Precautionary Measures in Response to COVID-19

At Schlegel Villages, we have the honour of caring for and supporting more than 4,000 residents in 19 long-term care and retirement Villages across Ontario. Their safety – along with that of their loved ones and the team members who work in our neighbourhoods – is our top priority.

 

  • Active screening of all team members, residents, and visitors upon entering the village includes a series of health and travel-related questions.
  • Surveillance testing is required as part of the screening process for everyone entering the Village. A negative test is required to enter.
  • Our mandatory vaccine policy for team members will help us be sure we are doing all we can to protect the health and well-being of all in our villages.
  • Proper hand hygiene, physical distancing, and appropriate use of all PPE remain the best defense!
  • Masks are required for all team members and visitors as well as provided and encouraged to be worn by residents.
  • We are prepared. Every village has an Infection Control Lead, and we follow Ontario Public Health guidelines related to prevention and control.
  • We have adequate supplies to meet our needs and have frequent contact with suppliers.
  • Villages have staffing contingency and emergency plans that will be followed should the need arise.
  • Schlegel Villages is part of a bigger health force working together to limit the spread of the virus in Ontario.
  • For those having difficulty during these pandemic times you can access free mental health through wellnesstogether.ca.
  • Book vaccines online at covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre number at 1-833-943-3900

 

ORGANIZATIONAL UPDATE

Thursday, May 12 | 12:00 p.m.

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, we have shifted to weekly reporting and, since our last report, we have seen some sharp increases in a couple of our Villages, while in most others the numbers are trending downwards. The fact is, there will always be events that draw people together inside and outside of the Villages and the risk of spread increases during these occasions. Mother’s Day is one example and we look ahead to the Victoria Day long-weekend as another. As we have said, the vast majority of cases are asymptomatic, and we join many others who are advocating for a shift in Public Health policy to recognize the reduced risk of serious illness thanks to vaccination and adjust outbreak definitions and protocols accordingly.

For the time being, however, our approach has not changed and our amazing team members continue to work hard in the face of uncertainty, always with the residents at the centre of all they do. It has been wonderful to see all the recognition for them during Caregivers’ Week, and we thank all residents, families, and friends for the many kind messages; please know that they mean a lot to all who have worked so diligently these many long months. We’d like to share a story today that highlights one of our wonderful caregivers, and we congratulate Becki on the recognition she is receiving today from the Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario. Please click here for the full story.

 

Current Village Outbreaks - Click table to view larger
Please Note:  The chart below is our monitoring of Villages that are considered to be in active outbreak by public health order. Those that are not in COVID-19 outbreak will not be listed here.

 

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Team Members

Please remember there are important resources available to all team members through the Employee Family Assistance Program and Homewood Health. If anyone is struggling, this could be very helpful. The phone number is 1-800-663-1142   

Homewood Health Website

The Wilfred Schlegel Hope Fund is also an important resource and the committee has already provided team members with direct support through the fund. Applications will be assessed quickly. #iGiveHope

Application Form

 

Call To Action - Join Our Team

We hire for heart at Schlegel Villages and we train, mentor and support our team members so they can fill their hearts by making a difference in the lives of our residents. Caregiving is hard work; it can be emotionally and physically exhausting, but it can be the most fulfilling work you have ever done. 

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We sincerely appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience. We will continue to offer regular communication as any new developments arise, but in the meantime, we hope that beyond these additional precautionary measures, our residents and team members will continue to bring life to their neighbourhoods and Villages.

Please contact our communications team if you have any questions or concerns. We can be reached at Covid.Communication@Schlegelvillages.com 

 

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