Family Communication Nov 13th 2020

Good Evening Everyone,

 Thankfully there have been no changes this week! 

 

  We hope everyone had a chance to see the Remembrance Day pictures. We made the front page of the Peterborough Examiner and we were also online on the Examiner site.   It was a very nice small little gathering that we had, and the weather was also on our side, so it was great to get the Veterans outside and honour them!

 

Currently, we DO NOT have any cases of COVID in the home.  As you are aware it is trying times here in the Home and Community, but our # 1 goal is to keep the residents safe.  

 

We will continue to monitor visiting activity and positive community cases, understanding that we are mandated to follow the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Directive # 3.

 

 

Ongoing Measures Currently in Place:

 

Are we isolating Residents’ who exhibit Respiratory Symptoms?

 

We continue our due diligence by placing any resident exhibiting respiratory symptoms on droplet/contact isolation, precautions, and testing.

 

Are we admitting new Residents and/or readmitting Residents from Hospital?

 

Yes, we are.  All new and returning Residents, must have a negative COVID swab result prior to entering St. Joseph’s at Fleming and remain in isolation for a minimum of 14 days.  At the completion of their 14-day isolation, they will have another COVID swab taken and will remain in isolation until a negative result.

 

New updates and information:

 

Perishable food items

 

To all SJF Family members, 

 

Ensuring the Health and Safety of our Residents here at St. Joseph’s at Fleming is our number one priority.  This includes Food Safety.   

As a Long-Term Care Facility, we must purchase our food supplies from a credible Food Service Distributor.  Our main supplier, Sysco Canada, prides themselves in delivering products that meet stringent safety, reliability, and quality standards.   

Food safety is imperative within the Dietary department.   

We ask that families refrain from bringing perishable food items into the facility as these items’ present food safety hazards/risks if not handled, transported, and stored within acceptable temperatures always ranges.  

We thank you for your cooperation.   If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Manager of Nutrition Kendra Jackson.

  

 

 

 

Resident’s clothing:

Families have been dropping off brand new clothing with tags on them for staff to try on their loved one.

All new clothing to be tried on by residents is to be held in a quarantine bin at reception (Board Room) for 48 hours. 

 

Process:

Family must have pre planned drop off and try on with RPN or Charge Nurse on their loved one’s floor.

A drop off bin is located outside the front door.

Please put in a clear bag with resident’s name and room number clearly marked on the bag. 

Screeners wipe down the outer bag and Reception puts label on bag with date and time of delivery. 

You must have pre-arranged pick up as well.

 

Clothing for labelling only:

 

All clothing family send in to be labelled only, will be sent to laundry for washing first prior to being distributed to their rooms.

Please put in a clear bag with resident’s name and room number clearly marked on the bag. 

The bag will be sanitized and kept at reception in marked bin for 24 hours prior to being sent to laundry

 

Clothing drop off process:

 

There is a bin outside of front door for laundry – contact the screener or reception (use the communication box located at the front door, phone in or phone ahead) to let staff know you have dropped off clothing.

NO DRY CLEAN ONLY OR WASH IN COLD WATER HANG TO DRY ITEMS.

PLEASE DO NOT PUT NEW CLOTHING IN WITH ITEMS SUCH AS SOAP, TOOTHBRUSHES, FOOD ETC AS WE HAVE TO LABEL EVERY PIECE OF CLOTHING THAT COMES IN.  Our lost and found is piling up!

 

Balconies:

 

As per policy of the home the Balconies have now been closed for the winter.  The balconies are locked after the Thanksgiving long weekend due to the inconsistent weather temperatures.

 

COVID 19 Testing centers:

 

We would like to let you know that Shoppers Drug Mart at 741 Lansdowne St W (Lansdowne /High St) Peterborough location is now a government approved ASYMPTOMATIC COVID19 Testing Site starting Thursday October 15, 2020. Please call 705-748-6141 to book an appointment!

 

Visiting:

 

We will continue to have indoor and outdoor visits as well as essential care givers at this time.  With the weather getting cooler we will continue to book outdoor visits if we can, but we need your cooperation and understanding if we must do last minute cancelations due to weather conditions.

As of October 5th, we are only permitting residents to go out to medical appointments only.

We are only permitting 1 visit a week per Resident.  But we are always willing to look at any circumstance and work with families as they arise.  

 

 

As you are aware the Ontario Government has decreased the number permitted for indoor gatherings to 10 and outdoor gatherings to 25.  The Recreation Team will work within these restrictions focusing on small group programming, cohorting residents on each Home Area side.

 

There are 3 types of Visitors permitted into SJF and all are screened prior to entering St Joseph’s at Fleming:

 

 

#1.          Essential Visitor:

This applies to residents who are very ill or palliative.  They will need to be approved Director of Resident Care.

#2.          Caregiver: 

•             This applies to individuals such as a family member or paid worker designated by the Resident or Power of Attorney for Care to provide direct care (e.g., supporting feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection).

•             These visitors must wear a procedure mask and attest to a negative COVID swab every 2 weeks.  Only permitted in the resident room.  

•             This role must be approved by the Home Area Manager and will be on the Residents Care Plan.

 

#3.          Indoor outdoor and Window visitors

•             These visits MUST be scheduled through the Recreation Team and occur in the designated indoor or outdoor spaces. 

•             Indoor visits: must wear medical masks provided by the Home and have a negative COVID test every 2 weeks.

•             Outdoor visits: Face covering must be worn. These visits will still be scheduled but please understand that we may need to cancel at any time due to the weather conditions.

 

Thanks for your cooperation and have a Great Weekend!!