Dear Friends & Family of Sherwood Care,
Happy spring! It’s always rewarding to arrive at the end of another week and reflect on our success. It’s important to celebrate small victories, and every week we keep COVID-19 outside is another victory in my book.
As of today we have 1 resident in isolation, completing their 14-day quarantine as a new admission. We are happy that there are 0 staff off with symptoms.
Family Education Night:
Please mark you 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
When: Tuesday April 20th, beginning @ 6 pm. Please watch for the Zoom link that will be shared later this month.
Items of Note:
- Variants of Concern: Many of us heard the updates this week from Dr Hinshaw and the Minister of Health when they announced a delay in phase 3 of reopening. The increase of variants has delayed many of these anticipated changes. At the moment, we are in a period between the pandemic’s full impact and its end. Simply put, not enough people in our community are vaccinated against COVID-19 to stop the spread of Variants of Concern (VoCs). That means that our guidelines regarding physical distancing, PPE, visitor screening, and more have not slackened. Thank you for your patience and support! There are better days aheads, but we have to earn them by holding the line and staying diligent for just a bit longer.
- PPE when visiting – Despite everyone’s best efforts, we continue to see our goggle supply depleted from the front entrance. If you have a pair at home that you have forgotten to return, please do so next time you visit. In the meantime, we will implement the use of face shields for eye protection for all Family/DSP visits. We have a good supply of the shields and although they are disposable, they are considerably cheaper than the goggles. Alternatively, if you wish to purchase and use your own safety goggles, that is acceptable. The goggles must fit closely to face at the top and both sides and meet CSA standards.
- 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 24 hours in advance to identify whether your visit is indoor or an outdoor walk and we will work with you to support the request.
Moving forward toward better days is a slow process, so thank you for your patience and determination. It’s been a longer journey than any of us anticipated, but we’re walking it together. The end will be so much more rewarding knowing how we worked together to support the safety of your loved ones, while staying connected.
“When this is over, may we never again take for granted a handshake with a stranger, conversations with neighbors, a crowded theater, Friday night out, the taste of Communion, a routine checkup, the school rush each morning, coffee with a friend, the stadium roaring, each deep breath, a boring Tuesday, life itself.
When this ends, may we find that we have become more like the people we wanted to be, we were called to be, we hoped to be.
And may we stay that way – better for each other because of the worst.”
– Laura Kelly Fanucci