October 19th 2020

 

 

Hello families and friends of Rosemary Heights Seniors Village

 

October 16th we were informed that a case of COVID-19 was confirmed involving a staff member at Rosemary Heights Seniors Village. That staff member is currently home and in self-isolation.

Their last day of work was October 15th on the second floor of the east wing.

 

The health authority has been contacted and have been on site.

 

We found 3 residents to be experiencing light symptoms and had them swabbed. While two came back negative, one has tested positive for Covid 19. These residents were all on the Long term care 2nd floor east wing.

Fraser health has scheduled testing for residents of the 2nd floor as well as all staff, to be swabbed today.

Please know that if your family member tests positive, you will receive an immediate phone call and they will continue these calls daily to keep you updated.

 

Currently no other staff or residents are exhibiting any symptoms.

 

As of October 16th we began to implement our COVID outbreak protocols.

We have isolated 2nd floor Long term care residents under droplet precautions as this is where the staff member had worked. We continue to monitor all residents for any symptoms. 

 

As far as we are aware, there was no contact with our independent living or assisted living floors. At this time, Independent and assisted living residents are still able to come and go (no inside visitors) however that may change according to Fraser health’s protocols for outbreak communities. As soon as we are can confirm how this will impact these residents, we will let everyone know.

 

Any other residents or staff that are symptomatic will be swabbed and family members will be contacted directly via phone.

 

Please know that the care and safety of residents is our number one priority, and we are treating the situation very seriously.

 

At present, we are working to establish what level of contact may have occurred between the individual who tested positive, and fellow staff members and residents.

 

Staff will function as cohorts on specific floors and for the 2nd floor on specific wings, and not on a facility-wide basis.

 

Until further notice, family visitations have been cancelled and all group activities have been paused. This includes facetime, zoom, skype and window visits as staff work to ensure all isolated residents are monitored and cared for fully.

 

Communication

 

As a result of the confirmed cases of COVID-19, we will provide families with a daily email update that will also be posted under covid updates on our website. We will phone those who do not have emails. Should the condition of any resident change, their family will be notified by phone immediately.

 

Facetime, zoom and window visits have been halted temporarily while staff work to ensure all residents are monitored and cared for thru isolation.

 

Protocols

 

BC’s Medical Health Officer and CDC have been notified. We are following protocols established by the Health Authority, the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and BC Center for Disease Control.

 

We will continue to act upon their latest advice, and will adapt our operations as necessary and recommended.

 

Deliveries

 

All deliveries will be received at the lobby entrance vestibule. This includes medication deliveries from pharmacies,  other gifts and mail. All items will be held in isolation for 24 hours, sanitized and delivered directly to the residents’ suite.

Groceries for Independent and assisted living may still be delivered.

 

When dropping items off, we would ask that families please follow the following guidelines to ensure loved ones will receive their deliveries in a timely manner:

  1. Please use plastic bags, not reusable bags;
  2. Please label all bags with the resident’s name and suite number;
  3. In consideration of staff-to-resident priorities as well as infection control, please try to limit drop offs to essential items; and.
  4. If possible, please sanitize the items before dropping off. We will re-sanitize as well to be safe.

 

Acknowledgements

 

We wish to thank families and loved ones in advance for their anticipated patience and cooperation.