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.
October 26, 2020
Home Care Service Interruptions
Westwinds Communities has been advised that Alberta Health Services (AHS) is experiencing wide spread walk out activity from AUPE members today throughout the province at health care facilities. AHS has an Illegal Strike Action protocol in place, AHS Management are in the area and working closely with AHS Labour relations and HR teams to manager the situation.
September 17, 2020
Westwinds Communities continues to review and evaluate our progress with respect to the COVID-19 provincial protocols for supportive living. Monitoring has continued for resident compliance, number of cases in the community and visitor adherence to lodge protocols.
Westwinds is pleased to be able to proceed to accommodate suite visitation for residents and guests effective September 28th, 2020.
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August 21, 2020
Westwinds Communities conducted a survey of both lodge residents and their families on the indoor and outdoor visiting. Westwinds is striving for balance between the need for additional visitation with family and friends while considering provincial protocols, available resources and local community COVID cases.
This is what you told us:
July 21, 2020
At Westwinds, we care. We care about our people, our properties and the communities we call home. Thank you to each resident and their family and friends for the continued diligence with respect to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Provincial COVID-19 precautions in congregate living facilities (lodges, assisted living etc.) continue to be successful in flattening the curve. Consequently, the province has eased restrictions in congregate living facilities effective July 23rd, 2020.
June 2, 2020
The province has provided guidance on reduced restrictions.
- Residents who do not access Home Care services or have a designated essential visitor will have high touch cleaning reduced to once daily.
- Recreational activities for non-isolated residents are permitted while meeting these expectations:
- Moveable supplies (books, art supplies, fitness equipment) may be reintroduced.
- Group sizes may be increased to no more than 15 people, including residents and employees.
- o Transportation within our buses.
Residents should not participate in unnecessary outings. Should they choose to leave for reasons other than necessity, we advise them to:
- Maintain physical distancing.
- Wear a mask at all times and ask anyone they’re with to also wear a mask.
- Ensure safe transportation (private or public).
- The resident or visitor will ensure that the vehicle has been cleaned and disinfected prior to the resident entering, with focus on high touch surfaces.
- Driver and all passengers must be masked.
- The driver and resident/passengers will sit as far apart as possible, minimizing the number of passengers.
- Frequently use hand sanitizer and especially after having contact with high touch surfaces.
- Participate in a health screening upon re-entry to the Lodge.
- Residents choosing to stay overnight with family are subject to a 14-day self-isolation upon return.
Residents are encouraged to access health care services virtually or via telephone. If they must attend a medical appointment, residents should ensure the health provider they are seeing is aware of any symptoms they are experiencing, in advance of arriving for the appointment.
- They should book an appointment time where the resident’s potential contact with others is reduced.
- Ensure transportation is as safe as possible.
- We will provide masks for the resident to use.
- The resident should bring hand sanitizer and use after each touchpoint.
- The resident will be screened upon re-entry into the lodge.
- If the resident is absent from the Lodge for less than 24 hours due to medical necessity, they do not need to undergo a precautionary 14 day isolation period.
For additional Information please refer to:
May 1, 2020
On April 29, 2020, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medial Officer of Health, mandated new changes to the supportive living lodges. Westwinds Communities is implementing these changes with caution to ensure resident safety is maintained.
Changes include Outdoor Visits, Essential Visitor Service Changes, Status Changes and Resident Screening. Physical and Social Distancing and Hand Sanitation remains in effect.
April 23, 2020
The on-set of spring weather conditions has been a welcome distraction given our confines over the past few weeks. Residents and tenants are reminded that COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect and to maintain social distancing when using the pathways and parking lot on the property, and practice hand sanitation upon returning home.
April 14, 2020
On Good Friday, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health, mandated new changes to the supportive living lodges. In some instances, Westwinds Communities has chosen to exceed the requirements for enhanced resident and employee safety.
Westwinds Communities is committed to the Health and Safety of all residents, tenants and staff. A list of Frequently Asked Questions highlights the measures that have been taken for the protection and well being of our residents and staff.
April 8, 2020
The provincial government has mandated increasing restrictions in all congregate care settings including lodges effective immediately.
Our Lodge residents are at extreme risk if exposed to COVID-19, and the Province and Westwinds Communities are doing everything possible to ensure their safety. We recognize these changes will have a profound impact on our residents and their families.
We are asking all family and friends to support their loved ones through the phone, video and any other means possible. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer has mandated the following changes
- Lodge no essential visitors permitted except to provide personal care.
- Essential visitors are screened, must wear masks and are escorted in the building and are only permitted in the lodge for personal care that cannot be provided Home Care.
- Seniors showing influenza/COVID symptoms quarantined, the resident will be tested – Alberta Health Services will arrange testing. Family will be notified these pre-cautions are being arranged
- Westwinds will communicate to residents and families if we have any probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Easter weekend is a family time but we request that no residents leave the lodge and that residents enjoy our special Easter dinner. We would request instead family be creative and visit on-line by having a virtual Easter visit with family or friends through Facetime, Facebook messenger, Skype, Zoom or apps like House Party. Alternatively, family and friends are encouraged to bring their lawn chair and visit through a window while practicing social distancing. Residents are not permitted to walk the parking lot or tour the grounds to visit with family.
A sincere thank-you to our staff, home care and our health care professionals for working to keep our residents safe. On behalf of our family to your, please have a safe and Happy Easter
Increased Security for Alberta Renters
The Government of Alberta is providing security for Alberta residential renters during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new protections mean:
- Effective immediately, tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent and/or utilities before May 1.
- Effective immediately, rents will not increase while Alberta’s state of public health emergency remains in effect.
- Effective April 1, late fees cannot be applied to late rent payments for the next three months.
- Effective April 1, landlords and tenants need to work together to develop payment plans while the state of public health emergency is in effect.
As of today, no one will be facing immediate eviction from their home for non-payment of rent or utilities owed to the landlord due to job loss associated with COVID-19. Additionally, tenants will not face increasing financial pressure from rent increases or fees for late rent payments.
This new announcement may have no effect on those who have had no change in their income (for example seniors, AISH recipients or households on social assistance or income supports). Those tenants are required to pay their rent as they do every month. If they do not, they will continue to be responsible for the rental arrears in the future.
March 26, 2020 – 12:00
Please do not visit our community unless it’s an essential visit.
• Residents of our lodges are at extreme risk if exposed to COVID-19.
• Essential visitors are defined as those providing care necessary for the well-being of the resident and visitors attending to a resident who is dying.
• Essential visitors are restricted to one person at a time and those visitors must be immediate family or designated support persons only.
• Visits from children and pets are restricted.
• If you are ill with fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue or sore throat, please do not visit.
• No visiting in common areas permitted.
If you have questions, please contact us at 403-652-8600, or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 26, 2020 – 08:00
We want to provide an update to our response in order to maintain the safest environment for our residents, employees and visitors.
In addition to locking all doors to the lodge and controlling access to one visitor at a time; the Province has instituted:
Visitors are limited to a single individual designated by the resident or guardian (or alternate decision-maker)
Each essential visitor must be verified and undergo a health screening prior to entering the facility, conducted by security staff
Exceptions to these essential visitor rules can be made by the designated visitor for the resident’s family, religious leader(s), or friends to visit a person who is dying, so long as only one visitor enters the facility at a time
One essential visitor must be designated by the resident, or their alternate decision-maker.
Visits from the designated essential visitor are limited to visits meeting either of the following two criteria:
- Providing care and companionship for the well-being of the resident, or
- Circumstances where a resident is dying (see above)
We will alarm all exterior doors except where noted by the Manager.
Residents are still permitted to exit the lodge, but we encourage against it – and if they do, they must practice social distancing.
Residents returning from local regional holidays may be requested to self-isolate for 14 days.
We recognize the increasing restrictions are challenging, but be rest assured they are there to keep residents safe.
Chief Administrative Officer
Rent Relaxation for Tenants Impacted by Job Loss
For Westwinds tenant’s that have experienced job loss due to the outbreak, a request for rent relaxation may be requested.
Please download, complete and sign the following form and email to the community housing manager.
If you have family living with Westwinds Communities, please review the following information. Updates will be provided as they become available.