General Preventative Measures at KinVillage

Since the BC Government on March 17, 2020 declared a provincial public health emergency over the growing COVID-19 pandemic, KinVillage has diligently implemented a number of best practice measures to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in KinVillage and affecting its residents, clients, members and staff. The actions taken are based on directions and guidelines from Public Health and Fraser Health, as well as BC Housing, and the City of Delta.

General measures include:

  • various steps in all areas to maintain physical distancing (2 meters)
  • staff wearing personal protective equipment (e.g. masks and eye protection) as an added level of precaution to help prevent the spread of the virus from someone who is asymptomatic, particularly when care is being provided and contact between staff and residents is necessarily close
  • encouraging frequent and meticulous hand hygiene (there are numerous hand sanitizing stations)
  • signage at strategic locations reminding of important precautions such as: respiratory etiquette to help “stop the spread”, physical distancing, do not enter if ill, hand hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning twice daily of frequent/high touch surfaces (e.g. door handles, railings, elevator buttons etc.) in all of our buildings
  • stopping all volunteer involvement until further notice

Specifically in our Care Home (West Court) and Assisted Living residence (South Court):

  • active screening for symptoms of staff twice daily and anyone else coming into the buildings; building entry is via a single entrance
  • vigilant monitoring of residents and ongoing self-monitoring by staff for any symptoms indicating possible infection
  • prompt testing and isolation of anyone (staff or residents) displaying symptoms until results indicate they do not have an infection
  • visitor restrictions, combined with safe options to enable important social contacts (e.g. virtual visits, outdoor visits)
  • adapting recreation programs (e.g. smaller groups) to ensure physical distancing is maintained
  • single site staffing implemented May 15th as part of a provincial initiative that restricts staff to work in only one long-term care home or assisted living residence
  • health and safety plans for our hair salons to resume