Pandemic Information

This is an archive of essential information about the pandemic and the Perley Health Community

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Key Documents for Visitors and Caregivers and our Community

  • Essential Caregiver Designation Form: CLICK HERE
  • Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021 (FLTCA): CLICK HERE

May 14, 2022 Update

The COVID-19 outbreak on Ottawa 2 West (O2W) has been declared over.  A huge thank you to everyone for your support with this outbreak.

There are no active COVID-19 resident cases within Perley Health.

As always, please reach out to a member of the IPAC team with any questions (ipac@perleyhealth.ca).

Thank you

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC

Manager, Infection Prevention & Control


May 13, 2022 Update

Changes to Swab Clinic Hours

As of Monday, May 16th, the Swab Clinic hours of operation will change to accommodate staff break times.

Open: Every day from 06:30 to 17:00 hours

The Clinic will be closed for staff breaks:

  • 11:30-12:00 hours
  • 16:00-16:30 hours

Please Note: Essential Caregivers/General Visitors and any individuals required to wait 15 minutes for their test results are requested to please visit the Swab clinic at least 15 minutes before the Swab clinic closes.

  • It is best to arrive before 11:15 or after 12 Noon
  • It is best to arrive before 15:45 or after 16:30 hours

Thanks for your help always.

Nadia Butt, MBBS, MHA 

IPAC Employee Health Consultant


May 10, 2022

Visitor restrictions currently in effect at Perley Health

  • If you have been instructed to quarantine by public health officials, please do not visit
  • If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, please do not visit
  • Any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must wait 10 days before coming into the home
  • Any individual visiting with a resident in the home will need to provide proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19

All individuals entering the home:

Essential Care Givers (ECGs) must be tested for COVID-19 via a rapid antigen test (RAT) twice a week if visiting more then two times a week if they received three or more doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine.  If they received less then three doses of the vaccine, they must complete three RATs per week.  ECGs must wait for their results.

General visitors must be tested for COVID-19 via a rapid antigen test prior to each visit and wait for the results. 

In the event of an outbreak, only one designated care giver is permitted at a time to visit a resident on the outbreak unit.

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC

Manager, Infection Prevention & Control


Safety Protocols for COVID-19 Outbreak Units (May 2, 2022)

COVID-19 Outbreaks

  1. Ottawa 2 West
  2. The Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU) in the Gatineau building

Key Points

  • All high-risk residents or symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection is mandatory for all individuals when on the unit
  • N95 respirators are mandatory for all staff providing direct care at all times when on the unit
  • A limit of one Essential Caregiver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers permitted on the unit
    • This applies to all units declared on outbreak unless stated in Perley Health public announcements and/or directed by the Ontario government.
    • Questions about visiting: Phone 613-526-7170, ext 0.
    • Essential information including unit phone numbers: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/essential-information

April 29, 2022 Outbreak Update

  • I am happy to report the gastroenteritis outbreak on Gatineau 1 South (G1S) has been declared over. 
    • A huge thank you to everyone for your support during this outbreak.
  • The COVID-19 Outbreaks on Ottawa 2 West and the Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU) continue with two active cases on each unit.
  • As always, please reach out to a member of the IPAC team with any questions (ipac@perleyhealth.ca).

Thank you,

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC 
Manager, Infection Prevention & Control 


April 29, 2022 Update

  1. Visitor and Testing Requirement Updates
  2. News about the Guest House
  3. News about the Day Program
  4. Welcome Algonguin College PSW Students
  5. Congratulations Volunteers

Visitor and Testing Requirement Updates as of April 29, 2022

To keep our community safe, please do not visit, if:

  • You have been instructed to quarantine by public health officials; or
  • You are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 must wait 10 days after the date of testing positive for the virus, before you will be permitted to enter Perley Health.
  • Every person intending to visit a resident at Perley Health must provide proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • Fully vaccinated, as defined by the Ministry of Health.

Individuals entering Perley Health can expect the following:

  • Screening at the entrance (https://covidscreening.perleyrideau.ca);
  • Clean their hands with alcohol-based hand rub;
  • At all times, wear a medical-grade mask provided by Perley Health;
  • Physical distance;
  • Follow instructions from staff on the unit.

Resident Visits

  • Each resident may have up to four visitors at a time for indoor visits.
  • This can be any combination of General Visitors and/or Designated Caregivers
  • In the event of an outbreak on a unit, only one Designated Caregiver is permitted to visit a resident at a time.

New Testing Requirements

Essential Caregivers (ECGs)

  • If visiting more than two times a week and you received three or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine – you must be tested via a rapid antigen test (RAT) twice a week. 
  • If you received less than three doses of the vaccine, you must complete three rapid antigen test (RAT) per week. 
  • At all times, Essential Caregivers (ECGs) must wait for test results before departing the Swab Clinic area.

General Visitors

  • Must be tested for COVID-19 via a rapid antigen test (RAT) prior to each visit and wait for the results before departing the Swab Clinic area.

 

News about the Guest House

  • The Guest House closed at the start of the pandemic, in accordance with the Ontario government directive.
  • The Guest House re-opened to existing Guest House clients on the Saturday April 2.
  • To re-familiarize clients with the program and to follow public health recommendations, respite sessions for days only were introduced on weekends. Clients were cohorted.
  • For clients, the COVID-19 screening for clients is completed by the Guest House Team Leader.
  • Guest House staff will follow the Perley Health protocols for screening and testing.
  • There is not yet a start date for overnight respite program in the Guest House.
  • Guest House Manager – Beth Monaco bmonaco@carefor.ca 613-749-7557 ext. 2147
  • Guest House Leader – Casey Laflèche – 343-998-2812 (direct business cellphone) guesthouse@carefor.ca.   
  • Referrals and applications are made through Home and Community Care support services – 613-745-5525
  • Guest House – 613-247-1664 ext 7.
  • Website, where caregivers and clients will be able to make reservations: https://guesthouseottawa.ca/  

News about the Day Program

  • The location of the Day Program is labelled "Swab Clinic" on the Perley Health map (1E, first floor Perley Health): CLICK HERE or follow https://www.perleyhealth.ca/upload/documents/oct_4_2021_internal_parking.pdf
    • The Day Program closed at the start of the pandemic, in accordance with the Ontario government directive.
  • The Day Program resumed service July 2021 as a pilot project in the Guest House.
  •  As of May 5, the Day Program will be back onsite at Perley Health and open to accept clients.
  • The Day Program access will be the Main Entrance of Perley Health and all Perley Health protocols and testing requirements must be followed.
    • Day Program Manager (temporarily) – Robin Meyers rmeyers@carefor.ca  613-749-7557 ext. 2107
    • Day Program Team Leader – Erica Miskiman – 613-614-0992 (direct business cellphone) emiskiman@carefor.ca
    • The  phone number will change to Perley Health 613-526-7170 ext. 8808.
  • Referrals and applications are made through Home and Community Care support services:  613-745-5525
  • Perley Health webpage: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/adult-day-program

Welcome Algonguin College PSW Students

On May 9th, students enrolled in the PSW training program from Algonquin College will resume program studies in the Living Classroom at Perley Health. We look forward to their return.

Background: In 2017, Perley Health expanded its longstanding partnership with Algonquin College by establishing a “living classroom” devoted to Algonquin’s PSW Training Program. The Program involves a variety of learning environments: classroom and laboratory, along with clinical and community settings. Students in the Program interact regularly with Perley Health residents, families, tenants, staff and volunteers. Some interactions are built into the formal teaching methodology, while others occur organically as a key element of student life at Perley Health.

Congratulations Volunteers

Yesterday, Perley Health celebrated our amazing volunteer team, who continues to demonstrate “empathy in action” by providing exceptional care to  residents and tenants, and supporting staff through the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We were treated to a live performance by Perley Health Musician Gertrude (Trudy) Létourneau and Music Therapist Dana Lawless. A recording of this song was made for all of those who could not attend the event. It features Trudy and Music Therapist Patricia Deek and is available to view at (CLICK HERE) https://www.perleyhealth.ca/2022-volunteer-awards. Lyrics by Trudy, Patricia, Samantha De Benedet and Pegi Jenkins.

Long Service Awards were presented to several volunteers, including a 35-year pin for Creative Arts volunteer Cheryl Ranacher. Thank you, Cheryl, for your tremendous dedication!

Barbara Caverhill – 2022 Volunteer of the Year and Advocacy Award Recipient.

Barbara Caverhill was presented with two very special awards to recognize her incredible commitment and dedication to the Perley Health community. Barbara was named as the 2022 Volunteer of the Year and also received the Volunteer Advocacy Award – the first time one individual has taken home both awards in the same year. Since 2017, Barbara has worn multiple volunteer hats to help improve quality of life for all long-term care residents, while at the same time being “an inspiration as a caregiver” to her husband, a Veteran resident on Rideau 2 South. Barbara is a member of the Family & Friends Council Executive, Secretary to the Veterans’ Resident Council, a Family Transition Volunteer (supporting new residents and their loved ones on admission day), a volunteer Meal Assistant and a tireless helper with the Therapeutic Recreation & Creative Arts program. Barbara’s efforts were highlighted by 12 separate nominations received from eight staff, three family members and one resident. It was noted that “everyone she is with is treated with such care, in her quiet and gentle but attentive way” and “this lady deserves a medal for all she does with grace and kindness.” 

Congratulations Barbara on this well-deserved recognition.

Swab Clinic Volunteers win Second Straight Volunteer Team Award!

In another historic moment, the Perley Health Swab Clinic Volunteers became the first group to win back-to-back Volunteer Team Awards, during our National Volunteer Week celebrations. This group plays “a vital role in helping the Swab Clinic team run their processes smoothly,” from prepping over 80,000 COVID-19 tests kits to assisting essential caregivers and general visitors in the waiting area. The Swab Clinic volunteers have embraced the opportunity to quietly help, behind the scenes, always with a smile. They have rolled with many changes over the past year, including new testing requirements, clinic schedules and, most recently, a new location. Their consistent presence ensures Perley Health staff have more time to focus on resident care while we continue to meet a high standard for COVID-19 Infection Prevention & Control.

Congratulations, and thank you, to the incredible Swab Clinic Volunteer Team!

There’s still time to visit the National Volunteer Week display on the postal wagon outside the Physio & Massage Clinic. Here, you can pick up limited edition Kudos cards to thank a Perley volunteer and complete puzzles to win one of two gift certificates for Deborah’s Gift Boutique. Draw to be held Monday morning, May 2nd.

Thanks to all staff who have helped make this a very special National Volunteer Week for our team.

Rachel Stoparczyk, CVA

Coordinator, Volunteer Services


April 27, 2022 Updates on Outbreaks

O2W: COVID-19 Outbreak 

The outbreak continues with 3 active cases.

The following control measures are in effect on this unit:

  • All high-risk residents or symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection is mandatory for all individuals when on the unit
  • N95 respirators are mandatory for all staff providing direct care at all times when on the unit
  • One Essential Caregiver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

G1S: Gastroenteritis Outbreak

The outbreak continues with 3 active cases.  We have still not been able to identify the bug causing the outbreak. 

The following control measures are in effect on this unit:

  • All symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and also tested for COVID-19.  If testing comes back negative, precautions will be changed to contact
  • Residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • One Essential Caregiver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

SBSU: COVID-19 Outbreak 

The Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU) is in the Gatineau building.

The outbreak continues with 2 active cases.

The following control measures are in effect on this unit:

  • All symptomatic residents will be isolated placed on contactdroplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Surveillance testing for all residents is ongoing and if testing comes back as positive, they will be isolated placed on contact droplet precautions.  
  • Residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection and N95 respirators are mandatory at all times when on the unit for all individuals.
  • One Essential Caregiver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

SWAB CLINIC TESTING FREQUENCY

  • All staff, students, volunteers and Essential Caregivers (ECGs) who have received 3 or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to complete 2 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) in a 7-day period (Monday-Sunday) 
  • All staff, students, volunteers and ECGs who have not received 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to complete 3 RATs in a 7-day period (Monday-Sunday) 
  • General Visitors and Support Workers are required to complete a RAT each time they visit.

OUTDOOR MASKING

Although there is new guidance stating masks are no longer required outdoors, the IPAC team continues to recommend masking as an added layer of protection when physical distancing cannot be maintained.  Perley Health staff are required to wear a mask when accompanying resident(s) in an outdoor activity.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team (ipac@perleyhealth.ca).

Thank you,

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC 
Manager, Infection Prevention & Control 


April 25, 2022 Outbreak Update and Swabbing Changes

O2W: COVID-19 Outbreak

An outbreak has been declared on O2W as a second resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

The following control measures are in effect on this unit

  • All high-risk residents or symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection is mandatory when on the unit
  • Only one essential care giver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

G1S: Gastroenteritis Outbreak

A gastroenteritis outbreak has been declared across all of G1S.  The staff are attempting to collect stool specimens on this unit to determine cause of outbreak.

The following control measures are in effect on this unit

  • All symptomatic residents will be placed on contact droplet precautions and also tested for COVID-19.  If testing comes back negative, precautions will be changed to contact
  • Residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Only one essential care giver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

SBSU: COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 outbreak continues on SBSU with one active resident case. Surveillance testing via PCR has been completed on all residents this morning. 

The following control measures continue to be in effect on this unit

  • All symptomatic residents will be isolated placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately
  • Surveillance testing for all residents is ongoing and if testing comes back as positive, they will be isolated placed on contact droplet precautions
  • Residents are encouraged to remain on their unit
  • Eye protection and N95 respirators are mandatory at all times when on the unit
  • Only one essential care giver is permitted per resident at a time
  • No volunteers on unit

SWAB CLINIC and TESTING

Effective April 27, 2022 (Wednesday)

  • All staff, students, volunteers and Essential Caregivers (ECGs) who have received 3 or more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to complete 2 Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) in a 7-day period (Monday-Sunday)
  • All staff, students, volunteers and ECGs who have not received 3 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required to complete 3 RATs in a 7 day period (Monday-Sunday)
  • General Visitors and Support Workers are required to complete a RAT each time they visit

As always, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team (ipac@perleyhealth.ca).

Thank you,

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC

Manager, Infection Prevention & Control


April 24, 2022

A gastroenteritis outbreak has been declared for Gatineau 1 South (G1S – east side of the unit). 

The COVID-19 outbreak in the Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU) continues.

Control Measures

The following control measures have been put in place: 

  • The two affected residents on G1S (east side only) have additional precautions in place (contact/droplet) and have been tested for COVID-19 via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and PCR.
  • All residents must remain on the unit and are encouraged to remain in their rooms.
  • Any resident who becomes symptomatic will be placed on additional precautions (contact/droplet) and will be tested for COVID-19 via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and PCR.

Visiting Outbreak Units

  • Only one Essential Caregiver (ECG) can visit at a time on an outbreak unit.
  • Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to Essential Caregivers visiting an outbreak unit or when providing close-proximity personal care to a resident who staff have placed on precautions.
  • General visitors are not permitted at this time.
  • Volunteers are not permitted on outbreak units. 

On outbreaks that are not on outbreak, visiting and volunteering protocols have not changed. Read more: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/upload/documents/april_11_2022_what-residents-can-expect-.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca.

Jay Innes

Director of Communications


April 22, 2022

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Perley Health endorses the decision to extend the mask mandate in long-term care.

Read more: CLICK HERE or follow https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1002098/masking-requirements-continue-in-select-indoor-settings


April 18, 2022

Included in today's update:

  1. Outbreak Updates; and
  2. Swab Clinic Changes Effective Tuesday April 19th, 2022.

Outbreak Updates
 
Rideau 1 South (R1S) - Gastroenteritis Outbreak Over

  • The outbreak on R1S has been declared over.
  • Residents can now leave the unit and can have more than one visitor at a time.
  • Volunteers are permitted on the unit.

Specialized BehavIoural Support Unit (SBSU) - COVID-19 Outbreak Update

  • Remains on outbreak with two positive cases amongst residents.
  • N95 respirators and eye protection remain mandatory when on this unit.
  • Control measures remain in place.

Visiting Outbreak Units

  • Only one Essential Caregiver (ECG) can visit at a time on an outbreak unit.
  • Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to Essential Caregivers visiting an outbreak unit or when providing close-proximity personal care to a resident who staff have placed on precautions.
  • General visitors are not permitted on outbreak units.
  • Volunteers are not permitted on outbreak units.

Ottawa 2 West (O2W) - Case Management COVID-19

  • A resident has tested positive on a rapid antigen test (RAT) for COVID-19.
  • High risk residents have been identified and started isolation on contact/droplet precautions with pending PCRs.
  • Any resident who becomes symptomatic will be isolated, placed on additional precautions and tested for COVID-19 via a RAT and PCR.

If you have any questions please reach out to a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca
 
Swab Clinic Changes Effective Tuesday April 19, 2022

  • Please note that as of tomorrow April 19, the Swab Clinic location will be across the hall from its current location, on the first floor of Perley Health.
  • Wall dividers have been set up to create areas for testing.
  • Protocols and processes will remain the same, following Ministry's directive.
  • This change is being made so that the Day Program can be prepared for re-opening in that space in the near future.

Changes to Swab Clinic Hours

  • Open 7 days a week from 6:30 am to 5 pm.
  • The clinic is closed daily for lunch between 11:30 am and 12:30 pm.
  • Please arrive before 11:15 am, if you want to receive your test results before 11:30 am.
  • For questions and comments, please email: swab@perleyhealth.ca.

View the Ontario government's COVID-19 Policies: What Residents Can Expect in a Long-Term Care Home: CLICK HERE or visit https://www.perleyhealth.ca/upload/documents/april_11_2022_what-residents-can-expect-.pdf)
 
This message was shared today on the Perley Health website and emailed to all who subscribe to receive Perley Health emails.

Jay Innes
Director of Communications


April 15, 2022

Two Outbreaks at Perley Health

Today, a gastroenteritis outbreak was declared on Rideau 1 South (R1S).

  • Two residents living on R1S have gastroenteritis symptoms.
  • Symptoms may include nausea/vomiting and diarrhea.

On April 14, a COVID-19 outbreak was declared on the Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU) in the Gatineau building.

Outbreak Measures include:  

  • Affected residents have additional precautions in place (contact/droplet) and have been tested for COVID-19 via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and PCR.
  • On outbreak units, all residents must remain on their unit and are encouraged to remain in their rooms.
  • Routine practices and contact precautions as communicated on signage throughout the facility.
  • Enhanced monitoring for symptoms on all units and communication to registered staff.
  • Immediate implementation of additional precautions when symptoms are noted.
  • Enhanced hand hygiene.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection.
  • Limited movement between affected and non-affected units.
  • Modified programs on the outbreak unit.

Visiting

  • Only one Essential Caregiver (ECG) can visit at a time on an outbreak unit.
  • Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to Essential Caregivers visiting an outbreak unit or when providing close-proximity personal care to a resident who staff have placed on precautions.
  • General visitors are not permitted on outbreak units.
  • Volunteers are not permitted on outbreak units. 

For up to date information:

  • Observe the signage at all entrances and throughout the facility
  • Visit www.perleyhealth.ca

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca.

Jay Innes

Director of Communications


April 14, 2022

Outbreak declared on SBSU in the Gatineau Building

  • A resident living on the Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU) in the Gatineau building has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • There are now 2 active cases of the virus among residents on this unit and an outbreak has been declared on the SBSU in consultation with Ottawa Public Health.
  • The residents will remain on the unit.

Control Measures

An outbreak has been declared for the SBSU with the following control measures:

  • All residents must remain on the unit and are encouraged to remain in their rooms;
  • Any resident who becomes symptomatic will be placed on additional precautions (contact/droplet) and will be tested for COVID-19 via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and PCR;
  • Ongoing surveillance testing on all residents continues along with testing of staff in compliance with the Ministry directive.

Visiting

  • Only one Essential Caregiver (ECG) can visit at a time on an outbreak unit.
  • Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to Essential Caregivers visiting an outbreak unit or when providing close-proximity personal care to a resident who staff have placed on precautions.
  • General visitors are not permitted at this time.
  • Volunteers are not permitted on outbreak units.
  • Please view the recent guidance from the Ministry providing an update on safety protocols, resident absences and outbreaks, effective April 11, 2022.

Stay Safe and Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear a mask and wear eye protection
  • Practise good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Physical distance
  • Limit close contacts by avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces

This information was shared today in an email to all email subscribers and on the Perley Health website (https://www.perleyhealth.ca).

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca.

Thank you,

Jay Innes

Director of Communications


 

April 12, 2022

Positive Resident Case of COVID-19

Perley Health has confirmed one resident case of COVID-19 in the Gatineau building’s Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU - https://www.perleyhealth.ca/sbsu).

All residents have been tested via Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) and PCR and all initial RATs and PCRs have come back negative.

On this unit, caregivers and families are required to wear eye protection at all times.

Kudos to the entire Perley Health community for your many efforts to keep our community safe at a time when COVID-19 in the Champlain region is on the rise. It has been 60 days since the end of the last COVID-19 outbreak among Perley Health residents.

Fourth Dose Vaccinations

At this time, Perley Health has no plans to offer fourth dose vaccinations (boosters) to essential caregivers, families or friends.  Vaccines are readily available in the community and we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated for all the doses available to you.

For more information, please visit the Ottawa Public Health website or speak with your primary care physician or pharmacist.

If you have any questions please reach out to a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca

A Message to the Community

Dr. Benoît Robert, Perley Health’s Chief Medical Officer, endorses this recent joint message from Champlain region’s hospital Chiefs of Staff and Medical Officers of Health.

OTTAWA – April 7, 2022 – The level of COVID-19 in the Champlain region is on the rise. The COVID-19 wastewater viral signal is increasing in the region and is at record levels in Ottawa. In addition, test per cent positivity across the region is high and increasing, according to regional public health units.

In response, every hospital Chief of Staff and every public health unit Medical Officer of Health in the Champlain region are coming together to highly recommend the following four things that you can do right now to protect yourself, your family, and your community, with the goal of reducing severe illness and hospitalization:

  • Get vaccinated with all the doses you are eligible for.
  • Limit your close contacts.
  • Wear a mask in indoor public spaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

To book a vaccine, please visit COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario.

If you know or suspect you have COVID-19 and need to be assessed by a clinician, below are some options for accessing care. When possible, please check with your primary care provider first. Also, please check the specific criteria for each clinic.

  • COVID-19 Care and Testing Centre – Moodie
  • East Ottawa Kids COVID Care Clinic
  • EOHU COVID-19 Assessment, Testing and Treatment Eligibility
  • Kids Come First Care Clinic
  • Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre
  • TOH Clinical Assessment Centre

Thank you for doing what you can to help keep yourself and those around you safe during this time of uncertainty amid the rising levels of COVID-19.


April 3, 2022

Welcome Stephanie Kim

We are excited that Stephanie Kim has joined Perley Health as the Manager of Resident Care for the Ottawa building.

Stephanie is a familiar face to many.  She comes to us from the RNAO (Registered Nurses Association of Ontario) where she works as a LTC Best Practice Coordinator for the Champlain region and is Perley Health's BPSO coach (Best Practice Spotlight Organization).      

Stephanie has a wealth of knowledge and experience, and is extremely valuable in her new manager role.  She is very passionate about resident-centered care.  She has worked as a PSW, a RAI coordinator, a RN team leader in LTC and holds a Canadian Nurses Association Gerontology certificate.  She is also working towards completing the Long-Term Care Executive Administrator Program.  

Stephanie is also a very talented musician.  She plays the violin and the piano.


March 17, 2022

At Perley Health, we are steadfast in our commitment to protect the most vulnerable members of our society. Our is a sacred trust that we will not relinquish or squander. While masking, testing and proof of vaccination are changing in some parts of society, there are no changes planned for Perley Health.

Here are protections against COVID-19 that we continue to follow at Perley Health.

Residents

  • Vaccination is strongly recommended for residents.
    • More than 70% of residents have received their fourth dose of the vaccine.
  • Masking is optional for residents, unless there is an outbreak or another risk.
  • Screening for risks is undertaken by staff before a resident departs Perley Health and upon returning to Perley Health.

Staff

  • Proof of two doses (at least) of the vaccine is required.
    • We strongly recommend a third dose (booster) of the vaccine.
  • Screening on the health app is required.
  • Masking is required.
  • Testing is required, as directed by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Essential Caregivers

  • Proof of two doses (at least) of the vaccine is required.
    • We strongly recommend a third dose (booster) of the vaccine.
  • Screening on the health app is required.
  • Masking is required.
  • Testing is required, as directed by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.
  • The Pub and Cafeteria are not open to Essential Caregivers.

General Visitors

  • Proof of two doses (at least) of the vaccine is required.
    • We strongly recommend a third dose (booster) of the vaccine.
  • Screening on the health app is required.
  • Masking is required.
  • Testing is required each day of a visit.
  • The Pub and Cafeteria are not open to General Visitors.

Volunteers

  • Proof of two doses (at least) of the vaccine is required.
    • We strongly recommend a third dose (booster) of the vaccine.
  • Screening on the health app is required.
  • Masking is required.
  • Testing is required, as directed by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Contractors

  • Proof of two doses (at least) of the vaccine is required.
    • We strongly recommend a third dose (booster) of the vaccine.
  • Screening on the health app is required.
  • Masking is required.
  • Testing is required, as directed by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Visits with a Resident (deemed to be at end of life)

  • Determining a resident is at end of life, is informed by a discussion with the doctor.
  • The manager of the unit provides guidance to staff at the Main Entrance to inform them of the residents formally deemed end-of-life.
  • If a resident is receiving end-of-life care, non-vaccinated/partially vaccinated Essential Caregivers (ECGs) and general visitors can be allowed entry into the home.
  • Visiting is restricted to the resident’s room.

Thank you for your patience and support as we work to keep COVID out!


March 11, 2022

  • Read our update on easing COVID-19 restrictions at Perley Health: CLICK HERE or follow https://www.perleyhealth.ca/upload/documents/march_11_2022_news-release_update_easing.pdf

February 23, 2022

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February 19, 2022

Changes to Safety Protocols Effective February 21, 2022

  • General visits from individuals five years and older who've had at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to resume on Feb. 21.
  • Visitors must be tested in the Swab Clinic each visit.
    • The Swab Clinic is open seven days a week from 6:30am to 5pm.
  • Residents will be allowed to have three individuals visit at a time - this includes Essential Caregivers and Visitors.
  • Residents can go on social day trips regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Residents who've had at least three vaccine doses can go on overnight absences and day programs.
  • Perley Health Senior Living apartment tenants that pass screening will be permitted into Perley Health to purchase food in the Cafeteria.
    • At this time, tenants, Essential Caregivers and Visitors are not permitted to eat in the Cafeteria or to access the Pub.
    • Download the Ontario government's COVID-19 Policies: What Residents Can Expect in a Long-Term Care Home: CLICK HERE

February 14, 2022

All outbreaks at Perley Health have ended.

The non-COVID-19 outbreak on Rideau 1 South (R1S) has ended

  • Residents can leave all units
  • Volunteers are permitted on all units
  • Two Essential Caregivers can visit residents on all units

KUDOS to all who have contributed through the challenging times of outbreaks to support residents and provide excellent resident care. 

Thank you to all members of the Perley Health community who contributed to this achievement:

  • Residents;
  • Staff;
  • Essential Caregivers;
  • Volunteers;
  • Tenants;
  • Personal Service Providers;
  • Students;
  • Contractors;
  • Families caring from a distance;
  • Friends; and
  • All Perley Health Supporters.

We recognize all your tireless efforts, dedication and perseverance, going above and beyond to maintain quality of life while keeping our community safe. 

For questions, contact the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca


February 12, 2022

Residents are free of COVID-19, at this time

One Non-COVID-19 Outbreak at Perley Health

The (Non COVID-19) Respiratory Outbreak continues on Rideau 1 South. All residents on Rideau 1 South must remain on the unit and are limited to one Essential Caregiver (ECG) at a time. Volunteers are not permitted on the outbreak unit.

The COVID-19 outbreak on Gatineau 2 North has now ended and there are no active cases of COVID-19 among residents of Perley Health. There are seven active COVID-19 cases among staff.

“This has been a real team effort,” says CEO Akos Hoffer. “As recently as January 31st there were three units on COVID-19 outbreak and today there are zero cases among residents. This is a credit to the outstanding efforts and vigilance of all members of the Perley Health community during these difficult times. We thank you!”

On all non-outbreak units, residents are permitted two Essential Caregivers (ECGs) to visit at a time and volunteers are permitted. Residents, if they choose, are able to move freely throughout Perley Health.

Since February 7, residents who have had at least three COVID-19 vaccine doses may resume social day absences. For residents resuming social day absences, we encourage the following:

  • Limit contact with others, including avoiding large social gatherings;
  • Physically distance and only be in close contact with people who have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, especially when eating;
  • Wear a mask, as tolerated;
  • Wash hands frequently.

When a resident returns from a day absence, the individual will be tested for COVID-19 on day five by a rapid antigen test and PCR test. Residents who are away frequently will be required to have a rapid antigen test and PCR twice a week.  No isolation is required unless a positive result is received.

View a two-page summary of all the changes that take effect today. CLICK HERE. (Please note that the yellow highlighter was included in the document supplied by the Ontario government.)

Here’s the link to the recent media release: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001534/ontario-easing-temporary-visiting-restrictions-at-long-term-care-homes

STAY SAFE

The best way to prevent transmission of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, wear a mask and eye protection, practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, physical distancing and limit close contacts by avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca.


February 7, 2022

  • The COVID-19 outbreak on Gatineau 2 South (G2S) has ended, a credit the vigilance and excellent efforts of all members of our community. Thank you!
  • A COVID-19 respiratory outbreak continues on Gatineau 2 North (G2N).
  • A non-COVID respiratory outbreak (Coronavirus) continues on Rideau 1 South (R1S).
  • There are 13 active cases of COVID-19 among staff and six active cases among residents.
  • Effective today, residents who have had at least three COVID-19 vaccine doses may resume social day absences.
  • For residents resuming social day absences, we encourage the actions listed below:
    • Limit contact with others, including avoiding large social gatherings;
    • Physically distance and only be in close contact with people who have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, especially when eating;
    • Wear a mask, as tolerated;
    • Wash hands frequently.
  • When a resident returns from a day absence, the individual will be tested for COVID-19 on day five by a rapid antigen test and PCR test. Residents who are away frequently will be required to have a rapid antigen test and PCR twice a week.  No isolation is required unless a positive result is received.

View a two-page summary of all the changes that take effect today. CLICK HERE. Please note that the yellow highlighter was included in the document supplied by the Ontario government.

Here’s the link to the recent media release: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001534/ontario-easing-temporary-visiting-restrictions-at-long-term-care-homes


February 4, 2022  Update

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One Outbreak Ended

  • The outbreak on Ottawa 2 West (O2W) has ended.
    • Thanks to everyone who contributed to the end of this outbreak through your patience and perseverance.
    • On non-outbreak units, there are two Essential Caregivers (ECGs) permitted to visit a resident at one time.
  • Outbreaks continue on three units.
  • The two units of Gatineau 2 North and Gatineau 2 South continue to experience COVID-19 outbreaks.
  • The Rideau 1 South outbreak continues. This is a mild respiratory outbreak that is not linked to COVID-19.
    • On outbreak units, there is a limit of one Essential Caregiver (ECG) permitted with each resident at a time.
    • All residents are to remain on the unit.
    • Volunteers are not permitted on the unit.

Ontario Easing Temporary Visiting Restrictions at Long-Term Care Homes

  • Today, we received notice that Ontario is easing temporary visiting restrictions at long-term care homes.
  • Here’s the link to the media release: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001534/ontario-easing-temporary-visiting-restrictions-at-long-term-care-homes
  • Our team is reviewing the details and preparing to adapt.
  • Watch for news and updates in the coming days.

February 2, 2022

  • A resident living on Gatineau 2 North has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • There are 11 active cases of the virus among residents.
  • There are four units on outbreak at Perley Health
  1. Ottawa 2 West:  COVID-19
  2. Gatineau 2 South: COVID-19
  3. Gatineau 2 North: COVID-19
  4. Rideau 1 South:  Coronavirus - non-COVID
  • On  all outbreak units, all residents must remain on the unit and are encouraged to remain in their rooms.

Essential Caregivers Visiting

  • General visitors are not permitted at this time.
  • Only one Essential Caregiver (ECG) can visit at a time on an outbreak unit.
  • Volunteers are not permitted on outbreak units.
  • On units that are not on outbreak, there is a limit of two ECGs at a time.

Stay Safe and Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Wear a mask and eye protection
  3. Practise proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  4. Physical distance
  5. Limit close contacts by avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca.


  • You masked up;
  • You vaxed up;
  • And you showed up!

Thank you for your unwavering commitment to keep our community safe.

Swab Clinic News

  • We hear your concerns and appreciate your frustrations emerging from this week’s change to a different Rapid Antigen Test self-swabbing kit.
  • This change was not requested by the Perley Health team. These supplies were provided by the Ontario government.
  • Yes, the small vials can be a challenge to handle, there are more steps to this process and the two-minute wait has slowed the entire self-swabbing process.
  • Please know that the IPAC team and swab staff continue to review and seek ways to improve this rapid test system. Kudos to all the staff working on the Swab Clinic to assist with this change.
  • We promise to keep you updated and welcome your feedback (email: swab@perleyhealth.ca).
  • Thank you again for frequently adapting during this pandemic.

January 31, 2022

  • There are four units on outbreak at Perley Health
  • There are COVID-19 outbreaks on three units including Gatineau 2 North (G2N), Gatineau 2 South (G2S) and Ottawa 2 West (O2W).
  • Today, a mild respiratory outbreak was declared on Rideau 1 South (R1S).
  • The rapid antigen tests for individuals on Rideau 1 South (R1S) were negative for COVID-19; therefore, the respiratory symptoms could be related to another virus.
  • On outbreak units, all residents must remain on the unit and are encouraged to remain in their rooms.
  • Only one Essential Caregiver (ECG) can visit at a time on an outbreak unit.
  • Volunteers are not permitted on outbreak units.
  • On units that are not on outbreak, there is a limit of two ECGs at a time.
  • If you have any questions, please contact a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca.

January 30, 2022

Outbreaks on Three Units at Perley Health

  • Today, three residents on Gatineau 2 North (G2N) tested positive for COVID-19 and have transferred to the isolation unit in the Ottawa building.
  • As a result, an outbreak has been declared on G2N.
  • Outbreaks continue on Gatineau 2 South (G2S) and Ottawa 2 West (O2W).
  • On outbreak units, residents must remain on the unit and are encouraged to remain in their rooms.
  • On outbreak units, there is a limit of one Essential Caregiver (ECG) visiting at a time.
  • Volunteers are not permitted access to outbreak units.
  • On units that are not on outbreak, there is a limit of two ECGs at a time.
  • If you have any questions please contact a member of the IPAC Team at ipac@perleyhealth.ca.

Thank you,

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC

Manager, Infection Prevention & Control


January 28, 2022

  • There are outbreaks of COVID-19 on two units.
  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on Gatineau 2 South (G2S) and Ottawa 2 West (O2W) remains on outbreak.
  • There are 19 active COVID-19 cases among residents.
  • On the two outbreak units, residents must remain on the unit and are encouraged to remain in their rooms.
  • On outbreak units, there is a limit of one Essential Caregiver (ECG) visiting at a time.
  • Volunteers are not permitted access to the outbreak units.
  • On units that are not on outbreak, there is a limit of two ECGs at a time.
  • Among staff, there have been 130 active COVID-19 cases since December 21, 2021.
  • There are 24 active staff cases of COVID-19 today.
  • For questions, please contact the IPAC team: IPAC@perleyhealth.ca.

Thank you

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC

Manager, Infection Prevention & Control


January 27, 2022

  • The Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care has extended the third dose (booster) vaccination deadline for staff and Essential Caregivers (ECGs).
  • The Directive requires all eligible staff, students, volunteers, support workers and ECGs to provide proof of having received a third dose by March 14th, unless they have a valid medical exemption.
  • For those who are only eligible to receive a third dose after March 14th, they must provide proof of a third dose within 30 days of becoming eligible.
  • Everyone is strongly encouraged to get their third dose (booster) as soon as possible and for long-term care residents to get their fourth dose of the vaccine.
  • The Perley Health team will provide additional information in the coming days.

Changes To Rapid Antigen Test Self-Swabbing at Perley Health

  • The Ontario government has provided Perley Health with a different Rapid Antigen Test self-swabbing kit.
    • These kits are similar to the ones shared with schools.
  • In the coming days, Perley Health will introduce these new Rapid Antigen Test kits as the only rapid test system available to members of our community.
  • In the testing process, the most significant change is for each individual to open the small vial of buffer liquid and dispense the liquid into the tube.
  • In this new process, the entire swab is to be removed and thrown into the biohazard bin.
    • The swab is not broken and placed in the vial, as is the current practice.
  • Perley Health staff will be nearby to supervise, answer questions and posters will help guide you through this process as well.
  • Thank you to all members of our community who have embraced self-swabbing, on peak days, completing more than 400 self-swab tests in a single day.
  • We commit to keep our community updated on any future changes to the self-swabbing process.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please email swab@perleyhealth.ca

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Testing Requirements: Reminders

  • All fully vaccinated staff, Essential Caregivers (ECGs), students, volunteers and contractors must be tested via a rapid antigen test at least 2 times per week. 
  • For tracking purposes, the week is from Monday (always Day #1) to Sunday (always Day 7).
  • Staff, ECGs, students, volunteers and contractors attending Perley Health once a week will require one test.
  • Staff, ECGs, students, volunteers and contractors attending Perley Health twice a week will require two tests.

Swabbing Clinic

  • The clinic is open seven days a week from 6:30am to 5pm and is located on the main floor, in the former location of the Day Program.
  • Self-swabbing has been introduced and the swab is processed by staff.
  • ECGs must wait in the clinic to receive test results.

January 24, 2022

The Perley Health community continues to make extraordinary efforts to prevent the spread of the virus to protect residents, Essential Caregivers (ECGs), volunteers and staff.

  • The outbreak on Ottawa 2 East has ended.
  • Three residents have recovered from COVID-19 and were transferred from the isolation unit to their homes on Ottawa 2 East.
  • Ottawa 2 West is the one unit on outbreak.
  • There are 16 active resident cases, all have now moved to the 20-bed isolation unit. 
  • Since December 21, 2021, 120 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • There are currently 30 active cases among staff and 90 staff have recovered.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Essential Caregivers (ECGs) are required to wear mask and eye protection at all times on the units and when accompanying residents when outside the units. 
  • This is mandatory on all resident units. 
  • Essential Caregivers who do not already have eye protection can pick up a face shield from the Commissionaire at the Main Entrance or purchase safety glasses. Please speak with the Commissionaire or any staff member to find out how to purchases safety glasses.
  • All staff must be in eye protection when on a resident unit

Mandatory COVID-19 third dose vaccines

  • As of January 28, 2022, Essential Caregivers (ECGs) will be required to show proof of a third dose (booster) to enter Perley Health, unless they have a valid medical exemption or an approved extension (i.e. it has not yet been 3 months since your second dose, you have just recovered from COVID-19 and are waiting 30 days or you are too young to receive the third dose).  These extensions must be approved by Perley Health IPAC team.
  • For Essential Caregivers seeking a third shot vaccine (booster), we recommend you visit the Ottawa Public Health site for a list of upcoming vaccination clinics: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/covid-19-vaccine.aspx
  • If a resident is receiving end of life care, non-vaccinated/partially vaccinated ECGs and general visitors can be allowed entry into the home.

Stay Safe and Prevent COVID-19 Transmission

  1. Get vaccinated
  2. Wear a mask
  3. Practise good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  4. Physical distance and 
  5. Limit close contacts by avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC 
Manager, Infection Prevention & Control 


January 23, 2022

Good Sunday morning,

  • There are no new resident cases of COVID-19 and no additional outbreaks to report at this time.
  • Thank you to all members of our community for your many efforts to keep our community safe during this most recent surge.
  • Read the most recent updates on our COVID-19 webpage: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/public-announcement.

Reminder:

  • All Essential Caregivers must wear eye protection on the units at all times when interacting with a resident.
  • This includes when engaging with a resident in a room or out walking the halls or in the studios.
  • If you are unsure, assume that eye protection is required.
  • Keep yourself and all members of our community safe, please wear all required PPE, as instructed.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with any Perley Health staff member.

Thank you,

Jay Innes

Director of Communications


January 20, 2022

  • A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared on Ottawa 2 West. 
  • 12 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been transferred to the isolation unit.
  • There are two units on outbreak: Ottawa 2 East (O2E) and Ottawa 2 West (O2W).
  • On outbreak units, there is a maximum of one Essential Caregiver visiting at any one time.
  • All residents are to remain on the unit.
  • Volunteers are not permitted on outbreak units.
  • Currently, there are 15 active cases of COVID-19 among Perley Health residents.
  • All 20 rooms on the COVID-19 isolation unit are occupied including the patients transferred from The Ottawa Hospital.
  • On all non-outbreak units, two Essential Caregivers are permitted at one time.
  • There are no general visitors permitted in Perley Health at this time.
  • As of January 28, 2022, Essential Caregivers will be required to show proof of a third dose (booster) to enter Perley Health, unless they have a valid medical exemption or an approved extension (i.e. it has not yet been 3 months since your second dose, you have just recovered from COVID-19 and are waiting 30 days or you are too young to receive the third dose).  These extensions must be approved by Perley Health IPAC team.
  • For Essential Caregivers seeking a third shot vaccine (booster), we recommend you visit the Ottawa Public Health site for a list of upcoming vaccination clinics: https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/covid-19-vaccine.aspx

Safety Protocols

  1. Every person – including Essential Caregivers (ECGs) entering Perley Health must display their identification badge and the green screen from the screening app.
  2. Now that swab testing stickers are again being distributed, these stickers must be prominently displayed, so we recommend you affix the stickers to your ID badge.
  3. Wear your mask when entering Perley Health.
  4. For maximum protection, please wear a mask when you enter the vestibule at Perley Health. Change into a Perley Health provided mask and proceed through screening.
  5. Wear a mask when you exit Perley Health.
  6. For maximum protection, please wear your Perley Health procedural mask when exiting the building.
  7. This will help protect our community moving through the vestibule at Perley Health.
  8. The vestibule - inside the Main Entrance - poses a risk to individuals who are not wearing a mask and to all who do not maintain physical distancing of 2 m 6 ft.
  9. Avoid the risk: Wear a mask and do not wait inside the vestibule for your ride.
  10. Please dispose of your mask in the garbage.

January 19, 2022

  • This weekend a resident was cleared of COVID-19 and was transferred from the isolation unit back to their home unit on Gatineau 2 South.
  • The outbreak on Gatineau 2 South has ended and residents are now permitted a maximum of two Essential Caregivers (ECGs) at a time.
  • Earlier today, January 19th, a resident from Ottawa 2 West tested positive for COVID-19 and was transferred to the isolation unit.
  • On Ottawa 2 East, the outbreak unit, there is a maximum of one Essential Caregiver visiting at any one time.
    • All residents are to remain on the unit
    • Volunteers are not permitted on the unit
  • There are no general visitors permitted in Perley Health.
  • There are a total of four active resident cases of COVID-19 and all these residents are in the isolation unit.
    • Perley Health is now admitting patients from The Ottawa Hospital to the 20-bed COVID-19 isolation unit. These rooms are dedicated to individuals who test positive for the virus. In keeping with Perley Health’s goal of providing real and valued support to the region's healthcare system, we have made available five beds on the isolation unit to help alleviate pressures on our acute care partners.
    • These patients receive Perley Health care in private rooms and are discharged after their stay. We acknowledge that there are staffing and supply pressures on our team and we thank everyone for their dedication and resiliency as we work to overcome this Omicron surge.
  • Since December 21, 2021, 96 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 with 69 staff recovered and 27 active cases among staff as of January 19.
  • To date, 70% of our staff have received their third dose (booster) of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • As a reminder as of January 28, 2022, Essential Caregivers will be required to show proof of a third dose (booster) to enter Perley Health, unless they have a valid medical exemption or an approved extension (i.e. it has not yet been 3 months since your second dose, you have just recovered from COVID-19 and are waiting 30 days or you are too young to receive the third dose).  
    • These extensions must be approved by Perley Health IPAC team
    • For a list of vaccination locations, please visit the Ottawa Public Health website: CLICK HERE

Safety Protocols

  • Every person –- including Essential Caregivers (ECGs) -- entering Perley Health must display their identification badge and the green screen from the screening app. 
    • Now that swab testing stickers are again being distributed, these stickers must be prominently displayed, so we recommend you affix the stickers to your ID badge.
    • Wear your mask when entering Perley Health.
    • For maximum protection, please wear a mask when you enter the vestibule at Perley Health. Change into a Perley Health provided mask and proceed through screening.
  • Wear a mask when you exit Perley Health.
    • For maximum protection, please wear your Perley Health procedural mask when exiting the building.
    • This will help protect our community moving through the vestibule at Perley Health. 
    • Please dispose of your mask in the garbage.
  • The vestibule - inside the Main Entrance - poses a risk to individuals who are not wearing a mask and to all who do not maintain physical distancing of 2 m 6 ft.
    • Avoid the risk: Wear a mask and do not wait inside the vestibule for your ride.

Read today's news from Veterans Affairs for Canada about research funding support for the Centre of Excellence in Frailty-Informed Care: CLICK HERE


January 13, 2022

This morning, John, a resident, recovered from COVID-19 and was transferred from the isolation unit back to his home unit. Thanks to John, his family and the team of enthusiastic supporters for agreeing to let us videotape and share his warm welcome back to the unit: CLICK HERE or follow https://www.facebook.com/perleyhealth.

This afternoon, two residents of the Ottawa 2 East unit tested positive for COVID-19. The two individuals have been transferred to the isolation unit in the Ottawa building. This brings to four the total number of active COVID-19 cases among residents.

Outbreaks continue on the Ottawa 2 East and Gatineau 2 South units. All residents on these two units are encouraged to remain on their units. On outbreak units, one Essential Caregiver (ECG) is permitted to visit at a time. For all other residents, two ECGs are permitted to visit. All ECGs must wear a mask at all times when inside Perley Health.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 31 resident cases of COVID-19, with four active cases, 14 recoveries and 13 deaths. Although the 13 residents who passed away tested positive for the virus, COVID-19 may not have been the cause of death. More than 96% of residents have now received the third dose of the vaccine (booster) and plans are underway to host clinics to provide a fourth dose vaccination, as guided by the Ontario government.

  • Please note that these clinics are only intended for residents, tenants, staff, students, volunteers, support workers, and Essential Caregivers. They are not open to the public.  

Since December Dec. 21, 2021, 84 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

Our team is making every effort to provide timely and transparent communications to keep our community updated.

Thank you for your patience and support.

Jay Innes

Director of Communications


January 12, 2022

The IPAC Team is working tirelessly to keep our community safe. Thank you to the entire Perley Health community for your many efforts to keep this virus out.

Part of that work of the IPAC Team includes identifying transmission risk within Perley Health.

The vestibule - inside the Main Entrance - poses a risk to individuals who are not wearing a mask and to all those failing to maintain physical distance (2 m 6 ft).

We ask that indiviuals not wait inside the vestibule for their rides and that a mask be worn at all times.


January 11, 2022

A resident from the Ottawa 2 East unit today tested positive for COVID-19. The individual has been transferred to the isolation unit in the Ottawa building.

This brings to three the total number of active COVID-19 cases among residents.

Outbreaks continue on the Ottawa 2 East and Gatineau 2 South units. All residents on these two units are encouraged to remain on their units.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 29 resident cases of COVID-19, with three active cases, 13 recoveries and 13 deaths. Although the 13 residents who passed away tested positive for the virus, COVID-19 may not have been the cause of death. More than 96% of residents have now received the third dose of the vaccine (booster) and plans are underway to provide a fourth vaccination, as guided by the Ontario government.

There are now 35 active cases of COVID-19 among Perley Health staff.

“We continue to do everything possible to protect the health and safety of our residents, staff and their families,” says Akos Hoffer, CEO of Perley Health. “The dedication, expertise and experience of our staff, along with the tremendous support of Essential Caregivers and volunteers, enables us to confront this current surge of COVID cases.”

Noteworthy: On the Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU), it is no longer mandatory to wear a N95 masks when entering the unit.


January 5, 2022

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Two residents have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, outbreaks have now been declared for Ottawa 2 East (O2E) and Gatineau 2 South (G2S). The residents have been moved to the isolation unit in the Ottawa building.

Overview

  • For units on outbreak and the Specialized Behavioural Support Unit -- home to a high risk population --  Essential Caregivers (ECGs) are limited to one ECG at a time with a resident. 

For units on outbreak and the Specialized Behavioural Support Unit -- home to a high risk population --  Essential Caregivers (ECGs) are limited to one ECG at a time with a resident. For residents living on all other units, there is a maximum of two Essential Caregivers at one time. Caregivers must wear the Perley Health provided surgical/procedural mask at all times, unless a different mask is provided by staff.

Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided to Essential Caregivers visiting an outbreak unit or when providing close-proximity personal care to a resident who staff have placed on precautions.

Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 28 resident cases of COVID-19, with two active cases, 13 recoveries and 13 deaths. Although the 13 residents who passed away tested positive for the virus, COVID-19 may not have been the cause of death. More than 96% of residents have now received the third dose of the vaccine (booster) and plans are underway to provide a fourth vaccination, as guided by the Ontario government.

Among staff, during the pandemic, there have been 111 cases of COVID-19 with 29 confirmed active cases as of today. All 82 staff recovered from the virus.

For residents on an outbreak unit, volunteers are no longer permitted on these units. The Perley Health team is committed to keeping our community safe and limiting the transmission of this virus while continuing to engage residents. The Skype team will again support virtual visits and can be contacted via skypeteam@perleyhealth.ca to arrange a visit. We are enhancing personal 1:1 programming and making available activity kits to support residents in isolation. We plan to continue to cohort residents by unit. Remaining open will be the art studios, Mass, Hair Salon, Pub and Cafeteria. Ice cream hour distributed from the Pub will be discontinued and replaced with delivery of individually wrapped ice cream.

View media release: CLICK HERE


December 29, 2021

A Message to the Perley Health Community,

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone. Thank you to all those who worked, volunteered and cared for loved ones during the holiday.

This message is intended to provide a status report on COVID-19 in our community and to share news of additional measures announced by the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

At a time when many jurisdictions are experiencing unprecedented numbers of COVID-19 cases, Perley Health has remained outbreak free. That doesn’t mean our community has avoided this virus, there are now more than 16 active cases of COVID-19 among Essential Caregivers, staff, students and volunteers. At this time, there are no cases of COVID-19 among residents and an outbreak has not been declared.

To address these rapidly growing infection numbers and to align with Ottawa Public Health’s recent guidance for testing and reporting, we are reviewing the data we provide on active cases. Please know that we commit to continue to provide open and transparent communications including relevant information to keep our community safe.

This message also includes a summary of the latest changes announced by the Ministry of Long-Term Care along with additional details to help you comply with these changes.

  • After midnight tonight, general visitors, including apartment tenants, will not be permitted to enter the main building or long-term care residence buildings.
    • Tenants who are registered as an Essential Caregiver are permitted entry and must undergo testing (twice per week) prior to visiting their loved one.
  • Residence absences are not permitted.
  • The Ontario government describes these changes as “temporary measures” expected to last 6 to 8 weeks.

Near the end of this document, please also find a reference grid.

As always, we welcome your comments, questions and improvements to these documents so that we can share widely and inform our community as we work together to improve the well-being of the people we serve.

Here is a link to a reference document from the Ontario government:

  1. https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1001384/ontario-taking-further-action-to-keep-long-term-care-residents-safe
  2. https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-communication-resources?utm_source=newsroom&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=%2Fen%2Frelease%2F1001342%2Fontario-taking-further-action-to-protect-long-term-care-and-retirement-homes&utm_term=public

Below is a summary of the current safety protocols along with new measures that come into effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, December 30, 2021:

Swabbing Requirements 

  • All fully vaccinated staff, Essential Caregivers (ECGs), students, volunteers and contractors must be tested via a rapid antigen test at least 2 times per week. 
  • For tracking purposes, the week is from Monday (always Day #1) to Sunday (always Day 7).
  • Staff, Essential Caregivers (ECGs), students, volunteers and contractors attending Perley Health once a week will require one test.
  • Staff, Essential Caregivers (ECGs), students, volunteers and contractors attending Perley Health twice a week will require two tests.
  • All partially vaccinated ECGs must be tested three times a week if visiting three or more days in a seven-day period.
    • ECGs must be fully vaccinated or have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 20, 2021(or a valid medical exemption) to be permitted entry into our home.
    • ECGs will have until Feb 21, 2022 to be fully vaccinated to continue with entry into our home.
  • The Ministry indicates that tests should not take place on consecutive days — such as Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday. It is the Perley Rideau’s position that everyone should follow this guidance but when testing on consecutive days is unavoidable then the test must be administered.
  • All individuals who have travelled outside of Canada and countries covered by the federal government quarantine within the last 14 days must undergo rapid antigen testing prior to entering our home.

Swabbing Clinic

  • The clinic is open seven days a week from 6:30am to 5pm
  • We have introduced self-swabbing to meet demand at this time.
  • All individuals will be provided guidance to complete their own swab.
  • The swab will be processed by staff.
  • We will make every effort to accommodate individuals who need support to self-swab or are unable to self-swab. There may be delays.
  • The clinic will provide instructions and helpful guides.
  • Here’s a video that does a good job of explaining the self-swab process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEDib8tjhrI
  • Visit our dedicated webpage with helpful information: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/self-swabbing-information

Essential Caregiver Visits

Essential Caregivers Only:  

  • ECGs who are partially vaccinated must limit their visit to the resident’s room.
  • Each resident can only have two ECGs visiting at one time.
  • If a resident is receiving end of life care, non-vaccinated/partially vaccinated ECGs and general visitors can be allowed entry into the home.

Resident Absences

  • Day absences for all residents for social purposes are paused. All essential medical or compassionate absences will continue to be permitted.
  • Note: Essential, medical, compassionate and palliative absences are still permitted, regardless of vaccination status.

Admissions and Transfers

For all return/admissions/transfers from another healthcare facility that is not in an outbreak: 

  • If asymptomatic and fully vaccinated and no known exposure to a case, a PCR test must be completed prior to admission or on arrival and the resident placed on isolation until a negative test result is received. Symptom screening must be completed twice daily for 10 days following the return/admission/transfer. 

For all other return/admissions/transfers to the home:

  • A PCR test is required prior to admission or on day 1 and again on day 7. The resident must be placed on isolation until a negative result is confirmed from day 7. Symptom screening must be completed twice daily for 10 days following the return/admission/transfer.

Overview (December 29, 2021)

Enhanced Measures

Surveillance Testing

·      Test all fully vaccinated staff, students, volunteers, Essential caregivers, twice per week.

·      All partially vaccinated ECGs must be tested three times a week, if visiting three or more days in a seven-day period.

Vaccinations

·  Essential Caregivers (ECGs) must be full vaccinated or have had first vaccine dose by December 20th and second dose by February 21st.

·  Partially/unvaccinated caregivers restricted to resident rooms.

o   There is an exception for palliative care with a resident determined to be at end of life.

o   There is an exception for individuals medically exempted from vaccination.

·  As of December 30, 2021, general visitors are not permitted.

Access to Perley Health

·      Each person who enters must show proof of vaccination each time they enter.

o   Note: Fully immunized means that the individual has received all doses in their vaccine series and more than 14 days has passed since the receipt of the last dose. We recommend that all who are eligible receive the third dose vaccine.

·      General visitors and apartment tenants are not permitted as of December 30, 2021.

o   Tenants who are registered Essential caregivers are permitted entry.

·      For all those entering at the Main Entrance, please wear a mask and maintain physical distancing (2 m/6 ft) at all times.

·      Staff: Expect delays for all who are entering through the Main Entrance. Staff are encouraged to use the Staff Entrance. Please be kind and respectful to the staff responsible for screening and keeping our community safe.

Visits

·      Indoor visits: up to 2 Essential Caregivers per resident at a time.

·      Residents can designate max. of 2 Essential Caregivers.

·      Essential Caregivers must be vaccinated.

·      Essential Caregivers are not permitted to attend Bingo, Mass, or access the Cafeteria, the Pub and resident activities. Visitors are not permitted to sit in the Cafeteria or Pub for any reason.

·      Visitors to resident rooms are expected to wear a mask at all times and maintain physical distancing (2 m/6 ft).

Activities (communal dining, social activities, exercise classes)

·      Cohort residents for high-risk activities (singing, dancing etc.) and dining.

·      Only residents are permitted in the designated smoking area.

Absences (social purposes)

·  Day absences are not permitted as of December 30, 2021.

·  Overnight absences for social purposes are not permitted.

Admissions and Transfers

·  Enhanced symptom screening for all admissions/transfers and twice daily symptom screening for 10 days following the admission/transfer

·  For admissions/transfers from another healthcare facility that is not in outbreak:

o   Asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and no known exposure to a case - PCR test prior to admission or on arrival, isolate until a negative test result is received

·  For admissions from the community, regardless of vaccination status:

o   PCR test prior to admission or on arrival and at day 7 and isolate on droplet/contact precautions until negative test result from day 7 confirmed

Infection Prevention and Control

·      At this time, there are no scheduled vaccination clinics for Essential Caregivers. We will communicate when these clinics for members of the Perley Health community are available.

·      The best way to prevent transmission of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, wear a mask, practice proper hand hygiene, follow respiratory etiquette, physical distance (2 m/6 ft) and limit close contacts by avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

 


December 23, 2021

Enhanced Control Measures for Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU)

We have determined that enhanced control measures should be implemented immediately on our Specialized Behavioural Support Unit (SBSU). These enhanced control measures are being implemented to address the high level of risk associated with this vulnerable population.

All staff working in the SBSU are required to wear a fit-tested, seal-checked N95 respirator, and eye protection at all times when on the unit.  

Visitors and Essential Caregivers

  • Only one Essential Caregiver per resident will be permitted at a time in the SBSU. 
  • All Essential Caregivers must wear a procedural mask and a face shield when inside the SBSU. 
  • Face shields are available at the Main Entrance and can be picked up from the staff at the Main Entrance.

OT Department Closed Dec. 24-29

  • The Occupational Therapy Department will close at 2pm on Friday, December 24th and will reopen on Wednesday, December 29th.

A message from Judy Huynh, Hair Stylist

I am so grateful to all staff for your generosity, thoughtfulness and support as I transitioned into my new role as Perley Health's new hairstylist.
I have particularly enjoyed the chance to get to know and provide services for residents and tenants.  I am very appreciative of how much you all have helped me to feel welcome and at home here at Perley Health.
This has been a challenging year for me personally, but it has also sparked many delightful new memories and opportunities to meet new people.
Happy Holidays to you and your family.  Wishing you all the best in the New Year!
Sincerely,
Judy


December 22, 2021

COVID-19 Update

  • Two staff members recently tested positive for COVID-19.
  • After consultation with Ottawa Public Health, an outbreak is not being declared.
  • The two individuals are resting at home. We wish them full recoveries and look forward to welcoming them back to work after completing all safety protocols.
  • One staff case of COVID-19 has now been cleared.
  • At this time, there are four active cases of COVID-19 among staff.
  • There are no cases of COVID-19 among residents or apartment tenants.
  • The best way to prevent transmission of COVID-19 is to get vaccinated, wear a mask, practice proper hand hygiene, follow respiratory etiquette, physical distance (2 m/6 ft) and limit close contacts by avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.

Notes

  • Thanks to everyone who attended today’s third dose vaccine clinic. A special note of thanks to all the staff and volunteers who helped make this clinic such a success.
  • We do not have a date for any future COVID-19 third dose vaccination clinics.
  • Watch this space for news and details.
  • Please note that these vaccinations are intended only for members of the Perley Health community including essential caregivers, staff, volunteers and visitors.

Christmas Variety Show

Memory Bench

To mark the opening of our building 25 years ago, staff and members of the community filled a memory bench with items to create a time capsule. Twenty-five years ago, our building amalgamated Perley Hospital, the Rideau Veterans Home, and the Veterans Wing of the National Defence Medical Centre. That November (in 1996), staff, volunteers, Seniors, Veterans, family and friends of the newly named The Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre sealed a variety of mementos within our memory bench to be opened on November 21, 2021. 

Recently, we opened the memory bench to reveal its contents. We honour this rich history and display some of these items from the time capsule in the hallway across from the Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy Clinic. Stop in and have a look!

Early in the new year, we hope to launch a similar campaign to fill the bench with tributes and souvenirs from our community. Details on how you can support this campaign will follow in January.

Have a memory or a comment you want to share? Please email info@perleyhealth.ca


Current Safety Protocols

*as of December 22, 2021

Overview Poster

Overview Poster Part 2

Noteworthy

Cafeteria and Pub Restrictions

The Omicron variant has heightened risks for all members of the Perley Health community. As a result, we have now introduced new safety protocols in the Cafeteria and Pub to keep our Community safe and to comply with the latest Ontario government directive.

The following safety protocols are effective immediately:

Essential Caregivers, Private Support Providers, Visitors and Contractors

  • Essential Caregivers are permitted to support residents in the resident dining areas. Speak to the unit nurse for more information.
  • Are not permitted in the Cafeteria to purchase food or drinks or to sit in the Cafeteria space, for any reason.
  • This also applies to the Pub.

Staff, Volunteers, Students and Residents

  • Cafeteria services will remain open only for staff, volunteers, students and residents.
  • All staff, volunteers, students and residents sitting in the Cafeteria, must follow all safety protocols.
  • Essential Caregivers, Private Support Providers, Visitors and Contractors are not permitted to sit in the Cafeteria for any reason.

Apartment Tenants

  • Apartment tenants are permitted to access the Cafeteria only for the purpose of purchasing food and drink.
  • Apartment tenants are not permitted to sit in the Cafeteria. 
  • This also applies to the Pub.

Swabbing Clinic

Swab Clinic Processes

  • All individuals will be provided guidance to complete their own swab.
  • The swab will be processed by staff.
  • We will make every effort to accommodate individuals who need support to self-swab or are unable to self-swab. There may be delays.  Thank you for your patience. 
  • Thank you for your support as we adapt to this new model.

Testing Requirements

  • All fully vaccinated staff, students, volunteers, Essential Caregivers (ECGs) and Personal Support Providers (PSPs) must be tested via a rapid antigen test at least 2 times per week, on separate days, if visiting/working 2 or more times a in a 7-day period.
  • All fully vaccinated staff, students, volunteers, ECGs and PSPs, if visiting/working on 2 consecutive days, the test must be completed on Day 1 and will be valid for the next day.
  • All fully vaccinated general visitors and support workers must be tested each time they visit Perley Health unless they have a test result from the previous day. All persons must wait in the Swab Clinic until they have been informed of a negative test result.
  • All partially vaccinated ECGs must be tested three times a week if visiting three or more days in a seven-day period.  
  • All individuals who have travelled outside of Canada and countries covered by the federal government quarantine within the last 14 days must undergo rapid antigen testing prior to entering our home.
  • Thank you for your continued support and dedication in keeping Perley Health community safe. Please continue to follow all infection prevention and control practices at all time. 
  • For questions, please contact: swab@perleyhealth.ca 

News

  • Free Holiday WIFI: Perley Health will provide  free WIFI for the holiday season from December 24th, 2021 to January 4th, 2022. The WIFI will be called “Perley Xmas”. A password will not be required.
  • As of December 20th, this COVID-19 safe concert can be enjoyed on the Perley Health Facebook page and on our website (view the 2020 videos now): https://www.perleyhealth.ca/holiday-videos
  • At this time, we cannot divert staff from bedside care to accommodate outdoor visits and window visits with residents. We ask family and visitors to help facilitate these visits, if possible.
  • Refunds from online and Cafeteria purchases of turkey dinners for Christmas meals are now being issued to all those who purchased online or through the Cafeteria.
  • All ecumenical services are cancelled as this time. We will update you when the services return.
  • A new schedule for Mass with Fr. Paul Tennyson  is now in effect that helps ensure all residents stay within their unit cohorts:
    • Mass on Thursday at 10 am for the Ottawa building.
    • Mass on Tuesday (time to be set) for residents of the Gatineau building.
    • Mass on Sunday at 10 am for the Rideau Veterans Residence.
    • Mass on Sundays at 9 am in the Great Hall of Commissionaires Ottawa Place apartments for apartment tenants only.
    • Mass December 25 at 9 am in the Great Hall of Commissionaires Ottawa Place apartments, for apartment tenants only.
  • The Interprofessional Clinic & Physiotherapy and Massage Clinic will be closed from December 24th until January 2nd. Voicemails and emails will be responded to upon our return.
  • The Perley Health Dental Clinic will be closed December 17 through January 3 and will reopen January 4, 2022. To leave a message for the Dental Clinic, please call 613-526-7178, dentalclinic@perleyhealth.ca

Stay Up To Date

  1. Visit the COVID-19 update webpage: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/public-announcement
  2. Read the recent news on LTC restrictions in Ontario: CLICK HERE
  3. Subscribe to receive emails with Perley Health news: Email info@perleyhealth.ca

Family Survey

Thank you very much for your continuous support of Perley Health. We’d like to invite you to take 20 minutes and complete the 2021 family survey. This year, Perley Health is introducing the interRAI Family Survey on Nursing Home Quality of Life.  This survey is being introduced as part of a broader research study and will not only enable Perley Health to better understand our family member perspective and identify opportunities for improvement internally, but will also contribute in further enhancements to the survey tool.

Before accessing the survey at the link below, please take a few moments to review the attached letter for additional information about the survey instrument and study.   The survey will be open between now and January 15th. Each individual in the family can submit one answer, so please do share this email with them. 

Paper copies of the survey and collection box will also be available at Main Reception.

Please note that, in order to participate, you will need to have a connection with a current resident or a resident who lived at the Home in the past 12 months. Thank you for being an important member of our team.

Take the Survey (External Link)

To help recognize your contribution in completing a family survey please send an email to familycouncil.perleyhealth@gmail.com if you would like to be entered in a draw for one of (5) Amazon Echo Show 5 tablets donated to Perley Health by Connected Canadians.   This draw will be completely separate from the survey submissions to respect anonymity, but you are invited to submit an email to enter if you have completed a survey.

Thanks,

Melissa Norman 
Manager, Quality Improvement & RAI