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September Programs

Please note that the team is facilitating virtual visits and assisting with in person visits in addition to activities and therefore there could be changes to scheduled activities. 

Thank you for your understanding.

From the Executive Director

For the last several months, team members have worked very hard to manage under challenging pandemic conditions, to stop the spread of COVID-19. Now, as regions continue to open more businesses and activities, and widen the circles in which people can socialize, we are asking our team to be extra vigilant about their personal social activities. As frontline workers, our team members have a duty to maintain a safe and healthy environment in our home, and we are asking them to be just as diligent in their day-to-day activities outside of work as well. We have shared with our team 10 ways to safely socialize, and will continue to reinforce this messaging over the weeks and months to come.

 

For more information, you may want to check https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/living-here/daily-activities.aspx for general updates.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Pamela Kulas, Executive Director

 

Hairdressing at Victoria Manor

We are excited to welcome Dawn Chamberlain to Victoria Manor as the new hairdresser. 

Dawn is in the process of getting to know the home, routines and residents.  Services will look a little different while we are still in the pandemic but she will do her best to get to everyone as quickly as possible as we know you all are desperately wanting a hair cut!!

You can call Dawn at 705-324-3558 extension 1425

 

10 Fun Facts about Fall

  1. Canadians typically refer to this time of year as “fall”, while the British use the word “autumn”. Historically, Fall was called    “harvest” because of the “harvest moon” that occurs close to the autumn equinox.
  2. Fall Is caused by the Earth’s tilt, not our distance from the sun. When the northern hemisphere tilts towards the sun, we get warmer. When it tilts away, we get colder. Fall and spring are the times of transition.
  3. Weight gain around this time of year may not be from all the food. Researchers have found that lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage. So, the lack of sunlight has more to do with the extra gain than all the pumpkin spice lattes. Well, at least some of it.
  4. Pumpkin spice has nothing to do with pumpkins. Pumpkin spice is actually the spice mix used for pumpkin pies.
  5. Fall colors are caused by the amount of sugar in leaves. The more red in the leaf, the more sugar that leaf is storing. That is why Maple trees are so vibrant.
  6. Fall is for lovers. More people go from “single” to “in a relationship” or “engaged” in fall than any other season.
  7. Ancient people wore Halloween costumes to hide from ghosts
  8. Birds spend most of the fall migrating.
  9. Fall tourism, aka “leaf peeping,” brings in big money.
  10. Children born in the fall are statistically better students and live longer. According to the UK Department of education and the University of Chicago, Fall is the best time to be born.

 

https://www.onecountry.com/entertainment/10-fun-fall-facts/

 

Staying Connected

The Life Enrichment Team would like to thank the family members who have reached out to us to set up the FaceTime and video chatting calls with their family members at Victoria Manor. The schedule fills up quickly which means we have happy Residents who get to see the faces of their loved ones during these unprecedented times.

For anyone who has not video chatted with their loved one but would like to, please call the Life Enrichment Team at 705-324-3558 ext. 1426 and we will connect you with the Life Enrichment Assistant for your loved ones home area.

We currently have one IPad with FaceTime and Facebook Messenger. When you call we will help you get set up. We have allotted 15 minutes per call and 2 calls per Resident per week.

We are all working really hard to keep your loved ones safe and The Life Enrichment Team want to say thank you for staying home and staying safe. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Visitor Information-Protocols

Visiting Guidelines

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and safety of residents, families, team members, and visitors remains our top priority. The presence of family and friends is important to the emotional wellbeing of residents, and we recognize the importance of in-person visits. The following guidelines will support safe, physically distanced outdoor and indoor visits for family members to visit and engage with their loved ones.

 

What you need to know: The chart below clarifies visitor definitions and highlights some key requirements in addition to protocols that are in place. 

 

Visitor Type

Definition

Requirements

Essential Visitors

 

Performs support services, e.g. food delivery, phlebotomy, family member, or volunteer providing care services and other healthcare services required to maintain good health. 

 

Visiting a very ill or palliative resident.  

  • Verbal attestation required
  • Must undergo COVID-19 screening for typical and atypical symptoms
  • Scheduling not required
  • Very ill/palliative – verbal attestation not required
  • Non-outbreak and resident not on self-isolation or symptomatic: 2 visitors allowed
  • Self-isolation, symptomatic: 1 visitor allowed

Support Workers

Essential visitors who perform support services for the resident or care community e.g. physicians, nurse practitioners, maintenance workers, person delivering food for the care community.

  • Verbal attestation required in non-emergency situations.
  • Must undergo COVID-19 screening for typical and atypical symptoms
  • Scheduling not required
  • Location of visit can be designated by site

Caregivers

 

Please contact Holly Speedie at 705-324-3558 ext. 1427 or hspeedie@kawarthalakes.ca

 

Essential visitors designated by the resident/substitute decision maker to provide caregiver support e.g. meal assistance, social support, meaningful connections, rational continuity, and decision-making. 

  • Must be designated in writing by the resident/SDM prior to visit
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Verbal attestation required
  • Non-outbreak: 2 caregivers allowed
  • Outbreak: 1 caregiver allowed
  • Additional IPAC training & education required prior to visit
  • Must undergo COVID-19 screening for typical and atypical symptoms
  • Caregiver designated can be changed based on resident care needs
  • Location of visit may be designated by site
  • Prior to first visit and monthly thereafter, must attest to reading/re-reading the care community’s visitor policy

General Visitors

Provides non-essential services or visits for social reasons.

 

Includes: outdoor visits, window visits, and indoor visits

  • Must be scheduled
  • Must undergo COVID-19 screening for typical and atypical symptoms
  • Indoor: verbal attestation required
  • Anyone 14 years of age or younger must be accompanied by an adult and follow infection prevention and control precautions
  • Prior to the first visit and monthly thereafter must attest to reading/re-reading the care community’s visitor policy
  • During outbreaks no visitors allowed

Support Person

For accessibility reasons; required to assist the essential visitor or general visitor with a disability to perform daily tasks. Visitors who need support persons should inform the site in advance of the visit.

  • Must be scheduled
  • Must undergo COVID-19 screening for typical and atypical symptoms
  • Indoor: verbal attestation required

 

Preparing for Your Visit         

  • Indoor visits will be permitted only when the care community is not in an outbreak, where the resident is asymptomatic and not self-isolating, and as outlined in the reference chart.
  • The care community has the discretion to restrict the number of visitors, provided it permits:
    • At least one caregiver per resident at a time
    • At least one visit per resident per week for at least one general visitor per resident at a time as long as the care community is not in outbreak and the resident is not self-isolating or symptomatic
    • In exercising these measures, the care community will consider:
      • Any active outbreaks in the care community;
      • The physical layout/infrastructure of the care community;
      • The number of residents, including their clinical and emotional wellbeing; and
      • Total number of visitors in the care community
      • Local public health departments may also require additional visitor restrictions to be in place during an outbreak.
      • General visitors will be required to pre-schedule 30 minute sessions or other during the hours of 10:00 am to 4:30pm and take place outside or inside the care community in designated areas.
      • Residents/substitute decision makers wanting to designate a caregiver must contact care community. Caregiver designation must be provided in writing to the Manager of Resident and Family Services, Holly Speedie at extension 1427 or hspeedie@kawarthalakes.ca.
      • Outdoor visits will be accommodated as weather permits.
      • Indoor visits will be accommodated in designated areas within the care community.
      • To ensure that every family has an opportunity to visit their loved one, frequency of visits will be based on equitable availability to accommodate one visit per week.
      • Only two visitors are permitted to visit with a resident during any scheduled visit. The resident and/or the Power of Attorney/Substitute Decision Maker will determine who may visit.
      • For all indoor visits, visitors must attest to (confirm) having a negative COVID-19 test result that is dated within 14 days of the visit taking place. For outdoor visits, visitors do not need to attest to having a negative COVID 19 test result.
      • A visitor who tests positive for COVID-19 may resume visits if they have been cleared by the local Public Health Unit.
      • All visitors will receive education on the care community’s infection prevention and control measures, including hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
      • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (mask) must be worn appropriately during the scheduled visit. PPE should not be removed at any time during the visit. For outdoor visits, visitors are encouraged to bring their own masks. Masks will be provided in the event visitors do not have their own. For indoor visits, surgical/procedure masks must be worn throughout the visit. Visitors will be provided with a mask when entering the care community.
      • All visitors must comply with the care community’s infection prevention and control measures and will be actively screened, including temperature checks.
      • For the safety of residents and team members, any visitor who is on self-isolation, awaiting COVID-19 test results, or is positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to visit.
      • With the exception of service dogs, animals may not accompany visitors during scheduled visits.
      • Visitors must adhere to the outdoor/indoor visiting guidelines for the safety of residents. Should any resident develop COVID-19 symptoms, they will be tested for the virus and placed in isolation pending test results.
      • Team members will be available to escort visitors to the designated visiting location.
      • It is requested that no items be shared with your loved one during the visit (food, letters, cards, etc.).
      • Visitors must adhere to a safe physical distance of six feet from the resident and team members during the scheduled visit.
      • Non-compliance with the care community's visiting policy and guidelines could result in discontinuation of visits for the non-compliant visitor.

 

Breakdown of events during 30-minute scheduled visit:

  1. Visitor must remain in their vehicle until the start time of their scheduled visit.
  2. At the scheduled time of the visit, please proceed to the greeting area to be screened. All visitors will receive education on infection prevention and control measures (5 to 10 minutes).
  3. Hand hygiene will take place.
  4. Visitor will be escorted or instructed to the designated meeting area to visit with their loved one.
  5. Visit with resident will take place (30 minutes).
  6. Visits may be facilitated by a team member to ensure visiting guidelines are being adhered to while also ensuring privacy for the visitor and resident.
  7. Visitors will leave the designated meeting area at the end of the visit.
  8. Hand hygiene will take place.
  9. Visitor will proceed to their vehicle.

 

Please review the following education and training resources prior to your visit.

 

Recommended Steps: Putting on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/ipac/ppe-recommended-steps

 

Video link:  Putting on Full Personal Protective Equipment

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-fullppe-on

 

Video link:  Taking off Full Personal Protective Equipment

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-fullppe-off

 

Video link: How to Wash Your Hands

https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-handwash

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