We are inspired by the kind words of support and encouragement we have received as we care for 274 residents, mostly seniors, all with compromised health making them the most vulnerable group in the fight against COVID-19. To minimize the chance of spreading the disease to residents, we have limited access to the building to staff; family members are encouraged to keep in contact with loved ones through other means. All protocols put forward by Alberta Health Services have been met or exceeded.
To bolster our connections between families and residents, we are hoping to purchase Ipads and laptops to allow residents to see loved ones, to know they are not forgotten.
As more residents are self-isolating in their rooms, we have found a need for a table for each resident room so the resident can safely take their meals in their room.
We want to make residents feel special with treats as simple ice cream bars as warmer weather comes.
We are very grateful for our staff that show up for work every day to care for the residents. Our caregivers are discouraged from leaving the building during their shift, often work longer than their shift caring for the residents and many face childcare challenges. Thanking them can be as simple as a cup of coffee, a bowl of chili or tasty treat to help sustain them through their shift.
Other equipment is required such as a washer and dryer to keep up with the laundering of the isolation gowns and of course we are always in need of isolation gowns.
As we navigate through these times, there will be additional needs that arise to support our residents and staff. A crisis like this teaches us the value of community and of supporting each other. Thank you for remembering our seniors. Be safe and stay well.