Williams Lake Seniors Village, Community Update, April 8 2021

Dear Families, 

We hope you are all staying safe and healthy!

Medical Health Officers Orders

We are DELIGHTED to hear of Dr. Bonnie Henry’s new directives regarding the easing of visitation restrictions in Long Term Care and Assisted Living beginning April 1st. Please see “Visiting Information” for the following changes and to see how to book a visit.

Second COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

 

As per the new government directives, all residents and essential visitors of the Williams Lake Seniors Village will be receiving the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine in MAY 2021. 16 weeks after their initial dose. When Public Health schedules the May vaccine clinic we will communicate that with families, residents and essential visitors right away.

 

The vaccine brand you received for your first dose will also be the vaccine brand you received for your second dose. Ex. If you received the Moderna vaccine for your first dose you will also receive the Moderna for your second dose.

 

Visiting Information

We are thrilled to be sending this email out today with information and booking details for visits moving forward. As most of you were made aware last week, Dr. Bonnie Henry has made some very exciting changes to the current COVID-19 guidelines in Long Term Care and Assisted Living Communities that have been revised provincially effective April 1st 2021. All residents of WLSV, including those living in Independent Living, are included in the following.

 

 

We ask families and residents to keep in mind the following requirements:

 

 

Protecting our communities and their loved ones is our top priority at Retirement concepts.  The benefits of this social interaction are said to currently outweigh the risks of COVID-19 and we are thrilled to be able to see families together again. Please understand there are still risks associated with this and our guidelines and protocols are in place to do all we can to keep our community safe. Any non-compliance of the current requirements and guidelines may result in the visit being suspended. We ask families and friends to practice safety and caution in order to keep all of our residents and team members safe and healthy during this time.

 

Lastly, we encourage everyone to keep within the provincial guidelines in your daily lives. As restrictions ease, your loved ones safety is also in your hands. Performing hand hygiene, proper PPE, self-monitoring for symptoms and enhanced sanitization in your day to day is now more important than ever.

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

Recreation

 

In both Long-term care and Assisted/ Independent living we will be introducing a new program called drum fit over the next few weeks that we are really excited about!

 

If your loved ones have any suggestions of activities they would like to see, they are more than welcome to let the recreation aide or Andrea know.

 

 

Assisted Living & Independent Living

In Assisted Living and Independent Living, all recreation activities are to be signed up for in our “Recreation Events” binder located at the “Sign In/Sign Out” table in the main lobby. The list of events happening each week with the number of spaces available are in this book. Residents are encouraged to sign up for these activities. Residents must sign up in advance for these activities, at this time “drop ins” are not available.

All events are still being held with the same precautionary measures and all residents will be prescreened before participating. All events will be facilitated by Olena to make sure all precautionary measures are met and social distancing requirements are met. Fitness, News and Views, baking, Documentary Club, and Bingo are among a few of events happening this week that your loved ones are encouraged to sign up for and participate in!

Long Term Care

In Long Term Care all activities will be hosted by our LTC Recreation Aides and will be adhering to all precautionary measures and residents will be prescreened, social distanced during programming and a thorough sanitization of the activity space before and after each activity will occur. Residents are encouraged to participate in activities such as exercise, crafts, charades, music and reading.

Hair Dresser

We are excited to announce that our hair dresser has returned as of February 6th to cut hair for our Long Term Care clients only for the time being.

 

She will be offering haircuts every other weekend. Our hairdresser is increasing her prices and therefore we will be contacting all long term care primary contacts via phone to update the consent forms. Feel free to contact Andrea at 250-305-3314 or ahodgetts@retirementconcepts.com if you have any questions regarding this information.

 

Dining & Housekeeping

All social distancing and strict sanitization procedures will be executed before and after each meal. We can offer a maximum of two people per table, as per our Provincial Health Officer’s guidelines, and for the safety of our tenants we have removed table clothes, center pieces and are using reusable condiments at this time. Tables will not be pre-set to ensure safety and cleanliness before residents sit down to enjoy their meal.

Menus are given out at the end of each week for the following week. Residents are asked, at that time, to select what main course they would like and our servers collect the papers at the end of the dining time. Alongside our Support Services Manager, Kirstyn, our Support Service team work together to make sure all preferences are met and everyone has a pleasant dining experience. All completed menus are then returned to each resident so they have their selections to refer back to. Spring Menu started Monday, April 5th!

If you have any questions about meals, menus, or housekeeping please contact our Support Service Manager, Kirstyn, at kjorde@retirementconcepts.com or 250-305-3309.

Protocols 

Aside from the single visitor policy, we are following the direction of our public health officials and have full infection prevention and control precautions in place. Staff continue to monitor residents closely and are ensuring the following protocols are being adhered to:


If Required:

All deliveries will be received at the front door. This includes groceries, medications, flowers, and gifts. All will be sanitized and delivered directly to the resident’s suites. If you are attending a scheduled in person visit feel free to bring your supply items with you. After our team sanitizes the items you may take them with you to your visit.

Dropping items off: We would ask that families please follow these guidelines as I am sure you want 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
  5. Please leave all items on the white cart label “DROP OFF LOCATION” outside the Front Door. Our staff will receive the items once you are back in your vehicle.
  6. Items may be dropped off Monday – Sundaybetween 8:00am and 3:30pm.

    Please DO NOT drop off items after hours, they will not be accepted and will be left outside until the designated time listed above.  Due to high volumes of items being dropped off our drop off hours are set to accommodate thorough sanitization processes and timely deliveries to your loved one’s suite while we are fully staffed. We ask that ALL deliveries be dropped off on the white cart by 3:30PM daily.

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time.

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 want to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during this difficult period.

Thank You,

Your Team at the Williams Lake Seniors Village