November 26, 2020
COVID-19 Update
Dear Family and Friends of Tabor Home:

The daily letter to families started at the beginning of the Tabor Home Outbreak. Our goal in sending this letter is to keep you informed of the latest information about the Outbreak. In addition, we have started weekly phone calls to family members from a team of leaders who have been redeployed from their regular duties to focus on reaching out to families to provide an update and to hear from them of ways we can address any concerns. The clinical team is focusing on direct care and controlling the virus. As time is available, the clinical team will contact family members to provide updates on the health status of their loved one. Should there be a change in the health condition of an older person at Tabor Home, families are contacted immediately.
 
I want to thank those families that have contacted me directly during the Outbreak. We have cried together, you have touched my heart and emotionally invited me to walk alongside you. It is an honour to have this time to speak with you and also to read your emails. Most of the conversations have been positive and your understanding and compassion speaks volumes of the character of the Tabor community. I admire your resilience and perseverance for what you have experienced since the beginning of the pandemic and for many of you these challenges have been part of your life for many years as you support your loved ones who are no longer able to live independently.
 
Tabor Village prides itself in open door communication and it is very important that we continue to be in contact together during the pandemic. 

For any reason, please contact me directly:
Dan Levitt, Executive Director
Phone: 604-859-8715 ext. 102

Cases
Positive Residents: 67
Negative Residents: 30
Deaths: 16 with COVID
Positive Staff: 55

There are no new numbers to report today. The important thing to remember is numbers are not everything. What matters is that every resident, family, and staff member is affected by this virus right now and every life has value. May we continue to keep the faith and battle against this outbreak together. We will get through this.

We take this situation very seriously. Together with Fraser Health infection control team, Tabor Village has implemented enhanced safety measures to stop the spread of the virus. These measures include:
  • Twice a day screening of staff including temperature checks.
  • Cohorting residents and staff to specific neighbourhoods.
  • Droplet precautions for residents.
  • PPE – Masks, Eye Protection, Gloves and Gowns.
  • Physical distancing measures.
  • Frequent Hand washing.
  • Enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces.
  • Regular audits: hand washing, PPE, declutter, environmental and soiled utility.

Healthcare Heroes
Aged care workers are proudly committed to their calling. They choose to work in seniors care, they want to honour the grandparents of our community and they know how important this work is. I greatly admire healthcare workers who have gone beyond the call of duty to work through the pandemic to ensure safe care of older persons in care. 

COVID-19 Testing
We are continuing our weekly testing of all staff and residents at Tabor Home. Those who have recovered, but previously tested positive are not tested again as the virus could still be in their system, but no longer transferable to others. This follows Public Health guidelines. Testing is only done on those who have tested negative.

The next round of testing for residents is Saturday, November 28th.

Communication
We are in regular communication with families in daily letters and weekly phone calls. We are continuing to look at ways to keep families connected with loved ones during this difficult time and are working with Fraser Health to find a safe solution.

Community Support
We continue to do everything possible to support residents and staff during this outbreak. We appreciate the community's support during this time. The entire Tabor Village community is praying that Christmas comes early this year and all of the hard work being done to control the virus results in the outbreak being declared over soon.
Caring For Our Mental Health
This has been an incredibly difficult season we've entered. This outbreak has caused added stress, anxiety, and grief. Our hearts go out to all the families who may be grieving the loss of a loved one or grieving the loss of visiting with loved ones. This has had devastating effects on us all and it is no surprise that the mental health of all of us, families, residents, staff and community have been impacted. Below you will find some resources that I hope will help you in this time of immense hardship and grief.
 
BC Bereavement Helpline
 
Abbotsford Hospice Society - Grief Counselling
  • Extending support to all families and staff at Tabor Village that may need bereavement support presently and in the future due to the traumatic events, exhaustion, and grief that families and staff are living through daily.
  • Grief support services are free to any persons needing support with anticipatory grief or the loss of a loved one.
  • Email the Program Manager for confidential intake sessions and support
  • Email: Cyndi@abbotsfordhospice.org
  • Website: https://www.abbotsfordhospice.org/
 
Peace Portal Counselling
  • Registered clinical counsellors, registered social workers, a psychologist, and an associate for counselling services available
  • Phone: 604-542-2501
  • Website: https://www.peaceportalcounselling.com/
 
Moving Family Forward Services
  • Non-profit organization providing free services, available in multiple languages
  • Phone: 778-321-3054
  • Website: https://mffs.ca/

United Way of the Lower Mainland
Day of Prayer - December 1st
This too shall pass, but until then we pray.
Will you join us for another 24 hour day of prayer this coming Tuesday, December 1st?

Sign up for a 30 minute or 1 hour time slot with Jackie.

What Can I Pray For?
  • Pray for the dearly loved residents in our care.
  • Pray for the hard working, dedicated staff who continue to care from the heart on the frontlines of this fight.
  • Pray for creative and innovative ideas to combat the isolation and loneliness that residents are experiencing due to being kept apart.
  • Pray for wisdom for Public Health officials and our Tabor Village leadership team as we continue to navigate this virus.
  • Pray for quick recovery for all those who tested positive for the virus.
  • Pray for continued health, protection, and strength for those who have tested negative and/or have recovered and are back at work.
  • Pray for a miracle for Tabor Home.
Be Encouraged
"It must be so difficult to keep your spirits up with everything that is happening... I don't say it often enough so will say today, thank you so very much for being there, for handling this time with courage, grace and kindness. You all are so appreciated and my prayers are with you and your staff and your families."
-A grateful daughter

"Praying for these people that live in this home and want to say thank-you for the frontline staff for the courageous work you do!"
-A grateful friend of Tabor Village

"Praying daily for Tabor and all care home staff and residents"
-A grateful family member 

"I feel for you guys here, we know how hard you're working and we KNOW you're doing your very BEST! We're just so grateful for the staff here and the care our dad has received. Thank you."
-A grateful family member of a resident who recently passed

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.

Ask Us Anything
Ask us anything and we will answer in the next e-newsletter.

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