BriaCare™ Centre Safety
Visitors to our Long-Term Care Centres can expect to comply with current Fraser Health Guidelines.
As per Provincial Health Orders 01 January, 2022, only essential visitors are welcome in our Care Centres.
An essential visit is deemed as a visit “necessary to meet a person’s assessed needs” if staff are unable to do so; for example feeding, personal care, mobility or end of life care. Essential visitors must undergo rapid testing and wear their masks at all times for every visit. Visitation staff are onsite to assist with digital visits and (at Magnolia Gardens) window visits weather permitting.
Fraser Health requires us to have a site safety plan in place. This plan outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures to eliminate, and where elimination is not possible, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure to Bria Communities workers, contractors, volunteers, residents, and visitors.
In compliance with the BC Public Health Act, BriaCare™ Centres engage numerous Covid-19 safety protocols to ensure the health and safety of Care Centre residents. These include, but are not limited to:
- Staff actively screened for Covid-19 symptoms twice per shift
- Residents actively screened for Covid-19 symptoms twice a day
- Residents and staff who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms are immediately tested
- All staff wear required PPE, including medical-grade masks at all times
- Enhanced cleaning practices throughout the building
- Single site order for all staff, including staff who work in either our Care Centre or Independent Living community.
- Single point of entry for all staff and visitors, where active screening takes place
- Ongoing assessment by a Fraser Health Prevention Assessor
- Recreation activities will ensure 2m of distancing. Any equipment used must be sanitizable and is sanitized before and after use.
- Increased supplies of PPE on-site
- Regular Infection Control Practice Audits performed by the Director of Care and Fraser Health
- Staff undergo monthly infection control practice training
- All non-medical external visitors are subject to restrictions
- Scheduled in-person visits with oversight by a designated staff member and a medical-grade masks mandate for visitors.
Enhanced prevention and control measures may be implemented under the direction of Fraser Health if there is a low-risk threat of staff or resident exposure with no evidence of transmission. These include, but are not limited to measures listed above as well as:
- Increased resident screening for symptoms of Covid-19
- Enhanced cleaning protocols
- Closure of the dining room and commencement of room service to residents in their suites
- Discontinuation of all visits
- No new move in’s and no transfers out
- An internal audit of staff and procedures to ensure full separation of Care Centre and Independent Living
- Prioritized prevention assessment by Fraser Health
In the event of a Covid-19 exposure or outbreak, Fraser Health Authority establishes an emergency centre of operations on-site and works with Bria Communities Director, the Director of Care and staff to deploy outbreak management. This includes, but is not limited to measures listed above as well as:
- Assessment and development of a management plan
- Additional on-site resources for enhanced monitoring provided by Fraser Health to contain transmission and provide support.
- Residents self-isolating and on droplet precautions