Many Nova Scotians have been missing loved ones in hospital and those in hospital have been dealing without seeing many of their family members. Nova Scotia Health has announced they will reintegrate family caregivers as part of their care teams.
Highlights include inpatients being allowed two support people at the same time that can change daily. Those arriving in the Emergency Department or for cancer care will be permitted one support person.
Easing of visitor restrictions will allow further opportunities for family members, primary support persons and caregivers to support patients.
The following changes are for hospital patients only. Visitor restrictions in long term care and Veteran Units are under the direction from the Medical Officer of Health.
Beginning Thursday September 17
- all hospital inpatients (adult and children) will be permitted to have two support people/family caregivers visit at the same time. These individuals may change daily. Additional family members may be permitted for those approaching end of life based on discussion with the care team.
- patients arriving at the hospital for cancer care, emergency, outpatient and ambulatory care clinics, appointments or procedures will be allowed to have one primary support person or family caregiver accompany them.
- appointments are no longer required for primary support persons/family caregivers
- primary support persons or family caregivers may have contact with the patient, but maintain physical distancing with staff and other patients
- primary support persons or family caregivers may be permitted to stay overnight based on public health requirements and in consultation with unit manager
- gifts and cards are now permitted
- children under the age of 16 may visit with an adult and can be reviewed on case-by-case basis
Nova Scotia Health notes some areas may have difficulty accommodating additional support people due to the physical distancing requirements. Care teams will work with families to discuss options based on care needs.