To Families and Friends of Salem Home Residents,
Thank you for so faithfully advocating for your loved one throughout this pandemic. Residents are blessed to have their families ensuring they are being cared for. While the staff will never replace family, they are trying their very best to care for your loved one to the best of their ability. They work hard at having your loved one find meaning and purpose in each day. Many staff are being exceptionally careful of where they go, who they socialize with and keeping themselves healthy so residents care be safe from the COVID-19 virus.
Please know that the concerns you express about the visitation guidelines are also the concerns we share. Salem Home, along with all other Personal Care Homes in the province, as well as hospitals and home care, are under a provincial Public Health Order. A Public Health Order is released through government officials when a situation develops that requires the citizens of the province to abide by certain rules (such as hand washing, self-isolating for 14 days, etc.). Even though Salem Home is designated as a faith-based affiliate organization that operates with a Service Purchase Agreement with Southern Health-Santé Sud, we are not exempt from meeting legislative requirements (Employment Standards, Personal Care Home Standards, Workplace Health & Safety, etc.). This includes a Public Health Order.
The “rules” we are following are not our rules, they are mandated by the provincial Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brent Roussin and Shared Health. To not follow them means we are subject to fines just as any other business. At this point and in the foreseeable future, the public is not allowed into any PCH to mitigate the risk of introducing the virus into the most vulnerable population.
Salem Home belongs to a provincial group of Personal Care Homes who are diligently working to get at least some of the restrictions related to visitation lifted. This is taking time and the degree of success is unknown. I am sure Dr. Roussin and Shared Health are looking at all the stories from other provinces and are working to ensure that this doesn’t happen in Manitoba. For that we cannot fault them. But it is frustrating for you as family when you are limited in your interactions with your mom or dad.
This is likely the message you do not want to hear or read when it comes to visiting, but this is Salem Home’s reality. Should you wish to, we encourage you to send your concerns and comments to Dr. Brent Roussin. Perhaps you can influence a change in his decisions.
Chief Executive Officer
May 20, 2020 – Visitation Update:
Plans are currently in development to allow limited, outdoor visits for essential visitors at Salem Home. Salem Home will contact families directly as to the details of the visitation plan. Each visitation will need to be booked in advance. All visitors are subject to enhanced screening upon arrival along with hand hygiene and physical distancing. A maximum of two visitors will be allowed to visit and no minors at this time. Indoor visits remain suspended except for end-of life circumstances.
At this time, we ask that you do not call Salem Home for details or to book visitation time, especially in the evenings. If you have any questions please contact the RCMs. In the meantime, we will continue to offer FaceTime and Skype calls as well as opportunities to visit at the Phone booth. This is not a return to normal but does provide a balance between ensuring the health of residents while retaining access to social connections.”
May 1, 2020
Dear Families and Visitors,
Thank you once again for allowing us to keep your loved ones safe. We receive information and guidelines
about what to do that is changing almost daily, so I would again like to provide you with some updates from
We are grateful to hear that some restrictions are being lifted in the province. However, we wanted to inform
you that our visiting restrictions are still in place. Due to our population being highest risk, we suspect that it
may be some time before outside visitors will again be allowed into any personal care home.
Please pass this along to your family members and friends who may wish to visit, so we do not tie down the
phone lines with these questions or have line ups outside the door.
We will let you know when you can visit again as soon as we know.
We are also assessing the possibility of having hairdressing services from Salem’s hairdressers return for haircuts
only. This would not include sets, perms or colour. We would ensure proper screening and the use of Personal
Protective Equipment while providing this service. We would also follow the one-site regulations as set out in
the Public Health Order released earlier this week.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.