To Our Wellesley Extended Family

Friday, July 3 – 2020

 

BC Health Minister Adrian Dix and BC Medical Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry announced changes to Assisted Living and Long Term Care Guidelines related to COVID -19, on Tuesday June 30, 2020.

Over the next 7 to 10 days, they have asked us as Care Providers to prepare written safety plans to facilitate single designated visitors to single designated areas at Care Providing Sites.

As a result, we will be working to address their requirements as quickly as possible.

We know that residents and families are eagerly awaiting this opportunity, and as soon as more detailed information is available, including the status of Sites and their readiness to safely receive visitors, we will share that information with you directly by email.

Here is a link to the June 30, 2020 BC Government announcement: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020HLTH0211-001207

 Stay Strong….Wellesley Strong

 

 

 

Community Update for Friday, July 3-2020, The Wellesley

 Please note; effective next week and for the duration of the summer months, we will be moving to a weekly family email update schedule.

 (if you wish to be removed from the emails, please let me know. The information is also posted on the webpage)

Protocols

The health and safety of our residents, their families and our staff are our number one priority and a responsibility that is taken very seriously. We continue to follow the direction of public health officials and other clinical experts regarding the best infection prevention and control measures to take to avoid transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

We fully appreciate how the steps we are taking may affect you and your loved ones. These are unprecedented times and we must do all that we can to maintain the safety of our residents and staff. Thank you for your understanding.

In spite of the fact that no residents are presenting COVID-19 signs or symptoms, we are continuing to restrict all visitors out of an abundance of caution. We know that continues to be an anxious period for residents, families and loved-ones – but we ask that everyone be respectful of this measure, for resident and staff safety.

Should the status of this facility change in any respect, please know that we will contact families immediately.

We are following the direction of our public health officials, and have full infection prevention and control precautions in place. Staff continue to monitor residents closely and are ensuring the following protocols are being adhered to:

ONLY ESSENTIAL VISITORS

We just want to remind everyone that as per Island Health Authority, only essential visitors are permitted at this time. Both Comfort Keepers and Home Instead have siloed our properties and ONLY workers here will remain here *no face to face with family or friends* Hairdressers are still not allowed to come into the community as per our phone call today, June 23rd. We will await further Ministry guidelines and share them with you when they change.

All workers will be wearing gloves and masks

VISITING AS PER NEW GUIDELINES:

DELIVERIES:

All deliveries will be received at the front entrance between the glass doors. This includes groceries, medications, and gifts. All will be sanitized and delivered directly to the resident’s suites.

***If you would like to pick up your loved ones laundry we can arrange that, please call the front desk or email me to arrange***

Dropping items off: for families please follow these guidelines to ensure your parent or loved one to get their deliveries in a timely manner.

  1. Please use plastic bags, no reusable bags
  2. Make sure to label all bags with resident full name and room number
  3. Try to limit drop offs to essential items.

Assisted Living Building/Dining Room

We are currently delivering all meals to individuals in their rooms. For lunch this delivery starts at approximately 11:00 and for dinner at 4:00. Our servers will be wearing gloves and a mask.  Due to Island Health Guidelines, we do not have the space in the dining room to practice the 6’ perimeter and social distance each table. We will let you know when these guidelines change.

Independent Living Building/Dining Room

We have social distanced the main dining room as well as making use of the Dogwood Room to extend. The tables are of 2s now and all odd suites eat their dinner at 4:30 and all even suites eat at 5:30. Although we understand this may not be the most ideal time, we hope you can understand the need to social distance everyone at this time. If residents prefer we can arrange to have their meal picked up as well.

General Store

We continue to have a good inventory within our General Store. However, we now have to limit requests we are receiving. It has become unmanageable trying to fill every single item that has been requested. Most common items requested by residents are in stock.

 Activities & Recreation Department

We have been increasing one on one visits and afternoon socializing which includes walks in the garden or around the building. We can arrange skype calls as well so please call 250-419-6804 to speak to Renee or Stephanie. The phone tree has been a great success with resident council members and floor representatives that we are expanding that to our leadership team making calls as well. Stephanie and the team have been working diligently to sew the masks and the classes have been full! Please contact us for ‘Courtyard Visits’ schedule so we can maintain the social distance rule for visitors!

Messaging to discuss with your Loved Ones

Again, the following four points are so critical to discuss with your loved ones. Please help us by reminding each resident daily of the following four items:

  1. Practice social distancing (6 feet apart)
  2. Perform proper Hand Hygiene (wash hands frequently for 20 seconds with the alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and hot water) 20 seconds or great is so important
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  4. Stay in their room if you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing –

****PLEASE REMIND THEM TO CALL THE FRONT DESK AND LET THEM KNOW ANY SYMPTOMS THEY ARE HAVING SO WE CAN REPORT DAILY***

Thank you

Team Wellesley