I hope that you are enjoying your summer as we start into August.
I want to make you aware of some information and changes that we are making in an effort to enhance our residents’ experience at the Villa as we continue through the pandemic.
Effective Monday August 9th, general visitors will no longer be required to schedule indoor visits with residents. In reviewing the frequency of visits per week, we have found that scheduling indoor visits is no longer warranted. Please note the following:
- We will still require outdoor visits to be scheduled so that we can ensure that residents are brought out to the outdoor visiting area as required.
- No more than 4 visitors per resident are permitted for indoor visits at one time to ensure physical distancing can be maintained indoors.
- We ask that general visitors refrain from visiting at the following times:
- Before 10:00 am (to allow breakfast and morning care to be completed)
- Between 12:00 and 1:30 (lunch meal service and afternoon care)
- Between 5:00 and 6:00 (dinner meal service)
- All visitors are required to have a mask on at all times during their visit, regardless of whether the visit is indoors and outdoors.
- No food or drink is to be consumed by visitors during visits as this would require the removal of the mask to do so.
To date there has been no change in testing requirements. Those visitors with proof of being fully vaccinated will not require a Rapid Antigen Test. Those visitors who are not fully vaccinated will still require Rapid Antigen testing for indoor visits. No testing is required for general visitors taking part in outdoor visits but screening with the Lobby Deputy is still required prior to outdoor visits.
With respect to the dining room meal services, we have now moved the Vermillion and High Falls neighbourhoods to full communal dining with four residents per table and without Plexiglass partitions. We will be transitioning Whitson and White Water shortly once the seating arrangements are finalized.
To conclude this email with some lighter information, below is an opportunity presented to you to support our organization through the St. Joseph’s Foundation, which is the fund raising entity that raises funds for all sites in our organization, including St. Gabriel’s Villa.
St. Joseph’s Foundation of Sudbury Launches its 50/50 Campaign for Compassionate Care
We are excited to announce the launch of our 50/50 DRAW. This is a great opportunity for YOU to support our compassionate care at St. Joseph’s! This is the one 50/50 Draw in YOUR community dedicated to rehabilitative and restorative care for local citizens when they are most vulnerable!
St. Joseph’s Sudbury has been providing compassionate and caring services to YOUR community for 18 years. Traditional government funding goes entirely to cover basic costs for resident and patient care but does not provide additional dollars for new equipment, upgrades and maintenance. With the launch of our 50/50 draw we look forward to the opportunity to make the improvements over time that will make our resident and patient stays that much more safe, comfortable and in the case of our rehabilitation patients, rewarding.
COVID-19 has taught us much and has added greater urgency for the need to ensure we upgrade our facility to the highest standards. The pandemic has resulted in unexpected costs for staffing, agency staffing and PPE. Moving forward, we have all learned the importance of being prepared for all eventualities.
That’s why YOUR support for our 50/50 Draw is so needed and so appreciated!
YOU can buy YOUR tickets via our secure portal at www.stjoessudbury5050.ca
Thank you from the entire St. Joseph’s family!
Villa St. Gabriel Villa