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Eased constraints at care homes get ‘joy and relief’ for citizens and staff

Nfld and Labrador

Key takeaways: 

  • Limitations on outings visitation were raised after six weeks.
  • Loralee Wetlauffer is the general manager of Bishops Gardens Seniors Living in St. John’s.

Restrictions eased after six months: 

Limitations at long-term care and personal care homes across the region were reduced this week, and the news is sending waves of joy through at least one St. John’s citizen.

“Joy and comfort are the two things that we felt especially,” stated Loralee Wetlauffer, general manager of Bishop’s Gardens Seniors Living in St. John’s. 

“You could feel the excitement growing.… If in your 80s and 90s, you could neglect, we were skipping.” Source –

On Dec. 30, the region denied visitation at long-term care homes. As of Thursday, those rules were raised, letting more visitors come in, and citizens go out for personal outings.

After a rough six weeks that caught all 71 citizens limited to their rooms after exposure in the facility, Wetlauffer said Thursday’s statement was the news everyone must.

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Joy to residents after loosened limitations on care homes

“We can all imagine what it would be like to be limited to our bedroom for a long period,” she said, “so that was challenging.” “The constraints around visitation are hard because we love our families, and we want to visit our families, and it causes the house very quiet.” Source –

Wetlauffer told a little improvisation, and some tricky ideas — including nightly bingo, musical concerts, and exercise classes on every floor — helped citizens pull through.

“We work tough on the things that we can do to help what the constraints set and have as much fun as we can while doing that,” Wetlauffer stated. Source –

She said citizens were most keen to reunite with their husbands and children.

“We have some families where one or two or three children visit on a pretty regular basis, and so it makes an obvious void,” Wetlauffer stated. Source –

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