Dear Optima Living Residents, Employees, and Stakeholders,
When it comes to the news and social media addressing COVID-19, there are as many perspectives as there are people.
It makes one wonder how we navigate these times.
There is one word that immediately comes to mind. We navigate all of this with love. Love, care, compassion, and concern for those we love and those around us—for the caregivers, for the sick, for those who have lost loved ones.
Continue to care for yourself and others in any way you can. Wash your hands. Get vaccinated. Be Safe. Stay in touch. Turn off the news more. Be positive. Find ways to show love. Pay for someone else’s coffee at the drive through, share a wink when you can’t see that smile, share a word of encouragement in an unexpected way, reach out to your neighbour, leave a flower on someone’s doorstep...and above all, don’t give up hope!
If you are struggling, reach out to many of the online or mental health professionals that are available, or call your Optima Living community. We can put you in touch with a support network.
Alberta announced new temporary measures that came into effect September 4th, including that masks are again mandatory in all public places. The province also declared a medical state of emergency.
As of September 20th, Alberta has also created a vaccine record system. Certain public places and events may require proof of vaccination. Sweeping new measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 were also instituted. More information is available here.
"Given the current increase in cases and hospitalizations, testing and mandatory isolation will continue until the province reaches a point where we can take this next step," Alberta Health spokesperson Chris Bourdeau told CBC News.
The province recently announced that Albertans will be given $100 to get a first or second dose of vaccine against COVID-19. The $100 incentive will be a debit card and it will be available until October 14th.
The province says as of September 22nd, 73% percent of eligible Albertans have received both doses of vaccine against COVID and 81% percent of eligible Albertans have received at least one dose.
Booster shots: Third dose booster shots are occurring in Long-Term Care and Supportive Living communities in Alberta.
Existing public health orders for acute care will remain the same. Masks must still be worn when working in or visiting any continuing care community, as well as any community operated by AHS. For more information on current restrictions in these settings, see protecting residents at congregate care facilities.
British Columbia province wide mask mandate was reinstated August 25th.
British Columbia also announced a Vaccination Passport System. The vaccine card system began September 13th, at which time visitors to non-essential businesses such as restaurants and movie theatres will need at least one dose to enter.
By October 24th, they'll need to have both doses, and won't be considered fully vaccinated for seven days after the second shot. This requirement is currently in place until January 31st, but could be extended.
Recently, British Columbia also announced that it will mandate that all healthcare workers be vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 31, 2021. “We'll be implementing a new order that makes vaccination against COVID-19 a condition of employment across all health-care facilities in B.C. This includes all workers, students, physicians, residents, contractors and volunteers,” Bonnie Henry said. Watch on CTV News.
Visiting Long-Term Care or Seniors’ Assisted Living Communities in B.C.
• You do not need to schedule an appointment to visit and there is no limit to the number of visitors for each resident.
• All visitors should be fully vaccinated before visiting. You are fully vaccinated 14 days after dose 2.
• Safety precautions like visitor health screening, wearing masks in common areas, hand hygiene, and physical distancing will continue.
• You can only remove your mask when visiting residents in their living area if you are fully vaccinated.
• Staff who are not confirmed to be fully vaccinated will continue to wear a medical mask at work and follow safety precautions.
Before your visit, review information for Visitors in Long-Term Care and Seniors’ Assisted Living.
More information can be found here.
Stay Safe. Be Well. Take Care.
Farid Damji | Co-Founder & Principal