June 25, 2021

 

Dear family and friends of our residents at White Rock Seniors Village

 

For Independent Living visitors, you will no longer have to make appointments to visit however we need you to come between 7:00 am and 6:30 pm and continue to enter through the screening door. Visitations will be open 7 days a week (Long term care visitors must continue to make appointments by calling or emailing our visitation coordinators using the contact information listed below.)

 

For all of our residents and their families, although our dining room is air conditioned, with the hot weather coming this weekend, please consider dropping off a fan or portable air conditioner for your loved ones suites as an extra cooling idea!

 

We ask that all staff, contractors and visitors continue to self-monitor for symptoms and not come in if they are ill or have been exposed to Covid-19 in your household or the community.

Summer Hot Weather is Here!

High summer heat events can trigger a variety of heat-related illnesses (e.g. heat stroke), dehydration, and, in extreme situations, can lead to permanent disability.

Signs of heat illness may include:

Ø  changes in behaviour, dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting,

Ø  headache, fast breathing or heartbeat,

Ø  extreme thirst and decreased urination.

 

 

 

 

Severe signs of illness requiring immediate medical care include a high body temperature, confusion, hallucinations, and lack of coordination, seizures, or a loss of consciousness.

Older adults are especially sensitive to the health effects of heat, particularly those with pre-existing conditions or who take certain medications. Please ensure residents/ tenants have a way to stay cool and offer frequent drinks/ water all through the day; this is the best way to prevent heat-related illnesses.

 

Identifying who is at risk

Everyone is at risk of heat-illnesses during extreme temperatures; however, certain population groups such as the following are at higher risk:

 

Signs and symptoms

Heat-related illness is the result of the body gaining heat faster than it can cool itself down. It can lead to weakness, disorientation, exhaustion. In severe cases, it can lead to heatstroke, which is a medical emergency. It can also lead to worsening of heart or lung conditions.

 

What should I do during a heat alert?

  1. Check the latest heat alert information and weather forecast.
  2. Pay close attention to how residents are feeling and watch for signs of heat illness.
  3. Offer residents plenty of water (jugs of water should be visible in possible to serve as a visual reminder re the need to hydrate).
  4. Keep residents cool:
  1. Remind staff to drink fluids through their shifts.

Stay safe and healthy through this heat wave everyone!

Congratulations everyone for advancing into Phase 2! Let’s continue onto Phase 3 by remaining diligent and encouraging our friends and families to get vaccinated.

 

Check the government website for more information.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/info/restart

 

At White Rock seniors Village, we continue to follow existing safety plans as advised by Work safe BC and Fraser health.

We ask that all staff, contractors and visitors continue to self-monitor for symptoms and not come in if they are ill or have been exposed to Covid-19 in your household or the community.

 

If in doubt call Public Health at 811 and go get tested. All visits would be postponed until after testing results come back negative.

Helpful information

Register now for COVID-19 vaccines at http://www.gov.bc.ca/getvaccinated  which is the fastest way for you to register.

If you are unable to register online, please call 1-833-838-2323

 

Visitation continues and our residents are enjoying the socialization!   All long term care visitors must book an appointment by emailing

WRSV-familyvisits@retirementconcepts.com or calling 604-541-4663 ext. 215

 

From the White Rock Seniors Village Team