09 Sep

NOTICE: H.J. McFarland updates visiting policy following new provincial guidelines

H.J. McFarland Memorial Home has updated its policy and protocols to ensure the Home can continue to safely welcome visitors who support the health and emotional well-being of residents.


The revised policy is in line with new directives issued by the Government of Ontario as part of the provincial reopening framework.

General visitors can continue to come to H.J. McFarland Memorial Home for indoor and outdoor visits. A general visitor is a person who is visiting to provide non-essential services or for social reasons.

General visitors are asked to request a visit 48 hours in advance by calling the home at 613.476.2138 and leaving a message at extension 134. They can also email the Recreation & Volunteer Services Supervisor at dpreston@peccounty.on.ca. Scheduling will allow for continued activity programing and to meet staffing requirements.

H.J. McFarland is following all safety protocols to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 as residents connect with loved ones:

• Visitors are actively screened on entry for symptoms and exposures for COVID-19, including temperature checks. They must verbally attest to a negative COVID-19 test result in the last 14 day period (except essential visitors). Visitors are not admitted if they do not pass the screening.

• All visitors must wear surgical/procedure masks inside the home.

• Essential visitors are required to wear additional personal protective equipment for interactions with residents who are self-isolating, suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.

H.J. McFarland is also working to ensure physical distancing and educating visitors about proper handwashing.

Additional guidance for caregivers

Following the direction of the Ministry of Long-Term Care, the definition of an “essential visitor” has expanded to include caregivers. Caregivers provide direct care to a resident, such as helping with feeding, mobility, hygiene, or cognitive stimulation.  Residents or their substitute decision-maker can designate two caregivers, who can be family members or friends, privately hired caregivers, paid companions, and/or translators.

H.J. McFarland Memorial Home administration will speak to residents or their substitute decision-maker about designating caregivers and the protocols the caregivers must follow.

Short-stay and Temporary Absences

Residents once again have the option to leave H.J. McFarland Memorial Home for short-stay and temporary absences, which is in line with a new directive from the provincial government.

A short-stay absence is for health care related, social, or other reasons and does not include an overnight stay (except single-night emergency room visits). The Home will provide residents who leave for a short absence with a medical mask to be worn at all times when outside of the home, if tolerated, and will remind them of the importance of public health measures, including physical distancing.

A temporary absence is for personal reasons over one or more nights. The Home will review and approve all temporary absences. Residents who leave on a temporary absence will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the home.

Learn more about short-stay and temporary absences

More Information

View the updated visiting policy. Family members of residents will receive an email with all of the details about the updated policy for visiting H.J. McFarland Memorial Home. If you haven’t received the email, please call 613.476.2138 extension 132.

Up to date information on the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is posted on the County website.