COVID-19 Update – April 30, 2021

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends and Family of Sherwood Care,


It’s been a rocky 2021 so far, but we have learned to always keep our eyes trained on the horizon. We can draw a positive out of every setback! Variants may have slowed vaccine progress, but they haven’t stopped it. With every vaccine, you, your loved ones, and the Sherwood Care team get a little safer. And it’s because of this that visitation is on the verge of expanding! Another thing to look forward to is Mother’s Day. All the flowers that will come pouring in will bring such happiness to our residents. To be honest, that’s why we do what we do: to make them happy. Thank you for partnering with us for that goal.

Updates: As of today we have 3 residents in isolation, all with negative swab results completing isolation. We have 2 staff members off work, one with symptoms awaiting swab results and 1 on isolation as a close contact of a COVID positive individual.

Items of Note: 

Family Education Night – Thank you to those who were able to attend the family education night last week, where Melissa Messmer presented positive approaches to care for a loved one with dementia. It was wonderful to see so many families participate in this session. Please click the link below for a summary of the information that was presented:

Mother’s Day – You received communication from Harley last week regarding the option to order flowers for Mother’s Day through Tickled Floral, a local florist. Of course, this is only an option for you to consider. With Mothers Day occurring on Sunday, May 9th, any flowers ordered by May 5th will be delivered to Sherwood Care on Friday, May 7th and we will distribute them to your loved one. We supported this initiative last year with Tickled Floral and it was a wonderful success!

Visitation order changes – Many of you heard the announcement made this week regarding the changes in visitationfor continuing care. Order CMOH 16-2021 was released on Tuesday this week. There is a lot of information in this order and for your reference you can access it with this link:

We are working through the details in the order and will continue to communicate with you regarding any additions or changes to our processes based on this new directive. Based on what we have in place at this time, these updates are effective:

  • DSP/Family members – Each resident can now identify four designated support individuals to be part of their ongoing care/support. This is an increase from the current two. These DSP/Family members can be family, companions, and anyone over the age of 16. Please work with your loved one and identify who these two additional individuals will be moving forward. You can email this information to Harley or Ana
  • Courtyard visits – DSP/Family members can take their loved one out to the centre courtyard and walk around the walkway, making use of the benches that are placed on the path. The inner courtyard where the tables and chairs are will be reserved for resident or staff use. Please note that due to underground water issues, you will come to a spot in the walkway that is blocked off due to drainage. These walks can occur as part of your regularly scheduled indoor supportive visits.
  • Outdoor visits – We will move forward with the outdoor visits as planned beginning on Monday, May 3rd. These options will allow for social visits and can occur in the front courtyard at the three designated areas or as walking visits. A DSP must be present to gather the resident from their room (exception is shared rooms) and prepare them for the outdoor visit. These social visits can have a total of 4 individuals + the resident. Pets and children are allowed and encouraged. Our goal is to continue to offer two visit options per week for each resident: either both indoors, both outdoors, or one of each. We have reviewed the schedule based on your preferences submitted to us. You will be receiving communication today from Harley and/or Ana regarding your visitation. The  updated order indicates that outdoor visits can include up to 10 people. We are looking at how or if that can be accommodated on our site.
  • Risk Assessment – Your feedback from the survey two weeks ago helps us to inform our risk assessment process to determine the level of risk our building and our residents have relative to COVID-19 spread. We will complete the updates on that assessment, including feedback from all parties, and forward that to you next week in our letter.
  • End of Life and Quality visits – The need to support these visits and be flexible when these needs arise will continue to be supported. If you have concerns or questions about these visits, please reach out and speak with Harley or Ana.

Again, I want to thank each and every one of you for your amazing support, contributions, and cooperation. The restrictions and guidelines are still very much in place, so we all need to continue with the same dedication and diligence we’ve been showing the last year. As case counts rise in our province it’s that diligence keeping COVID outside where it belongs. We couldn’t do it without you!

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

-Galatians 6:2

Warm regards,

Kathy Fortunat