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COVID-19 Updates

May 19, 2020

There has been much discussion and research regarding the use of facial masks and how to properly use them. We felt that it would be beneficial to share the following information that was provided by York Region Public Health.

According to York Region Public Health, the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is by staying home and avoiding close contact with others outside of your household.

You should wear a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask or bandana) to reduce the spread of your own respiratory droplets to others in areas where physical distancing may be challenging such as but not limited to: public transit, grocery stores/pharmacies and when you are receiving essential services.

Medical masks (surgical and respirators i.e. N95 masks) should be reserved for use by health care workers and first responders.

Please see the following video on how to properly put on, take off and dispose of face coverings and gloves during COVID-19:

However, masks alone will not prevent the spread of COVID-19. You must continue to:
• Wash your hands frequently;
• Maintain a 2-metre physical distance from others; and
• Avoid touching your face, mouth, nose or eyes with unwashed hands.

Face coverings should not be placed on or used by:
Children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

If you choose to use a face covering, you should:
• Wash your hands immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off;
• Make sure the face covering fits well around your nose and mouth;
• Avoid moving the mask around or adjusting it too often;
• Avoid touching the covering while using it;
• Not share it with others; and
• Change them when they get damp, soiled or crumpled.

When removing a face covering, you should:
• Throw it out into a lined garbage bin;
• Wash your hands; and
• You should NOT leave any discarded face coverings in shopping carts or on the ground/parking lot.

If the face covering can be cleaned, you should:
• Put it directly into the washing machine or a bag that can be emptied into the washing machine;
• Wash with other items using a hot cycle with laundry detergent (no special soaps are needed) and dry thoroughly; and
• Wash your hands after putting the face covering into the laundry

As of May 19, 2020
(Residents)

Casa Ciccolini – Casa G&G – Casa De Gasperis

Positive – 25
Negative – 114

We have no positive cases in Casa Melatti, Casa Bratty and Casa Guglietti

As of May 19, 2020
(Staff Results)

Positive – 15
Negative – 72

Outstanding staff results: 39.

Despite the spread stabilizing in the home and being successfully contained to one floor, we have had one additional resident who succumbed due to COVID-19 and other underlying causes, for a total of 19 residents. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

Like the rest of society, we too are starting to re-introduce a new normal to our daily activities.
As we strongly believe that promoting physical activity and social interaction, is essential for the residents mental wellness we are introducing a new initiative. For those residents that are able, and have tested negative, they will be transferred to the dining area of the NON COVID Casas to enjoy their meals and the company of other residents. This will be limited to four residents at one time, and all residents will participate on a rotating basis. Social distancing protocols will also apply. We will evaluate the success of this initiative and adjust as necessary.

We have also returned to 8-hour shift rotation, which will reduce employee fatigue and enhance resident care. We thank all of our amazing staff for their flexibility and for their unwavering commitment to our residents. They are truly heroes.

For those families who wish to provide their loved ones with small items for their loved one to enjoy we ask that you please contact Christine Murad CMurad@universalcareinc.ca in advance in so she can coordinate the receiving of such.

Regardless of the item, it needs to be sealed with a clear plastic bag so we can assess it and safely transport it to the resident. The exterior package will be disinfected prior to entering the CASA and the clear package will be removed prior to entering the resident’s room. Suggested items are books, videos, and magazines. Large packages will not be accepted or will be discarded, so kindly do not attempt to bring large quantities or bulky items to the home.

We will continue with skype/facetime to facilitate contact with your loved one. Please reach out to Jessica Fabbro vcvprogmanager@universalcareinc.ca to make arrangements for Facetime or Window Visits, as we will be doing them daily (weather and staff permitting).

To ensure that all families have equal access to their loved one, we respectfully ask that you do not visit the home unless you have made an appointment. We also remind you not to climb over the fence and to be aware of the uneven pavers in certain areas.

Thank you for doing your part in the community and sincerely hope that you all had a restful weekend. This Update Letter will be issued twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday.

Respectfully,
Joseph Gulizia, President/CEO, UniversalCare

Christine Murad, Administrator, Villa Colombo Vaughan

May 15, 2020

As per our previous email, we will continue with skype/facetime in order to for you to be in contact with your loved one. Please reach out to Jessica Fabbro vcvprogmanager@universalcareinc.ca to make arrangements for Facetime or Window Visits, as we will be doing them daily (weather and staff permitting). To ensure that all families have equal access to their loved one, we respectfully ask that you do not visit the home unless you have made an appointment.

Please be aware that in some areas the pathways are uneven and may pose a tripping hazard. Signs have been posted and arrangements have been made to repair these areas, but for your personal safety we urge you to avoid these areas.

We would like to thank the staff at EMS as well as Elsa Marroquin, Registered Practical Nurse from VCV, who collectively tested 92 staff members this week. We are grateful for their efforts and the extra time that they invested, ensuring that all of our staff were tested. We expect to have the results by next week and we will be updating everyone through this letter.

On Thursday May 14, 2020 Public Health conducted an inspection of our kitchen operations and infection control protocols. We are pleased to inform you that Villa Colombo Vaughan was in compliance in all areas. Thank you to the staff for their ongoing commitment to resident safety. Supporting aggressive screening and monitoring/surveillance is key to this pandemic.

As of May 15, 2020
(Residents)

Casa Ciccolini – Casa G&G – Casa De Gasperis

Positive – 26
Negative – 114

We have no positive cases in Casa Melatti, Casa Bratty and Casa Guglietti

As of May 15, 2020
(Staff Results)

Positive – 18
Negative – 22

92 additional staff have been tested this week.

There are no changes in the number of positive resident cases of COVID-19 or on the overall number of residents who have succumbed (18) due to COVID-19 and other underlying causes. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

For those families who wish to provide their loved ones with small items for their loved one to enjoy we ask that you please contact Christine Murad CMurad@universalcareinc.ca in advance in so she can coordinate the receiving of such.

Regardless of the item, it needs to be sealed with a clear plastic bag so we can assess it and safetly transport it to the resident. The exterior package will be disinfected prior to entering the CASA and the clear package will be removed prior to entering the residents room. Suggested items are books, videos, magazines. Large packages will not be accepted or will be discarded, so kindly do not attempt to bring large quantities or bulky items to the home.

We know that this is a difficult period with so much uncertainty, but rest assured that we will continue to follow the three guiding principles: be proactive with protocols, provide exceptional care to our residents at all times, and to be 100% transparent with all residents, families and staff. This Update Letter will be issued twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday.

Respectfully,
Joseph Gulizia, President/CEO, UniversalCare

Christine Murad, Administrator, Villa Colombo Vaughan

May 12, 2020

Thank you to all of our families that participated in our Window Visits on Mother’s Day. We appreciate that you all respected resident privacy, followed social distancing rules and respected the allocated time. We understand that it was difficult for the second floor residents to participate in this initiative due to distance, as well as the tint in the glass. We will continue with skype/facetime in order to for you to be in contact with your loved one.

Please reach out to Jessica Fabbro vcvprogmanager@universalcareinc.ca to make arrangements for Facetime or Window Visits, as we will be doing them daily (weather and staff permitting). To ensure that all families have equal access to their loved one, we respectfully ask that you do not visit the home unless you have made an appointment.

Please be aware that in some areas the pathways are uneven and may pose a tripping hazard. Signs have been posted and arrangements have been made to repair these areas, but for your personal safety we urge you to avoid these areas.

This week marks the beginning of Nurses Week. This year more than ever we recognize the valiant effort and unwavering commitment of our nursing staff. Their love, compassion and unselfish acts will never be forgotten. With them we are #vcvstrong.

With the provincial government starting to ease our community and businesses back to a new normal, we ask that you do not let your guard down. All Ontarians must to continue to do their part. We are optimistic and look forward to seeing the provincial numbers decrease.

We too are looking forward to achieving a new normal for the residents. We are currently in the process of creating programs/activities, to increase physical activity, generate mental stimulation, provide social interaction and address mental well-being, all while following the requirements of Provincial Government, Public Health and Ministry protocols. We look forward to sharing the details of these initiatives in the near future.

We would like to thank Cliff Sterling @projectclif and local donors Milena Calabro, Sabrina Palmieri, Rina Pillitteri and Stephanie Pillitteri for coming together to donate tulip and daffodil planters to all of our residents. It was so uplifting for residents and staff alike. Thank you to Minister Stephen Lecce and Minister Deb Shultes attending and expressing their confidence in our frontline workers and gratitude to these donors. We will continue to highlight and thank all of the generous signs of support from our community.

We ask that if you wish to support the home with food, please contact Christine Murad CMurad@universalcareinc.ca in advance in so she can coordinate the supply of food to ensure that food is not wasted. While we appreciate your kind gesture, VCV can only accept food donations provided by an approved vendor that is publically inspected. For safety reasons we cannot accept food donations that have not been pre-approved.

As of May 12, 2020
(Residents)

Casa Ciccolini – Casa G&G – Casa De Gasperis

Positive – 26
Negative – 115

We have no positive cases in Casa Melatti, Casa Bratty and Casa Guglietti

As of May 12, 2020
(Staff Results)

Positive – 21
Negative – 29

Unfortunately, 18 residents have succumbed due to COVID-19 and other underlying causes. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

The strength and tenacity of our Villa Colombo Vaughan community has never been more evident than during these past months. From the unbelievable outpouring of community support, staff dedication and family involvement, it is apparent that we’re all united and committed to get through this together.

We know that this is a difficult period with so much uncertainty, but rest assured that we will continue to follow the three guiding principles: be proactive with protocols, provide exceptional care to our residents at all times, and to be 100% transparent with all residents, families and staff. This Update Letter will be issued twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday.

Respectfully,
Joseph Gulizia, President/CEO, UniversalCare

Christine Murad, Administrator, Villa Colombo Vaughan

May 8, 2020

We are pleased to inform you that EMS has agreed to swab the balance of our staff. This is expected to occur next week. We are also happy to inform you that 15 of our staff have returned back to the home as they have fully recovered!

As a reminder we will only retest residents that are experiencing new symptoms or if they come in contact with a resident/staff that has tested positive for COVID-19. We will continue to monitor both the residents as well as the staff that care for the residents. Upon receiving the results, the POA’s will be contacted by telephone and everyone else will receive written confirmation of the test results.

Staff that have been seconded from the LHIN or Mackenzie Hospital have extended their stay. We are grateful for their support and commitment to our residents and our community. They are enjoying their experience in working in our beautiful home.

We have commenced with Window Visits and request that families reach out to Jessica Fabbro vcvprogmanager@universalcareinc.ca to make arrangements. We ask that you do not enter the premises without an appointment and do not peek into other resident rooms. It is imperative that during these visits you respect resident privacy and maintain social distancing.

We understand the anxiety that you are experiencing by not being able to see your loved one as often as you like. We ask that you keep your personal safey in mind and DO NOT climb over the fence and risk personal injury and to be aware that in some areas the pathways are uneven and may pose a tripping hazard. To ensure that all families have equal access to their loved one we respectfully ask that you do not visit the home unless you have made an appointment.

We would like to thank both the families and staff for their many donations and signs of support. We have been overwelmed with donations of food, coffee and cookie/sweets. This generosity and spirit of giving has lifted the spirits of all staff as well as adding a few pounds to our waist.

We are inspired by Giulian DiBattista a Grade 6 student that celebrated his birthday this past weekend and instead of receiving gifts he partnered up with @pastaitforward and provided food to each of our staff. This is such one of many examples how children and the community are recognizing our profession and the work of our dedicated staff.

We ask that if you wish to support the home with food, please contact Christine Murad CMurad@universalcareinc.ca in advance in so she can coordinate the supply of food to ensure that food is not wasted. While we appreciate your kind gesture, VCV can only accept food donations provided by an approved vendor that is publically inspected. For safety reasons we cannot accept food donations that have not been pre-approved.

We continue to engage Public Health and have benefited from their visits. They have conducted inspections and education for the staff and confirm that we are exceeding IPAC procedures. Villa Colombo Vaughan has been enforcing very stringent protocols to reduce the potential of transmission and keep our residents and staff safe and healthy.

In our ongoing disinfecting/cleaning for the COVID-19 outbreak, we are now using the Clorox Total 360 system with Clorox disinfectant which is an approved product for Covid19 disinfection by Health Canada. This innovative electrostatic applicator helps us clean and disinfectant frequently touched areas very quickly and efficiently.This is keeping our environment safer as it allows us for greater superior coverage for better virus eradication.

As of May 7, 2020
(Residents)

Casa Ciccolini – Casa G&G – Casa De Gasperis

Positive – 26
Negative – 115

We have no positive cases in Casa Melatti, Casa Bratty and Casa Guglietti

Results pending 1

As of May 7, 2020
(Staff Results)

Positive – 21
Negative – 27

We are pleased to advise that since our last update there have been no additional deaths due to COVID-19 and other underlying causes, however we would respectfully request that you continue to offer prayers for the 17 residents that have passed away.

The COVID-19 crisis has accelerated the acceptance of virtual health care in so many ways, and the increase in the past two months is unprecedented. Virtual care will not replace the relationship between a patient and their family doctor, but it will provide instant access that otherwise would not be possible during the Covid pandemic. The Villa Colombo Vaughan Medical team are Heroes in their own right and have been supporting the home and the staff on a daily basis.

We know that this is a difficult period with so much uncertainty, but rest assured that we will continue to follow the three guiding principles: be proactive with protocols, provide exceptional care to our residents at all times, and to be 100% transparent with all residents, families and staff. This Update Letter will be issued twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday.

Respectfully,
Joseph Gulizia, President/CEO, UniversalCare

Christine Murad, Administrator, Villa Colombo Vaughan

May 5, 2020

Realizing that we have committed to being 100% transparent, including regular communication with our residents, families and staff we are providing the following update.

First and foremost, we want to assure you that our sole focus at Villa Colombo Vaughan is to protect your loved ones, and provide a safe working environment for the staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to provide exemplary infection control as well as exceptional care to our residents at all times.

We have proactively tested all of our residents and will retest residents/staff that are experiencing new symptoms or if they come in contact with a resident/staff that has tested positive for COVID-19. Upon receiving the results, the POA’s will be contacted by telephone and everyone else will receive written confirmation of the test results. We are working with York Region Public Health to increase the testing of our staff and expect that to be completed in the coming days.

When possible, we are isolating residents within the Casa and in some instances, residents will be relocated to another Casa to prevent any potential spread to other residents and staff. We will continue to monitor both the residents as well as the staff that care for the residents.

We have been able to secure temporary staff through Mackenzie Health Hospital, the Central LHIN and have also redeployed staff from UniversalCare homes and corporate office. We continue to actively recruit new permanent full time staff and are pleased to see many new candidates apply to our home.

We have secured the assistance of Dr. Vincent Maida, staff from William Olser Hospital as well as a Nurse Practitioner from Mackenzie Health to provide additional support, direction and assessments of our residents. This has been a tremendous benefit to our home.

Villa Colombo Vaughan has been enforcing very stringent protocols to reduce the potential of transmission and keep our residents and staff safe and healthy. We continue to work closely with the York Region Public Health and are following their recommendations, as well as the provincial directives of the Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Long-Term Care.

As of May 5, 2020
(Residents)

Casa Ciccolini – Casa G&G – Casa De Gasperis

Positive – 25
Negative – 114

We have no positive cases in Casa Melatti, Casa Bratty and Casa Guglietti

Results pending 3

As of May 5, 2020
(Staff Results)

Positive – 21
Negative – 27

Unfortunately, 17 residents have succumbed due to COVID-19 and other underlying causes. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.

Thank you to Father Vito Marzelliano for visiting the outside grounds of Villa Colombo Vaughan to bestow his blessings to all of the residents and staff. We are also thankful for the daily prayers from the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, families, staff and friends.

We know that this is a difficult period with so much uncertainty. Be rest assured that we will continue to follow the three guiding principles: be proactive with protocols, provide exceptional care to our residents at all times, and to be 100% transparent with all residents, families and staff.

In addition to increasing our communication with the POA’s through our management team we have also been able to be more consistent with Face Time/ Skype and would like to continue with all forms of communication. As the needs, safety and care of our residents is our first priority, this Update Letter will be issued twice weekly on Tuesday and Friday.

Respectfully,
Joseph Gulizia, President/CEO, UniversalCare

Christine Murad, Administrator, Villa Colombo Vaughan

April 17, 2020

The safety of our staff and residents is always UniversalCare’s priority. This is a very difficult period for our residents and families and staff, and our focus is on containing the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to exemplary infection control, providing exceptional care to our residents at all times, and being completely transparent with our residents, families and staff.

At this time, we are able to confirm (as of April 16, 2020) that 16 residents and six staff members at Villa Colombo Vaughan have tested positive for COVID-19. To date, 19 residents have tested negative. There are no deaths due to COVID-19.

We have proactively tested more than 80 per cent of our residents. By tomorrow, 100 per cent of our residents will have been tested and we are updating residents, families and staff of the results. We thank York Region Public Health and the Ministry of Health for supporting the home in ensuring this testing was completed.

To date, we have found that many of the residents who have tested positive have shown no to very mild symptoms. The staff have been extremely proactive in assessing all of our residents for any change of condition.

Villa Colombo Vaughan has been doing everything possible to reduce the chance of transmission and keep our residents and staff safe and healthy. We continue to work closely with the York Region Public Health and are following their recommendations, as well as the provincial directives of the Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Ministries of Health and Long-Term Care.

We continue to take the following precautions:

– Increased cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as handrails and furniture
– Close monitoring of all residents for symptoms, including taking temperatures three times per day and completing an active screening twice a day (days and evenings)
– We are actively screening all staff (twice a day) for symptoms (including taking temperatures) before they start their shifts and a second time before they leave the premises
– We have mandated staff to choose one place of employment. Front-line staff at our home do not work at another location
– Within the home and where possible, we have cohorted staff to specific resident home areas and residents.
– Where possible we are isolating residents.
– We are following social distancing for our residents and staff that includes: no group activities, isolating residents to their rooms, providing meals to our residents in their rooms
– Providing and requiring all staff on all shifts to use the appropriate PPE such as masks, gloves, face shields and gowns
– Promoting proper hand washing

We are fortunate to have supportive families as well as amazing and compassionate staff. We are grateful to all of them for their outstanding commitment to their profession and to our residents.

Respectfully,
Joseph Gulizia, President/CEO, UniversalCare

April 15, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the home, meet the staff and talk to the residents. The commitment that I see from all the staff is remarkable and the resilience from the residents is incredible.

To date we have been able to contain the virus to one Casa. Although we only list below the positive cases, there have been 11 residents in Casa Ciccolini alone that have tested negative, which is reassuring.

I am pleased to inform you that we are being proactive in having every resident tested and have arranged with public health to have this completed by tomorrow. This is not being done in all LTC homes. Thank you to the leadership teams at Villa Colombo Vaughan and UniversalCare for seeing this through.

Due to the volume of tests being conducted, it is expected that the results should be made available to us by next week. As they come in, we will inform the individual POA and will update all families.

The safety and well-being of our residents, staff and their families have been our top priority. With the help of countless, dedicated staff we all have been working around the clock. With your prayers and support we will get through this.

-Joseph Gulizia, President and CEO UniversalCare

Click here to read the full update.

April 13, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff

On behalf of all of us at the home, I would like wish everyone una Buona Pasqua.

On Easter Sunday, our staff, residents and families lived Pope Francis’ message that we all needed to spread “a different of contagion”, one that is transmitted “from heart to heart”. At Villa Colombo Vaughan, despite our current challenges we are witnessing such examples of humanity, compassion and sense of family among all of us.

We are grateful to those staff that have risen to the occasion and living their purpose to care for the elderly and the sick. They are working for the common good.

We do not have any concerns with our PPE supplies. On all units, staff are now using face shields, masks, gowns and gloves.

I have had the pleasure in speaking to some of you and I have found that some of the information that has been shared by outside sources is inaccurate. Know that we will always be 100% transparent with what is transpiring at the home.

Click here to read the full update.

April 2, 2020

Attention Families of Residents at Villa Colombo Vaughan

As we are adjusting on how to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic, precautionary measures continue to be assessed and implemented at VCV. To help break the chain of transmission of this virus the following steps are in place to protect your loved one, our staff and their families.

Visitor restrictions remain in place. Exceptions will only be made for families of residents that are critically ill or at end end-of-life.

We continue to modify and prioritize on how we are approaching our daily tasks to ensure our staff provide residents the care they require.

Communication
We have established a plan for enhanced communication between residents and families. Video-conferencing will be available to families. We are no longer permitting window visits nor should anyone visit the property.

Please email your request to vcvprogmanager@universalcareinc.ca. Messages will be retrieved Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please refrain from leaving voice messages as it is critical that the lines are free for staff to communicate with our physicians and other medical providers. We will only respond to the POA. We ask for your patience and support during this time as our staff are doing their best to accommodate requests and will follow up as quickly as possible.

Laundry
We are unable to accommodate the exchange of personal laundry with families daily. Therefore, all resident laundry will be done at VCV. We will ensure that all clothing is labelled.

In an effort to improve communication with families during the visitor restrictions VCV has asked that you as the POA contact our main line and speak to our receptionist from 9 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for the following:

1. Information on visitor restrictions due to COVID-19
2. To check on the status of your loved one

We ask that families use this direct line instead of calling the nurse in the resident home areas to ensure they are free to provide ongoing nursing care.

PLEASE NOTE THAT MESSAGES LEFT ON STAFF VOICE MAIL WILL BE RETREIVED FROM MONDAY TO FRIDAY FROM 9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM.

We thank you for your ongoing support during this challenging time.

Please continue check this website daily for any additional information.