November 30, 2020
COVID-19 Update
Tomorrow (December 1st) is Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. As you know our focus is on Stockings 4 Seniors, which we have already received an overwhelming response for, but still have a ways to go. Whether you've already given and want to do more or wondering how else you can join us for Giving Tuesday, here's how:

1) Donate $50 to cover a stocking for a senior at the link here or below.
2) Drop off a card or two and we'll include these in the stockings.
3) Get the kids involved with a craft or drawing and we'll add them in the stockings.
4) Nominate Tabor Village on Facebook and/or Instagram! Both Gore Mutual Insurance and CanadaHelps are giving away multiple cash gifts to various charities for Giving Tuesday. All you have to do is visit Giving Tuesday Canada, CanadaHelps, or Gore Mutual Insurance's social media pages and add a comment nominating Tabor Village.
5) Pray for Tabor Home. Details below.

Since Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to giving back, we're running a draw where you could win 1 of 4 awesome gift cards:
  • $100 to Tanglebank Garens & Brambles Bistro
  • $50 to Payton & Buckle Fine Footwear (2 $50 gift cards up for grabs)
  • $50 to YES CHEF

This draw is our way of thanking all of you who have given so much, who have continually shown your support and encouragement, and who continue to lift us up in prayer. We have an amazing community of people and we're very grateful. All the details here or at the link below.
Will you join us for another 24 hour day of prayer? Starting tonight at midnight and running to midnight tomorrow.

Time slots still available are as follows:
1:30AM | 2AM | 4:30AM | 6PM | 6:30PM | 7:30PM | 8:30PM | 10:30PM | 11PM

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.
November Has Been a Difficult Month
The month of November has been a most challenging time for Tabor Home and with dozens of outbreaks in seniors care in the Greater Vancouver area. The unfortunate reality is the outbreaks experienced in care homes begin with community spread, whether that’s choosing to wear a mask in public or inviting someone into your home. If we can control the virus in the community, we can control the virus inside the nursing home. Older persons are so important and we should be protecting them.  

Thank You For Your Support
The support that the Tabor community is receiving is overwhelming and a sign of the shared desire to 'Care from the Heart'. Family members have asked about window visits and when we will have permission from Public Health to take their parent out for a car ride. Other family members have called to ask about making donations in lieu of flowers. The sibling of a resident who is praying and encouraging staff to continue to do everything possible until the outbreak is declared over. The family members staying with their loved one at the most sacred time in their lives who along with care staff ensure no one dies alone. A heartfelt thank you to all of you who are showing compassion and respect for older persons and your admiration of healthcare workers. We will never forget the way the Tabor community has rallied together. 

Grief and Bereavement Support
To all those who have lost a loved one in these hard times, please know our hearts go out to all of you. Our broken hearts empathize with each one of you and our thoughts and prayers are with you. 
 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
Outbreak Update
When a deeply valued and beloved older person passes away, it is a tragedy and one that breaks all of our hearts as we come to know and love these Tabor family members. We are grieving alongside all of you.

Residents
  • Total cases since the outbreak: 89
  • Active cases: 70
  • Total COVID-related deaths: 19

Staff
  • Total cases since the outbreak: 58
  • Recovered and/or returned to work: 38
  • Active cases: 20

We take this situation very seriously. Together with Fraser Health Public 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.

Communication - Primary Contacts
We know we are in a difficult season right now where stress, anxiety, and emotions run high, which is why we have increased our communication. In addition to these daily emails, we are also making weekly phone calls.

While any family member can join our email list and is welcome to, when it comes to phone calls, we only call the authorized primary contact and leave it to that primary contact to update the rest of the family. The authorized primary contact is decided on by the family upon your loved one's move in to Tabor. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Life Enhancement Programs
The Recreation staff are assisting in any way to prevent the spread of the virus including sanitizing or helping the care staff. As we know, isolation can be difficult for everyone’s mental well-being. The Recreation staff are connecting with the residents outside their door and having a small conversation, listening, and praying with them. For residents that are interested, we are delivering crossword puzzles and adult colouring books. Recreation staff are also playing hymns and Christmas music over the intercom. Pastor Ray has also made some recordings for the residents and staff to be shared over the intercom. We are calling these recordings Reflect and Pray with Pastor Ray, these recordings are meant to encourage and bring hope to everyone.
Notes of Encouragement
"Dear Dan, staff, associates and residents of Tabor;

Last year we celebrated 60 years as a village known for its motto "where caring comes from the heart." It was a joyous event. But today we reach out to comfort and uphold each other as we suffer in the refining fires of covid 19. In these times, Tabor's motto shines like a light in the darkness. All who are involved directly or indirectly in the care of my sister who has covid are in our daily prayers. You inspire us with your courage and the many extra responsibilities you take on, not just for your seniors but for their families like us. Despite the concern and anxiety we feel about our loved one, we don't feel like we are walking this valley alone. The empathy we see in you is a comfort to us and many others I am sure.

I leave with you this quote by Tozer in an article entitled "God Knows How Much Pressure We Can Take"
'You will feel and understand the ministry of the night; its power to purify, to detach, to humble, to destroy the fear of death, and what is more important to you at the moment, the fear of life.
Slowly you will discover God's love in your suffering. Your heart will begin to approve the whole thing. You will learn from yourself what all the schools in the world could not teach you - the healing action of faith without supporting pleasure!'

And in conclusion a word from the Lord, "Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, According to Your word to Your servant." Ps. 119:76.
Love and prayers,"
-The Siblings of an Older Person living at Tabor Home
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"As former caregivers to my parents, I was just appalled when I read our local paper on Thursday to see a comment... about the care given at Tabor Home... our experience...it was one of caring, compassion, respect, empathy and love... 

The staff are doing their very best in unprecedented times. They go home each day to their families and I’m sure that they are very concerned about the possibility of bringing the virus home. We are praying and thinking of you and the staff each day. You are all doing a outstanding job – keep up the good work!!"
-A grateful daughter
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"Thanks again to all your staff for the care and support they provide, and may you all have a blessed Christmas."
-A grateful donor

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
Thank You MB Herald for calling all Canadians to pray for care homes.
A call to prayer for Canadian care homes

Canadian care homes struggle to keep the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic at bay, facing higher infection rates and increased isolation. They need our prayers and practical support at this time.

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