Services for You Long Term Care Visitor Guidelines

Visitor Guidelines

Updated December 29, 2021

Current visitor guidelines for COVID-19

In response to the evolving Omicron situation, the Ontario government has announced further actions to protect the health and safety of residents, staff and caregivers in long-term care homes. Effective Thursday, December 30, 2021:

  • Access to long-term care homes by general visitors will be paused. Designated caregivers may continue to enter long-term care homes.
  • Day absences for all residents for social purposes will be paused.

Read the full government of Ontario news release

Essential caregivers

Essential caregivers must be fully immunized to enter a Woodingford Lodge site. Proof of second vaccination will be required as part of the screening for each visit. Masks must also be worn at all times.

  • What is an essential caregiver? Essential caregivers are essential visitors who provide direct care to meet the essential needs of a resident. This may include feeding,  personal hygiene, help with decision-making, or other similar activities.
  • What about residents who are in isolation for COVID-19? Residents who are isolated as part of an outbreak or in an isolation room up may receive a limit of one (1) essential caregiver per visit. Eye protection must be worn when entering the room. 
  • Are unimmunized or partially immunized caregivers allowed? Unimmunized or partially immunized caregivers are not allowed except in the specific circumstance of end-of-life/palliative care moments. When visiting at end of life, the partially/unimmunized visitor will be required to pass the screening questions, have a negative rapid test upon arrival, and wear full personal protective equipment (gloves, gown, mask, and face shield) for the duration of the visit. Partially immunized or unimmunized caregivers cannot take residents to off-site visits, outings or appointments. 

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COVID-19: Oxford County follows guidance from Southwestern Public Health and the Government of Ontario. See updates on our programs and services at