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Villa Colombo Toronto

Villa Colombo Toronto

July 13, 2020
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Important Update of COVID-19 from Villa Colombo Toronto.
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We hope you are doing well and staying cool and hydrated in this scorching summer heat. In the home, we are providing fluids and popsicles to ensure that our residents and staff members are well hydrated always. We continue to screen our residents and staff members for temperatures twice daily and monitor and regulate the temperatures in all our areas of the home. Air conditioning is in effect throughout the home and our summer menu is in place with many different culinary treats for residents.
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At this time, we have a total of 17 active resident COVID-19 cases and 5 active staff cases in the home.
Our residents who had previously tested positive for the virus on the fifth floor Fusco wing have all
recovered and we don’t have any active cases on that unit. We have five active COVID-19 cases on the second floor Fusco unit, eleven on the third floor Fusco unit and one on the fourth floor Fusco unit. All our positive residents are safely being co-horted and cared for on the units or in hospital respectively. Residents are being swabbed if they present with typical or atypical symptoms of COVID-19 and at the direction of Toronto Public Health. If your loved one tests positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted right away and will keep you updated on their status regularly.
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Unfortunately, we have lost 26 residents to COVID-19 complications and are thinking about their families and loved ones. We miss the residents and they will forever remain in our hearts and minds.
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With the help of our partners at the Humber River Hospital and Toronto Public Health, we are investigating the root cause of these new COVID-19 cases and are contacts tracing to learn how these cases may have possibly occurred. As well, we continue to work very closely with Toronto Public Health and Humber River Hospital representatives to ensure that our team is religiously following the best and most accurate infection prevention and control practices.
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As communicated in previous updates, we also test our staff members every week so that we can determine if the virus is entering our home through positive asymptomatic staff members. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our residents and staff members and please rest assured that we are doing everything possible to achieve this goal.
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In addition to the enhanced infection prevention and control measures mentioned in our previous updates and Zoom calls, we are also regularly revisiting effective PPE donning and doffing and hand hygiene practices with our staff members.
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We look forward to connecting with you tomorrow, Monday, July 13, 2020 at 5 pm EST via our Zoom virtual town hall. Please click here to join the webinar or call (647) 374 4685. The webinar ID is 885 4632 7023. We also welcome you to submit your questions in advance by emailing info@villacolombo.on.ca. Please submit your questions by noon tomorrow at the latest.
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We understand that you miss your loved ones and we know they miss you too. Unfortunately, as mentioned previously, we aren’t permitted to conduct family visits as the home is in a COVID-19
outbreak. We are happy to arrange virtual calls with your loved ones and we thank you for your kind understanding in this regard. We will be able to schedule family visits only once the outbreak has been declared over and will ensure that these visits are safe for everyone.
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We welcome you to call our clinical status update line at (416) 789-2113 ext. 2260 between 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from Monday to Friday and between 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, should you wish to receive a clinical status update about your loved one. Please note that any other calls will be directed to the appropriate Directors or Managers. Registered Staff will only provide information to the main contact of the resident.
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Please be reminded that the Ministry of Long-Term Care in Ontario has implemented a Family Support and Action Line for residents and families, and for those working in long-term care. If you have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to call 1 (866) 434-0144.
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Please feel free to join our weekly webinars or reach out to us via phone or email if you have any questions or concerns. This is certainly a busy time as you can appreciate, but we will do our best to respond to you at the earliest possible instance.
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Sincerely,
Tracey Comeau
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.

Our Mission

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.

About Us

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.

ZOOM TOWN HALL
Monday July 13, 2020 at 5pm EST

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88546327023

Webinar ID: 885 4632 7023

Or Telephone:

Canada: +16473744685 +16475580588

Webinar ID: 885 4632 7023

Clinical Status Update Information Line
(416) 789-2113 ext. 2260
Call between 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from Monday to Friday; and from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday
Registered Staff will only provide information to the main contact of the resident.
To request video conference calls such as FaceTime and Zoom, please call (416) 789-2113, ext. 2279. Kindly allow us 48 hours to respond to your request.

Villa Colombo Toronto COVID-19 FAQ (May 7, 2020)

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Join our Virtual Tribute Wall

The staff at Villa Colombo Toronto are going above and beyond the call of duty to care for and protect the most vulnerable citizens in our community, our seniors. To shine a light on the extraordinary efforts and unwavering commitment of these front line health care workers and support staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic, Villa Charities has launched a virtual tribute wall that will display the messages of gratitude we have received from family members and others in the community. If you’d like to send a message of support for either long-term care home to be included on our virtual wall, please email info@villacharities.com or post a message on our FacebookTwitter or  Instagram page.

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Villa Colombo Toronto Partners with the RNAO and Advantage Ontario on Facebook Support Group for Families of Residents in Long Term Care

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New North Western Toronto Ontario Health Team to Provide Better Connected Care for Patients

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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.

Villa Colombo Organizational Chart (Revised January 2020)

Villa Colombo Toronto Long-Term Care Home Service Accountability Agreement (2019 – 2022)

Villa Colombo Toronto Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement (2019 – 2022)

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,
Toronto, ON
M6B 2P9

Tel: 416-789-2113
Fax: 416-789-5435
Email: info@villacolombo.on.ca