Letter sent to Families on January 4, 2021
Hello to all Families:
We are at the beginning of a new year. The last year is behind us with many lessons learned. My prayer is that we will slowly begin to find a new normal as the horizon brightens with the vaccination process imminent.
Below are Salem Home’s statistics related to COVID-19 as of January 04, 2021. Again, to ensure you are not inundated with emails/letters, we will let families know of a positive case only when contact tracing is required.
|Bed Numbers||Resident Positive Cases||Residents Recovered||Deceased|
|Staff Positive Cases||Staff Recovered|
As of January 04 2021, all the Care Areas are now designated Green. This is exactly one month to the day that the outbreak occurred on Maple North. However, Salem Home remains at Outbreak Status until the end of January. Should there be no new cases during this time, the outbreak will be lifted. If another positive COVID test comes back – staff or resident, we remain in Outbreak status.
These are the statistics from the Maple North area during their very busy few weeks:
- 37 COVID swabs were done on maple north.
- 31 swabs returned negative.
- Five (5) were positive and recovered.
- One (1) deceased due to COVID.
- Four (4) residents were never tested or suspect.
- ZERO staff have developed COVID as a result of working on Maple North.
Designated Family Caregivers
- Thank you for being a member of the Care Team. We appreciate and thank you for your commitment to your loved one’s well-being.
- As the province remains in Level Red, all infection control protocols outlined in previous updates continue to be in effect. We ask you to be diligent in following those protocols when visiting Salem Home.
- One Designated Family Caregiver may enter per 24 hour period. The hours of visitation are expanded from 7:30 AM – 8:00 PM, every day of the week, until further notice. During your visit, please assist your loved one as they go about their day in their suite.
- It is critical that the Designated Caregivers follow the PPE guidelines set out for them during their visit. With all Care Areas at Green, medical masks and eye shields continue to be mandatory.
- REMINDER – please remember to leave your eye shield/frame in the container provided as you are leaving Salem Home. The shields and frames are cleaned and sent through the UV-c chamber after each use. This equipment is a significant cost to Salem Home and too expensive to use only on a one-time basis.
- Only Designated Caregivers are permitted to enter into the building. This includes all end-of-life and palliative care situations. Please do not ask for exceptions.
- Designated Caregivers are also reminded that personal food and beverages are not allowed in resident rooms. The cafeteria services, including purchase of coffee, to family is suspended until further notice.
- If caregivers have not received the PPE educational sessions, please contact Julie Ruban-MacDonald to let her know. More sessions will be arranged in the future.
- Provincial plans for vaccination to Personal Care Homes are ramping up. Specific details are not yet available. PCHs are advocating that Vaccine Consent Forms/Fact Sheet are completed prior to the distribution of the vaccine so the time lapse is minimal.
Thoughts for 2021
- We are encouraged by how families have responded when residents were experiencing a change in their health status. Thank you for your support of the staff, and especially your prayers.
- We are incredibly proud of how the staff managed during the last month. They demonstrated extraordinary teamwork as they worked to meet all the demands that the additional workload added. This includes resident care, dietary, laundry and volunteers who came in to fold gowns.
- A huge thank you to the Resident Care Managers, Director of Resident Care Services, Director of Support Services, Infection Prevention & Control Officer and Volunteer Coordinator for the many, many extra hours spent to ensure adequate resources were in place so staff could care for residents.
- There is a long way to go yet, before we can take a deep breath and say this is over. Another positive case takes us right back to the beginning, but for now we show our gratitude and appreciation for navigating the last month and will celebrate where we can.
Thank you for walking with us during this unprecedented time. Thank you for understanding that some of the guidelines in place are mandated by the province, for your kindness and your encouragement.
Please continue to
- Be mindful of what you are asking staff to do – whether to answer the door after hours, answering the phone, or bringing items to the residents.
- Follow all PPE requirements as outlined, especially keeping on masks while visiting
- Pray for safety and health for all residents and staff.
Remember to wash your hands, wear a mask responsibly and sanitize after you need to touch it. And stay home, especially if you are not feeling well.
Blessings for the New Year to you and your family,
Sherry Janzen Karin Oliveira
Chief Executive Officer Director of Resident Care Services