Urgent News and Outbreak Updates

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Access our screening tool online (.PDF)

Ontario government information about the pandemic (External Link)


Community Documents

  • Visitor policy: CLICK HERE
  • Caregiver Designation Form: CLICK HERE
    • Please note that we are working to update the terminology to comply.
  • View our archive of important announcements about the pandemic: CLICK HERE
  • For all visitors, the following videos are recommended by Public Health:
  1. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-fullppe-on
  2. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-fullppe-off
  3. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/videos/ipac-handrub

Entering Perley Health

(edited October 13, 2022)

All individuals entering the home:

  • will be asked to clean their hands with alcohol-based hand rub
  • must wear a medical-grade mask (unless otherwise indicated - see below); a mask will be provided to you
  • must practice physical distancing
  • must follow instructions from staff on the unit

Visitors

  • Will be screened at the Main Entrance
  • 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

Visitor restrictions during outbreaks or when a resident is isolating consists of the following:

  • Essential Visitors -- are the only visitors allowed when a resident is isolating or residents in a home or area of the home is in outbreak. 
  • Only one Essential Visitor is permitted per resident at a time.

November 23, 2022

This morning our Emergency Preparedness Team is staging a bomb threat and evacuation exercise on Rideau 2 North (R2N) in collaboration with the Ottawa Police Service.

We understand that this type of exercise can be disruptive, however, these tests are an opportunity to celebrate our strengths and identify areas of improvement, so we can continue to keep our community safe.

This is a test.

We will announce the end of this exercise.

Thank you for your support.


November 16, 2022

  • Construction continues on upgrades to Perley Health parking services near Russell Road. 
  • All three lanes of traffic (one lane to enter and two lanes to exit) are now open.
  • The pedestrian cement sidewalk has re-opened.
  • The work to install new underground data and electrical lines and cement islands is complete.
  • Teams are planning for the installation of the parking gates and kiosks.
  • In the coming days, watch for updates on the launch of the new system and brochures introducing the new parking system.
  • Thank you for your patience and support.
  • We will keep you updated on our dedicated webpage: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/parking-news

November 15, 2022

Changes at the Interprofessional Clinic at Perley Health

  • The Interprofessional Clinic at Perley Health is scaling back some services, including Occupational Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology services.
  • There will be some changes to the physiotherapy services available to the public.
  • The last day these services will be offered is December 23, 2022.
    • Alternative locations for affected services will be communicated to affected clients.
  • Audiology, Massage Therapy, the Stuttering Clinic and Dental services are not affected by these changes.
  • Continued operation of the Clinic with its current service offerings is simply not financially sustainable.
  • The changes will not affect the employment of any Perley Health employees.
  • We thank all staff members of the Interprofessional Clinic for their commitment and support, particularly during the pandemic. We very much appreciate their professionalism and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.
  • For questions, please email info@perleyhealth.ca and your question will be directed to the appropriate person. We commit to a prompt response.

November 11, 2022

  • I am happy to report the COVID-19 outbreak on Rideau 2 South (R2S) is over. 
  • At this time we have no active COVID-19 resident cases within Perley Health.
    • A huge thank you to everyone for your support with this outbreak.
  • As always, please reach out to a member of the IPAC team with any questions.

Thank you,

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


 


November 8, 2022

Gatineau 2 North (G2N) Ended

  • We are pleased to report the outbreak on Gatineau 2 North (G2N) has been declared over. 
  • Thank you to everyone for your support during this outbreak.

COVID-19 outbreak on Rideau 2 South (R2S)

  • The COVID-19 outbreak on Rideau 2 South (R2S) continues.
  • Watch for an update on the earliest date when this outbreak could be declared over.

The following control measures remain in effect on this unit:

  • All symptomatic residents will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately;
  • Eye protection is required when on the unit;
  • Only one Essential Visitor is permitted per resident at a time;
  • General Visitors are not permitted to visit on this unit;
  • No volunteers on unit (exceptions are permitted for palliative care and medical escorts);
  • Enhanced cleaning on unit with additional HEPA filters.

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

Pub News

  • Effective November 11, the Pub will be open to all long-term care residents, at the following times:
    • Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
    • Thursdays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
      • Essential Visitors and General Visitors may visit the pub with their loved ones, while remaining masked at all times.
      • Snack and beverage service is for long-term care residents only.

November 7, 2022

  1. 2022 Family Survey
  2. Important updates

2022 Family Survey Now Open

Thank you very much for your continuous support of Perley Health. We'd like to invite you to take 15-20 minutes and complete the interRAI Family Survey on Nursing Home Quality of Life.  Results from this survey will enable Perley Health to better understand our family members' experience and identify opportunities for improvement.

The survey will be open between now and December 22nd. Each individual in the family can submit one answer, so please share this email with other family members.

Paper copies of the survey and collection box will also be available at Main Reception for those that prefer completing a paper survey.

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.

Access the survey: CLICK HERE or follow https://perleyrideau.qolpro.com/surveys/family

Stay informed on current news by visiting the webpages below:

  • Urgent News and Outbreaks (https://www.perleyhealth.ca/public-announcement): COVID-19 outbreaks continue on Rideau 2 South (R2S) and Gatineau 2 North (G2N)
  • Remembrance Day: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/remembrance-day-2022
  • Parking construction: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/parking-news
  • Listen to a recent media interview with Rachel de Kemp, Director, Nursing, addressing the re-opening of 34 convalescent care beds: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/in-the-news

This message will be shared today in an email to all subscribers, posted to the Perley Health website and printed and available for pick-up at Main Reception.

Thank you,


Respite House at Perley Health News

Parking Construction News

  • Construction continues to accommodate the new installation of new parking gates at Perley Health. All three traffics lanes remain open.
  • View our dedicated webpage providing updates on parking construction: https://www.perleyhealth.ca/parking-news.
  • Thank you for your patience and support

This message was shared today on the Perley Health website, emailed to all subscribers and printed and available for pick up at the Main Entrance.

Jay Innes

Director of Communications


October 14, 2022

Effective immediately, Essential Visitors and General Visitors are permitted to purchase food and drinks from the Cafeteria to consume only in their loved one’s long-term care room.

At this time, Essential Visitors and General Visitors are not permitted to consume food and drinks in public places, including the Cafeteria and the Pub.

Summary of Changes to COVID-19 Guidance Document for Long-Term Care Homes in Ontario

Please note, these changes are now in effect.

  • Rapid tests in the Swab Clinic will continue for everyone.
  • Masks are required but can be removed by Essential Visitors and General Visitors in a resident’s room (see note below).
  • Everyone is encouraged to continue to practice physical distancing and urged to avoid crowded places.

COVID-19 Screening

Essential Visitors and General Visitors: Active screening is required

  • WHAT THIS MEANS: Nothing changes.
  • Every time you enter Perley Health, you must complete the screening using the Perley Health COVID-19 screening app.
  • Signage is posted at both entrances listing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • You must show your screen to staff prior to entering.

Staff, Volunteers, Students: Passive screening is recommended

  • WHAT THIS MEANS: You are no longer required to show the “Green” screen to the Commissionaire at the front entrance or the camera at the staff entrance.
  • Completing the Perley Health COVID-19 Screening App is now voluntary.
  • You must screen yourself passively for all the questions and take appropriate action accordingly.
  • For reference, the screening questions are posted on the walls at the staff entrance and as a poster at the front entrance.
  • Please continue to follow all IPAC practices and Perley Health protocols to keep our community safe

Screening and Testing After a (Resident) Absence:

  • Daily monitoring and screening of residents for COVID-19 symptoms will continue.
  • Active screening of each resident upon return from an absence is required, however testing is no longer required.
  • If the resident becomes symptomatic, they are to isolate and be tested for COVID-19.

Masking

  • Masking remains a requirement for everyone –  with the exception of residents.
  • When Essential Visitors and General Visitors are alone with a resident in their room, a mask is recommended but is not a requirement.
  • WHAT THIS MEANS: Essential Visitors and General Visitors must wear your mask at all times, when not a resident’s room including the Pub and other common areas.
  • Effective immediately, Essential Visitors and General Visitors are permitted to purchase food and drinks from the Cafeteria to consume in their loved one’s long-term care room.
  • At this time, Essential Visitors and General Visitors are not permitted to consume food and drinks in public places, including the Cafeteria and the Pub.

Visitors

  • The limit of 4 visitors (including caregivers) per resident has been removed
  • WHAT THIS MEANS FOR ESSENTIAL VISITORS AND GENERAL VISITORS:  Everyone is encouraged to continue to practice physical distancing and urged to avoid crowded places.

Please view the attached summary providing information on these changes.

CLICK HERE


 


October 3, 2022

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Currently we have two active resident cases of COVID-19 on the Ottawa 2 East unit.

The following control measures are in effect:

  • All symptomatic residents will be isolated and placed on contact droplet precautions and tested for COVID-19 immediately;
  • Surveillance testing for the High Risk Residents on this unit will take place again on October 5th and 7th;
  • Eye protection is mandatory on this unit when feeding or providing direct care to any of the residents;
  • Only one Essential Visitor is permitted per resident at a time on this unit;
  • General visitors are not permitted to visit on this unit;
  • No volunteers on this unit (exceptions are permitted for palliative care and medical escorts).

Jay Innes

Director of Communications


September 22, 2022

Eye Protection Update

  • Eye protection is no longer mandatory when on a resident care unit but we recommend you wear eye protection when in close contact with a resident.

COVID-19 Bivalent Vaccine

  • The COVID-19 bivalent vaccine which targets both the original COVID-19 virus and the Omicron variant is now available in the community.
  • Individuals can receive the bivalent booster at the recommended interval of six months (or in some cases a minimum of three months) from their previous dose, regardless of how many boosters they have already received.
  • Please access the online provincial booking system (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/) to schedule an appointment at your local community clinic.

This message was shared today on the Perley Health website and emailed to all subscribers.

Thank you,

Jay Innes

Director of Communications


September 13, 2022

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 At this time, we do not have any units on an outbreak


Questions/Comments

Jay Innes

Director of Communications

Perley Health

1750 Russell Road

Ottawa, ON.

K1G 5Z6

Phone: ext. 2207

Fax: 613-526-7186

Email: info@perleyhealth.ca