UDPATE: Masks Are Now Optional for Residents

Effective April 27, 2022 residents will have the choice of whether or not to wear their mask when they are in the common spaces of the apartment building.

Although we will no longer ask residents to put a mask on, we do recommend that they wear a mask as an additional layer of protection from this very infectious variant of COVID. Their decision to wear a mask or not should be based on how “at-risk” they are for severe illness if they contract COVID. Residents can figure out their risk by filling out this worksheet.

On the risk assessment page you will see a list of “at-risk” conditions along with a chart that indicates how  age, gender and number of vaccinations factor into the risk of hospitalization. The average fully vaccinated female who is over 80 years of age with 2 at-risk conditions will have a 2.9% risk of severe COVID and hospitalization. A male in the same category has a 3.9% risk of severe COVID and hospitalization.

The highest risk is for those who are unvaccinated where the risk of severe illness and hospitalization is as high as 83.7%. If a resident has not yet been vaccinated, consider how the risk of severe COVID can be as low as 1.1% if they are fully vaccinated and have no “at-risk” conditions. Once the risk percentage has been calculated, residents can make an informed decision about how many layers of protection they will use to keep safe from COVID. Layers of protection include hand sanitizing, mask wearing, social distancing (6 feet) and vaccination, including the 4th booster shot.

The highest risk of contracting COVID is when a resident and another individual are without masks and within 6 feet from each other. This can happen in the elevator, at the dining room table, playing pool, in a car, at church and passing each other or talking in the hallway. If a resident is concerned about their own safety in any of these situations, it’s safest to wear a  mask. It is a good choice, no matter what others are doing.

Visitors, family, friends, contracted help and all staff must continue to wear masks inside the apartment buildings and when providing residents with personal care. Unvaccinated visitors are not permitted to visit inside the apartment buildings.

Please report any symptoms of COVID to the Receptionist.

MENNO PLACE COVID UPDATE – April 14, 2022

APRIL 14, 2022

Scenario Protocols (1, 2, 3) – CLICK HERE

MENNO HOME E1: Monitoring is complete!

Everything returns to usual COVID-era protocols. Dining and activities are open and visitors are welcome.

 

 

 

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MENNO HOME W1: Enhanced Monitoring (April 7, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 5  (0 STAFF/ 5 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff and residents
  • Staff are cohorted and will use separate break rooms
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • Communal dining and group activities stop
  • Residents who test positive are isolated
  • Social visits can continue

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MENNO HOSPITAL E2: ENHANCED MONITORING (April 11, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 3  (0 STAFF/ 3 RESIDENTS)

  • Active screening twice a day for staff and residents
  • Staff entering the unit MUST wear masks and goggles
  • Communal dining and group activities are stopped
  • Essential and social visits continue as before
  • Continue with Admission and transfer
  • Cohort staff to East 2. Staff can continue to use main entrance provided that meticulous handwashing is done.

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PRIMROSE GARDENS:  SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (March 22, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 5 (0 STAFF /5 RESIDENTS)

The residents who tested positive are self-isolating. There are no other changes for Primrose Gardens at this time.

  • Staff and residents will be screened twice a day
  • The dining room remains open
  • Recreation activities continue
  • Visitors are welcome

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PAVILION: SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (April 7, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 1 (1 STAFF / 0 RESIDENTS)

There are no changes for Pavilion residents at this time. The dining room and activities stay open and visitors are welcome.

 

TW Community Meeting Minutes – April 2022

Facilitators: Trish, Leonard, Timea                                                                     Date:   April 4, 2022
TW Residents in Attendance: 24

  1. Rent Increases (Leonard) – Some residents received rent increase notices of 1.5% that will come into effect on July 1, 2022. The rental increase is based on the BC Residential Tenancy Agreement. Residents who have lived here less than 12 months should not have received a letter.
  2. Property Insurance (Leonard) – All residents are required to have insurance. Please bring proof of insurance to Claire so a copy can be put in your file.
  3. Air Conditioners (Leonard)
    • Residents are responsible for providing their own portable air conditioner and extension cord in their suite. Menno Place installs the air conditioners.
    • Menno Place plans to install the air conditioners in May. Please let Claire know when you have your air conditioner ready in order to be put on the installation list.
  4. Spring Cleaning (Leonard) – Pressure washing is being done on campus. TW building is next. An announcement will be made at lunch when they are ready to start on TW.
  5. Staff Introductions – Bas Kervel, Manager of Enviro Services and Material Management
    • Bas oversees the nine maintenance workers on campus.
    • TW entrance – new rubber concrete complete, planters and benches to go in.
    • Residents and families are welcome to donate a bench. $1800 for a 4 ft. bench with plaque.  For more details see ca/family-and-friends/donation-benches or call Pearl at 604.859.7631 x232.
    • Maintenance requests are received by admin staff and then submitted to maintenance. Maintenance receives the requests and then prioritizes them.  Flooding/leaking take priority.  Items like broken blinds and air conditions are of general significance and may take a few days.
    • The remaining maintenance requests from the suite inspections will be completed over the next week or two.
    • All gutters have been cleaned. If issues remain/arise, please make another work request. The company will be called back to clean them.
  1. Recreation (Timea)
    • There are lots of activities this month including April 6 Easter Concert, April 8 Food Meeting with Angela and bus trip on April 21. Please see calendar.
    • A Hearing Clinic will be arranged for May.
    • Emily is a new casual recreation staff who will restart the ceramics program.
    • Resident request for regular sing-a-longs in addition to Hymn Sing with John.
  1. Mail (Trish)
    • Menno Place is actively trying to get mail returned to pre-COVID delivery. Canada Post recently assessed the spaces in Menno buildings.
    • Canada Post delivers bags of mail once a week. Menno staff sort and deliver.
    • Discussion of delivery options: Slide under door; knock on door/enter suite if no answer; residents pick up at reception.  Mail cannot be left outside suites.
  1. IL Spa Services (Trish)
    • Spa Bath – Residents are escorted from their suite to the spa bath on third floor of TE. Care staff remain on hand to assist while resident steps into tub, and the bath is filled. Service is one hour in length.  Costs $60.00
    • Shower Room – residents are escorted from their suite to the fully tiled shower room on the fourth floor of TW. Residents may request care staff to be on hand. Service is one hour in length. Costs $60.00
    • Services are available on weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or one time basis. Call Claire to book a service. 604-851-4004.
    • It is not possible for door to be put on cut out tubs in suites.
    • Foot care nurses – Claire has information about foot care nurses.
  1. Staff Introductions – Sharon Simpson, Director of Community Enrichment
    • Sharon’s position is how to “make the community better”. Sharon recognizes COVID has not made things better. The community enrichment team is working to improve community.
  1. Open Discussion to Floor (Trish)
    • Bistro will not open in the near future.
    • Resident requests variety in bistro bag. Staff have forward request to Angela. Resident encouraged to make request at the food meeting.
    • Trish is looking to bring back lunch time with TW and TE eating at the same time as long as designated seating remains.
    • Residents may call kitchen when they will miss meals on weekends 604-851-4011.
    • Trish will revisit possibility of guest parking passes.
    • Suggestions/Comments may be put in box in TW lobby. Residents are also welcome to bring questions to Claire in reception; Leonard (LEC), and Judith or Tamara (LEAs).
  2. Next meeting to be held in June. Date TBA.

MENNO PLACE COVID UPDATE – April 13, 2022

APRIL 13, 2022

Scenario Protocols (1, 2, 3) – CLICK HERE

MENNO HOME W1: Enhanced Monitoring (April 7, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 1 RESIDENT

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 5  (0 STAFF/ 5 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff and residents
  • Staff are cohorted and will use separate break rooms
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • Communal dining and group activities stop
  • Residents who test positive are isolated
  • Social visits can continue

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MENNO HOSPITAL E2: ENHANCED MONITORING (April 11, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 3  (0 STAFF/ 3 RESIDENTS)

  • Active screening twice a day for staff and residents
  • Staff entering the unit MUST wear masks and goggles
  • Communal dining and group activities are stopped
  • Essential and social visits continue as before
  • Continue with Admission and transfer
  • Cohort staff to East 2. Staff can continue to use main entrance provided that meticulous handwashing is done.

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MENNO HOME E1: ENHANCED MONITORING (April 5, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 4  (3 STAFF/ 1 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff and residents
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • No changes for residents – dining room stays open
  • Visitors are welcome

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PRIMROSE GARDENS:  SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (March 22, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 5 (0 STAFF /5 RESIDENTS)

The residents who tested positive are self-isolating. There are no other changes for Primrose Gardens at this time.

  • Staff and residents will be screened twice a day
  • The dining room remains open
  • Recreation activities continue
  • Visitors are welcome

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PAVILION: SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (April 7, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 1 (1 STAFF / 0 RESIDENTS)

There are no changes for Pavilion residents at this time. The dining room and activities stay open and visitors are welcome.

 

MENNO PLACE COVID UPDATE – April 12, 2022

APRIL 12, 2022

Scenario Protocols (1, 2, 3) – CLICK HERE

MENNO HOSPITAL E2: ENHANCED MONITORING (April 11, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 2 RESIDENTS

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 3  (0 STAFF/ 3 RESIDENTS)

  • Active screening twice a day for staff and residents
  • Staff entering the unit MUST wear masks and goggles
  • Communal dining and group activities are stopped
  • Essential and social visits continue as before
  • Continue with Admission and transfer
  • Cohort staff to East 2. Staff can continue to use main entrance provided that meticulous handwashing is done.

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MENNO HOME E1: ENHANCED MONITORING (April 5, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 1 STAFF

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 4  (3 STAFF/ 1 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff and residents
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • No changes for residents – dining room stays open
  • Visitors are welcome

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MENNO HOME W1: Enhanced Monitoring (April 7, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 4  (0 STAFF/ 4 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff and residents
  • Staff are cohorted and will use separate break rooms
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • Communal dining and group activities stop
  • Residents who test positive are isolated
  • Social visits can continue

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PRIMROSE GARDENS:  SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (March 22, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 5 (0 STAFF /5 RESIDENTS)

The residents who tested positive are self-isolating. There are no other changes for Primrose Gardens at this time.

  • Staff and residents will be screened twice a day
  • The dining room remains open
  • Recreation activities continue
  • Visitors are welcome

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PAVILION: SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (April 7, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 1 (1 STAFF / 0 RESIDENTS)

There are no changes for Pavilion residents at this time. The dining room and activities stay open and visitors are welcome.

 

MENNO PLACE COVID UPDATE – April 8, 2022

APRIL 8, 2022

Scenario Protocols (1, 2, 3) – CLICK HERE

MENNO HOME W1: Enhanced Monitoring (April 7, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 3 RESIDENTS

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 4  (0 STAFF/ 4 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff and residents
  • Staff are cohorted and will use separate break rooms
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • Communal dining and group activities stop
  • Residents who test positive are isolated
  • Social visits can continue

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MENNO HOME E1: SELF MONITORING (April 5, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 1 STAFF

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 3  (2 STAFF/ 1 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff or residents
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • No changes for residents – dining room stays open
  • Visitors are welcome

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PRIMROSE GARDENS:  SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (March 22, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 1

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 5 (0 STAFF /5 RESIDENTS)

The residents who tested positive are self-isolating. There are no other changes for Primrose Gardens at this time.

  • Staff and residents will be screened twice a day
  • The dining room remains open
  • Recreation activities continue
  • Visitors are welcome

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PAVILION: SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (April 7, 2022)

NO NEW CASES

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 1 (1 STAFF / 0 RESIDENTS)

There are no changes for Pavilion residents at this time. The dining room and activities stay open and visitors are welcome.

 

MENNO PLACE COVID UPDATE – April 6, 2022

APRIL 6, 2022

Scenario Protocols (1, 2, 3) – CLICK HERE 

MENNO HOME E1: SELF MONITORING (April 5, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 1 STAFF

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 3  (2 STAFF/ 1 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff or residents
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • No changes for residents – dining room stays open
  • Visitors are welcome

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PRIMROSE GARDENS:  SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (March 22, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 2

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 4 (0 STAFF / 4 RESIDENTS)

The residents who tested positive are self-isolating. There are no other changes for Primrose Gardens at this time.

  • Staff and residents will be screened twice a day
  • The dining room remains open
  • Recreation activities continue
  • Visitors are welcome

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PAVILION: SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (April 7, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 1

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 1 (1 STAFF / 0 RESIDENTS)

There are no changes for Pavilion residents at this time. The dining room and activities stay open and visitors are welcome.

 

4th COVID Booster Coming to Menno Place

We are excited to hear that Dr. Bonnie Henry has promised a 4th COVID-19 vaccine dose for those 70 and older as well as for vulnerable individuals.

Dr. Bonnie Henry made the announcement on April 5th that a fourth shot will be provided to those who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable. “This is a really important measure for us, said Dr. Bonnie Henry. “We know that the older we are, the sooner the [COVID-19] antibodies will wane”.

We expect that the fourth dose will be made available to the residents and tenants at Menno Place during the month of April.

A fourth dose is not being recommended at this time for the remainder of the population.

Proof of Vaccination Still Required for Visiting

As you may have heard, it was announced yesterday that as of Friday April 8th, the BC vaccine passport will no longer be required. Meaning that as of Friday anyone will be permitted to go to restaurants, movie theatres, indoor concert and sports venues, and anywhere else that the provincial vaccine card was previously required.

It is important to note however, that there have not been any changes announced for the requirements to visit in Long Term Care and Assisted Living.

As such, proof of vaccination will continue to be required in order to gain entry to visit residents and tenants at Menno Place.

If you are planning to visit a resident or tenant, please be prepared to show your proof of vaccination along with verifying identification to the screener upon arrival. If you do not have a vaccine passport, you may show your vaccine card or other documentation as proof.

Please also note that masking and rapid testing protocols remain unchanged at this time.

MENNO PLACE COVID UPDATE – April 5, 2022

APRIL 5, 2022

Scenario Protocols (1, 2, 3) – CLICK HERE 

MENNO HOME E1: SELF MONITORING (March 30, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 1 RESIDENT

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 2  (1 STAFF/ 1 RESIDENT)

Protocols:
  • Twice daily symptom screening for  staff or residents
  • Staff must wear goggles in addition to masks
  • No changes for residents – dining room stays open
  • Visitors are welcome

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PRIMROSE GARDENS:  SELF-MONITORING – Scenario 1 (March 22, 2022)

NEW POSITIVE CASES = 2

TOTAL COVID POSITIVE CASES = 2 (0 STAFF / 2 RESIDENTS)

The residents who tested positive are self-isolating. There are no other changes for Primrose Gardens at this time.

  • Staff and residents will be screened twice a day
  • The dining room remains open
  • Recreation activities continue
  • Visitors are welcome