COVID-19 Update – April 1, 2021

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,


This has certainly been an Alberta week, with ice, snow and cold weather, and now balmy weather with projections up to 16℃! The spring season, like the vaccine rollout may be having a rocky start. But with both weather and vaccinations, we have smoother sailing to look forward to.


As of today we have 1 resident in isolation, completing their 14-day quarantine as a new admission.  We are happy that there are 0 staff off with symptoms.



Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, CMOH

You are invited to a Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, and Dr. James Silvius from Alberta Health Services to discuss the next steps towards easing restrictions in your setting.

As vaccinations continue to be offered to residents and staff, we would like to understand what changes to restrictions would make the most impact to you. Although COVID-19 will continue to remain a risk, and there is much we don’t know about the protection the vaccine affords, we are committed to timely and informed updates to the public health orders that impact you. You provided critical input to the Safe Visiting Policy (CMOH Order 29-2020) last June/July, and now we are coming back to you for your thoughts on a path forward. We will still need to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 if it should enter our site, but adjustments to other measures will start to walk us on the path out of restrictions.

Register by clicking the link below for the session that works best for you and refer to the attachments in advance of the event to know what to expect. The backgrounder provides important information for you to consider before completing your registration.

Pre-registration for both events ends at 2:00 pm on Thursday, April 8th. 

  1. Please ensure you have registered via the link above.
  2. We will call you at the phone number you provide when you register.
  3. Please be ready to answer your phone up to five minutes before the
    scheduled start time and wait by the phone to pick up the call.
  4. If you miss the call, you can still join by clicking on the link here,, where you can stream the event via computer or mobile phone and ask a question that can be read out by the moderator.
  5. If you are having any issues joining the call, there is a 1-877 number left on your voicemail if you miss joining the call when it starts. You can also get technical support by calling the GOA call center at 310-0000. The 1-877 number should be used only if necessary as additional costs are incurred.

CLICK HERE for the Backgrounder.


Family Education Night:

Please mark you calendars for our next Education event, focused on support for Dementia Care. Melissa Messmer (Certified PAC Trainer) and Danielle Buchanan (Educator) will be presenting information on Positive Approaches to Care (PAC). This presentation assists you in your incredible support of your loved one. You will learn:

  • HOW to live in a relationship with a changing brain
  • HOW to approach and respond to a loved one living with dementia

Topic: Sherwood Care Family Education Night

Time: April 20th, 2021, 6:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 813 1212 8289

Passcode: 925952

Join by Phone: +1 587 328 1099

Meeting ID: 813 1212 8289

Passcode: 925952


Items of Note: 

  • Risk Tolerance and Variants of Concern: One of the many CMOH orders that we are operating under is CMOH 29-2020, which deals with visitation and DSP’s. Part of this standard required each organization to make decisions based on a facility-based risk assessment that identifies the facilities’ ability to manage risk, and what tolerance they have for risk. This includes consideration of the following risk factors:
  • Number of people on site and layout of site
  • Collective health status of residents on site
  • Activity of residents relative to off site
  • Feedback from residents/families/DSP’s on site re risk tolerance
  • Feedback form staff re risk tolerance

There are several parts of this assessment that haven’t changed. Our physical environment with multiple shared rooms and washrooms creates a risk that is difficult to navigate. In addition, the collective health of our residents at Sherwood Care would be considered frail. These are two risk factors that are not modifiable, but we want to solicit your feedback on your risk tolerance as we examine your access to your loved one moving forward.

We do anticipate that the orders will be updated, and you may hear more about this at the Town Hall Meeting (see above) but we thought we’d gather your thoughts as we begin planning. Please watch for a survey link in next week’s email!

Easter is here! This time of year is about hope, renewal, and new beginnings. We are close to a new beginning of our own: the beginning of restriction-free life without the worry of COVID-19 coating our everyday lives. Jesus rose again to give us hope! Take heart in His promise and continue making the best of this unusual and temporary era in our lives. This is our second Easter with the pandemic; I believe that if we stay strong and hold our course, there will not be a third.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

-1 Peter 1:3


Warm regards,

Kathy Fortunat