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AgeCare Seton COVID-19 Weekly Update for August 7, 2020: A Guide to Physical Distancing

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.

     

  1. Information and announcements – this week we are sharing a guide to Physical Distancing.
  2. Recreation highlights 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 Friday each week. We hope that you find them helpful. Thank you all for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Martha Neguse
Director of Care

Shannon Sproate
General Manager
 

A Guide to Physical-Distancing

As we begin to see more in-person visits in our community, we encourage families and loved ones to ensure they are doing all that they can in their day-to-day to stay safe and healthy. The less exposure you have to people outside your household, the less likely the virus will be brought into our community during your visits. To support this, we ask that all visitors continue to wear a mask, follow hand hygiene, and practice physical-distancing.

Physical-distancing means reducing the number of people that you come into close contact with, to help limit the spread COVID-19 and reduce the risk of getting sick.

Here’s are important measures you can take to protect yourself and others:

  • Keep at least 2-meters from any who doesn’t live in your household.
  • Avoid common greetings, such as handshakes, high-fives or hugs.
  • When out in public areas (indoor or outdoor), maintain the appropriate distance between yourself and others.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Restrict being in eating areas to the time it takes to eat.
  • Limit the number of times you leave your home for errands.
  • Limit the number of people you drive in a vehicle with, and when in a vehicle, ensure all occupants wear a masks and practice hand hygiene.
  • Have one person in your household do all the shopping, and when shopping, maintain physical-distance, or order groceries and meals online.
  • Avoid overcrowding in elevators or enclosed spaces.
  • Follow Alberta’s mandatory restrictions on gatherings.

For a simple and informative overview on How Physical Distancing Works, watch this video from AHS or visit www.agecare.ca/coronavirus  and selecting ‘Alberta’. This video and other helpful resources are found under the ‘Resources for Safe Visits’ section.

 

Physical-Distancing During In-Person Visits

 

Indoor Visits

  • To ensure physical-distancing can be maintained for indoor visits, we control the number of people in the community at a given time. To support this, we ask that you call reception at 587-391-4606 24-48 hours before your planned visit to secure a time slot.
  • When visiting in your loved one’s room, visitors may be limited based on the amount of space and whether or not your loved one has a roommate.  Try to distance yourself as much as possible while in the room.
  • When visiting in a designated indoor visiting space, seating areas will be clearly marked and rooms will have a maximum capacity to help you maintain physical-distancing.
  • If you choose to practice safe physical touch during your visit, make sure to wear a mask and perform hand hygiene before and after.
  • For more information on indoor visits download the guide (PDF)

 

Outdoor Visits

  • To ensure physical-distancing can be maintained for outdoor visits, we control the number of people in designated outdoor spaces. To support this, we ask that you call reception at 587-391- 4606 24-48 hours before your planned visit to secure a time slot.
  • While outdoor visits can include up to 5 people, including the resident, we encourage residents and visitors to maintain appropriate distance between each other.
  • When visiting in designated outdoor visiting spaces, seating areas will be clearly marked to help you maintain physical-distancing.
  • If you choose to practice safe physical touch during your visit, make sure to wear a mask and perform hand hygiene before and after.
  • For more information on community walks download the guide (PDF)

 

Community Walks

  • While community walks occur off AgeCare property, residents and visitors are still encouraged to use physical-distancing where possible.
  • To help with this, avoid visiting in crowded areas, sit 2-meters apart, and walk single-file or step aside when passing others.
  • If you choose to practice safe physical touch during your visit, make sure to wear a mask and perform hand hygiene before and after.
  • For more information on community walks download the guide (PDF)

 

Other sources for physical-distancing include Alberta Health Services’ poster on COVID – 19 Physically Distancing and Alberta Government’s How to Prevent The Spread.


 

Recreation Highlights

The need to stay active, intellectually stimulated, and socially connected never ends – even during these unprecedented times. Our recreation team is working hard to create engaging activities to enrich the mind, body and spirit that maintain physical distancing.

 

Weekly Shout-Out

This week we would like to recognize our Recreation team for all of their hard work these past few months. They have worked tirelessly to keep residents engaged, offering small group programs and creating activities that help maintain physical distancing, while also supporting virtual and in-person visits to keep residents and families connected. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication during these difficult times!