December 14, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Dear Tabor Home Family and Friends:

Tabor Home Outbreak Update
Our hearts go out to all those who have lost loved ones during this season. Our hearts are breaking alongside all of these grieving families. When residents move into a Tabor Village residence, they become like family. To lose one family member is heartbreaking, but to lose over twenty is a devastating tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with our entire Tabor family during this time.

Residents
  • Total cases since the outbreak: 93
  • Recovered: 66
  • Active cases: 2
  • Total COVID-related deaths: 24
 
Staff
  • Total cases since the outbreak: 63
  • Recovered and/or returned to work: 56
  • Active cases: 7

COVID-19 Vaccine
 
We are excited to let you know that COVID-19 vaccines have now arrived in B.C. Tabor Home is eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine starting as early as tomorrow,
Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
 
Initial immunizations in the Fraser Health region will focus on healthcare staff who work in long-term care facilities. We have some staff already signed up to receive the vaccine tomorrow and will have more in the coming weeks as more vaccine doses become available.

Christmas Decorations
Due to the dust they collect and the extra touchpoint risks they pose to residents, we cannot have decorations in resident rooms unfortunately. Our recreation team has been hard at work decorating our therapeutic gardens and the Cherry Lane courtyard with lights and decorations for the residents to enjoy! We would love for you to help and add your own personal touches!

We ask that there are no food decorations (no popcorn or berry strings, please!) to avoid attracting wildlife and that all decorations are being hung so that they’ll hold up to a bit of wind and weather as much as possible. Please note that decorations that are hung in the front of the building and not in a courtyard may be susceptible to vandals so please do not bring anything valuable or precious to your family as we cannot guarantee their safety. Please also note that there are no outlets along the outside front of the building so lights will not be possible in that area. Please note that windows must remain closed while decorating and if you would like to decorate a window that is not accessible from the front of the building, please coordinate your time with our Visitation Supervisor, Jackie, at jkingma@taborvillage.org.
Message of Hope
“Fear … meet HOPE”
“I hope it doesn’t rain.” “I hope I pass the test.” “I hope I’m not late.”
These are everyday expressions using the word “hope” in a weak way. It is just like saying I wish, or I prefer, or it would be nice if …

True hope, the kind of hope we celebrate at Advent and Christmas is what I call capital “H” Hope. It is the kind of Hope we center our lives on, the kind of Hope that gives our life purpose, direction and meaning. This Hope is found in the person of Jesus.

One of the Christmas songs, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” says: “The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” The hymn writer personifies the town where Jesus was born as we read in Matthew 2:5

In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written” The Jewish scholars had been asked where the Messiah, the anointed one, the one long hoped for was to be born, this was their answer, based on a text written by the prophet Micah, over 700 years earlier. When Jesus was born our fears met HOPE.

We experience lots of fears in life. But do we have strong Hope? Capital “H” Hope?
The message of Christmas is filled with HOPE. The good news is that God loved the world so much that He sent his son, Jesus, that whoever believes in Jesus will have eternal life. (John 3:16) Hope is accepting forgiveness for our sin, receiving new life in Jesus, and knowing the hope of everlasting life.

Now that is true Hope. My prayer for you this Christmas is that you experience hope found in Jesus.

Pastor Ray Harris
Spiritual Care Coordinator

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.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE
Executive Director
604-859-8715 x 102
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