Hello Everyone!
Welcome to our latest updates at Kamloops Seniors Village! Happy June Everyone! This month we will celebrating the summer solstice and the official kick off to summer, plus Father’s Day with a BBQ, and much more. We are all excited to see the green grass and flowers blooming around the City!
 With current Covid 19 numbers & risk of new variants, restrictions will remain in effect for our tenants, residents and families.  We will be continuing to follow the direction of our provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry. Current BC Provincial Medical Health Orders can be found here and provincial travel restrictions can be found here. Current Medical Health Orders have Travel restrictions for non-essential travel in B.C. in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 through JUNE 15, 2021.

Current Events: Recreation & Dining Programs
Our butterfly larvae are doing well! To our surprise, they have started to cocoon and we should see some butterflies very soon!  We will be releasing them in the middle of June, so stay tuned!
Last week, our residents and tenants participated in our Alzheimer’s Walk on Friday, May 28 and our MS Walk on Sunday, May 30. We enjoyed the KSV Loop with some refreshments and snacks afterwards. Our Fundraiser Breakfast raised over $450 for Alzheimer’s and MS on Friday, May 28!
Our Seasonal Outdoor Live Entertainment continues this week with Dusty Boots performing for our Independent-Assisted Living tenants on the Dining Room Patio. And next week, Complex Care Residents will enjoy the music stylings of The Late Bloomers outside in the Complex Care Indoor Courtyard.
This week, tenants and residents also enjoyed a parade from the Vintage Car Club. They enjoyed all the fancy classic cars bringing back memories from years ago.

Save the Date! We are planning to kick off summer in style with a neighbourhood Charity Drive-Thru BBQ at the end June with 100% proceeds going to charity! The BBQ will be held in our Main Parking Lot! More details to follow in the coming weeks!

We are continuing to provide scheduled virtual visits for residents & tenants. Please reach out to Erica, our Recreation Manager, by e-mail at ebuckingham@retirementconcepts.com or call 250.571-2958 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.

INDEPENDENT-ASSISTED LIVING COVID VACCINATION UPDATE
 We are happy to report that we have received a tentative date for the COVID-19 Vaccine second dose of our Independent-Assisted Living tenants. It will be now be on TUESDAY June 8, 2021 pending any further changes from Interior Health. We will update families and tenants if there are any changes.

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
 ü  Pre-Book your “In Building” social visits. Social visitation still requires advanced booking
ü  All visitors will continue to be screened upon arrival for signs of illness. If there are any concerns in regards to COVID-19 symptoms the visitor may not be permitted.
ü  Wear Medical Grade Masks & practice frequent hand hygiene. A new mask and hand sanitizer will be provided at the entrance and visitors must don a mask and perform hand hygiene.
ü  Sanitize your hands, belongings, and gathering spaces frequently. Strict adherence to Infection Prevention & Control practices are essential.
ü  Keep your mask on at all times while in the building throughout the entirety of their visit and are asked to frequently perform hand hygiene
ü  Recommend to follow current Medical Health and Emergency Plan Orders. Stay in your home community as Medical Health Order states to limit travel for medical and essential travel only
ü  Limit your visits to one care home per day to ensure limited cross contamination
ü  Arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your “in building” visit due to the higher amounts of people in our building
ü  Wait for an Escort. Escorts to and from visits are still required.  If you would like to leave prior to the end of your 60 minute visit we will provide you with contact information upon arrival to connect with the screeners to ensure you have an escort out of the building.
ü  Take Your loved one out for SOCIAL OUTINGS on our KSV Grounds for example if you are unable to make an ‘in building’ social visit
ü  Please let us know if you need to cancel or change your in house/in building visit to an outing instead as we do have a waitlist
 DON’T’s
ý  Please don’t come if you’re not feeling well. Visitors are asked to stay home if they are feeling unwell.
ý  Visitors, DO NOT Remove your mask at any point during your visit.
ý  Visitors cannot partake in any food or drink as masks must remain on at all times, however you can still bring a treat for your loved one to enjoy.
ý  Visits will not be permitted in common spaces such as the dining room, Bistro, on the back deck or in any other common resident spaces.
ý  Please don’t book an “In Building” Social Visit for outings

SOCIAL OUTINGS:
For those on Complex Care, if you would like to take your loved one out of the building we request:
o   minimum of 2 hours’ notice to ensure that your loved one is set up for success for their outing. A Pre-Booked Social Visit appointment through Carollyn is not required for an outing
o   Please contact the nurse on your loved one’s floor to arrange the outing.
For those on Independent-Assisted Living – remember tenants will need sign out prior to leaving for their outing and for extended visits, inform the AL team in the event they need medications

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:
·         The June 2021 Visitation Schedule is underway.  “In Building” Social Visits can still be scheduled every 7-10 days depending on availability within our visitation hours.
·         Email is the preferred method for these reservations. Please submit visitor requests to Carollyn Anderson at canderson@retirementconcepts.com
·         We must know 48 hours prior to the scheduled visit, the names of all persons who will be attending that visit. We ask that you contact Carollyn to confirm this information.
·         The monthly schedule opens on the 15th of each month for the following month. Email Carollyn with requested date(s) for visitation which are filled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and allow 72 hours for reply.  A waitlist will be set up for cancellations.
·         A reminder, visits still MUST be booked every month, there are no standing visits for the same time slot month to month
·         At this time, time slots will be booked in one hour time slots to operationally support the safe visit parameters.
·         Should you need to cancel your visit, please let us know, as we have a waitlist for most dates
·         We ask that our resident/tenant families give your very best effort in reducing community outings 14 days prior to your scheduled visit and be mindful & aware of your immediate bubble to keep your loved ones safe
·         New Screening Process:  There is a new form to be completed at the time of every visit.
We will check and document your temperature upon arrival.  The reason for the additional information is due to contact tracing now that we have more visitors.  Every individual visiting, aside from young children must complete the screening questionnaire.  Small children can be added to one of the adult’s forms.
Please ensure you have your vehicle license plate (if applicable) ready when you arrive for your visit, as it is required on the new screening form
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.