Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPDATES
Current Site Status
As of November 20,2021
We are a “Site Under Investigation”
We have a staff member who tested positive for Covid-19 as of Nov. 20, 2021. (We are a "Site under investigation", which means we are not on an outbreak for Covid-19). There was no breach in PPE and no exposure to residents on the units when staff member worked here. We are completing rapid screening for staff daily on the units.
EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 1,2021
Visitors and Designated Family Support Persons (DFSPs) must show proof of being fully immunized when entering the site. Please print or have your QR code on your mobile device for your Alberta Vaccination Record. Our screeners will scan the QR code with our mobile device to confirm your immunization status.
DFSPs and only DFSPs who are not fully immunized and still wish to enter the site as an essential visitor must either:
present a negative PCR test, Rapid Antigen Test obtained with 72 hours prior to entry or
If any DFSP has satisfactory proof of an exemption to being fully immunized, their entry to the site must be approved by the Director of Care or on-call personnel if after hours or on the weekend. This only applies to DFSPs and not regular visitors
Children under the age of 12 will be allowed to enter the site without proof of immunization or testing at this time
o There will be no exceptions to the above, so please ensure that your DFSP status is updated and current on our records prior to the implementation date of November 1st, 2021.DFSPs will be limited to 2 with a maximum of 4 persons per resident. Again, no exceptions
All staff, physicians, volunteers, contractors, etc., entering the site must also be fully immunized
If you are not fully immunized, I encourage you to access accurate, science-based information to make an informed decision. Please see the Alberta COVID-19 Vaccine Program at https://www.alberta.ca/covid19-vaccine.aspx for reliable information.
Temperature screening is required.
Visiting persons will be expected to wear surgical/medical masks and face shields continuously in common areas and will be screened at the door prior to entry.
COVID-19 LATEST NEWS AND FAQS
BOOKLET FOR DESIGNATED AND SUPPORT PERSONS
This is a Guide Book for AGCCC Resident's Designated and Support Persons regarding important details they must be aware of must be aware of prior to their visit inside our facility.
COVID-19 Outbreak Updates for Residents/Clients and Families:
Information for Staff about Rapid Covid Screening for Asymptomatic Staff Working in a Long Term Care (LTC) or Designated Supportive Living (DSL) Sites
The Alberta Health Minister requires LTC and DSL sites who are not currently on outbreak with COVID-19 to offer weekly staff screening for COVID-19 on site. If the rate of infection in your area is high (i.e. over 5% community infection rate), this screening will be available twice a week.
This screening test for COVID-19 is for staff with no signs of illness. The intent is to detect COVID-19 sooner, and to hopefully limit spread of this infection. The screening is not mandatory, but all staff members are asked to join in to help protect themselves, their residents and co-workers.
The Rapid COVID-19 screening is done by placing a small swab in each side of your nose. After this, the swab will be mixed with a solution and the screen is finished. Obtaining the results takes about 15 minutes. Your site manager or contact will be able to tell you more about the process for your site.
If your screen is positive, you will need to return home immediately and self-isolate. Not all positive results mean that you have COVID-19. You will also need to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) lab test to confirm the result. You can complete the online assessment on the AHS website at ahs.ca/covid. On the online assessment, you will need to say that you are an asymptomatic health care worker, who has received a positive rapid screen result. The online assessment will tell you where to go to be tested. Please follow the instructions provided on the website and by the Assessment Center related to isolation and self-care. You will be asked to give consent for positive results on the rapid screening test to be shared with AHS and compared to the PCR result to determine if you have COVID-19.
If you have tested positive in the past for COVID-19 and have returned to work, you are still able to do this screening along with the rest of the staff. The screen should not be positive in this case. You can get screened even if you have been advised not to retest within 90 days. Advice not to retest applies to the PCR lab tests but not to the rapid screens. If your rapid test is positive, you will receive information on next steps.
If your rapid screen is negative, remember to continue to use all current COVID-19 safety precautions including appropriate PPE, monitor for symptoms twice daily, and maintain physical distancing practices like you do now.
You should not come to work to be screened when you are sick. If you have any symptoms you should not come to work and should follow the usual processes at your site
How We Keep Everyone Safe in Our Facility
All Visitations are Limited and Pre-Arranged
All Incoming Individuals like Staff and Visitors are required to undergo a Two Step Pre-Screening Process before facility access.
There are trained Screening Staff Stationed at the Main Floor Daily to monitor and ensure proper COVID-19 Safety and Infection Prevention Protocols are in place
A Drop off and Pickup Station is installed to limit contact during delivery and drop-off of items from outside the facility
High Level Facility Cleaning
The Allen Gray has dedicated and hardworking housekeeping department and staff working round to clock to ensure and maintain High Level facility cleaning.
Social and Physical Distancing
The Facility has implemented Social and Physical distancing protocols and installed strategic demarkation lines all throughout the facility.
Social and Physical Distancing
Our AGCCC Staff are very responsible in making sure that we practice Social and Physical Distancing
To promote quality living for our residents even during a pandemic we are balancing their need for social interaction to mitigate social isolation and loneliness but still maintain a high level of safety for their health so we have implemented Limted and Pre- arranged Outdoor Visits.
We have strategically placed our Visitation Area in the Outdoor Patio to promote a Safe Environment as at the same time giving our residents a bit of sunshine happiness!!!
Hand Hygiene is implemented all throughout the facility especially in High Touch Areas.