January 15, 2021
COVID-19 UPDATE
Dear Tabor Village Families and Friends:
COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Update
We are pleased to announce that we now have a total of 365 staff and residents/tenants who have been vaccinated. This Pfizer vaccine is our best defense against COVID-19 and to see so many staff and residents/tenants doing their part to fight against this virus is truly amazing. Way to go Tabor Family!

Tabor Home: 187 vaccinated (76 residents, 111 staff)
Valhaven: 42 vaccinated (24 residents, 18 staff)
Tabor Court: 136 vaccinated (94 residents, 42 staff)

If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine, it's encouraged for you to read over the below COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Deck to learn more and/or as always, reach out and we are happy to address any questions you may have.
We Got The Vaccine, What Now?
This vaccine means
  • we can open up dining rooms again and enjoy meals together;
  • we won't have anyone on "Droplet Precautions". In other words, more freedom around units and open doors;
  • no more isolation, unless a tenant leaves to go to someone else's home;
  • more freedom with activities and more time spent together;
  • more freedom with visitation.

We know the effects this pandemic and isolation has had on the mental health and well-being of residents/tenants. With the arrival of this vaccine and the added freedom it allows, it means we should start to see an improvement on the mental health of residents/tenants and spend more time together in community while still being safe.

What this vaccine does not mean is no more pandemic, no more masks or other PPE, no more physical distancing, and no more safety guidelines.

This vaccine provides residents/tenants with more freedom and community which is amazing, but it does not mean we are invincible.

There's still a pandemic and as older adults, they are still more vulnerable and we are still under Fraser Health Authority. Until and unless Fraser Health changes their protocols, we cannot change ours. We are not Public Health, we are under Public Health and must abide by their policies. If anything changes with those policies, you will hear from us immediately, but until then, we must still follow the Public Health safety guidelines of wearing our masks, keeping our physical distance, washing our hands, and following the visitation policy.

Tabor Home Social Visits Update
We have completed and submitted our Safety Plan to Fraser Health and look forward to resuming social visits with Designated Visitors as soon as it has been approved. The second we have approval, we will notify you immediately and start booking visits.

In the meantime, we encourage you to take advantage of window visits. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Tabor Court Recreation Update
Please see the button link below to view Tabor Court's activities calendar for next week, January 17-23.
GriefShare Seminar Series With
Central Heights Church
One of our supporting churches, Central Heights Church, is running a GriefShare seminar series starting on Tuesday, January 26th. These are faith-based seminars available for all those grieving the loss of a loved one. Click the button link on the left to view the poster from Central Heights Church and for more info, visit

Advanced Care Planning Workshop
The Abbotsford Hospice Society and Abbotsford Association for Healthy Aging is hosting an Advanced Care Planning online workshop series starting January 27th.

About the workshop
"We are learning many things in response to COVID-19. Now is the time to get your affairs in order!
 
Writing down your wishes or instructions for present or future is the best way to ensure you have a say in what happens to you. Learn information and about resources on important planning issues for you and your family to consider.
 
Planning early is the best way to express your wishes for future financial, legal, health and personal care matters. Plan now, avoid potential future issues, uncertainties or disputes. It's about having a voice, taking responsibility and exercising your rights.
 
Join us for an online workshop series - January 27, February 3 & 10, 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am."
 
To Register:

Tabor Court Protocol Reminder
You asked, we're answering! We know there have been many changes to protocols over the last year and it can be hard to keep track. Below is a list of the most up to date guidelines around tenant outings, deliveries, etc. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to Manjit Sekhon, Tenant Care Coordinator, at MSekhon@taborvillage.org or call Manjit at 604-859-8718 x 173.

  • 1 Social (Designated) Visitor per tenant
  • Social outings are not permitted as per current BC Provincial Health orders that limit going to someone's home.
  • If a tenant chooses to go on a social outing to someone's home, then a 14 day isolation period is required.
  • Walks outdoors with the Social Visitor are acceptable.
  • Assisted Living tenants are permitted to go out for essential groceries/supplies and essential medical appointments while following all Public Health safety guidelines.
  • Gifts and supplies are permitted if they are in a disposable, wipeable bag.
  • Flowers in vases are acceptable.
  • Food from home is permissible provided it comes in a disposable container.
Message of Hope with Pastor Ray
"A Matter of Perspective"

The other day I heard about a six-year-old and an eighty-year-old who both lost a tooth. One was told to wait a few weeks and they would have a brand-new shiny tooth, It’ll just take time. The other was also told to wait a few weeks and they would have a brand-new shiny tooth. It’ll just take $2,000.
At one end of the human life, we see an event as a sign for hope. At the other end of life, we see the same event as a sign of decline. It is all a matter of perspective.

A wise teacher said, There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

We know that each stage of life has joys and challenges. The teacher encourages us to embrace each experience and savour it as a sign of the season in which we live. The same teacher said, “God has set eternity in the human heart.”

So, on the spectrum of eternity there is not much difference between six years and eighty years. Both get a new tooth! One is just a little closer to the finish-line. How we view the finish-line, however, makes a big difference. If we see it as terminal, the end, no more, or if we see it as a portal to a new and exciting adventure changes everything.
Jesus said to his friends as they stood by a graveside, I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26.

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
Tabor Village | 604.859.8715 | Email | Website

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31944 Sunrise Crescent
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