Prevention and Control Plan for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

March 16, 2020

Menno Place is dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of our elders and employees. We have developed a plan to minimize the risk of COVID-19 entering our home and deal with any outbreaks in the event that they do occur.  We would also ask for your assistance in implementing the plan and ensuring that you understand and abide by any restrictions for the safety of our elders.

Prevention

We have posted signs indicating visitors should refrain from visiting Menno Place if they:

  • develop a cough
  • have a fever
  • have difficulty breathing
  • are feeling achy or unwell
  • have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • Visitors who are visibly ill and sneezing or coughing will be asked to leave and return when they are well
  • We are monitoring staff and volunteers for signs of illness and asking them to self-report symptoms and stay home when unwell.
  • We are monitoring staff travel. If staff travel outside of Canada, they will be unable to work or visit Menno Place for 14 days (as per BCCDC regulations)
  • If COVID-19 outbreaks occur in other homes, any staff who work in the affected homes will be asked not to come to Menno Place until the outbreak at their other workplace has ended
  • Larger activities have been cancelled
  • We have educated nurses on recognizing respiratory outbreak symptoms, testing procedures and outbreak control measures to keep our elders and staff safe
  • We have increased cleaning of high touch areas to try to prevent transmission of viruses within our buildings
  • We have maintained adequate supplies of everything we will need to meet the needs of elders and ensure staff safety in an outbreak situation. The Medical Health Officer and Fraser Health have assured us that we will have access to additional supplies from them if needed
  • We have emergency food and water supplies

What You Can Do to Help Our Elders

Do not visit Menno Place if you:

  • develop a cough
  • have a fever
  • have cold or respiratory virus symptoms
  • are feeling achy or unwell
  • have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • have been on a cruise ship in the last 14 days

If you are visiting Menno Place:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your face
  • If you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue and wash your hands with soap and water. Face away from others when you sneeze or cough.
  • Do not buy masks for home use. Buying of masks by the public at large has resulted in some supply shortages for those most at risk, specifically the care staff who work with our immune compromised elders.

What Would Happen in an Outbreak

  • Public Health, Fraser Health and the Medical Health Officer would provide direction for outbreak interventions
  • The outbreak protocol for COVID-19 is very similar to the current protocol for influenza and would be followed by Menno Place
  • Visits would be discouraged until the outbreak was over
  • Elders with COVID-19 would be cared for and fed in their rooms
  • Group activities or gatherings would be cancelled
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols would be put in place as per the outbreak protocol
  • As always, significant health status changes would be communicated to elders’ primary contacts as soon as possible

Additional Information

We recommend the following links for current, accurate updates on the extent of the COVID-19 situation in the province:

www.bccdc.ca – BC Center for Disease Control

www.news.gov.bc.ca – BC Ministry of Health Updates

https://www.fraserhealth.ca/coronavirus#.XmgX8qipGUn – Fraser Health Authority Coronavirus Information

Visitor FAQs for Prevention and Control of COVID-19

If you answer YES to any of  these questions, you may NOT visit:

  1. Do you have a fever?
  2. Do you have a new or worsening cought?
  3. Do you have a new or worsening shortness of breath?
  4. Have you visited a COVID-19 affected area in the past 14 days?

Presenting symptoms and still want to visit?

If you are presenting symptoms AND wish to visit for compassionate reasons (eg. due to the rapdily declining health status of a loved one), you must arrange your visit with the Director of Care (Menno Home and Hospital) or Manager, Community Enrichment (Apartments). You MUST wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which can be provided in advance. You MUST practice fastidious hand hygiene and wear a mask at all times.

Younger visitors

No visitors 10 years or younger (unless by special permission for compassionate reasons) to Menno Home, Hospital or Terrace East.

Number of visitors

Maximum 2 visitors per resident at any one time.

Location of visits

All social visiting to occur in resident room or apartment suite.

Groups

No large group activities including birthday parties, family reunions, church services or entertainment.

Are regular volunteers permitted?

Yes, as long as they are actively screening themselves based on questions (above).

CANCELLED: Advance Care Planning Education Sessions

CANCELLED: Join us @ Family Council – Home & Hospital

Your role in prevention and protection of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Your role in protection and prevention of outbreaks, including Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  2. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  5. Stay in your own home when you are sick
  6. Cover yoru cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  7. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

This Coronavirus Information video is worth the watch

Primrose Gardens – Family and Resident Meeting – March 10 at 6pm – Primrose Gardens

Primrose Gardens Family and Resident Meeting

Tuesday, March 10th
6pm – 7pm
Primrose Gardens
No RSVP necessary

Primrose Gardens Apartments has experienced issues with the elevators during heavy use and following scheduled replacement of the ropes (cables). This has caused concern and anxiety for residents who rely on the elevators to transport them to and from their apartment suites. 

Karen L. Baillie, CEO and Kathrin McMath, Director, Finance and Operations invite you to attend a special meeting at Primrose Gardens to discuss what has taken place with the elevators and how these issues are being resolved.

Heidi’s Scarves – March 12th

Menno Place Precautions around COVID 19 Virus

At Menno Place, the health of our residents is our top priority.

At this time, the novel coronavirus (named COVID-19, its official name) situation continues to evolve. Menno Place works with Fraser Health to monitor the national and provincial novel coronavirus situation. The BC Centre for Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada work closely with Fraser Health.

The most up-to-date information about novel coronavirus can be found through informed, evidence-based sources like the Fraser Health Corona Virus web page: www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/coronavirus-questions-general-public

Another website for information about 2019-nCoV, Corona Virus is here: https://www.fraserhealth.ca/coronavirus

The Public Health Agency of Canada has created a toll-free phone number (1-833-784-4397) to answer questions from Canadians about novel coronavirus as well.

What should you do?

Follow the same procedures that are recommended during cold and flu season. This includes washing your hands often with soap and water; covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing; avoiding others who are unwell; and staying home when you are sick.

Visitors. Vendors and Staff

If you have been to an affected place in the last 14 days OR had contact with somebody with Coronavirus – DO NOT VISIT OR COME TO MENNO PLACE.

 

Walk for Alzheimer’s 2020

Join the Menno Place team for the 2018 Walk for Alzheimer’s. Together, we make memories matter.