EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services has been ordered to create a clear, consistent policy when it comes to restricting or banning visitors at long-term care facilities in the province.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman made the announcement Tuesday.
She says the order comes after learning about a number of concerns around the practice.
She says some family members feel there "might be retribution — including that their access to a family member is being limited — if they speak up about certain cases.''
David O'Brien with AHS says they currently have a number of different policies in place at their facilities because when AHS was formed it was made up of a number of regional health authorities, each of which had their own policy.
But he says bans are sometimes required when a family member or visitor is disruptive, aggressive or threatening.
He says they will review existing practices and look at establishing one clear, consistent and transparent policy.
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