Seniors’ residences in Quebec received directives on Tuesday that were not final and approved, according to the Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers Marguerite Blais.
These directives, sent by the integrated health and social services centers (CISSS) and integrated university health and social services centers (CIUSSS) in the province, asked that people residing in retirement homes in the red zone isolate for 14 days after going out for more than 24 hours to visit relatives.
According to Minister Blais, this is a working document that should not have been sent. “Several scenarios are being studied to ensure the health and safety of people in private seniors’ residences,” she said.
“The document in circulation in question was never sent to the network in its final form,” she added. This is a working document only. No directives have been sent to establishments requesting the 14-day isolation of residents who have left their homes for more than 24 hours. We will quickly make sure the message is clear to RPAs. For our government, it is a priority to do everything possible to ensure that seniors do not find themselves in a situation of isolation. We will not relive the events of last spring. ”
The document also stated that residents of Orange Zones would not have to self-isolate for 14 days after being out of their RPA for more than 24 hours. Instead, they are asked to check their symptoms for 14 days.
The president of the Regroupement québécois des residences pour seniors, Yves Desjardins, was very surprised to learn of these new measures. “This is not at all the discussions and the orientations that Minister Blais and Minister Dubé had given us no later than at the beginning of the fall,” he told TVA Nouvelles.
In the document, the guidelines for new tenants were also confirmed.