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AgeCare Harmony Court COVID-19 Weekly Update: Protecting Residents from Wildfire Smoke

Dear Residents and Families,

We remain committed to providing updates to our residents, families, and staff at AgeCare. We are providing weekly updates to keep you all informed on what is happening in our community and organization-wide.

 

  1. Information and announcements – this week we are sharing an important community update and the safety precautions we are taking to protect residents from wildfire smoke.
  2. Recreation calendar as the need to stay active, intellectually stimulated, and socially connected never ends.
  3. A weekly shout-out to celebrate the great work and activities happening at our community.

These updates are sent on Friday each week. We hope that you find them helpful. Thank you all for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Cindy Kahlon,

Administrator

Community Updates

Participate in the BC Senior Advocate’s Resident & Family Survey

As communicated last week, the Senior Advocate’s office is asking for residents and families to participate in a resident and family survey. Your insights and experiences are invaluable, and we hope you can participate in the survey.

To complete the survey, please visit the website www.carehomevisits.ca. We encourage you to complete the survey online if possible; feedback will be accepted until September 30, 2020, at 11:59 pm (PDT). If this does not work for you, here are the other options:

  • You can download the form seniorsadvocatebc.ca, complete a paper copy, and mail it back.
  • You can call our office at 1-877-952-3181 and ask for a copy to be sent to you in the mail
  • You can call our office and ask to complete the survey over the phone. A trained volunteer will book a time when it is convenient for you to complete the survey.
  • If you need to complete the survey in a language other than English, you (or someone on your behalf) can phone our office, and a translator will phone you to arrange a convenient time for you to complete the survey.

You can click here to read the Resident or Family letter from Isobel Mackenzie, Seniors Advocate, Province of British Columbia.

Protecting Residents from Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire season brings the threat of severe smoke pollution, and good preparation is even more critical in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic in BC to protect residents. As symptoms of COVID-19 include, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough and sore throat, those who are exposed to both wildfire smoke and the virus are more likely to develop severe complications, especially in seniors.

Wildfire smoke is a complex mixture of small particles and gases that can irritate the lungs, cause inflammation, and alter immune function. When there are wildfires burning in the province, the outdoor air may be polluted with smoke, even when the fires are far away. Wildfire smoke can pass through open doors and windows, crack and gaps in the building.

At AgeCare Harmony Court, we are taking the necessary precautions, as recommended by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, to keep our residents safe from wildfire smoke inhalation while indoors:

  • Building entrance points have been reduced to the main entrances to reduce the movement of smoke around the building.
  • Building entrances have double doors, which also help smoke to become trapped in the vestibule rather than flowing freely into the building.
  • When multiple people are entering the building, individuals are encouraged to wait to enter so people can maintain physical distancing.
  • Windows and doors throughout the building are kept closed to prevent the inflow of smoke, unless it is necessary in a resident’s suite to open a window to prevent overheating.
  • Seals and weather stripping on doors and windows have been inspected and are intact.
  • Curtains on windows have been closed to keep out the heat and act as an additional barrier for smoke penetration.
  • Staff and residents are encouraged to limit the number of times they exit and enter the building to help doors remain closed.
  • Outdoor activities and events have been postponed.

Recreation Calendar

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.

 

Weekly Shout Out

Our Estate Recreation Coordinator, Mehri, always puts the best interest of the residents first. Residents are grateful for her high spirited programs and dedication to them.  Recently one resident wrote a poem about her to express her gratitude.

Angels

At Harmony Court there is an angel in our midst,

And I’m sure many more could be added to the list.

But one that seems to stand out for me,

And I’m sure that most of you will agree.

Exercise, bingo, Crosswords and such’

She even takes us out for a ride on the bus.

Though the times, they are scary,

Thank heaven for Mehri.

written by Pearl K.

Harmony Court Estate

August 2020