Update to St.Amant Families – January 15, 2020
- January 15, 2021
Dear St.Amant Families:
We’ve had some good news this week, the Manitoba Government announced that people working in 24 hour shift staffed homes are now eligible to receive the vaccine. They will roll out the vaccine based on age groups, similar to how the vaccines have been rolled out to healthcare workers. We expect that within the next few weeks our community staff will begin receiving their vaccines.
Additionally, the Manitoba Government confirmed that people supported within Health & Transition Services have been prioritized to receive the vaccine. We are just waiting on a confirmed date. We continue to advocate for people supported within the community to also be prioritized.
For information about the vaccines in Manitoba, the Government Vaccine information webpage has reliable and up to date information.
We received news of two new cases of Covid-19 in employees who work within the Community Residential Program. There were no close contacts identified and the staff are both recovering well.
A few fun things this week: St.Amant Foundation launched a “Pay your Holiday Bills” raffle with a grand prize of $3000. Tickets start at $2. It’s an easy way to support St.Amant. Click here for more information.
And we partnered with some local artists to launch a video to thank front line staff and encourage everyone to wear their PPE. You can see the video (featuring some St.Amant celebrities) here. Big thanks to the Réseau Compassion Network for making the video possible.
Thank you for your ongoing support, please don’t hesitate to reach out with feedback or questions. I hope you have a restful weekend.
President & CEO
Update to H&TS Families – January 15, 2020
Dear Health & Transition Services Families,
We have zero new cases of COVID-19 in staff and people we support. If we continue to have no new cases over the weekend, we should be able to confirm that our outbreak is officially over on Monday.
We were pleased to hear today that the people supported in Health & Transition Services who are eligible for the vaccine have been prioritized and we expect to receive a confirmed date for vaccination very soon.
You should have received information from Health & Transition Services via email and mail about the vaccine, along with last week’s memo. If you haven’t had a chance to review the information, please do so soon as you’ll be receiving a call in the next week to discuss any questions you might have and to provide consent to the vaccine (if your family member is eligible and you are their decision maker). This call will come from someone on our pharmacy, social work or nursing team.
Everyone here is enjoying their gift baskets – so fun to have new things to see and do! Big thanks to everyone who supported that initiative. As usual our team is flexing their creative muscles to ensure that everyone is filling their days with interesting things to do and learn. Sometimes it feels quiet, but in those moments some deep connection is happening too. We’d like to give another shout out to Andrew Terhoch for his support in nurturing everyone’s spiritual health and wellbeing.
St.Amant shared a fun video this week to support all of our front line staff to continue to use their own Personal Protective Equipment while also reminding our community that everyone needs to wear their PPE to keep people safe! If you’re a fan of 90’s rap, you’ll get a kick out of this video.
We’re happy to see people visiting again and would like to announce the opening of our outdoor shelter on Monday, January 18. This shelter can accommodate scheduled visits for both designated family caregivers and general visitors (close friends and other family members). Our indoor visitation space will continue to be available for designated family caregivers. As we will remain in RED or critical on the Pandemic Response System until directed otherwise by Shared Health, we can accommodate one visitor at a time, up to a maximum of two at a time if both visitors live in the same household. Please contact the Recreation Instructor in your loved one’s area to schedule a visit and receive information about screening, PPE, and directions to the new outdoor shelter.
We truly can’t say it enough… thank YOU for all of your support!
Director, Health & Transition Services
Webinar: Answering Your Questions about the COVID Vaccine
- January 14, 2021
Join family physician, Dr. Bill Sullivan, on Tuesday January 19, 2021, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm CST for a webinar where Dr. Sullivan will be answering questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. Questions will focus on adults with a developmental disability and the vaccine.
Please send your questions when registering and they will do our best to have them answered.
Register here: http://bit.ly/2LPsePA
The webinar is hosted by The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
Hip Hop Props for our Front-Line Staff
- January 12, 2021
- Our health and social services workers are doing an incredible job on the front-lines, working hard to protect everyone they support. One the best ways you can thank them is by wearing your mask and doing your part to slow the spread of Covid-19. We dedicate this video our staff and all staff working in essential services. You are truly our heroes.
Special thanks to:Charlie Fettah – Lyrics
BBS Steve – Music
Felisha Hartig – Vocals
NSTY Entertainment – Video ProductionPlus Simon, Toby, Dena and Shelley for their dancing, laughter and generosity.
Update to H&TS Families – January 8
- January 8, 2021
Dear Health & Transition Services Families,
We received the vaccination schedule for long term care from the Government of Manitoba today and Health & Transition Services residents were not included in the first round of vaccinations. I want to assure you that we have very open lines of communication with the Department of Health and Seniors Care and are advocating for your family members to be added to this first round. Additionally, we have been communicating through the Department of Families and also participated in an interview with CBC on vaccine priority. We are still feeling optimistic that Health & Transition Services will be added to this first round of vaccinations.
To ensure we are as ready as possible in advance, a Vaccine Working Group has been formed and is planning and preparing to obtain consent. Please see the current vaccine fact sheets from Manitoba Public Health HERE, and write down any questions you may have. Informed consent for the COVID-19 vaccine will involve a direct conversation about health history along with answering any questions you may have if you are the one who makes decisions for your loved one. The COVID-19 vaccine is the most important and effective tool in ensuring the ongoing safety and health of your loved one, and our goal is to have 100% of the people we support who are eligible vaccinated as soon as possible.
Currently we have no active cases of COVID-19 within our program and our outbreak status is tentatively scheduled to end at midnight on January 16. With the information about the current cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba since the holidays, we are working very hard to continue to support staff to wear their PPE properly and consistently and are hoping that we will see those numbers go down again soon.
Most of us have found some delight in cooking, baking or trying new restaurants during this pandemic and our Nutrition Services team has been busy creating a whole new menu for your loved ones. The new menu launches January 11 and features more variety, brighter flavours, lots of new options and they also brought back some old comforts too. We look forward to the reviews!
We continue to work hard to ensure that everyone has fun and interesting things to do and to look forward to – including family visits! Stay tuned for updates about the opening of our outdoor shelter and changes to our visitation guidelines.
As always, your support, courage and compassion for our whole St.Amant community means so much to all of us.
Director, Health & Transition Services