Dear Residents and Families,
We remain committed to providing updates to our residents, families, and staff at AgeCare. As such, we are providing weekly updates to keep you all informed on what is happening at our community and organization-wide.
These updates are sent Friday each week. We hope that you find them helpful. Thank you all for your continued support.
Matejah Kovacs, LPN
As we are moving towards communities having safe access for residents, their families and visitors, we know our residents and families accept and work with us to minimize the risk of exposure to and stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is an excellent opportunity to remind us about hand hygiene!
Hand hygiene is the best way to break the chain of infection and stop the spread of germs.
There are lots of great teaching tools and reminders out there on how to perform hand hygiene. AgeCare communities all have posters and reminders on how to clean your hands, either with alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) or good old-fashioned soap and water.
Here are a couple of great places to go to refresh your knowledge and your skill in the proper way to perform hand hygiene.
Hand hygiene is considered a routine practice in our industry. You must use hand hygiene when you are in our communities and visiting your loved one.
These practices can (and should) be used at any time – whether you are interacting with individuals in our community or if you are out in public. Hand hygiene can and will stop the spread of infection.
Use hand hygiene practices at all times. It takes no time at all to learn the best way to prevent the spread of respiratory infections such as Influenza or COVID-19.
If you are feeling unwell at any point during your visit, notify the nursing staff, then go to the AHS website and complete the COVID-19 screening and possibly get tested.
With the heatwave that has been upon us, we are taking extra care to ensure residents keep hydrated. Many people, particularly older adults, don’t feel thirsty until they’re already dehydrated. They may even have a decreased thirst drive, even when dehydrated. That’s why it’s vital to increase water intake during hot weather.
The BEST drink to stay hydrated is water. Stay away from “diet” drinks, sugar-filled or caffeinated beverages.
The signs and symptoms of dehydration differ by age. Some indications that you or your loved one may be dehydrated are:
We are happy to share that our recreation calendar is back, and many of our regular recreational activities in the community have resumed. Residents can participate in a variety of engaging activities that enrich the mind, body and spirit, while maintaining appropriate physical distancing.
One of our ladies working on the Scandinavian Yarn doll; residents were able to choose either the girl or boy version of this classic wool doll, and some residents choose to do both. It was a good day to be inside with temperatures outside in the 30’s Celsius.
A group of University of Lethbridge students donated their time to complete benches and raised beds for AgeCare Columbia’s gardening program. The entire project was organized and funded through their efforts; how appreciative and grateful we are to Mike and his crew for thinking of us as a way to give back to the community.