COVID-19 Update – August 24, 2021

  • West Court/Care Home: We are relieved and pleased to announce the COVID-19 outbreak at the Parkview Neighborhood of KinVillage’s West Court (Care Home) was officially declared over by Fraser Health’s Medical Health Officer today, August 24.

The outbreak at Parkview was declared on August 7, 2021.   A total of 2 residents and 1 staff member tested positive for COVID- 19. They have all fully recovered since.

We are grateful that the outbreak was well-contained, that no new cases were identified during the monitoring period, and is now over.    This was possible due to the very good vaccination rates for both residents and staff, and to the contributions of all involved – the collaborative efforts of our staff, the cooperation of our residents, the understanding of families, and the support of Fraser Health.

  • Masks in Public Places – Adrian Dix, B.C.’s Minister of Health and Dr Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer have reinstated the mask requirement in public indoor places effective Wednesday August 25. Examples of indoor public places include:  grocery stores, restaurants/pubs, public transit, community centers, and lounges in apartments.   The MOH and PHO stated this is an additional layer being put in place as we transition through fall and the risk of transmission has been occurring primarily in indoor social settings.

 

  • We are pleased that Dr. Henry, B.C.’s Public Health Officer, recently issued an Order that will require people using/attending discretionary indoor social events to be vaccinated.  Proof of vaccination will be required to access some events, services and businesses. Starting September 13, you must have at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. By October 24, you must be fully vaccinated. The requirements of this new Order will be reflected in KinVillage’s plan for a gradual re-opening of its Community Centre in mid-September.

COVID-19 Update – August 10, 2021

West Court/Care Home:  On August 7, the Fraser Health Medical Health Officer declared an outbreak in the Parkview neighborhood, which is home to 18 residents, after testing revealed one resident positive for COVID-19.   This was further to a staff member who works in Parkview testing positive late last week.  All residents in Parkview were retested on Monday August 9th and unfortunately today we learned that a second resident has tested positive.  No other staff members working in Parkview have received a positive test.  The outbreak is limited to the Parkview neighborhood; no other neighborhoods in the Care Home and no other KinVillage buildings are affected.

 

As a result of the outbreak and as directed by Public Health, until further notice in Parkview only:

  • Residents are, as best as possible, remaining in their rooms
  • Social visits to Parkview are currently on hold
  • Parkview residents and staff working in Parkview will be retested on Monday August 16
  • Residents and staff are being closely monitored for any signs/symptoms
  • Staffing is being arranged so that employees who work in Parkview don’t work in other areas of the care home, and vice versa

In addition, all Care Home staff are wearing masks and googles.

 

We are working closely with Fraser Health, whose support includes additional staffing resources in the Care Home.  We are all hopeful that the high rates of vaccination of both residents and staff, combined with other infection prevention and control measures in place, will be effective in reducing potential virus transmission and protect the safety of residents and staff.

 

Stay safe, be kind and thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Update – August 5, 2021

West Court/Care Home:  Today we learned that unfortunately a staff member in our Parkview neighbourhood recently tested positive for COVID-19.    Fortunately, our vaccination rate in the Care Home is very good for both residents and staff.   Public Health has carefully assessed the situation and has not declared an outbreak at this time.   However, the Parkview neighbourhood, which is home to 18 residents, is now on enhanced monitoring for at least 2 weeks.  We are closely following Public Health’s directions:

  • testing all Parkview residents and staff members who may have been exposed;
  • closely monitoring Parkview residents and staff for any signs/symptoms;
  • requiring all Care Home staff to once again wear masks and goggles;
  • arranging staffing so that employees who work in Parkview don’t work in other areas of the care home, and vice versa; and
  • requiring visitors of Parkview residents to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks at all times while in the care home.

 

We are very hopeful that the high rates of vaccination of both residents and staff, combined with other infection prevention and control measures in place (e.g. diligent hand washing, screening of visitors and staff, enhanced cleaning) will be effective in reducing potential virus transmission.

 

Stay safe, be kind and thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Update – July 20, 2021

 

 

 

July 19th marked an important and exciting change for residents, staff and visitors of Long-term Care Homes and Assisted Living Residences.  Consistent with the announcement by the Ministry of Health to ease restrictions:

Social Visits – West Court Care Home and South Court Assisted Living

  • Visitors are no longer required to schedule or book visits in advance.
  • The limit on the number of visitors each resident can have has been removed.
  • Staff will continue to screen visitors prior to entry. Visitors with signs/symptoms of illness will be asked to visit another time.
  • Visits will continue to occur in the resident’s room/suite or outdoors.
  • Visitors will need to show proof of immunization status. Proof may be in the form of:
    • Immunization card showing 1st and 2nd dose vaccines.
  • Health Gateway – Found at gov.bc.ca.
  • Visitors are required to wear a medical mask (provided by KinVillage) while moving through the buildings and in common areas:
    • Visitors who are fully immunized (i.e. two doses with the second dose received a minimum of two-weeks prior) may remove their mask once in direct contact with the resident they are visiting, in the resident’s room or outdoors.

 

  • Visitors who are not fully immunized or who are unable to provide proof of full immunization are required to wear a medical mask throughout their visits.
  • KinVillage is required to maintain a list of visitors for contract tracing purposes as well as visitors’ immunization status to share with Public Health as required.

 

Staff – Masks and Protective Eye Wear:

Staff who are fully immunized will no longer be required to wear masks and eye protection unless it is clinically indicated.  Staff who are fully immunized may still chose to wear a mask.   Staff who are not fully immunized must continue to wear a mask and eye protection.

Volunteers:

Volunteers who are able to provide proof of being fully immunized are allowed to return to volunteering.  We are excited that volunteers will begin returning sometime in August, once we have a plan in place.

 

Social and Recreational Events and Gatherings:

Indoor gatherings may include residents and staff.  Visitors will be allowed to join outdoor events/gatherings when these are aligned with current provincial health officer (PHO) guidance and KinVillage safety plans, including appropriate infection prevention and control practices to ensure safety of residents, staff and visitors.

 

North and Vidal Courts:

Lounges have re-opened in each building.  Wearing of masks is recommended as are maintaining physical distance, performing frequent hand hygiene and not visiting a lounge when unwell.

 

Single Site Order (SSO):

For the safety of residents and staff, the Provincial Health Officer’s SSO was implemented over a year ago to limit the movement of staff between sites, minimizing the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  While the majority of residents and staff have been immunized, the SSO currently remains in effect.

 

Day Program for Older Adults:

The Ministry of Health has given the okay to re-open day programs for older adults (DPOA) starting in September.  The staff are preparing safety plans for the upcoming re-opening and are looking forward to welcoming clients back after a very long absence!

 

Stay safe, be kind and thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Update – April 30, 2021

Spring has arrived with all its color and warmer temperatures.  We have been very busy welcoming families and friends and back. It’s been lovely for everyone to have time to visit outdoors, take a walk in the park and lots of visits with grandchildren and family pets.   Although we can’t see your smiles the residents’ smiles are way bigger now and we can feel the vibrant energy!

The safety and health of our residents and staff will always be our number one priority and it is essential everyone continue to follow all the public health guidelines to protect residents, visitors and our staff. Please do not visit if you are not feeling well, sanitize your hands frequently, wear a mask at all times during your visit with your loved one and keep a safe physical distance from other residents and staff.   B.C.’s directions for social gatherings inside and outdoors must be strictly followed.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe.

To schedule a visit with your loved one living in West Court, please email westcourtvisits@kinvillage.org or call our visitor host line at 604-943-0155 x290.

For visits with Assisted Living residents, please email  al-lpn@kinvillage.org or call the nurse at 604-943-0155 ext 412.

Please stay safe, be kind and thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy and mom, Margaret ready to head out for a visit outdoors in the sunshine!

COVID-19 Update – April 9, 2021

After a long year, we are so happy to welcome visitors back, with relaxed restrictions, into the assisted living residence and the care home.   It is wonderful to see families reuniting and most importantly, hugging their loved ones once again.  Residents are also enjoying some favourite foods and treats, seeing a few four-footed furry friends and, with spring here, getting outside to the park or the beach.

We appreciate residents’ and visitors’ patience and support as we gradually adjust to safely accommodating more visits.  Our number one priority remains the health and safety of our residents and staff.   While we are grateful that vaccinations reduce the risk of COVID-19, the virus can still spread.  Following all public health guidelines including not visiting if feeling at all unwell, cleaning hands frequently, wearing a mask, and strictly abiding to B.C.’s directions for social gatherings in and outdoors, are extremely important to keeping everyone – residents, visitors and our staff – safe.  Thanks to everyone for doing their part.

To schedule a visit with your loved one living in West Court, please email westcourtvisits@kinvillage.org or call our visitor host line at 604-943-0155 x290.   For visits with Assisted Living residents, please email  al-lpn@kinvillage.org or call the nurse at 604-943-0155 ext 412.

Please stay safe, be kind and thank you for your continued support.

 

COVID-19 Update – March 26, 2021

Yesterday’s announcement from the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister of Health Adrian Dix regarding relaxing of visitor restrictions starting April 1, 2021 in long-term care and assisted living homes is very welcome news.

We are so looking forward to welcoming family and friends back into the care home and assisted living as restrictions on social visits have been in place since March 2020.    It has been a long and difficult journey but it warms the heart knowing that people can soon hug and hold hands with their loved one.

Over the next few days KinVillage will be planning and preparing for the easing of restrictions following the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health – BC Center for Disease Control and Fraser Health Authority.  We kindly request that those who are looking forward to seeing their loved one in care remain patient as we prepare to re-open following the visitor guidelines April 1st.   Further information will be provided next week including how to schedule a visit.

A reminder that the risks of COVID-19 while diminished thanks to vaccinations, the virus can still spread.  Following the public safety measures of performing frequent hand hygiene, wearing a mask and not visiting if feeling at all unwell are critically important.

This is an important milestone on the path towards a return to normal for residents, families and staff.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we prepare for these changes.

 

COVID-19 Update – March 19, 2021

Immunization Program:   

Information on BC’s Immunization Plan can be found at:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/seniors

This week, seniors over 80 years of age living in the community are eligible to book a first dose COVID-19 immunization appointment.

Fraser Health highly recommends eligible residents use the online booking tool. Anyone able to book online or help someone eligible book online will help to decrease call volumes at call centres. You can use the 24/7 online booking tool to check for the earliest appointment and same day appointments may be available.

More information about how to book, timelines and current eligibility at:   https://fraserhealth.ca/vaccine.

Getting immunized with the 1st dose is another layer of protection along with continued adherence to  all Public Health Officer orders and guidelines (e.g. keep a safe physical distance,  wear a mask, wash hands frequently).  Everyone, including those who have received their vaccine,  must continue to be extra vigilant and to continue following the public health measures to prevent the spread of this very contagious virus and to abide by the Province-wide restrictions found at:  https://www2.gov.bc.ca

 

 

Please stay safe, be kind and thank you for your continued support.

COVID-19 Update – March 4, 2021

Immunization Program

We are pleased to announce that a successful immunization clinic, offered by Fraser Health, for independant living tenants of North and Vidal Court was held on March 2nd.  98 tenants received their first dose of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.  In total 75% of independant living tenants received their first vaccine dose.

This week we learned that the interval between the 1st and  2nd dose vaccine has been extended to 16 weeks by the Provincial Health Officer.  An update will be provided once we know when second dose clinics are planned for.  Information on BC’s Immunization Plan can be found at www.gov.bc.ca.

Getting immunized with the 1st dose is another layer of protection along with continued adherence to  all Public Health Officer orders and guidelines (e.g. physical distancing, wearing a mask, frequent handwashing, avoid social gatherings).  Everyone, including those who have received their vaccine,  must continue to be extra vigilant and to continue following the public health measures to prevent the spread of this very contagious virus and to abide by the Province-wide restrictions.

 

COVID-19 Update – February 12, 2021

Vaccination Program

We are so pleased to announce that KinVillage will be having the second on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Wednesday February 17. This clinic, organized by Fraser Health, is specifically for residents of South and West Court including residents who are due for their second vaccination as well as any resident yet to receive the first vaccination and who wish to receive.
Getting vaccinated is another layer of protection along with continued adherence to all Public Health Officer orders and guidelines even for those who have received their first and second vaccine.

 

Please stay safe, be kind and thank you for your continued support.