Nov 26, 2020 - On a week by week basis, we are beginning to understand the ever-evolving characteristics of COVID-19. Experts are predicting that a second wave could be more damaging than the first, with a result of increased cases.
Easing restrictions may not likely be the answer. The corona virus is still out there.
At SupportiveLiving.ca, we have prudently elected to maintain the original protocol of no visitation except for frontline health care workers and first responders, which we implemented even before governmental COVID-19 restrictions were put into place. Releasing restrictions may have adverse results, which jeopardize the health and wellness of our residents.
With more than 20 years of experience in the housing industry, coupled with industry research I have undertaken since the beginning of the year, we implemented various protocols and policies before the pandemic was declared.
I am grateful that we have the resources to be able to tailor a pandemic response for SupportiveLiving.ca. However, I realize small operators are stretched for resources and often take guidance from provincial authorities. I would like to offer our knowledge and expertise to other supportive housing establishments by providing resources that they can refer to and implement in their own residences.
These free, open source documents can be tailored to suit your own business or operation. Please keep in mind that these open source processes and procedures are not meant to replace local or provincial health department policies but to complement the direction and guidance given by them.
Please visit our page: https://www.supportiveliving.ca/resources.php to find a complete list of policies that we have developed and executed within our SL homes in order to protect and safeguard our staff and residents during the pandemic, under my guidance. These materials range from screening questionnaires, proper PPE use, visitor policy, isolation measures to resident engagement.
As members of the congregate housing industry, our social responsibility is to keep the vulnerable population protected. I continue to work with our partners and public health bodies to ensure we limit the risk of exposure. I hope our resources will help other organizations - all with the mutual goal of keeping our communities safe.
Be Well and Stay Well!
CEO, President and Founder