CEO Video Message
Hi, and thank you for tuning into this important message regarding mandatory vaccination and new visiting requirements.
On Wednesday, September 29th, 2021, the Premier of Nova Scotia and Dr. Robert Strang announced a new government policy that will take effect Monday, October 4th, 2021. The new policy now requires mandatory vaccination for all staff and visitors to protect our most vulnerable populations from the Delta Variant of Covid-19.
While they acknowledged many folks may disagree with this government policy, they assert it is necessary to help control the 4th wave of Covid-19. In the words of the Premier and Dr. Strang, it is simply the right thing to do.
This government policy applies to various sectors in Nova Scotia. More specifically, it includes all workers, professionals, and volunteers in licensed and unlicensed long-term care facilities. It also applies to all visitors entering long term care facilities.
Effective immediately, ONLY fully vaccinated visitors will be permitted to enter a Long- Term Care Facility and this includes Seaview Manor. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination status on entry. Your status will be recorded, and you’ll not have to show it again on subsequent visits.
If you have NOT received a COVID-19 vaccine series OR have only received one dose of any two-dose COVID-19 regime then you are NOT fully vaccinated and, unfortunately, you will not be permitted to enter Seaview Manor.
As an organization, we recognize the importance of family involvement in promoting quality of life. To support folks who are not fully vaccinated; we will continue to offer virtual visits using FaceTime and Zoom within our finite resources.
Given the high level of transmissibility of the Delta Variant, Window visits will not be permitted as our windows open, and we do not have sufficient staff to ensure that windows remain closed.
In addition, the following changes are also in effect as of Monday, October 4, 2021 at 8 a.m.:
- Medical masks will continue to be mandatory for all visitors, Designated Caregivers and Staff. At all times during the visit,
visitors must ensure the mask covers their mouth and nose. If staff notice your mask is not covering your face properly, they will
say “mask up please.”
- Residents are permitted to leave Seaview Manor and stay overnight at a family home, Designated Caregiver’s home, or home of a friend (within Atlantic Canada), in accordance with the Guidelines dated August 4, 2021, except where prohibited. Dr. Strang states this will be based on zone epidemiology.
- Long-term care residents residing in Central Zone are not permitted to leave the facility and stay overnight.
- Residents residing in other zones may not stay overnight in Central Zone.
As always, our number one priority is the safety of our residents and our staff. I ask for your patience and cooperation with these new public health measures. If we work together, get vaccinated and follow basic public health measures we will get through the 4th wave successfully.