Stanford Seniors Village Community Update, June 19 2020

 

To Our Extended Family,

 

As the Province begins the process of starting to relax some of the COVID-19 restrictions, we want to express our thanks for the patience and understanding that you have shown during a difficult period.

 

But as all of you likely know, we need to continue to ensure a number of key protocols remain in place to limit potential exposure to COVID, to keep residents as safe as possible.

 

In spite of the fact that no residents or staff are presenting COVID-19 signs or symptoms, we are continuing to restrict all visitors out of an abundance of caution until we receive clear direction from the Health Authority to allow essential and non-essential visits into the community.

 

We appreciate that these restrictions can lead to increased loneliness and anxiety, and while we will continue to maintain social distancing, please know we are preparing activities to ensure residents can have fun, exercise, and socialize with each other in our community. Smaller group activities will be starting middle of June and some of the categories will be arts and crafts, exercises, active games, brain games, table games and music programs. Please remind and motivate your loved ones to participate in these smaller group activities.

 

We continue to encourage family members and other loved ones to connect with residents via telephone, FACETIME or SKYPE. To inquire about facetime/skype or phone calls, please contact stanford-recreation@retirementconcepts.com.

 

For Independent Living and Assisted Living please email your facetime and skype call requests to rtranberg@retirementconcepts.com and we will be happy to confirm a date and time to connect you with your loved one.

 

Exercise class in Independent Living/ Assisted Living has been well received. We are excited to say more social distancing programs have started. Residents will be required to sign up for these activities in advance with a max of 5 residents per group and will be pre-screened prior to the programs starting. Bingo, brain games, crafts and small walking groups are some of the activities we are excited to introduce. Physical distancing and sanitization will be in place during all programs.

 

Of course, with the weather getting warmer, we are also ensuring residents are getting outside in the courtyards for some fresh air and exercise.

 

Complex Care dining rooms remain open and social distancing is occurring, we are limiting tables to 2 residents per table. Staff are assisting residents with proper hand hygiene before and after meal times.

 

Independent Living / Assisted Living Dining Room is now open for residents to once again enjoy their meals together. We are able to keep everyone at a safe social distance.

 

Father’s Day:

This year father’s Day falls on Sunday June 21st. Father’s day is a day to celebrate and honor the fathers and father figures and show our appreciation. Given this year’s unique circumstances many of us are celebrating away from the men with love. But remember, Father’s Day isn’t cancelled we just need to get creative in the ways we celebrate. Some suggestions that may help you recognize your father during this time of social distancing: New clothing, chocolates, care package full of his favorite treats, craft projects, a framed family photo, or make a card and write a note inside letting him know how much you appreciate him or a memory you would like to share. Items can be dropped off at the front door between 7:00am – 5:00pm. Please clearly label the package with your loved ones name and suite number.

 

On Sunday June 21st all fathers and father figures will be receiving a special treat to show much they are loved and appreciated.

 

If Required

All deliveries will be received at the front desk between 7:00am – 5:00pm. This includes groceries, medications, gifts. All will be sanitized and delivered directly to the resident’s suites.

Dropping items off: We would ask that families please follow these guidelines to ensure your parent or loved one to get their deliveries in a timely manner.

  1. Please use plastic bags, no reusable bags
  2. Make sure to label all bags with resident full name and room number
  3. Try to limit drop offs to essential items. There are days when staff are overwhelmed trying to keep up
  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 second 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 hope that some of the steps we are taking will make this challenging period a little easier for our residents.

 

A big thank you to everyone for working so hard to keep Stanford safe and healthy, as well as for the kindness, understanding and support you share.

 

Please note; effective next week and for the duration of the summer months, we will be moving to a weekly family email update schedule.

 

Happy Father’s Day!

 

With Love

The Stanford Seniors Village Team

 

 

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