Dear Resident or Family Member,
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.
This week’s update includes:
These updates are sent Friday each week. We hope that you find them helpful. Thank you all for your continued support.
<h1id=”info”>Guide to Personal Protective Equipment
AgeCare’s Safe Visitation Policy allows residents, families and loved ones to remain socially and emotionally connected while staying safe and healthy. All designated persons and visitors must understand and accept the risk of unknown exposure to COVID-19 and work with us to help minimize the spread of the virus in our communities. This means wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during your indoor, outdoor, and end-of-life visits.
While most circumstances will only require a procedural mask, to help you feel more comfortable and informed, we have outlined the different types of PPE that you will see in our communities, who will be wearing them, and when.
Masks should be brought and worn by designated persons and visitors for all indoor, outdoor and end-of-life visits. Staff also wear masks throughout their shifts and when providing resident care.
FREE masks are still available for the general public at select A&W, McDonalds and Tim Horton’s locations in Alberta.
If your loved one is on ‘contact and droplet precautions’ within their room because they are new to the community, or because they have returned from the hospital, then you may be required to wear a gown, eye protection, or gloves when visiting.
Gowns are worn by staff when entering a room of a resident on isolation as a contact/ droplet precaution.
Eye protection is worn by staff when entering a room of a resident on isolation as a contact/ droplet precaution.
Gloves are used by staff when entering a room of a resident on isolation as a contact/ droplet precaution.
N95 masks are used by staff when entering a room of a resident on isolation as a contact/ droplet precaution and using an aerosol-generating medical procedure (AGMP).
Visitors do not need to wear an N95 mask, and would not be present in the room when a specific aerosol-generating medical procedure requiring an N95 mask is conducted.
For more information on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), read AgeCare’s One Minute of Learning.
Alberta Health Services also provides a quick video on how to use personal protective equipment.
This week we want to send a shout-out to our amazing team of LPN’s: Anita Almas, Anthony Kaddu, Agatha Marindi, Cindy Jesso, CJ Patel, Heather Dean, Hersililia Velasco, Megan Connaughton, Ivy Chicano and David Gong were all amazing team players through the COVID-19 Outbreak these past few months. They have all gone above and beyond of what is expected of them. They strive to make every resident feel special and included. Thank you, we appreciate all you do!