PHASE ONE OF STAFFING BUBBLE OPENING – SCHEDULING AND REDEPLOYMENT OF CARE STAFF IN PT LINES
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, day-to-day operations at Fairhaven have been subject to many changes. These changes would not have been possible had it not been for our incredible and truly dedicated staff. Your hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed!
Since nothing in the world of pandemics and infection control is ever stationary, another change is coming our way. As we enter phase three of reopening our community, we are excited to announce that Fairhaven is making plans to enter Phase One of reopening. This plan has been achieved in consultation with your new CUPE Executive.
To maintain resident safety and use our valuable staff where they are most needed, Phase One will primarily affect the scheduling and redeployment of care staff in part-time lines (PSWs and RPNs) and the use of gowns. Specifically:
- All staff will still have an assigned bubble. If you only work in your assigned bubble, you will continue to work without needing a gown (unless caring for an isolated resident)
- If you are in a part time line, and you choose to pick up extra shifts, you will be required to wear a gown in your own home area bubble as well as all other home areas that you enter (you will be considered an “essential worker” no matter which bubble you are working in). You will be given additional instructions in regards to who you may care for and tasks you will perform, i.e., essential workers will not provide care to any resident who is isolated and essential workers will not complete hot baths because of wearing a gown, etc.
- Calls for overtime will be made by seniority as usual. However, if a full-time staff or staff member in a full-time line is entitled to the overtime and the overtime is on a different RHA, the full-time staff member will remain on their own RHA to work the overtime, and a part-time staff working on that RHA will be redeployed to the RHA with the vacant shift.
- Calls for vacant shifts will be made by home-wide seniority (not by bubbles) starting Saturday, August 1, 2020. However, starting Monday, August 10, 2020,calls for vacant shifts will be made by availability by seniority. (On June 30, 2020 part-time staff were asked to submit their availability by July 17, 2020. If there are changes to this availability due to the fact we are still RHA based, please resubmit. For those of you that have not submitted, it is imperative that you submit availability to HR no later than Friday, August 7th, 2020. If you do not submit your availability on time, you will not be called until those with availability have been exhausted.) A supply of Availability forms will be on each RHA.
- Breaks will continue as per current protocols with a few changes. Only one employee from the nursing department will be on break at a time and the table/chair used will be disinfected by the employee after use.
Opening up our bubbles in a slow, controlled manner will allow us to monitor the effect. If there is a spike in illness or evidence of cross-contamination of the bubbles, we will re-evaluate and act accordingly to ensure that a safe environment for all can be achieved.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your manager, supervisor or CUPE Executive (Donna Paris, President or Linda Curtin Vice-President).
Lionel Towns, CPA, CMA