Ford Says It's 'Ridiculous' That Ottawa Won't Let You Window Visit At Nursing Homes
"Go visit your loved one, as far as I'm concerned."
Doug Ford has expressed some concern regarding new rules prohibiting window visits at long-term care homes in Ottawa. In a press conference held Thursday afternoon, the premier has said that it is "ridiculous" that residents can't see their loved ones during the pandemic. Premier Doug Ford also states that it is heartbreaking to leave older family members confused as to why their loved ones aren't coming to see them.
Director of Long-Term Care for the City of Ottawa, Dean Lett, has recently made the decision to limit visitors on the grounds of long term care homes, including those who have been visiting their families through the facility's windows.
This move was done to help prioritize the safety of the residents and staff that are currently living in these homes.
However, Ford made it clear that he disagrees with this move in the press conference Thursday afternoon.
"I'm trying to be politically correct...but that's ridiculous," the premier said.
"You have a loved one at a home...and last time you get to see your parents in some cases... I don't know who's come up with this ridiculous idea, but they need to rethink it."
"Put yourself in their shoes," Ford continued. "Imagine how heartbreaking that is to have your mom or your dad or your grandparents up there and they are wondering what is going on."
Ford also states that despite the new rules put in place by the , residents should still go and visit their family members.
"Go visit your loved ones, as far as I'm concerned," he said to the public. "Hopefully it won't be the last time you see them. I'd go to the window."
Ontario's long-term care home outbreak hits close to home for the premier.
Last week, he announced that his 95-year-old mother-in-law testedin a long-term care home in Etobicoke.
However, he's not the only one who seems to have a problem with this new rule.
The mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson has also expressed his disapproval of the decision to ban window visits.
He recently tweeted that he has asked City staff to work with health officials "to come up with a way to reinstate window visits for family members with loved ones at our long term care homes."
May 7 is the date for when a hopeful solution to visitation rights is supposed to be in place, according to Watson.