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 September. Other options are being considered to open further going as far as building on another dining room.
- We worked with the CBI to safely allow their foot care nurse to resume monthly services starting in late August.
- Our main house doctor, Dr. Lois Stewart, has returned to doing onsite visits most Thursdays instead of by teleconference. We continue connecting electronically with our other Doctors, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist so they can do assessments and consult with us. Our doctors continue to review their residents care with our nurses with same frequency as before Covid-19. All our Doctors will come onsite if needed and are on call for us 24 * 7.
- We made it through the challenging summer vacation season and remain fully staffed.
- Improvements were made to our outside family visits. We 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.
- We continue with outside visits, however, colder weather is coming. We have asked the Health Authority to provide us with more flexible guidelines for inside visiting for the winter. At the present time IF and only if, a family member has been designated for inside visits can they come inside. A maximum of two family members can be designated for inside visits and only one family member can come inside at a time. We will communicate further with you regarding inside visits as soon as we hear back from the Health Authority.
- If you live outside of Saskatchewan, but within Canada, you can still visit. If you come from outside the country you have to self isolate for two weeks before you can visist.
To provide us the names of two designated family members for inside visits or to arrange a visit, please contact our Recreation department at 306-653-1267 ext. 140. If you receive their voice mail leave them a voice mail with your contact details and preferred visiting time. We are scheduling visits 7 days a week, in the afternoons from 1:00 – 7:00pm. We will confirm with you which times we have available. We appreciate all the great cooperation from our residents and family members during the pandemic.
We continue to offer assistance with telephone calls, video visits and reading resident’s mail to them if assistance is needed. You can also send us emails to deliver and read to your resident. Emails can be sent to me at email@example.com. Sending parcels by Canada Post is also an option.
We continue to accept items for your loved one through our front door, where we can safely sanitize the items prior to your loved one receiving them. They cannot be handed directly to your loved one at your visit. Acceptable items are flowers from a florist, letters, photos, books, wrapped packages, clothing and take out food from a restaurant.
“Re-open Saskatchewan” is almost complete, however, I am sure you are aware that new cases continue to pop up all across our province and country. The Saskatchewan Health Authority is urging Saskatchewan residents to be more vigilant when it comes to following public health measures and personal safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Over the past month numerous public service announcements have been issued in various areas across the province. This reminds us that COVID-19 is everywhere and has no boundaries. We need to stay vigilant when it comes to preventing the spread of the virus.
At Sunnyside, we will continue to be careful and look for more ways to be safe. The risk to our residents increases as society starts returning to normal activities so we have to remain on heightened awareness. We are proactive in testing residents and staff for Covid-19 if they show any flu like symptoms. We screen our staff at the beginning of each shift and residents are monitored continually for an extended list of new or worsening respiratory symptoms.
Please share the info in this memo with all your other family members or let them know they can keep updated with things at Sunnyside on our web page (www.sunnysidecare.ca) and our Facebook page (Sunnyside Adventist Care Centre). You should also keep updated via Saskatchewan’s website at: www.saskatchewan.ca/covid19.
We appreciate your support, patience and prayers and look forward to seeing you more often if restrictions are lifted. If there is anything we can do for your loved one or for you, please let us know. I am available at 306-653-1267 ext 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our nursing staff are available 24 * 7 at ext 124. All other departments are listed on our phone system when you call.
How to keep your family safe if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19
It’s a scenario that’s run through the minds of many parents over the past few months – how will they care for their children if they contract COVID-19?
Taking precautions to avoid contracting COVID-19, like washing your hands often, physical distancing when out of the house, avoiding touching your face when you’re out, and wearing a non-medical mask when you cannot physically distance are working very well at preventing the spread of the virus in Saskatchewan, noted Dr. Simon Kapaj, Medical Health Officer for Saskatoon.
“If you respect those principles, the risk of contracting the virus is low,” he noted. “You protect all your loved ones, including your babies, if you do this.”
“We ask families, if one of them shows symptoms of COVID-19, to self-isolate. That means using a separate bedroom and separate bathroom for two weeks. If you have to share space, make sure the room has good air flow by opening the window to increase air circulation. Improving ventilation helps remove respiratory droplets from the air.”
That’s 100 per cent isolation – staying away from all family member 100 per cent of the time for 14 days or until symptoms are gone. That is sometimes hard to do, especially in the case of a single parent, or when both parents show symptoms.
“But if you do happen to get COVID-19, it doesn’t mean your kids will automatically get it as well. You can protect them,” noted Kapaj. “If the parent is too ill to care for the child, they should see if there is a caregiver outside of the home with whom the child can stay. The caregiver should not be someone who is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as the child has likely been exposed to the virus.”
If you do have to care for your child while you are COVID-19 positive, you can still reduce the risk of transmission by:
- Frequent handwashing, and wearing gloves if you’re caring for small children.
- Wear a mask at home.
- Don’t share – towels, beds, electronic devices, utensils, food or drink.
- Sterilize everything, especially in common spaces.
- Put the toilet seat down before flushing, in case droplets come out of the toilet and aerosolize, as it is speculated is possible.