To Our Wellesley Extended Family
A message of hope,
Residents of our province can be proud to know our efforts to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 have been working. Listening intently to our Provincial Medical Health Officer Dr Bonnie Henry’s daily messages and advice has given us hope that we will get through this together. Our essential workers here at the Wellesley thank you for staying home with social distancing, ensuring good hand hygiene and being understanding as we limit visitors to our most vulnerable population, your family and loved ones.
As British Columbia plans to restart the economy in phase two next week with enhanced protocols to restore services in health and medical, retail including hair salons and restaurants and parks and recreation, we must remain vigilant in our sector of Retirement Services. Our company is preparing a plan for restarting service provider’s access to The Wellesley like our hairdressers and moving companies.
The essential visitor restriction remains in place at The Wellesley. We thank you for your help to ensure our community is safe and all residents are healthy. Our Activity team has restarted small group programming restarting exercise classes and other activities with social distancing in place. They are continuing to touch base weekly with every resident either by phone or in person to offer 1:1 visits and to check resident needs are met and if there is anything we can help them with.
I found a quote that seems quite suitable for our world in this Pandemic.
“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic. —Laini Taylor”
Wishing all of you a healthy and safe May long weekend,
Cheryl Chalifour, General Manager
Community Update for Friday, May 15, 2020, The Wellesley
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 to the letter, 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:
Restricting ALL visitors from the premises
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*
All workers will be wearing gloves and masks
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.
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.
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.
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 started one to one exercise in the exercise room practicing social distancing as of Monday. Her schedule is full and had a great class today with lots of sign-ups for this week!
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:
****PLEASE REMIND THEM TO CALL THE FRONT DESK AND LET THEM KNOW ANY SYMPTOMS THEY ARE HAVING SO WE CAN REPORT DAILY***
We just want to encourage everyone to hold to the measures put in place during this time. Again, thank you for all your support during this challenging time for the residents, staff and family and friends.