May 25th, 2020
Dear Residents, Families and Care Partners:
We hope you and your families are all safe and well.
Thank you for the incredible courage, strength and cooperation you have shown in protecting our cherished residents and those who care for them. As we all start to experience quarantine fatigue and loosened lockdowns, please do not forget the public health measures that have allowed us to battle the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. It’s important that all of us take personal responsibility for protecting our communities from COVID-19.
Although things are less than normal in the outside world, Optima Living Communities are committed to maintaining a sense of normal within our walls.
We are here to support and connect families
Is your loved one celebrating a birthday? Let us know how we can help make it special. Friends and families are encouraged to stay in touch and to use the iPads that are available for residents.
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.
Some of these protocols include:
– Universal masking for care partners: All care partners who provide direct or indirect care within 2 meters of a resident wear a surgical mask. This will help us reduce the potential spread of the virus by providing an added layer of protection for care partners and residents alike.
– Enhanced screening for the virus: All sites are actively screening (including regular temperature checks) all care partners, essential visitors and residents according to government guidelines.
– Limited access to essential visitors only: At all sites from Independent Living to Long Term Care. Arrangements for outdoor visits are available at all sites.
– 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.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF DISTANCING?
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.
- • 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.
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.
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.