07 Aug Update on Visitation
It’s been a while since I have given a general update as to what is happening at Sunset Lodge with regard to COVID.
The big concern on everyone’s mind at present is visitation and I have some good news on that front.
Most people have now either had their first visit or have their first visit scheduled, this means we can now start looking at developing a recurring visitation schedule for everyone. The really good news is that Island Health has given us funding to hire additional staff to help us accommodate with the visitation between residents and families.
As a result of this additional staff, we will be expanding the number of days that we can devote to visitation as well as be able to set up some times on the weekend to schedule visitation for those people who work during the week. Scott Richardson, the Sunset Lodge Chaplain, will be giving out more detail about the scheduling once our new staff is up and trained and ready to roll. Our goal is that by mid -September, everyone should be booked into a recurring schedule for visitation meaning that you should have a regular day and time booked to see your loved one.
Everyone at Sunset Lodge is doing well. The activity department is working tirelessly to make sure your loved ones are connected with you either by phone call, family letters or Skype calls. They are also making sure that your loved ones get outside in the garden as much as possible during our sunny weather. We are all taking time to reassure the residents daily that you are still there for them and that you love them and can’t wait to see them. Because of the dementia that so many of our residents live with, the staff make an effort to remind residents of your love and support several times a day if necessary.
Scott and his team are also working very, very hard making sure family visitation is successful for both you and our residents. Scott and his team as well as myself have witnessed some beautiful visitation moments between you and those you love and we hope to see many more of those in the coming weeks.
I want to take a moment to thank you all for your patience, understanding and support through this very difficult time-you are all simply amazing!
Thank you and please stay safe,