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Covid-19 Update Letter to Families sent on September 15, 2021

Outbreak update

We are still in outbreak and currently working with the Medical Officer of Health to determine the length of the isolation required for those residents affected by it. We have been in communication with Cottonwood families in particular about details and will let you know once the outbreak is declared over. We continue to allow designated family members to come in to visit, as well as fully vaccinated residents can have fully vaccinated visitors. The only difference is that Cottonwood residents are not having patio/shelter visits at the moment.

Voting at Salem Home

We had a voting station set up here at Salem Home on September 14th in the afternoon. Many residents had the opportunity to go and vote. They were assisted by staff to get to the station and back to their rooms. We had in total 26 residents that casted their vote. What a privilege to allow the residents to fulfill their civil duty.

Upcoming vaccination week

We will once again have vaccine available at Salem Home for those residents that would like to be immunized. The vaccine we will have is the Moderna (as previous) and it will be here during the week of September 27 – October 3. If you would like your loved one to have it, please contact the Resident Care Manager of the care area where they live.

We have seen how the vaccine protects the residents from severe illness and it has made a big difference in the lives of those currently in the outbreak area. All the residents that had the vaccine had either no symptoms at all or very mild symptoms that lasted a day or two. It is definitely worth it! If you have any questions about the vaccine, please feel free to contact one of our physicians. The Resident Care Managers can set up a time for you to discuss the risks and benefits with them.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Sherry Janzen                                                    Karin Oliveira

CEO                                                                        Director of Resident Care Services

 

Covid-19 Update letter to Families sent on September 03 2021

Dear Family,

We need to let you know that, unfortunately, a second resident in Cottonwood Care Area at Salem Home has tested positive for COVID-19.  We are now officially in outbreak.  All residents in that area are being monitored by staff.  If your family member is being tested, you will be contacted directly.  Salem Home continues to follow the directions from the provincial Medical Officer of Health. We understand this news is unsettling and disconcerting for our residents and you, their family.

As each Care Area/Department is following their part of the Pandemic Response Plan, please respect the staff’s time and refrain from calling the Care Area frequently, as the nurses and staff are providing care at a different level.  The care of our residents is our first priority. Should you call the Care Area directly, the call may not be answered immediately.

At this time, Designated Caregivers and fully vaccinated General visitors may continue to visit their loved ones. It is imperative that you follow all Infection Control Protocols outlined for your specific designation – caregiver or visitor – wearing appropriate PPE, social distancing, hand hygiene.   Outdoor visits are suspended for Cottonwood residents at this time. For end-of-life care, pleases contact the RCM directly as to the current guidelines in place.  Thank you for your cooperation.

We know this creates anxiety and concerns for you as families.  Please know that Staff and leadership are doing everything possible to mitigate the risks associated with having the virus present in the facility.

Should you have concerns about your own health, please contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sherry Janzen                                                    Karin Oliveira

Director of Resident Care Services

 

Covid-19 Update letter send to families on August 27, 2021

Dear Family,

We have become aware that a resident in Salem Home on Cottonwood Care Area has tested positive for COVID-19.  All residents in that area are being monitored by staff.  If your family member is being tested, you will be contacted directly.

This is unsettling and disconcerting news for both our residents and you, their family. Salem Home is now following the directions from the province’s Medical Officer of Health.

Each Care Area/Department is working through their part of the Pandemic Response Plan.

We ask that you please respect the staff’s time and refrain from calling the Care Area frequently, as the nurses and staff are now providing care at a different level.  The care of our residents is our first priority. Should you call the Care Area directly, the call may not be answered immediately.

At this time, Designated Caregivers and fully vaccinated General visitors may continue to visit their loved ones.

We know you share our concern about your loved one. Be assured staff and leadership are doing everything we can to mitigate the risks associated with having the virus in the facility.

Should you have concerns about your own health, please contact Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257.

Sincerely,

Sherry Janzen                                    Karin Oliveira

CEO                                                        Director of Resident Care Services

 

Covid-19 Update Letter to Families on August 6, 2021

We are so happy that the Province is finally been able to go to “yellow” and that means things are opening up, restrictions are less in a lot of places. But, for health care facilities, we are not quite there yet.  As you can appreciate, we want to continue to keep your loved ones safe and healthy, so please take note of the changes that will start August 9, 2021, listed below from Shared Health and the Chief Provincial Medical Officer of Health (changes are in blue):

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 still required in the courtyard).
  • Both identified DFC’s can visit at the same time, maintaining physical distance. 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):

  • General visitors that are fully vaccinated can visit residents that are also fully vaccinated.
  • These visiting hours will be the same as the DFC:
    • 10:00am to 5:45pm weekdays and,
    • 1:00pm – 7:00pm on weekends.
  • 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):

  • Up to two (2) general visitors can visit on the designated outdoor patio.
  • 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 are encouraged, but physical distance is still required and will be monitored during the visit. If the visitor wants to sit closer to the resident, mask is required. If physical distance is maintained, masks are not required.

Outings:

  • Fully vaccinated residents can go on outings with fully vaccinated visitor/DFC. No overnight stays. Medical masks are required for resident and driver of private vehicle to and from destination, due to no physical distancing in the vehicle.
  • If either resident or driver is not fully vaccinated, the outing MUST be kept to up to twice weekly for up to 2 hours each. Medical masks are required during transportation.
  • Physical distancing is still required during the outing.
  • Before leaving the facility, please communicate with the nurse and sign resident out at the front door, including destination.
  • Outings should occur during screening hours (10:00am – 5:45pm on weekdays, 1:00pm – 7:00pm on weekends).

We would like to thank all of you for being so patient and willing to work with us during the last 17 months. Let us not put our guard down yet and be diligent and responsible with the regained freedom so that we don’t have to lose it again.

Sincerely,

 

Sherry Janzen                                                      Karin Oliveira

Chief Executive Officer                               Director of Resident Care Services

For more information on Salem Home’s previous Covid-19 updates please click here 

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