Campus Updates

Unionville Home Society’s top priority is the health and safety of all who work, live and visit on our campus of care.

OUTBREAK UPDATE:  

February 20, 2024 – As declared by York Region Public Health on February 10th, Union Mills continues to be under Respiratory Outbreak with Human Coronavirus identified as infectious pathogen (total of 3 residents with confirmed virus). There are 2 residents with active respiratory symptoms at this time with all other residents’ isolation precautions discontinued. Meal room service continues on Union Mills at this time to prevent further spread of infection.

All staff and visitors on Union Mills are to continue following mandatory masking and eye protection. There are no new cases for staff or residents on Union Mills as of this morning.

In addition, one symptomatic resident was reported on Buttonville with isolation precautions initiated. At this time York Region Public Health have not declared Buttonville as a unit in an outbreak due to no further spread of the infection.

Please ensure that proper IPAC measures are in place, including the donning of masks and eye protection. Extra vigilance is needed to monitor residents for respiratory symptoms with strict adherence to contact droplet precautions for anyone exhibiting symptoms.

Many nursing homes and other congregate settings are still facing multi-organism outbreaks, including colds, flu, COVID and RSV. Please be careful and practice good IPAC protocols as the cold and flu season progresses. If you are not feeling well, it is best to postpone your visit.

If you are taking your loved one to an appointment or on a social visit, please encourage them to wear a mask and avoid their exposure to anyone who may not be feeling well.

Our best defenses against infection are immunizations, hand washing and adherence to IPAC practices which include social distancing and the proper use of PPE. Remember that you are not only protecting yourself but also those around you.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we all work together to keep everyone safe.

VISITOR/CAREGIVER RECOMMENDATIONS

General visitors should postpone all non-essential visits to symptomatic residents within the outbreak area for the duration of the outbreak.

Anyone caring for symptomatic residents must wear full PPE, including masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection. Proper hand hygiene protocols must be observed to prevent the spread of infection.

Caregivers, support workers, or individuals visiting a resident receiving end of life care are allowed when a resident is isolating or resides in a home or area of the home in an outbreak, provided they are able to comply with the PPE recommendations.

Healthy essential caregivers who choose to visit during an outbreak and who are not going to be providing direct care to an ill resident should be asked to:

  • Wear PPE as directed
  • Visit residents only in their rooms and avoid communal areas
  • If possible, visit only one resident and leave the facility immediately after the visit
  • If visiting a loved one at a different location, it is recommended that the healthy resident(s) (non-outbreak case) be visited first
  • Not mingle with other residents

Enhanced Masking in Long-Term Care for Non-Outbreak Situations

As per the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the following enhanced masking measures for non-outbreak situations in long-term care homes has been mandated:

  • Staff, students, support workers, and volunteers must wear a mask when in resident areas indoors, and
  • Visitors and caregivers are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in resident areas indoors except when with the resident in the resident’s room or when eating or drinking with a resident in communal spaces. If a resident in a shared room is uncomfortable with others removing their mask, a designated space will be arranged by the Nurse Manager to enable the roommate to have visitors without masking.

Checking in at Union Villa LTC

While active screening is no longer required, our Screener/Customer Service staff are available 7 days a week from 8 am to 8 pm daily to greet you and provide check-in details.

Please self screen before entering Union Villa LTC with the following questions:

Have you had any of the signs/symptoms identified below in the last 10 days?

  • Shortness of breath
  • Congested or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting or diarrhea
  • Decreased sense of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Chills or fever
  • Muscle or joint pain

Have you been told that you should currently be quarantining, isolating, staying at home or not attending a high-risk setting?

In the last 10 days you have tested positive for COVID-19, including on a Rapid Antigen test or a home-based self-testing kit?

If you answer YES to any of the questions above, please do not enter the building.

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CAMPUS PROGRAMS:

Adult Day Program offers regular in-person programming in addition to virtual programs for registered clients.   For more information, please contact (905) 477-2822 ext. 4265.

Unionville Community Centre for Seniors (UCCS) programs have been temporarily relocated to the following satellite location for Winter/Spring 2024:

Central United Church – Monday to Thursday afternoons

Bethesda Lutheran Church – Monday and Thursday mornings

In-person programs and virtual programs are available. All programs require membership and regardless of format require pre-registration.  For more information, please email  uccs@uhs.on.ca.