July 17, 2020
COVID-19 Update
Dear Families and Friends of Tabor Village:

Welcome Visitors!
This past week definitely tops our highlight list since the COVID-19 pandemic began. We saw faces light up as couples were reunited and tears of joy as sons and daughters sat with mom and dad in person for the first time in months. These are the moments we have all been waiting for and what a joy it was to witness.

To all the designated visitors out there, THANK YOU for being kind, patient, and for respecting all protocols. You made the first week of visitation a great success that could be enjoyed by all. We appreciate your gracious understanding and positive attitudes as we navigate this new phase. Some comments of appreciation from families...
"It was great to see Mum after 122 days of not seeing her. I was so pleased to see her smiling and relating to Amphie. Mum was content and happy and that makes my heart soar. I have been on an emotional roller coaster wondering how I would find Mum.

Mum has a connection with Amphie and knows that Amphie has a heart of gold. I can always tell that the residents are very fond of her as she takes the extra time to talk with them, rub their shoulder as she is walking by, etc. Lydia is Very much like that too. So nice to see real caring of other people’s feelings, especially in their declining years, so amazing.

When it’s my turn for living in a care home I hope I will be as fortunate to find one with caring staff such as at Valhaven."

-From a thankful daughter

"... thank-you for organizing the designated visitor visits... I think the visit has lifted her spirits. Our family and friends are grateful that I was able to spend time with her and I emailed, texted and called relatives far and near as soon as I got home with an update."
-From a thankful family
Phase I of De-escalation

As exciting as this week was for so many, we understand it was even harder for others. With the single designated visitor policy in effect, there are many other family members and friends who have yet to be reunited with their loved ones. We understand this seems harsh and perhaps unfair, and you might be right.

We have a responsibility to abide by the orders of the Provincial Health Officer and unfortunately, this single designated visitor policy is one of those orders.

Some of our very own leaders at Tabor Village are in the exact same boat as you. Leaders with mom or dad in care, unable to see them in person. Other leaders have the privilege of being the designated visitor for their loved one, but still only receive a short 20 minute visit.

These Tabor Village leaders are on our COVID-19 Emergency Response team and are having to implement the same restrictions here at Tabor Village that are enforced on them with their own loved ones in other care homes.

Why are we sharing this with you? It's because when we say we understand how hard this is, we truly understand how hard this is and, like you, we long to see families whole again. Our hearts go out to all those who are still in the waiting period, longing for that day to be reunited with family.

While waiting, hang on to the hope that this is only Phase I of de-escalation and the Provincial Health Authority has announced that they will be re-assessing in August. If everyone continues to practice safety measures and designated visitors continue to follow protocol, then we hope to hear of more positive news and further loosening of restrictions. Until then, hang in there.
Friendly Reminders - Designated Visitors
Designated Visitors have been fantastic with abiding by the required Fraser Health protocols. The following are some points of clarification that came up this week:
  • Please remember that all designated visitors must be screened both coming in and before leaving. We are required to track this information for Fraser Health purposes so please ensure you stop at the front screening station at both arrival and departure.
  • Masks must be brought and worn by the visitor at all times. Homemade or other fabric masks will not be accepted.
  • If the visitor forgets their mask, one can be purchased from Tabor Village with the donation of $5.00, but we strongly encourage you to purchase your own as PPE is in high demand and very expensive when supplying for hundreds of staff. All donations are going towards the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
  • See below for further information on accepted masks.
  • All visits are 20 minutes max. with an additional 10 minutes for screening in and out.
  • All visits must take place in the designated visitor areas as noted below.
  • Accommodations can be made for visits to take place in resident's room if mobility is an issue for the resident in care.

Approved Masks
Homemade, cotton fabric masks are not accepted.

Approved masks are PA3 layer disposable masks that can be purchased at most drug stores such as London Drugs, as well as Walmart or Amazon.

Click the link below to view approved masks at London Drugs:

It is a requirement for visitors to purchase and wear their own masks, as Tabor Village is not required to provide masks for designated visitors.

Hair Salon
There have been many questions as to when the Hair Salons will reopen. Our hairdresser has completed the Safety Plan and we have submitted it to Fraser Health. You will be updated with the salon opening date as soon as we have approval on the Safety Plan and can start on all those hair cuts everyone has been dreaming of.
Please find your booking information below. It is different for each residence.

Schedule with Vanessa Aparicio, Life Enrichment Coordinator
Phone: 604-859-8715 ext. 116
Designated visitor area includes:
  1. Willow Lounge
  2. Cherry Lane, small TV area
  3. Main, Sunrise Dining Room
Visitation is open:
  • Tuesdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Schedule with Jessica Janisch, Recreation Coordinator, Tabor Court
Phone: 604-859-8718 ext. 181
Designated visitor area includes:
  1. Chapel
Visitation is open
  • Tuesdays 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Wednesdays 2:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursdays 10:00am - 11:30am
Schedule with Amphie Camua, Recreation Coordinator, Valhaven
Email: ACamua@taborvillage.org
Phone: 604-856-2812 ext. 109
Designated visitor area includes:
  1. Hair Salon Room
Visitation is open:
  • Tuesdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Thursdays 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Will You Take Up the Challenge?

Restrictions might be loosening around the province, but for healthcare workers, not much has changed. With the Province opening up, there is higher risk of spread, which means Personal Protective Equipment is more important than ever.

PPE is in extremely high demand and the prices are astronomical. We have raised $43,000 of the $100,000 goal.

We have roughly 260 residents Village wide, which means there are 260 families. If every family gave $220 today, we would reach the total $100,000 goal to cover these increasingly high expenses of necessary supplies.

Will you take up the challenge and give $220 as a family?

  • Online: Visit the link below
  • Phone: Call 604-859-8715 ext. 147
  • Cheque, drop off at Tabor Home or mail to
  • Tabor Village 31944 Sunrise Crescent Abbotsford, BC V2T 1N5
  • Designate your gift as "COVID-19 Relief Fund"
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Checks can be made payable to:
Tabor Home Society
31944 Sunrise Crescent
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1N5