Almonte Country Haven’s dedicated, hard-working and caring staff have been key to meeting pandemic’s challenges

‘I have been humbled by their dedication, and we are indebted to their service,’ says administrator Carolyn Della Foresta

While the past 2 ½ months have been challenging for Almonte Country Haven as the Lanark County long-term care home works through a COVID-19 outbreak, the staff members from all departments have been strong pillars of support for the residents and each other, says administrator Carolyn Della Foresta.

At the time of this writing, all residents remain asymptomatic or resolved at Almonte Country Haven, and the management team is optimistic the outbreak will be declared over in the coming weeks, Della Foresta says.

Della Foresta is praising the people who work at the home for their tireless efforts and for the continued compassionate care they’ve provided since the outbreak began in April.

Front-line staff members, which include registered nurses, registered practical nurses and personal support workers (PSWs), have provided seamless care to residents, who are isolated to their rooms for safety.

Nursing team members, Della Foresta notes, have continued to closely monitor skin conditions and reposition residents as needed, while PSWs are still assisting residents with their activities of daily living.

With infection control top of mind, Almonte Country Haven environmental services team members have been key players in keeping the home sanitized, often working extra shifts to maintain a high standard of infection control, Della Foresta says.

The environmental services team was also supplied by OMNI Health Care with a Nocospray machine to help with deep cleaning, the administrator adds.

With residents staying in their rooms, the nutritional care team has been providing in-room meal service, and staff members are doing the rounds with snacks as well as drinks to maintain hydration. The team has been providing excellent individualized service for residents, Della Foresta says.

Summer is almost here and the weather is becoming warmer and sunnier, so many residents are naturally longing for the outdoors.

While recently issued ministry guidelines have introduced new limitations on outdoor visits, with support from Public Health, team members had been organizing outdoor family visits for residents which were supervised to ensure proper physical distancing protocols were followed.

“Our staff have also supported as many residents as possible (who are) interested in walks on our front patio and visits to our secure garden area,” Della Foresta adds.

Della Foresta says residents’ families have been supportive of the Almonte Country Haven team during this challenging time.

“Families know first-hand of the extraordinary and ongoing efforts of managers and front-line staff at our home,” she says.

“I have been humbled by their dedication, and we are indebted to their service.”

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