May 2, 2020
COVID-19 Update
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 bc211.ca website , you will be matched with the local COVID-19 community response agency nearest to you.

Stay Connected
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.
Be Safe
A friendly reminder to stay home if you are feeling unwell. To daily complete the provincial self- assessment tool. To shelter at home as much as possible and to ensure you stay physically distant from others especially from people who may have been exposed to the virus. Continue to wash your hands regularly and not to touch your face. These measures will help ensure that those that you care about and perhaps people that you may not even know do not get the virus. These are the ways staff members at Tabor Village are protecting residents/tenants and their own families. It is the right thing to do and it is what we must do. We are all in this together.

Thank You!
A huge shout out to all families for recognizing the health care workers at Valhaven who are comprised of long serving staff members, newly hired staff, staff from Tabor Home and staff from Fraser Health. Together they have risen to the occasion and their personal sacrifices will never be forgotten. 

If you have not already recognized them, please share your admiration by sending your appreciation to info@taborvillage.org

Communication Plan
I look forward to continuing to communicate directly with you in the coming weeks as the outbreak situation at Valhaven unfolds with the goal of always being transparent, open and accurate. You are encouraged to reach out to myself with any questions or support you need as you continue to ensure the safety and wellness of health care workers, vulnerable residents and tenants and you their beloved family members.

Yours sincerely,


Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE
Executive Director
604-859-8715 ext. 102
Help us continue to protect your loved ones and the staff caring for them by donating to our
COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund today!
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Tabor Home Society
31944 Sunrise Crescent
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1N5