Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! We are looking forward to celebrating with all of our seniors this Sunday.

We also hope you continue to stay safe and healthy!

We are happy to again report NO RESIDENTS or staff are presenting COVID-19 signs or symptoms at Kamloops Seniors Village. We will continue to provide bi-weekly updates so you are aware of changes as they occur and for some reassurance to you on the care of your loved-one.

With the recent announcements from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix we will be seeing some community changes over the next month, however there will be no immediate changes to any of our protocols at this time.  The loosening of restrictions and change of protocols will occur with considerable thought and will be based on ensuring the utmost safety of your loved ones.

Should the status of Kamloops Seniors Village change in any respect, please know that we will immediately contact families.

Protocols

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 protocols are being adhered to, including restriction of ALL visitors, social distancing and sanitization procedures.

Assisted Living/Independent Living

The Patio has now been opened for the tenants to enjoy the beautiful May weather with specific times blocks. Only eight chairs are on the patio and they are social distanced from one another. There will be a request process to limit the amount of time residents have on the patio to allow everyone to have a chance to enjoy the exquisite view.

The Assisted/Independent Living tenants are happy to have small group recreation programs reinstated with a maximum of five tenants per group.  Tenants will be required to sign up for programs in advance and will be pre-screened prior to entry to the program.  Physical distancing and sanitization procedures will be in place during these programs.

Mother’s Day

Our community will be celebrating our mothers and grandmothers over the next several days. For Independent/Assisted Living tenants, we will be serving a delicious Eggs Benny Brunch with china service to each room.  For Residential Care, everyone will be enjoying the same Eggs Benny Bruch with fancy placemats and napkins.

We will be continuing the celebration of our mothers on Monday, May 11th by using our Tea & Treats Trolley to serve Strawberry Shortcake to everyone on both Assisted/Independent Living and on Residential Care.

Please note, there will still be NO VISITORS permitted at this time as well as NO FLOWERS accepted.

Recreation Program

On Residential Care, the Recreation staff are conducting one on one visits throughout the day and encouraging physical distancing practices.  One on one visits consist of walks (inside), courtyard walks, crafts, trivia, reading, personalized visits/chats which may include scheduled Skype chats, and some early gardening.   For the Assisted/Independent Living tenants, we have to re-instated small group recreation programs with a maximum of five tenants per group.  Tenants will be required to sign up for programs in advance and will be pre-screened prior to entry to the program.  Physical distancing and sanitization procedures will be in place during these programs.

Recreation staff are also supplying the tenants and residents with self-directed activities such as Word Searches, Crosswords, colouring pages and books so they have activities to enjoy in their free time.  Again, please remind and motivate your loved ones to participate in these different activities.

We are also providing scheduled Skype visits for residents.  Please reach out to Erica Buckingham, Recreation Manager by e-mail at ebuckingham@retirementconcepts.com  or call 250.571.2958 to set up a time to Skype. We will be happy to confirm a date and time to connect you with your loved-one.

 Dining Room

Lunch and dinner for both Independent Living and Assisted Living residents will continue to be served directly to the suites by Food Services staff.  Freshly baked muffins, scones and snacks, as well as fresh fruit and coffee will continue to be available for pickup throughout the day and early evening by Food Services staff from the Private Dining Room. All pickups will adhere to strict social distancing measures for the health and safety of all residents and staff.

Deliveries and Drop-offs:

All deliveries will continue to be received at the front desk. This includes non-perishables, groceries, gifts. All items will be sanitized, bagged and placed in quarantine for 72 hours before they receive it.   All medications and any hard surface items that can be sanitized right away, will be done and then we will do our best to give them to the tenants right away.

Our General Store remains open and well stocked with items to meet the needs of our residents. Specific requests can be made at the front desk and we will endeavour to meet these needs as well.

Dropping items off: We would ask that families please continue to follow these guidelines:

  1. Please use plastic bags, no reusable bags
  2. Make sure to label all bags with resident name and room number
  3. Try to limit drop offs to essential items – as we are inundated with drop-offs.
  4. Please sanitize, if possible, the items before dropping off. We will re-sanitize as well to be safe.

Reminders for your loved one to Stay Safe:

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 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.

The staff and leadership team are continuing to plan creative ways to bring joy and smiles to the face of residents by providing special delivery items, and always take the time to chat with those who are just needing a little visit.

 We want to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during these everchanging circumstances.