The following COVID-19 updates are from the office of Shawn Terlson, President & CEO.

July 20, 2021

Please see updated COVID-19 guidelines here. If you have any questions, please direct them to info@shepherdscare.org

July 14, 2021

As you may have heard, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued new guidelines for long term care operators. We just received these new documents yesterday afternoon and our Emergency Operations Committee will be meeting today to discuss implementation. For now there are no changes to our current protocols, including mandatory masking on our sites.

We have launched Cubigo for visit scheduling and family communications. If you have not received an invite email yet, please email cubigo@shepherdscare.org with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your loved one’s name
  • Your loved one’s site (and room number, if known)

May 11, 2021

Based on feedback from our resident survey and the new CMOH Order, we have updated our visitation policies to reflect four Designated Family Support Persons per resident and increased social visits. You can find the updated material on our visitation page:  https://www.shepherdscare.org/visiting-loved-ones/.

We continue to be COVID-19 free at our facilities. Eden House had previously been listed as "Outbreak" due to a private companion testing positive. There were no staff nor resident cases. The outbreak status was lifted today.

As Dr. Hinshaw announced, visitation in Long Term Care and Supportive Living will be increased and all operators must have updated policies in place by May 10. We had previously obtained family input on risk tolerance and we are about to survey all staff and residents as well. We will be creating site-specific visitation policies that reflect the results of these risk assessments in the coming days.

April 8, 2021

Vanguard Update

We have been made aware of a volunteer who attended Vanguard on March 25 who subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. We have completed testing of all staff and residents and all tests have come back negative. The site was placed under precautionary outbreak by AHS and we continue to monitor the situation.

Town Hall with Dr. Hinshaw
You are invited to a Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Dr. James Silvius from Alberta Health Services, to discuss the next steps towards easing restrictions in care settings.

As vaccinations continue to be offered to residents and staff in these settings, Alberta Health would like to understand what changes to restrictions would make the most impact to you. Although COVID-19 will continue to remain a risk, and there is much we don’t know about the protection the vaccine affords, Alberta Health is committed to timely and informed updates to the public health orders that impact your setting.

Register by clicking the link below for the session that works best for you:

March 26, 2021

There have been no active resident cases since mid-February at any Shepherd’s Care Foundation site. We have adopted rapid staff testing in partnership with AHS at our sites .

As of now, there have been no updates to the visitation rules and the information on our visitation page is current.

We have been notified that one staff member at our Barrhead location has a variant of COVID-19, which was community acquired. This staff member did not work while symptomatic and was off work for a few days before that. We do not believe there has been any transmission at the site. We continue to work with public health to monitor the situation.

March 13, 2021

Eden House is now off outbreak. There are no cases of COVID-19 at any Shepherd’s Care site.

Shepherd’s Care is once again asking our family members for their feedback as we look to shape our visitation policy moving forward. Your feedback will also help Alberta Health as they look to make changes to the visitation orders based on risk tolerance. All responses are completely anonymous.

The survey will take no more than 5 minutes and is accessible here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YXZ5Z9C

 

March 11, 2021

We are pleased to confirm all sites are off outbreak, except for Eden House which is currently waiting for swabs.

We have successfully vaccinated over 92% of residents and over 75% of front-line staff. We are currently waiting direction from AHS on how vaccinations for new residents will work.

We have had lots of questions about how visitation rules may change or relax as a result of immunizations. At this point, we have no additional information from Dr. Hinshaw’s office, so the rules outlined in the visitation policy still stand. We know this is something both operators and families have been seeking clarification on from her, so we do expect an update some time soon. In the mean time, we are conducting a survey on visitation and the link will be available shortly.

February 20, 2021

Kensington Village is officially off of COVID-19 outbreak. As reported in the media, all residents of long term care and supportive living have had the opportunity to receive their COVID-19 shot.

Residents of Shepherd’s Meadows bungalows were not included by Public Health with the Kensington campus distribution, however all Albertans over the age of 75 can book a vaccination appointment effective February 24. The information on how to sign up is here: https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx 

February 18, 2021

We have now had 92% of our long term care and designated supportive living residents fully vaccinated! The remaining sites to be vaccinated, Heritage Condos and Southside Manor, have now been scheduled. Please refer to our vaccine page at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/vaccines/. We have also confirmed that Public Health will not be vaccinating the Shepherd’s Meadows Bungalows at this time.

Our resident and family councils are continuing this week and next week. If you’re interested in joining, please register online here: https://www.shepherdscare.org/get-involved/resident-family-councils/

February 8, 2021

We are happy to report that as of this weekend, all residents who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine have received their second dose. Any new residents who consented also received their first dose with this latest round. Front line staff who received their first dose will be receiving their second dose this week.

Resident and Family Councils for our care centres are happening later in February, they are open to all family members. You can register online here: https://www.shepherdscare.org/get-involved/resident-family-councils/ .

January 29, 2021

There are currently no active cases t Vanguard and there have been no new cases at Eden House or Kensington Village for more than 10 days. 

Barrhead residents received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday. We are tentatively expecting Millwoods and Kensington to have their second doses on February 3 and we will update our vaccines page if there is any changes.

Finally, the Resident and Family Councils for Long Term Care and Designated Supportive Living are scheduled for February, you can register for your site’s councils at https://www.shepherdscare.org/get-involved/resident-family-councils/ . 

January 21, 2021

With most of our staff and residents having received the first vaccine dose, and the supply issues being mentioned in the media, we have reached out to Alberta Health for updates on the expected timing of both vaccines for the second dose. We do not have any information as of yet for when first doses will resume. 

Pfizer Vaccine Update

 In order for AHS to respond to the recently announced reductions in Pfizer vaccine in the upcoming weeks, adjustments are being made to the COVID-19 vaccine implementation plan. Effective January 20, all first dose appointments for staff and physicians are postponed. Some second dose appointments for staff and physicians will also need to be rescheduled. 

Anyone whose appointment is being postponed or rescheduled will be contacted directly by AHS via email, and then a text or automated call. An email will also be sent when you are able to rebook appointments. Please do not call Health Link. 

Vaccine has been reserved to ensure that we are able to provide second doses to all long term care and designated supportive living residents. We will also be using available vaccine to provide second doses to staff and physicians within the allowable window.

Moderna Vaccine Update 

There has been no interruption in supply of Moderna and with the expected shipment February 3 there will be sufficient vaccine to complete the second dose of immunizations for residents and staff who received Moderna for their first dose. 

The supply concerns are with the Pfizer vaccine and there is no known date for next shipments of Pfizer.  Any Pfizer doses received will be utilized to complete the 2nd dose immunizations for supportive living residents. 

AstraZeneca and Janssen Laboratories have vaccines that are currently under review by Health Canada with no timeline on when they will be approved.  

NACI (National Advisory Committee on Immunizations) is recommending only using the same manufacturer’s vaccine for both doses. 

As we have more information we will update you, I know that many residents, families, staff and community members are disappointed as we all would like to resume some measure of interactions that are now prohibited.

January 20, 2021

As updated on our vaccines FAQ page, the planned vaccinations for independent residents at Kensington Village and Mllwoods Campus have been postponed due to supply shortages. At this point, we don’t know when public health will be offering the vaccines again. They have confirmed there is enough supply for all long term care and supportive living residents who received the first dose to receive their second dose.

Alberta Health is conducting a continuing care review and all families of residents in long term care or supportive living are encouraged to participate. You can find more information and the link to the survey here.

January 18, 2021

We have confirmed that the vaccine will be available to independent residents at Kensington Village (Inn, Manor, and Condos) on Thursday the 21st, and to independent residents at Millwoods campus (Millwoods Manor and Shepherd’s Gardens Condos) on Friday the 22nd.

Vaccines are by appointment so residents need to call the front desk at each location to make an appointment. We have sent a letter to all applicable residents  outlining this today.

We do not have confirmed dates for Southside Manor or Heritage Gardens Condos.

We are happy to report that the outbreak at Southside Manor has been lifted and there has been no known resident cases of COVID-19. The data suggests the outbreak was caught early and contained to staff.

January 15, 2021

To date we have vaccinated all long term care and supportive living residents who consented in all of our care homes. We expect all long term care and supportive living staff to be completed by early next week.

We have also confirmed with Public Health that Vanguard 4th floor will be vaccinated tomorrow and Kensington Village Inn, Manor, and Condos will be vaccinated on Thursday the 21st, barring any supply issues. We will have more information on our  vaccine page.

We will work with Public Health on the timing of the second dose.

Our site outbreaks continue to be contained and we expect the outbreak at Millwoods to be lifted in the next few days.

January 12, 2021

We are happy to confirm that, as of tomorrow, all Long Term Care and Supportive Living staff and residents will have had the opportunity to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

We have also confirmed with Alberta Health that independent residents, including those receiving Personal Supportive Living/home care services, will now be vaccinated in Phase 1B. We don’t know exactly when that will be, but according to the Alberta Health website (https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx) they are projecting February 2021.

January 4, 2021

We received confirmation that staff and residents of Millwoods Long term Care and Kensington Village Long Term Care will receive the COVID-19 vaccine this week. This is very welcome news. As we receive more information about other sites, we will update our vaccine FAQ page.

There are currently 0 active COVID-19 cases at our Vanguard Care Centre. Thank you to the hard work of our staff and our partners at AHS who helped manage the outbreak

We became aware of a Home Care Attendant that worked at Millwoods Manor and Southside Manor who contracted COVID-19 in the community. We have completed our trace back and identified 36 residents who have been placed on precautionary isolation and will be swabbed for COVID-19.

December 31, 2020

The residents of our Barrhead location had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine today. As we confirm dates  for other locations, the vaccine page (https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/vaccines/) will be updated.

The outbreak at Vanguard continues to be contained with just one active case. We are working with AHS to manage the outbreak.

December 24, 2020

There are no new COVID-19 cases to report. We have updated our vaccine info page with some additional Q&A about the Moderna vaccine. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Thank you to everyone who has limited their contacts and helped control the spread.

December 22, 2020

The outbreak at Vanguard Care Centre continues to be contained and our active case numbers are falling. We are working with AHS to manage the outbreak.

Dr. Hinshaw has released a letter to all families of residents in long term care. You can read this letter here

As a reminder, we have Q&A on how to celebrate safe Christmas with your loved one at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/safe-christmas/ and we have information on COVID-19 vaccination at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/vaccines/

December 18, 2020

The outbreak at Vanguard Care Centre has been holding steady, and the outbreak at Greenfield has been lifted. Our public disclosure has been updated accordingly. We have also had some new information about the COVID-19 vaccine and have updated our vaccine information page (https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/vaccines/).

We’ve had some inquiries about taking residents out of the facility for Christmas. Please refer to our Safe Christmas page (www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/safe-christmas/)  for information. Under the current Public Health laws, this would be prohibited. The extremely high level of community spread has been determined to be the largest factor in care home outbreaks.

We understand how difficult this is for many of our residents and families. With the vaccines just around the corner, now is not the time to let our guard up.

December 14, 2020

We have created a new dedicated webpage to answer all your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. It is located at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/vaccines/ and as we learn more information about when and how the vaccine will be made available we will update that page.

The number of active COVID-19 cases at Vanguard Care Centre has decreased to 27. Our public disclosure has been updated.

With the high community spread in Edmonton, we are strongly encouraging designated support persons to use technology as much as possible to visit your loved ones. 

December 8, 2020

With the significant rise in community cases, there has been an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases at our Vanguard and Kensington Village locations. We have updated our public disclosure accordingly.

With the promise of a vaccine just around the corner, we are asking our family members to be extra vigilant and visit using technology as much as possible. We will continue our tireless advocacy to ensure our residents and staff are among the first to be offered the vaccine.

December 4, 2020

We are extremely optimistic at the news of a pending vaccine for COVID-19 and will continue to advocate through our industry associations to ensure our residents and staff are first in line for the vaccine.

We continue to work with AHS to manage the outbreak at Vangaurd Care Centre. There has been one new resident case and 2 new staff cases. We continue to swab all asymptomatic residents and staff weekly. Our public disclosure has been updated. The outbreak at Millwoods Care Centre is expected to be lifted tomorrow. At Kensington Village, we have completed swabbing of the entire care campus (excluding independent residents). There are two active staff cases, both believed to be community acquired. 

November 30, 2020

There continue to be no active resident COVID-19 cases at Millwoods. there remain 5 staff cases, all believed to be community acquired. At Eden House, one staff member has recovered and we will be re-swabbing all staff and residents this week. There is no change to Greenfield, and all applicable asymptomatic staff and residents will be re-swabbed tomorrow.

There are two additional COVID-19 cases at Vanguard Care Centre. Our public disclosure has been updated:https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/covid-19-disclosure/.  We are working with AHS to manage the outbreak, which includes additional physician and nurse practitioners on site, and weekly resident and staff testing.

November 25, 2020

Dr. Hinshaw has issued a letter to family members of residents in care and supportive living. You can read the letter here.

As a reminder, we post updates here every few days when there is new information to share. However our COVID-19 disclosure with the number and location of cases is always current and you can access that here: www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/covid-19-disclosure/

The outbreak at Millwoods Continuing Care Centre remains contained with no active resident cases. There are 4 active staff cases, all community acquired, which are unconnected to the resident outbreak and with no suspected spread. The site is still considered on outbreak by Public Health, we will let you know when the outbreak status is lifted.

There is one active staff case at Greenfield, community acquired. All applicable residents and staff were swabbed, all resident swabs have returned negative. 

There is one active support staff case at the Kensington Village dementia cottages, community acquired. All applicable staff and residents are being swabbed this week.

There are two active staff cases at Eden House, community acquired. All applicable staff and residents are being swabbed this week. At this point we do not believe there has been any spread.

There are 20 active resident cases at Vanguard Care Centre, 19 on the 2nd floor and 1 on the 3rd floor. All other resident swabs have returned negative. The fourth floor independent residents were swabbed by Public Health; Shepherd’s Care will not have access to their results. Any independent resident feeling unwell is advised to remain in their suite and notify the front desk immediately at 780-474-1798.

November 20, 2020

The outbreak at Millwoods continues to be contained with one active case. We have received all the asymptomatic test results from the first, second, and third floors at Vanguard and have updated our disclosure, there are a total of 7 COVID-19 positive residents. AHS completed swabbing of the independent residents on the fourth floor, however Shepherd’s Care will not be notified of any results since we have no clinical touchpoints with them.

November 18, 2020

The Millwoods Care Centre outbreak continues to be contained with only one active resident case.

There are a total of 6 residents at Vanguard who have tested positive for COVID-19. All swabbing has been completed. All of the results on the first floor are negative, and all of the asymptomatic residents on the 3rd floor tested negative. We are still waiting for results from the second floor.

November 17, 2020

The outbreak at Millwoods Care Centre continues to be contained with two active cases on site. All negative residents were re-swabbed this week.

We have confirmed 4 COVID-19 positive residents on the second floor of Vanguard Care Centre. All 4 residents are on the second floor. We have swabbed all consenting residents of the facility and have been in contact with all families of the affected residents. We do not have any information on the source of the infection at this time and are working with public health contact tracers.

Eden House remains on outbreak pending three swabs, however there are no known COVID-19 cases on site.

November 15, 2020

Shepherd’s Care Foundation has issued the following statement on the proposed class action lawsuit. The statement can be accessed here.

November 14, 2020

The outbreak at Millwoods Long Term Care centre continues to be contained, with just two remaining active resident cases, both on the second floor. We will be continuing with asymptomatic swabbing until the outbreak is over.

Eden House remains on outbreak status for now pending swab results of a new move-in however there are no COVID-19 positive residents or staff on site.

November 10, 2020

The outbreak at Millwoods Continuing Care continues to be contained with only 2 active resident cases on site. The results of the most recent asymptomatic swabbing was all negative. As the outbreak winds down, we will post updates less frequently unless there is a major change.

Once we are confirmed off outbreak by Public Health (typically about 14 days after the last resident has been declared recovered), we will be able to resume visitation at Millwoods Continuing Care.

The resident at Eden House with COVID-19 has recovered and we expect Eden House to be off outbreak by the end of this week.

November 9, 2020

There are currently 3 active COVID-19 resident cases at Millwoods Long Term Care Centre, one on the 3rd floor and two on the 2nd floor. We continue to work with our partners at AHS to manage the outbreak.

We just completed our second round of swabbing at Eden House and all resident swabs have returned negative. There remains one COVID-19 positive resident at Eden House and the swab results suggest this has been successfully contained.

November 1, 2020

We can now confirm we have 45 recovered residents from the 3rd floor of Millwoods Long Term Care. All other results from the 2nd floor are negative, which suggests the one positive case on the 2nd floor has been isolated. There are currently only 5 active COVID-19 cases on site. We continue to work with AHS to manage the outbreak. 

As of today we do not have any results from Eden House swabbing in yet, we expect those in the next few days.

November 2, 2020

We currently have 6 active COVID-19 resident cases at Millwoods Long Term Care. There are two on the 2nd floor, we have determined neither of those were a result of floor-to-floor transmission. All other swabs on the 2nd floor came back negative. We are continuing to work with AHS to manage the outbreak.

All swabs at Eden House returned negative. There is one COVID-19 positive resident there and it looks to be contained successfully. We have no COVID-19 cases at any other sites.

November 5, 2020

There have been no new COVID-19 cases at Millwoods Long Term Care. There are currently just 5 active resident cases at Millwoods Long Term Care and 1 at Eden House. We continue to work with our partners at AHS to manage the outbreak.

October 29, 2020

We have confirmed a COVID-19 positive result on the 2nd floor of Millwoods Long Term Care. The family of the resident has been contacted. We are working with public health now contact tracing. 

There is one COVID-19 positive resident at Eden House. It was determined it was acquired at an outpatient medical procedure. As per Shepherd’s Care policy, the individual had been on isolation after returning. All residents were tested for COVID-19 yesterday and we are waiting results. Staff testing is 50% completed.

October 28, 2020

We have a total of 36 residents and 23 staff recovered at Millwoods, with no new resident cases for almost two weeks. Our public disclosure has been updated. We remain cautiously optimistic that the outbreak has been contained. There has been no spread to the second floor.

Based on your feedback, starting this week, we will only be telephoning families of Millwoods Continuing Care residents every two weeks, so that we can focus our staff on facilitating zoom and skype calls. Our clinical team will continue to stay in touch with family members regarding the health of your loved one.

We have also updated our visitation policy based on direction from Dr. Hinshaw. Like us, she is extremely alarmed at the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Edmonton Zone. Until further notice, only the Designated Support Person(s) are permitted to visit in the Edmonton Zone. We have reached out to all families who had a group visit booked. Note that this does not include Barrhead at this time. Our updated visitation policy is available at: https://www.shepherdscare.org/visiting-loved-ones/site-visitation-policies/.

October 26, 2020

We now have 30 residents on the 3rd floor of Millwoods Long Term Care Centre who have recovered from COVID-19. We continue to work with our partners at AHS to manage the outbreak.

October 22, 2020

We have one more confirmed resident recovery and 5 more staff recoveries with no new resident cases. We continue to work with AHS to manage the outbreak. 

October 20, 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended our Town Hall last night. If you were unable to attend, you can view the recording here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5308064317309487618 .

We have had only one new resident case on the 3rd floor since last week. We believe the outbreak has been contained and is under control. We continue to work with our partners at AHS to manage the outbreak.

October 15, 2020

We are very happy to report that 21 COVID-19 residents have now recovered, which means we have a total of 31 active resident cases at Millwoods Long Term Care. This quick recovery time, along with our successful containment of the outbreak to the 3rd floor, is a result of the swift and decisive action we took in the early days of the pandemic. We are continuing to work with our partners at AHS to manage the outbreak. 

October 14, 2020

We can confirm two more COVID-19 positive individuals resident on the 3rd floor of Millwoods Long Term Care Centre. We completed this week’s round of asymptomatic resident testing on the third floor and expect second floor to be completed tonight. Our staffing levels remain above baseline. Our recreation and pastoral care teams are fully back on Millwoods site as of today and are facilitating zoom and Skype calls for residents, with the priority on our COVID-19 positive residents. We are also continuing our weekly telephone calls to families.

As a reminder, if you plan on attending our Town Hall meeting with President & CEO Shawn Terlson next Monday, please submit your questions in advance so we can answer as many as possible. You can submit them to info@shepherdscare.org.

October 13, 2020

We have completed our latest round of asymptomatic testing and the current COVID-19 resident total count has increased to 58. We have no new hospitalizations. We continue to work closely with AHS to manage and contain the outbreak. The outbreak is still contained to the 3rd floor. Two more staff have recovered.

October 10, 2020

We have one additional COVID-19 positive resident on the 3rd floor. All active cases except one are recovering on site, with the majority of residents either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms. We just completed our 4th round of asymptomatic swabbing, and all results returned are negative with 8 pending swabs. We continue to work with AHS to manage the outbreak. 

Eden House is officially removed from the outbreak list. There were no positive staff or residents ar Eden House.

October 9, 2020

Shepherd’s Care continues to work with our partners at AHS to manage the outbreak at Millwoods Long Term Care. With our recreation and pastoral care teams returning, we are able to start Zoom calls again. We have also secured additional staffing pools which have enabled us to keep our staffing levels up. 

Our President & CEO, Shawn Terlson, will be hosting a COVID-19 townhall for all family members and residents of Shepherd’s Care Foundation. The event will be Monday, October 19, at 6:00 PM.

The registration link is: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2650644768307624463

Please send your questions in advance to info@shepherdscare.org so we can answer as many as we can.

October 8, 2020

We can confirm one additional positive resident case from the last round of swabbing on the 3rd floor. It is likely this is from the initial exposure as we just passed the 14-day incubation period. We have brought in additional staffing to help ensure we continue to meet our service levels. We continue to work with AHS to manage the outbreak. 

October 7, 2020

The outbreak at Millwoods Long Term Care still appears to have been contained. We continue to do weekly re-testing of all negative residents. COVID-19 has a 14-day incubation period, and we are within 14 days of the isolation. We believe all newly reported cases were connected with the original cases and not a result of new spread.

Our recreation and pastoral care teams will be back on site in the coming days and will be able to facilitate zoom and Skype calls with residents again. 

Save the date - October 19 at 6:00 PM Shepherd’s Care will be hosting another virtual Town Hall with our President & CEO Shawn Terlson to answer your questions about this outbreak and our ongoing response. Registration details will be forthcoming.

October 4, 2020

Our latest round of testing has confirmed a few additional COVID-19 positive cases at Millwoods Long Term Care 3rd Floor. We are committed to regular testing. We are working closely with AHS staff to  ensure all residents receive quality, individualized care. Unfortunately, we also had two individuals pass away, both with co-morbidities. We remain fully staffed.

As a reminder, we will be calling all families at Millwoods Long Term Care weekly and if there is any change in your loved one our clinical staff will call immediately. 

All visits at Millwoods Long Term Care are currently on hold during the outbreak.

October 2, 2020

We have all the swabs returned from last week and can confirm no resident on the 2nd floor has tested positive. We have three additional resident cases on the 3rd floor and 2 contractor staff who have tested positive and our disclosure has been updated accordingly.

Our staff will continue calling all Millwoods residents’ primary contacts each week for the duration of the outbreak. If the condition of any of the residents changes our nursing staff will also call.

Effective immediately, we are  also suspending in-room visits at all of our care facilities. Visits will still be permitted in outdoor areas and in designated indoor common areas. We appreciate your understanding.

October 1, 2020

Our previous round of testing has revealed a few additional COVID-19 positive cases at Millwoods Long Term Care and our public disclosure has been updated accordingly. Thankfully we proactively isolated all residents when the outbreak was suspected, which has contained the spread. All negative staff and residents were re-tested over the past two days.

Eden House does not have any COVID-19 positive or presumed positive staff or residents. That site is showing up on the public listing because of an independent contractor who works with one of our residents who has tested positive. All residents of Eden House were swabbed and the results so far are all negative.

September 30, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak at Millwoods Long Term Care 3rd floor appears to be contained. There have been no cases confirmed outside the initial pod. We are still waiting for a few test results from the 2nd floor, however the majority have been returned and are all negative. All staff and residents at Millwods Long Term Care (with the exception of the known positive cases, whom are not retested as per AHS) are being re-tested today and tomorrow.

We received notification that a private contractor hired by one of our residents of Eden  House has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was not on our site while symptomatic. As a precaution, all residents and staff were tested on September 26 and we are waiting for the majority of the results. All results which have come in so far are negative. Because this contractor came to Eden House, AHS has placed this site on "outbreak", however there are no  know positive staff or residents at Eden House. 

We also received notification of an Aramark employee who works at our Vanguard facility who tested positive for COVID-19. This employee has not been on site since September 20 and became symptomatic several days later. 

September 29, 2020

We have confirmed two additional staff form Millwoods Long Term Care have tested positive for COVID-19. Neither of these staff worked while symptomatic.

We have received almost all of the COVID-19 test results from the 2nd floor, and so far they are all negative. This suggests we have successfully contained the outbreak to part of the 3rd floor. We are re-testing all staff and residents tomorrow.

Our pastoral and recreation teams will be reaching out to the primary contact of our Millwoods Long Term Care residents to touch base and answer any questions you may have.

September 28, 2020

 There have been no changes in our COVID-19 numbers since yesterday. You can access our public disclosure at: www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/covid-19-disclosure/

We believe the most likely source of the COVID-19 outbreak at Millwoods Long Term Care centre was a visitor. This is an important reminder that the general public needs to take this pandemic seriously. As long as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the general public, we will unfortunately see more cases in long term care facilities.

 Through Dr. Hinshaw’s public consultations, it was heard loud and clear that family members wanted full and ongoing access to their loved ones during the pandemic. This means an increased level of risk. Visitors may be COVID-19 positive and not showing any symptoms. Visitors may also fail to follow proper use of personal protective equipment and hand hygiene protocols.

Effective immediately, we are offering full personal protective equipment to all visitors who want it, which includes face shield, gown, and gloves.

 Ongoing Response

Our ongoing response to the outbreak includes the following:

  • Redeployed senior clinical leadership staff to the site and increased education, training, and auditing;
  • Investing in additional staff to ensure we continue to deliver quality care;
  • Immediate isolation of all staff identified in the contact tracing;
  • All staff and residents at Millwoods Long Term Care will be re-tested for COVID-19 on September 30;
  • Medical staff have visited all COVID-19 positive residents and are providing ongoing individualized care;
  • Working closely with AHS and public health, who will be contacting the visitors who had contact with COVID-19 positive residents.

 All of the positive cases are on the 3rd floor. We do not have all of the test results from the 2nd floor yet, however all the ones that have come in so far are negative.

 If you have any questions, please send them in to us at info@shepherdscare.org

September 26, 2020

Our COVID-19 update can be accessed here.

September 25, 2020

We can confirm there have been six COVID-19 positive cases at Millwoods Long Term Care Centre. Four of these are staff, with one recovered. Two are residents who recently passed away.

As a result of this new outbreak, we have taken the following immediate steps:

  • All residents and staff have been swabbed as of September 23. We are currently waiting results.
  • All residents in Millwoods Long Term Care Centre have been placed on precautionary isolation. While we await test results. Meals will be  served via tray service.
  • All visits have been temporarily suspended while we await the testing results.
  • We are working with public health on the contact tracing. All staff who have been identified have been placed on leave and are isolating.

We are committed to doing everything in our power to protect our residents and staff. We will post more information as it becomes available.

August 31, 2020

We are happy to report that public health is expected to lift the outbreak at Kensington Village long term care on September 1, and Vanguard supportive living on September 4. Both of these outbreaks involved staff only. All residents in each area were tested as a precaution and all swabs have returned negative to date. 

August 24, 2020

We are happy to report that the outbreak at Greenfield  has  been lifted. We ar every grateful for the support of out staff, residents, and families, as we worked quickly and diligently to contain the outbreak. The outbreak at Heritage Gardens independent condos has also been lifted and Heritage Market Grill re-opens today.

At Kensington Village Long Term Care, we have had 4 staff test positive. All long term care residents and staff have been tested. Outdoor visits are not permitted at this time, however we are still facilitating indoor visits where possible. At this time we do not believe any residents are COVID-19 positive, however any resident who may be symptomatic will be isolated as a precaution. 

At Vanguard Supportive Living, we have 2 staff test positive. All supportive living residents and staff have been tested, and all results so far have been negative. We are still waiting for some results. At this time we do not believe any residents are COVID-19 positive, however any resident who may be symptomatic will be isolated as a precaution. Independent living residents have not been tested; however they are urged to call 811 to arrange asymptomatic testing.

August 18, 2020

We have confirmed with public health that all remaining resident COVID-19 cases at Greenfield have now recovered. All staff cases have also recovered. We are working with public health now to determine when th e outbreak status will be lifted.

August 11, 2020

As of today, our Southside Manor site is officially off "investigation" and there were no COVID-19 positive swabs. At Kensington Village, all 9 individuals who were potentially exposed to the COVID-19 positive LPN have tested negative, and all asymptomatic swabs have also been negative. There have been no new cases at our Greenfield site.

August 10, 2020

We are happy to report that the one COVID-19 positive case at the independently owned Heritage Condos has been "Recovered". This means that public health will be removing the outbreak designation for the site around August 22.  There have been four COVID-19 positive residents at Greenfield that have recovered as well. We also received notification that an essential volunteer who was at Greenfield has tested positive for COVID-19.

August 5, 2020

We were notified late yesterday evening of a staff member at Kensington Village who has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual works in the DSL/DAL unit. Because all staff and residents are cohorted, we do not expect any impact to staff and residents outside of this unit. We are working with public health on contact tracing and will have more information as it becomes available.

UPDATE: We have confirmed that the individual did not work while symptomatic and has been off work since July 31. There were 2 staff and 9 residents that interacted with the individual on July 30 who will be on isolation pending COVID-19 test results. The individual was in mask and face shield while performing care. As a result, public health will not be declaring an outbreak at this time. However, as a precaution, all staff and residents of the DSL/DAL unit will be tested for COVID-19. No staff or residents are symptomatic at this time.

August 4, 2020

We have had no new COVID-19 cases at our Greenfield location. Our public disclosure has been updated to reflect a COVID-19 positive individual that was missed on our last public disclosure update. All other resident tests have returned negative. Our staff testing is complete and the results are so far all negative. We are working with public health to cross-reference all staff results. Any staff member or resident who is symptomatic is immediately put on isolation as a precaution.

All results for Eden House have been returned negative, and as a result the "Under Investigation" status by public  health will be lifted.

August 2, 2020

There have been no new COVID-19 cases for staff or residents. All of the resident and staff swabs that were administered at the independently owned Heritage Condos have been returned negative, and we expect the building to be lifted off of outbreak as early as August 15. We have also received all but 9 results from the testing administered as a precaution at Eden House and all are negative. We continue to receive the results from the testing at Southside Manor independent rental apartments and all are negative so far.

July 25, 2020

Thank you to everyone who took part in our visitation survey. Your feedback will be incorporated into our Safe Visitation Policies. 

We have completed all of the resident testing at Greenfield. We can confirm an additional 7 COVID-19 positive results. Our public disclosure has been updated accordingly. All symptomatic residents have been isolated, including those who are symptomatic but tested negative. Staff testing takes longer than resident testing and is ongoing. 

July 23, 2020

New Visitation Process

Thank you to all of our family members that completed our survey on the new visitation process. The survey will be open until tomorrow morning so if you have not had a chance to complete it yet please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LG59QLD and make sure your voice is heard.

We will be launching the new visitation process next Wednesday, July  29. This will ensure we have enough time for meaningful consultation with our family stakeholders.

Greenfield COVID-19 Outbreak

We have confirmed an additional staff tested positive for COVID-19. We have swabbed all residents and are awaiting results. Sadly, we can also report that the resident who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away yesterday. Our public disclosure has been updated.

July 20, 2020

The survey to have your say in crafting a new visitor policy at all Shepherd’s Care Foundation sites is now open. Family members, please go to  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LG59QLD to have your say. Under the new order (available at https://open.alberta.ca/publications/ministerial-order-29-2020-jsg), the operator is required to partner with families to determine how to  create a site-specific visitation policy that meets the needs of each site.

We have sadly confirmed a COVID-19 positive resident at our Greenfield facility. We are currently testing all staff and residents at the facility for COVID-19.

July 18, 2020

Today we were notified of a Health Care Aide working at our Greenfield facility that tested positive for COVID-19. They have not been at work since July 9. We have immediately placed Greenfield on our COVID-19 outbreak precautions, which you can review here:  www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/shepherds-care-relaunch-strategy/greenfield/.

In addition, we have taken the following steps:

  • Contract tracing is currently underway at the site;
  • Outbreak signage has been placed on the site entrances;
  • We are enacting our contingency staffing plan to ensure we have sufficient staff to continue delivering quality care to our residents;
  • Only designated essential visitors will be permitted - outdoor visits are suspended until further notice;
  • No group activities until further notice, only 1:1 activities.

We will have more information regarding resident testing in the coming days as we work with Public Health.

July 17, 2020

Updated Visitation Order
Based on feedback collected from her town halls, Dr. Hinshaw announced a new visitation Order 29-2020 yesterday. This Order does not come into effect yet and Shepherd’s Care will be sending out a survey to collect your thoughts on how we should implement the changes in the new Order. 

To ensure you receive the survey, please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our home page at https://www.shepherdscare.org/home/

All sites at Stage 3
All of our sites are now at Stage 3 - please review the site specific relaunch strategy for your loved one’s site at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/shepherds-care-relaunch-strategy/ to see what changes have been made. In many sites, we have scaled back temporary staff and are permitting more resident mobility. 

Volunteer Opportunity!
We are looking for volunteers to help facilitate Zoom calls with our residents! Please contact Judy Miller, Volunteer Coordinator, at judymiller@shepherdscare.org for more information.

July 2, 2020

We have updated our FAQ sections now that almost all of our sites are on Stage 3. We are expecting to confirm with public health today that Kensington Village long term care outbreak status will be lifted, at which time we can begin facilitating outdoor visits. We will update once we know more.

June 29, 2020

Thank you again to all of our residents and families at Kensington Village who have helped eliminate COVID-19 at our facility. We know the last few months have been very difficult.

Online visits for Kensington Village residents (except long term care) are now available for scheduling on our website at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/kensington-village-visit-requests/.  As Kensington Village independent rentals move into Stage 3, we have discontinued the weekly COVID-19 newsletter, with the last one being delivered today.

Now that the "Outbreak" status has been lifted at Kensington Village we are not restricting resident movement outside the buildings. However, we strongly recommend all residents continue to adhere to the guidelines from the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), which are to remain in your suite as much as possible, utilizing delivery services or loved ones to help with deliveries of groceries and medication. Dr. Hinshaw recommends only leaving for necessary appointments and to wear a mask continuously when not in your suite. Indoor visitors are still prohibited under the CMOH orders. If COVID-19 returns to the facility we will need to re-instate the lock down protocols so we are relying on our independent residents and their families to follow the CMOH guidelines to prevent COVID-19. We’ve seen with the recent outbreak in Calgary how quickly it can move through a congregate living site.

June 18, 2020

We are passing along information for registering for a Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, to discuss the next steps for Alberta’s Visitor Policy.

 As Alberta is entering into the next stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, please consider what matters most to you and what solutions you would propose to inform changes to the visitor policy for the summer months.

 Please consider what you would be willing to adjust or do differently to enable your desired type of visit.

 Register by clicking the link below for the session that works best with you and refer to the attachments in advance of the event to know what to expect.

 https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/opinio6//s?s=CC_TTH

 Attachments:

  1. Telephone Town Hall Participant Information
  2. Backgrounder – Visitor Policy
  3. Telephone Survey Questions
  4. CMOH Order 14-2020: Current Visitor Policy

June 17, 2020

We are very happy to report that we currently have no active cases of COVID-19 at Kensington Village. We know this has been a very difficult time for the staff, residents, and family of our Kensington Village facility and all our facilities. The measures we put in place have been successful. While we currently have no active cases, the Kensington Village facility is still on Outbreak status and as such we still cannot have visitors. We will have more information in the coming days about when we will be in a position to facilitate visits at Kensington Village and how that process will work. Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

June 8, 2020

Shepherd’s Care Foundation is grateful to report our number of active COVID-19 cases at Kensington Village has fallen to just 2. These results have shown us that the measures we took in place were the right ones to contain the outbreak at Kensington Village and prevent an outbreak at our other sites. We appreciate that the last few weeks have been difficult on our residents and their families, and we are cautiously optimistic that the end of the outbreak is in sight. 

As part of the relaunch strategy, the weekly newsletters delivered to the independent residents of Southside Manor will be discontinued and included as part of the regular monthly newsletter. The final weekly COVID-19 newsletter was delivered today and all of our independent communications to the residents of Southside Manor are available here: www.shepherdscare.org/independent-housing-rentals-condos/independent-housing-resident-communications/southside-manor-independent-newsletters/.

June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Posting Frequency

As the pandemic begins to slow down and we begin to execute our relaunch strategies, we will be posting only twice per week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, unless there is an urgent communication. We will always ensure our public disclosure is current.

COVID-19 Testing

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has made COVID-19 testing available to all Albertans, whether symptomatic or not.

  • For our residents in long term care and designated supportive living, Shepherd’s Care staff will be asking each resident if they want to be tested. If they consent, our staff will administer the test right one site.
  • For residents in our independent living facilities, including the condos, if they want to get tested they can do this by calling 811 or going online to https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/

Reminder: Relaunch Strategies

You can view our relaunch strategies online at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/shepherds-care-relaunch-strategy/. These strategies are living documents and will change according to site conditions so please refer to them regularly. 

May 28, 2020

We have one new COVID-19 case at Shepherd’s Care long term care Kensington Village, as well as one independent resident that had previously been declared "Recovered" now test positive again. Our public disclosure has been updated.

The Relaunch Strategies are live and will be updated periodically. They can be accessed at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/shepherds-care-relaunch-strategy/. Relaunch strategies for the condo buildings and for Vanguard Independent Rentals will be uploaded shortly. 

May 26, 2020

Relaunch Strategy

Our Relaunch Strategy by site has been posted here: www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/shepherds-care-relaunch-strategy/. Our number one priority remains the security and safety of our residents and staff, so the relaunch strategy by site is a living document and will change over time.

COVID-19 Update

We are happy to report we currently only have 4 active COVID-19 cases at Kensington Village. Our disclosure is current and can be located here: www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/covid-19-disclosure/. We understand there were some inaccurate numbers reported last week in the media and we have confirmed our disclosure is accurate with public health.

May 22, 2020

Today a resident who was previously deemed "Recovered" by public health has passed away, and was included with the COVID-19 death total. Our public disclosure has been updated. We are also aware of the discrepancy between our total case number and the one reported today, and we are actively working with public health to determine the cause.

Our relaunch strategy has been finalized and we will be making it public on Monday. The strategy will be site-specific, so please check back on Monday for more information.

Eden House has been lifted off outbreak status (not COVID-19 related) and is now able to schedule outdoor visits according to our Outdoor Visitation Policy (https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/outdoor-visitation-policy/).

May 19, 2020

Thank you to everyone who attended our Town Hall last Friday. If you were unable to attend, you can view the recording here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/6786216959894298114

We have confirmed two additional residents are recovered from COVID-19 and have updated our public disclosure accordingly. 

May 13, 2020

Shepherd’s Care Foundation will be hosting another Town Hall with President & CEO Shawn Terlson this Friday, May 15, at 7:00 PM for all families and residents of Shepherd’s Care Foundation. We will be updating you on our ongoing response to COVID-19 as well as presenting our relaunch strategy.

We will be recording the town halls so if you cannot join we will make the recording available to you.

Send in your questions!
Please email in your questions in advance to info@shepherdscare.org.

Registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/387784963835834123

May 7, 2020

Mother’s Day -  Shepherd’s Care has added additional staff to ensure your Mother’s Day deliveries are processed quickly. Please allow some time for delivery and refrain from dropping off anything time sensitive like ice cream. 

  • Shepherd’s Care will be distributing a carnation and book mark to every mother at all our sites.  
  • Recreation, Pastoral Care, Hospitality Aides, and available staff will be on site, in their cohort areas, over the Mother’s Day weekend to ensure flowers and cards are delivered to the resident’s rooms
    1. Flowers should be dropped off at security at respective building.
    2. Meals and groceries may also be dropped off at security for independent living
  • Outdoor visits will be available to 1 designated essential visitor in designated areas except sites on outbreak. See below for details.

Outdoor visits - we have a dedicated page for our outdoor visitation policy, you can access it here: www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/outdoor-visitation-policy/. We may make updates to the policy as we assess how it goes, so please refer back to this page frequently. As of today, both Kensington Village and Millwoods Continuing Care Centre are not permitting outdoor visitations. 

COVID-19 Update - we have had no new cases and three more residents are confirmed "Recovered". Our public disclosure has been updated and you can access it here: www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/covid-19-disclosure/.

May 4, 2020

Shepherd’s Care is finalizing details on arrangements for outdoor, social distancing visits between residents and a Designated Essential Visitor, as mandated by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The full details and process will be released on this page shortly – please watch this page for all the information you will need.

Here is an overview of how these visits will work:

  • The Designated Essential Visitor must be confirmed with the site manager prior to visits.
  • All visits must be pre-arranged and scheduled with reception.
  • Visits will take place outside only in the designated visitation areas so that social distance of 6 feet can be maintained at all times.
  • All Shepherd’s Care Foundation courtyards remain closed to all visitors/visits.
  • Residents who are symptomatic or on Additional Precautions may not visit.
  • Designated Essential Visitors must be wearing a mask at all times during the visit and may not attend if they are feeling unwell.
  • No visitations will be permitted at sites that are currently on outbreak, which includes Kensington Village.
  • If there is any physical contact or other violation of social distancing with your loved one, they will have to go into isolation for 14 days and your Designated Essential visitation privileges will be revoked.
  • The health and safety of our residents are our number 1 priority.

May 1, 2020

Further to our update from yesterday, our No Visitors Policy remains in effect.

Shepherd’s Care is working on a plan to facilitate social distancing visits outside. We will have more details available on our website early next week.

April 30, 2020

The responsibility of Shepherd’s Care Foundation is the health, safety, and protection of our vulnerable residents and staff.  With that in mind, Shepherd’s Care Foundation will be maintaining its policy of “No Visitors”, which includes offsite outdoor visitations.

We understand the desire for in-person visits and we share your concern over restrictions. However, this pandemic is not over and we firmly believe now is not the time for any restrictions to be loosened or lifted.

Using our own Kensington Site as an example, what began with an innocent visit between a resident and a COVID-19 positive relative who was not showing symptoms in early March has now lead to over 30 staff and residents with COVID-19, many who needed to be hospitalized and put in the ICU, and the tragic loss of 3 beautiful souls. In addition, we have had to put over 150 residents in 14-day isolation and on additional precautions.

That’s just one site, starting with one innocent visit. We cannot take the risk of this happening at any of our sites going forward.

Yesterday, we received confirmation that one of our staff  at Kensington who had no symptoms at all is COVID-19 positive. This is one of the things that makes this virus so deadly – you can be infecting others and not ever know you ever had it. Shepherd’s Care strongly advocated to get asymptomatic testing for all staff and residents at Kensington Village and finally received approval to start testing, which began on April 28.

To date, we have invested over $1,000,000 in measures to keep your loved ones safe. These include costs related to additional staffing, procurement of Personal Protective Equipment, and capital costs. Part of our investment is in technology through the purchase of additional iPads to facilitate virtual visits with your loved ones in care. We’ve hired almost 50 additional staff and continue to hire to help with care services and package and grocery deliveries.

This situation is frustrating for all of us, myself included. These are difficult and unprecedented times. My commitment to you remains the same; we will do everything in our power to keep your loved one safe. With your help and cooperation, we will get through this pandemic faster.

April 28, 2020

Our President & CEO, Shawn Terlson, has provided another video update on he COVID-19 pandemic and our response. You can view the video here: 

We have completed the COVID-19 test swabbing of all staff and residents at Kensington Village long term care, supportive living, and dementia. We will be completing the swabbing of our independent residents over the next few days. As a reminder, due to the volume of tests, we will only be calling if the result is positive. 

We have completed first round of phoning of our independent residents at Kensington Village and are now phoning independent resident at Millwoods Manor and Millwoods Gardens condos. These are courtesy calls to check in with our independent residents, make sure they are doing ok, and offering any help or resources that we can.

April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Testing at Kensington Village

We received confirmation late Friday from the Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health that we will be able to proceed with testing of all residents and staff at Kensington Village. We will be working with AHS over the coming days to sort out the logistics of the testing, however we can confirm the following:

  • Our first priority for testing will be staff and residents of long term care;
  • Due to the number of tests being administered, we will only contact the resident and their family in the event of a COVID-19 positive test result.

Masks for Independent Residents at Kensington Village

In order to continue to contain the COVID-19 outbreak at the senior’s rental apartments and independent condos at Kensington Village, we are mandating that masks be worn at all times when not in your suite (for laundry, collecting mail, and dropping off garbage). Over the next few days we will be supplying all Kensington Village independent residents with two reusable masks along with washing instructions.

April 24, 2020

Shepherd’s Care is heartbroken to announce the passing of one of our long term care residents with COVID-19. Our full statement is available here.

April 21, 2020

We continue to have no new COVID-19 cases at Kensington Village. As announced at our Town Hall last Friday, we have started a daily (Monday through Friday) newsletter for independent residents at Kensington Village. Copies of the daily newsletters can be found here: https://www.shepherdscare.org/independent-housing-rentals-condos/independent-housing-resident-communications/kensington-village-independent-newsletters/.

We appreciate your patience as we work through the questions from the Town Halls. We will be updating our FAQ at https://www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/faq/ with additional answers over the coming days.

April 20, 2020

Thank you to everyone who joined our town hall meetings last week with our President & CEO, Shawn Terlson, about our ongoing response to  COVID-19. We will be responding to any email questions that were not addressed in the coming days. We appreciate your patience.

The links to the recordings for the sessions are below:

Thursday, April 16 Town Hall (Long Term Care & Supportive Living Care)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/543563770694195719

Friday, April 17 Town Hall (Senior’s Rental Apartments & Independently Owned Condominiums)

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/5201816305603270671

April 15, 2020

Registration for our Town Hall meetings with the CEO is now open!

Send in your questions!
Please email in your questions in advance to info@shepherdscare.org.

Thursday, April 16 7:00 PM - Long term Care and Supportive Living
Registration Link: 
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2415472421332221707

  • Kensington: Designated Supportive Living, Dementia, Continuing Care
  • Barrhead
  • Greenfield
  • Eden House
  • Millwoods: Continuing Care, Designated Assisted Living
  • Vanguard

Friday, April 17 7:00 PM - Independent Condos and Senior’s Apartment Rentals
Registration Link: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3164022136545762827

  • Millwoods Gardens Condos, Millwoods Manor Rentals
  • Southside Manor Rentals
  • Heritage Gardens Condos
  • Kensington: Shepherd’s Place Condos and Bungalows, Shepherd’s Manor Apartments, Shepherd’s Inn Apartments, Lodge at Kensington Village Rentals

April 14, 2020

As of today, we have had 16 confirmed resident COVID-19 positive cases at Kensington Village, with 15 of those in the senior’s rental apartments and independently owned condos, and 1 in supportive living. Sadly, we have also had 2 residents with COVID-19 pass away. Our statement on this latest news is available  here. We also have 4 confirmed staff cases and 2 confirmed AHS case worker cases at Kensington Village. Our long term care units and our other facilities remain COVID-19 free. Maintaining this is of greatest importance as our senior’s health and safety is our only priority.

We welcome the increased measures announced by Dr. Hinshaw over the weekend, which are mandatory masks for all sites effective April 15, and a move to single site workers effective April 23. We have been planning internally in advance of this announcement for both of these measures. We have consistently exceeded Alberta Health Services’ minimum recommendations, and we are doing so again by mandating our staff wear face shields as well as masks. We are working with the government to ensure that we have a consistent supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

We have received a number of inquiries about having residents tested for COVID-19. The public health protocol is that only individuals who are symptomatic are tested, and we have to follow that protocol. Medically, it does not make sense to test individuals who are not showing symptoms, as the tests are in limited supply and the results may not be accurate. If your loved one is not showing any symptoms and you still believe they should be tested, please call 811 to discuss your concerns with public health.

We have appreciated the number of questions that have already come in for our town halls later this week, please keep them coming.

April 10, 2020

Shepherd’s Care is heartbroken to announce the passing today of one of the residents with COVID-19 from the senior’s rental apartments at Kensington Village . Our full statement is available here.

April 9, 2020

Shepherd’s Care Foundation has learned of 1 new COVID-19 positive case in the senior’s rental apartments. This makes a total of 18 cases - 6 staff and 12 residents. Of the 12 residents, 11 are in senior’s rental apartments and independently owned condos, and one is in supportive living. The new individual has been in isolation since April 3.

We will be hosting two telephone town halls next week to give our families the opportunity to ask questions of our President & CEO, Shawn Terlson.  The first night is for families of residents in our long term care and supportive living, and the second night is for families of residents in independent condos and senior’s rental apartments. See below for which night applies to you. Stay tuned for further information on how to join. We are asking for questions in advance so we can answer as many as possible, please send them in to info@shepherdscare.org

Thursday, April 16 7:00 PM - Long term Care and Supportive Living

  • Kensington: Designated Supportive Living, Dementia, Continuing Care
  • Barrhead
  • Greenfield
  • Eden House
  • Millwoods: Continuing Care, Designated Assisted Living
  • Vanguard

Friday, April 17 7:00 PM - Independent Condos and Senior’s Apartment Rentals

  • Millwoods Gardens Condos, Millwoods Manor Rentals
  • Southside Manor Rentals
  • Heritage Gardens Condos
  • Kensington: Shepherd’s Place Condos and Bungalows, Shepherd’s Manor Apartments, Shepherd’s Inn Apartments, Lodge at Kensington Village Rentals

April 7, 2020

Shepherd’s Care Foundation has received confirmation of three additional COVID-19 positive cases in the senior’s rental apartments attached to Kensington Village care home.  As of this writing we do not have any COVID-19 positive cases in our long term care and supportive care  areas of the Village. This brings the total confirmed cases up to 11 residents in the seniors rental apartments and condos.

 We also are aware of four staff members in home care services that were in contact with individuals in the independent rental apartments, and two Alberta Health Services case managers who have tested positive for COVID-19 . Our ongoing disclosure will always be updated immediately on our FAQ page at www.shepherdscare.org/covid-19/faq/.

With our move yesterday to isolate all residents at Kensington Village, and with staff at that facility mandated to wear personal protective equipment at all times, we expect the incidence of new cases to decrease.

Like most health care providers, we are always looking for additional supplies of personal protective equipment. We are in need of masks, face shields, and gowns. If you or anyone you know has access to these items, we would be extremely grateful for a donation. Every little bit helps. As a charitable organization, we will issue a tax receipt for your donation.

April 6, 2020

Shepherd’s Care Foundation has received confirmation of two additional COVID-19 positive cases in the senior’s rental apartments at Kensington Village. This brings the total confirmed cases up to 8 residents and 1 staff member who was providing home care to renters. We are also aware of two other staff and one Alberta Health Services case manager who have tested positive. 

We know that the best way to slow down he virus is to reduce contact. As a result, we have made the decision to instruct all residents at Kensington Village to self-isolate for at least the next 14 days. A letter went out to all residents today; families can read the letter here. Residents who are not under quarantine are still permitted to use the laundry, grocery, and mail facilities, and are strongly encouraged to wash their hands vigorously before and after. We have increased cleaning in high-touch areas using 1-minute kill products.

During this time, we will not be permitting any external visitors to our Kensington Site. Deliveries of food, medication, and personal items will be accepted at the main doors and delivered by our staff. Any residents who have any questions are asked to please call 780-447-3840. Our food service partner will still be delivering meals and may be able to help with groceries; they can be reached at 780-733-3308.

Any residents who are experiencing symptoms are instructed to call 811 and also to let us know at 780-447-3840.

If you have any further questions, please consult our FAQ for independent rentals here or email us at info@shepherdscare.org.

We understand this is a difficult time for everyone, and we appreciate your prayers. In these difficult times we are uplifted by the words found in Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

April 4, 2020

Our swift and decisive actions to contain the spread of COIVD-19 have been noticed by the media. CBC did a detailed interview with us and their story highlights what we have done and continue to do to keep our residents and staff safe. You can read the article here.

Over the past few days we have increased screening at our independent senior’s rental buildings and reduced visitors. We are also working with the condo boards at our independent senior’s condo buildings to ensure they are enforcing public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. In our care facilities, we have invested in increased cleaning using 1-minute kill products in all high-touch areas and continue to enforce our no visitors policy.

Late yesterday, we received notification of two additional COVID-19 positive cases at our Kensington Village facility, both in senior’s rental apartments. One of the individuals has been in isolation since March 16 and was connected to our first case. The second was a new arrival who moved in on March 20. We subsequently suspended all new move-ins on March 27, so this potential weak link in our defence system has been closed. Our increased screening with temperature check discovered a health care aide of ours who presented with a fever on April 1, and was subsequently sent into isolation. We received news late yesterday that this individual has also tested positive for COVID-19.

Our President & CEO, Shawn Terlson, explains these new cases in detail and our response to them:

March 31, 2020

Yesterday, in the AHS update it was incorrectly reported that there were two additional cases at Kensington Village for a total of 6. We have confirmed with AHS that this was not correct, at this time there are no additional confirmed cases in any Shepherd’s Care sites beyond the 4 cases already disclosed. 

March 27, 2020

Our President & CEO, Shawn Terlson, has a video message for all of our residents, families, staff, and stakeholders to address the increased measures we are taking to protect our staff and residents.

March 25, 2020

Our President & CEO, Shawn Terlson, has a video message for all of our residents, families, staff, and stakeholders.

March 23, 2020

 As everyone is aware, Shepherd’s Care is closely monitoring and reviewing updates regarding the COVID-19 situation in the province and as it affects us at Shepherd’s Care Foundation. COVID-19 can cause serious respiratory illness. Because it is a new virus with no treatment or immunity in people, it is critical for people with symptoms to stay home and away from others to keep it from spreading.

 We were notified today of a resident in our independent living who tested positive for COVID-19. While this is not welcome news, this is not unexpected with the current pandemic. My team and I have been preparing for this possibility for weeks and we have acted swiftly to contain it.

 Shepherd’s Care Foundation, with the support of Alberta Health Services Public Health has placed the entire Kensington Campus of Care on Respiratory Outbreak protocol.  Our priority and concern is for the well being of our residents and staff. We are confident that the measures being put in place support the well being of all.

 Effective immediately:

  • Kensington Village Wellness, Long Term Care, Designated Supportive Living, and independent living are closed to all visitors.
  • We have taken additional measures to prevent gatherings of more than 10 people, including closing our staff break rooms.
  • Our restaurants at Kensington and Heritage Gardens are closed, except to residents for delivery service.
  • We have implemented further restrictions on visitors to our independent living residents, and restricted movement between buildings on our campuses.

March 21, 2020

 We have implemented the order from Dr. Hinshaw, Medical Officer of Health, with respect to enhanced security measures for long-term care. These include the following new policies:

  • Visitors are now restricted one essential visitor designated by the resident or guardian;
  • Essential visitors must undergo and pass health screening;
  • All facilities are required to have security or staff placed at entrances for visitor screening.

 You can read the order in full here.

 If you have any questions about this new policy, please email us at info@shepherdscare.org. In addition to these, we have implemented the following additional measures:

  •  Our FAQ is live – please visit shepherdscare.org/covid-19/faq/ as this will have the most current information on our response to COVID-19.
  • Hairdressing services have been suspended for two weeks, at which point we will reassess.
  • All events have been cancelled and we have implemented multiple seatings in our dining rooms to ensure social distancing.
  • We are reaching out to all our families to ensure we have up to date contact information for ongoing communications and updates.
  • Our Treats n’ Treasures Thrift Store will be closed indefinitely.

March 18, 2020

We continue to monitor the developing situation with COVID-19 to ensure the safety of our residents, staff, and volunteers. We will also be proactively reaching out to families to ensure we have your most current contact information and let you know about our website updates on COVID-19.

  • Staffing levels are being monitored carefully and we have implemented a number of directives to ensure we have contingency plans in place to manage capacity. These include reaching out to contract and recently retired employees.
  • We have added a dedicated centralized webpage for COVID-19 information and we will be adding an FAQ tomorrow.
  • Following the advice of Dr. Hinshaw, staff that are able to work from home will do so.
  • Protocol is in place to immediately swab and test any residents and staff that display respiratory symptoms.

March 17, 2020 Update:

 

At Shepherd’s Care Foundation, the health and safety of our residents, staff and stakeholders is our top priority. We are holding ourselves accountable to continue providing quality care and quality accommodations to our beloved residents during this pandemic crisis. Our Emergency Operations Centre and Site Incident Command team continue to meet each day to collect and disseminate information.

Alberta Updates

  • The State of Emergency announced by the Premier yesterday provides additional flexibility for health employers like Shepherd’s Care to ensure we can continue to deliver care during this pandemic.
  • The Ministry of Health has released guidelines on “essential visitors” to facilities like ours, which includes those providing care and companionship for the well being of residents including end of life care. The Visitor Procedures announced on March 16 remain in effect.
  • Gatherings of people are to be limited to 10 people or under, and where possible everyone is encouraged to continue to self-isolate and practice 2 metre social distancing.

Resident Care

  • We are ensuring that all residents have access to Skype or Facetime to communicate with families and friends who are unable to visit at this time.  All our staff have iPads and computers available that they can utilize to assist residents.
  • Shepherd’s Care has restricted non-essential visits at all our facilities and enforces this by having all entrances locked 24/7. Our reception and frontline clinical staff are screening all visitors including contractors for respiratory symptoms.
  • Alberta Health Services is finalizing processes and guidance to enable on-site testing for clients/residents in Long Term Care, Designated Supportive Living and Home Care settings. All testing will be done outside of acute care hospitals unless absolutely necessary.
  • Our staff have been proactive in communicating risks including return from international travel, respiratory symptoms, and any potential exposure.
  • We are monitoring information on our workforce and tracking number of staff who are self isolating/quarantined and who have respiratory symptoms. 
  • Personal Protective Equipment is being stocked and sourced to ensure sufficient supply at all of our sites.

Events

  • Rehab, recreation and pastoral programming will continue at all sites with limitations on group size to 10 or less.
  • Hairdressing services will continue with restrictions to number of residents based on maintaining 2 metre distance and non-residents prohibited.
  • Admissions to all sites continuing.

Stay up to Date

Our Strategic Leadership Team is monitoring this worldwide situation on a daily basis. We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available. For immediate updates pertaining to Shepherd’s Care operations, follow us on  Facebook and Twitter.

Links

Read our Blog Post:  8 Ways to Help Seniors and Vulnerable Populations 

Learn more about the current COVID-19 situation in Alberta.

Coronavirus Awareness Resources for Canadians

 

March 16, 2020:

At Shepherd’s Care Foundation, the health and safety of our residents, staff and stakeholders is our top priority. We are holding ourselves accountable to continue providing quality care and quality accommodations to our beloved residents during this pandemic crisis. As such, the following precautions are currently in place:

Visitor Procedures

  • Only  visitors, contractors, volunteers and staff with essential business at our facilities will be able to enter our sites.
  • Upon entering, individuals will be screened for illness and must complete a disclosure form.
  • All staff, volunteers and contractors who have recently traveled outside of Canada are asked to self-quarantine for 14-days and are not to visit at any of our sites.
  • Anyone who presents signs of illness at our sites will be sent home.
  • If you are visiting a family member in palliative care, you will be asked to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).  Please consult with the charge nurse prior to visiting.
  • Anyone who does enter our sites is urged to join us in practicing heightened hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, and disinfect any used surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout our facilities.
  • All public dining rooms (Heritage Market Grill, Kensington Village Dining Room, Vanguard Dining Room) will be closed to the public. Only staff and on-site residents who are not showing signs of illness are permitted.
  • Corporate and administrative staff are limiting their direct contact with our residents. Staff may work between sites unless an outbreak is confirmed in our facilities.

Resident Care

  • Resident programming, with the exception of church services,  continues at this time. Group activities will be restricted to less than ten residents.
  • External outings are cancelled.
  • There will be more information about resident programming at our campuses in the coming days.
  • We are informing and educating staff on best practices for health and safety, including hygiene, cleaning procedures and personal protective equipment
  • Our partner, Aramark, is dedicated to the safety and well-being of their employees, and our residents,  and so they have instructed their staff to increase cleaning and sanitization on all touch-points using approved disinfectants, and to maintain sufficient supplies of cleaning, sanitization and PPE.

Events

  • Church services have been cancelled. More information to come.
  • Shepherd’s Care Foundation has cancelled or postponed large gatherings, group meetings and non-essential meetings. This includes our Executive Networking Luncheon, Volunteer Appreciation and 50th Anniversary Gala.
  • Our Mission Effectiveness Department is working with our preferred venues to secure new 2020 dates for Volunteer Appreciation and the Gala.

Stay up to Date

Our Strategic Leadership Team is monitoring this worldwide situation on a daily basis. We will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available. For immediate updates pertaining to Shepherd’s Care operations, follow us on  Facebook and Twitter.

Links

Read our Blog Post:  8 Ways to Help Seniors and Vulnerable Populations 

Learn more about the current COVID-19 situation in Alberta.

Coronavirus Awareness Resources for Canadians

Notice To Residents of Vanguard, Barrhead, Greenfield, Kensington, Millwoods and Eden House:

Effective September, all activity calendars and menus will be posted to your Cubigo account. If you have not yet received an invite to create a free account, please email cubigo@shepherdscare.org