NEWSLETTER

ACTIVITIES:

Our last BBQ, Spareribs, will be on Wednesday, September 6th at 12:45 pm in the Dining Room and courtyard.

ArtsWay concert will be on Tuesday, September 12th at 2:15 pm in the Garden Room, with Fabiana Katz, mezzo-soprano and Stephen Smith on the piano followed by tea and coffee in the Dining Room.

Wednesday, September 13th Shopping at Capilano Mall sign up early.

Thursday, September 14th Resident Council GR at 10:45 am.

Tuesday, September 19th Elvis is in the house  Lodge party!  Everyone welcome at 2:00 pm in the Lodge Dining Room.

Thursday, September 21st Alzheimer’s Coffee Break Fundraise on each floor Nursing Station at 2:00 pm.

Bob York will entertain in the Lodge Dining Room.

Manor Birthday Parties:

Manor 1st Floor will be on Tuesday, September 26th at 1:30 pm.

Manor 2nd Floor will be on Wednesday, September 20th at 2:30 pm.

Manor 3rd & 4th Floor (on the 3rd Floor) will be on Thursday, September 21st at 2:00 pm.

Monthly Birthday Party in the Lodge will be on Thursday, September 28th at 2:15 pm in the Activity Room with Michael Holland

FOOD SERVICES:

This summer has been a very inconsistent one so far. Our latest barbeque, held August 16th featured hamburgers and was a sizzling success. The main patio was full and the entertainment was fabulous, thanks to Peter Paulus, who also entertained on the 3rd floor and Roya once again entertained in the Lodge dining room.  Our final Barbeque of the season will be held on September 6th and will feature spareribs, with corn on the cob. Sign up early for this event to avoid disappointment, as this one is everyone’s favourite. Remember there is a limit of 2 guests per resident to ensure as many residents as possible can participate. Hopefully the weather will be fabulous for this last summer event!!

Separate sign-up sheets will be posted for each BBQ. As there is limited space outside on the patio, it is recommended that you sign up early to avoid disappointment. If you were turned away at the last event, you will be given priority status at the next one. Some residents prefer the atmosphere in their own dining room and the menu is the same, so the choice is yours! Let’s hope that our remaining BBQs are sunny & warm so that we can really take advantage of our terrific outdoor spaces.

After more than a month of aggressive wildfire activity in B.C.’s Interior, smoke is starting to permeate the air across the province, prompting air quality warnings as far away as the Lower Mainland. The hazy air is causing concern for those with heart and lung conditions, as well as the elderly and parents of very young children.

The hot, smoky conditions are expected to persist for several days and we would like to remind all residents to drink plenty of fluids. Even if you do not feel thirsty your body needs to be constantly replenished with fluids. In addition reduce or avoid outside activity especially for those with existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions. We are providing extra jugs of water and ice to all Manor units and Lodge.

We hope everyone is enjoying the seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables available on the menu, especially the fresh fruit platters offered at afternoon teatime. They are a refreshing addition to the menu, so enjoy them while they are in season!

Hope everyone is enjoying the cooler temperatures!

SECURITY:

As has been past practice, the back door to the Lodge (staff entrance), off of Viney Road, will continue to be locked daily at 3:45 PM, by our housekeeping staff as a security measure. Therefore, please use the front entrance or covered parking entrance off Lynn Valley Road when visiting after 3:45 PM.

Resident Safety

The safety of all residents, staff, volunteers and visitors is of the utmost importance to the management of Lynn Valley Care Centre. One of our strategic planning goals is to identify those best practices which optimize the safety of all. We encourage everyone to immediately report any safety concern to nurses and management staff.

We ask that all family members and visitors be vigilant when leaving the facility to ensure that they are not being followed out by one of our residents. We do on occasion have residents who are looking for an exit from the building. These residents are not safe to be out of the building on their own. So, it’s better to offend a resident by refusing to let that person exit with you than to take the chance that this resident is capable of being out on their own.

Please be extra careful if using the automatic door opener as using it results in the door taking a much longer time to close. This then gives plenty of time for a resident to exit behind you without you even being aware of it. If you must use the door opener, then it is important that you stay by the door until it actually closes tightly. Also, please remember that unless you know the resident, do not give out the code to residents.

Infection Control

Hand washing is one of the most effective means of preventing the spread of infection. There are hand sanitizing stations located near all entrances and throughout the facility. All visitors are asked to use these stations to wash their hands prior to and after visiting residents. Please let staff know immediately if the hand sanitizer is empty. Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell.

Administration

The Board of Directors of Lynn Valley Care Centre has made the very difficult decision to contract out our Support Services Staff (dietary, activities, clerical and maintenance) in order to ensure the continued financial viability of our facility. This decision was especially difficult as the staff are all hard-working, caring and dedicated employees who enjoy providing service to our residents.

The decision to contract out these employees was announced at both our General Staff and Family Night meetings on Tuesday, August 15th.

The rationale and procedure for the contracting out process was discussed at each meeting. An overview of these discussions is briefly described below:

  • Significant cost savings had to be found in order for Lynn Valley Care Centre (LVCC) to remain financially viable.
  • Confidential negotiations between the board and HEU (Hospital Employees Union) lasted 75 days.
  • Staff and families were notified of the decision as soon as legally possible, which was August 15, 2017.
  • Request for proposals will be sent out to interested parties to provide support services to LVCC.
  • We hope that our existing support staff will apply and be hired by the new contractor.
  • We expect that the new contractor will be in place in approximately 2 months.
  • We do not expect that this changeover will have a negative impact on our residents.

We will keep residents and family members updated of any new information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Sherkat, Administrator at 604-982-3710.

Phone Directory:

(604) 982-3719    Reception

(604) 982-3703    Lodge Nursing Station

(604) 982-3704    Lodge Nursing Station

(604) 982-3716    Manor 1st Floor Nursing Station

(604) 982-3701    Manor 2nd Floor Nursing Station

(604) 982-3711    Manor 3rd Floor Nursing Station

(604) 982-3725    Manor 4th Floor

(604) 982-3706    Accounting

(604) 982-3700    Director of Care

(604) 982-3712    Assistant Director of Care

(604) 982-3790    Dietitian

(604) 982-3713    Director of Activities

(604) 982-3714    Director of Support Services

(604) 982-3707    Assistant Administrator

(604) 982-3710    Administrator