Law to better protect
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(September 3, 2020) Families who are caring for an incapable loved one sometimes need time to rest, recharge, or simply take care of their personal obligations. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sleep-away and respite camps did not take place this summer. However, given the evolving situation, several organizations offering short-term respite care have recently been able to resume their activities.
Special precautions must be taken amid the pandemic to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and to protect both staff and users. Strict health guidelines must be observed before, during, and after the respite care; this applies equally to in-home respite care (PDF - in French) (which may include overnight stays (PDF - in French)) and to external services (PDF - in French) (short stays or recreational days). All respite facilities, community organizations, and volunteers who provide these services must comply with the following guidelines: respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette, hand hygiene, physical distancing, enhanced infection prevention/control measures (e.g., cleaning of surfaces), visitor log, ban on multiple visits, thorough disinfection after the stay, etc. Families wishing to use these services must also meet certain criteria, including not having travelled abroad and not having been in contact with an infected person.
There is a real need for families to access respite care, in order to alleviate the stress and exhaustion that come with caring for the special needs of their incapable loved one. We encourage you to call the various organizations that offer respite care to find out more about their services. You can consult the directory of external resources (in French) on our website for the various services offered.