Dear Tabor Village Family Members:
I am writing to share with you an update on the status of the COVID-19 (C-19) Outbreak at Valhaven Care Home.
- As of April 30, two residents have tested positive for C-19 and all residents have been tested and the results have come back negative. There are no new cases. The residents are isolated to their rooms and receiving care from designated staff members.
- Two staff members have tested positive for C-19 and now isolating themselves at home. All other Valhaven staff members have been tested and there are no further cases.
- Five staff members from Tabor Home have transferred temporarily to Valhaven including Kate Tate, Director, Care Services who is the onsite lead. Staff are only working at one site, Valhaven.
- Human Resources is actively recruiting to fill vacant lines and shifts resulting from staff who are unable to work or who previously transferred to other care homes as part of the provincial one health care site policy.
- Fraser Health has provided onsite guidance on PPE usage, infection control procedures, is screening all staff twice daily including temperatures, auditing outbreak procedures, and provided more staff including RNs, LPNs and Care Aides. Daily communication with Fraser Health Public Health staff has provided valuable guidance to ensure best practices.
- Enhanced housekeeping procedures twice daily as per C-19 guidelines with additional four evening hours added and cleaning supplies have been enhanced.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been restocked and reorganized to ensure adequate supplies continue throughout the outbreak. Staff have been re-educated on both the usage of PPE and hand hygiene procedures and these infection control procedures are being audited daily.
- All residents are spending the day in their rooms to prevent the spread.
- We expect to be in outbreak mode at Valhaven until the end of May.
Special thanks goes out to the Valhaven team and all they are doing to control this virus. We will get through this together!
A Message from B.C.’s Seniors Advocate
Isobel MacKenzie, B.C.’s Seniors Advocate recently announced a new program:
Safe Seniors, Strong Communities
funded by the government in partnership with the Better at Home program, bc211 and community agencies throughout B.C. It matches people who want to help, with the seniors who need help.
The goal of the program is for seniors living in the community to be safe and to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home. Many people want to help seniors who are self-isolating by offering a friendly voice to talk to, picking up the groceries and medications they may need and making sure seniors do not feel alone during these difficult times.
After registering by calling 2-1-1 or visiting the
, you will be matched with the local COVID-19 community response agency nearest to you.
Please stay connected with your loved one by reaching out to the therapeutic recreation team to book a time to video conference with your family member or to arrange a phone call. Some families are window visiting and communicating using digital smart phones.
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
The cost of additional staff and supplies and equipment needed to combat COVID-19 put significant strain on the operational budget. In response from family member who asked how they can help, Tabor Village has initiated an emergency fundraising campaign to support increased safety measures, resident/tenant wellness and recreation programs, additional equipment needs, and staff engagement programs.