November 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update
Dear Family and Friends of Tabor Home:

Tabor Home Outbreak Update
During the Tabor Home outbreak, 63 residents in total and 44 staff in total have had COVID-19. Sadly, there have been two deaths. Some who had tested positive have already made a full recovery.
 
The health and safety of our residents and our staff is our first priority and a responsibility we take very seriously. We continue to work with Fraser Health to ensure the following measures are in place to prevent further spread of COVID-19 at Tabor Home:
  • ensuring that staff wear a procedure mask that covers their mouth and nose, eye protection and other personal protective equipment as recommended;
  • ensuring twice-daily screening of tenants for any signs of illness
  • enhancing our daily cleaning practices;
  • maintenance of 2m of physical distance in dining rooms, staggered meal times, tray service or other strategies
  • cancellation of group activities and client gatherings, while providing one-to-one activity as appropriate;
  • visitor access restrictions and screening measures for essential visitors
  • providing active staff screeners to support site to screen all staff twice a shift
  • providing ongoing staff education by Fraser Health and facility-based staff
  • priority access to necessary supplies such as masks, eye protection and gowns
  • grouping of staff and residents to prevent cross over between well and sick individuals

For general information about COVID-19, call 811, or visit HealthLinkBC: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-feature/coronavirus-covid-19.

If you have further questions, please contact myself, Dan Levitt, Executive Director, by phone at 604-859-8715 extension 102 or email at dlevitt@taborvillage.org

Window Visits
As much as we would love to accommodate window visits, we had to make the difficult decision at the start of the outbreak to temporarily cease all visits, including window visits, until the outbreak is declared over. We understand and empathize with all of you during this time, but in an effort to contain this outbreak as fast as possible, we needed to implement quick and hard decisions.

This breaks our hearts, but we know this breaks yours and your loved ones hearts even more. Keep praying and believe with us for this outbreak to be over sooner than later.

Keeping Connected with Loved Ones
While visits are temporarily on hold, we strongly encourage you to send cards, letters, and/or photos through our website to your loved ones. We'll print and deliver them right away so your loved ones know they are in your thoughts and prayers.

We understand this is not the same as an in-person visit or video chat, but it keeps them connected to you and brings hope in the midst of a very challenging season.

Reach out to Jackie with any questions you may have at Jkingma@taborvillage.org
Prayers For Tabor Home 
"My dear mom is a resident at Tabor and has yet tested negative for which we are grateful. Your facility and your staff & residents have been in our prayers. Thank-you for all you are doing. I can imagine it is overwhelming. May the God of peace keep you."
-A grateful son

"My thoughts & prayers are with my Tabor Family. We will heal!"
-A grateful staff member

"[We] are just gutted to hear how things are going at Tabor Home right now. 
We just can’t imagine the stress this puts on residents, staff, and all their (your!) families. However we do know how strong and committed the team there is, and are confident you’ll get this back under control.
Our hearts are with you guys!"
-A grateful family 

"Thinking of everyone at Tabor Village. Sending prayers and stay strong wishes, from our family to yours. We are all following your advice and staying home and wearing a mask in public. Health care workers need our support and so do seniors living in care."
-Friend of Tabor Village 

"Read the article today in the Vancouver Sun and so impressed with Tabor Village's advocacy for seniors. I'm so sorry for these challenging times - our masks are on and you and your community are in my thoughts and prayers."
-Friend of Tabor Village
COVID-19 Information Website
Visit our website for all the COVID-19 news and updates. We post all our communications, surveys, and policies there so there is always a go-to spot for you to find what you're looking for.

We Want To Hear From You
If you have questions or concerns, we are here for you to chat, to listen, and to ensure you feel cared for and heard. We want to hear from you and are always open to feedback and how we can continue to improve.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE
Executive Director
604-859-8715 x 102
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"The discussion around outbreaks in care homes needs to be reframed to include community responsibility. Whether that’s choosing to wear a mask in public or inviting someone into your home. If we can control the virus in the community, we can control the virus inside the nursing home. Older persons are so important and the health workers who provide loving care need our support and we should be protecting them."
-Dan Levitt
Tabor Village | 604.859.8715 | Email | Website

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