The Ministry of Health has updated guidance on surveillance testing effective Monday, November 23, 2020.
These updates include mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing for all staff and essential caregivers for regions in the Orange-Restrict, Red-Control or Lock-down levels. Additionally, Essential Caregivers are now required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result prior to entering the Home.
Brantford and Brant County has entered the Orange- Restrictive Level of the Provincial governments framework for keeping Ontario safe.
This means that for the time being:
1. All general indoor/outdoor visits have been cancelled.
2. Short Stay Absences will only be approved for medical appointments.
3. Essential Caregivers may continue to visit but only one caregiver in a Residents room at a time.
Virtual Visits are offered using Skype or Facetime. If interested, please contact your loved ones home area and a Recreation Programmer can schedule your visit.
The Ministry of Long Term care has made changes to the Essential Caregiver directive.
Each resident may assign two individuals to be considered Caregivers. Following certain criteria and restrictions, Caregivers may visit residents within the home. Please note that the caregiver designation must be decided upon by the resident and /or the POA of Care/Substitute Decision Maker.
Those who wish to be designated as a Caregiver must contact Ext 4241 to be provided with an agreement package, education and guidelines that must be followed during their visit.
Short Stay Absences are only permitted when the region is in Green or Yellow level. All resident short stay absences for non-medical purposes, are approved by the Home. Families are required to request any resident short stay absence by filling out a Request for Short Stay Absence form. The forms will be located at reception. Requests will be reviewed on a case by case risk assessment considering: - Local disease transmission and activity. - The risk associated with the planned activities that will be undertaken by the resident while out of the home. - The resident’s ability to comply with local and provincial policies/ bylaws. - Any further direction provided by the Ministry of Long-Term Care (MLTC). Note: Please allow 3 days for the request to be processed
Please note: your loved one will be screened out and in upon arrival by reception, a surgical mask and best practices information sheet will be sent with you to review when your loved one is signing out.
Temporary Absences are for personal reasons and for one or more nights. The Home must review and approve all temporary absences based on a case by case risk assessment. The risk will be reviewed related to: the Homes ability to support self isolation for 14days; local disease transmission and activity; the risk associated with the planned activities that will take place while the resident is out the Home; the residents ability to comply with local and provincial policies/bylaws and any further direction provided by the ministry of long term care.
Please note: any resident that is on a temporary absence will be in isolation for 14 days upon return and will require a negative COVID-19 test to have the isolation lifted. These absences require 72 hours notice (excluding Saturday and Sunday) The absence must be arranged with an appointed POA for Care for the resident.
Medical Director, Dr. Janice Legere has had two published opinion pieces in the Hamilton Spectator.
The John Noble Home (JNH) has a proud and long standing care-giving tradition, dating back to 1881. Today, we offer several different quality programs devoted to senior housing, care, and services that operate within our care campus. All meet and serve the needs of both Brant County and the City of Brantford and their respective constituents as we are a municipally operated and governed facility.
Long term care at John Noble Home consists of 156 long term care beds which includes three priority Veteran beds. Long term care continues to be the most recognized and core function of the organization. Our long term care operations are housed within a modern, state-of-the art environment with access to several beautiful common areas both inside and out.
Housed within John Noble Home, the Day and Stay Program is designed and built for individuals with dementia. It offers exercise, socialization, cognitive stimulation and recreation activities, snacks, and a meal. There are different programs for which clients can sign up. These are our day and afternoon programs for persons with dementia which offers door to door transportation. There is also an overnight weekend respite program for clients.
Bell Lane Terrace houses 26 unit seniors' apartments is part of our beautiful care campus. This housing for seniors program opened in 2007 as a response to the need for more affordable housing for seniors in the community. Units include: 1 bachelor-sized apartment, 21 one-bedroom apartments and 4 two-bedroom apartments. Eighteen (18) units are rent-geared-to-income and subsidized by the City of Brantford.