Villa Colombo Toronto
January 20, 2021
Dear Families and Friends,
Thank you for joining our Zoom call this Monday. For those who could not join us, you are welcome to listen to the recording with the passcode: VCTZoom#33. You may also access previous Zoom call recordings on our website. We invite you to join next week’s Zoom townhall next Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5 pm by clicking here or calling (647) 558-0588. The webinar ID is 885 4632 7023. We encourage you to send us your questions in advance by emailing email@example.com by noon on Monday. We look forward to virtually connecting with you.
With regards to the outbreak status within our home, we currently have no positive resident cases. The following units remain on suspect outbreak/droplet contact precautions: 5th Floor Fidani and 2nd Floor Fusco. Today, we added 3rd Floor Fidani due to a positive staff case on that unit. Testing of residents and staff on these units will be conducted as per Toronto Public Health’s directive. Even though there are no active positive residents in the home at this moment, we would like to assure you that all proper IPAC procedures and guidelines will remain in place with heightened surveillance of residents, staff and all essential visitors. Congregate activities for the affected floors are suspended until further notice. With respect to staff, we currently have a total of 3 active positive staff cases.
Due to a Pfizer vaccine shortage, the first dose vaccinations appointments for essential caregivers have been cancelled and put on hold until further notice. Essential Caregivers will be notified by Humber River Hospital (HRH) and/or Villa Colombo Toronto when more doses/appointments become available. Second dose appointments remain unaffected at this time. If you are a registered Essential Caregiver and have not received any information regarding the vaccination or wish to change your interest in the vaccination, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have received your first and/or second dose of the vaccination, kindly provide a copy of your proof of vaccination to the screeners when you visit and or send it electronically to email@example.com so that we can calculate our vaccination rates and be prepared for any changing Directives. Our current vaccination rate for residents is 89% and what we know thus far is that the vaccination rate for staff is 51%. We continue to work on increasing this number, however due to the shortage of vaccines as mentioned above, staff vaccinations have also been put on hold until more vaccination is made available. We are working very closely with HRH on this.
Thank you for ongoing support and feedback. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again for your continued support and understanding.
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.
Click here to read the Villa Colombo Toronto 2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan.
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.
ZOOM TOWN HALL
Monday, January 25th at 5:00 PM EST
or call +1 647 374 4685 to join by phone.
The webinar ID is 885 4632 7023
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FAMILY VISITS INFORMATION
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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,