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Update on our COVID-19 Strategy

 

(Updated - Monday, May 25/20)

Over eight weeks ago, The Berkeley mounted a very aggressive offense against COVID-19 and it has served us well. We are blessed to have a team that is cohesive and cooperative. As always, our employees have been nothing short of amazing! Their recent efforts to go above and beyond have helped us maintain the daily routines our residents know, love, and expect. We cannot thank them enough for their positive attitudes and indomitable spirits! Their collective efforts continue to make The Berkeley a warm, welcoming, socially-active community for seniors.

The Berkeley remains committed to maintaining the health and safety of both residents and employees during this pandemic. Through this prolonged period of isolation, the impacts of loneliness and inactivity on overall health and wellness have been global. The importance of belonging to a community and maintaining a social life has never been more apparent. We continue to do our part to keep residents safe and healthy, while also finding ways to keep them active and engaged as their mental, emotional, and physical health is our top priority. We are pleased to say they have all remained positive and upbeat despite the many recent changes to their lifestyle. We thank both residents and their families for their patience and understanding during this challenging time and, most importantly, for respecting the measures we have put in place to keep everyone safe.

As we look to the future and life returning to normal, we would like to turn your attention to the virtual tours on our website. For now, we will not be doing in-person tours. In June, we will start to allow new residents to move in under controlled circumstances. If you would like a personalized virtual tour or more information, please call Jenn Walker at (902) 802-0346 or email jenn.walker@theberkeley.com.

The Berkeley will continue to monitor the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada, and local government agencies. We look forward to life returning to normal, and seeing visitors come and go from our communities once again. Until then, we will stay apart so we can get through this pandemic together!

The following are measures we are currently taking to protect our residents and employees:

  • We have closed our buildings to ALL visitors
  • Employees and outside caregivers must pass a screening test and a temperature check before starting and at the end of their workday
  • Employees who normally go to multiple locations have been assigned to one building to limit contact
  • Outside care workers must wear masks while in our buildings
  • Residents are asked only to go out for fresh air and exercise, and essential medical appointments.
  • Residents are not to leave the property in a vehicle with anyone except for essential medical appointments
  • Residents returning from hospital (or any overnight absence) will be quarantined for 14 days
  • All residents and staff are monitored closely for any change in their health
  • Employees receive regular reminders about hand hygiene, social distancing and protocols set out by the Provincial State of Emergency
  • Employees who feel ill for any reason will be asked to stay home for up to 14 days depending on the situation
  • Employees who have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home for 14 days
  • Recreation programs have been moved to larger spaces and limits have been placed on group size to ensure appropriate social distancing
  • Dining Room has shifted to a 2-seatings model for lunch and dinner to reduce numbers in the dining room at any given time (model approved by Public Health)
  • Tray service is available for anyone who chooses to isolate themselves and will be mandatory for anyone who shows any signs of illness or who must quarantine upon return from hospital or other overnight absence
  • Housekeeping is sanitizing high touch surfaces and common areas regularly throughout the day
  • All staff are wearing homemade masks when in proximity of residents (staff have been given instructions for proper use)
  • All Berkeley healthcare staff are wearing medical grade masks throughout their workday
  • External care workers will be sent away if they do not have a mask
  • Family will only be allowed on Berkeley property to drop off items at the door

Not seeing family is very difficult, but we feel it is extremely important to limit contact with others in general. Recreation staff is more than happy to set up virtual visits using Facetime or Skype with our in-house iPads. Please call Reception to organize.

We would like to wish everyone well during this unsure and difficult time. We thank family for their support of the measures we are taking to keep residents safe. We ask that you help us to reinforce these measures for the safety of everyone. The best defense is that we work together to protect not only ourselves but each other. We are committed to protecting our residents and employees and will continue to monitor the recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada and local government agencies. We encourage everyone to stay informed by visiting https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ for updates. Thank you for taking the time to read this message. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon!