December 22, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE
Dear Tabor Home Families and Friends:

COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Initial immunizations in the Fraser Health region will focus on healthcare staff who work in long-term care facilities. We are pleased to report that vaccinations for Tabor Home staff members are well underway with more to come in the coming weeks.

We are strongly urging staff to get vaccinated with the hope and goal of having all staff, all residents and all families eventually vaccinated. This vaccine is our best defense against the virus and against any future outbreaks.

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: 67
  • Active cases: 1
  • Total COVID-related deaths: 24
 
Staff
  • Total cases since the outbreak: 63
  • Recovered and/or returned to work: 56
  • Active cases: 7

We are pleased to announce that last week's COVID-19 testing had 100% negative test results! That means there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Tabor Home and we are on our way to de-escalation. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement, and support during this difficult time. We are so very thankful and can see the light at the end of this tunnel.

Christmas
We have been feverishly prepping all the stockings for residents this week and have already begun delivering. We cannot wait to share some photos with you. We are also serving a Christmas lunch on Christmas Day. You can view the full Christmas Day menu below.
WINDOW VISITS ARE BACK!
We could not be more excited to announce that we received approval from Fraser Health to start window visits back up once again. Visits will be booked unit by unit and we have dedicated 30 minutes per visit.

We look forward to welcoming you for Christmas Visits beginning this Sunday. 

Safety Guidelines For Window Visits:
  • Upon arrival, please wait outside the main entrance at the designated spot and wait for a Visitation Host to greet you. 
  • The visitation host will ask you a few screening questions and then escort you to the resident’s window. 
  • Masks must be worn at all time on the property. 
  • During your visit the window must remain closed.
  • Only two people are allowed to visit at a time. 

Inside the resident will be accompanied by another Visitation Host to assist with communication. 

When calling or emailing to book your visit, please provide the following:
  • Name of your loved one(s).
  • The building your loved one lives in.
  • Your loved one's room number.
  • Your phone number to call back if leaving a voicemail.

All window visits can be booked with our Visitation Supervisor, Jackie Kingma:

Please note, due to weather conditions, our grounds may be a bit muddy. We encourage you to consider rain boots and an umbrella.

Town Hall Meeting
Thank you to all those who joined the Town Hall meetings this afternoon. Your input, suggestions, questions, and encouragement are very appreciated. We hope and trust these Town Hall meetings are helping to put your minds and hearts at ease with this improved communication. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions or concerns. In the meantime, we will send you the meeting notes from today's meetings as soon as possible.
Christmas Decorations: Sadly Not Permitted
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 for the outdoors!

Outside Window Decorations Only
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.

We know that the lack of Christmas decor in resident rooms is hard, especially with the arrival of Christmas, but this is a Fraser Health directive and we must abide by it and do our part in order to get back to being outbreak free. That said, we kindly ask you to stop bringing in Christmas decorations for the inside of resident rooms. As mentioned above, outdoor decorations are permitted, just no indoor decor.

All further questions can be directed to Jackie Kingma, email above or call 604-859-8715 x 621.

Encouragement
"Heard about our mother... yesterday. But I wanted to thank you ALL, not just for this time & how you conducted yourselves during this COVID outbreak, but for all the care that has been given with love & with joy, from the day she entered the Tabor HOME. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year."
-A grateful daughter

"As I was praying for Tabor tonight, I was so aware of how much love surrounds each person who lives there. Thank you so much for the assurance that we as families have, that our parents/grandparents are valued, loved, and seen as precious. Whatever point they are at in their life journey, you and your staff are doing more than would seem humanly possible to help them, and to show compassion.

Everyone has worked so hard, and made many sacrifices to keep residents and staff safe, and to minimize anxiety as this virus spreads in spite of great effort. I can’t imagine the heartache being experienced by staff, families, and friends. We won’t stop praying.

Even though these are very difficult times, I have been surprised by the smiles and joy that is on staff’s faces (above the masks) when I greet them at the door as I drop things off for my mom. They all deserve so much gratitude for the blessings they bring through their cheerfulness and willingness to accommodate.

Thank you so much for setting before us all, a sense of hope, a belief that God will see us through this, and that faith will remain strong even if despair seems near. Thank you for being a strong advocate for all of Tabor Village, and for seniors in general.

Our prayer is that you will have peace and be able to rest and stay healthy as you continue to bless Tabor Village through your leadership. We know that God is with you, and that he is with us all. Blessings."
-A grateful family

There's Still Time To Give Back!
We can change the future for seniors at Tabor Home.

This year has brought many unprecedented turns and challenges. Due to the pandemic, we had to temporarily pause public fundraising for the Capital Campaign. Yet, even with all that happened, you continued to generously give back to the seniors of Tabor Village, leaving us both inspired and grateful. As we look to the new year and begin to refocus on the Capital Campaign, and continue our search for a new Capital Campaign Manager, we know Tabor is in good hands with you by our side.

As you know, the current Tabor Home building is out of date, uncooperative with modern technology, ill-equipped to protect against infectious disease and presents an institutionalized environment for seniors and their families. We believe the current infrastructure played a major role in the outbreak we're facing and just goes to show how urgently needed this Home really is, now more than ever. With your gift, we can change the future for seniors at Tabor Home.

In order to ensure it's processed for 2020 tax receipts, we need all donations in hand before December 31st. As always, don't hesitate to reach out with any further questions or concerns, we're happy to help. Thank you for Caring from the Heart.

Your Capital Campaign Team,
Miriam Bozman, Michelle Whalen, and Bethany Somerville
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

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