Case Update as of March 31, 2020: There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Home for Residents or Employees.
March 22, 2020 – COVID-19 UPDATE
Dear Residents & Clients, Families and Visitors,
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and impact the Greater Peterborough Area, we are doing everything we can to keep our residents, clients and staff safe.
Below please new guidelines that are effective March 23, 2020. These decisions have not been made lightly; we know our residents and clients are among the most vulnerable and we are doing everything within our power to support and protect them.
Residents Restricted from Leaving the Facility:
Residents will no longer be able to leave Fairhaven except under medically warranted circumstances. In an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible, our Home cannot release residents and clients to family members or others. Medically necessary treatment will be authorised by attending medical staff in conjunction with our management team.
This is a difficult but necessary decision to help ensure our vulnerable residents and clients are as safe as possible.
Deliveries of take out food, or grocery items, will not be allowed until further notice. Any deliveries of convenience items will be quarantined for 48 hours.
Postponing all Group Programs:
As another precautionary measure to prevent any further spread of any type of cold symptoms, we are temporarily postponing all group programs and activities. These activities will only be provided by our staff on a one to one, basis as able and appropriate.
In order to ensure a safe and secure environment in Long-Term Care, the Ontario government has mandated that only essential visitors be permitted in our homes. Essential visitors are only those visiting a resident that is very ill or at the end of life.
Mandatory Screening at Long Term Care Homes and Seniors Services Facilities:
All Long-Term Care staff, students, volunteers and visitors continue to be “actively” screened for COVID-19 by a dedicated person in each location. This involves questions regarding respiratory symptoms as well as taking the individual’s temperature. ANYONE that fails any part of the screening process will be asked to leave work and to contact telehealth and/or their health care provider. Any staff member who has travelled outside Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.
Additional Housecleaning Precautions Additional staff are being utilized to do enhanced cleaning of the Home, in particular high touch surfaces.