July 10, 2020
COVID-19 Update - Designated Visitors
Dear Families and Friends of Tabor Village:

Tabor Home Outbreak Update
We are thrilled to say that the outbreak at Tabor Home was declared over as of Tuesday, July 7. That is over one week early than originally thought and that is thanks to our incredible team of staff for working so diligently with excellence and genuine 'Care from the Heart'.

This means that we are back to being a completely outbreak free Village as no Tabor Village residence has any traces of COVID-19. Now that is worthy of a celebration!

Thank you healthcare heroes for going above and beyond the call of duty to make this possible and continuing the excellent care for older adults during these stressful times.

Thank you to all residents and families for your patience, your understanding, and your support and prayers during these last few months. We know this has been challenging and caused great emotional distress for all with the no visitors policy being in effect, but you stood with us and together, we came out the other side COVID-19 FREE AND CLEAR!

Healthcare Heroes Appreciation
On Thursday, July 9, we invited Big Red's Poutine truck on-site for a physically distant staff appreciation party. Not too long ago, we took part in Giving Tuesday Now to raise some funds for both residents and staff. This special food truck lunch was your generous donations at work and our team could not be more grateful.

Staff of Valhaven, Tabor Home, and Tabor Court were all able to participate and join in on the fun. Many commented how touched they were that people like you and our greater community would give from their own pockets to make a special gesture like this possible. From our entire Tabor Village team, thank you for giving back and blessing these healthcare heroes.
Designated Visitors - The Time Has Finally Come
As you are well aware, we have been preparing all week to welcome designated visitors back. Making phone calls, working with Fraser Health to approve our Safety Plan, and preparing our staff and residents for this exciting new phase. Since the very beginning of this pandemic, we have been following Dr. Bonnie Henry, Provincial Health Officer, and abiding by Fraser Health safety protocols. This new phase of welcoming designated visitors back is no different. What follows are the visitation protocols and safety measures that we as staff and you as families are required to respect and abide by as we enter Phase I of de-escalation.

Tabor Village Visitor Policy
  • Each resident can have 1 identified, designated visitor.
  • The designated visitor is a person who has been named by the resident or substitute decision maker. Any changes required to the designated visitor due to extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by the Director of Care on an individual basis.
  • All visits will be by appointment only. Appointments must be requested in advance by the designate or resident/tenant. Visitors who arrive unannounced without an appointment will not be permitted to enter. No pets or children can accompany the visitor.
  • Gifts, food, and beverages will continue to follow our current deliveries policy and can be left at the reception office for sanitization and/or 24 hour waiting period.
  • Visitors must provide their own approved mask and wear appropriately during the entire visit and must cover mouth and nose. No visitor can enter without a mask. Masks will not be provided by Tabor Village.
  • Visitors must complete the BC Self-assessment prior to the visit, and cannot visit if feeling unwell.
  • BC Self-assessment Tool: https://bc.thrive.health/covid19/en
  • Visits will take place in designated visitor areas only. Visitors will not be permitted access to other areas of the building, including washrooms and resident rooms.
  • Visitors who do not comply with these safety measures will have their visits restricted.
  • Visits will not be permitted during active outbreaks.

Visiting Procedure:
  • Upon the first visit, the designated visitor will read and sign the Tabor Village Release of Liability, Waiver of all Possible Claims and Assumption of Risk.
  • Visitor must complete the BC Self-assessment tool.
  • Visitors must arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled appointment time.
  • Visitor will ring the intercom to notify screener of arrival.
  • Visitor will undergo COVID-19 screening questionnaire and temperature check, which will be documented by screener as per Fraser Health.
  • Visitor will complete proper hand washing upon entry.
  • Visitor will wear their own approved face mask.
  • Visitor will be escorted by staff to the designated visitor area.
  • Visitor must maintain a distance of 2 meters from others in the residence, including your loved one.
  • No sharing of food or beverages as the visitor must keep their approved mask on for the duration of the visit.
  • Visitors must not visit with any other residents.
  • Visits will be 20 minutes in length, after which the staff member will escort the visitor back to the entrance/exit door.
  • Visitor will undergo COVID-19 exit screening questionnaire and second temperature check.
  • Visitor will undergo proper hand washing.
  • Visitor will exit the residence.

Designated Visitors - Resident Couples
Married couples who share the same room:
If the couple shares the same single designated visitor, the couple will be able to visit with their designated visitor together. Therefore, three people in total would be present for the visit.

Married couples who live in the same building, but reside in different rooms:
Each person is allowed his/her own designated visitor or can share the same designated visitor, but visits must happen one on one and cannot all be together.

Married couples who reside in separate Tabor Village residences:
If a spouse lives in Tabor Manor or Tabor Court, and the other spouse lives in Tabor Home, the spouse living in Assisted Living or Independent Living is permitted to be the designated visitor for their spouse in Tabor Home. The spouse living in Tabor Court is still able to have their own designated visitor come to see them in the designated visitor area of Tabor Court.

Tabor Village Release of Liability Waiver
Please see the aforementioned waiver at the link below. If you are a designated visitor, you are required to read the attached and linked PDF waiver below and sign and date before your first visit.

If possible, please print and sign before you arrive for your visit at Tabor Village.

The signing of this waiver is only required once, unless the designated visitor changes due to extenuating circumstances and has been reviewed by the Director of Care. If a new designated visitor is approved, this waiver will need to be signed by the new designated visitor. Please click the button link below to open, print, and sign.
Approved Masks
Homemade, cotton fabric masks will not be accepted.

Approved masks are PA3 layer disposable masks that can be purchased at London Drugs, Walmart, or Amazon.

For example, click the link below to view approved masks at London Drugs:

It is a requirement for visitors to purchase and wear their own masks, as Tabor Village is not required to provide masks for designated visitors. If the designated visitor forgets their mask, one mask can be given from Tabor Village with a donation of $5.00. This donation will go into the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. PPE is in high demand and prices are astronomical so as we continually work to conserve these necessary supplies, we trust you will help by the purchasing and wearing of your own.

Scheduling and Booking Information
Booking visits will begin on Monday, July 13 and visitation will commence on Thursday, July 16. Please find your relative booking information below as it is different for each building.

Tabor Home:
Schedule with Vanessa Aparicio, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Designated visitor area includes:
  1. Willow Lounge
  2. Cherry Lane, small TV area
  3. Main, Sunrise Dining Room

Visitation is open:
  • Tuesdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Tabor Court:
Schedule with Jessica Janisch, Recreation Coordinator, Tabor Court
Designated visitor area includes:
  1. Chapel

Visitation is open
  • Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Wednesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursdays 10:00am - 11:30am

Valhaven:
Schedule with Amphie Camua, Recreation Coordinator, Valhaven
Designated visitor area includes:
  1. Hair Salon Room

Visitation is open:
  • Tuesdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Thank You
We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back. We understand that choosing just one designated visitor is not an easy decision and still leaves many family members in a difficult position. For those who are having to wait, we sympathize and our hearts go out to you. This has been an emotionally distressing time for many. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Please understand that this is just for now. This is simply Phase I of de-escalation and if everyone follows the aforementioned safety measures and all goes well, then we expect restrictions to continue to lessen and more positive news to come.

For those who are the designated visitors, we excitedly await your return as you are reunited with your loved ones.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. We are here for you always.

Dan Levitt, Executive Director, returns next week and is available to address any concerns as needed at DLevitt@taborvillage.org or 604-859-8715 ext. 102.

Sincerely,


Bethany Somerville
Communications & Events Coordinator
604-859-8715 ext. 147
Tabor Village | 604.859.8715 | Email | Website

Checks can be made payable to:
Tabor Home Society
31944 Sunrise Crescent
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1N5