Villa Colombo Toronto
November 19, 2020
To our Villa Colombo Family Members,
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#25. You may also access previous Zoom call recordings on our website. We invite you to join next week’s Zoom townhall next Monday, November 23th, 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.
Villa Colombo remains in a suspect outbreak as per Toronto Public Health. Four staff members who have tested positive last week are self-isolating at home. 3rd Floor Fusco South Wing has been cleared by Toronto Public Health and is no longer on suspect outbreak. Other affected floors are 5th Floor Fusco West Wing, 4th Floor Fusco South Wing, and 4th Floor Fidani.
To protect the privacy of the four affected employees, we cannot reveal their personal information, but we maintain in regular communications with them to make sure that they are being supported. All staff who had potential exposure to the positive staff were retested this Tuesday and Wednesday. So far, 31 results have been received and are all negative; we are still waiting on the remaining 26 results.
All residents on 5th Floor Fusco who were previously negative were tested on Monday, November 16. We are relieved to announce that their results all returned negative. They will be retested on November 23 and 27, 2020. Additionally, all residents who had previously tested negative on 4th Floor Fusco and 4th Floor Fidani were tested on November 18, 2020. We anticipate their results to become available over the next few days. These residents will also be retested on November 23 and 27, 2020. Please know that we’ll contact you directly if there is a change in the status of your loved one.
As per the new directives announced last Friday and this Wednesday, all staff members will be retested next Monday. Moving forward, the staff testing clinic will be held on a weekly basis instead of bi-weekly. Additionally, since our home is located in the “red” zone with high risk for community spread, Villa Colombo Toronto will require that all residents with an Essential Caregiver, select one caregiver to provide support effective immediately. The selected essential caregiver will be required to get tested for COVID-19 weekly and provide a hard copy of their results as proof. For next week, Villa Colombo will accept proof of a negative result of a test conducted between Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 20, 2020. The test will then have to be conducted weekly thereafter and a hard copy of the proof will need to be submitted upon screening.
We are still working through the logistics of window visits and an online booking portal. We apologize for the delay on the progress. We will provide more details as soon as we are able to. Meanwhile, video conference and telephone calls remain available. Please contact (416) 789 – 2113 ext. 2216 to arrange a call.
A memorial mass is being planned for Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm via Zoom for the families of all residents who had passed between November 2019 and present. Please CLICK HERE to access the link and details.
We would like to assure you that we continue all IPAC practice and high-tough surface cleaning. Additionally, we ask families to not bring in or send non-essential belongings to residents to avoid unnecessary clutter in rooms.
Thank you again for your continued support and understanding. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com. We look forward to connecting with you on Monday through our Zoom townhall.
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, November 23 at 5:00 PM EST
or call +1 647 374 4685 to join by phone.
The webinar ID is 885 4632 7023
For all past Zoom Town Hall meetings, please click here.
Click here for the Essential Caregiver Training
Click here for the Essential Caregiver Registration Form
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,