Villa Colombo Toronto
October 14, 2020
Thank you for joining our Zoom call last night. You may access previous Zoom call recordings on our website. We invite you to join next week’s Zoom Town Hall on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5 pm by clicking here or calling (647) 374 4685. The webinar ID is 885 4632 7023. We encourage you to send us your questions in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Monday. We look forward to virtually connecting with you.
We retested all our residents and staff on the COVID-19 affected units on Friday, October 9, 2020 and received negative test results for all except for nine employees, which are still pending. Currently, all units in the home have been declared out of a COVID-19 outbreak except for the fifth floor Fidani wing. The fifth floor Fidani wing will be declared out of outbreak on October 21, 2020, as long as we do not have any additional COVID-19 positive cases. As per Toronto Public Health directive, we will retest our staff members working on the fifth floor on October 16 and again on October 30, 2020. The rest of our staff members are being tested biweekly, based on the directive from the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
Since our home is located in an area of higher COVID-19 spread (hot spots), all indoor and outdoor family general visits remain cancelled. We are permitting one designated essential caregiver per resident. Additionally, this afternoon, the Ministry of Long-Term Care has announced the temporary suspension of short-term and temporary absences for residents in long-term care homes (located in the hot spots), effective October 16, 2020. We can currently only permit resident absences for medical appointments, in consultation with our attending physician.
The Ministry of Long-Term Care will post updates on any changes to the list of jurisdictions with higher community spread at https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-long-term-care-homes-in-areas-visitor-restrictions. For more information about resident absences, kindly review this FAQ document. You may also refer to the Ministry’s factsheet on medical absences for residents in long-term care homes.
We understand that these directives are strict, but they are very essential to help limit the spread of the virus within our home.
Please note that we are doing our best to keep the virus from entering and spreading and ensure that our residents and staff members are safe. We continue to admit new residents from the hospital and community in a slow and staggered manner only on units that are clear of COVID-19. All newly admitted residents are placed in 14-day isolation from their dates of admission to ensure the safety of everyone in the home.
We are pleased to inform you that our home has procured a new hair services provider. The new service, Beautiful You Hair & Esthetics will provide both hairdresser and barber services to our residents. Beautiful You Hair & Esthetics is an organization with professional hair stylists and estheticians, offering exceptional services and customized products, catering to women and men in the seniors’ community across Canada. ‘Beautiful You’ works with families and loved ones for scheduling appointments and making payments providing direct (credit card) on-file payment options. Kindly review the pricelist and permission form provided at the end of this letter. Please complete the form and email it to the provider at Beautifulyou4seniors@gmail.com. Our hair services are scheduled to begin on Monday, October 26, 2020 and we will update you should there be any changes to this start date. Kindly contact our Programs Manager at 416-789-2113 ext. 2335 if you have any questions related to hair services for residents. Once the form is completed and submitted, the hairstylist will contact you directly to make an appointment for your loved one. Please note that the hair salon services are currently only accessible to residents of units that are not in a COVID-19 outbreak.
Family members who wish to register as an essential designated caregivers are requested to complete the form attached to this letter and email it to email@example.com. We continue to host infection prevention and control related educational sessions for essential designated caregivers once every week via Zoom. Once we receive your completed form, someone from VCT will contact you to schedule the Zoom session.
We encourage essential caregivers who have worked on a COVID-19 exposed unit to get tested. Designated caregivers are requested to self-screen and not visit if they are exhibiting any typical or atypical symptoms. All staff members and essential family caregivers must adhere to proper hand hygiene, PPE, and physical distancing practices. As well, caregivers from different units are not permitted to congregate within the home.
As the numbers of COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Ontario, we request you to be mindful of social distancing practices and comply to all Public Health guidelines and infection prevention and control practices as mandated by the province.
We are working closely with all our partners including Public Health, our Medical Director, Extendicare, and Humber River Hospital and will continue to provide you with further updates weekly.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We look forward to connecting with you on Monday through our Zoom Town Hall.
Interim Executive Director
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.
FAMILY SATISFACTION SURVEY 2020
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ZOOM TOWN HALL
Monday, October 19 at 5:00 PM EST
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The webinar ID is 885 4632 7023
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FAMILY VISITS INFORMATION
Villa Colombo Toronto COVID-19 FAQ (May 7, 2020)
Villa Colombo Toronto Partners with the RNAO and Advantage Ontario on Facebook Support Group for Families of Residents in Long Term Care
New North Western Toronto Ontario Health Team to Provide Better Connected Care for Patients
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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,