UPDATE: Active Screening Protocol

Active Screening – two times per shift

Effective immediately, there will be active screening for COVID-19 symptoms at beginning and during your shift. Please see your supervisor for details.

Kim Scott,
Infection Control Lead

STAFF PARKING NOTICE

Attention All Staff:

With the increase in visitors, we are seeing more cars in our parking lots. Therefore, Impark will be increasing their patrols.
You are reminded that you need an Impark parking pass to park on Menno Place lots. Click Here for instructions on Sign up How-To

An alternative is to park for free at the Peace Lutheran Church; passes are available from Human Resources.

Parking in the “Resident Only” parking along Brundige Ave and Primrose St is for residents and their visitors only. This includes the angled parking on the east side of Primrose Gardens. We have asked the City of Abbotsford to increase their patrols of these spots as well, and watch for parking passes. Staff are not permitted to park in these areas or take parking passes that are meant for visitors.

Thank you for your cooperation.
Pearl Nucich

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CORky’s Back! Health & Safety Audit Sept 14 -17

We’re all responsible for a safe work environment!

September 14th to 17th, Menno Place will be having our annual Health & Safety Audit.

Auditors can ask any team member COR questions about safety at Menno Place. Let’s all be ready!

Strengthen your COR knowledge by reviewing these safety questions and answers:

RESPONSIBILITY

Q: CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES?

A:

  • Protect my health and safety and the health and safety of others
  • Follow establish safe work procedures
  • Use protective equipment, devices and clothing
  • Don’t engage in horseplay
  • Report unsafe conditions, equipment and acts
  • Don’t work under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Work with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Cooperate with WorkSafeBC

 

Q: IS THERE A PROCESS TO ENSURE THAT CONTRACTORS ARE MEETING THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY OBLIGATIONS?

A: Yes, they sign a health and safety contract before working on the Menno Place campus.

 

PPE & EQUIPMENT

Q: WHEN WORKERS ARE REQUIRED TO USE PPE, HAVE THEY BEEN TRAINED IN THE USE, MAINTENANCE AND LIMITATIONS OF IT?

A: Yes, there is training in orientation. Managers train their staff in the use of Personal Protective Equipment.

 

Q: DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER BROKEN OR DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT?

A: Use the tag-out process to have the equipment removed and repaired.

 

EDUCATION

Q: DOES THE EMPLOYER HAVE A FORMAL ORIENTATION?

A: Yes, this happens for all new staff, all newly-transferred employees and all who are returning after a lengthy absence.

 

Q: ARE WRITTEN SAFE WORK PROCEDURES READLY AVAILABLE TO WORKERS?

A: Yes. They are available in each department and through SharePoint.

 

EMERGENCY

Q: DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CONTACT FIRST AID?

A: Yes. Through training in Orientation and signage on OHS bulletin boards.

 

Q: HAS TRAINING BEEN GIVEN TO EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE A LEAD IN AN EMERGENCY?

A: Yes. We have regular emergency training drills for leaders and team members.

 

REPORTING

Q: IS THERE A SYSTEM FOR YOU TO REPORT UNSAFE / UNHEALTHY CONDITIONS OR PRACTICES? 

A: Yes. Support to supervisor or submit a WorxHub request.

 

Q: DO YOU KNOW HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OR AN ACCIDENT?

A: Complete Near Miss or Incident report.

 

LEADERSHIP

Q: ARE MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS LEADING BY EXAMPLE?

 

Q: ARE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS COMMUNICATED TO WORKERS?

 

COVID-19

Q: DOES MENNO PLACE HAVE A COVID-19 EMERGENCY PLAN? 

A: Yes.

 

…Remember, safety is no accident!

 

CORky’s Back! Health & Safety Audit Sept 14 -17

We’re all responsible for a safe work environment!

September 14th to 17th, Menno Place will be having our annual Health & Safety Audit.

Auditors can ask any team member COR questions about safety at Menno Place. Let’s all be ready!

Strengthen your COR knowledge by reviewing these safety questions and answers:

RESPONSIBILITY

Q: CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY RESPONSIBILITIES?

A:

  • Protect my health and safety and the health and safety of others
  • Follow establish safe work procedures
  • Use protective equipment, devices and clothing
  • Don’t engage in horseplay
  • Report unsafe conditions, equipment and acts
  • Don’t work under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Work with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee
  • Cooperate with WorkSafeBC

 

Q: IS THERE A PROCESS TO ENSURE THAT CONTRACTORS ARE MEETING THEIR HEALTH AND SAFETY OBLIGATIONS?

A: Yes, they sign a health and safety contract before working on the Menno Place campus.

 

PPE & EQUIPMENT

Q: WHEN WORKERS ARE REQUIRED TO USE PPE, HAVE THEY BEEN TRAINED IN THE USE, MAINTENANCE AND LIMITATIONS OF IT?

A: Yes, there is training in orientation. Managers train their staff in the use of Personal Protective Equipment.

 

Q: DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER BROKEN OR DEFECTIVE EQUIPMENT?

A: Use the tag-out process to have the equipment removed and repaired.

 

EDUCATION

Q: DOES THE EMPLOYER HAVE A FORMAL ORIENTATION?

A: Yes, this happens for all new staff, all newly-transferred employees and all who are returning after a lengthy absence.

 

Q: ARE WRITTEN SAFE WORK PROCEDURES READLY AVAILABLE TO WORKERS?

A: Yes. They are available in each department and through SharePoint.

 

EMERGENCY

Q: DO YOU KNOW HOW TO CONTACT FIRST AID?

A: Yes. Through training in Orientation and signage on OHS bulletin boards.

 

Q: HAS TRAINING BEEN GIVEN TO EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE A LEAD IN AN EMERGENCY?

A: Yes. We have regular emergency training drills for leaders and team members.

 

REPORTING

Q: IS THERE A SYSTEM FOR YOU TO REPORT UNSAFE / UNHEALTHY CONDITIONS OR PRACTICES? 

A: Yes. Support to supervisor or submit a WorxHub request.

 

Q: DO YOU KNOW HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OR AN ACCIDENT?

A: Complete Near Miss or Incident report.

 

LEADERSHIP

Q: ARE MANAGERS AND SUPERVISORS LEADING BY EXAMPLE?

 

Q: ARE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS COMMUNICATED TO WORKERS?

 

COVID-19

Q: DOES MENNO PLACE HAVE A COVID-19 EMERGENCY PLAN? 

A: Yes.

 

…Remember, safety is no accident!

ALL STAFF: Mandatory Training

MEMO: PG, TW & TE Isolation Period Lifted Sunday, Aug 30

Menno Place Memo

To: All Residents, Staff & Families of Menno Place
Re: Primrose Gardens, Terrace West & Terrace East Self-Isolation Period Lifted Sunday, August 30th, 2020
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020

As of Saturday, August 29th, NO residents of Primrose Gardens and Terrace West Independent Living Apartments and Terrace East Assisted Living Apartments have tested positive or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. 

The self isolation period for these residents will be lifted on Sunday, August 30th, 2020 at 9:00am. 

  • Residents are permitted to leave their suites and go outdoors if they are feeling well.
  • Masks must be worn in indoor public spaces, and outdoors if a physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Residents, family and friends are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors on the Menno Place campus as long as they remain 6 feet apart
  • Registered Visitors of Primrose Gardens and Terrace West may resume their visits and deliveries as before. Indoor masks and hand hygiene required. 
  • Residents of Primrose Gardens, Terrace West & Terrace East may resume walks to Mill Lake, shopping, appointments, and short visits to family members’ homes as before. Masks must be worn and a physical distance of 6 feet must be maintained. Any gatherings off campus may not be larger than 50 people. We encourage residents not to attend large gatherings if possible. 
  • Meals in the dining room will resume next week. Invitations will be issued as before. 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • Your safe, physically distanced outdoor visit on the Menno Place campus is a no-touch visit. No holding hands, shaking hands, back rubbing, hugging, kissing, or touching. 
  • Every visitor is expected to practice hand hygiene. You should bring your own hand sanitizer with you so that you can clean your hands before and after your visit with your loved one.
  • Only Registered Visitors may enter the apartment buildings. You must wear your ID badge to enter. There are NO visitors inside Terrace East. If a visitor needs to use the restroom, there is a porta-potty available near Terrace East at the Living Waters Garden. You must hand-sanitize after use.
  • Residents: If you are going off of the Menno Place campus, keep yourself safe. Avoid crowds and practice hand hygiene. Always bring a mask and a personal sized hand sanitizer with you. Minimize the number of indoor events you go to each week (once per week is a reasonable number). Keep a physical distance of 6 feet between you and others. Sharing car rides should only be done with masks on. 
  • Continue to Self-Screen and report any symptoms to staff immediately:

Self-Screening Questions

Do you have new onset of any of these symptoms:

Fever Sore throat or painful swallowing Muscle aches
Cough Loss of sense of smell Fatigue
Shortness of breath Loss of sense of taste Nausea and/or vomiting
Headache Loss of appetite Diarrhea
Chills Runny nose

Do you have any of these risk factors?

Been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 or anyone who has been to the US in the past two weeks?
Been advised to self-isolate or quarantine at home by public health or a medical doctor/nurse?
Been in hospital for more than 12 hours?

Thank you for your patience and compliance during this self isolation period. If you have any questions, please contact Manager of Community Enrichment for Menno Place Apartments, Cheryl Dawes, at cheryl.dawes@mennoplace.ca or 604-851-4020.

All other protocols for Pavilion Independent Living and Long Term Care in Menno Home & Hospital remain unchanged.

Karen Biggs
CEO, Menno Place 

P.S. Have you found our Family & Friends website? For information and updates, go to: www.MennoPlaceLife.com

For information and discussion with others whose loved one lives at Menno Place, please ask to join the Menno Place Family & Friends Facebook Group.

CORky’s Back! Health & Safety Audit Sept 14 -17

Words of Encouragement Across Campus

Thank you to these two wonderful dietary staff at Menno Apartments, Monica Neufeld (left) and Rhonda Yager (right) for sharing words of encouragement on the Menno campus!

UPDATE: Isolation Period for Primrose Gardens, Terrace West & Terrace East

Menno Place Memo
To: All Residents, Staff & Families of Menno Place
Re: UPDATE: COVID-19 Exposure in Primrose Gardens & Terrace West Independent Living Apartments
Date: Monday, August 24th, 2020 1:30pm 

On Friday, August 21st, Menno Place notified residents, family, and friends of a COVID-19 exposure in Primrose Gardens and Terrace West Independent Living Apartments. Read the Aug. 21 Memo here

The exposed residents and their families have all been contacted and advised. Residents were swabbed on Saturday and all results have come back negative for COVID-19. We are cautiously optimistic as false negatives are possible among the elderly. We are monitoring symptoms and the situation closely. 

Thank you for your prayerful support and for honouring our request to halt visits and deliveries on the Menno Place campus over the weekend. 

At this time, we are asking ALL residents of Primrose Gardens, Terrace West AND Terrace East to abide by an isolation period until the morning of August 30th. 

This means:

  • Staying in your apartment.
  • Meals will be delivered to your apartment. 
  • All hair appointments have been cancelled. 

As Terrace East Assisted Living Apartments are connected to Terrace West Independent Living Apartments, we are asking those residents to also abide by this isolation period out of an abundance of caution. 

Residents of Primrose Gardens, Terrace West, and Terrace East may continue to go to important medical appointments off-campus. 

Registered Visitors of Primrose Gardens, Terrace West, and Terrace East must refrain from visiting or making deliveries to the campus until the morning of August 30th unless absolutely necessary. 

Families and friends of residents in these facilities must wait until the morning of August 30th to resume outdoor visits. 

To make arrangements for essential medical appointments, please contact Manager of Community Enrichment for Menno Place Apartments, Cheryl Dawes, at cheryl.dawes@mennoplace.ca or 604-851-4020. Essential grocery deliveries can be made with the receptionists. 

Pavilion Independent Living residents may continue to have registered visitors and outdoor visits. Menno Home and Hospital Safe Social Visits will also continue as before. 

We are grateful for the many messages of encouragement (like this one) that we received over the weekend:

“Thank you so much for all your careful work during these challenging times. I am praying for you. I have complete confidence that you are doing everything possible to keep the residents safe.”

Thank you for your cooperation and love for the residents and staff of Menno Place. We will continue to send necessary updates to the situation. 

Karen Biggs
CEO, Menno Place 

Have you found our Family & Friends website? For information and updates, go to: www.MennoPlaceLife.com

For information and discussion with others whose loved one lives at Menno Place, please ask to join the Menno Place Family & Friends Facebook Group.

 

FAQ’s:

How do I make essential grocery deliveries to my loved one until August 30th?

Essential grocery deliveries can be made 9am to 11:30am 7 days a week (on weekends, a phone number for dietary staff is posted on the outside door. Call and the dietary team will come to receive the groceries from you). Please remember to keep groceries “essential” until August 30th as to not overrun the receptionists. Primrose Garden grocery deliveries can be made at the main door with Brenda. Terrace East and Terrace West deliveries can be made at the Terrace East main door with Claire. If you use Save On or another grocery delivery service, deliveries also need to be during the hours mentioned above. Deliveries for Terrace East & West have to be made at the Terrace East main entrance.

 

My loved one lives in the Terrace East Assisted Living Apartments. If there was no COVID-19 exposure in Terrace East, why are they being asked to abide by the isolation period until the morning of August 30th? 

Out of an abundance of caution. The Terrace East building is connected to Terrace West. 

 

When will the rotating dining room schedule resume in Primrose Gardens, Terrace West and Terrace East?

Meals in the dining rooms in these buildings will resume after August 30th if there is no change to the situation. Residents will receive their invitations as before. 

 

I have a Safe Social Visit booked with my loved one in Menno Home or Hospital. Should I reschedule my visit until after August 30th?

There has been no exposure to residents in Menno Home or Hospital. The Safe Social Visit sites are also in separate buildings from the exposure. You may keep your appointment if you are comfortable doing so.

If it is more than 24 hours before your appointment, you can reschedule quickly and easily by clicking on the ‘Change/Cancel’ button at the bottom of your appointment confirmation email. Please keep in mind that Safe Social Visits are on a rotating schedule through our units, and it may be several weeks until a time slot for your loved one’s unit becomes available again.

If you would like to cancel or reschedule and it is less than 24 hours before your appointment, please contact Life Enrichment Coordinator, Garry Janzen at garry.janzen@mennoplace.ca or 604-851-1332.

 

My loved one does not live in the exposed buildings. Why are you notifying me?

Out of an abundance of caution. It is important to us that you are aware of all COVID-19 related news.