Dear Residents, Family & Friends of Sunnyside;

Since I wrote to you last month we continue to be well at Sunnyside with no sick residents or staff.

The big news since last month is that the Covid-19 vaccine rollout is happening in Long Term Care in Saskatchewan.  Our residents received their first Pfizer vaccine on January 15 and the second vaccine is scheduled for February 17.  Our staff have been slowly rotating through getting their vaccines at the Merlis Belsher place.  Most staff have received their first vaccine and some are starting to receive their second.

It is important that we all continue to be very careful with our daily safety habits as no vaccine can give us instant or 100% protection.  Our body needs time to build up its defenses after we receive two doses of the vaccine and not everyone has had the chance to receive the vaccine yet, especially in the general public where vaccinations won’t start for several months.  At this time, vaccination is an added pharmaceutical measure we can take in addition to non-pharmaceutical measures like physical distancing, mask use, and hand hygiene, to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Many of you are wondering if you have received the vaccine, and your loved one in long term care has as well, are you able to have in-person visits. The answer is in-person visits will require a change in the Public Health Order. At this point in time, there has not been a change to the Public Health Order which has restrictions to family visitation in Long Term Care.  The Ministry of Health will be revisiting Public Health orders mid-February to see if any changes should be made.  Compassionate care visitation for palliative care or end-of-life situations will continue as before.

Spring is not too far away (we hope) and if Public Health Orders allow, we will start outside family visits again as soon as it is warm enough.

We are closely monitoring all our residents and at the present time no residents are showing any signs or symptoms of Covid-19.  Staff members with any signs or symptoms of covid isolate at home.

It’s about a year now since the outbreak started to affect us.  I am very proud of all our staff who remain focused on our residents care and quality of life.  They are handling the stress of the prolonged pandemic very well.  We remain fully staffed and have enough cleaning and personal protective supplies.  We are looking for a casual nurse to help us cover for vacation time.  If you know anyone interested please have them send their resume to Curtis.vornbrock@saskhealthauthority.ca.

To check on how your loved one is doing, please call them if they have a telephone, or you can call our Recreation team at 306-653-1267 ext. 140 to arrange a Face Time visit or call our nurse on duty at 306-653-1267 ext. 124.

Continue to be safe and take care,

Randy Kurtz

Administrator