Villa Colombo Toronto
April 5, 2021
Dear Family and Friends,
We hope you all had an enjoyable Easter weekend. The third wave of COVID-19 in Ontario is realizing the highest numbers of cases reached since the onset of the pandemic. These high numbers in the community, along with the variants of concern (VOC) are worrisome for all of us. We want to assure you that it remains our top priority to keep our residents, staff and visitors safe. All our infection prevention and control protocols, hand hygiene practices, increased cleaning of high touch surfaces and auditing, remain in place and essential components of our outbreak prevention and management protocols.
Additionally, Villa Colombo Toronto avails of all the resources and leading practices available to us through our partners (Ontario Health, Toronto Public Health, Humber River Hospital, etc.) and we regularly review and update our practices/protocols to meet the all legislative changes and directives.
We urge all visiting Essential Caregivers to continue to follow the screening and rapid testing protocols, to wear all required personal protective equipment and to follow all infection and control practices. Please do not visit if you are not feeling well, have the mildest of symptoms or suspect that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. For clarification purposes, we wish to remind all Essential Caregivers to participate in the screening process at entry and exit, which requires them to sign in/out, have their temperatures checked and answer some very specific questions. At the point of entry, all Essential Caregivers must proceed to the Rapid Testing Triage desk (at every visit) to determine if a rapid testing is required. Once cleared by the Rapid Testing staff, whether tested or not, a clearance sticker will be issued. All essential caregivers must wear their sticker throughout each visit.
We are very pleased to have no positive resident cases, however on March 25, the 3rd Floor Fidani Wing was declared in suspect outbreak by Toronto Public Health due to a positive employee exposure. The employee is currently at their own home isolating. All residents and staff were tested on two separate occasions following the exposure and all test results have been negative. The final round of testing will be conducted today, Monday, April 5, 2021. If all results are negative, the unit will be cleared on April 7, 2021. Additionally, an Essential Caregiver had tested positive on the same unit and given that the exposure of that case aligns with the isolation period of the employee, there were no additional implications.
As you may already know, the provincial government announced a province-wide “Emergency Break”, which in turn resulted in the entire province returning to the “Grey/Lock-down Zone” effective April 3, 2021. Although we had not received any direct communications from the MLTC regarding the impacts of this change for long-term care, we do not believe this will change too much for Villa Colombo Toronto as we were already in the “Grey/Lock-Down Zone”. Essential Caregivers will be able to continue to visit one at a time and window visits will continue. The “People Movement Plan” remains in effect and hair salon services will remain on hold.
On Thursday, April 1, 2021, all long-term care facilities received notice by Ministry of Long Term Care, entitled “Path to Recovery”. In this notification, the MLTC announced that in recognition of the fact that over 90% of residents in long term care (province-wide) are fully immunized, the definition of an outbreak will be revised as follows: “two or more lab-confirmed cases (resident, staff and/or visitor) in a home, within a 14-day period, that have an epidemiological link and where at least one person could have reasonably acquired their infection in the home.” At the same time, the definition of a suspect outbreak will include instances of a single resident case. Public health units will continue to be responsible for declaring an outbreak.
As a result of this change and other revisions, Directive #3, as well as other updated materials, by the Ministry of Long Term care will be provided to Villa Colombo Toronto this week. We will share any pertinent changes with you as they develop and we are notified.
Please be reminded that our next Family Town Hall Zoom meeting is scheduled on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Please send us your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00 p.m. on April 12, 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 email@example.com 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 Volunteer Programs and Villa Colombo Toronto Auxiliary
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.
For more information, or to inquire further about our services, please contact:
Villa Colombo Homes for the Aged Inc.
40 Playfair Avenue,