Williams Lake Seniors Village, Community Update, March 11 2021
We hope you are all staying safe and healthy!
Medical Health Officers Orders
This is a reminder to PLEASE comply with the directives given by Dr. Bonnie Henry as it pertains to residents of senior’s communities leaving for ESSENTIAL OUTTINGS ONLY. Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Williams Lake and surrounding area every precaution needs to be exercised for the health and safety of everyone living in the community. An ESSENTIAL TRIP is outlined as a doctor’s appointment, optometry appointment, hospital/lab appointment, and grocery shopping ONLY.
These protocols are in place for everyone’s continued safety. In order to keep our site COVID free, anyone that does not adhere will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
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.
General Visiting Information
These visits are physically distanced and there can be no touching or close contact of any kind for the safety of our residents. Our spaces will have the safe distances marked to make these protocols easier to follow. Staff will facilitate each visit and be present for the duration of your visit which will be 20-30 minutes in length, and staff will also sanitize the space thoroughly after each visit.
Please do not hesitate to call Andrea with any questions you may have regarding visits, essential delivery drop offs for residents, or anything resident-focused. She will be happy to help! If you are the designated visitor for LTC, AL or IL residents, and have not scheduled your next visit, please contract Andrea at 250-305-3314 or firstname.lastname@example.org to do so.
We ask that you remain cautious and diligent in following the regulations of keeping 6ft during the visits, keeping your mask on, and cancelling your visit if you have symptoms. We are very excited to be able to connect you with your family in person once again.
If you are the designated visitor, prior to your visit please check in with yourself. If you are feeling unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 please call to cancel your appointment.
Please note that all visitors are required to wear a medical mask when coming to visit their loved one. Cloth masks are not acceptable. At this time, isolation gowns and gloves are NOT required. Our teams will be here to assist during your scheduled visit, should you have any questions.
The recreation department is still offering video calls for designated visitors with residents if visiting in person is not an option. To the extent staff are able to facilitate Facetime and Skype for residents they are doing so, amidst their other duties. Andrea, our Therapeutic Recreation Manager, will be the contract for Virtual visits. If you have questions, please utilize the information in this document or contact Andrea at 250-305-3314 or email@example.com
Assisted Living/Independent Living Visits
When it is your time to visit your loved one, please make your way to our Assisted Living entrance. Please make sure your mask is on correctly and is covering your nose before you enter the doors. You will be greeted by one of our staff members who will walk you through the pre-screening process and bring you to the designated visiting location. For Assisted and Independent living you will have your visit inside the Country Kitchen.
Long Term Care Visits
When it is time for your visit, please enter our main doors and approach the pre-screening table. Please make sure your mask is on correctly and is covering your nose before you enter the main doors. You will be greeted by one of our staff members who will walk you through the pre-screening process and to the designated visiting location. Long Term Care visits will happen in either the Hair Salon or in our downstairs visiting space!
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.
The residents have been making St. Patrick’s Day crafts and baking leading up to the 17th of March!
We are looking forward to spring weather and are beginning to add Scenic Drive outings back onto the calendars. These outings will follow all Interior Health Protocols for outings at this time. It will be so nice for the residents to go on a country drive and enjoy the sights of spring!
If you think of any programming suggestion please contact Andrea and the recreation team. We are always looking for new and fun ways to engage the residents and are very open to trying new things!”
Assisted Living & Independent Living
Since the beginning of winter many of our Assisted and Independent Living residents have been keeping fit and having fun by “walking across Canada”. Residents will walk inside or outside and then will write down how far they have walked on a tracking sheet made by our Recreation Aide Olenah. Olenah will then move the residents pin on a map of Canada poster show their progress. This has been a fun way for our residents to keep moving over the winter months. As you can see we have some residents who have made strides!
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.
We are excited to announce that our hair dresser will be returning on the weekend 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
If you have any questions about meals, menus, or housekeeping please contact our Support Service Manager, Kirstyn, at email@example.com or 250-305-3309.
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:
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.
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.
Please DO NOT drop off items on the weekends or 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 Monday-Friday.
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:
We want to thank everyone for their cooperation and patience during this difficult period.
Your Team at the Williams Lake Seniors Village