Villa Colombo Toronto
September 25, 2020
We’re writing to bring you our weekly update on the happenings at Villa Colombo Toronto.
Thank you for joining our Zoom webinar last week. If you were unable to join us, we welcome you to access the webinar recording (password: VCTZoom#17). As well, you are invited to join next week’s Zoom Town Hall on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please click here to join the webinar online or call +1 647 374 4685 to join by phone. The webinar ID is 885 4632 7023. Please send us your questions in advance by emailing email@example.com by noon on Monday.
Considering the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the community, it is more important than ever to ensure our infection prevention and control guidelines are being strictly followed. We will be hosting training sessions for any new designated caregivers on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 11:30 am (in-person) and at 3 pm (via Zoom). If you had not done so already, please complete the registration form attached to this letter and kindly indicate which session you would like to attend. Please note that we have limited seats available for in-person training and attendance will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis.
Our visitations are going well thus far, and we are glad to see so many families and designated caregivers in the home. Please see attached a chart explaining visitations and absences in long-term care and the differences therein for your reference.
Please note that FaceTime and virtual calls are still available for special occasions and can be requested by calling (416) 789-2113 ext.2216. Please also use this number to book a general visit with your loved one. If you’d like to schedule a short-term absence or a temporary absence, please call the Nurse on the unit where your loved one resides.
Yesterday, the Ministry of Health announced a COVID-19 testing guidance update to prioritize testing for those who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus, while moving away from untargeted asymptomatic testing. As part of this updated guidance, Ontario residents are being requested to visit assessment centres only if they:
- are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
- have been exposed to a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus, as informed by their public health unit or received an exposure notification through the COVID-19 mobile app
- are a resident or staff in a setting that is currently in a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by their local public health unit; or
- are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Ontario Health will continue to notify assessment centres about any targeted testing.
As of today, residents of Ontario can book an appointment to get tested for COVID-19 at up to 60 pharmacies in the province if they are not exhibiting symptoms and are part of a vulnerable population. Vulnerable populations include residents or workers in an at-risk setting such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter or any other congregate setting. Additional pharmacy locations will be available in the continuing provincial rollout.
If you are not exhibiting symptoms of the virus, and fall within the criteria for asymptomatic testing, please visit Ontario.ca/covid to find a list of participating pharmacies to book an appointment for a COVID-19 test. Do not go to an assessment centre.
Please feel free to email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you, as always, for your kind support and words of encouragement. We look forward to connecting with you on Monday.
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.
ZOOM TOWN HALL
Monday, September 28 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
Clinical Status Update Information Line
(416) 789-2113 ext. 2260
Call between 10:00 am to 8:00 pm from Monday to 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. 2216. Kindly allow us 48 hours to respond to your request.
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,