Dear Friends and Family of Sherwood Care,
239 days COVID-19 free!!
It’s been another successful week here at Sherwood Care: Halloween brightened everyone’s spirits, we’re looking forward to Christmas, and we’ve kept COVID-19 outside where it belongs. In a time such as this, the power of smiles on our residents’ faces is exactly what is needed to keep our morale high and our staff motivated.
Currently we have two residents in isolation:, both with symptoms awaiting swab results. There are two staff members off with symptoms, awaiting swab results.
As we watch cases rise in the Edmonton area and across the province, it is abundantly clear that the risk of COVID-19 is still very real.
As of today, there are 30 continuing care facilities in the Edmonton Zone and four acute care facilities that are experiencing outbreaks.
We continue to add to our staff as part of our plan to ensure consistent and adequate staffing in the event of an outbreak. Today, we had the privilege of welcoming five new staff members during orientation: four LPN’s and one RN.
We are refining our pandemic plan based on the information and feedback from other facilities that have had outbreaks. Detailed pandemic planning requires us to consider the worst case scenarios and walk through the details to ensure we have the pieces in place if COVID-19 is discovered in our building.
Based on the feedback and our work to date, here are some protocols we are considering in the event of an outbreak that I want you to be aware of:
- Response within first 24-72 hours: We have heard that an organization’s ability to respond quickly to contain the virus is one of the keys to preventing ongoing spread. In order to focus all our resources on putting these things in place, we are considering a complete shutdown of the building to all families and visitors for that first period, until we can get through that critical time and assess what further steps are required.
- Asymptomatic swabbing: In the event of one positive case of COVID-19 in our building (either one staff member or one resident), we would commence asymptomatic swabbing for all our residents and our staff. This may require consent from you, as many of our residents are not able to provide their own consent. Please see the consent form by clicking HERE. You may notice that it is an ongoing consent for swabbing, as there may be a need to swab more than once if we had several outbreaks. You can either print off this form and bring it to your next visit, or pick up one at the front entrance and complete at that time. If you have questions about the consent form, please speak with Danielle Buchanan, our Educator, at 780-467-2281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our goal is to keep COVID-19 out of Sherwood Care, but we want to be diligent in our preparations if that should happen.
- Each one of us has the opportunity to be a part of the solution by monitoring our own risk, ensuring continuous masking when in the building, and staying home when we are ill.
Despite the challenges that this pandemic presents for our usual practices, we are actively working on creative ways to celebrate this wonderful holiday season that will be safe for everyone.
We will share more of these details in the weeks to come, with the goal of continuing to support your connection with your loved one.
Last week’s Halloween festivities saw over 30 of our residents dressed up, as well as a large group of staff. We had three blind mice, the honey bees and their Queen Bee, cats, cavemen, hippies, 80’s rockers, and many other fun and creative costumes. It was a wonderful day of fun and great energy that was enjoyed by everyone.
It can be difficult to maintain perspective during a long season, like the one we are in. Life has challenging moments for each of us, such as unexpected loss, expenses, or illness. These things are exacerbated during this pandemic, as it creates obstacles to our normal practices of handling or dealing with difficulties. I know from chatting with several of you and our staff that some are really struggling. I know how hard it is. There is no simple solution, but believe that we have a loving Heavenly Father who has not forgotten us and continues to be with us, during whatever season of life we may find ourselves in.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”