New regulations for family caregivers in hospital settings
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, all visits to CIUSSS West-Central Montreal hospitals were suspended on March 23, 2020. Following new ministerial recommendations, selected caregivers, subject to compliance with specific conditions, will be allowed to resume visits in our hospitals in order to help provide some services to our patients with the exception of the Surgical unit and Oncology unit and clinic of the Jewish General Hospital.
Note that the ministerial directives may be modified from time to time at the discretion of CIUSSS West-Central Montreal based on the evolution of the pandemic, extent of the COVID-19 outbreak in some sites, available human resources and the patient’s condition.
A Caregiver is defined as the following: someone who assists the patient with feeding and/or provides psychological support or who helps with daily activities. Ideally, the caregiver should be already known to hospital staff and must have been assisting the patient on a regular basis prior to the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as this may be difficult to apply, an authorised caregiver when identified by a patient/family may initiate providing services even in the absence of previous history of caregiving.
Note that only one caregiver can be with a resident at a time. It is highly recommended that caregivers who are 70 years old or older remain at home.
In order to ensure that we can maintain the health and safety of the patients and staff, it will not be possible for caregivers to enter the facility at their discretion. All caregivers must be approved by the head nurse of the unit. As a safety measure, schedules and time limits will be implemented for caregivers on each site. In developing the schedule, we will take into account caregiver availability, specific patient needs as well as the broader health and safety needs of the unit. Security will screen all caregivers for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.
In order to be a caregiver in a hospital setting, please complete this consent form. The form is required for all caregivers. Printed copies of the form are also available at the security desk of the hospital.
Note that by completing this form, you are indicating your interest and availability to provide caregiving services to a patient, that you understand the risks for doing so, and the conditions you must adhere to. Do not attempt to visit the patient until you have been contacted by the hospital with the confirmed date(s) and time(s) of your visit(s).