The Winnipeg Regional Well being Authority will start a phased method to restoring residence care providers to Winnipeg purchasers beginning this week, WRHA officers stated Monday.
It’s anticipated that not all purchasers will instantly be capable of resume residence care providers based mostly on private well being dangers or desire. Shoppers who voluntarily selected to cancel important well being providers and obtain assist from members of the family, over the previous 4 months will probably be prioritized.
That features purchasers who, for instance, obtain providers corresponding to help with the applying and removing of compression stockings, meal preparation and help with dressing. Nursing providers have largely returned to close regular ranges.
“We’re grateful and humbled by the resilience our purchasers and their assist methods have demonstrated this previous variety of months,” stated Jennifer Spencer, Performing Director of Palliative and Residence Care Providers for the WRHA in a press launch. “This has been a difficult time for all Winnipeggers and we’re completely happy to have had the assist of households and pals of our purchasers throughout this time to offer a lot wanted assist successfully combating isolation whereas concurrently offering for his or her well being wants.”
There are greater than 15,600 purchasers receiving some sort of residence care providers in Winnipeg.
“All through the spring after we had been at excessive lively ranges of COVID, residence care case coordinators had been in common contact with purchasers and households to ensure they checked in and adopted up on any rising considerations and now that the curve has been flattened, residence care coordinators proceed to contact purchasers and households to discus resuming these providers and whether or not they’re nonetheless required,” stated Shared Well being chief nursing officer Lanette Siragusa, talking at Monday’s COVID-19 replace.
Further precautions will stay in place to guard purchasers and employees throughout residence visits and purchasers will proceed to be screened for COVID-19 prior to every residence go to.
In line with the WRHA, residence care purchasers are screened for COVID-19 over the cellphone when an preliminary appointment is made for a house go to. They’re then anticipated to comply with up and advise residence care in the event that they have to be examined between the preliminary cellphone name and the scheduled go to. Direct assist employees additionally display purchasers upon arrival to the house go to on the door earlier than getting into the shopper’s residence.
“We need to guarantee our purchasers and households that we’ll proceed to take precautions to maintain them, and our employees secure as we step by step improve the variety of residence visits we provide,” stated Spencer.
Shoppers who rely extra on residence than well being providers will even see a gradual return of residence care providers following the resumption of providers for these with vital well being wants and/ or the place backup helps aren’t sustainable as Winnipeggers return to work.
“We’re resuming providers on a graduated foundation to make sure these with the best well being wants are supported first. It’s crucial that our resumption of providers proceed in a secure and cautious method as we proceed to comply with evolving route from Shared Well being and Public Well being officers,” stated Spencer.