Year: 2021

Phase II Visitation Rules

June 16, 2021

As always the easing of restrictions is exciting and while the highlights are announced, often the details are not. New easing of restrictions means increased access to visitors and the community, but the Public Health measures have not eased. Wash your hands, wear a mask, physically distance, and don’t visit if you’re sick. Getting asymptomatic testing done, getting vaccinated, and disinfecting high touch surfaces are also essential components for keeping each other well. The changes in the document are effective tomorrow, Thursday, June 17, 2021.

As we enter these new phases-please be gentle with the staff, particularly the screening staff. Rules for the broader community are not the same for Long Term Care. The rules we follow and have to enforce are mandated by the COVID-19 Management in LTC Facilities Directive under the Authority of the Chief Medical Officer of Health –June 7,2021which are posted on our website.

Here are the document highlights related to visits and outings:

When visitation occurs (as permitted within the Health Protection Act Order) in long term care facilities the following measures must be in place:

  • Visitor information must be logged, including name, contact information, date and time of attendance at the facility.
  • Visitors must be screened upon arrival and be asymptomatic
  • Environmental cleaning of surfaces in the designated visiting areas occurs before and after each visit.
  • Visitors, DCP’s and volunteers are not permitted to enter the facility or grounds if they are under a requirement to self-isolate (due to travel, awaiting for results of COVID-19 testing , due to contact with a COVID-19 case, are currently ill with COVID-19 or for other reasons).
  • In addition to the requirements listed above, for outdoor social visits, visitors must wear a medical or non –medical mask during the visit.
  • In addition to the requirements listed above, for indoor social visits, visitors must wear a medical mask during the visit.
  • Outdoor visits are permitted for all residents. Outdoor visits without physical distancing is permitted for fully immunized residents only, and all visitors must be masked.
  • 2 DCP’s can visit a resident at the same time

 

NOTE: Volunteers and DCP’s are not required to maintain a physical distance of 2 meters /6 feet while performing care related tasks.

 

OFFSITE ACCESS:

Residents can go offsite with the DCPs or facility support person and access local parks, trails etc as able. They should not have contact with community members without wearing a mask.

Residents who are able, are permitted to go offsite to access trails, parks etc. alone if it is mutually agreeable between resident and the facility.

 

CAR RIDES:

As residents are not able to leave the vehicle while on an outing, we suggest a 60-90 minute maximum time frame. Those requesting longer outings will be redirected to a senior leader to discuss.  Residents are still not able to have access to community members or loved ones while out- we expect more freedoms in phase three and four.

The following measures are required for care outings:

  • The vehicle is cleaned and disinfected prior to and after each trip/outing.
  • The driver (DCP) is screened as per facility protocols and must be asymptomatic.
  • Residents are not permitted to get out of the vehicle during the trip/outing.
  • Hand hygiene must occur prior to and after the trip/outing.
  • Trip/outing information must be logged, including the DCP information, date and time of trip/outing.
  • Overnight visits are not permitted at this time

 

PACKAGE and MEAL DROP OFFS

In order to manage screening, supervising outdoor visits and daily deliveries we are also making the following changes:

  • Non-perishable items will be delivered once daily (around 2pm).
  • DCPs are welcome to drop off items in the care areas during visiting hours.
  • Meal drop off– We are finding that there are times meal drop offs come after mealtime has started in the care areas. In order to get meals to the residents before the scheduled meal times, we suggest the following drop off times:
    • Breakfast: Between 8:00am and 8:15 am
    • Lunch between: Between 11:30am-11:45am
    • Supper/Dinner: Between 4:00pm-4:15pm

We have streamlined the DCP and outdoor visits screening, but we must still collect the necessary information.

Here is a list of expected phases and the associated loosening of restrictions. Please remember, lifting and loosening restrictions does not mean Public Health measures are changing. Subject to change*****

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I know it’s a lot of information to absorb. As you can see, there are many details we are required to follow as we move through the new phases.

We are almost there! We have accomplished and endured a lot over the past 15 months. We can finish strong!! Vaccinations have been key to our growing freedoms, and Public Health measures continue to keep us open and safe.

Michelle Thompson

June 1st Update to Visitation Rules

Good Afternoon All:

There have been a few important changes to visitation.

Designated Care Providers:

Effective Wednesday, June 2 at 11:00 am-:

  • DCPs can visit daily between 11:00am and 5:00pm.
  • Both DCPs can now visit together regardless of where they live.
  • DCPs are deemed essential and can visit from anywhere in the province.
  • DCPs continue to be screened as they have been in the past when they come for their visit.

Outdoor visits will resume.

We will resume outdoor visits for residents who are fully vaccinated on Friday, June 4, 2021.

  • Outdoor visits will be hosted in the gazebo on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 am-5:00pm.
  • Residents can have 3-5 visitors- friends or family during their visit.
  • Visitors over the age of 2 years must wear a mask.
  • Visitors who are wearing a mask do not need to physically distance from the resident- this means you can give your loved one a hug and sit closer than 6 feet apart while you visit. Your nose and mouth must be covered by your mask during the entire visit.
  • If you remove your mask to communicate with your loved one, then you must remain 6 feet apart.
  • Visitors will be screened at the time of their visit in the gazebo by staff prior to the visit.
  • Do not visit if you have a fever or cough, cold or flu symptoms or if you or someone in your home is required to self-isolate or awaiting a COVID test result.
  • Your visit will be supported by a staff member and we ask that visitors be respectful and follow the rules.

Outdoor visits must be booked by emailing rkmacdonaldnursinghomevisits@gmail.com or by calling 902-870-3458.

Hairdressers

  • Licensed hairdressers can resume services to residents who are fully vaccinated on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Hairdressers must wear a medical mask.

 

 Competition #:420-18-05-05 -2021             Permanent FT Continuing Care Assistant

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7

                   Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Competition #:420-18-05-05 -2021                  Job Title:         Continuing Care Assistant

           Dept.:  Nursing                                              Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: May 5, 2021                              Close Date:   Open until filled

Reg/Temp: Permanent                                                   Full/Part                Full-time

(subject to change)

Union:       CAW/UNIFOR
Applications accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

Opening Statement

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs 267 staff in various Departments.

Qualifications required – Provincial certification in Continuing Care Assistant (CCA). Regular & consistent attendance is essential.

Skills & Abilities required refer to CCA (Job) Description on R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home website www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work

  Days 8 hrs. (SW/LW) (subject to change)

Rotational 7am-3

 Salary

$17.5621-18.9633 per hour

(According to experience as per Unifor contract pay scale) (Pay for Breaks and Dinner) 80 biweekly

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension – (Can deferred for 3mos, if not previously in plan)

Vacation, holiday

Sick benefits- (Upon Completion of a 528 hr. Probation Period)

Health Benefits – Yes (Health, Dental, Travel, LTD, Life, and Optionals)

Good Life – Corp Rate

Closing Statement

Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  These are UNIFOR bargaining unit positions. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca    

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

 

 Competition #:420-17-05-03 -2021       Temporary Full Time      Continuing Care Assistant

R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, 64 Pleasant Street, Antigonish NS B2G 1W7

                   Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

Competition #:420-17-05-03 -2021                  Job Title:         Continuing Care Assistant

           Dept.:  Nursing                                              Start Date:      Immediately

Posted Date: May 3, 2021                              Close Date:   Open until filled

Reg/Temp: Temporary                                           Full/Part                Full-time

(subject to change)

Union:       CAW/UNIFOR
Applications accepted until 4:00 PM on the Closing Date

 

 

Opening Statement

 

The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is a Long Term Care Home to 137 Residents and employs 267 staff in various Departments.

 

Qualifications required – Provincial certification in Continuing Care Assistant (CCA). Regular & consistent attendance is essential.

 

Skills & Abilities required refer to CCA (Job) Description on R.K. Macdonald Nursing Home website www.rkmacdonald.ca

Hours of Work

               Days 12 hrs. (SW/LW) (subject to change)

Rotational 7am-7 & 8am-8 pm

 Salary

$17.5621-18.9633 per hour

(According to experience as per Unifor contract pay scale) (Pay for Breaks and Dinner) 80 biweekly

Benefits/Pension Information

Comprehensive Benefits

Pension – (Can deferred for 3mos, if not previously in plan)

Vacation, holiday

Sick benefits- (Upon Completion of a 528 hr. Probation Period)

Health Benefits – Health, Dental, Travel, LTD, Life, and Optionals

Good Life – Corp Rate

Closing Statement

Closing Statement Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those Applicants selected for an interview to be contacted. Interviews held within two weeks of closing date.  These are UNIFOR bargaining unit positions. Preference given to bargaining unit employees for unionized positions. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment. The R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home is an inclusive employer who supports diversity, equality, and reconciliation.  Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve.  We welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, age, religion, and physical and mental abilities. Internal applicants to apply by using the Internal Application Form, External Applicants to submit cover letter and resume to: Jacqueline Delorey HR 902-863-2578 Ext.292 Fax: 902-863-4437 or email: jobs@rkmacdonald.ca    

Disclaimer: Please refer to nursing home website for complete job posting www.rkmacdonald.ca 

 

Visitation Update – March 31st, 2021

Dear Family and Friends of RK MacDonald:

Please see the following update regarding our visitation restrictions. You will notice that there is an updated email address and phone number in order to book Indoor visits.

  1. DCPs may visit in the room with the resident on their regularly scheduled days- Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday downstairs and Wednesday, Friday Sunday on second floor. Visitation hours are from 11:00am-5:00pm. DCPs who live in the same home may visit together, otherwise, visitors are unable to visit at the same time. This is unchanged.
  2. There are no restrictions on DCP visits related to geography. If travel restrictions are implemented in the province, we will revisit this.
  3. Family and friends may visit with residents in the Chapel on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These visits must be pre-booked. There can be up to 3 people in each group visiting with a resident in the chapel. Both the resident and visitors must wear masks and remain 6 feet apart. Visits can now be made by phoning 902-870-3458 – and email is rkmacdonaldnursinghomevisits@gmail.com
  4. Residents are able to go for a drive with their DCP. There can be no stops including drive thrus or driveway/parking lot visitations with others. DCPs must wear masks at all times during the outing.

DCP visits:

Ideally DCP visits will occur in residents rooms, or in one of the gardens- weather permitting, however we know that for some residents, meaningful visits require that DCPs walk with Residents in common areas. The necessity of this is to ensure that we can accommodate social distancing between DCPs and residents. DCPs must wear their mask at all times, cannot eat or drink with their loved one, and the bedroom doors must remain open. PLEASE do not visit if you have a new cough or fever, or have any cold symptoms- rather book a COVID test, and reschedule your visit once your COVID test has come back negative and your symptoms have resolved.

Drives:

Please pre-book your drives as before with the staff at the screening desk.

While we are encouraged and hopeful now that many of us are vaccinated, we still have residents, staff and DCPs who are new to the community and not yet vaccinated or have a medical reason that does not allow them to be vaccinated. I understand that the restrictions are wearisome for many, but the cost of letting our guard down is far too high. We must continue to work together as a community and adhere to Public Health measures.

Public Health measures keep us all safe. Please socially distance from other residents and DCPs, keep your nose and mouth under your mask, use your hand sanitizer often and please DO NOT VISIT if you have cold symptoms or have been around somebody waiting for a COVID test/ is symptomatic.

We will be in touch very soon to get the second consent for resident vaccination from the Substitute Decision makers in preparation for the second dose of vaccine. We plan to give the vaccine to residents on April 14, 2021.

DCPs will receive their second dose of vaccine on April 17, 2021. We will be calling soon to book your second appointment.

Michelle Thompson
CEO R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home
64 Pleasant St, Antigonish, NS
B2G 2K9
Phone: 902-863-2578 ext 232

Designated Care Providers Notice – Feb 26 2021

To: RK MacDonald Nursing Home – Designated Care Providers

We all know COVID-19 is never far away and we need to continue to be extra vigilant as we await vaccination for our residents. In response to growing concerns pertaining to the additional COVID-19 related restrictions being  applied to Halifax, Hants and Lunenburg Counties, the RK requests:

  • Those DCP’s and Chapel visitors that have travelled to Halifax, Hants or Lunenburg County within the past 10 days are asked to please get tested and await test results before visiting the Home
  • Those DCP’s that live in Halifax, Hants or Lunenburg Counties are asked to not visit the Home until the present restrictions on those Counties have been lifted by Public Health.
  • Exceptions for compassionate reasons will continue to be addressed on a case by case basis
  • Offsite outings for non-medical/dental reasons are discontinued for two weeks

Updates can be reviewed at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/