May 22, 2020

IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION REGARDING OUTDOOR VISITATION

Residents, Family and Friends of Rotary Villas.
It has finally arrived! We can start allowing outdoor visitation (details below).

Visitation appointments will start Wednesday May 27th.

Announced this week, outside visitation has been approved by Manitoba Health and Shared Health Services. Outside visits mean outside of the building, on our site, scheduled by appointment and in our designated visitation area. This does not mean visitation off site is allowed or onsite unscheduled. It is important that we follow these protocols to keep our residents safe. Please read the following protocols carefully so that you can be familiar with the procedures for outdoor visitation at Rotary Villas.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: We want to accommodate as many families as possible. Appointments must be made one day in advance. A “Request for Long Term Care On-site Visitation during COVID-19” form will be required to be completed. Please call reception to book your visitation appointment.

HOURS OF VISITATION: We have tried our best to have a variety of dates & times for appointments. We have afternoon, evening & weekend appointments available. A staff member is required to be present for each appointment to screen visitors and ensure infection prevention and control procedures are being followed. Please call reception to book your visitation appointment.

WHO CAN VISIT: A maximum of 2 visitors will be permitted at a time. A minor must be accompanied by an adult.

WHERE CAN YOU VISIT: We have 2 designated visitation areas in our front parking lot area under the pergola.

FOOD/BATHROOM/PETS: Due to required infection control practices, food & beverages and delivery items may not be brought to outdoor visits. Access to on-site food & beverages and washroom facilities will not be available for visitors. Pets are not permitted in the visitation area.

SCREENING & INFECTION CONTROL PROCEDURES: Please remain in your vehicle until your scheduled visitation appointment time. At your appointment time come to the pergola area to be screened. You will be asked a series of question regarding symptoms of COVID-19, exposure risk, and travel history. YOU MUST WEAR A MASK (non-medical). Please provide your own. You will be required to perform hand hygiene before and after your visitation appointment.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: We all want a hug right now, but we still cannot. Hugs and kisses can be conveyed at a distance. All visitation appointment must adhere to social distancing of 6 feet/2 meters.

We thank you for adhering to the above guidelines. It is of the utmost importance to us to keep our residents and staff safe.

Please call if you have any questions.

Jody Kehler, Executive Director

May 14, 2020

Residents of Rotary Villas,

Starting tomorrow (Friday May 15, 2020) we will begin a COVID -19 screening process for the Residents of Rotary Villas. Residents will be screened at a minimum weekly on their assigned housekeeping day. Our COVID-19 screener will come to your suite on your scheduled housekeeping day between 8am – 9am, take your temperature and ask you a series of questions.

In addition, the Rotary Villas staff will be asking you these questions EVERY time it is required that they enter your suite.

If you leave the building and return you will be screened at the front door by our COVID-19 screening staff. We ask that if you leave the building for a walk (on the grounds) or for essential reasons (medical appointments) that you re-enter through the front door.
A friendly reminder that is it required to wear a cloth mask when attending appointments. This would include going to Flatland Drugs for medication pick up.

There are no cases of COVID-19 at Rotary Villas.

As we continue to be a high-risk community the following protocols will remain in place:
• Visitation is restricted to homecare/essential services only. (Residents & Families – please refrain from visiting in the parking lot/grounds.)
• Residents may leave for medical appointments/reasons only.
• Walking around the building may continue with strict physical distancing in place.
• Dining room service remains cancelled, room service continues.
• Common areas must have groups of 10 or less (Residents & Staff) AND physical distancing of 2 meters/6 feet must been maintained between each person.

We need to continue to be vigilant in order to keep our community safe. The safety of our Residents and staff are our utmost priority.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Jody Kehler, Executive Director

May 7, 2020

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching here are some guidelines to keep our residents safe:
– Visitation remains restricted, as per provincial guidelines. No visitation inside (or outside) this building is allowed. Even if outside visitation is physically distanced – still not allowed.
– Window visitation is allowed! First floor residents may visit through the windows of their suites (windows closed, of course). Please call reception to be connected to the suite phone line. Second & third floor residents we have three window areas for safe visitation: the multipurpose room, main lounge side door & solarium. One resident per area for safe physically distanced visiting. We have two cell phone available for residents to borrow for these window visits. Please call reception to arrange for use of these cell phones.
– Feel free to send gifts. Flowers in vases (that can be sanitized) are preferred. No gift wrapping, please, as it can not be sanitized. Gifts in wipe-able/plastic containers are preferred.

Blow lots of kisses & wave to our residents when you come.

Enjoy the weekend! Happy Mother’s Day to all.

May 2, 2020

Residents & Families of Rotary Villas,
As the businesses in the province open up around us our Residents are being contacted about rebooking appointments. We ask at this time that Residents leave Rotary Villas for ESSENTIAL MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS ONLY.

Visitation to Rotary Villas remains restricted to essential services (and all those who enter are screened).

We need to remain vigilant in order to protect our high risk community. Continue to stay home as much as possible and ensure physical distancing at all times.

Please contact us with any questions.

April 29, 2020

Residents, Family and Friends of Rotary Villas

As the Province of Manitoba announces the reopening plan, we at Rotary Villas will implement these stages with great caution and as instructed. With today’s provincial announcements NO CHANGES will be made to our current protocols. There remain no cases of COVID-19 at Rotary Villas. Our management team is continuing to meet daily to implement new protocols, as soon as possible.

As we continue to be a high-risk community the following protocols will remain in place:
• Visitation is restricted to homecare/essential services only. (Residents & Families – please refrain from visiting in the parking lot/grounds.)
• Residents may leave for medical appointments/reasons only (while wearing a cloth mask).
• Walking around the building may continue with strict physical distancing in place.
• Dining room service remains cancelled, room service continues.

In today’s press release Dr. Roussin, Chief Provincial Public Health Officer, stated, “Easing of restrictions still comes with caution. Physical distancing and handwashing is still an essential component… Those over age 65, underlying medical conditions, immune compromised need to continue to follow previous advice. Stay home. Go out for essential reasons, practice strict physical distancing.”

We are still early in the fight against COVID-19. A case of Coronavirus in our community could come with great consequence. We look forward to the day when our community can start to ease our restrictions safely. We need to continue to be vigilant in order to keep our community safe. The safety of our Residents and staff are our utmost priority.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Jody Kehler, Executive Director

April 20, 2020

Good Afternoon Residents, Family, Friends and Rotary Villas Staff

We are all healthy and doing ok. Things are difficult and challenging right now but we are doing our best to keep our risk minimized and our community safe. We are all looking forward to a time where we can safely go back to life as usual.

All of our precautions are still in place. There are no changes to our procedures at this time. All precautions will remain in place until we receive directions from the province to change our current practices.

We are still allowing for deliveries of items at this time. In order to minimize our risk related to deliveries we have hung a poster in our entrance to guide those dropping off items. (See attached picture).

We have set up an area for window visiting at our side door along 10th Street. We can assist you better with an appointment time. Please email or call Wellness to arrange your visit time: wellness@rotaryvillas.ca or 204-725-1340.

A reminder that this is a very difficult time for everyone, but especially for our Residents who are being isolated from family & friends.
Send us an email, picture, joke, story etc. to wellness@rotaryvillas.ca with your loved ones first and last name in the subject line. We will print it out and share your messages with your loved one. Make them happy, fun and loving. We all need to stay emotionally connected in this time of uncertainty.

We thank you for the well wishes, ideas and suggestions.

Jody Kehler
Executive Director

April 6, 2020
Residents, Family and Friends of Rotary Villas
As the cases of COVID-19 continue to spread in Manitoba the province is continually updating strategies to keep our community safe. There are no cases of COVID-19 at Rotary Villas. Our management team is continuing to meet daily (and often more than daily) to implement new protocols, as soon as possible.
In addition to the strategies already implemented, our team has made the difficult decision to cancel our dining room service.
As of tomorrow (April 7, 2020) all meals will be delivered to Resident suites. If you have a tv table or small folding table that can be placed in the entrance of your suite, we can assist you to do so. Families – if your loved one does not have a small table, if you have a tv table that you could drop off, please do. Make sure it’s labelled when you drop it off, so we know where to deliver it. Thank you!
Meal service delivery will be a challenge. We will make every effort to deliver according to your dietary requirements (ie: gluten free, food allergies etc.). Please bear with us as it will be very difficult to meet “special requests/alternatives”. Please, alert reception of any dietary requirements we may not be aware of, or if you wish to opt out of a meal service (ie: prefer to not be woken for breakfast meal delivery). Delivery will take time so please be patient. If you did not get your meal, please call reception and they will follow up.
We are not implementing isolation procedures at this time. You may still leave your suite but do so with caution. Please help us to keep our community safe. Always ensure physical distancing and refrain from gathering.
Our community is at high risk and our Residents and staff safety are of the utmost importance to us.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Jody Kehler, Executive Director

April 2, 2020

UPDATE #3 – CORONAVIRUS MITIGATION MEASURES

Residents, Family and Friends of Rotary Villas,
As the cases of COVID-19 continue to spread in Manitoba the province is continually announcing new strategies to keep our community safe. Our management team has been meeting daily to implement new protocols, as soon as possible.

In addition to the strategies already implemented, our team has decided to move forward with the following measures until further notice:
• All dining room seating will be assigned.
• This is to limit the number of contacts and to further minimize our risk of spreading illness. All Residents will receive notice (in the next day) indicating their assigned table number and seating.
• Please note that all of our dining room tables are a minimum of 6 feet apart and Residents seated at tables are 6 feet apart.
• The mail courier will no longer be entering our community. All mail will be left at Rotary Villas for distribution by staff. Rotary Villas staff will be making our best effort to deliver mail daily to the suite mail slots.
• Newspapers will no longer be available for shared reading. Rotary Villas has 5 newspaper subscriptions. Residents without a personal subscription who would like one of the Rotary Villas papers, please leave your name at reception. We will do our best to be fair and rotate who is able to have the paper.
• Delivery persons (including Resident families and friends) will have further limitation on their access to Rotary Villas. Parcels, letters, care packages, etc. can be dropped off between the first and second door of the main entrance. A table is provided to leave the items on. Please make sure they are labelled. Alert reception by pushing the entrance button. Rotary Villas staff will collect the items when it is safe to do so.
• All Rotary Villas staff and home care/essential services are currently being screened upon entrance to our community. Additional screening measures will be put in to place next week in line with provincial recommendations.
• If you are feeling unwell, stay in your suite. Alert reception and we will do our best to assist you with contacting Health-Links. Stay home, and order room service.

Please help us to keep our community safe. Always ensure social distancing. This is not the time to visit with your loved ones in our parking lot or outside of the building. Our community is at high risk and our Residents and staff safety are of the utmost importance to us.
The Rotary Villas staff and management is dedicated to keeping our community safe. Please help keep us safe. A memo to staff stated, “When you return home from work, please have you (and your family) stay home as much as possible to limit your interactions in the community. If you must exit your home do so for essential reasons only and practice social distancing. We ask that you not host extended family or guests in your homes. Staff who are feeling sick should not come to work.
This is not the time for business as usual. Now is the time to stay home. We ask that you take the COVID-19 virus seriously. We want to ensure your safety in our workplace. Let’s keep each other healthy and our community virus free.”

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Jody Kehler, Executive Director

March 19, 2020

STAYING IN CONTACT – SHARE THE LOVE
This is a very difficult time for everyone, but especially for our Residents who are being isolated from family & friends.
Send us an email, picture, joke, story etc. to wellness@rotaryvillas.ca with your loved ones first and last name in the subject line. We will print it out and share your messages with your loved one. Make them happy, fun and loving. We all need to stay emotionally connected in this time of uncertainty.

March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
A friendly reminder that we are restricting social visitation at this time. Home care services will be unrestricted. We ask that if that if you do not need to enter or exit the building you refrain from doing so. We would be happy to deliver any items to Resident suites. Please arrange delivery at reception. Phone and video chat is a great tool for communication during this time.
Keep safe and healthy!

MARCH 13, 2020 

Residents, Family and Friends of Rotary Villas

As Manitoba Health has alerted us to additional confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have moved on to a more aggressive plan to keep our community safe.

Manitoba Health is encouraging social distancing measures for at risk populations. In addition to the strategies already implemented, our team has decided to move forward with the following measures for the next 30 days, or until further notice:
• All Wellness & Recreation programs have been cancelled
• Shuttle Services will be limited to medical appointments
• Dining Room seating will be limited to 2 Residents per table and additional staged seating will be available in the multipurpose room
• Family & Friends visiting will be encouraged to visit in Resident suites and not common areas
• Please note that at this time we ask that visitation to Rotary Villas be limited. Social visitation is discouraged at this time.
• Family & Friends who have travelled internationally will be asked to refrain from entering the building for 14 days
• Guest suite reservations will be cancelled
• Meal tickets will not be sold (Meal service will be limited to Residents only)
• Coffee & Snack bar will be discontinued but individually packed snack cooler items will continue to be available
• Filling of reusable drink containers will be discontinued but single use containers will be available upon request
• External club meetings will be cancelled
• Delivery persons will have limited access to Rotary Villas. Parcels, newspapers etc. will be held at reception for Resident collection. (Home care services will continue as per usual).

These strategies have been implemented as a means to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus on our community. We ask that you consider the risk to yourself and others if these measures are not respected. We will continue to do our best to keep our community safe and secure and ask that you do the same.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Jody Kehler, Executive Director

MARCH 12, 2020

Residents, Family and Friends of Rotary Villas

I thought an update would be appreciated with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Rotary Villas has received guidelines with the latest information and protocols to follow if an outbreak should happen in Manitoba. We are following the guidelines from Manitoba Health, Shared Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Please be aware that older adults are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 and we need to be proactive to protect our community.

Please consider the following to help keep our Residents safe:
1. Wash your hand and use hand sanitizer before you enter and exit Rotary Villas.
2. Do not visit if you have symptoms of a respiratory illness (regardless of travel), even if mild, stay home until your symptoms are gone.
3. If you have travelled, please advise Rotary Villas and we ask that you do not to visit. If you need to visit, we ask that you contact myself (Jody Kehler) at 204-725-1340 or jody@rotaryvillas.ca

For more information on how to reduce your risk of infection see the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) factsheet. Go to this website for information: https://buff.ly/2IKsWZu

We suggest that you make certain that your loved one has a good supply of personal care items, paper towel, hand sanitizer and toilet paper or any other items you think they may need if visitation to Rotary Villas becomes restricted.

Here’s a few things of what we are doing at Rotary Villas:
1. Our employees are NOT to come to work if they have symptoms of respiratory illness (e.g., coughing, sneezing, fever, runny nose, etc.). They are to stay home.
2. We are encouraging proper respiratory etiquette and increased frequency of hand hygiene.
3. Training and discussions are ongoing on reducing our risk of virus transmission and safe procedures in our job duties.
4. Workstations and objects that are touched frequently, such as doorknobs, handles, elevator buttons, and railings are being sanitized at increased intervals.
5. Hand sanitizing stations are available in every public area possible and are encouraged for all to use.

If the virus continues to spread, we will consider:
1. Discouraging large gatherings (cancellation of recreation programs, other social distancing strategies)
2. Restricting visitation to Rotary Villas
3. Any other guidelines as per Manitoba Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Jody Kehler, Executive Director

Coronavirus | Province of Manitoba