Williams Lake Seniors Village, Community Update, May 27 2021
Welcome to our latest update at the Williams Lake Seniors Village! The Sun is shining and the weather looks like it will be getting warmer just in time for the weekend! Residents are enjoying the lovely weather by taking advantage of outside visits and enjoying the natural Vitamin D!
CURRENT EVENTS: RECREATION & DINING PROGRAMS
Our WLSV Gardening Club is off to a strong start! Tenants and residents have started working up the pots and garden beds in preparation of planting some lovely flowers for the summer season! Members of the Gardening Club went on an outing to Horsefly Nursery to get some last minute plants and some new gardening tools. Hopefully Mother Nature cooperates and keeps the temperatures above zero overnight.
A reminder to all our gardeners that the Gardening Club meets every Monday at 11:15am
Things to look forward to in June!
Our Spring-Summer Menu has now launched and our residents will be enjoying seasonal produce and delicious new Entrée items such as barbeque options, chef salad, & butter chicken just to name a few!
A MESSAGE FROM ANDREA
Tomorrow, Friday May 28th will be my last day here at WLSV. I am moving back to Ontario to be nearer to family. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this amazing strong community of kind, compassionate, and resilient individuals! Thank you to everyone for making my time here so great and for allowing me to be a part of your loved ones lives. It was a wonderful experience working with all of the residents, families, and staff. I will take what I have learned and all of the fun memories with me to my next adventure. I appreciate all of you and will miss everyone greatly.
REMINDERS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE TO STAY SAFE:
Please help us by reminding each resident daily of the following four items:
We ask that families share this information with all parties you believe will be in contact with your loved one. We have all worked so hard together over the last year to keep COVID out of our building. Please remain diligent in your current practice to help keep our home a safe place.
Thank you all for your support and patience as we roll out this new visitation process. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
SUPPORT & RESOURCES
As a caregiver, you are not alone and you what you do is incredible. As the Pandemic continues on, remember to take care of yourselves and get that much needed self-care and support.
Family CareGivers of BC and Provincial Agencies such as the Alzheimer’s Society have great resources and workshops to handle your loved ones diagnosis & offer support. Family CareGivers of BC also has a Caregiver Support Line for emotional support at 1-877-520-3267, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 7:00 pm.
Please see below the exciting changes to visitations in Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Independent Living that began April 1st. If you require help or need clarification please don’t hesitate to reach out, we’re happy to help!
We ask families and residents to keep in mind the following requirements:
We have an outdoor space for visiting! This space is for both Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Independent Living families. It is the grassy area to the left of the AL/IL doors. Up to 10 family members can meet here with a resident at one time. These visits must be booked 24 hours in advance by calling the Recreation Department at 250-305-3314. They are for 60 minute time slots and masks must be worn at all times. The space is not accessible by electric wheelchair and is a lawn space without permanent seating. Please call the Recreation Department if you have any questions regarding our outdoor visits.
Aside from the visiting 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. 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.
Please remember that NO medications, including cough drops, cough syrup, voltaren gel, etc. should be brought in and given to a Long Term Care resident/loved one. All medications must be received from Care Rx only!
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 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.
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.
Your Team at the Williams Lake Seniors Village