Good Afternoon,

Selkirk remains COVID-19 free!

We know that seeing the numbers rise in the province is concerning but know that we are doing everything we can to keep Covid-19 out of the building, and we follow the MHO and Island Health recommendations to the letter.  Please see the new mask use policy outlined below.

Flu Shots

ASSISTED LIVING: Many came down to the flu shot clinic held last week, thank you to CareRx for coming in to administer to our Assisted Living tenants

COMPLEX CARE– All residents who consented to the flu shot have now received one. Thank you to all the hard work from our nursing team to get this accomplished.

Visitations

Do to the rising Covid-19 numbers, a new policy was emailed from the Ministry of Health outlining mask use. I have included the objective, definitions, guiding considerations, and mask policy for visitors in Long Term Care and Assisted Living below:

Ministry of Health Policy

Mask Use in Health Care Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Policy Objective

Definitions

 

Guiding Considerations

Masking guidance should be based on current evidence about the known mechanisms of COVID-19 transmission. Specifically, COVID-19 is spread by liquid droplets that come from the mouth and nose when a person coughs, sneezes, and sometimes, when a person talks.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks, are one part of the hierarchy of infection prevention and exposure control measures for communicable diseases. As such, PPE are supplemental to, and not replacements for other measures on the hierarchy. These other measures include, but are not limited to:

    1. population-level measures (crowd limits, closures, quarantine/isolation, contact tracing),
    2. environmental measures (physical distancing, physical barriers, cleaning and disinfection),
    3. administrative measures (changes in work practices, decreased density), and
    4. personal measures (staying home when sick, hand hygiene).

Policy

Long-Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Settings

Visitors:

All visitors in a Long-Term Care facility or Seniors Assisted Living residence must wear a medical mask at all times

All social visitation goes through the Visitation Team. You can contact them at 250-940-1028 local 1125.

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.

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

Lest we forget all the brave men and women who have served so we can enjoy our freedom.