COVID-19 Status Update

UPDATE: September 20, 2021

As announced by the premier of Quebec on September 7, family caregivers and all other visitors and volunteers visiting Grace Village after October 15 will be required to provide proof that they are adequately vaccinated against COVID-19. Please kindly share this information with your family members and other visitors.


Family Caregivers & Regular Visitors
All visitors and volunteers will need to follow the same screening process for indoor and outdoor visits. This includes handwashing upon arrival, receiving a clean medical mask, signing the visitor’s log, and completing the screening form.
If you visit more than one resident, each one must be indicated on the screening form. In all common areas of the Care Pavilion, visitors must maintain social distance, wear a medical mask and do frequent hand hygiene.


Impact on Care & Services
The premier of Quebec also announced on September 7th that employees working in private health care facilities will be required to be adequately vaccinated before October 15. Employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated as of October 15, will be suspended without pay. We do not know for what length of time this requirement will be in place. We are actively encouraging employees to get vaccinated prior to October 15.
In addition to on-going recruitment strategies, here are some of the steps that we are taking to address this situation:

  • Continuing the government wage premiums as the government reduces them
  • Making shift adjustments
  • Offering one on one support for staff
  • Providing tools and coaching for leaders
  • Implementing the emergency staffing contingency plan

 

Please share the following link to see the list of recruitment needs at Grace Village: www.gracevillage/careers.

Outings including car rides

Families & visitors may take residents on outings – remember to sign the resident out with the nurse. Residents from Wing B must also sign in & out in their wing. Residents, families, and visitors must continue to wear masks and respect 2 meters in public.


Reservations for meals with residents
If you wish to have a meal with your loved one in the Bistro, please make a reservation with Alexandra at extension 5011, 24-hours in advance.

 

Pets
We are pleased to announce that indoor pet visits may resume. As per our new pet policy, we would like to meet your pet before their first visit, even if they have visited Grace Village prior to the pandemic. Please contact the Recreation & Leisure team at
 [email protected], to complete a short screening.
 

Volunteers
We are so grateful for our volunteers and there are a range of ways that you can be involved. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Grace Village, please contact Danica at 
[email protected].


We thank you for your continued support and trust as we navigate this challenging time together.

 

UPDATE: July 22, 2021

We have received updated directives for private senior’s residences as Quebec’s vaccination efforts continue, and as COVID-19 cases in the Eastern Townships continue to fall. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to keeping the Grace Village Community safe, while in the Green Zone.

Some of the new directives are based on a resident or visitor’s vaccination levels. The definitions are:

  • Considered “protected” if a person is/has:
    • seven days past their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination
    • fourteen days past a dose of Johnson & Johnson vaccine
    • recovered from COVID-19 within the last 6 months
    • recovered from COVID-19 over 6 months ago and has received (over 7 days before) at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Considered “unprotected” if a person is/has:
    • never had COVID-19 and is completely unvaccinated, or it is less than 14 days since their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
    • recovered from COVID-19 over 12 months ago and has never been vaccinated (or they are less than 7 days since their first dose)
    • immunocompromised (vaccinated or not, recovered from COVID-19 or not)
  • Considered “partially protected” if a person is/has:
    • 14 days past their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination (excluding if they received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine)
    • less than 7 days past their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
    • recovered from COVID-19 more than 6 months ago but less than 12 months ago and has not received any COVID-19 vaccinations
    • recovered from COVID-19 more than 6 months ago but less than 12 months ago and has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine less than 7 days ago.

All visitors & volunteers will need to follow the same screening process for indoor and outdoor visits. This includes handwashing upon arrival, receiving a clean medical mask, signing the visitor’s log, and completing the screening form.   

Family Caregivers & Regular Visitors

If you visit more than one resident, each one must be indicated on the screening form. In all common areas of the Care Pavilion, visitors must maintain social distance, wear a medical mask and do frequent hand hygiene.

For interior visits:

  • Up to a maximum of two (2) people at a time (3 including the resident) can be in the resident’s room.
  • When the visitors and the resident are all considered protected, social distancing and masks are not required while in the resident’s room.   
  • When a visitor or the resident is considered unprotected or partially protected, social distancing and masks are required at all times.

 

For exterior visits, up to a maximum of nine (9) people at a time.

  • When the visitors and the resident are all considered protected, masks and social distancing are not required.
  • When a visitor or the resident is considered unprotected or partially protected, social distancing of 2 meters and wearing a mask is still required.

 

Pets

We welcome pets at the exterior visiting stations. Please be sure to obtain a copy of our pet policy procedure.

Goggles and visors

They are only required for residents in isolation.

Meals

Due to limited space, visitors are not allowed in the dining rooms during meals. If you wish to have a meal with your loved one, please make a reservation at extension 5011, 24-hours in advance.

Outings including car rides

Families & visitors may take residents on outings – remember to sign the resident out with the nurse. Residents from Wing B must also sign in & out in their wing. Residents, families, and visitors must continue to wear masks and respect 2 meters in public.

Volunteers

We are delighted to have our volunteers back at Grace Village. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Danica at [email protected].

We thank you for your collaboration as we continue to safely lift these restrictions.

On behalf of the Leadership Team,

Liane Anderson

Community Relations Manager

Grace Village

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