Villa Colombo Toronto
April 19, 2021
Dear Family and Friends:
We are again pleased to advise you that we have no positive resident cases at Villa Colombo Toronto. We did have had an exposure on 3rd Floor Fusco on the West Wing from a student who tested positive for COVID-19. The results of the PCR testing of the residents on the Wing have been negative thus far. 5th Floor Fusco is also under investigation for exposure from a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. Again our first PCR test results are all negative for all residents and staff. 2nd Floor Fusco West Wing has also been potentially exposed to a staff member who tested positive. PCR testing for the residents and staff was conducted on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Residents all tested negative. Staffs’ test results are pending.
Due to the recent changes in the outbreak definition, these events are classified as “exposures under investigation” because no residents have been affected and all positive cases are not linked and are community-acquired. Therefore, VCT is not in Outbreak or Suspect Outbreak at this time. Exposed residents must still remain in isolation, however until cleared by Public Health Ontario. We are hopeful to be cleared of these exposures on April 22, 2021, at midnight.
Despite our home’s current Outbreak-free status, we continue to be extremely concerned about the surge in cases in the community, which is resulting in an increased and ongoing number of positive cases among staff, students and essential caregivers. The Panbio™ Rapid Testing has helped identify some of these cases, which helps with early detection and action to prevent spread. Continued adherence to our all of our IPAC practices, screening and swabbing, will ensure our residents, families, staff and visitors are safe. Everyone’s cooperation and compliance will ensure our success.
On Friday, April 9, 2021 the MLTC and Ontario Health hosted an urgent video conference meeting for the long-term care sector leaders. The purpose of the call was to inform us and discuss with us the current unprecedented capacity pressure hospitals in the province (mostly GTA hotspots) are experiencing due to illnesses caused by COVID-19, which are putting enormous pressures on the emergency departments and Intensive Care Units (ICU). With approximately 6000 vacant long-term care beds in the province, long-term care facilities are being asked to assist with relieving the pressures on hospitals, by doing everything we can to admit/readmit hospital patients to our facilities. The MLTC and Ontario Health has asked for our cooperation, but have made it clear that they will not force us to take on new residents. VCT currently has approximately 38-bed vacancies. Sixteen beds will remain vacant and are designated as isolation beds/rooms for residents with symptoms and/or who return from the hospital. As such, we have 22 beds available for admissions and have committed to working with the Central Health Local Integration Network (CLHIN) to fill these beds quickly and safely to assist with the province-wide hospital crisis.
With regards to the province-wide stay-at-home order, resident leaves and general visits are not permitted, except for compassionate reasons. Each resident is still allowed two essential caregivers who are able to visit the resident one at a time. Please refrain from having other family members and friends visit over the fences and handing off items. THIS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED and is putting VCT at huge risk. We understand the frustration of residents and family members, who have not been able to visit their loved ones, but engaging in activities that are not permitted and that could increase exposure for our residents and others to COVID-19. We ask now, more than ever, that you please adhere to and promote all of our protocols.
Over the past few months, vaccine hesitancy, especially among health care works, has been a tremendous concern for us. The low vaccination rates in the sector and at Villa Colombo Toronto was a concern that our team took very seriously. As such, there has been a tremendous amount of energy and effort put into improving our vaccination rates by the leadership and medical staff. We have been campaigning with our staff to ensure we reach each of them in an attempt to alleviate their concerns. We are very pleased and proud to advise you that the VCT team has now achieved an 82% staff vaccination rate (1st dose). We will continue to work to achieve a higher rate. On-site vaccination clinics for staff, students and essential caregivers have been hugely successful. Our next on-site clinic will be on Monday, April 26, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm by appointment only. If you are an Essential Caregiver, who is actively visiting Villa Colombo Toronto, and you are interested in an appointment, please email Teresa Manserra at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment.
It was brought to our attention that some essential caregivers have experienced longer than usual waiting times for the Rapid Testing Centre caused by staff breaks during the evening shift. We regret this inconvenience. While we do have two staff swabbing on day shift, when we are most busy, to cover each other’s breaks, this is not possible during the evening. As such, please be informed that there may be some downtime to accommodate staff break times during the evening shift. Break times are now scheduled at set times so that essential caregivers know what times to avoid arriving. The break times will be posted at the sign-in table and at the swabbing clinic. Thank you for your ongoing patience as we move through this pandemic.
Our next Family Town Hall via Zoom is scheduled on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Please send us your questions ahead of the town hall at email@example.com by 12:00 p.m. on May 31, 2021. To access the Family Town Hall, please click here or by dialing 1-647-374-4685 webinar ID: 885 4632 7023.
Once again, thank you to all of you for your cooperation during this time
Toni Dell’Aquila Executive Director
December 29, 2020
Last week, VCT sent out a consent form for the vaccination, which specified it was for the Pfizer vaccination. The consent form was not however intended to be a consent for the Pfizer vaccination, rather a general consent for the COVID-19 vaccination, which had been provided to us by Humber River Hospital (HRH). This morning, we received clarification from HRH, the lead hospital for Villa Colombo Toronto related to the vaccination, specifying that the process for consenting to the vaccine for your loved one at VCT (who is not able to consent on their own), will be changed to a verbal consent. As such, you will no longer need to complete the form we had sent out last week. Instead you will be receiving a telephone call from one of the nurses at Villa Colombo or from the Director, Nursing Unit, within the next week to obtain your verbal consent for the vaccination, on behalf of your loved one, as applicable. Your consent will be documented in the resident’s chart so that when the vaccination is made available, Villa Colombo Toronto is ready to administer the vaccination without delay. If you choose to decline and opt out of your loved one receiving the vaccination, this will also be documented.
Additionally, COVID-19 vaccinations for Essential Caregivers at VCT have not yet been announced, but we have been working to prepare for this as well. If you are a registered Essential Caregiver for a resident at VCT and you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, please contact Dino Ricci at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest and provide your email address so that we are able to contact you quickly and easily as soon as an announcement is made by HRH and Toronto Public Health.
Nestled in the heart of our 10-acre community complex, Villa Colombo Toronto is a designated ethno-specific facility that encompasses all aspects of Italian life and culture into the care and services it provides. Located near the Columbus Centre, and backing onto acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with distinct architectural features and fountains that emulate the tranquility of old Italy, our long-term care facility is an ideal home for your loved ones.
Villa Colombo Toronto has invaluable expertise with 40 years experience serving seniors and is highly regarded in providing culturally appropriate long-term care and community services, which may include, but are not limited to:
- Italian language services;
- Cultural and spiritual care; including daily Mass
- Employment of bilingual staff;
- Community education;
- Culturally specific dementia and palliative care;
- Culturally appropriate food, including a glass of red wine with meals
Our high trained and professional staff are dedicated to the enjoyment and safety of the residents and clients in their care. Villa Colombo Toronto provides 24-hour nursing and visiting health services, such as dentistry, x-ray, audiology, physiotherapy, and more.
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We serve our Italian community, residents and elderly clients by providing the care they need to enjoy life to the fullest with dignity and independence in a safe, secure and home like environment.
Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc., part of the Villa Charities Inc. group of organizations, prides itself on providing quality long-term residential care and community services to seniors in a culturally sensitive environment that honours the Italian heritage. This is the mission of Villa Colombo and it has been achieving this mission since its opening in 1976.
Villa Colombo cares for 391 residents living in our Long Term Care (LTC) home in addition to providing community services to over 700 clients living in the community. Services include: Meals on Wheels, Adult Day Programs, Supportive Housing, and more.
When Villa Colombo was established over 40 years ago, it was built to cater to the growing population of elderly Italians. To this day, Villa Colombo remains a unique facility with a tradition of excellence and quality care that predominantly caters to Roman Catholic Italian seniors. However, the level and complexity of care needs within the community is changing. Villa Colombo is always looking for ways to expand the volume and service provided to members of the Italian-Canadian Community.
Villa Colombo is, and primarily operates as, a Long Term Care facility. This means that it serves as a home for the elderly who are no longer able to physically take care of themselves in their own homes. Long term care homes are designed for people who require the availability of 24-hour nursing care and supervision within a secure setting. LTC homes offer higher levels of personal care and support than those typically offered by either retirement homes or supportive housing. In addition to the care services provided, Villa Colombo provides residents with complete meal service, daily exercise and other activities, and religious and spiritual services; all provided while being culturally sensitive to our predominantly Italian clients.
Villa Colombo also has an extensive community services program. Through the Community Services department, Villa Colombo offers various Adult Day Programs for seniors still living at home, a meals on wheels program that partners with other community organizations facilitating preparation and delivery of daily meals to hundreds of clients, and three supportive housing buildings that provide basic nursing and care services to mostly independent seniors.
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Villa Colombo is proud of its stellar volunteer program which consists of over 200 volunteers, many of whom are students. Volunteers assist and support the numerous resident and client activities offered at the home.
The Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary (VCTA) is also a fundamental component of Villa Colombo which, through its efforts, provides event support and unique funds that enhance Villa Colombo’s services.
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