COVID-19 UPDATES

Family Communication May 31st, 2021 – Resident Discharged from COVID Isolation Unit

Our Resident has been discharged from Fairhaven’s isolation unit (Westview 2 Home area).  She was asymptomatic while there and is returning to her home area.

The two staff that were COVID positive are recovering in their homes and have not yet returned to work.

All results from additional staff testing have been negative.  All swabs for Residents, aside from our positive case, have also been returned negative; a further round of PCR lab testing will occur early this week for Residents.  All staff, without exception, will be tested again this week.

Any Residents who require either a first or second vaccine dose with be vaccinated on Wednesday.

If no additional cases are detected, we will be declared out of outbreak in approximately 7 days.  We will continue to keep everyone updated regularly.

It is extremely important for everyone (staff, Residents, essential caregivers) to remember that having a first vaccine dose does not provide perfect protection from the coronavirus.  Individuals need to continue following provincial and public health guidelines, including masking, physical distancing and stay at home orders. 

Everyone that enters Fairhaven (staff and visitors) is strongly encouraged to receive their first and second vaccine doses as soon as they are able.  Variants are far easier to transmit, and nothing is going to protect us, and Residents, as soundly as an inoculation.  The pandemic is far from over and we need to remain as vigilant as we have been for the past 13 months to ensure the safety of everyone in the Fairhaven community.

Family Communication May 26th, 2021 – Outbreak Update

Our COVID positive Resident remains in the isolation unit (Westview 2 Home area).  She is asymptomatic and there are no immediate health concerns.

The positive staff case, that was linked to the Resident case (thereby triggering the declaration of an outbreak by Peterborough Public Health), remains at their home in isolation.

A second staff case, that is not linked to the cases involved in the calling of the outbreak, is at home in isolation.

Our staff conducted PCR testing yesterday for all Fairhaven staff and Residents; each week testing will consist of one PCR test and one rapid antigen quick test, in accordance with Peterborough Public Health guidance and Ministry of Long Term Care guidelines.   This will ensure that we will be able to detect any new cases in order to contain the outbreak.

While we have had no additional positive cases, we cannot yet estimate when the outbreak’s end date will be.  We will continue to keep everyone updated regularly.

It is extremely important for everyone (staff, Residents, essential caregivers) to remember that having a first vaccine dose does not provide perfect protection from the coronavirus.  Individuals need to continue following provincial and public health guidelines, including masking, physical distancing and stay at home orders. 

Everyone that enters Fairhaven (staff and visitors) is strongly encouraged to receive their first and second vaccine doses as soon as they are able.  Variants are far easier to transmit, and nothing is going to protect us, and Residents, as soundly as an inoculation.  The pandemic is far from over and we need to remain as vigilant as we have been for the past 13 months to ensure the safety of everyone in the Fairhaven community.

Further information will be passed on as it is received.

Family Communication May 22nd – Outbreak Update

All lab results, from the Resident nasopharyngeal swabs (Riverside and Westview 4 Home areas), taken earlier this week, have been received, except for one test (that specific Resident is not symptomatic).  No additional positive results have been identified.

All Fairhaven staff and Residents will be tested at least once per week, with both the nasopharyngeal (NP) method AND rapid antigen “quick tests,” for the duration of the outbreak.

Our one COVID positive Resident is isolating in Westview 2 (only Resident in that home area).  Staff have also been dedicated to that part of the home only.  Staffing cohorts, or “bubbles,” are being organized for the entire Home and will be in place Sunday.

It is extremely important for everyone (staff, Residents, essential caregivers) to remember that having a first vaccine dose does not provide perfect protection from the coronavirus.  Individuals need to continue following provincial and public health guidelines, including masking, physical distancing and stay at home orders. 

Everyone that enters Fairhaven (staff and visitors) is strongly encouraged to receive their first and second vaccine doses as soon as they are able.  Variants are far easier to transmit, and nothing is going to protect us, and Residents, as soundly as an inoculation.  The pandemic is far from over and we need to remain as vigilant as we have been for the past 13 months to ensure the safety of everyone in the Fairhaven community.

Further information will be passed on as it is received.

COVID Positive Resident Case at Fairhaven – Outbreak to be Declared May 21, 2021

We have just been notified that one of our Residents, who lives on the Westview 4 home area, has tested positive for COVID-19.  Peterborough Public Health has deemed that this case can be linked to the staff member’s case that was discovered on May 17th.  All other Resident test results that have been received so far, which were conducted seven days into the isolation period, have returned negative for the virus.  There are approximately twenty lab test results still outstanding.  Under new outbreak declaration guidelines, an outbreak is called when there are at least two staff, Residents or essential caregivers that are positive, and there is an epidemiological link to the cases within Fairhaven (virus was passed between people at our Home). 

All visits, including those for essential caregivers and general visitors, will be postponed until further notice.  If the spread is contained, essential and general visits will hopefully be able to resume within two weeks.

Lori Rowsell will be at Fairhaven from 11:00am to 1:00pm tomorrow to swab any staff who have worked on Westview 4 in the past seven days.

It is extremely important for everyone (staff, Residents, essential caregivers) to remember that having a first vaccine dose does not provide perfect protection from the coronavirus.  Individuals need to continue following provincial and public health guidelines, including masking, physical distancing and stay at home orders. 

Everyone that enters Fairhaven (staff and visitors) is strongly encouraged to receive their first and second vaccine doses as soon as they are able.  Variants are far easier to transmit, and nothing is going to protect us, and Residents, as soundly as an inoculation.  The pandemic is far from over and we need to remain as vigilant as we have been for the past 13 months to ensure the safety of everyone in the Fairhaven community.

Further information will be passed on as it is received.

COVID Positive Staff Case at Fairhaven – Outbreak NOT DeclaredMay 17th, 2021

We have just learned that one of our staff members has tested positive for COVID-19.  They had received their first shot but were not yet fully vaccinated.  Under new outbreak declaration guidelines, an outbreak is not called unless there are at least two staff, Residents or essential caregivers that are positive, and there is an epidemiological link to the cases within Fairhaven (virus was passed between people at our Home).  This case did also not originate at Fairhaven.  Any Residents that may have had contact with this employee will need to isolate for 14 days and will have a lab PCR test administered after 7 days.  Contacts for the Residents affected will be directly informed this afternoon.  While Residents are in isolation, only one deemed essential caregiver can visit until the isolation period is over.  This restriction does not apply to those visiting palliative Residents.

It is extremely important for everyone (staff, Residents, essential caregivers) to remember that having a first vaccine dose does not provide perfect protection from the coronavirus.  Individuals need to continue following provincial and public health guidelines, including masking, physical distancing and stay at home orders.  The pandemic is far from over and we need to remain as vigilant as we have been for the past 13 months to ensure the safety of everyone in the Fairhaven community.

Further information will be passed on as it is received.

Fairhaven Family COVID-19 Communication – May 04th, 2021

Show Some TLC for LTC During Mental Health Week

“TLC for LTC” is a collaborative campaign designed to thank long-term care (LTC) team members for their efforts throughout the COVID-19 response and raise awareness of the importance of their mental health and well-being. Research demonstrates the connection between cultivating and giving gratitude to one’s mental health and wellness: improved mental health for both those who give gratitude and for those who receive it.

The act of receiving gratitude has also been shown to address and reduce staff burnout in long-term care. This past year has been incredibly difficult for team members and we want to take the opportunity to remind them of how grateful and appreciative we are for what they do. Along with your messages of appreciation, we will also ask team members to take care of themselves offering them mental health supports and resources.

The campaign was developed by a collaborative Committee including the Ontario Association of Residents’ Councils (OARC), Family Councils Ontario (FCO), Ontario Centres for Learning Research & Innovation in Long-term Care (CLRI), Ontario Long-Term Care Association (OLTCA), AdvantAge Ontario, William Osler Health System, and Ontario Health- Central Region (OH). These organizations are calling this effort a “Gratitude Hack” – meaning we want to show some gratitude – some TLC – for our LTC team members. We are asking families and residents to consider recording and collecting videos (similar to those we shared earlier this year and shared on YouTube), or try other methods, to share with team members why they are so thankful for them and encouraging them to take care of themselves. Along with these messages of appreciation, we will also ask team members to take care of themselves by offering them mental health supports and resources

Gratitude Hacks package and TLC for LTC campaign info can be found here: https://fco.ngo/resources/tlc-for-ltc  

Check out the videos from families and residents on the campaign YouTube channel.

Fairhaven Family COVID-19 Communication – April 29th, 2021

Visiting Hours – As of Monday, May 3rd, visiting hours will be extended to 8:30pm.  At that point in the evening, please make your way to our Great Room area to be screened out.

Recent News Story About Residents Being Forced to Move from Hospitals to Long Term Care Homes – The news item that broke yesterday, about the powers being given to hospitals to transfer their patients to long term care home, without patients’ consent, has caused some concern in the community.  While this ability has been granted in “extreme surge” conditions, this has not been discussed in Peterborough with our Regional Hospital and Fairhaven would have to approve the admission of a Resident to our Home to ensure that we have the correct facilities and expertise to care for specific individuals.

Provincial Lockdown Coming into Effect Friday Night at 12:01am

More news is breaking about the impending 28 day province wide lockdown to take effect Friday, April 2nd at midnight.  While we have few details regarding the move, Fairhaven has planned for what we expect to hear later today.

All Essential Caregivers (ECs) will be allowed to visit loved ones during the lockdown.  This is in compliance with Ministry guidelines and reflects our concern for the mental health of our Residents.  However, with cases of variants of concern (VOCs) climbing rapidly, we can have lenience for the improper wearing of PPE.  It has remained necessary to remind some folks that masks need to be worn above your nose and face shields must be worn at all times.  We are required to provide a warning/reminder to visitors and, after that point, those that are not complying with PPE rules will need to leave the Home for a period of time to be determined.   Once again.  If you are frustrated with the situation, I understand because I am tired of the pandemic as well.  However, any abuse towards staff will require the immediate exiting of our facility.  However tired we are, you can rest assured they are more exhausted.  We will be supporting our staff 100% in their actions to ensure everyone in the building is following PPE protocols. 

Peterborough Public Health has also done extraordinary work in keeping our community as healthy as possible, under extreme pressure and conditions.  From public education, to contact tracing, to vaccinations, they have been the backbone of our success in beating back our outbreaks so I would urge everyone to support them as we, hopefully, make a final push towards the pandemic’s finish line.

It is unfortunate that this lockdown is happening but the variant virus is outpacing vaccinations and erasing hospital ICU capacity.  We need to hold on for four more weeks, after which I sincerely hope our vaccination numbers are high enough to drive caseloads down as we enter the late Spring/early Summer period.

Thank you.

Fairhaven Family COVID-19 Communication – March 31, 2021

Dropping of Parcels for Residents

Unfortunately, our Home has experienced a theft of items that were dropped off, between our front doors, after hours.  Our surveillance cameras were able to get clear pictures of the people and witnesses saw them running down our bank next to the retaining wall on the east of the Fairhaven grounds.

Clearly this is very disappointing, in so many ways, but Peterborough Police Services will be provided all of the information that we have and we are confident that they will be able to identify the thieves. 

Unfortunately, we are going to need to ask that all parcels for Residents be dropped off, during weekdays, before 7:30pm every evening and not before 7:30am in the morning.  On weekends, parcels should be dropped off no earlier than 9:00am and no later that 5:00pm.  Thank you for your co-operation.

Visiting

There have been many inquiries about when visiting care resume.  I feel that the difference between visitors and essential caregivers needs to be discussed.  If you are an essential caregiver (deemed by the Ministry as one of two people), you provide indispensable physical (personal care, movement) or mental care (cognitive stimulation) to a Resident.  This differs from a general visitor who is coming to see someone to provide a social outlet for both parties. 

When vaccinations for staff and essential caregivers were being planned with our health unit, there was a point where the list was “frozen” as in we needed to provide the information to Peterborough Public Health so that they could enter the EC names in their database.  The inclusion of ECs in the group of people being allowed to have a vaccine earlier than anyone else was put in place to acknowledge the fact that they were integral to providing physical or mental health care for their loved one.  That isn’t to say another family member didn’t, or wouldn’t, support mental or physical health but, to ensure that everyone providing health care (staff or family) had the strong protection of a vaccine. 

It seems to be working.  As of today, there are only less than 10 homes in Ontario with a Resident case of COVID and less than 5 COVID positive Residents in total.  With variant cases rising in Ontario (and locally), we need to limit that essential caregiver, extra close/prolonged contact, to those that are vaccinated.  However, our case counts may be cresting which could lead to us exiting the red zone within a week or two unless provincial cases necessitate an Ontario-wide lockdown.  General visitors will be allowed in the Great Room again as soon as we are placed in the orange or lower categories.  Non of this is perfect but has been put in place by our province and our provincial public health authorities, to provide as much protection as possible for residents while allowing those to have close contact that were deemed to provide important, close, physical and mental care for Residents.

I will once again respectfully ask that, even though you are incredibly frustrated with the situation, please do not blame our staff, or the staff of Peterborough Public Health.  Both organizations have been working tirelessly to maintain the health of individuals in our community and will continue to do so until the pandemic is brought under control.

Happy National Volunteer Week

April 18-24/21

The National Volunteer Week theme for 2021, The Value of One, The Power of Many, reflects on the awe-inspiring acts of kindness by millions of individuals AND the magic that happens when we work together towards a common purpose.

Even though this past year has been very different from what we normally see from our volunteers, we want to recognize them for picking Fairhaven as their place to want to volunteer their time. We have seen so many wonderful acts of kindness throughout this pandemic. Things like drive by parades, pen pal programs, donations from our loving community, and friendly phone calls just to name a few. Without our dedicated volunteers, a lot of what we do and what we have at Fairhaven would not be possible. We hope soon that we will see their happy smiling faces again throughout the home and that we will be able to offer the numerous individuals contacting Fairhaven about volunteering, a position with us.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you do for the residents and staff at Fairhaven. Your love and dedication are appreciated more than you will ever know!

Emily Collins, Volunteer Resource Coordinator

Fairhaven Family COVID-19 Communication – March 24, 2021

Essential Caregiver Visits on Fairhaven Grounds

Staff are ensuring that the grounds of Fairhaven are set up safely for the start of Essential Caregiver (EC) visits outside of our building starting this Saturday, March 27th.  ECs will be screened and then able to take their loved ones out the front door of our Home to enjoy some fresh air.  Benches will be six feet apart and we are asking that everyone continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  When the Peterborough Health Region is taken out of the Red Zone, General Visitors will once again be allowed both inside and outside on our grounds.  Short term (2-3 hours) leaves will also be allowed once again when we move out of the Red Zone.  When we are notified that our lockdown status has changed, we will pass that on to everyone immediately.

Fairhaven Family COVID-19 Communication – March 18, 2021

Caregiver Hours

There have been some requests to clarify Fairhaven’s expectations regarding the hours that visitors may enter our building and when they are expected to leave.  Starting Monday, March 22nd, essential caregivers will be allowed to enter Fairhaven, from the hours of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Once they are inside the Home, they do not need to leave until 8:00 pm, which is when our last screener will be leaving the building.  When the Peterborough Health Unit region is moved from the red zone, in the province’s colour coded lockdown framework, will be update everyone on the status of general visits.

Thank you. 

Fairhaven Family COVID-19 Communication – March 5, 2021 – Movement of Peterborough Public Health Region to “Red Zone” Status

The Peterborough Public Health (PPH) Region will be moving to “Red” zone status, under the Provincial COVID response framework, effective Monday, March 8th, at 12:01 am (0001 hours).  As a result, in accordance with the Minister’s Directive – COVID-19 Long-Term Care Home Surveillance Testing and Access to Homes (Feb. 16, 2021):

  • “No general visitors are permitted in long-term care homes located in public health unit regions in Orange, Red, Grey and Shutdown zones.”

There are general visits planned for this Saturday (March 6th), these visits will continue as planned.  Essential Caregiver visits will continue, regardless of PPH’s designation zone, unless the Home is in outbreak.