March 24, 2020

Dear Resident, Families, and Loved Ones,

Valley View Villa has been monitoring COVID‐19 since its inception in the early winter. Over the past few weeks, new preventative measures have been taken on a daily basis as the virus spreads across the province. We are taking the matter very seriously, as we know the risk this virus poses to our seniors. Valley View Villa is committed to take any and every preventative measure to keep our residents safe and free from this virus entering our facility.  

As you may be aware, we have already taken several measures to prevent the virus from spreading. Most are measures that are directed by Public Health, where we have further taken extra precautions to stay ahead of this virus.

Measures we have taken are but are not limited to:

  • Closing our facility to visitors
  • Staff who travelled out of the country and province are to stay isolated for 14 days
  • Restricting access and entrances to the facility
  • Ensuring proper disinfection of our physical environment
  • Properly sterilize and process any equipment, food or supplies that enter the facility
  • Limiting contract workers and screening
  • Staff education and training
  • Increased staffing levels

We would like to make note that any personal items or care packages sent to the home will not be accepted. We appreciate the gesture, but please contact recreation as we may be able to purchase items for your loved one for you. This will ensure for proper disinfection and processing.

Even though the facility is closed, we have set up a place for you to see your loved one in an enclosed area. You will be separated by glass, but a phone will be provided. If this is of interest, please contact recreation to schedule a visit. If you wish to use technology to connect with your family member, please ask recreation and we will make the arrangements.

Currently there are no presumptive cases in Valley View Villa with both the residents or the staff. We wish to maintain a high level of care as we are known for. If you have any further questions please contact the RN or Recreation. We will provide families frequent updates. Know we are in this together and we are all committed to our residents and their quality of life.

Marcus Stephenson

(Administrator)

 

About Valley View Villa

The Riverton Guest Home Corporation operates Valley View Villa, incorporated under the Municipal Housing Act of Nova Scotia on March 30, 1974.  Prior to constructing the new facility, the Corporation operated the Pictou County Home for the Aged for almost one hundred years. Since its official opening on January 16, 1978, Valley View Villa has continued to develop in response to the long-term care needs of an expanding population of seniors. 

 
In 1986, a twenty-unit Enriched Housing Facility, known as Haven Brook Manor, was constructed adjacent to the main building. This was developed in cooperation with the Nova Scotia Housing Authority, which operates several similar facilities throughout Nova Scotia. In partnership with the Housing Authority, Valley View Villa provides essential services to enable tenants of this facility to maintain an independent life-style within a supervised, yet self-contained, apartment-style dwelling. In 1990, the main building was expanded to include an additional nineteen beds (Oak Wing). Currently, Valley View Villa maintains a total of 112 Level I & II long-term care beds, along with one short-term respite care bed. 
 
Valley View Villa, operated by The Riverton Guest Home Corporation, is a Municipal Owned Home for Special Care, operated by a municipally appointed Board of Governors. The Boards primary responsibility is to ensure that this facility operates in accordance with regulations made under the Homes for Special Care Act of Nova Scotia, as well as other applicable legislation. A Board appointed Administrator, working with a multidisciplinary team of qualified Managers and Supervisors, oversees the operational and planning aspects of the day-to-day functions of the facility.
 
To learn more about our facility, we invite you to explore our website. At any time, please do not hesitate to contact us.