Dear Family & Friends of Sherwood Care,
I hope you had a lovely long Easter weekend! We certainly did here at Sherwood Care. Times like Easter allow us to pull together as a community, even with physical distancing and other measures in place. It can be easy to feel isolated, especially now that Alberta is about to pull into another round of restrictions. It’s things like Easter that remind us that our friends and neighbours are right there with us! And always remember this: even if you’re feeling a bit isolated, your loved one never is. That’s our promise to you and to them.
As of today we have 1 resident in isolation, completing their 14-day quarantine as a new admission. We are happy that there are no staff off with symptoms.
Family Education Night:
Please mark your 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
Join by Phone: +1 587 328 1099
Meeting ID: 813 1212 8289
Items of Note:
Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, CMOH
I hope you had the chance to join in the town hall meeting and provide your insights and feedback regarding the orders governing visitation in continuing care.
- Risk Tolerance and Variants of Concern (VOC):
- There continues to be an increase in these variants of concern both in the Edmonton area and across the province. There are several outbreaks with VOC and AHS has told us that both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals have tested positive for VOC. The vaccinated individuals are usually asymptomatic, whereas the non-vaccinated ones may be symptomatic or asymptomatic. The Rapid Antigen Screening (RAS) tool is a great addition to our prevention strategy and we continue to run these clinics several times a week for our staff. But most important is the ongoing diligent use of PPE (eye protection, masks and good hand hygiene) to reduce the risk of spread. Thank you to each DSP/Family member for your support in this ongoing battle. Thank you also for not visiting when you are unwell. These choices are integral to ensuring that we can keep COVID and any of the Variants of Concern out of our facility.
- As we look at our visitation options, considering what is happening around us, and based on the need for a risk assessment, we are asking for your help. Please share your thoughts through the survey link included below. Your feedback will help us as we review the DSP visits, in addition to looking for options for safe social visits (non-DSP) family members/friends.
- 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 are reviewing the outdoor visits program that we supported last summer and plan to move forward with a version of this again in early May (weather dependent). Due to some of our internal space limitations, the outdoor visits allow for non-designated family and friends to visit. Under the current guidelines, four individuals and the resident could visit with appropriate distancing and PPE in designated spaces. We are also reviewing the use of our secured courtyard for the upcoming summer season.
- Please click this link to access the risk assessment survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LYQQ2SJ
Easter Weekend – It was a full weekend, as multiple Easter services were held. On Easter Sunday, our Chaplain Adam and his student offered communion to residents and staff, following all COVID-19 guidelines. Over 80 individuals (residents and staff) participated in this meaningful event.
Resident Council – 21 Residents attended the council meeting this week. Items addressed:
- New Menu – Positive feedback regarding the addition of more salads
- Recreation programming – Residents expressed appreciation for the full calendar of events and acknowledged the work that the recreation staff were doing in the absence of our usual volunteer support. The residents were surprised and appreciative of the volunteers that continue to support us through our “Hot Meals On Wheels” program and the live music (piano playing) over the lunch hour, Monday-Friday.
- Risk Tolerance and visitation – We sought resident feedback about our current processes and any proposed changes. The general feedback was great excitement about the prospect of outdoor visits and the ability to see more family and friends through this process.
We are incredibly grateful for your ongoing support and collaboration with us as we all work together to keep your loved ones safe. This past year has been challenging and difficult for everyone and we are sensitive to the impact it’s had on you and your loved ones. Hard times build character, and character builds strength. So even though we all may be feeling a little run down by this era, we can count it as a blessing. As it goes on, we all get stronger and more able to press on toward that light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s all keep our heads up and keep relying on one another as a community.
“For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.”
-2 Peter 1:5-7