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Press release from the Council of State

State of Vaud

Published April 30, 2020

From may 1, 2020, the medico-social establishments (EMS) and facilities, psycho-social medicine (EPSM) of the canton of Vaud will once again welcome visitors. The goal is to restore contacts between residents and their loved ones after several weeks of emotional life and social particularly proven. In order to avoid the spread of the coronavirus and preserve the health of all residents, the easing of the right of access is based on strict recommendations of the Department of health and social action.

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In order to curb the pandemic of sars coronavirus and to protect people at risk of infection, residents of the EMS and EPSM of the canton of Vaud are subject to measures of confinement for several weeks. This relational isolation could only partially be offset by the use of tools of remote viewing. It was so painful for the residents as well as their loved ones. “We decided to react to this mental suffering observed in authorising the visits. This approach is justified because the spread of the coronavirus has been limited, ” says Rebecca Ruiz, head of the Department of health and social action. Thus, the Council of State has amended the decree of march 18, 2020 by making the right of access to all of the EMS, of EPSM and sheltered housing waldensians from may 1, 2020.

The new recommendations apply

According to the recommendations of the Department of health and social action, a request for a visit from a resident or a loved one may not be refused unless the institution going through a health situation critical. It is, for example, an establishment that is heading for strong growth in the number of patients (residents or employees) of the Covid.

The visits in the EMS are conducted in the following manner :

– The tour takes place on appointment and within the time periods specified.

– A maximum of two visitors are allowed for each resident (children are allowed).

– During his visit, the visitor is greeted at the entrance by an employee of the establishment. It populates a registry of information that can be used to trace the history of contacts in the event of a contagion of the virus. Each visitor must wear a mask and sanitize their hands. The visitor is accompanied to the place of rendezvous.

– The meeting places are arranged preferably outside of the institution, if the weather permits, or inside as close as possible to the input in order to limit the traffic in the establishment.

– The duration of the appointment is normally 30 minutes. The wearing of masks is mandatory unless there is a separation by plexiglass. The safety distance of 2 metres must be respected. During the visit, exchanges of simple objects are possible, such as photos or drawings, by applying the rules of disinfection.

– At the end of the visit, the visitor is escorted back by a collaborator of the institution. His mask is put in a trash ad-hoc and hands are disinfected.

– For bed-ridden residents or end-of-life, the same recommendations apply except that the tour takes place in the room. In addition, it is possible to approach to within 2 metres of the resident and of touch, in particular, to give the hand.

– Positive residents in isolation or quarantine may receive visits upon request from the medical/caregiver of the institution and with all necessary measures of protection.

The recommendations also establish a framework for the visitors who have submitted or who have symptoms of an infection Covid, or for those who have contracted the disease during the weeks prior. The sick people of the Covid is not permitted for visits.

In EPSM, the visits are possible by virtue of the same suitable frame, except for the residents that leave the facility or that make it in their family (including the weekend). These residents are informed of the rules to follow outside of the establishment.

Moreover, the visits in sheltered housing who depend on EMS or EPSM have never been banned because the people who live there are in a private dwelling. The recommendation recalls that, at the tenant’s home, the visitor must simply comply with the safety instructions in the usual way.

These recommendations comply with the standards HPCI and they have been established from a prior exchange of the Department of health and social action with the associations, apex bodies of EMS.

Office of information and communication of the State of Vaud


DSAS, Rebecca Ruiz, Head of the Department of health and social action,021 316 50 04


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