COVID-19

Dear Resident Families (Supportive Living)

Subject: Long-Term Care Facilities - Supportive Living On-site Indoor Visitation during Very Low Levels of COVID-19

 

Across Canada, the risk that COVID-19 poses to the residents of Long-Term Care Facilities is clear. Efforts to prevent, quickly identify and contain "outbreaks" of COVID-19 continue to be vital to protecting populations that are most vulnerable to serious outcomes from this virus. We know that family and friends are integral to the overall health, well-being and quality of life of residents within Long-Term Care Facilities. Balancing necessary preventative measures with maintaining the vital connections that residents have with family members and support systems has been at the heart of every stage of our response. However, while preventing the spread of this virus within our facility remains a central priority, the likelihood that COVID-19 will be a part of our "new normal" for a longer duration requires us to find a longer-term balance between preventative measures and the many benefits of ongoing interaction between residents and their loved ones.

Accordingly, this is to advise that while levels of COVID-19 remain very low we will be supporting limited on-site, indoor visits at Springfield Place - Supportive Living with the following considerations:

- Designated visitors may be identified to visit, with visitors recommended to be limited to one (1) per 24-hour period: two (2) visitors may visit at a time if physical distancing can be maintained;

- Visits are by appointment, in the common room located at Springfield Place Independent living side and no visitation with other residents;

- Visiting hours are Monday to Friday 10:00am-5:30pm.

- Visitors will be screened before entry, including assessment for symtoms or known exposure to COVID-19 prior to entry. No visitors who have travelled outside of Manitoba within the past 14 days (excluding travel to Western Canada, the Territories and Ontaio west of Terrace Bay);

- Designated visitors are required to sign in and out of each visit, temperature will be taken and to bring and wear a non-medical mask for the duration of the visit;

- Designated visitors will be escorted to the common room and are asked to perform proper hand hygiene and to minimize contact with surfaces.

- All visitors must comply with infection Prevention and Control measures. This includes strict hand hygiene and maintaining physical distancing (6 feet/2 metres apart) at all times. Visits may be suspended if designated visitors do not comply with these measures.

Protecting the health and well-being of your loved ones and staff remains one of our top priorities. Regular assessment by public health officials of the impact and evaluation of the need for adjusted visitor restrictions will continue as developments evolve. In collaboration with Public Health, Springfield Place will determine the need to suspend all visits in the case of a confirmed/potential COVID-19 outbreak in the facility or local area or upon the direction of the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer. Once again, thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we take every measure to protect you, your loved ones and our staff.

This information is directly from Shared Health Manitoba, including the guidelines set forth.

 

Visitors coming into the building for Independent Living Tenants remain restricted to necessity and emergancy only.

Sincerely,

Clare Reimer

Executive Director

 

 

 

To all Springfield Place and Kin Place Tenants and Families

Like you, Oakbank-Springfield Kinsmen Seniors Complex Inc. is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and the precautionary measures the Government of Manitoba and Shared Health Manitoba is recommending.

Our number one priority is to keep tenants, staff, suppliers, and families healthy and safe.

Oakbank-Springfield Kinsmen Seniors Complex Inc. is following guidelines and the recommendations from the Government of Manitoba. Knowing that prevention is our best strategy we are suspending all visitors to Supportive Living-wing at Springfield Place. Exceptions will be made for compassionate reasons.

Here are some of the measures we have taken in the buildings

-outside doors are all locked at this time

-Increasing the frequency of sanitizing common areas including rails, doors, handles, and surfaces

-We have cancelled all common room events

-We have posted signage around the building regarding Social Distancing

-Screening before entering

-Adapted activities to include the recommended social distancing

 

WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT

 

 

Clare Reimer

Executive Director