Directive #3 for Long-Term Care Homes under the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007

Home Care Hospital Long-Term Care Primary Care Other


  • Directive #3 update for Long-term Care Homes effective October 16. All short term and temporary absences for social or personal reasons must be requested. Absences from long-term care homes in areas where there is widespread community transmission of COVID-19 are not permitted, unless for medical for medical or compassionate reasons. 


  • Non-medical absences must be approved by home. In an outbreak, all non-essential absences should be discontinued. The resident/substitute decision maker must make absence request. The home must review and approve all non-medical absence requests based on risk. Information provided re: short term, temporary (includes over nights absences) and medical absences. 

DISCLAIMER: This document has been reviewed by Ontario Health West staff. While staff has provided its summary and interpretation of key action items, every health service provider remains responsible for ensuring their own understanding of the document and actions items, next steps and/or accountabilities outlined in the document.

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