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July 20th, 2020

Dear Residents, Families, and Care Partners,

At Optima Living, we know how hard this time has been for both residents and their loved ones to be physically separated. We are delighted to facilitate expanded visitation! As we welcome back loved ones in a safe and controlled way, we appreciate everyone’s patience.

Thank you for the incredible courage, strength, and cooperation you have shown in protecting our cherished residents and those who care for them.

Our communities are experiencing such a tremendous amount of support & gratitude and we truly could not be more thankful.

Here is a thank you Chilliwack Lifestyles, an Optima Living Community in Chilliwack, received in the local newspaper.


Let’s Continue to Stay Safe:

COVID-19 Prevention at Optima Living Communities includes infection control precautions that are being taken in each of our residences and offices, including implementing all recommendations from Health Authorities and Government Officials. Everyone is asked to maintain their COVID-19 health practices, including physical distancing, frequent handwashing and wearing a mask when distancing isn’t possible.

Some of our infection control precautions include:

– Universal masking for care partners

– Enhanced screening

– Limited visitor access 

– Infection control and outbreak plans are in place and ready to activate

– Enhanced cleaning and sanitation, particularly of high-touch areas, in all communities

– Ensuring adequate supplies of personal protective equipment are available in each facility in case of an outbreak





Thank you. Be Safe. Be Well.  

Farid Damji | Co-Founder & Principal
Optima Living Communities




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For Strathcona County, the most authoritative news source is strathcona.ca/covid19. There, you’ll find all of the latest news on the development of the virus, as well as details of the latest action taken against it within Strathcona County.

For the latest news, updates, and resources:

  • • Strathcona County Emergency Advisory Committee, click here.
  • • Alberta Health Services, click here. This includes a great self assessment tool.
  • • Government of Alberta, click here.
  • • How the Government of Canada is handling matters, click here.
  • • World Health Organization, click here.

Online Entertainment

  • • To tour museums all around the world, click here.
  • • To check out digital concerts and plays, click here.
  • • Travel the world from your own couch by clicking here.

Emergency Financial Assistance

In the case of unexpected emergencies, the province of Alberta has infrastructure designed to provide temporary financial help for food, child care, transportation, accommodation, and more. Check alberta.ca or call 1-866-644-5135 to see if you qualify.


At this time, all Strathcona County transit routes remain operational. They also offer a Mobility Bus service for those who, due to a physical or functional limitation, cannot use the fixed-route service. For more information on transit, click here or call 780-449-9680.


People of all ages seek counselling for any number of reasons. The Strathcona County counselling team includes psychologists and clinical social workers that are happy to talk to you. Call 780-464-4044 with any issue you would like to discuss.

The Alberta Government has established a program called Text4Hope. If you are feeling stress, anxiety, or depression due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they can help. This free service will provide three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy–based text messages written by mental health therapists. Simply text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe. Click here for more information.

Solutions Navigation

The Solutions Navigation team can help you find your way through life’s issues, including ones pertinent to today’s unusual circumstances. Give them a call at 780-464-4044. For any issue you may have, such as access to food, pharmaceuticals, or social isolation, get in touch with the Navigators. They are always happy to help.

Crisis Contact Numbers

The complete list of crisis contact numbers—including Alberta Health Services and the Strathcona County Elder Abuse Line—is listed on the Strathcona County website. Click here to see them.

Social Isolation

If you know a senior who may be isolated, reach out to them. Click here for tips and information about social isolation and how to prevent it.

These may be trying times, but the team at Aster Gardens truly believes in the strength of the Strathcona County community. We know that, if we work together, we will overcome this and any other challenge that gets thrown our way. We’re on your side.

Get in touch with us any time for any questions you may have.

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