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