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Individual based approach needed in NS long term care homes says CARP spokesperson

'Each resident is different and their needs, their frailty and their health is in a different situation,' said Bill VanGorder
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The province has officially eased restrictions on long term care residents, allowing them to have off-site visits with their families starting today.

The province made the announcement last week as off-site day visits will be pre-arranged with the facility, which will maintain a record of trips.

But Bill VanGorder, chief policy officer for the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, says the province needs to implement a more individual approach.

"Each resident is different and their needs, their frailty and their health is in a different situation," said VanGorder. "Yes, it's good that the rule is being lifted by the province but what's really necessary now is that it's implemented appropriately for individual seniors in the residences."

He says there is also some concern over whether a patient is able to have offsite visits based on their health condition.

VanGorder believes the province needs to get more input from seniors and those who live in these facilities before moving forward on any more changes.


Chris Halef

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Chris is a reporter for HalifaxToday.ca and NEWS 95.7. In 2018, he won the RTDNA Dave Rogers Award for best short feature.
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