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AgeCare Sagewood COVID-19 Weekly Update: How to Select, Wear, and Clean your Cloth Mask

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 a couple of community updates along with how to select, wear, and clean your cloth mask.
  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

New Team Members at AgeCare Sagewood

Please join me in welcoming two new members of the AgeCare Sagewood administration team. Krista Schultz has joined us in the role of Office Manager and Carmen Nashchuk in the role of Social Worker for Long Term Care. We are very fortunate to have these wonderful additions to our team.

Health Quality Council of Alberta Survey

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA), in partnership with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services (AHS) is conducting a new study about the experiences of those living in continuing care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes individuals living in Supportive Living Level 3 (SL3), Supportive Living Level 4 (SL4), Supportive Living Level 4 Dementia (SL4D) and Long-Term Care in Alberta.

We have provided the HQCA with the contact information of residents and family for the purpose of this study. The HQCA will choose individuals from these lists and contact them directly to request their participation. Read the HCQA’s Experience Survey Fact Sheet for more information >

How to Select, Wear and Clean Cloth Masks

With fall and back-to-school upon us, we wanted to share these easy to follow “how-to’s” on selecting, wearing, and cleaning cloth masks.

Masks are recommended to be worn in public settings when you can’t stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from people who don’t live in your household. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others.

How to Select

There are many choices when selecting a cloth mask. Here are some do’s and don’ts:

Note: resources were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjusted slightly to align with the recommendations from the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services.

Wear a Mask that:

  • Covers your nose and mouth and fits securely under your chin.
  • Fits snugly against the sides of your face.

How to Clean

Masks should be washed regularly. Always remove masks correctly and wash your hands after handling or touching a used mask.

  • Include your mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the mask.
  • Use the highest heat setting and leave in the dryer until completely dry.

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

Aramark Housekeeping Team

I want to thank Pam Mulvihill and her housekeeping team for all of the extra work they have been doing for the past few months.

There was a significant increase in what the housekeeping team is required to do on a daily basis, and they were able to make it work. We have relied on them to help us keep our residents safe.

They never fail to have a smile on their face, and they have definitely helped keep the spirits up of the residents in engaging them in conversation as well as taking part in activities such as Wacky Wednesdays.  When you see one of the Housekeeping team in the hallway, please be sure and say thank for all you do!