Updated September, 2021
As we continue to navigate through the many different phases of COVID-19, we remain committed to keeping our residents and staff safe and through that commitment we have been able to develop and maintain the very best safety plan for your loved ones. Here are some of the ways we have done this:
Resident Monitoring: Once daily resident screening is done by care staff and each resident is monitored for any concerning symptoms.
Visitor/Staff Screening: Upon entry to our community every visitor is required to provide their vaccine status and based on that status it will determine the mask wearing protocols within our building as well as pre-screening by the greeter. All staff are required to pre-screen on entry to the building as well as mid shift. As of Oct 12th, 2021 the requirement by the Ministry of Health indicates that ALL staff are required to be fully vaccinated.
Visitor Plan: With the help of our dedicated visits team, we are able to accommodate in-person visits and patio visits. Our staff also coordinates video calls so residents can maintain connections with family and friends who are not able to visit. We are allowing visitors to come between the hours of 8:30 and 4:30 pm. This is due to the availability of staff to screen the visitor as you are no longer allowed to fill out the form on your own.
You can find all the information you need by accessing this link: https://www.bccdc.ca/Health-Info-Site/Documents/Visitors_Long-Term_Care_Seniors_Assisted_Living.pdf
Vaccine Plan: Vaccine planning continues as we welcome new residents and those residents that are not fully vaccinated will require a 14 day isolation upon admission.
Staff Education: We have a trained COVID Response Team in the event of an outbreak. We have performed hand hygiene audits as well as provided in depth Infection and prevention control training to every staff member in the building. We have also developed COVID Safety Binders for our care team which provides guidance around our current pandemic protocols.
Housekeeping Protocols: We have enhanced cleaning protocols throughout our community which include consistent cleaning of high touch surfaces.
PPE: We maintain an adequate supply of PPE for our staff so they can continue to provide the safest care possible. Staff are now required regardless of their vaccine status to wear a mask when on the resident floors. Visitors are still required to wear masks in the common areas of the building even if they are Fully Vaccinated. Visitors who are fully vaccinated are able to remove their masks during a visit in the residents room.
Physical Distancing : We are mindful of this requirement within our building. Guidelines continue to state that adequate physical distance is 2 meters (6 feet)
Even though we are focused on maintaining our Covid infection control protocols, this is the home of our residents and our goal is to ensure their mental well-being through their many interactions with staff and visitors.