At Valley View Villa, we recognize that not the lives of not only our residents but also their families have been impacted by COVID-19.
If you or someone you know is struggling with food insecurity during the pandemic, Valley View Villa encourages you to access Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box Program.
Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box program is a short-term initiative to provide home delivery of food to Nova Scotians who need food support and can’t get to a food bank or other food support programs. If you or someone you know is in this situation, please call 211 on weekdays from 8am-8pm. Their phone navigators will help identify whether this program is a good fit.
- At this point individuals must call 211 for intake, weekdays from 8am-8pm.
- Each food box contains non-perishable items to help provide food support for up to seven days. A household with one person will receive two food boxes. A household with two or more people will receive four food boxes. No household will receive more than four food boxes in a single delivery. There is a limited capacity of food boxes. If someone needs food support and can’t get to a food bank or other food support programs, we encourage them to make use of this program while it’s available.
- Food boxes will be delivered throughout the province by community partners, volunteers and courier, depending on the location. In all regions, the matching and delivery process is managed by Feed Nova Scotia. Delivery times will vary between 1-5 days.
Remember, food banks are still there.
Most food banks and meal programs are still open with processes in place to safely serve their communities. If you or someone you know is in need of food and do have the ability to access a food bank or meal program, please consider this option. To find a food bank nearby, people should call 211 or visit Feed Nova Scotia’s website and click on the Find Food button: www.feednovascotia.ca.
Dear Family & Loved Ones,
As we move through our first wave here in Nova Scotia, I am proud to say that our efforts have been successful. No resident or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. We are finding new ways to live with COVID-19, and we continue to be extra diligent in our safety. We have required staff to wear masks in the care area, sectioned the building into 4 units (cohorts) where staff have their own entry ways, resident temperatures are monitored twice daily and sent into Public Health, staff are screened before entering the building, mandatory PPE training for staff, and increase in staffing levels in all departments to allow for cohorting.
The threshold for testing is low. There is a lengthy list of symptoms that will now require testing (both residents and staff). Testing is done regularly. This is an extra safety precaution to ensure active cases are caught early. We know that the province is actively working on phases to reopen the economy. It has been noted that opening the facility will occur in the later phases, as our residents are most vulnerable. Once we know more on how the facility is phased into reopening, we will share with families and public. This will be in consultation with the sector and public health.
Valley View Villa continues to strive for excellence on a daily basis. Every day new measures are discussed and implemented to improve the safety and wellbeing of our loved ones. As the economy opens back up on June 5th, we know that a possible 2nd wave is to soon hit the province. For this reason, Valley View Villa will remain diligent and cautious.
We have been approved a music therapist for the summer, as well an additional summer student to help with recreation. In our most recent family satisfaction survey, it was noted more attention needs to be given to our gardens. We have applied for federal funding to address this and anticipate hearing in the next week or two. We know that these are difficult times for your loved ones who have been isolated. Know that our staff go above and beyond in all aspects of care. You can see all staff socializing with residents, doing recreational activities, assist residents to connect families through IPADs, haircare, and much more.
Please check out our new webpage, it is a lot more inviting and usable. We are hoping to have a COVID19 tab available soon, to better inform families and the public. If you have any questions, please reach out. Valley View Villa is here for your loved one, and will always put them FIRST.
Please note that the Province of Nova Scotia has released an updated list of COVID-19 symptoms.
If you have any one of the COVID-19 symptoms, or any other symptoms that concern you, call 811 for assessment by a nurse.
Possible symptoms of COVID-19 are now as follows:
Valley View Villa is delighted to welcome you to our new website. We hope that you find our new layout more accessible and easier to navigate. In a time when digital communication is essential for all of us we felt that this step was a crucial one, and we encourage you to check back frequently for new updates about Valley View Villa.
Your VVV Team
We wanted to let everyone know that recreation is still doing small programs and one on ones daily with our residents! We have been keeping them busy with arts & crafts, board games, sing alongs, daily treats including cotton candy, one on one visits & much more!
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 traveled 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.
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