COVID-19 Update – March 19, 2021

Harley HempelResident Updates

Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,


Isn’t it nice to see spring appearing? By the time you read next week’s letter, it will officially be here! With warmer temperatures and Easter just around the corner, this is a hopeful time of year.



As of today we have 2 residents in isolation, completing their 14-day quarantine as a new admission and one return from hospital. We are happy that there are 0 staff off with symptoms.


Family Education Night:

Thank you to families who have been completing the online quality surveys, providing your feedback and requests for more information. The #1 request this past quarter was for more information related to caregiving for someone with dementia. We are happy to announce our next education session will be on this topic.

Please join us for an evening with Melissa Messmer (Certified PAC Trainer) and Danielle Buchanan (Educator) who will be presenting on Teepa Snow’s Positive Approaches to Care (PAC). This presentation will enhance your awareness, increase your dementia care knowledge, and assist 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

When: 6:00 pm on Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Please watch for the Zoom link that will be shared later this month. 


Variants of Concern: 

  • Many of you have asked us when things will return to “normal” now that your loved ones are vaccinated. We have expected updates from the CMOH on restrictions, outbreak precautions and visitation in continuing care for some time, but the increase of the VOC has delayed many of these anticipated changes. We are still under the same guidelines regarding PPE on site, screening, and risk level for certain activities offsite for our residents. Thank you for your patience and support as we all navigate this “in-between phase” where vaccination status in the community is not high and the VOC are spreading. We are all looking forward to better days ahead, and I am confident that they are just around the corner, if we can just “hold the line” a little bit longer.


  • Outdoor Walks – It’s been great seeing some of you take advantage of the warm weather and take your loved ones out for walks. We are working on a strategy for outdoor visits and will share that with you in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, please call ahead to identify whether your visit is indoor or an outdoor walk and we will work with you to support the request.
  • St. Patrick’s Day – We all felt the brief joy of being “Irish” this week as we were all entertained with live music provided by “Jukebox Leigh.” The residents enjoyed pizza and Beck’s non-alcoholic beer. Many of our staff dressed up in green and a good majority of the residents were decked out in Irish colours as well. It was a great day!

I said at the beginning that this was a hopeful time of year. It’s important to always have something to look forward to, and we have plenty: spring, warmer weather, Easter, and the end of this “in-between phase.” Please take heart in the fact that as long as we stay the course, we’ll get through this together.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

-Hebrews 10:23


Warm regards,


Kathy Fortunat