July 1, 2020
Resumption of Family Visits:
Beginning Monday, July 6, 2020, we will support OUTDOOR visits on a scheduled basis, supported by a staff/team member. The visitation area has been set up in the resident hut out front and it has been, and will be, cleaned and disinfected for your safety. We may need to prioritize visits based on the needs of residents, for example due to relative clinical or emotional decline. It is important to note that if Sherwood Park Manor enters into an outbreak all non-essential visits must end. In-Person Visits will be for one family member or friend per resident and must be pre-booked. Please contact Nancy Nesbitt-Boucher at 613-342-5531 ext. 126, to book a visitation appointment.
What we do to keep your loved one and you safe:
- We are limiting the number of visitors to one per visit at any given time based on Ministry Directive.
- We will heavily screen families over the phone, and again when they present to their visit by the screener/staff person.
- We will take temperatures (cannot be higher than 37.8) on everyone upon arrival and ask visitors to sign a document confirming that they are symptom free/COVID-19 free and have read the procedure for the family visit. You must have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the visit.
- If you are not feeling well or have been in large groups of ten or more in the past seven days, we kindly ask that you reschedule your visit and call for another visit when one becomes available.
- A physical barrier has been installed at our visitation area to keep both you and your loved one safe.
- To allow for social distancing, we have assigned the screener/staff person to assist you with the process and ensure protocols are followed.
- All staff will be using personal protective equipment as needed, and staff will wear their masks.
- We will continuously disinfect high-touch surfaces before and after your visit.
- All staff members are screened daily with temperatures taken, and are asked to stay home if they are not feeling well. Staff are to be regularly tested for COVID-19 as per Ministry Directive.
The Day of Your Visit: Please arrive about 10 minutes before your scheduled visit and wait in your vehicle in the designated parking area for families. The screener/staff person will meet you (one person).
- The staff will request you sanitize your hands and put on your protective mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.
- The staff will review your screening questionnaire with you and take your temperature.
- The staff will ensure you have attested and signed to having the COVID-19 test completed within the past 2 weeks at the bottom of your questionnaire.
- The visitors must pass an active screening questionnaire administered by home staff. Failure to do so will result in a cancelled visit.
- The visitor must attest to home staff as part of the screening that they have tested negative for COVID -19 within the previous two weeks and subsequently not tested positive. The attestation must be signed.
- Once screening is complete, staff will request you leave all your items in your car and bring only your keys to the visiting hut where you will be seated in the plexiglass area.
- Screening staff will use the walkie-talkie to call and have the resident brought to the main entrance.
- Screening staff will bring resident down to the visiting hut.
- Screening staff will check on resident and visitor from time to time to ensure everyone’s safety.
- After 30 minutes, screening staff will bring the resident back to main entrance.
- Once the resident has been moved from the visiting hut the family member can return to their car, ensuring social distancing from the next family members.
- Screening staff will disinfect the area and prepare for the next visitor.
April 25, 2020
The following Letter to the Editor was in the Recorder and Times on April 25, 2020:
To the editor,
The board of directors of Sherwood Park Manor wishes to express our admiration and appreciation to the facility’s wonderful staff for their exceptional courage and commitment in meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during the current period of quarantine that affects all long-term care facilities in Ontario.
The SPM staff have assured that the needs of residents are met even during the isolation when they cannot interact in person with family and friends. That kind of attention springs from caring and compassion that ensures the comfort and well-being of our elderly citizens.
There’s another word that describes the manor: home. That’s exactly what it is for the residents of our 107-bed non-profit home and the Sherwood Park Manor staff have provided the essential parts of home life to the people who depend on them.
Thank you to our front-line heroes.
Sherwood Park Manor
Board of Directors
March 16, 2020
Sherwood Park Manor is CLOSED to all visitors. Please view the letter to families regarding COVID-19 below:
What does this mean?
The Ministry of Health recommends that ONLY essential visitors be permitted to enter any Long-Term Care home, AND ONLY if they pass the active screening process at the entry doors of the home.
What is an essential visitor?
Citing the Residents’ Bill of Rights (RBR) #15 the Ministry has defined an essential visitor as someone who is visiting a resident who is dying or who is gravely ill.
RBR #15 reads, “Every resident who is dying or who is very ill has the right to have family and friends present 24 hours per day.”
What is Active Screening?
Everyone who enters the doors of the Long-Term Care home as a visitor will be met with someone who will engage in a process of screening for safe entry. Remember that only essential visitors will be permitted to enter. As a minimum, a few questions will be asked about symptoms of illness, recent travel history, and possible exposure to people who are ill with COVID-19. If the person passes the screening process, he/she will be permitted entry into the building and will be instructed by a Long-Term Care home team member in the appropriate use of personal protective equipment to ensure the visit is safe. If the person fails the screening process, he/she will not be permitted to enter the Long-Term Care home.
How long is this restriction in place?
The restrictions on visiting in Long-Term Care homes are in place “until further notice.” It is impossible to predict an accurate end point for this restriction. Active monitoring of COVID-19 continues.
November 28, 2019
A big shout out of thanks to all the staff and family council members for all their support of basket items, event tickets, donation money and gifts for the for Auction at the Benefit Concert November 30 at the Legion. Thank you to John and Patricia Aaron for their generous donation of 2 baskets for the raffle. We have a sold out show and donation monies continues to be coming in. Thank you to Sue Prosser and Sandy Hayes for considering SPM along with Loaves and Fishes as recipients this year of their fundraiser.
*IMPORTANT UPDATES* - July 1st, 2019
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Day of Caring 2019
A big thank you from Sherwood Park Manor to P&G Brockville for all their help on a Day of Caring 2019!