B.C. seniors offered special shopping hours amid coronavirus concerns

British Columbia is stepping up procedures to help protect vulnerable seniors amid the growing novel coronavirus pandemic.

On Monday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced that access to long-term care homes and assisted living facilities would be restricted to essential visits only.

“Essential visits include compassionate visits for end-of-life care and visits that support care plans for residents based on resident and family needs, for example, families who routinely visit to provide assistance with feeding or mobility,” Dix said.

Last week, visits to such facilities were reduced to one-on-one encounters.

Daniel Fontaine, CEO of the B.C. Care Providers Association, said he was pleased with the new restrictions, which he said facilities had already been asking of visitors on a voluntary basis.

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