Some private seniors’ residences must already start planning the measures they will take to allow their residents to celebrate Christmas with their families, while avoiding possible outbreaks of COVID-19.
This is particularly the case at Manoir Stanstead, a residence in the Eastern Townships with 56 seniors. There, all residents who go out to celebrate with their families on December 24, 25, 26 or 27 will have to meet strict conditions.
“We will not prevent them from going to their families, but they will have to remain in quarantine for ten days after the event”, explained the director of the establishment, Suzie Adam.
A resident who decides to go out to celebrate with his loved ones will have two options to quarantine himself. It will either be with a member of his family who will have previously committed to looking after him for 10 days or, again, he can return to the residence and isolate himself in his room.
This is the option chosen by Henri Goudreau, a resident who will spend Christmas with his brother. “Me, it doesn’t bother me because I’m comfortable in my little room. I have a beautiful view and I see everyone walking by in the street, ”he said.
For others, like Cathy Middleton Alger, there is no question of attending the Christmas festivities. She prefers to stay safe in the residence and recover next year to feast. “Honestly, for me, I think Christmas is just one to forget this year,” she said.
Manoir Stanstead has a habit of going to great lengths for the health and health of its residents. This spring, half of its employees agreed to confine themselves with the residents. So, for 26 days, they lived 24 hours a day with them, all to avoid contaminating them.
A drastic measure, but effective. The residence could also put it in place again if the number of COVID-19 cases in Stanstead increases.
“Several employees are aware that this could become the only solution to properly protect residents. Many of them agree to do it again if necessary, ”said the director.