Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our latest updates at Kamloops Seniors Village! What a crazy upcoming forecast, heat, heat, and more heat! The upcoming temperatures haven’t been seen this early in the summer for quite a few years, but Kamloops is a semi-arid desert after all! Stay Safe Everyone!

We are continuing to follow the direction of our provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Current BC Provincial Medical Health Orders can be found here.


Current Events: Recreation & Dining Programs

This past Father’s Day Weekend was full of fun socials, Root Beer Floats, and a BBQ! Happy Father’s Day everyone!

Our Seasonal Outdoor Live Entertainment continues this week with Complex Care Residents enjoying the music stylings of Angel Band, outside in the Complex Care Indoor Courtyard.

Next Week, tenants and residents will once again enjoy a parade from the Vintage Car Club on Wednesday, June 30. They will be delighted to see all the fancy vintage cars bringing back so many memories.

On Canada Day, Doug & Friends will be performing for our Independent-Assisted Living tenants and Strange Brew will entertain our Complex Care Residents. Canada Day Treats will be shared throughout the day including Strawberry Shortcake, Lemonade and Ice Tea!


Save the Date! We are planning to kick off summer in style with a neighbourhood Charity Drive-Thru BBQ on TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2021 from 4:30-6PM with 100% proceeds going to the Kamloops Food Bank and Kamloops Women’s Shelter! The BBQ will be held in our Main Parking Lot! Grab your friends and family & ‘drive by’ for a hot dog, chips, and soft drink by donation. (1220 Hugh Allan Drive, Kamloops BC)


KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK READER’S CHOICE 2021

VOTING IS NOW OPEN! Kamloops Seniors Village has humbly been acknowledged as the Best Seniors Home in Kamloops for the past 3 Years! This is a testament to our entire KSV Staff that take such good care of your loved ones, as they become part of our KSV Family! Let’s Make it 4 Years in a Row! Here is the Link to vote for all Categories – “Seniors Home” is under the Services. We appreciate your continued support.


VIRTUAL VISITS

We are continuing to provide scheduled virtual visits for residents & tenants. Please reach out to our recreation team by e-mail at ksv-rec@retirementconcepts.com or call 250.571.1806 to set up a time via Skype or FaceTime. We will be happy to confirm a date and time to connect you with your loved-one.


EXTREME WEATHER SAFETY

 With the upcoming hotter temperatures, we are ensuring staff, tenants and residents keep all suite windows closed & curtains drawn enabling the air conditioning to work most efficiently. We also have put out reminders to stay hydrated, limit outside exposures during the hottest parts of the day, and wear a hat, sunglasses and light clothing if going outside. We wish everyone a safe week ahead!


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 As noted a few weeks ago, we are sad to reveal that our incredible General Manager, Lisa Robitaille, will be leaving KSV as of June 30th. She will be joining her husband to run their new family business, LMB Designs, which has taken off much faster than expected. Kamloops Seniors Village has been her second home since 2009. She started as one of our Overnight LPNs in Complex Care and then was promoted to our Assisted Living Manager, before having the honour of becoming our General Manager two years ago. Under her leadership, we have remained COVID Free during the pandemic and have been voted as the Best Kamloops Retirement Residence 3 Years in a Row and counting. This is a testament to her leadership and to having the best staff to work with. It takes a village and the staff here are an integral part of that village! We wish her well on her next endeavours! We are actively recruiting for the General Manager position and have a support plan in place.


CURRENT VISITATION GUIDELINES

Here is a summary of the “In Building” social visitation guidelines as of April 1, 2021:

We ask families and residents to keep in mind the following requirements:

DO’s

DON’T’s


SOCIAL OUTINGS:


WINDOW VISITS

With the warming weather, Window Visits are a great alternative for larger family visits. Window Visits are continuing with the same following guidelines:

  1. Please plan visits with a limit of up to 6 people (Window Visits only)
  2. No open windows, please use telephones
  3. For all residents in Complex Care, window visits can still be safely scheduled and supported through the care staff.
  4. Contact your loved one’s nurse to facilitate the window visit.

“In Building” Social Visitation Scheduling Reminders:

You, as family members play a key role in the continuing success of this Visitation Plan.  As we all work together to closely follow Health Authority protocols,


Complex Care Family Council

Kamloops Seniors Village’s Family Council is made available to Family Members of Complex Care residents. We invite new resident’s families to join the council, participate in the meeting, and provide a voice for your loved one! Meetings are held on the 4th Monday of every month via ZOOM during COVID, excluding December July and August. The Zoom link and minutes are sent out the week prior. The meetings are self-directed by the families with KSV Leadership present for support. Our next meeting is on Monday, June 28, 2021 at 10 AM via ZOOM.


Deliveries and Drop-offs:

All deliveries will continue to be received at the front desk and will be sanitized, bagged and we will call the tenants &/or resident care staff to come and pick up their items right away.  Please ensure you label all items with a name and room number to ensure all packages are received as quickly as possible.

For floral deliveries, please ensure there are no LILIES in the arrangement for allergy precautions.


Reminders for your loved one to Stay Safe:

Please help us by reminding each resident daily of the following four items:

  1. Practice social/physical distancing (6 feet apart) when required
  2. Perform proper Hand Hygiene (Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds with the alcohol-based sanitizer or soap and hot water) 20 seconds or greater is so important.
  3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  4. If exhibiting any symptoms (fever, cough and difficulty breathing) please alert staff immediately.

 We ask that families share this information with all parties you believe will be in contact with your loved one. We have all worked so hard together over the last year to keep COVID out of our building. Please remain diligent in your current practice to help keep our home a safe place.

Thank you all for your support and patience as we roll out this new visitation process.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.


SUPPORT & RESOURCES

As a caregiver, you are not alone and you what you do is incredible. As the Pandemic continues on, remember to take care of yourselves and get that much needed self-care and support.

Family CareGivers of BC and Provincial Agencies such as the Alzheimer’s Society have great resources and workshops to handle your loved ones diagnosis & offer support. Family CareGivers of BC also has a Caregiver Support Line for emotional support at 1-877-520-3267, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm.