The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.
As an organization, we are working in partnership with the various health authorities and governments as we deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following all Public Health Orders, including on visitation. As an organization, and through the dedication of our frontline employees, we are doing all that we can to prevent COVID-19 from entering our care homes.
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our residents and clients safe.
A survey was conducted in October among our residents/individuals/legal representatives regarding visitation and vaccination requirements for visitors. EOC has completed the analysis of the survey results and our residents/individuals/legal representatives are largely supportive of the requirement for visitors to be fully immunized. EOC has also taken into consideration feedback that has been received to date concerning both continuing with the proof of vaccination requirement and not.
Furthermore, the CMOH order 49-2021 states that operators may choose to implement additional site-based policies and processes for COVID-19 prevention:
As such, effective December 1, 2021, the following visitation requirements have been implemented at the majority of our care/group homes. If you are unsure of the protocols for the care/group home you are visiting, please call ahead of arriving on site.
There is no requirement for clients attending a day program to be immunized. However, visitors to the day program will be treated in the same manner as indicated above.
Visits for compassionate care, including critical illness, palliative care, end of life and medical assistance in dying will continue to be accommodated.
As always, all visitors age 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination status and undergo rapid antigen testing before entry.
We continue to encourage families and friends to stay in touch with residents virtually. If you would like more information, please reach out to the care home to learn more about the different ways you can connect. Our well wishes tool is also available to you on our website (http://www.gss.org/well-wishes) where loved ones can send a message and photos to those in our care.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
A letter to families and residents can be found on this page: https://gss.org/preparations-for-covid-19/