COVID-19 Update – February 5, 2021

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,

 

The vaccine program is nearing its completion, only held up by stock issues. Our residents at Sherwood Care are at the top of the country’s priority list, so it’s only a matter of time until vaccines are done and we can all take a breath. We would not have kept COVID-19 at bay so effectively without your continued collaboration. You’ll find some much-needed good news in today’s letter!

 

Updates:

As of today we have 3 residents in isolation, completing their 14-day quarantine as new admissions.

Monday was an exciting day! 80 of our residents received their second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Next week, we will have all consenting residents vaccinated. Moving forward, we will have to coordinate vaccinations for new admissions who consent, as we can only place an order when we have 10 people who need it. This is in order to reduce wastage and ensure the vaccine is used within six hours of the vial being punctured.

We have all heard the news about vaccine shortages. Let me be clear that our first priority is our residents. Staff may wait longer than the 35-42 days for their second dose, but we will do everything in our power to continue advocating for this process. Many of our staff have not received their first dose and are waiting for calls from AHS once the Pfizer vaccine supply is replenished. Again, we have been told that continuing care staff will be a priority so we will continue to advocate for this to happen. Despite these hitches, we are hopeful for better days and grateful that our residents have the protection they need and deserve.

Vaccinations do not prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, but they do provide significant immunity to reduce their severity. The only way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is ongoing diligence with infection prevention and control practices, which include masks, eye protection, hand hygiene, and staying home when you are ill. Thank you for continuing to partner with us in ensuring these practices are consistent as we work to protect your loved ones.

 

Family Education/Support event: “Nutrition at End of Life.”

You are invited to join our virtual education session! Please see the Zoom link below to join our virtual event on Tuesday, February 16th at 6 PM. Our hosts Carey (RD) and Amanda (SW) will be discussing “Nutrition at End of Life.” Feel free to share this link with others who may want to attend as well.

Topic: Sherwood Care Family Education Event

Time: Feb 16, 2021 06:00 PM Edmonton

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Meeting ID: 899 1709 4627

Passcode: 376451

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Good News

Sherwood Park News did a feature story following up on the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for our residents. 3 of our residents agreed to be interviewed. You can read their comments and the full article here: https://www.sherwoodparknews.com/news/theres-nothing-like-an-ounce-of-prevention-long-term-care-residents-get-second-shot-of-covid-19-vaccine

Tickled Floral, a local flower company, has put out a note on social media encouraging residents of Sherwood Park to “Spread Love & Kindness to a Senior this Valentine’s.” They specifically identified Sherwood Care, and said that anyone can purchase an individually-wrapped carnation stem for $5 that will go to a senior at Sherwood Care. We are so grateful for their thoughtful recognition of our wonderful residents! If you are interested in sending flowers to your loved one for Valentines’ Day, Tickled Floral has indicated that they will deliver any orders for Sherwood Care residents FREE OF CHARGE on Friday February 12. Be sure that on check out you select “Free February 12 Sherwood Care Delivery” option under shipping options. Orders must be received by February 10th @ midnight. To order online or find more information, please check out: www.tickledfloral.com

As the flowers from Ticked Floral begin to pour in, the halls of Sherwood Care will only become more and more beautiful. But even without any decor, without any plants, paintings, gardens, or stained glass windows, this would still be one of the most beautiful places to me. The reason why? Every time I step out of my office, I see your loved ones’ smiling faces, and I hear the joyful sounds of their laughter and conversation. Just this afternoon, I observed them clapping their hands, snapping their fingers and singing along to karaoke versions of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, “Dancing Queen” and many other favourites. The trust you place in us to keep them safe and happy is the most beautiful thing of all.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

-Ecclesiastes 3:11

 

Warm regards,

Kathy Fortunat
CEO