November 6, 2020
COVID-19 Update
Dear Family and Friends of Tabor Village:

Update On Tabor Home Outbreak
Friday, November 6, 2020 will be remembered as the day that Tabor Village received the news of an additional four older persons living at Tabor Home being confirmed with testing positive for COVID-19. This brings the current total to six residents and seven staff. 

Tabor Village and Fraser Health are working together to implement the COVID-19 infection control outbreak plan to reduce the risk of further spread of the virus. Safety measures have been put in place this week that include the following:
  • Staffing levels maintained to provide resident care.
  • Visitors restricted except for compassionate visits for residents receiving end of life care.
  • Staff and resident movement has been restricted to neighbourhood cohorts.
  • Cleaning high touch contact surfaces and enhancing infection control measures.
  • Communicating regularly with residents, families and staff on the outbreak status.
  • Twice a day active screening of symptoms with staff and residents.
Working with Fraser Health, additional resources have been made available including clinical nurse educators, infection control experts, and access to emergency supplies and additional staff if needed.

COVID-19 Testing
All staff and residents at Tabor Home are being swab tested for COVID-19 to identify any further cases of the virus.

Health Care Heroes
I had the opportunity to walk through Tabor Home today with a Fraser Health Public Health Nurse who was reminding health care workers on the four phases of hand hygiene. All the staff have been tested on their hand washing practice. We also checked in with the staff on how they are doing with the stress of working during an outbreak. Most importantly, we thanked the staff for their continued dedication to serving older persons who have COVID-19 and to prevent other older persons in their care who do not have the virus. 

To put it simply, everyone who enters a long-term care home or assisted living community to provide care to older persons during the pandemic is a hero and deserves our praise. We will do everything we can to support staff members to do their best, to provide care from their heart.

Each of us has the opportunity to share the story of Tabor Village with our family, friends, and social networks. Now more than ever, a positive thought goes a long way to support the staff on the front line of the pandemic. To give hope to older persons living in care who are isolated and on droplet precautions during the outbreak. To bless the broader community knowing that Tabor Village will get through this outbreak with the support from family members, friends and people who simply care about the mission of Tabor Village as a “vibrant community where seniors experience ‘Care from the Heart’ with Christian compassion and respect.”  

In light of current circumstances, prayer is the best way forward and sometimes the only thing to hold on to through difficult times. The prayer below is meant to be a prayer chain locally, nationally and internationally. The Chair of the Board of Directors of Tabor Village, Vic Martens, started us off with his message below:
Please pray for God’s hand of protection over Tabor Village as staff and Fraser Health deal with an outbreak of COVID-19 where staff and residents have tested positive at Tabor Home. Pray that staff and residents follow proper protocol to control the spread and that God will provide healing for those affected. Pray for strength, health, and energy for staff who test negative that God’s hand would guide them as they continue to care for the older adults of Tabor Village while their fellow coworkers who tested positive take some much needed time to recover. Thank you for praying.

Victor J. Martens
Tabor Home Society Board Chair

May the prayer chain continue among all of you as we pray for speedy recovery for those affected, and continued health for those who have not.

Let Us Continue To Follow Safety Measures
It is imperative that we all do our part to follow the safety measures that we have incorporated into our daily routines:
1.      Wash hands thoroughly.
2.      Do not touch your face.
3.      Maintain physical distancing by staying six feet apart.
4.      Wear your Mask.
5.      Do not have anyone over to your home or go into someone else's home.
6.      Avoid going to indoor places unless a safety plan is in place.
7.      Connect with people in your household who you live with and support each other.

By following the above safety measures we will have the best chance of reducing the risk of contracting COVID-19 and slowing down the spread of the virus. 

Stay Positive
We are living in difficult times and others are depending on us. By staying positive and supporting others who need our help we will make a difference in their lives and provide hope for a better tomorrow. That is the Tabor Village way. It is our way forward.
May you, your family and friends, and Tabor Village continue to be blessed.
Introducing Our New Visitation Supervisor
Meet Jackie Kingma, our new Visitation Supervisor for all of Tabor Village.

It is a pleasure to have Jackie join Team Tabor and we trust you will join us in giving her a warm welcome. Moving forward, any and all questions relative to visitation (Tabor Court, Valhaven, and Tabor Home) can be directed to Jackie.

Jackie's phone number:
604-859-8715 x 621

Jackie's Email:
Recreation Update
Tabor Home Recreation Update
While the November calendars were sent last week for Tabor Home, the activities may look a little different while on active outbreak. The Tabor Home Recreation team is doing everything they can to continue bringing fun, light, and life to every resident, it just looks a bit different than originally planned for this month.
Happy 90th Birthday to our dear friend at Valhaven!
Art Therapy at Tabor Court!
Now to December 7th
1.Give $50.
2.Personalize it.
3.Bless a senior.
We can't change restrictions, but we can certainly help make this Christmas a little extra special this year. Help us give all 262 residents at Tabor Village their own personalized stocking.

You cover the stocking, we do the shopping. It's that easy.

We are beyond THRILLED to announce that we have over 100 stockings already covered! Counting down the days to when we can deliver these beautiful stockings to residents/tenants and bring some light into a difficult year. Thank you to all those who have donated and for joining us in our mission to shower the older adults of Tabor Village with an abundance of love and care this Christmas.
Let's Chat!
I realize this has been a difficult year for so many and I would love the opportunity to chat with each one of you to check in and hear how you are doing and holding up through all of this. I would also appreciate learning from you on how we can improve at Tabor Village.

With this in mind, I will be reaching out via phone call to every family over the course of the next few months and very much look forward to speaking with you all soon.
COVID-19 Information Website
Have questions? Is there a protocol that is unclear? Remember something important from one of our previous emails, but can't quite find it?

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
Tabor Village | 604.859.8715 | Email | Website

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