do want contact with children under 5 years of age, we encourage families to consider whether it is feasible to take the resident off site for the day and have them meet any children unvaccinated children under 5 years of age in another environment, away from the facility they share with other residents. This allows us to manage the risk to that one resident rather than being concerned about the possible transmission to any number of residents across the facility.
- From Wednesday 1 June 2022 if a family want children under 5 years of age to visit, they should ring Jenny Fahy to discuss how this might happen and when it would happen. As long as the resident is comfortable with the proposed visit, we will arrange for the visit to be in a space that minimises the risk to other residents.
Small Low risk outings
If a family member wants to take a resident out to a small family gathering, then you can, as long as you and the resident are both comfortable with the planned outing and as long as you provide us with information about the outing that allows us to validate that the outing will be low risk.
An example of a low-risk outing would be when:
- a resident goes to a well-ventilated setting at a family home, which is preferably outdoors, or they go to a picnic in a park.
- all attendees are vaccinated.
- no one attending has been exposed to Covid in the last 14 days.
- There is no one attending who lives in another household where someone else in that household has been exposed to Covid in the last week and/or is waiting on the results of a test.
For small low risk gatherings like this, the resident will still be subject to some testing in the days after the outing. (please see the further detail down the page)
We recommend in this initial period that residents do not stay overnight, but if they do then they will be subject to more stringent isolation and testing arrangements when they return.
Some more detail on testing and isolating
- A resident leaving OLOC for essential medical appointments and returning the same day will not need to isolate when they return. However, we will do a RAT test on days 2, 4 and 7.
- A resident who leaves the facility and does not return the same day, will be isolated on their return until they have a negative result from a PCR test, with subsequent tests on day 3, 5 and 7 after they return.
- OLOC will also adopt this approach for any resident who attends what we assess as a higher risk social event offsite.
We will continue to reviewing this visiting plan at least weekly.