April 17, 2020
COVID-19 Update
Dear Family and Friends:

Thank You
I want to personally thank you for your support of your loved one living at Tabor Village during the COVID-19 Pandemic and for being united together to ensure the Village continues to be virus free. 

Through this challenging time, Tabor Village has been committed to making every effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Through the results of your sacrifice, and the dedication and hard work of dedicated employees, we are continuing to be steadfast in our commitment to keep the Village safe – yourself, your loved ones and the health care workers on the front lines.

Our Continued Response
The Provincial Public Health Officer is extending Orders in place including the visitor restrictions at long term care and assisted living buildings until further notice to keep vulnerable older adults safe.

The Tabor Village community should be proud of the way we have responded to this crisis. Together we must continue to remain physically distant, to wash our hands, to avoid touching our faces, to avoid social gatherings and to stay home as much as possible. These steps are needed to make sure this community remains safe and the essential service workers caring for your loved one are supported in our ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.  

Physically Distant, but Socially Connected
One of the ways family members have adjusted to the pandemic plan is to remain physically distant from your loved one while maintaining your social connection. There are many ways Tabor Village has opened up new communication channels through telephone calls, video teleconferencing, and visitation from outside the building looking into a room with your loved one on the other side of a glass window barrier. It is essential that such in person visits only take place with the window closed, as opening the window, taking off the screen and moving within an arms-length is dangerous. This is potentially jeopardizing all of Tabor’s efforts to remain virus free. Further communication systems are being made available that enable visitors to have audio connections with their loved one.   

Last month, Tabor Village set up a website page where family and friends could send messages to Tabor residents/tenants. In case you haven’t used the website, here is the URL: https://website.taborvillage.org/life-at-tabor/well-wishes/  

Messages are sent to the info@TaborVillage.org email account that we keep an eye on and forward the messages to residents/tenants.  This web portal invites you to send messages, including handwritten notes, video links, drawings and other expressions of love and support to your loved one.

Visitor restrictions have made a significant impact on all of us during the global pandemic, staying socially connected to family members and friends is particularly important for older adults living in long term care and assisted living. Your heartfelt message shows seniors that you are thinking and praying for them even when you are not physically present.
Blessed With A Supportive Community
Related to COVID-19 challenges, many people are experiencing a major negative impact due to the pandemic. The impact of the restrictions we have had to put in place was the motivation behind our efforts to open up alternative channels of communication during the crisis. At the same time, it was uplifting to see so many families and friends of Tabor Village share their words of appreciation which acknowledge the amazing work of health care workers. Here are a few wonderful highlights we gathered from your words of praise:

  • “I just want to tell you that all the staff are VERY MUCH appreciated for all the efforts made to keep residents safe from what could be a devastating virus for them. It takes much effort on the part of staff and our family is grateful for how you care for my mom in such a caring and loving way and the extra efforts you are putting out these days.”
  • “May you all know that your efforts are valiant! God Bless you all and all of the residents in your care.”
  • “Thank you for all of your hard work to keep our mom safe. You as a staff continue to be in our prayers.”
  • “Frontline workers are the best. STAY SAFE. STAY HEALTHY.”
  • “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you for keeping my mom safe, healthy and happy during this time!! Much appreciated each of you!!”
  • “Well done to all of you for your on-going selflessness and caring.”
  • “Thank you for taking care of my dad! We love you all and appreciate you all!!”
  • “We as residents want to add our appreciation for all you give…it can’t be easy… God bless us all.”
  • “Thank you for all you do at Tabor Village. God’s blessing and protection on the Tabor family.”
  • “I have been, and will continue to be, praying for Tabor staff and residents/tenants. God give you strength for each new day, healthy bodies during this time of crisis, and an extra measure of patience and grace as you continue to care from the heart.”
  • “Thank you so much for taking such good care of all the residents during this difficult time. Tonight you allowed me to have a phone conversation with my aunt and last week a FaceTime visit with her. You have no idea how much that means to both of us! Thank you so much for everything. Stay safe! You have my prayers.”

Once again, thank you for the honour of serving your family member during the COVID-19 pandemic. May you find comfort knowing that Tabor Village is doing everything possible to prevent the virus from entering the buildings where your loved ones live.  

Yours sincerely,
 
 
Dan Levitt, MSc., CHE
Executive Director
604-859-8715 ext. 102
Tabor Village | 604.859.8715 | Email | Website

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