Dear Family and Friends,
At Labdara Lithuanian Nursing Home, our primary focus is the health and well being of our residents. Since the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 10, 2020, our management team has been monitoring the situation and updating our actions accordingly. We have been focused on keeping our residents safe while providing high quality care. I am happy to report our home is free of outbreak or suspect outbreak at this time.
Visits with residents continue to be available outside on the front patio, weather permitting. If you would like to have a visit, please call our receptionists call 416-232-2112. If you can’t make it to the patio, we also continue to arrange video-visits for anyone who would like to access that service call recreation team 416-232-2112 ext 409.
Just a reminder that only essential caregivers are permitted to visit inside the building. General visitors must conduct their visits outside at present and 2 general visitors may visit with a resident outdoors. In situations where a resident's physical status makes it impossible to go outside (excluding weather related reasons), 1 general visitor is permitted entry to visit. However, at this time, we currently do not have any residents who would fall into this category due to their health status and only essential caregivers are permitted entry into the home. Inclement weather is not included when assessing whether a resident is able to go outside for a visit.
I also wanted to let everyone know that as of Wednesday, residents who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after their second dose) are permitted to leave the home for social visits. This means that any resident who is two weeks after receiving their second dose can go out for social reasons.
While we are still not permitted to have general visitors inside the home yet, fully vaccinated residents are now cleared to go out of the home for temporary social absences. Fully vaccinated residents are required to wear masks and maintain physical distancing when out of the home. It is important to note that if you are considering taking a resident out, it is important to assess whether or not the resident will be able to follow infection control practices. The vaccine is a great protection but there is still a risk of exposure when out in the community. So, it is important to ensure that the resident wears a mask and maintains safe physical distancing from others when out on social absences even if they are fully vaccinated.
We are excited for the residents as we continue to navigate the opening plan and we looking forward to summer and the increased connections for our residents!
We continue to implement our enhanced infection prevention and control protocols, testing of staff, active screening of staff and residents for signs and symptoms of COVID along with our increased disinfection throughout the home. We remain vigilant, but are excited as we look forward!
As always, if you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!