Good Afternoon,

 

Selkirk continues to have zero signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in any of our resident population or our staff.  We want to thank all of our dedicated staff for all their hard work and helping keep everyone safe throughout these challenging times. We have included a housekeeper in the Visitation Team, and they have been providing great support in sanitizing between visits, and provide further sanitization of the high touch zones on the main floor and elevators.

Visitations

If you have submitted the Visitor Application Form, designated visitors can now contact our visitation scheduler at ext 1125 for scheduling all social visitation appointments going forward. Next week we are starting to offer reoccurring visits (example, every other Tuesday at 10 am etc.). Ask the visitation coordinator about setting up reoccurring visits and what may work for you in the schedule.

 

If you have had a social visit with us, and would like to give feedback we now have a feedback form. You can request one through email at Selkirk-familyvisits@retirementconcepts.com   or after your next visit.

 

Our 3 visiting locations have been going well. We plan on gradually adding a fourth visitation location in the weeks to come. If you have booked an outside visit, please know that if the weather is poor you will be moved to an alternate inside location.

 

Please be aware that the site is required to have one designated visitor for all visits based on the BC Centre for Disease Control.

 

More information can be found at the BC Centre for Disease Control website link below.

http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-care/clinical-care/long-term-care-facilities-assisted-living

 

“The visit with one designated family member or friend is part of a phased approach for the month of July. The guidelines will be reassessed in August to determine whether the policy can be expanded safely to include other family members or friends going forward, though there may be a limit to the number of visitors at a given time.” – BC Centre for Disease Control

 

If you are needing to cancel or rebook your visit, please give us as much notice as possible so we can try to fit someone else in that spot. Please send an email to Selkirk-familyvisits@retirementconcepts.com or via phone at local 1125. If families have questions regarding the visitations please contact Brian DelRay at local 1102, either he or another Selkirk Covid Committee member will contact you.

Family Caregivers of BC are wanting us to continue to forward to families their website which provides information/training regarding training safe visitation procedures in these difficult times.  Here is the link to information on how family/friend caregivers can access the program on the Family Caregivers website:  https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/community-resources/social-visitation-essentials-course/

Selkirk Update

We are happy to welcome Wayne Boutilier as our new Support Services Manager. Today is his first day at Selkirk, and we are excited for the years of experience he is bringing to the team.

Transportation

It is vital for everyone’s safety that the requirements listed below are complied with. Unfortunately we have seen people transporting their loved ones without the use of masks etc. If you do not have a mask, we will provide one for you. Let us keep each other safe.

 RESIDENT/TENANTTRANSPORT SERVICEDRIVER
1) Be screened by the nurse or greeter prior to the trip and prior to returning to the floor

2) Comply with strict hand hygiene: Soap and water for at least 20 seconds (required when hands visibly soiled) and/or Hand sanitizer

3)  Wear a surgical mask during transport

4)  Comply with using transport as mechanism to get to/from medical appointments; must not ask transport to stop in between trips for social or other purposes (ie: cannot stop for coffee or to shop)

1)  Pre-screen calls to all passengers prior to transport

2)  Must transport only 1 resident at a time, unless from same facility can transport up to 2 residents at a time maximizing distance seated

3)  Seat the client and escort (if there is one) at the furthest distance from the driver in order to observe a 2 meter distance

4)  If weather permits, keep the windows open to improve ventilation

5)  Ensure vehicle is cleaned, with high touch surfaces (i.e: Drivers station, door handles, overhead grab bar, windows control buttons, lock buttons, seat locks, seat buckles/belts, seat backs, center console, arm rests, credit/debit machines) are being sanitized with appropriate disinfectant, prior to and after resident transfer.

1) Self-Assess with BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool prior to arriving at facility

2) Be screened by the greeter with the Island Health Screening Tool

3) Limit presence in patient care areas, ideally restricting driver to stay in lobby or outside unless resident requires stretcher (attempt to limit presence inside to <15 minutes; complying with physical distancing of 6 feet)

4) Comply with strict hand hygiene: Soap and water for at least 20 seconds (required when hands visibly soiled) and/or Hand sanitizer

5) Wear surgical mask when in contact with resident (including during the car ride)

 

 

 

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 your loved one of the following:

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

 

Thank You

 

Truly, a deep heartfelt thank you to the families that are doing what they can to keep themselves safe, and in turn keeping all those at Selkirk safe. It takes all of us to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. In the words of Dr. Bonnie Henry, be kind, be calm, and be safe.