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May 29th, 2020 Family Update

We have NO cases of COVID-19 in the home.

Non-Essential visits as per Ministry of Health are not permitted.

Ministry of Health Pandemic restrictions remain in place.

Window visiting reminder:

For Infection Control reasons:

Do not under any circumstances remove a screen from a window to visit and touch your loved one.

Do not reach through any open window to hold hands.

Do not touch your hands together through the screen.

Resident/Family visits:

If you would like to set up a phone/skype/window visit with your loved one, please call the home 705-743-4744, then please ask for the following extension depending on which home area your loved one lives:

Creekside: Ext. 3044 Paige

Hilltop: Ext. 3047 Carley

Woodland: Ext. 3018 Angela

Pathway: Ext. 3007 Alex

 

Reminder: What can I send to my loved one?

New clothing:  

We are having a large amount of clothing dropped off.  We understand that warm weather has swept in and you are trying to exchange winter clothing.  All clothing has to be washed and labelled. To drop off clothing, please speak directly with

Vicki Barrow at Ext. 3032. She will assist with coordinating the items.

 

Family drop offs:

There is a drop off station outside of our front entrance.

Visitation restrictions remain in place as per Provincial Directives, so please do not enter the Home when dropping off.

You can phone ahead to Reception to advise that you will be dropping off an item during business hours.

Please see below guidelines:

No home cooked food, cookies, Tim Hortons coffee, donuts, etc.

No fruit, unless store-bought in individual packages.

Chips must be in small bags, not large bags.

Any food must be in sealed/wrapped individual packages that can be wiped down.

Cut flowers must be in a vase and the flowers must be wrapped in plastic so we can sanitize the plastic bag.

No cards.

As a reminder only Newspapers delivered from the source can be brought into the home. Purchasing a subscription to be delivered directly to the home is the best way to decrease the risk.

No unwrapped or unsealed items will be allowed in the home.

Please note we have staff who are highly allergic to lilies, please do not include them in your bouquet. Thank you for your understanding.

Family request: What can we do for the staff? Health Care Workers Week is June 1st – June 5th

We have been receiving many calls from family asking what they can do for our staff. 

We suggest the following:

Gift Cards for Pizza, Tim Hortons, Subway are always well received.  We will gather them and support our Staff teams.

You can drop off the gift cards to the family drop off box at the front of the building.  Please write on the card: Attention Luanne Roy.

 

Friday, May 22nd Family Update:

We are not open to family visiting in the home. 

We are still under Pandemic restrictions. Please be assured we are moving forward carefully but starting to ensure our residents start getting outside for 1 on 1 walks, balcony visits and courtyard visits.

We currently DO NOT have any cases of COVID-19 in the home but please note that if in the future we have even one case of COVID-19 in the home, we will be going back in to Outbreak as we are following the guidelines set for Long Term Care in Ontario.

Window visiting reminder:

Do not reach through any open window to hold hands.

Do not touch your hands together through the screen.

Contact Recreation to set up and assist with your visit. 

Recreation continues to set up visiting through a broad range of ways, virtual, window, by phone, video and balcony visits.

While we are out of outbreak, we have expanded visiting areas to include the main floor board room right off our front door.  If we go back into outbreak, we will go back to home area visits only. This will give families who have loved ones on upper floors an opportunity to see their loved one on the main level through the windows.  Recreation will book a time if this is what you are looking for. 

Resident/Family visits:

If you would like to set up a phone/skype/window visit with your loved one, please call the home 705-743-4744, then please ask for the following extension depending on which home area your loved one lives:

Creekside: Ext. 3044 Paige

Hilltop: Ext. 3047 Carley

Woodland: Ext. 3018 Angela

Pathway: Ext. 3007 Alex

 

Reminder: What can I send to my loved one?

New clothing:  

We are having a large amount of clothing dropped off.  We understand that Summer has swept in and you are trying to exchange winter clothing.  All has to be washed and labelled.  Please do not drop off anymore clothing until you speak directly with Vicki Barrow – Ext. 3032

She will assist with coordinating the items.

Family drop offs:

There is a drop off station outside of our front entrance.

Visitation restrictions remain in place as per Provincial Directives, so please do not enter the Home when dropping off.

You can phone ahead to Reception to advise you will be dropping off an item during business hours.

Please see below guidelines:

No home cooked food, cookies, Tim Hortons coffee, donuts, etc.

No fruit, unless store-bought in individual packages.

Chips must be in small bags, not large bags.

Any food must be in sealed/wrapped individual packages that can be wiped down.

Cut flowers must be in a vase and the flowers must be wrapped in plastic so we can sanitize the plastic bag.

No cards.

As a reminder only Newspapers delivered from the source can be brought into the home. Purchasing a subscription to be delivered directly to the home is the best way to decrease the risk.

No unwrapped or unsealed items will be allowed in the home.

Please note: we have staff who are highly allergic to lilies, please do not include them in your bouquet. Thank you for your understanding.

Family request: What can we do for the staff? As Health Care Workers Week approaches us…

We have been receiving many calls from family asking what they can do for our staff. 

We suggest the following:

Gift Cards for Pizza, Tim Hortons, Subway are always well received.  We will gather them up and support our Staff teams.

You can drop off the  gift cards to the family drop off box at the front of the building.  Please write on the card: Attention Luanne Roy.

Spring Starts Along the Path – Finally! Blooming Fruit trees, tender green leaves, life bursting through the asphalt, a gift from a Mother’s Day window visit,  fish in the pond and a perennial bed waiting to bloom!

Keep scrolling down for more videos and pictures.  Right to the end!!

 

Friday, May 15th Family Update:

 

Outbreak Update:

As of Friday May 15, 2020, all swabs have been returned and we are at this time out of Outbreak!!!

Our Home’s staff team did an outstanding job!!!

We are still in Pandemic Outbreak and cannot let down our guard. 

We are not open to family visiting in the home.  Please be assured we will carefully move forward and adhere to the rules that are in place for Long Term Care in Ontario.

 

Window visiting reminder:

Do not reach through any open window to hold hands.

Do not touch your hands together through the screen.

Contact Recreation to set up and assist with your visit. 

 

Family visits:

If you would like to set up a phone/skype/window visit with your loved one, please call the home 705-743-4744, then please ask for the following extension depending on which home area your loved one lives:

Creekside: Ext. 3044 Paige

Hilltop: Ext. 3047 Carley

Woodland: Ext. 3018 Angela

Pathway: Ext. 3029 Jessica

 

St. Joseph’s at Fleming has a request:

We have been receiving many donations of handmade masks and have been forwarding them on to staff. We have also put some aside for emergency use.  

Health Care Workers Week is June 1st – June 5th and we will be ensuring masks go out to staff for families.

We will continue to accept all donations of Home-made masks.  It is our hope to continue to pass along to our greater St. Joseph’s at Fleming Family

Keeping our Staff and their families safe, keeps our Resident’s safe.

Keep them coming and we will reach our goal together.

Family request: What can we do for the staff?

We have been receiving many calls from family asking what they can do for our staff. 

We suggest the following:

Gift Cards for Pizza, Tim Hortons, Subway are always well received.  We will gather them up and support our Staff teams.

You can drop off the  gift cards to the family drop off box at the front of the building.  Please write on the card: Attention Luanne Roy.

Every day we have community angels who show up with donations to thank our staff for the amazing job they are doing here at St. Joseph’s at Fleming.

Staff were treated by Boston Pizza who donated Pizza’s for all.

A group of seniors, who call themselves the Waddell Street Sewers, have been busy sewing masks along with a retired nurses daughter making mask holders.  They dropped off their amazing donation to us.  Thank you so much.

Debbie Giles and Anne Milne generously dropped off masks “made with love” for all we are doing here at St. Joseph’s at Fleming.

The St. Martin’s Catholic Women’s league of Ennismore sent in face shields that were gratefully received.

Vedra Hill and her father put his engineering skills to use and created face shields for the home.  We are so appreciative of this generosity of spirit.

Gilmour Church sewing girls sent along a lovely package of handmade masks. 

Myra Hirschberg volunteer with visiting therapy dogs sent  bags of handmade masks.

Thanks for thinking of us!

 

Letter to Doug Ford, Christine Elliott and Merrilee Fullerton

We are forwarding to you an open letter sponsored by over 11 associations.

This letter is a plea for the Provincial Government to take into consideration the psychosocial and emotion wellbeing of residents.

http://www.ontarc.com/documents/MOHLTC/20200506LTR_PremierFordMinistersFullertonandElliotV2.pdf

 

Communication reminder:

We are continuing to communicate with Resident POAs identified as First Contacts – please connect with your family members to keep them informed. 

The NP, RN or RPN will communicate with the POA if your loved one has a health concern, that requires discussion.

If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Barrow at Ext. 3032. She will receive questions and will respond to you or direct your question to the appropriate person.

Keep scrolling past previous updates (last one from April 8 ) for photos and click on them to enlarge!

or see a little video montage of highlights here.

 

 

Friday, May 8th Update:

COVID-19:

We still only have 1 resident who is positive for COVID-19 residing on Hilltop D.

 Flowers and Gifts have been pouring into the home today. The Recreation team have had a wonderful day delivering these gifts for Mother’s Day to residents across the home.

 

Tim Horton’s Treats for the Staff:

Tim Hortons corporate delivered a coffee/tea break for all of our hard-working employees.

Opening up Creekside:

While the outbreak is not over yet it is with great pleasure this week to be able to declare the outbreak on Creekside officially over.

Staff joined with residents to cheer, sing and ring bells.

Donations:

A sincere thanks to Vedra Hill and family for donating the face shields to St. Joseph’s at Fleming.

Family visits:

If you would like to set up a phone/skype/window visit with your loved one, please call the home 705-743-4744, then please ask for the following extension depending on which home area your loved one lives:

Creekside: Ext. 3044 Paige

Hilltop: Ext. 3047 Carley Note: Phone/Skype visits are currently only on Hilltop C side

Woodland: Ext. 3018 Angela

Pathway: Ext. 3029 Jessica

Communication reminder:

We are continuing to communicate with Resident POAs identified as First Contacts – please connect with your family members to keep them informed. 

The NP, RN or RPN will communicate with the POA if your loved one has a health concern, that requires discussion just as before the outbreak.

If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Barrow at Ext. 3032. She will receive questions and will respond to you or direct your question to the appropriate person.

 

 

May 6th, 2020

Special Family update

Mother’s Day

 We need your assistance:

This weekend is Mother’s Day and as a team we have been brainstorming how to safely manage a large flow of items into the home.  Now is not the time to blink in the face of our battle against COVID19.

Everything that comes into this home is disinfected and sits before we distribute to the home areas.   

Please deliver your Mother’s Day gift between 9 am and 3:00 pm Friday May 8th, 2020.

Cut flowers in a vase wrapped in plastic so we can sanitize the plastic bag.

  • No cards

  • Treats again must be in sealed wrapped plastic.

  • No unwrapped or unsealed items will be allowed in the home.

 Please note: We have staff who are highly allergic to lilies, please do not include them in your bouquet.

 

Woodland Says Hello!

 

Friday May 1st, 2020

Special Family Update

Hi everyone, we have wonderful news to announce to you all today.

Public health advised us that one of the labs who did the testing of some of the tests from our mass swabs last week had technical issues which has resulted in some false positive results!

All original COVID 19 residents are now off isolation.

We now currently only have 1 resident who is positive for COVID-19 residing on Hilltop D and we are monitoring closely.

Family drop offs

Due to the wonderful news we will resume family drop offs starting back up Saturday May 2nd, 2020.

Family visits

We will resume virtual  family visits starting next Tuesday. This includes digital ie. Skype, window visits, phone calls. No visitors will be allowed in the building. Please call the Home to arrange a time with the Recreation Department at 705-743-4744 ext 3036 starting Tuesday May 5.

Stay tuned for the schedule.

We are not out of the woods yet!

We still have a fight to fight but we are in it to win it!

We can do this together. Thanks for all your amazing support!

 

April 29th, 2020

Family update

We want to assure you that one of our residents who contracted COVID19 was already Palliative when she tested positive.  She survived COVID 19 and then passed away a few days later due to her palliative status and not as a direct result of COVID 19.

Enhanced mass testing was conducted on April 22nd and the 23rd and some positive swabs were the result.

·       3 positive swabs identified on Creekside.

·       3 positive swabs new case on Hilltop.

·       The 3 original cases have resolved on Creekside B and we are awaiting their formal release from isolation.

All Residents with positive swabs were asymptomatic (which means they showed no symptoms prior to the testing) and have been re-swabbed to ensure accuracy of the swab results.

We are thrilled to report to everyone that on April 28, 2020 after 40 days on isolation the Creekside Resident who swabbed Positive for COVID 19 was taken off isolation.  Staff gathered and cheered to celebrate this great success.

Please join us in celebrating this milestone!

 

 Families we need your help. 

Due to these new positive tests we have decided to shut down the family drop off box at our front door for a week starting Thursday April 30th until Thursday May 6th.  This will give us an opportunity to review all that is coming into the home.

We are all in this fight together…..If it is to be it begins with me!

 

Family visits:

If you would like to set up a phone/skype visit with your loved one, please call the home 705-743-4744, then please ask for the following extension depending on which home area your loved one lives:

Creekside: Currently not doing phone/skype visits
Hilltop: Moving forward will not be doing phone/skype visits
Woodland: Ext 3018 Jessica
Pathway: Ext. 3036 Deanna

Communication reminder:

We are continuing to communicate with Resident POAs identified as First Contacts – please connect with your family members to keep them informed.
The NP, RN or RPN will communicate with the POA if your loved one has a health concern, that requires discussion just as before the outbreak.
If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Barrow at Ext. 3032. She will receive questions and will respond to you or direct your question to the appropriate person.

April 24, 2020 update:

Family drop off updates

Newspapers:
As a reminder only Newspapers delivered from the source can be brought into the home.
Purchasing a subscription for delivery directly to the home is the best way to decrease the risk.

COVID-19 update:

The Ministry of Health Command Table continues to focus on further actions to reduce spread in long-term care:
Continuing implementation of enhanced testing in long-term care homes in alignment with the direction to implement proactive surveillance testing in all long-term care homes.

On Wednesday April 22nd and Thursday 23rd of this week, a team of Paramedic’s (EMS) and our staff completed testing on Residents and Staff.   Results will assist the Province and our home to determine a plan to move us forward.

Family visits:

If you would like to set up a phone/skype visit with your loved one, please call the home 705-743-4744, then please ask for the following extension depending on which home area your loved one lives:
·        Creekside: Currently not doing phone/skype visits
·        Hilltop: Ext. 3047 Carley
·        Woodland: Ext 3018 Jessica
·        Pathway: Ext. 3036 Deanna

Communication reminder:

We are continuing to communicate with Resident POAs identified as First Contacts – please connect with your family members to keep them informed.
The NP, RN or RPN will communicate with the POA if your loved one has a health concern, that requires discussion just as before the outbreak.
If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Barrow at Ext. 3032. She will receive questions and will respond to you or direct your question to the appropriate person.

Nancy Best:

If you do not already know you will soon, Nancy Best is retiring.  Nancy has been the Coordinator of Resident Finance for 5 years now and presently training a wonderful new lady, her name is Tammy Condon.
Nancy has generously offered to stay on to support Reception at this time and we could not thank her enough.
We encourage you to send a message to Nancy as she moves onto her next adventure.
We cannot thank her enough for her intelligence, work ethic and deadly sense of humour.

 

April 17, 2020 Family update

COVID 19 update

The Province has chosen our home to participate in a Provincial study related to COVID- 19. This will be an Incidence and Prevalence Study.

This will involve obtaining swabs for COVID-19 from all Residents and staff.

We will update you as soon as the Peterborough Public Health set a date for the testing to occur next week.

Family visits:

If you would like to set up a phone/skype visit with your loved one, please call the home 705-743-4744, then please ask for the following extension depending on which home area your loved one lives:

Creekside: Currently not doing phone/skype visits

Hilltop: Ext. 3047 Carley

Woodland: Ext 3018 Jessica

Pathway: Ext. 3036 Deanna

              

Family drop off for their loved ones

There is a drop off station outside of our front entrance.

Visitation Restriction remain in place as per Provincial Directives so please do not enter the Home when dropping off

You can phone ahead to Reception to advise you will be dropping off an item during business hours

We require your Assistance!!

Communication reminder:

We are continuing to communicate with Resident POAs identified as First Contacts – please connect with your family members to keep them informed.

The NP, RN or RPN will communicate with the POA if your loved one has a health, that requires discussion just as before the outbreak

Please contact Vicki Barrow at Ext 3032 or Nancy Best at Ext 3025. They are receiving questions and will respond to you or direct you question to the appropriate person.

Use our Website:

You can connect to our website at  www.sjfltc.com

Weekly communication:

We are doing our best to adjust to the communications and information that we receive daily. We are continuing to send out a Friday update, each week through Email and Phone calls.

Donations:

We have had a huge group of community hero’s showing up every day with hand sewn masks.

We have been distributing them to staff for use outside the Home in the community.

Please keep up the good work – the hospital has challenged the community to produce 1000 more cloth masks for use in the community! Keep them coming.

Sandra Clements a Real Estate Agent from Bobcaygeon partnered with Giant Tiger in donating scrubs and cardigans to Long Term Care homes. Our staff were so happy to receive this support.

April 15, 2020

Attention Families:

 Please see below guidelines for Drop-Offs for Residents:

 -No home cooked food, cookies, Tim Hortons coffee, donuts, etc.

-No fruit unless in cans or store-bought individual packaging.

-Chips must be in small bags not large bags.

-Any food must be in sealed/wrapped individual packages that can be wiped down.

-No unpacked items will be accepted; they will be thrown out.

-Mail, Newspapers etc. are disinfected at Reception and delivered the next day.

 Thank you for your Cooperation.

 

Staying in Touch

 Recreation staff are scheduling appointments for family/resident phone calls or Skype. These visits will start on Wednesday, March 25th. They can be scheduled from 1:30pm-3:30pm and will continue weekly Monday-Friday from 1:30pm-3:30pm until further notice.  If you are wishing to schedule a visit and we can make it work, we are also trying to have what we call “window visits” where you and your loved one sit/stand on either side of a window in your loved ones home area, so you can see each other while talking on the phone. Residents are not to leave their home areas so the Recreation staff will do their best with arranging “window visits” depending in which home area your loved one lives.

Note: The visits with your loved one will be scheduled for 10 minutes.

Please call the following Extensions to arrange a visit with your loved one based on which home area they live on in the home:

Creekside Home Area (A & B): *******See update April 8 below

Hilltop Home Area (C & D): Ext. 3036 Deanna

Woodland Home Area (E & F): Ext. 3036 Deanna

Pathway Home Area (G & H): Ext. 3036 Deanna

The Recreation staff will give you any further information needed in order to make the phone calls/visits work. Please be patient as we process your requests.  We will get back to you. Lots of pictures of daily life during pandemic. Keep scrolling!!!

April 8, 2020

Family communication update

COVID 19 Cases:

  • We do have 2 more positive results which brings our resident cases on Creekside B  up to 4.

  • However, our 1st Resident who tested positive is almost ready to come out of Isolation.

  • Because residents are in precautionary isolation on Creekside, virtual visiting will be limited at this time on Creekside. Please contact Dee Archer at Ext 3036.

Ongoing Communication:

  • Please connect to our Website as we are keeping this site updated as quickly as we can.

  • sjfltc.com

  • Vicki Barrow (Ext 3032) and Nancy Best (Ext 3025) are taking family phone calls and helping to coordinate with the other departments, answer your questions and support your family.

  • Nursing will connect with you if they are concerned about Covid symptoms as well as keep you updated regarding your loved one’s clinical health.

  • We are hosting a daily radio show on our PA system, by our CEO to keep spirits lifted for the staff and residents. Birthday wishes for Residents, a little safety tip, a joke and a song for the day.

  • Father Begin has been saying regular mass for the home

Families We need your help

We know that everyone is concerned about their loved ones and needs to be kept up to date.

However, what is happening is that multiple family members are phoning in to speak with staff.  This is consuming a great deal of time.

We are asking for all Family and First Contact help:

We have as always communicated through First Contacts and we are continuing to work through all First Contacts.

It is the responsibility of  a First Contact to  ensure all  family members are kept informed as they are identified by the Home as the  First Contact.

We understand if there are family dynamics that make this difficult but at this time we ask that you put aside any family issues and support not only the home but your family as well.

Ways to help

#1.  First Contacts please communicate with your family and pass  information on to all family members.

St Joseph’s at Fleming will continue to email and or phone you with new updates.

#2.  Go to our website – www.sjfltc.com

 Tell your family members to go to our website. We post updates and developments on a regular basis.

#3.  Unless you have been asked or told by Nursing that there is a clinical issue with your loved one please continue to communicate through Vicki Barrow at Ext 3032, Nancy Best at Ext 3025 or by the email link  sent out through Lisa Herr.

Protective Measures during COVID-19 Pandemic

 In response to  Directives from public health, social distancing has been implemented in the dining rooms. Tables have been relocated and a  new seating plan has been developed.

We have active screening at the main entrance to screen staff in and out of work.

There are no resident outings permitted and no visitors are allowed to enter the building.

We have arranged a family drop off box outside the main entrance during the hours of 8am and 4pm. No takeout, or home made food is permitted. Items must be able to be sanitized therefore no paper products are allowed. Label your package with Resident Name Home Area and Room number.

Recreational Staff have set up virtual visits and individual Home Areas. Arrangements can be made by dialing a direct line to Recreationist’s extension at 705-750-2706 and leaving a message with your name and contact information with Carley at extension 3047 or Paige at extension  3044.

We are in contact daily with our Medical Director and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for guidance.

We have marked high traffic areas on the floor to visually assist the residents to determine proper social distancing as well as posting hand washing signage.

Doors to Home areas have been closed.  Residents are to remain on their Home area.

The Federal Government, Ontario Ministry of Health and the Regional Public Health Unit are undertaking measures to manage the spread of the CoVid -19 Virus to the best of their abilities, we all need to cooperate with Directives to keep our Homes and Communities safe.

Given the staffing concerns during this difficult time, please be aware we, at SJF, are actively recruiting and hiring new staff. Despite what you may hear in the media, the new staff being hired continue to meet established standards required for the position to which they are being hired.

Additionally, all new staff are required to attend general orientation as well as role specific education. These standards and processes will not be compromised.

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Daily Life in St. Joseph’s at Fleming

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Skyping, phoning window visits even in the rain!

     

  

   

 

Keeping Up and working about the home

 

 

 

Staff Messages

 

Community Support

  

Spring is trying to arrive! Click to enlarge

Felix says Chill