There has been significant changes to the Ministry of Long Term Care Directives for Long Term Care homes in Ontario in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and the significant increase in COVID-19 cases province wide. Please read the new requirements carefully and please pass on this information to family members and friends so that they are aware of the new requirements for vaccination, visitation, and resident absences from the home.
The Villa will test all fully vaccinated staff, students, volunteers, and caregivers, at minimum, 2 times per week, in addition to existing testing requirements for those not fully vaccinated.
General visitors / support workers, regardless of vaccination status, require proof of negative test upon entry, taken the day of the visit, or on a previous day.
Testing not required for infants under one year of age.
Effective December 15 at 7pm, general visitors who are not fully vaccinated cannot enter the long-term care home. Please note that this was put in place on November 30 at the Villa.
Effective December 20: To gain entry to the home, essential caregivers must show proof of their first dose as of December 20th and by February 21, 2022 to show proof of all required doses. **Caregivers designated after December 14th are required to be fully vaccinated to gain entry to the home.
Visitors (general visitors and essential caregivers)
Up to two people per resident at a time only (includes essential caregivers). All visits must take place within the resident room only. Exception is only made when assisting with feeding in the dining room.
Children over the age of 1 who are not vaccinated are not permitted to visit
Residents can designate a maximum of two caregivers (unless more than two caregivers were already designated prior to December 14th.
Activities (communal dining, social activities)
Cohorting of residents for high-risk activities (singing, dancing etc.) and dining.
Large group social activities are discouraged.
Performances/entertainers permitted in adherence to visitor requirements regarding testing and vaccination.
Day absences for social purposes are permitted for fully vaccinated residents only.
Essential, medical and compassionate and palliative absences are still permitted, regardless of vaccination status
Overnight absences for social purposes are being suspended, regardless of vaccination status.
Requirements upon return/admission/transfer to home
Actively screen residents upon return;
Rapid test and PCR test on day 3 following absence, followed by a PCR test on day 7. No isolation is required unless positive result is received.
If known exposure to a case, PCR test on day 1 and day 7 and isolate until a negative result is confirmed from day 7.
For all return/admissions/transfers from another healthcare facility that is not in an outbreak:
If asymptomatic and fully vaccinated and no known exposure to a case, do PCR test prior to admission or on arrival at the LTCH, with isolation until a negative test result is received.
Do enhanced symptom screening on admission and twice daily for 10 days following the return/admission/transfer.
For all other return/admissions/transfers to the home (not including day absences):
A PCR test is required prior to admission or on day 1, and on day 7. Isolation is required until a negative result is confirmed from day 7 (the test prior to admission is only valid the day of, or from the previous day).
Do enhanced symptom screening on admission and twice daily for 10 days following the return/admission/transfer.
All individuals must be screened prior to entry into the home.
Once daily symptom screening is required for residents in the home unless requirements related to return/admissions/transfers apply.
Should you have any further questions or concerns. Please feel free to reach out.
With the increasing cases of COVID-19 in the community, and recently released guidelines from Public Health Sudbury and District (PHSD), I would like to take this opportunity to speak to you about the Christmas season at the Villa.
We have seen baked goods and tins of treats being dropped of for our staff to enjoy at the neighbourhood level. Unfortunately, such items are considered finger food and present an infection control concern given that many hands take part in the selection of the food over the various shifts. It also encourages removal of masks in the neighbourhood to take part in the treats- something which we do not permit staff to do, unless in a designated break area off the nieghbourhood and physically distanced 2 meters apart. We would ask that families do not bring in such items for staff. This season is also know for the gift of floral arrangements. Please note that we do have a scent free policy and we have several staff that have allergies or are extremely sensitive to fragrances, with some being allergic to poinsettias. Please refrain from bringing in or having floral arrangements delivered to the Villa.
Just a reminder regarding the protocols for visits with residents:
– only 4 persons per resident are permitted to visit at one time
– masks must be worn at all times by all visitors for the entire visit
– those essential caregivers who are not fully immunized must also where a protective isolation gown and ensure their visit is held solely in the resident’s room
– general visitors who are not fully immunized are not permitted to visit residents
– no food or drink can be consumed by any visitors during visits as this will require the lowering or removal of masks
– general visitors may only visit with residents within the resident rooms
– any non-compliance with any of the above will be addressed accordingly and those in non-compliance may be asked to leave the premises
PHSD has just released the following guidelines to the Sudbury Long Term Care homes for residents leaving the home to spend time with family:
Provide education to residents and families who are taking residents outside the home for attendance at social events including:
Limiting the number of participants at the event to only those who are essential
Limiting the duration of the event, or the length of time the resident attends the event
Ensure everyone attending self-screens and stays home if symptomatic (with even one mild symptom)
Ensuring everyone who attends the event is fully immunized
Encourage mask wearing and maintaining physical distancing especially if there is anyone in attendance whose immunization status is unknown/non fully immunized.
o If wearing masks, ensure that the resident can maintain physical distancing when removing masks for eating or drinking.
Ensuring everyone attending the event has access to hand hygiene supplies, assist the resident in performing hand hygiene often and as necessary.
Cleaning and disinfecting/sanitizing shared spaces and equipment frequently and thoroughly (washrooms and food preparation/eating utensils)
Open windows to encourage ventilation when climate appropriate.
Consider the resident’s virtual participation if there is any question as to the ability for them to attend in person safely.
In the interest of utmost safety for our residents, please ensure to follow the recent guidelines for hand hygiene, masking, physical distancing, community gatherings and activities by the PHSD and please pass the information above on to other family members and friends of our residents.
I want to thank you all for your continued support and patience during this fourth wave for our residents and staff alike.
Have a good weekend,
Ray Ingriselli Site Administrator Villa St. Gabriel Villa
From left to right: Barb Desjardins, VP Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer and Carole Vachon
Congratulations to Carole Vachon who takes home $2,755.00. Mrs. Vachon has a personal connection with St. Joseph’s as her brother was a resident at St. Joseph’s Villa.
Remember to purchase your tickets for our next draw that ends on December 31st with an early bird draw on December 15th. Tickets can be purchased online at stjoessudbury5050.ca. All dollars go directly to the purchase of equipment for our residents and patients.
Celebrating a milestone! On December 2, 2021, 85 year-old Jacqueline Lynch had the honour of being the 500th patient discharged from St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre’s Clarion site. After working closely with the rehab team at the Clarion for the past 8 weeks, Jacqueline is returning to her home in the community. Jacqueline says she is looking forward to her own bed, the peace of her own home, but most of all, her son’s cooking!
St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre of Sudbury (SJCCC) is the only rehabilitative care hospital in the North East. On April 6, 2020, SJCCC expanded its operation to include 60 additional beds in an alternate health facility located at the Clarion hotel. These beds are serving a rehabilitation population in order to free up acute care beds at HSN for a potential surge of COVID-19 patients.
SJCCC, including the 60 beds at the Clarion site, provides specialized care and services to adults requiring slow paced rehabilitative care to maximize their function. The goal is to work with these patients to restore function and transition them back to independent living in the community.
This is a Spiritual and Religious Care Dept. initiative on behalf of SJHC, encouraging anyone involved with the organization to give to our community at this time of year.
This year we will be able to give in two different ways:
1. The Giving Tree will be in the Town Square/Lobby as of Thursday November 25th and will once again, be prepared with tags that you may take to purchase the chosen item(s) and return to the boxes under the tree. The Deadline to bring in your item is Thursday, December 16th at noon, at which time we will deliver to the two charities. This deadline will give the charities plenty of time to sort and give to the appropriate individuals and families before Christmas.
2.This Virtual Giving Tree on our website. You will be able to give a financial donation – designating which site you want the donation to go to: SJV, CCC or VSGV. The money gathered at each site will then be given to one of our designees to assist them in providing Christmas for those in need. The money gathered for each organization will go to the designees as described below.
Choose the organization you would like to donate to:
This year, St. Joseph’s Villa will be helping The Inner City Home of Sudbury and Elgin Street Mission.
17 Christmas stockings were delivered to Villa St. Gabriel Villa on Thursday, November 25th. The socks will be distributed on Christmas Day to residents who do not have family support over the Christmas holiday season. The stockings and donated contents were coordinated by Evelyn Dutrisac, Diane St. Pierre, Julie Desimone from Desimone Foot and Ankle Centre, and Nicole Blais from Goshenite Seniors Services.
MEMORANDUM To: Families & Family Councils (Villa St. Gabriel’s Villa & St. Joseph’s Villa) Re: Updated Staff & Visitors Covid-19 Immunization Policy
Dear Family Members / Essential Caregivers:
As you are all aware, we are currently in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario, driven by the Delta variant which is now the predominant strain circulating in Ontario. The Delta variant is more transmissible and may cause more severe disease than the previous strains for the residents living in our long-term care homes, even those who are fully vaccinated.
To this end, we continue to encourage all individuals to get vaccinated as this protects you and your family.
Additionally, in order to balance our residents’ rights to receive visitors of their choice and the right to live in a safe environment, we have revisited our Staff and Visitor(s) COVID-19 Immunization Policy and examined reasonable alternative procedures to ensure the safety of our residents and staff if we allowed unvaccinated essential caregivers/visitors into the facility. As a result of this careful review, the following updated policy has been adopted to provide detailed guidance for Essential Visitors and Essential Caregivers when visiting the Villas. (*Please see attached Policy)
This policy is subject to change due to Ministry directives and/or further Covid-19 outbreaks.
We acknowledge the challenges this pandemic has posed for residents, families and staff and appreciate your continued collaboration in ensuring the health and safety of your loved ones residing in our care is maintained.
￼From left to right: Riitta Horner and Barb Desjardins, VP Corporate Services
St. Joseph’s of Sudbury is pleased to announce its November Early Bird Winner of its 50/50 Draw. The winner is Riitta Horner who won $500. Lightning does strike twice as Riitta was also the lucky winner of the October Early Bird Draw. St. Joseph’s 50/50 Draw is raising funds to improve the safety and comfort of our residents and patients.
From left to right: Reyna Cabahug and Celia Teale, Chair of St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury
Congratulations to Reyna Cabahug who takes home $3,550.00. Remember to purchase your tickets for our next draw that ends on November 30th with an early bird draw on November 15th. Tickets can be purchased online at stjoessudbury5050.ca. All dollars go directly to the purchase of equipment for our residents and patients.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre established an annual corporate bursary fund to support education for employees interested in pursuing their own continuing education opportunities. The bursary is funded through proceeds from a portion of the monthly staff 50/50 draw.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre awards education bursaries to reimburse up to 100% of education costs, up to a maximum of $1,000 per year, incurred by regular full-time or regular part-time employees who choose to pursue:
Non-credit development opportunities including conferences, workshops and seminars, or
Credit courses or multi-course programs of an academic, professional or business nature.
This year’s recipients are Donna Scott, Chaplain and Alexandra Gosselin, Occupational Health & HR Coordinator at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Brittany Moffat, PCA at Villa St. Gabriel Villa and Serena Lee, RPN at St. Joseph’s Villa. Congratulations to all! Thank you for continuing your life-long learning efforts.
Right to left: Donna Scott and Jo-Anne Palkovits Jo-Anne Palkovits and Alexandra Gosselin