Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our latest updates at Kamloops Seniors Village! The Sun is shining and the heat has arrived just in time for the weekend! Tenants and residents are enjoying the gorgeous weather by taking advantage of outside visits and just enjoying the natural Vitamin D!

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 new 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 MAY 25, 2021.


Current Events: Recreation & Dining Programs

Our KSV Gardening Clubs have commenced this week. Tenants and residents have started working up the pots and garden beds in preparation of planting some lovely flowers for the summer season!

Hopefully Mother Nature cooperates and keeps the temperatures above zero overnight.

Our Spring-Summer Menu has now launched so our residents & tenants will be enjoying seasonal produce and delicious new Entrée items such as barbeque options, chef salad, & butter chicken just to name a few!

This week has been National Nursing Week!  We are celebrating our KSV Nursing Team & we invite our KSV Family to celebrate along with us! Send good wishes to our nurses on your next visit or when you speak to them over the phone. We appreciate all the hard work they do to care for our seniors and support their teams not only throughout these unforeseen times but always. THANK YOU for ALL that they do!

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.


INTRODUCING KAMLOOPS SENIORS VILLAGE “SUPPORT GROUP FOR CAREGIVERS AND LOVED ONES”

Our KSV Social Worker, Heather Morrison, B.S.W, has coordinated a Weekly Support Group for our KSV Community, that will be facilitated by a colleague enabling families and caregivers to connect with others, share information, learn communication tools for dementia, highlight the importance of self-care, as well as recognizing grief and loss. Caregivers can also learn on how to navigate “the system”, in addition to sharing successes and challenges that we all know everyone is facing.

The meetings will be held weekly on Wednesdays through the ZOOM platform. Please email Heather at ksv-socialworker@retirementconcepts.com to sign up or for more info.


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, May 31, 2021 due to the upcoming Victoria Day holiday weekend.


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.