The Health and Safety of our Residents and Staff remains top of mind for Westwinds Communities.
We understand that family and friends are concerned with the well being of their family members residing in our Lodges and Seniors Apartments. We share those concerns and are working hard to ensure that everyone is safe.
July 7, 2021
Notice to Supportive Living Lodge Residents
Further Relaxations at Lodge Sites
Alberta entered Stage 3 on July 1, 2021. All public health measures have now been lifted except for isolation/quarantine requirements and masking requirements in congregate care, including Lodges, health care settings, public transit and where municipal bylaws have been established regarding public masking.
June 23, 2021
Invitation to Telephone Town Hall
You are invited to a Telephone Town Hall with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Dr. James Silvius, Alberta Health Services’ Provincial Medical Director, Seniors Health, Community Seniors, Addiction and Mental Health to discuss the planned approach and proposed timing of lifting public health requirements.
For 15 months now, residents, staff, families and operators have adapted to public health requirements to protect against the severe impacts of COVID-19. We have made great strides in our fight against COVID-19 and now need your feedback on the planned approach to lifting the public health restrictions in continuing care.
June 1, 2021
Westiwnds Communities continues to review and evaluate our progress with respect to the COVID-19 protocols for supportive living. Residents will be pleased to experience a relaxation in quarantine restrictions and resumption of day outings and overnight trips with reduced precautionary measures effective May 31st, 2021.
May 5, 2021
Effective May 10th Westwinds has new indoor and outdoor visitor guidelines, which includes expanded outdoor visits for seniors and up to 4 designated essential visitors indoors. Residents are currently completing a survey on the new guideline to determine if social visiting will occur in the lodge.
April 1st, 2021
Residents and Family are invited to attend a Telephone Town Hall meeting with Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health and Dr. James Silvius from Alberta Health Services (ASH), to discuss the next steps towards easing restrictions in Supportive Living Lodges.
As vaccinations continue to be offered to residents and staff in these settings, AHS would like to understand what changes to restrictions would make the most impact to residents. Although COVID-19 will continue to remain a risk, and there are many unknowns about the protection the vaccine affords, there is a commitment by AHS to timely and informed updates to the public health orders that impact the lodge.
Residents and Families provided critical input into the Safe Visiting Policy (CMOH Order 2-2020) last June / July and are now welcome to provide thoughts on the path forward.
March 22, 2021
All Albertans are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Please refer to the attached list for pharmacies that are participating in the vaccination program:
February 4, 2021
COVID Post-Vaccination Survey
Westwinds Communities is currently reviewing our COVID-19 protocols and seeking feedback from our residents, following the vaccination of 90% of them. We are concerned that the province has not yet communicated a process for vaccinating new supportive living residents or employees.
We recognize that many of our residents and employees are dealing with fatigue around the ongoing COVID-19 response, while our lodges remain at risk due to the COVID variant’s emergence into Alberta.
The survey will help us develop and implement continued safe guidance for COVID measures. We will share updates regarding our ongoing and next steps.
January 6, 2021
We are pleased to share with you that we have received confirmation from Alberta Health Services that Residents at all three seniors lodges are eligible to receive the vaccination for the COVID-19 virus.
Westwinds Communities highly encourages both residents and staff to participate in the vaccination process. The Moderna vaccine is 94.1% effective after the second dose and is known to be better for those persons who suffer form allergies.