COVID-19 Update – July 16, 2020

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends and Family of Sherwood Care,

I hope this post finds you in good health and spirits!

We all listened today as Dr Hinshaw announced updates to the current visitation process for congregate living sites, which includes long-term-care.  We are anxious to review the updated guidelines and the shift from restricted to safe access.  As she noted in her presentation, each site will need to determine risk. She identified some of the key considerations to consider in this risk assessment:

  • # of people on site and layout of site
  • Collective health status of residents and level of care
  • Staff, resident and family assessment of risk tolerance

We will take some time to review the details of the updated order and put together a framework that we believe will support safe access in our site.

  • Our goal is to share this with you next week.
  • After you have had an opportunity to review it, we will organize a zoom meeting to have an open conversation about the challenges and risks on both sides.
  • Your input is extremely valuable as we look towards the future in a world that is not yet COVID free.

Here are a few updates from this week:

    • 128 days COVID free!!
    • Currently we have 2 residents on isolation, 1 new admission, 1 with symptoms and we are awaiting swab results for both
    • We have 3 staff member off with COVID symptoms, awaiting a swab results
    • If we were to have any positive cases, we would notify all families and staff
    • Continue to focus on the things you can do, such as: masking or maintaining 2 metres physical distancing, staying home when you are ill, and frequent hand hygiene are still the best offence to the spread of this virus
    • To support our staff in these important areas, we are doing regular hand hygiene and PPE reviews to support timely education and appropriate practice.
    • Starting on Monday, July 13 – we have created a weekly news brief for our residents, outlining a summary of the information and updates that we share with you, in addition to updates on programs and events happening in the building. This is passed out during breakfast on Monday morning

Good News Stories:

  • We took the opportunity to express our appreciation to our community businesses, to our families and our staff in an ad in the Friday, June 10th edition of the Sherwood Park News. (Please see below)
  • Although it is the middle of July, we are already planning for staff coverage in the fall when the students go back to school. We are hiring certified Health Care Aides, and Housekeeping and Laundry Aides. If you know of someone that fits these qualifications and would be a good fit for our team, please encourage them to submit an application through our website
  • Today the residents are enjoying ice cream floats, various crafts and listening to some really great music, thanks to the creative Recreation team.
  • Thank you for your kind expressions of appreciation and your support of our staff. These words and gestures are so meaningful and appreciated.

Our organization continues to be involved in conversations both provincially and nationally as long term care is under scrutiny. We believe that all levels of government can do more to support a safe experience for our seniors, that promotes quality of life.

Despite varied opinions, Winston Churchill had many famous, insightful sayings. One that is very applicable to our current situation is the one he spoke when he was working to form the United Nations after World War ll.

“Never let a good crisis go to waste”

We will continue to advocate for changes needed to support our valued residents.


Warmest Regards,

Kathy Fortunat, CEO