Dania Home COVID-19 Status Updates

October 6, 2021

Re: Third dose COVID-19 vaccine clinics in long-term care and assisted living

Dear family members and caregivers,

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has recently announced that third doses of COVID- 19 vaccines will be offered to residents and tenants of long-term care and assisted living facilities in British Columbia.

Fraser Health will begin working with care facilities this week, and expect the clinics to run throughout the month of October. You will receive the clinic schedule for your family member’s facility soon.

If your family member received two doses, the care facility will be seeking consent from the resident/tenant or substitute decision-maker for administration of the third dose.

We will be offering the Moderna vaccine for third doses. If your family member received the Pfizer vaccine for their first or second dose, it is safe and effective for them to receive Moderna for their third dose. You can find information about the Moderna vaccine on the  BCCDC website.

If your family member has not had the opportunity to start the COVID-19 vaccine series and is interested in doing so, please let their care facility know as soon as possible.

Residents may be offered the seasonal flu vaccine at the same time as their third dose. Your family member can receive a third COVID-19 vaccine and a seasonal flu vaccine at the same time with no ill effects.

For general information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the BCCDC website. Thank you,

 

Suzanne Fox, Executive Director

Integrated Long-Term Care & Assisted Living Services

 

September 9, 2021

Dear Residents and Families of Dania,

I hope everyone has had an enjoyable and restful summer. I would like to provide you with some new updates from our campus of care.

I am pleased to say that our residents continue to be COVID-19 free.  As you are already aware, a staff member at Dania Home did test positive for COVID-19 on August 29, 2021.  We immediately closed the building to visitors that day and implemented standard droplet precautions and isolation of affected neighborhoods. Our staff performed contact tracing and immediately swabbed our residents and staff.  Following these actions, Public Health assessed our situation and concluded that due to our high Covid-19 vaccinations rates, Dania Home would not be considered in “outbreak” but rather on “enhanced precautions” until September 10th.  Therefore, all of our neighborhoods no longer needed to be isolated and visitation was allowed to resume. Some restrictions were placed on our Jessen neighborhood where only fully immunized visitors were allowed and admissions could continue as long as new residents were fully immunized.  We anticipate that Public Health will lift these remaining restrictions tomorrow.  We would like to thank you all for your patience and support during these last two weeks, especially families and friends who have resumed mask wearing in resident rooms, social distancing, hand hygiene, and the use of eye protection at all times when visiting love ones.

The BC Ministry of Health recently announced the introduction of the BC Vaccine Card.  We anticipate that this will be the official document (in paper or electronic format) that visitors must present to our screeners before accessing their loved ones at Dania Home or Dania Manor.  With the circulating COVID delta variant, the possible waning immunity of our residents and staff from the previous vaccinations, and a potential delay of our population receiving a COVID-19 booster, full vaccination will be soon mandatory. Therefore, all visitors entering Dania residences must be fully vaccinated by October 24.  Please do continue to monitor our COVID-19 status at www.dania.bc.ca for any new updates.

If you have any specific questions, please contact me anytime. I am always available to you either by phone or email.  Thank you and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Lui Franciosi

Executive Director

604-292-8132

 

 

August 30, 2021

 

Dear Residents and Families of Dania Home

We are writing to notify you that someone at Dania Home was diagnosed with COVID-19. The Fraser Health COVID-19 Public Health team is working with the staff and medical staff at the home to identify anyone who may have been exposed and to take steps to protect the health of all residents, staff and medical staff. Our Medical Health Officer has not declared a COVID-19 outbreak at this time.

This exposure does not mean that your family member is sick with COVID-19. Residents, staff and medical staff will be screened twice-daily for any signs of illness. Those who develop symptoms will be isolated, tested for COVID-19 and provided the care they need. We will keep you up-to-date on any changes related to your family member’s health status.

The health and safety of residents, staff and medical staff is our first priority and a responsibility we take very seriously. To date, as part of our proactive management, Fraser Health has worked to ensure enhanced measures are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at this home.

Your loved one may be required to isolate based on their exposure risk and COVID-19 vaccination status. We know that staying away from your loved on is very difficult and we appreciate your cooperation with this request with the goal of keeping residents, staff and medical staff healthy.

During this time, unvaccinated visitors are not permitted to have social visits on the unit that is affected. Essential visits will continue.

Staff and medical staff at this home will continue to provide care and services to our residents to enhance their safety and well-being while maintaining routines where it is safe to do so.

For general information about COVID-19, call 8-1-1, or visit HelathLinkBC: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) | HealthLink BC

If you have further questions, please contact Chantal Morris, Director of Care, at 604.292.8130

 

 

August 24, 2021

Dear Residents, Families, Staff, and Visitors,

This morning our Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry has mandated mask wearing in all indoor public settings effective immediately.  All staff, families and visitors who are at Dania Home or Dania Manor must follow this order.  Families or visitors must also wear a mask in the room while visiting a loved one.  This is a direct response to the Province’s ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases.  If you have any specific questions, please contact me anytime.  Thank you for acting on today’s order and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Lui Franciosi

Executive Director

604-292-8132

 

 

August 9, 2021

Dear Residents and Families of Dania,

I hope you are having a good summer. I would like to provide you with updates from our campus of care.

We continue to be COVID-19 free.  On July 19, 2021, the BC Ministry of Health announced changes to social visitation in long-term care.  We no longer require scheduling social visits in advance at Dania Home and Dania Manor and the number of visitors is now unlimited. Visitor screening and the process of hand hygiene, wearing of medical masks and physical distancing still continue to remain in place.  Visitors must also provide our screeners with their vaccination status before accessing their loved ones. These changes have been thus far successful.  We look forward to moving to Step 4 of BC’s Restart Plan, where more than 70% of the adult population is predicted to be vaccinated with the first dose along with low numbers of COVID cases and hospitalizations. Please do continue monitoring our COVID-19 status at www.dania.bc.ca for any new updates.

Also, we recently decided to change the keypad code for Dania Home’s neighborhood doors and stairwells for the security of our residents and staff.  The new door code is available from screeners or neighborhood nurses upon request; however, we encourage families to not openly share the code or display the keys to other residents while visiting loved ones. Thank you for your assistance.

If you have any specific questions, please contact me anytime. I am always available to you either by phone or email.  Thank you and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Lui Franciosi

Executive Director

604-292-8132

 

 

July 09, 2021

 

Dear Residents and Families of Dania,

I hope you have been well over the last month. I wanted to provide you with new updates from our campus of care.

During our recent heatwave, I am pleased to say that our staff and residents managed well.  With staff help and additional water stations, fans, reflective window material, including signage at all sites and air conditioning at Dania Home, we kept everyone hydrated and cool as possible.

We also continue to be COVID-19 free.  Yesterday, the BC Ministry of Health announced changes to visitation in long-term care and seniors assisted living; infection control and prevention protocols in care homes, and the single site order. These changes take effect on July 19, 2021.  For your reference, I have included direct webpage links below that expand on these changes:

BC Ministry of Health Announcement – July 8, 2021:

Eased visitation restrictions, new protections coming for seniors in long-term care

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021HLTH0124-001331

To view a presentation outlining the changes, visit:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/VisitorRestrictionPPT.pdf

For our families, this means that, as of July 19, the requirement of scheduling social visits in advance at Dania Home and Dania Manor will be removed along with the limit on the number of visitors. However, the screening of visitors as well as the process of hand hygiene, wearing of medical masks and physical distancing will continue to remain in place.  Visitors will be also need to provide our screeners with their vaccination status before accessing their loved ones. Overall, we are pleased with these changes and we look forward to seeing everyone this summer at Dania.  Please do continue monitoring our COVID-19 status at www.dania.bc.ca for any new updates.

If you have any specific questions, please contact me anytime. I am always available to you either by phone or email.  Thank you and stay safe.

Sincerely,

Lui Franciosi

Executive Director

604-292-8132

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