December 16, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE
Dear Tabor Home Families and Friends:
 
We are excited to let you know that COVID-19 vaccines have now arrived in B.C. Tabor Village is eligible to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine!

Initial immunizations in the Fraser Health region will focus on healthcare staff who work in long-term care facilities. We have some staff who have already received the vaccine and will have more in the coming weeks as more vaccine doses become available.

WINDOW VISITS ARE BACK!
Yes, you read that right. 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. This means you can see your loved ones next week for Christmas!

We expect a large response with this opportunity so for next week we can only book one visit per family. I.e. we can't book one visit for a daughter and a second visit for the son with the same resident next week. The two siblings would need to come together if they would like to have a window visit with mom and/or dad the week of Christmas as we simply cannot accommodate multiple visits for multiple residents.

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.

Christmas Decorations
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!

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.
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
COVID-19 Testing
We are continuing with our weekly COVID-19 Swab testing of all staff and residents tomorrow. Please join us in praying for 100% of all test results to come back as negative. What a perfect Christmas present that would be if we had zero positive cases arise this week. Please pray.
THANK YOU UNSWORTH ELEMENTARY!
A very special thank you to this Grade 5 class at Unsworth Elementary for making cards for residents and staff. The cards for residents will be added to the stockings that residents will be given next week.

Always such a blessing when the younger generations get together to bless the older ones.

Special thanks to one of our very own team members, Kim Ferguson and her awesome kids for taking part in this and delivering all these cards for us.
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