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Update Letter Sent to Families on July 19, 2021

RE: UPDATE on PCH VISITATION GUIDELINES

We are very pleased to announce that as of this afternoon our outbreak was declared over! What a relief it is for residents, staff and families. Once more we were able to contain the outbreak to one area and to only three residents, who have all recovered. Praise the Lord for that! Thank you for all your prayers and support during the last couple of months. Now we can go forward and open up for more visitations again. So, here are the updated guidelines from Shared Health and the Chief Provincial Medical Officer of Health:

Designated Family Caregivers (DFC)

  • No changes in the visiting hours.
  • Masks and eye shields are still required.
  • No food or drink while in the facility.
  • Visits can happen in the resident’s room or on one of our courtyards (masks are stillrequired even if outdoors).
  • Only one (1) DFC can visit at a time. If the resident is fully vaccinated, one (1) fully vaccinated general visitor can visit in the room at the same time with the DFC, providing physical distance can be maintained.

General Visitors (fully vaccinated – both doses longer than 14 days ago): Starting July 21st

  • General visitors that are fully vaccinated can visit residents that are also fully vaccinated. These visiting hours will be from 3:00 to 4:30 pm daily. Proof of vaccination (immunization card or printed copy of vaccine record) and photo ID (Driver’s license or passport) will be required upon entry.
  • Up to two (2) vaccinated visitors can visit at the same time in the resident’s room, keeping the door open at all times.
  • Mask and eye shields are required and will be provided by the screener.
  • No food or drink are allowed while in the facility.

General Visitors (fully vaccinated or not): Starting July 21st

  • Up to two (2) general visitors can visit on the designated outdoor
  • Due to the heat in the shelters and no A/C, general visits will happen in our updated patio on the west side of the building.
  • Visiting hours are daily from 1:00 – 5:00pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 – 8:00pm. These visits have to be booked through our website (salemhome.simplybook.me).
  • Masks and physical distance are still required and will be monitored during the visit.

 

 

Sherry Janzen                                                                Karin Oliveira

Chief Executive Officer                                            Director of Resident Care Services

 

Update Letter to Families on June 15, 2021

RE: UPDATE on PCH VISITATION GUIDELINES

Further to the Visitation Guidelines for Personal Care Homes, we received information early this week.  The Leadership Group is reviewing the guidelines and determining what will work best, given space and staffing limitations, to keep your loved ones safe and healthy.

However, because Salem Home remains in outbreak, or RED (critical), visitations, other than with Designated Family Caregivers, remain on hold until the outbreak is declared over by the Public Health Officer.

We ask for Designated Family Caregivers to be vigilant in using their masks and eye shields, practice hand hygiene and remain conscious of social distancing from each other.  We cannot express enough that our most important role is to keep your family member safe. We also cannot express enough that Designated Family Caregivers must follow the guidelines in place. To not do so, you may be asked to leave the building and another family caregiver be designated in your place.  This is to keep all residents living at Salem Home safe, as well as the staff caring for your loved one.

Please consider immunization in order to keep your loved one, other residents, and staff safe.  Thank you for keeping the residents and staff in your prayers and thoughts in these unprecedented times.

Sherry Janzen                                                                    Karin Oliveira

Chief Executive Officer                                                  Director of Resident Care Services

Update Letter to Families on June 9, 2021

RE: UPDATE on PCH VISITATION GUIDELINES

June seems to be a busy month of sending you updates.  Thank you for your patience in receiving yet another letter from us.

You have likely heard that the Visitation Guidelines for PCHs will be changed which the Premier announced yesterday, June 08, 2021.  This has come as a complete surprise to all PCHs in the province.  To date, no communications from Shared Health, the Provincial Chief Public Health Officer, or Manitoba Health has been sent out to us.  This means we do not know what is in the guidelines, what limitations will be put into place for us, or how these new guidelines fit into what is already happening.  Until we know what the guidelines say, we will continue with the restrictions in place as per the June 04, 2021 letter.

Salem Home remains in an outbreak.  We ask that Designated Family Caregivers are vigilant in using their masks and eye shields, practice hand hygiene and remain conscious of social distancing from each other.  As the variants of concern – B.1.1.7 and Delta – begin to be more prevalent in the province, we ask that you be extra cautious when visiting your loved one.  These variants of concern are more contagious and more deadly than the original virus.  Our primary responsibility is to keep your family member safe and should Designated Family Caregivers not follow the limitations in place, you may be asked to leave the building.  This is to keep all residents living at Salem Home safe.

Some of you have called us expressing concern about others coming into the facility while not being vaccinated.  We can only encourage each one to consider immunization in order to keep their loved one, other residents, and staff safe.  Thank you for expressing those concerns.  We continue to ask for your prayers as staff care for your loved one, sometimes under difficult and trying circumstances.

Sherry Janzen                                                                 Karin Oliveira

Chief Executive Officer                                                  Director of Resident Care Services

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