Evergreen Community Update #11

September 17, 2020

Evergreen Home for Special Care Family and Friends,

 

Evergreen continues to strictly follow directives from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Department of Health and Wellness and

Public Health in relation to COVID-19. The safety of residents and staff is the top priority of Evergreen and we continue to make adjustments

to our daily practices and pandemic plan.


As of today, September 17, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 at Evergreen Home for Special Care among residents or staff.

  • The Department of Health and Wellness is now permitting Designated Caregiver's to come into long-term care facilities.

    • Designated caregivers must have a clearly established pattern of involvement in providing resident's care for tasks such as assistance

    • with feeding, mobility and personal care.

    • Evergreen is reviewing the guidelines developed by Department of Health and Wellness to begin implementing this change.

    • Families will be notified when policies are in place and Evergreen is prepared to begin the required education with caregivers.

     

  • As the weather begins to change, Evergreen is now beginning indoor visiting.

    The indoor visiting policies follow Public Health Directives including;

    • Resident's are permitted only 1 visitor at a time.

    • Both resident and visitor must wear medical mask for entire duration of visit (provided by facility)

    • Brief physical contact (hug, pat on shoulder, handshake) is permitted, after contact physical distancing of 6ft must be maintained.

    • Visits must occur in designated area near facility entrance. Indoor visits will occur in our Scotia Room, visitors to arrive to main entrance

    • for screening at time of visit. This is for both Senior and Children Centre residents.

    • Visitors will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 via telephone when scheduling appointment, and again when you arrive for your visit.

    • To schedule a visit, please call (902)678-7355 ext. 555 and leave a voice mail message. A staff member will call you back to schedule your visit

     

  • Evergreen continues with outdoor visits.

    • Resident's are permitted up to 5 visitors at a time.

    • Brief physical contact (hug, pat on shoulder, handshake) is allowed provided both visitor and resident are wearing masks and practice proper hand hygiene.

    • Physical distancing must be maintained throughout visit after brief contact. Masks may be removed when 6ft distancing is maintained.

    • To schedule a visit, please call (902)678-7355 ext. 555 and leave a voice mail message. A staff member will call you back to schedule your visit,

    • ask you the screening questions related to COVID-19, and go over expectations.

       

  • Taking pictures during indoor/outdoor visits are permitted so long as the following occurs;

    • 6ft physical distance in maintained for the photo

    • If less than 6ft physical distance, mask must be worn for the photo and must be taken quickly.

    • Failure to comply may result in immediate terminating of the visit, visitor to not be permitted additional visits, and/or

    • resident to be placed on 14 day isolation within facility.

    • If you have questions on what is permitted, please speak with the staff members facilitating the visit.

       

  • Information concerning COVID-19 can be found at
    https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus
    https://www.nshealth.ca/continuing-care

    https://811.novascotia.ca/

    https://covid19hub.nshealth.ca

     

  • Please note that all Community Updates will now be post on our NEWS page on our website! http://www.evergreenhome.ns.ca/news

 

  • Evergreen Home for Special Care can also be searched on Facebook!

 

If you have any further questions regarding safety and prevention measures put in place regarding COVID-19,

please reach out to one of the following; (902)678-7355

  • Senior Centre Nursing Supervisor ext. 6030/6013

  • Children Centre Nursing Supervisor ext. 7002

  • Social Worker ext. 307

     

Stay safe and take care,

Evergreen Home for Special Care


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