Modified Visitor Restrictions in Effect.
Effective November 12th, 2020 Alderwood will be extending the rules for in-room visits to allow the Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) to notify Alderwood of up to 2 individuals that they authorize to be the essential care giver (ECG) for the resident. The ECG can have direct contact with the resident while visiting and wearing a mask; gown and washing or sanitization their hands as needed.
The ECG will be provided with information/training to put on and remove a gown and mask; to sanitize and wash hands; social distance rules. The ECG will follow the rules of in-door visits with the following exceptions:
The ECG can book a visit for longer than one hour (depending on the time of arrival), and the ECG can book a visit 7 days per week. the visits can be booked for 1pm-4pm AND 5:15-6:15 daily. The ECG will be given a grey gown to wear so that the staff are aware that they are an ECG and that they are able to have more contact with the resident than the regular visitor. The ECG will be required to read and sign the indoor visit rules form if they have not done so already.
ALL VISITORS must be screened in (temperature recorded and complete the screening form and sign out)
There is only 1 visitor per resident per day regardless if the visitor is a regular visitor or the ECG. The ECG will still be required to go directly to the resident’s room and remain in the resident’s room and is not to have contact with the other residents at Alderwood. Visits will be cancelled for failure to follow the rules and guidelines. For those who require assistance, the visits will need to take place during regular visiting times when there is someone to assist them (they can stay longer than one hour and can assist the resident during the visit as the ECG).
Effective October 15, 2020 Alderwood will begin Off-site Home visits. To book a off-site home visits Call (902) 295 0177 Mon-Fri 10:00-4:00 (except Holidays and weekends) and leave a message. Please state the type of visit and leave your name and contact info. You will be contacted for specified info and screening by a nurse. At this time no overnight visits permitted or visits in the community other than to the specific home. Please remember that visits require pre-planning that may include organizing medications; changing routines so it is important that you call with at least two days notice as part of the mandatory pre-screening. There are new forms placed in the mailbox located in the main doors of the front entrance of Alderwood. They must be signed and returned PRIOR to the day of the scheduled visit. They contain the information regarding proper sanitation, disinfecting, procedures ETC.
UPDATE Thursday September 10, 2020
Request for volunteers:
At this time volunteers are not allowed in nursing homes but we are developing a plan where by we will utilize a few volunteers in the Baddeck area who can assist organizing the appointments from their home (cell phone will be provided). Those who may be interested can contact recreation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those interested in Skyping with their loved ones are asked to connect with the Recreation Department (902.295-2644 ext.226) to set a time and date and for Alderwood’s profile name. We have an iPad with Skype access which we are willing to share with our residents so that they can chat and see their families.
A 59 Long Term Care bed (all private with private bathrooms) facility with 11 Residential Care beds (all private with private bathrooms and private showers).
There are 6 home areas with either 11 or 12 bedrooms, a Community Hall for large gatherings/parties. Spacious court yards, patios with walking path around building overlooking the Bras d’Or Lakes…truly a place to call home.