December 31, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE
Dear Tabor Village Families and Friends:
Looking Forward To 2021!
This year has been tough! It's been marked by loss, grief, isolation, and hardship. I'm sure many of us will be grieving all that 2020 brought for a while, but in the midst of suffering and tragedy, there is still so much to be thankful for. We're grateful to serve a loving and good God who remains faithful and true yesterday, today, and forever. No matter what 2020 has brought or what next year may have in store, our God continues to walk with us right into and throughout 2021.

Take a look at all the positive notes that 2020 brought for Tabor Village in our 2020 Highlight Reel video below.
Our 2020 Highlight Reel

While it's been a tough year, there is still so much to be thankful for, including all of you! Happy New year friends and family! Click the image above to watch the video.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Update
We are pleased to announce that Fraser Health has begun the long awaited process of vaccination of Long Term Care residents against COVID-19. This is VERY exciting news as it means that we are closer to being able to relax restrictions and enjoy closer family contact. This has been a LONG time coming and we are thrilled to be able to advise you of this development. 

Currently, we do not have a date on which the vaccine will be provided to the residents of Tabor. However, we would like to be proactive and ensure that families and residents have a good understanding of what to expect and thus make the process much smoother when our time is announced.

What are we doing to get ready?
  1. Physicians and Pharmacists will be reviewing each resident’s records to ensure we have identified anyone with a contraindication (a reason NOT to give this vaccination).
  2. Based on the above review process, an Order by a physician will be given to administer the COVID-19 Vaccination PROVIDED consent by the resident (if capable) or family is given.
  3. If a resident is unable to provide consent for themselves, we will be calling to ask substitute decision makers to provide consent for their loved one to have the vaccination administered.
  4. Organizing the teams of people who will bring the vaccine and administer it on the date specified by public health.

Who May Be Recommended To Not Receive The Vaccine?
1.ALLERGY TO PEG
  • An allergy to Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) is the only significant concern for allergy with this particular vaccine.
  • PEG is something commonly used in treatments for constipation (eg. RestoraLAX) with only RARE allergies occurring in the general population.
  • MOST Long term care residents will have received PEG at some point to treat constipation as this is a very common problem in the frail elderly and PEG is a common treatment. In over 25 years of Medical Practice, I, Dr. Sarah Pawlovich have never personally seen anyone with an allergy to PEG so, this is extremely unlikely.
  • If someone has a History of this rare allergy or has a history of Anaphylaxis(severe allergic reaction requiring the administration of adrenaline) in the past, they should NOT receive the vaccination at this time.

2.HISTORY OF ANAPHYLAXIS
If someone has a history of Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction requiring the administration of adrenaline) in the past, they should NOT receive the vaccination at this time.
 
3.ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN VACCINATED (TO ANYTHING) IN THE PAST 14 DAYS.
 
4.ANYONE WHO IS CURRENTLY SERIOUSLY ILL
If someone is seriously ill at present (either with COVID-19 itself OR with any other serious illness such as pneumonia). This would apply to any vaccine.
SITUATIONS WHERE YOUR PHYSICIAN MAY STILL RECOMMEND YOU RECEIVE THE VACCINE:

1.YOU HAVE ALREADY TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID (AND EITHER HAD SYMPTOMS OR BEEN ASYMPTOMATIC) 
  • People who have already HAD COVID-19 and have recovered are still advised to receive the Vaccine since the immunity from previous infection is not as reliable as the immunity from getting the vaccine. Because all residents at Tabor have now been declared “recovered” by Public Health, all residents are eligible for the vaccine.
 
2.PEOPLE WHO ARE IMMUNOCOMPROMISED
  • While being “immunocompromised”(eg chemotherapy, immunosuppression meds for diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, blood diseases that reduce white cell counts etc) may reduce the likelihood of the vaccination being as effective, it does NOT provide a safety concern and these individuals can still receive the vaccine. They can STILL get the Vaccine.                                        
What would we ask you to do?
We have attached information in the button links below regarding information on the COVID-19 vaccine. Please read through this and feel free to ask questions.
I am grateful for the gift that this news brings and am excited at the prospect of moving towards a time when visiting our loved ones at Tabor will be easier.

Best wishes,

Dr. Sarah Pawlovich
Tabor Home Outbreak Update
With zero new cases at Tabor Home, we are in de-escalation and are very much looking forward to the outbreak being declared over toward the end of next week! As soon as the outbreak is declared over, we will be able to resume in-person visits! Keep an eye on your emails for that announcement.

Residents
  • Total cases since the outbreak: 92
  • Recovered: 68
  • Active cases: 0
  • Total COVID-related deaths: 24
 
Staff
  • Total cases since the outbreak: 63
  • Recovered and/or returned to work: 63
  • Active cases: 0

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are still grieving the loss of loved ones during this time. This has been a devastating season and one that has broken all of our hearts. Praying for strength, peace, and comfort for all those grieving. We are grieving alongside you.

Safety measures continue to be in place and the best infection control practices are being reinforced to ensure meticulous use of PPE including gloves, masks, eye protection and, where necessary, gowns. Physical distancing is expected with 100% compliance. Supervisors are continuously auditing staff’s performance of the infection control safety procedures. We will continue to do everything we can to protect the health and well-being of the residents and staff at Tabor Home and across our Village.
Stockings 4 Seniors Update
"Thank you for everyone and the work they put into the stockings for seniors program. Mom & Dad truly enjoyed the treats & gifts. The extra effort that was put in made this Christmas special and we truly appreciate the thoughtfulness that was behind each gift. Your team really is a blessing. We are so grateful."
-A grateful family

"Mom just called me full of excitement about the gifts she received from the Stockings for Seniors campaign. She loves her slippers... and word search books. She is looking forward to using her coupon for the hair salon. You obviously know her very well. Thank you very much for the many hours of work you put in to make this happen. To hear the joy in her voice was definitely a highlight of this Christmas Eve...Thank you again for going above and beyond your job descriptions to provide outstanding care for the residents of Tabor Village."
-A grateful daughter

"...I told her that they were gifts for her form Abbotsford community she gave a big smile. Her favourite colour was red so I made sure to add a lot of red items in her stocking such as a red night gown and red lipstick. She opened the red lipstick and said “wow that is a great colour!”

She just lit up. Plus I know how much she loves jewelry and we added some bracelets in the stocking that she put on right away. Then I bombarded her with all the Christmas letters and she was over the moon. She was opening and reading them one by one."
-Vanessa Aparicio, Tabor Home Life Enrichment Coordinator

"Tenants were so touched and overwhelmed by all the gifts. They couldn't believe it was all for them and so many tears were shed with how touched they were."
-Jessica Janisch, Tabor Court Recreation Coordinator

"They were so happy! All the work and shopping and hours were worth it to see how happy they were!"
-Amphie Camua, Valhaven Recreation Coordinator
Message of Hope with Pastor Ray
I live close to a new condo being built. I often take a few minutes in my walk to watch progress. After months of planning, and doing other important but often invisible work, the ground can finally be cleared to begin construction. After site preparations, excavation and foundations begins. This stage seems to take forever. It is weeks before you finally see the new building begin to take shape. It will take many months before residents move in and it becomes a dwelling.

Most important work in life is unseen and takes time. Waiting for that new job, for a wound to heal, for a relationship to be restored – for a pandemic to end - can seem endless. We want things to happen now. But majestic trees take decades to grow, landscapes change over millennia and God’s big story is in action since before time began.

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

This gives hope.

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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Tabor Home Society
31944 Sunrise Crescent
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1N5