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AgeCare Sagewood COVID-19 Weekly Update: Food Safety + Dining

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 – with Thanksgiving occurring this weekend, we are sharing some tips on resident outings, dining out, and hosting gatherings.
  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,

Glenda Boc
Administrator

 

Community Updates

 

Thanksgiving at Sagewood

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This year for Thanksgiving we are doing a couple of things with the Residents. Recreation is hosting Thanksgiving teas on each on the Neighborhoods this week that features Pumpkin Pie, beverage including punch and providing music the “Vintage Thanksgiving Album”. For Thanksgiving Day, Aramark will be serving a delicious Thanksgiving turkey meal

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope you all have a Thanksgiving filled with love and cheer (and full tummies!). As we all know, a big part of Thanksgiving is celebrating with loved ones over a meal. If that is part of your plans this Thanksgiving, we wanted to share some suggested precautions you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. These tips are intended to help you make informed decisions and choices if you are gathering with other households over the holidays.

 

 

Safety Precautions and Resident Outings

At each of our communities, we have Thanksgiving activities and meals planned for residents to enjoy. While we are not recommending that residents participate in outings with meals due to the exposure risk, we understand that some residents and families have chosen to accept this risk and the safety precautions that may be put in place upon their return.

 

The latest order from the Clinical Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) provides a guide for accessing the risk of exposure for same-day and overnight resident outings. If you have arranged an outing with your loved one, please know that these will be used to guide decisions at the site collectively.

 

If you have questions about these safety precautions outlined below, please feel free to discuss directly with your Care Leadership team prior to the outing.

 

Overview of the Safety Precautions for Outings *

Depending on the off-site activity, you may be asked to:

  • increase daily self-checks to two times per day for 14 days;
  • use a mask in common areas for 14 days; and/or
  • quarantine for 14 days.

 

Outing Requirements *

  • Maintain physical distance and wear a mask at all times
    • Ask your site contact for a suitable mask
  • Ensure safe transportation (private vehicle preferred)
  • Maintain good hand hygiene
  • Understand the risk of unknown exposure and safety precautions
  • Be screened on re-entry

 

Upon returning from an outing, the resident will be screened at the entrance and then proceed to their room. A nurse will be notified and will discuss the exposure risks with the resident and/or designated persons to determine the appropriate safety precautions. Where applicable, additional safety precautions may be required if the resident is returning to a shared, semi-private room.

 

These collaborative discussions will be guided by the latest CMOH order, including the Risk of Unknown Exposure and the Residents Returning from Same-Day and Overnight Offsite Safety Precautions, as shared below.

 

Risk of Unknown Exposure (Table 9)

 

 

 

Residents Returning from Same-Day Offsite Activities Safety Precautions (Table 10)

 

 

 

Residents Returning from Overnight Offsite Stays Safety Precautions (Table 11)

 

 

Dining at a Restaurant

 

Suggested Guidelines for Dining Out

  • You and/or guests must stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All guests should know and understand their unknown exposure to COVID-19. Individuals with a higher risk of unknown exposure should consider the potential risk to their loved ones by not attending.
  • Use physical distancing by staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from people who do not live in the same household.
  • Wear masks, especially when other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Keep a list of guests who attended for potential future contract tracing needs.

 

Download the Help Prevent the Spread information sheet (pdf), which covers physical distancing, monitoring symptoms, what to do if you have symptoms, and isolation.

 

Before You Go, Check the Restaurant’s Prevention Practices

 

  • Check the restaurant’s website and social media to see if they have updated their information to address any COVID-19 safety precautions.
  • Before you go to the restaurant, call and ask if all staff are wearing masks while at work. Depending on where the restaurant is located, servers may not be required to wear masks but may choose to wear them to provide added assurance to their customers.
  • Ask about options for self-parking to remove the need for valet service.

 

 

 

Take Steps To Protect Yourself

 

  • Wear masks when less than 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other people or indoors, including entryways, hallways and waiting areas.
  • Take precautions during the meal as much as possible, such as:
    • When possible, sit outside at tables spaced at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other people.
    • Wear a mask when not eating and maintain a proper physical distance if you are dining with others who don’t live with you.
    • Choose food and drink options that are not self-serve to limit the use of shared serving utensils, handles, buttons, or touchscreens.
    • When the meal is over, assist physical distancing by moving used dishes to the end of the table.

 

Clean Hands Often

 

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering and exiting the restaurant. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Before using the restroom, make sure there is adequate soap and paper towels or hand sanitizer.

Download our hand washing brochure that shows how to wash or sanitize your hands or watch these videos on our website.

 

Hosting Gatherings or Cook-Outs

 

Suggested Guidelines for Hosting Gatherings or Cook-Outs

 

  • Guests must stay home if they have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All guests should know and understand their unknown exposure to COVID-19. Individuals with a higher risk of unknown exposure should consider the potential risk to their loved ones by not attending.
  • Host your gathering outdoors, when possible. If this is not feasible, make sure the room or space is well ventilated (for example, open a window).
  • Encourage guests to bring their own food and drinks.
  • If you are serving food at your gathering:
    • Identify one or two people to prepare food and drinks. Do NOT host potluck gatherings; this is a high-risk activity.
    • Identify one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
  • Use physical distancing by staying at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from people who do not live in the same household.
  • Wear masks, especially when other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Consider the space and the number of guests attending, perhaps capping your guest list 14 individuals or less.
  • Keep a list of guests who attended for potential future contract tracing needs.

Download the Help Prevent the Spread information sheet (pdf), which covers physical distancing, monitoring symptoms, what to do if you have symptoms, and isolation.

 

Preparing Food Safely

You can lower your risk of infection and kill the virus that causes COVID-19 by following safe food handling and cooking practices.

 

  • Use common cleaning and disinfection methods to kill coronaviruses.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food and food packaging. If you do not have running water, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol
  • Wash your fruits and vegetables under running water.
    • Washing fresh produce with soap, chlorine or other chemicals is not recommended. Fresh produce is porous and can absorb chemicals that are not intended for you to eat.
  • Cook your food to recommended safe internal temperatures. Coronaviruses are killed by normal cooking temperatures.
  • Avoid cross-contamination of raw and ready-to-eat or cooked foods.
  • Disinfect any surfaces that will come in contact with food.

 

Encourage Physical Distancing

 

  • Arrange tables and chairs to allow for physical distancing. People from the same household can be in groups together. Members of different households should be 2 metres (6 feet) away from each other.
  • When guests arrive, minimize gestures that promote close contact. Do not shake hands, do elbow bumps, or give hugs. Instead, wave and verbally greet them.

 

 

 

Wear Masks

 

  • All guests should wear masks when not eating and when less than 2 metres (6 feet) apart from people or indoors.
  • Consider providing disposable medical (procedural) masks for guests. They are more effective at preventing the spread than homemade or cloth masks.

 

Clean Hands Often

 

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering and exiting social gatherings. Provide hand sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol in clearly marked hand washing areas at the entrances to your gathering and throughout.
  • In your restroom, make sure there is adequate soap or hand sanitizer available and encourage guests not to form a line at the door.
  • Use single-use hand towels or paper towels for drying hands, so guests do not share a towel.
  • Consider also providing cleaning supplies that allow guests to wipe down surfaces before they leave.
  • Remind guests to wash their hands before serving or eating food.
  • Print and post the How to the Wash Hands (page 2) in these areas.

 

Limit the Number of People Handling or Serving Food

 

  • Limit people from coming through or near the areas where food is being prepared, such as in the kitchen or around the grill.
  • If serving any food, identify one person to serve all food so that multiple people are not handling the serving utensils.
  • Use single-use options or identify one person to serve sharable items, like salad dressings, food containers, and condiments, so that multiple people are not handling the items.

 

Limit Contact with Commonly Touched Surfaces or Shared Items

 

  • Use touchless garbage cans or pails.
  • Use gloves when removing garbage bags or handling and disposing of trash – wash hands after removing gloves.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces and any shared items between use when feasible.
  • Do not use shared items that are reusable (e.g., seating covers, tablecloths, linen napkins).

 

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.

 

Sagewood Recreation Calendars – October 2020

 

Weekly Shout-Out

AgeCare Sagewood Visitor Screeners

 

I would like to thank the staff who have been working at the main reception diligently screening all visitors to Sagewood, this is a vital part in keeping Sagewood COVID free. It is not an easy task, but is very necessary as well as required by the CMOH order. We appreciate the work they are doing to help keep everyone at AgeCare Sagewood safe. Next time you are in to visit, maybe give them a socially distanced high five for the awesome job they are doing.