Coronavirus

209, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of September 2

RE: COVID-19 – Update from Sunnyside Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside; We continue to be well at Sunnyside with no sick residents or staff. August was a relatively stable month without a lot of changes announced by the Sask Health Authority. In the past month we made some internal changes such as:   We reopened the dining room for lunch for one seating of 25 residents. Two meter physical distancing is required so our capacity is limited.  All other residents continue to receive meal service in their rooms.  We will be looking at options to open for supper in [...]

408, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of August 4

RE: COVID-19 – Update from Sunnyside Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside; We continue to be well at Sunnyside with no sick residents or staff. The biggest news of the past month was the announcement from the Saskatchewan Health Authority that they are allowing family visits to long term care residents inside the care homes.  These visits are restricted to only two people who are designated inside visitors and only one person can visit at a time.  At the present time we are scheduling inside visits on Tuesdays. Sunnyside also made the following improvements to our outside family visits: We [...]

2707, 2020

Outside Visits at Sunnyside

Effective immediately Sunnyside has made the following improvements to our family visits.   We have increased the # of visitors allowed from 2 to 4 as long as they are all from the same house. Children can come and visit too. They count as part of the maximum of 4. If the weather is bad, family scheduled for an outside visit can be moved inside instead of cancelling. The family visitor has to be a designated family member for inside visits and only one family member can come inside at a time.  Each resident can have two designated family members [...]

907, 2020

Indoor Visits at Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre

RE: Indoor Visits at Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre The indoor visit at Sunnyside is set to start on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. For the initial phase, the visits will be on Tuesdays only, at 2 pm- 3 pm- 6 pm- 7 pm. To book the visit, please contact Recreation at 306- 653- 1267 #ext 140; leave a message & a follow up call will be made to schedule the visit. During the booking, Recreation staff will ask you to identify 2 “designated” persons who can visit & inform you of the following: -          Visitors. Only 1 of the “designated” person [...]

607, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of July 6

RE: COVID-19 – Update from Sunnyside Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside; We continue to be well at Sunnyside with no sick residents or staff. The biggest news of the past month for us was the announcement from the Saskatchewan Health Authority that they are allowing family visits to long term care residents outside.  These visits have been going well and are a positive step forward for our residents and families.  We are expecting further announcements regarding visitation to long term care homes in July. To arrange an outside visit please contact our Recreation department at 306-653-1267 ext. 140.  If [...]

906, 2020

Guidelines for Family Outdoor Visits at Sunnyside

Guidelines for Family Outdoor Visits at Sunnyside – Starting Daily on Tuesday, June 9 from Noon to 7pm. * ALL OUTDOOR VISITS MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE. Please contact our Recreation department at 306-653-1267 ext. 140. If you receive their voice mail please leave them a voice mail with your contact details and preferred visiting time. We will be scheduling visits 7 days a week, in the afternoons from 12 – 7pm on our front patio. Please indicate which day of the week and what times will work for you. We will confirm with you which time in the afternoon [...]

306, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of June 3

RE: COVID-19 – Update from Sunnyside Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside; You have likely heard that today (June 3) the Saskatchewan Health Authority announced guidelines have been created to safely support outdoor visits with residents in long term care homes. All care homes just received the guidelines today. We are busy determining how to meet the guidelines ASAP and will inform you when visits can start. Thank you for your patience as we know you are all anxious to come for a visit. Take care, Randy Kurtz Administrator

206, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of June 2

RE: COVID-19 – Update from Sunnyside Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside;   We continue to be well at Sunnyside with no sick residents or staff.  Even though “Re-open Saskatchewan” is going well, we continue to look for more ways to be safe as the risk to our residents increases as society starts returning to normal activities so we have to remain on heightened awareness.   We are very proactive in testing residents or staff members showing any flu like symptoms.  The clinical characteristics of covid-19 are still being understood and new evidence emerges frequently.  For example, we now screen [...]

805, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of May 8

RE: COVID-19 – Update from Sunnyside Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside; Following consultation with Infection Control standards and the Senior Medical Health Officer it has been determined that flowers from a florist and dry paper gifts are not an infection risk, therefore, gift delivery is approved for purchased floral arrangements and dry paper such as cards, letters, books and photos. No food items please.    Thank you. Randy Kurtz, Administrator  

505, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of May 5

RE: COVID-19 – Update from Sunnyside Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside; We continue to be well at Sunnyside with no sick residents or staff.  We are being very vigilant and have tested a few residents for covid-19 because they showed influenza like symptoms but all have come back negative. There is a lot of excitement regarding Phase 1 of the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan which began yesterday.  It allows public access to previously restricted medical services and provides specific guidelines related to parks and campgrounds, boat launches, fishing and golf courses. A Public Health Order (https://www.saskatchewan.ca/-/media/files/coronavirus/public-health-measures/public-health-orders/order-may-3-2020-re-open-sk.pdf) is in place for [...]

2404, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of April 24

RE: COVID-19 – Update from Sunnyside Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside; We continue to be well at Sunnyside with no sick residents or staff.  We keep adding more and more steps to be as safe as possible. The week of April 5 we decided to have our nursing staff started wearing masks when providing hands on care. The week of April 12 the Sask. Health Authority required all staff to wear a mask all the time.  This is not the home-like environment we have been trying to create over the past few years, however, as we learn more about [...]

1204, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of April 12

RE: COVID-19 – Sunnyside’s Precautions as of April 12, 2020   Dear Family & Friends of Sunnyside;   Last week I sent out a four page memo that documented the precautions Sunnyside is taking to keep our residents and staff safe.  I hope you have had the opportunity to read it.   We continue to be well at Sunnyside with no sick residents or staff.   After listening to the nightly news all last week, I felt I needed to write to you again as one of the headlines has been long term cares homes in other Canadian provinces and [...]

604, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of April 6

RE: COVID-19 – Sunnyside’s Precautions as of April 6, 2020   As you can imagine, Sunnyside has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation very closely.  At this time there are still no confirmed or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 at Sunnyside (Residents or staff).   The Government of Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Authority have all activated their emergency operations centres to coordinate communication and planning. All long term care homes in the Saskatoon area have a conference call every morning with our local Health Authority representatives for updates.  We receive email updates from all three organizations many [...]

1903, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of March 19

RE: COVID-19 – Sunnyside’s Precautions as of March 19, 2020   We do not have any residents or staff that are ill with Covid-19. Family members have been very understanding regarding the Chief Medical Officer’s orders not to visit. There is a worldwide shortage of medical supplies. Surgical masks in particular.  Some items are on back order, some we receive partial shipments.  We continue to ask everyone to use only what we need. Residents are not to leave Sunnyside except for approved medical appointments. Extra Recreation staff added, Heather will be working to help alleviate resident boredom and loneliness. Our [...]

1603, 2020

COVID-19 Updates as of March 16

COVID-19 – Sunnyside’s Precautions as of March 16, 2020 As you all are aware, the World Health Organization (“WHO”) recently declared the coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. This evolving situation is affecting all of health care, our residents and our communities in rapidly changing ways. The health and well-being of our residents and staff is paramount and will guide us as we collectively respond to the developing COVID-19 outbreak. To date, no cases of the corona virus have been reported in Saskatchewan long term care homes.  However, it is still important that a very high proportion of our population is [...]