August 27, 2021
Dear Family members and loved ones,
On behalf of all our staff we’re glad to see you back and enjoying time with your loved ones! This has made a wonderful difference to all the residents and staff, seeing visiting faces again. It is good to see our extended family once more. We’re also quite happy many visits are taking place outside and you’re getting a good dose of vitamin D and shade when necessary.
Just a few updates from the ministry and to make it easy I’ve attached a document (MLTC Pandemic Response FAQ’s) from the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care that has been highlighted to indicate any visitation, vaccination, short/long term leave changes. This way you’re receiving information directly from the government.
We continue to follow the government guidelines in wearing all mandatory Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and following proper and frequent hand hygiene guidelines. We will also continue the use of Active Screeners when you arrive, who will ask you the same questions each time you visit. I know this is a little frustrating at times ... but, all our staff go through this each and every day, so we share your ‘pain’ J
This week we celebrated summer with BBQ’s for your loved ones. Each floor enjoyed hamburgers, hotdogs, summer salads and cool desserts. We would have enjoyed doing this outside, but the weather was far too hot and humid to be outside for this event, so we decorated our 1st floor main lobby ‘Picnic Style’, with checkered tablecloths, summer table settings and some summer classic music. Your loved ones really enjoyed themselves and we also thank those family members who were able to join us. It’s really easy to get into the summer mood when the food, music and environment are right. There were a lot of very happy faces and full tummies, as many enjoyed a 2nd or even 3rd helping. We thank all departments for working together to make this event so fun and successful!
Many of you, while visiting, have commented on our vegetable and fruit gardens and wondering if they’re being enjoyed? The answer is Yes! Your loved ones have enjoyed fresh picked salads, green beans and watermelon that were eaten at our BBQ picnics, all from the gardens they care for and harvest from. This is a highly enjoyed program your loved ones participate in.
Several months back we informed you that we would be purchasing an interactive display for our Secure Unit – Magnolia. The display is called an Abbey Board and residents use and interact with it. We also asked for donations to assist in the purchase of this. Thank you for your interest and financial support. Many donations were made from family members who don’t even have a loved one with dementia or on that unit, so a special thanks to them. The board has been ordered and should be installed by the end of September! We expect this to be very well used and if the response is what we anticipate, we will look into getting one for our 1st floor Secure Unit also. So if you didn’t have an opportunity to contribute to the last Abbey Board, you may have another chance, we’ll keep you posted.
We continue to ask that if you have any symptoms such as: fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, headache, issues with your hearing or with your eyes (e.g. pink eye), please don’t visit, just safely monitor yourself and get tested. Even the slightest symptom(s) can be a red flag.
Scott Kozachenko, Administrator
For any further information on the status of our community, please visit www.hamilton.ca/public-health For any information from the Government of Ontario, please visit COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario or www.covid-19.ontario.ca