We are pleased to provide you with an update about visitation based on new information received from Island Health this afternoon, as well as the schedule for booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine for the people who live in our Care Homes.
VISITORS TO OUR CARE HOMES
On October 6, 2021, the Provincial Health Officer and Ministry of Health announced updated requirements for visitation in long term care homes. All visitors are now required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, excluding children under 12 years of age, or those with an approved medical exemption. Fully vaccinated means it has been seven days or more since you received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. For the protection of the people who live and work with us, and under current Provincial Health Orders, effective October 26, 2021, only fully vaccinated visitors will be permitted to enter our Care Homes.
Between October 12 and October 26, 2021:
Fully vaccinated visitors
(7 days post-second dose)
You are welcome to enter our Care Homes, once you have been screened.
All visitors must wear a medical-grade mask in common areas, which we will provide.
Visitors with one
You are welcome to enter our Care Homes once you have been screened. You must wear a medical-grade mask in all areas, including in your loved one’s room, for the duration of your visit. We will provide the mask.
You will not be able to enter our Care Homes, even to pass through to an outside space.
If you are visiting with your loved one outside, you must wear a medical-grade mask at all times, which we will provide.
Everyone who comes into our Care Homes will be screened before entry, and must follow COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks while in our Homes, and using appropriate hand hygiene. Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination and your photo identification. Proof of vaccination may be:
- The card you received when you were vaccinated, showing the date of your first and second doses; or,
- The BC Vaccine Card (QR code), either on your smart phone, or a paper copy. If you need a BC Vaccine Card, please visit www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof#card.
Your loved one is welcome to visit with you outside, or to enjoy an outing with you. If you are unvaccinated, and visiting outside, you must wear a medical-grade mask, which we will provide.
VACCINE BOOSTER SCHEDULE FOR RESIDENTS
We are delighted to let you know that Island Health has confirmed the dates when they will be on site in Broadmead Care Homes to administer a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for the people who live in our Care Homes. Consent will need to be obtained for those residents who wish to receive the COVID-19 booster vaccine. Below are the dates for each Care Home.
- Veterans Memorial Lodge – Wednesday, October 20, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
- Beckley Farm Lodge – Thursday, October 21, 1:00 – 3:30 pm
- Rest Haven Lodge – Thursday, October 28, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
- Nigel House – Thursday, October 28, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
As well, our annual flu vaccinations are either underway, or will be shortly, in all our Care Homes.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to do all we can to protect the people who live and work in our Care Homes. We will keep you informed as we know more, or as requirements change.