Good afternoon everyone

I want to thank all of our families and visitors for continuing to provide care to our residents  and for supporting our residents and staff during this lock down period. As you know, the lock down has been extended for another 2 weeks at a minimum due to the consistent increase of cases throughout the province as well as right her in our own city. We are all now required to exercise extra vigilance in our daily routines both at work and at home based on the Code Grey lockdown guidelines set forth by the Ontario government.

With reference to the daily routine in our facility, changes will be put in place as of the morning of Monday January 11th to enhance our due diligence in keeping our residents and staff as safe as possible. Starting Monday, we will be implementing eye protection for all staff and visitors within the facility where any resident contact is possible. This includes all common areas throughout the building, and any area within the neighbourhoods, including resident rooms, resident lounges, dining rooms, and activity rooms. As with the masks, eye protection must be worn for the entire duration of the visit.

We will continue to ask residents to wear masks upon exiting their room and will also be asking residents to wear masks during the provision of care where tolerable. The purpose is to minimize high risk exposure within the facility. If a resident is not wearing a mask both within and outside their room, then the eye protection will reduce the risk of transmission to staff and essential care givers.

Eye protection  provision and collection will be set up at the front entrance just as it is with masks, and essential caregivers will be given a visor to wear for the duration of their visit.  Just a reminder that each resident is permitted to have up to two essential caregivers identified and that only one essential caregiver can visit at a time during the lock down. Visits are not required to be scheduled but the Lobby Deputy does have a list of those identified as essential caregivers for each resident.  No general visitors are allowed at this time.

Since the implementation of the lockdown there have been questions and concerns from family members regarding the testing requirements required in a lockdown setting. Currently all essential caregivers are required to be tested weekly and show a negative test result within the last 7 days of their visit. For your reference I have attached the Directive from the Deputy Minister of Long Term Care indicating this requirement. Please know that we do understand and empathise with the struggles being experienced in booking appointments for testing in Sudbury, getting results in a timely manner, and the effect this is having on visitations to residents. We are doing all we can to ensure that you are able to visit with your loved ones. At this time our testing efforts continue to be focused on our staff on a weekly basis and on our residents when needed in order to keep our facility COVID free.

Again, I would like to thank you all for your continued patience and support in such trying times and feel free to reach out with any further questions or concerns that you may have.

Stay safe and have a good weekend.

Ray Ingriselli
Site Administrator
Villa St. Gabriel Villa