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November 27, 2021

  • The Perley Health telephone system is back in operation. 
  • We can now receive phone calls and make external calls.
  • Until a permanent fix is implemented, we may experience service disruptions.
  • Thank you for your patience and support as we work with our service provider to resolve these issues.
  • Watch this space for more details.

November 26, 2021


November 15, 2021 Update

  1. COVID-19 Booster Shots
  2. Remembrance Day Video and Ceremony

COVID-19 Booster Shots

The IPAC Team will be offering the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible staff members, contract workers, students, volunteers and designated essential care givers currently working or visiting at Perley Health.  Eligible individuals include those who received their second dose at least 6 months ago.

The clinic will take place on-site in Lupton Hall on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 between the hours of 0700 and 1800 (7 am to 6pm). 

If you would like to receive your third dose at this clinic you must register using the following link: https://calendly.com/vaccine-4/pfizer-3rd-dose-registration

Please Note

  • It is safe to receive both your flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.
  • The letters provided by Perley Health as proof of work/engagement with members of our community that were provided earlier this year for staff, volunteers and designated essential caregivers are not required for booking an appointment for COVID-19 3rd boosters in the community.

News about Boosters (3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine)

We have received questions about the timing of the 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for residents.

The recommendations from the Ministry of Health have changed to a 6-month interval between the second and third dose.

  • The recommended interval for residents of LTCH, RH and Elder Care Lodges and older adults living in other congregate settings is ≥6 months (168 days) after the second dose. This is consistent with NACI’s recommendation.

Please know that that IPAC team is monitoring these vital dates. The health of residents is always top of mind for the Perley Health team.

To read the direction from the Ministry of Health, please CLICK HERE.

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

Remembrance Day Ceremony and Concert Video

  • Want to view the ceremony and the concert?
  • Visit our dedicated webpage: CLICK HERE

November 9, 2021

COVID-19 Booster Shots

The IPAC Team will be offering the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to all eligible staff members, contract workers, students, volunteers and designated essential care givers currently working or visiting at Perley Health.  Eligible individuals include those who received their second dose at least 6 months ago.

The clinic will take place on-site in Lupton Hall on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 between the hours of 0700 and 1800 (7 am to 6pm). 

If you
would like to receive your third dose at this clinic you must register using the following link: https://calendly.com/vaccine-4/pfizer-3rd-dose-registration

Please Note

  • It is safe to receive both your flu and COVID-19 vaccines at the same time.
  • The letters provided by Perley Health as proof of work/engagement with members of our community that were provided earlier this year for staff, volunteers and designated essential caregivers are not required for booking an appointment for COVID-19 3rd boosters in the community.

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

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


Children Visiting

Children are allowed to visit residents at Perley Health. Children 2 years of age and above, who have not been vaccinated follow the same procedures and protocols as for non/ partially immunized General Visitors. They need a negative rapid antigen test from the same day as the visit (calendar day, not within 24 hours).

Children under 2 years of age are not considered “General Visitors” and do not require rapid antigen testing.


November 4, 2021

Topics

  1. Mandatory Vaccination
  2. Clarification on Rapid Antigen Testing Requirements for Fully Immunized Individuals
  3. Update on Third Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Healthcare Workers

Mandatory Vaccination

In October, the Ontario government announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will become mandatory for all in-home staff, support workers, students, and volunteers in long-term care homes, unless a valid medical exemption is presented.

Yesterday’s announcements by the governments of Ontario and Quebec do not relate to long-term care.

Clarification on Rapid Antigen Testing Requirements for Fully Immunized Individuals

Perley Health has received multiple inquiries and this message is being sent out to provide clarification on rapid antigen testing requirements for fully immunized individuals (Essential Caregivers and General Visitors).

All fully immunized individuals visiting their loved ones are required to complete a rapid antigen test once only during the month linked to the building they visit.

  1. Rideau Veterans Residence: November 2021
  2. Ottawa building: December 2021
  3. Gatineau building: January 2022
  4. Individuals visiting multiple buildings: February 2022

Individuals are no longer required to complete one rapid test every month.

Please Note

  • Individuals are not required to go off-site and/or come to Perley Health to be tested if the visit is not taking place when the swab clinic is open. This is random testing.
  • For partially/non- immunized individuals, there has been no change to testing frequency.

 Swab Clinic Hours

  • Open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 0700-1445.
  • The clinic is closed from 1130-1200.

 Thank you for your understanding while adapting to the changes and helping keep Perley Health community safe.

Nadia Butt, MBBS, MHA 

IPAC Employee Health Consultant 

An Update on Third Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine for Healthcare Workers

The Ministry of Health has extended the eligibility for a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to include Health Care Workers who had received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months ago.

Healthcare workers include any staff member, contract worker, student, volunteer or designated essential care giver currently working/visiting at Perley Health. 

The IPAC team is working on a plan to provide the third dose on-site on November 17.  

Stay tuned for more information next week.

For those eager to receive their third dose off site, you can book your shot through the Ontario Vaccine Portal.  For those who receive off-site please remember to send your receipt of vaccine to vaccine@perleyhealth.ca

As always, if you have any questions please reach out to a member of the IPAC Team

Thank you

Tania Paolini, RN, BScN, CIC 

Manager, Infection Prevention & Control


October 28, 2021

Topics:

  1. Schedule-Rapid Antigen Testing for Fully immunized individuals
  2. Information for families about immunization cards
  3. News about Remembrance Day
  4. Remembrance Day Tribute: Sponsor a Flag
  5. Introducing Perley Health

Schedule-Rapid Antigen Testing for Fully Immunized Individuals

  • This includes a schedule for testing for general visitors, essential caregivers, staff, students, volunteers and support workers.

With further clarification on rapid antigen testing for fully immunized individuals, Perley Health will be implementing a testing schedule below starting November 1st, 2021.

Building name: Testing month

  1. Rideau Veterans Residence: November 2021
  2. Ottawa building: December 2021
  3. Gatineau building: January 2022
  4. Main building, Volunteers & Staff not associated with a building (Ottawa, Gatineau buildings and Rideau Veterans Residence), ALS staff: February 2022

What this means?

All fully immunized individuals (staff, students, volunteers, support workers, essential caregivers and general visitors) working and/or visiting the above-mentioned buildings during the specified months are required to complete a rapid antigen test once during that month

  • Please note: you are not required to go off-site and/or come to Perley Health on your day off to be tested. This is random testing.

Additional information for families about immunization cards

  • The swab clinic will no longer be issuing immunization cards.
  • All fully immunized general visitors are required to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination (QR code or a paper copy) to the Commissionaire to be permitted entry to Perley Health. 

Thank you once again for playing your part in keeping Perley Health community safe.

News about Remembrance Day

Please join us for Perley Health’s Remembrance Day ceremony on Thursday, November 11 at 10:45.

Due to gathering limits and respecting infection control measures the ceremony will be held outside at our cenotaph and filmed via Facebook live to be streamed throughout Perley Health.

  • We ask that residents, families, friends, tenants and staff not gather outside to watch the ceremony. Therapeutic Recreation and Creative Arts staff will be showing the ceremony in the activity rooms of all units throughout the home.
  • Upon arrival visitors will be given an information sheet on how to access the free wifi for the day as well as how to access the Facebook live event. In the afternoon there will be a online concert of Remembrance performed by two of Perley Health’s musicians.
  • The online concert link will be shared on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/perleyhealth/?rf=907386029440604) and on the Perley Health website (https://www.perleyhealth.ca).
  • Additional details about Remembrance Day will follow the first week of November.

Thank you in advance for your support and understanding as we host our second modified event.

Remembrance Day Tribute: Sponsor a Flag

  • This year, Perley Health Foundation is once again calling on our community to help fill our lawn with a sea of miniature Canadian flags to pay tribute to the men and women who served.  
  • Flags are available online at perleyhealthfoundation.ca, by phone at 613-526-7173 or at the Foundation Office.  
  • Flags are $20/each and support the exceptional care for Veterans and Seniors who call Perley Health home. 

Introducing Perley Health


October 14, 2021

Changes to COVID-19 testing requirements for fully immunized individuals

  • Changes take effect October 18, 2021
  • This applies to staff/student placements/volunteers/contracted service providers/essential care givers and general visitors.

In accordance with the recent update to the Minister’s Directive on surveillance testing, to aid in the early detection of possible breakthrough cases of COVID-19, homes are now required to undertake testing of fully immunized individuals using rapid antigen tests. This surveillance testing is for all asymptomatic staff, student placements, volunteers, contracted service providers, essential caregivers and visitors over age 2 years entering a Long-Term Care home.

Effective Monday, Oct 18th, all fully immunized individuals entering Perley Health for the purpose of work or visiting a resident will now be required to complete 1 rapid antigen test per month for surveillance purposes as per Ministry’s requirement.

What this means?

For fully immunized individuals

  • All individuals who are fully immunized must complete 1 rapid antigen test per month to comply with the Ministry’s requirement
  • Those not working/visiting on the Swab Clinic days, can still come into Perley Health to complete testing
  • Those who wish not to come during the hours when the swab clinic is open, can complete a rapid antigen test off-site (local Pharmacy) and email proof of a negative result to swab@perleyhealth.ca.

Note: Please do not wait to complete testing till the last day of the month as resources are limited in the Swab Clinic.

For partially/non- immunized individuals

  • There has been no change to testing frequency.

Swab Clinic Hours

  • Open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 0700-1445.
  • The clinic is closed from 1130-1200.

Thank you for your understanding while adapting to the changes and helping keep the Perley Health community safe.

NOTES ABOUT VISITING

  • There is no limit on visitors as long as appropriate control measures are observed.  
    • For example, if they want to go to the cafeteria they must wear masks or remain 6 ft/2 m apart.
  • Residents can go out and they can leave the property after they speak to the nurse on the unit.  
  • If a resident is unvaccinated and they go offsite, they may have to be tested and isolated upon return.

Entering Perley Health

  • Enter at Main Entrance 
  • 1750 Russell Rd., Ottawa 
    • Please note that in compliance with the government directive, the Main Entrance is the only public access. Access is supported 24-hours a day by Commissionaires and Perley Health staff.
    • Note: the app can be completed no more than 120 minutes prior to arrival at Perley Health.
  • Screening on the app can also be completed at screening stations in the Main Entrance.

Safety Protocols in the Cafeteria and Pub

  • Safety protocols must be followed at all times in the Pub and the Cafeteria.
  • These protocols are set by the Ontario government and are very different from the rules outside the Perley Health property, in restaurants, bars and private homes. 
    • Note: By accessing the Pub and Cafeteria you agree to follow all Infection Prevention and Control Practices including: 
      • Continue to physical distance ( 2 m/6 ft);
      • Sanitize hands;
      • Wear a mask at all times;
      • When inside the Perley Health, masks may only be removed when eating or drinking. 
      • When eating or drinking, physical distancing of 2 m/6 ft must be maintained from other individuals.
  • All Perley Health staff are asked to help maintain a safe environment and to assist and inform all individuals not complying with these guidelines.
  • Visitors not following these guidelines will be asked to correct behaviour.
  • Visitors refusing to follow these guidelines or being abusive to staff are putting our community at risk and may lose their visitation rights.
  • A handout with this information will soon be available for pick up near the Main Entrance.
  • Respectfully, we ask that everyone follow these protocols for the health and safety of all members of our community.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

Perley Health has implemented mandatory vaccination for all staff, students, volunteers and contracted service providers.  

Following consultation and advice from a diverse range of stakeholders, the leadership team has decided to make the following changes to our COVID-19 Immunization Policy.  In making this decision Perley Health followed an ethical decision-making framework.

Our team members have demonstrated incredible courage, compassion and dedication over the last 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.  More than 94% of staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  COVID-19 vaccination is fundamental to protecting residents, staff and other members of our community.  

Key highlights of the policy include 

  • For a two dose vaccine series, individuals must receive one dose of the vaccine by September 29, 2021 and two doses by October 29, 2021. For a single dose vaccine series, individuals must receive the dose by September 29, 2021. Note that both the Pfizer-BioNTech  and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, which are the primary COVID-19 vaccines used in Ontario, are both two dose vaccine series.
  • Effective November 15, only those staff, students, volunteers and contracted service providers with approved exemptions under the Human Rights Code of Ontario will be eligible for rapid antigen testing.
  • Those who are not vaccinated by the above-mentioned dates, and who do not have an approved exemption, will be placed on unpaid administrative leave.
  • If by December 31, 2021 individuals have not provided proof of full vaccination their employment will be terminated.
  • In addition to any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements already in place, individuals who are not fully vaccinated and those individuals with medical or religious exemptions are required to wear at a minimum a medical mask and eye protection at all times while in the workplace. The only time PPE can be removed is when eating and/or drinking in a designated break area in which 6 ft/2m can be maintained from others.  

Medical exemptions

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has indicated that there are very few acceptable medical exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccines.  Exemptions to the mRNA Covid-19 vaccines used in Ontario almost exclusively fall into two categories at this time: 

  • an allergist/immunologist-confirmed severe allergy or anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or to any of its components, that cannot be mitigated;
  • a diagnosed episode of myocarditis/pericarditis after receipt of an mRNA vaccine.

For those staff who meet this criterion, please ensure the following Medical exemption form is competed and emailed to vaccine@perleyhealth.ca.

Religious Exemption

Following a thorough review, we are not aware of any religion that prevents one from obtaining a vaccination against COVID-19. However, if you believe that you may have a religious exemption, please obtain a letter from your faith leader and email to vaccine@perleyhealth.ca. This letter will be reviewed by a member of the human resources team.

Vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect our families, communities, and ourselves against COVID-19. Evidence indicates that vaccine is safe for recipients and is effective at preventing serious outcomes, such as severe illness, hospitalization, and death due to COVID-19.  We understand this decision will be welcomed by many, but will be difficult for some.  


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Questions or comments, please contact:

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