Visiting People Nearing the End of Their Life: The Rules Have Been Loosened

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During the first wave of COVID-19, visiting friends and family who were nearing the end of their life or who were receiving palliative care was extremely difficult due to public health rules. These rules have been loosened due to humanitarian concerns.

The new rules apply when a patient is receiving palliative care or is nearing the end of life. For other patients, please see the Quebec government’s regional map to see the rules for your region.

Multiple visitors allowed

Partners and children of patients receiving palliative care or who are nearing the end of life can visit at the same time. There is no maximum number at one time.

Other important people in the patient’s life can visit two at a time. If the visitor is a child, they must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteers will also be allowed in palliative care homes.

In day centers, one caregiver can accompany a patient who is in palliative care or who is nearing the end of life.

Visits are allowed across Quebec, even in red zones

These new rules apply across the board: hospitals, long term care homes (CHSLD), palliative care homes, private nursing homes, intermediate resources, family-type resources, etc.

These rules apply across Quebec and do not change depending on the alert level of your region. This means visits are allowed even if you or the patient live in a red zone.

The rules to follow

Visitors must always wear a mask during their visit and cannot move around the facility other than to see the person they came to visit. Visitors must not have any symptoms of a respiratory infection. Visitors must also be accompanied by a staff member to make sure that they follow public health rules.

If it’s impossible to visit a patient who is nearing the end of their life or who is receiving palliative care, contact can be maintained by phone calls or by other technology.

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