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COVID-19 Updates2021-04-08T16:32:37-04:00
22Mar, '21

The Senior Living CaRES Fund announces 2021 funding and welcomes two new partners

To date, more than $2.3 million has been awarded to senior living workers.

TORONTO, March 22, 2021 – Today the Senior Living CaRES Fund (the CaRES Fund) welcomes two new partners, Southbridge Care Homes and OMNI Health Care, and announced that it is now accepting new applications to the fund.

Established in May 2020 by Chartwell, Revera, Extendicare and Sienna, in recognition of the extraordinary efforts of senior living sector employees in the face of the pandemic, the CaRES Fund provides one-time financial assistance of up to $10,000 to Canadian employees of all senior living operators. To date, more than $2.3 million has been awarded to 679 senior living workers.

The Fund will continue its legacy in 2021 and plans to hold up to four application review windows. As of today, the Fund is accepting applications for financial assistance from sector workers experiencing hardship. Applications for the first quarter of funding are open from March 22 to April 9. The CaRES Fund will share future application periods in the coming months.

“Senior living sector workers put the needs of others before their own. Over the last year, we have seen them work tirelessly to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” says Hazel McCallion, spokesperson for CaRES. “The CaRES Fund honours them and the heroism they showed during the pandemic for years to come.”
As the CaRES Fund prepares to accept applications, it is pleased to welcome two new partners, platinum sponsor Southbridge Care Homes and gold sponsor OMNI Health Care. The generosity of Southbridge Care Homes and OMNI Health Care will make a real difference in the lives of senior living sector workers.
“The commitment of our front-line workers is inspiring,” says Ryan Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Southbridge Care Homes. “It is our pleasure to join the CaRES Fund in recognizing their efforts.”

“The CaRES Fund has supported hundreds of dedicated senior living employees from across the country,” says Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO, OMNI Health Care. “We look forward to joining the founding partners in supporting hundreds more in 2021.”

The CaRES Fund provides one-time hardship financial support for employees impacted by the pandemic including personal support workers, nurses, dietary aides, and the recreation, environmental, culinary and administrative staff who are working tirelessly to care for residents.

All senior living sector employees across Canada, regardless of their employer, are eligible to apply.

An Initiative for the Future
The CaRES Fund intends to continue its legacy post-COVID-19 through the establishment of a foundation aimed at continuing to support employees in the senior living sector who are experiencing hardship. As the initiative grows in size, and future contributors, it will always be rooted in the history of COVID-19 so that Canadians will never forget the heroic contributions of senior living sector employees.

About the Senior Living CaRES Fund
The Senior Living CaRES Fund was launched as a two-million-dollar fund established by Chartwell Retirement Residences, Revera Inc., Extendicare and Sienna Senior Living. Open to all employees in the sector, and inspired by their dedication and commitment, the CaRES Fund provides financial assistance to those facing extraordinary circumstances and will build a legacy for future investment to support urgent financial needs and employee education.
More information about the fund and the application process can be found at seniorlivingcares.ca.

For further information please contact:
Larry Roberts
Revera Inc.
289-997-5721
Larry.Roberts@reveraliving.com 

26Feb, '21

SOUTHBRIDGE PARTNERING WITH CENTENNIAL COLLEGE ON IPAC TRAINING

Southbridge is excited to announce that it is partnering with Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology to provide further IPAC training to Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses across its retirement and long-term care homes. The training will be conducted through a series of courses and workshops over four days, for a total of three sessions. The first training session begins on March 26th, with subsequent sessions to start on April 23rd and May 28th.

The training sessions will see more than 100 registered care staff across all Southbridge’s care homes participating in the four-day workshops, which are being offered remotely to ensure the health and safety of staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) course and workshops will provide participants with IPAC knowledge to reinforce and strengthen IPAC practices in our long-term care and retirement homes. These sessions will focus on current best practices of infection prevention, outbreak management, and emergency preparedness.

The opportunity has been met with great enthusiasm by care staff and homes, and we look forward to building on the work we have begun to further enhance our infection prevention and control practices across all Southbridge homes.

25Jan, '21

SOUTHBRIDGE ENHANCING IPAC BY SUPPORTING CIC CERTIFICATION FOR REGISTERED STAFF

Building on its work to enhance infection prevention and control practices across all its retirement and long-term care homes, Southbridge is supporting staff members looking to obtain their Certification in Infection Control (CIC), a voluntary, periodic certification for all Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Professionals meeting the required educational and practice requirements.

Infection Prevention and Control Canada endorses the CIC certification as a core requirement for the position of Infection Prevention and Control Professional.

Southbridge currently has six team members writing their certification exams, all of which are expected to be completed by the end of June. The staff members each come from different homes, including:

  • Shelburne Long-Term Care
  • Orchard Villa Long-Term Care
  • West Park Long-Term Care
  • Manoir Marochel Long-Term Care
  • Craiglee Long-Term Care
  • Pinecrest Long-Term Care

Southbridge congratulates those who are working towards receiving the CIC certification, and encourages all eligible staff members to consider taking the exam to enhance their IPAC knowledge.

18Dec, '20

IPAC Canada Announcement of Appointment

ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPOINTMENT

The Board of Directors of IPAC Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of James Ayukekbong PhD CIC® as Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Journal of Infection Control.

Dr. Ayukekbong will commence his term on January 1, 2021.

Dr. Ayukekbong holds a PhD in Medical Science/Epidemiology and Certification in Infection Prevention and Control (CIC®). He is an active member of IPAC Canada and IPAC Northeastern Ontario. To date he has published 20 peer reviewed articles including commissioned reviews and editorials. Currently he is lead subject matter expert at Algonquin College and is a guest editor for the Canadian Journal of Infectious Disease and Medical Microbiology. Dr. Ayukekbong is the Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Southbridge Care Homes in Ontario. We welcome Dr. Ayukekbong to his new role with IPAC Canada.

The Board of Directors also gives its most profuse thanks to outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Victoria Williams. Her service to IPAC Canada and CJIC has been tireless. Managing the publication during the pandemic has been unprecedented and challenging. She will continue to mentor the incoming Editor-in-Chief through to the publication of the spring 2021 issue. Associate Editor, Devon Metcalf, will continue to provide assistance to the new Editor-in-Chief.

23Nov, '20

SURVEILLANCE TESTING AND ACCESS TO HOMES

5Oct, '20

Visitor Policy Updates

The province has updated its visitor policy to address areas where there is higher community spread of COVID-19. Starting Wednesday, October 7, 2020, general visitors will not be allowed in long-term care homes in the following communities. Only essential visitors, including up to one caregiver per resident, will be allowed to visit. If the home is experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19 the local public health unit will provide direction on further visitor restrictions and other measures.

As of today, these are the communities where the visitor restrictions will apply:

  • City of Ottawa
  • Region of Peel
  • City of Toronto

A complete list of homes affected has been posted online. The province will update the list as the areas with higher community spread change. People planning a visit to a long-term care home are advised to contact the home in advance, to make sure the home is free of outbreaks and to get information on the home’s visitor policy and any restrictions.

Direction on safety in long-term care homes will continue to be updated as Ontario’s experience with COVID-19 evolves. The government will continue to make every effort to support the safety and emotional wellbeing of residents and the staff who care for them.

Outbreak Update – Daily Update

There are currently no active resident or staff cases of COVID-19 in any of our homes.

All staff are required to participate in surveillance testing as indicated by the green/yellow/orange/red/grey rating for the region and the outbreak status at the home.

With community spread still being a major concern, this regular testing will help us detect new positive staff or asymptomatic staff early and limit the risk of potential exposure to our residents.

We are working closely with Public Health, with our Medical Directors,  our Epidemiologist and with Extendicare’s Infection Prevention and Control specialists and are following their directives. As well, our enhanced infection prevention and control measures remain in place such as symptom screening our residents and team members a minimum of twice daily, terminal cleaning of high-touch surfaces, ensuring that all our staff are wearing masks and personal protective equipment and revisiting our infection prevention and control protocols to ensure they are being religiously followed. We continue diligent recruitment efforts to hire more staff to help ensure that we can uphold the high standard of care we are proud of providing to our residents.

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