COVID-19 Update – February 19, 2021

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,


We’ve finally made it through that cold snap! Even though it’s still not getting above 0, it feels balmy by comparison. Spring is just around the corner.



As of today we have 3 residents in isolation, completing their 14-day quarantine as new admissions in addition to one resident in isolation as a result of a social visit off site considered high risk for COVID spread. We have 1 staff member off with symptoms awaiting their swab result.

Vaccines are a great tool as far as stopping the spread goes, but remember that they can’t completely prevent outbreaks. Many of you have been asking if the regulations are changing, specific to off-site visits, families using the dining room, etc. We have not received any updates in these areas and do not anticipate that we will receive any significant changes, as the province monitors the number of variant strains and their impacts on the healthcare system. In the meantime, we are so grateful for your diligence in your practices at home and your support of our strong infection control practices when you visit. These measures will continue until a greater percentage of the population is vaccinated.



Thank you to everyone who attended the Family Education event this past Tuesday. The information on Nutrition at End of Life was relevant to the journey that your loved ones are on. Our hosts shared valuable information to support you as you support your loved one. We didn’t record the event, but if you would like a copy of the powerpoint presentation that Carey spoke from, please email her at

We are planning for another event in April and will keep you in the loop to time and topic!



Thank you to families who are completing the quality surveys that we send out prior to your family members’ care conference. Your feedback is important to us as we consistently strive to improve our service and meet the changing needs of our community of care. If you are having trouble with the survey or have additional questions or concerns, please reach out to Amanda Der at



Sherwood Care has a beautiful, mature perennial garden that has been tenderly nurtured and cared for since its inception by several experienced and knowledgeable gardeners. Both of these individuals have relocated to B.C., so we are looking for someone to fill this position over the summer months. Our gardens won the Communities in Bloom award several years ago and when spring comes, you will understand why. If you are aware of someone with robust knowledge of perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees and is looking for summer work—either on a part time or full time basis—please have then submit their interest through our website or to



Thanks to you, Tickled Floral, and residents of Strathcona county, our residents were thrilled with the unexpected delivery of flowers last Friday. We received flowers from both the community initiative and from families who sent them through Tickled Floral. One particular resident cried tears of joy as we presented her with a bouquet from her children! When passing out the carnations, a few of the residents asked “What did I do to deserve this?” We told them that there were members in the community who wanted to make them feel special on Valentine’s Day! Some of the tags on the flowers were addressed from “A Secret Admirer.” When we told the residents this, some of them giggled and blushed at the mention of receiving a flower from their Secret Admirer.


It’s important to always have something to look forward to. For much of 2020, we were looking forward to the rollout of the vaccine. Now that it’s here, we can look forward to the day when our restrictions and regulations begin falling away. We just have to keep persevering and looking forward. No matter how cold it gets, warmer days are always ahead.


“I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.”
-Mike Rowe



Warm regards,


Kathy Fortunat