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Magnolia Gardens Updates

13 May 2021 – Independent Living

Our residents are enjoying the beautiful spring weather as well as the benefits of their first Covid vaccination. 

We’re pleased to report that since residents and staff received their first vaccination at the beginning of March, we have had: 

  • No residents or staff with a confirmed case of Covid-19
  • No residents or staff self-isolating because of Covid-19 symptoms. 

Our transition away from essential visitors to welcoming family members who are part of residents’ core bubbles has gone exceptionally smoothly. We continue to limit the size of group gatherings, practice social distancing, wear masks in common spaces, and maintain good hand hygiene. And we’re looking forward to the days when we can host family and friends for parties and celebrations. 

Fraser Health has not confirmed when they will be on-site to give residents their second dose of the vaccine; however, we anticipate it happening within the next month. 


13 May 2021 – Care Centre

Magnolia Gardens Care Centre – We continue to experience the benefits of all residents and the vast majority of staff receiving both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. Since receiving their second dose in early March, we have had:

  • No residents or staff with a confirmed case of Covid-19
  • No residents or staff self-isolating due to Covid-19 exposure
  • No residents or staff self-isolating because of Covid-19 symptoms 

Since April 1, residents have enjoyed wonderful and safe visits with family and friends. We continue to follow the provincially mandated guidelines for these visits and ask that family and friends review them (below) as they plan future visits to ensure they are prepared and understand the restrictions.


01 April 2021 Long-Term Care Centre Visiting Update

This update is for families of those living in The Magnolia Gardens Care Centre only.

The Provincial Health Officer announced changes to visiting policies in LONG TERM CARE CENTRES effective tomorrow, 01 April 2021. We are pleased to welcome visitors to our BriaCare™ Centres with these guidelines:

  • Visitors are welcome in residents’ rooms and are asked not to linger in shared spaces or visit with other residents. 
  • A maximum of two adults and one child may visit at any one time. 
  • There is no limit to how many friends and family can visit in a week, however, Bria Communities reserves the right to limit the number of visitations per day in order to ensure WorkSafeBC Covid Safety Guidelines are maintained. Our goal is to ensure that every resident has an opportunity for loved ones to visit which may limit the number of visits per week
  • Visitors will be able to hold and touch their loved ones while ensuring appropriate hand hygiene and wearing a medical-grade mask. 
  • There is no time limit to visits, but visitors are asked to check-out with the visitor support team or call the nurse if they can not be reached.
  • Visits will no longer be monitored by staff.
  • Please do not touch the other residents or anything in the common areas (ie. railings, door handles, equipment, etc.)
  • Residents are welcome to go on outings or overnight visits with family members and are not required to self-isolate upon return. 
  • Items brought in must be cleaned before being given to the resident.

Your visits will continue to require:

  • Booking in advance with the visitor support team. Please let them know if you must cancel.
  • Health screening before entering 
  • Wearing a medical-grade mask and practicing frequent hand hygiene. 

To schedule your visit, please contact Jennifer at 604.546.9260 or by email.

Please be aware that in the event of an outbreak, visits will be suspended.


01 April 2021 Independent Living Visitor Update

This update is for families of residents in Independent Living suites at Magnolia Gardens. To find the update for the Care Centre at Magnolia Gardens scroll down.

Over the past months, for the safety of our residents, our Independent Living communities have welcomed only essential visitors to our buildings. 

We know mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual health depends on maintaining close connections with those we love most. We’re also aware that to date, Independent Living residents have only received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination, and many of those who are considered part of their ‘core bubbles’ are not vaccinated at all. 

As we navigate these complexities, we are adjusting our visiting guidelines:

  • Core bubble visitors are welcome to visit residents in their suites. Please don’t linger in shared spaces or visit with other residents or family members who are not in your core bubble.
  • All visitors must check-in at our digital screening kiosk and complete the health screening questionnaire.
  • Wear a mask and practice effective hand hygiene
  • For indoor visits away from our buildings, follow public health gathering guidelines and maintain your core bubble of visitors.
  • Small outdoor visits are welcome outside on the property. Please be aware of space limitations and hold larger gatherings in parks or green spaces. 
  • Virtual visits are still available. You can schedule a visit with a resident in our Independent Living suites using this link.
  • Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell in any way.

25 March 2021

LONG TERM CARE CENTRE UPDATE

Like you, we are overjoyed by the announcement of upcoming changes to visitor guidelines for long-term care that go into effect on 01 April, 2021. Our team is taking time to review these new orders and prepare to welcome visitors back just in time for Easter. Amidst these changes, one thing remains the same: you will still need to schedule your visit. You can do so by calling Jennifer at 604.546.9260 or by email.


19 March 2021

Easter is coming, don’t miss the opportunity to schedule a virtual visit with your loved one.


05 March 2021

With great pleasure, we are hosting a vaccination clinic for Independent Living residents today. Fraser Health staff will be on-site giving first shots. Many of our team have had the opportunity to access their first shot as well. We’re delighted to see the light at the end of the tunnel and look forward to many of the social aspects of life in Magnolia Gardens returning to normal soon.


02 March 2021

LONG TERM CARE CENTRE UPDATE

We are thrilled to report that last week each resident received their second Covid-19 vaccination. Staff are also in the process of finalizing second vaccinations. We’re thankful to have reached this significant marker. Visiting restrictions will stay in effect until the Public Health changes the orders for long term-care.

INDEPENDENT LIVING UPDATE

A vaccination clinic for residents in Independent Living is scheduled for Friday 05, March. All residents will have the opportunity to get their vaccination during this clinic.

If you are a primary contact family member who has not had the opportunity to review the paperwork and provide consent on behalf of your family member who requires it, please contact Pam Murphy directly.


05 February 2021

INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY UPDATE

The ongoing province-wide restrictions mean that we continue with increased cleaning as well as increased safety precautions in our dining room and shared spaces and with our recreation activities. At the same time, we are taking measures to ensure all residents have opportunities for mental, emotional, social, spiritual and physical health. We continue to welcome only essential visitors on site. If you have questions about whether you qualify as an essential visitor, please contact General Manager, Pam Murphy

Residents are encouraged to abide by the health orders, wear masks when in shared spaces and out in public, to practice safe social distancing and good hand hygiene.

At this time, we do not have a confirmed date for a vaccination clinic for Independent Living residents. We anticipate an update in the next few weeks as Dr. Henry has indicated that these clinics will happen at the beginning of March.

We communicate updates via email to residents’ primary contacts and as well as here on the website. If you would like to join the email group, contact Pam. Please provide both your contact info as well as which resident you are connected with. 

With Valentine’s Day coming, take advantage of the opportunity to easily schedule a video chat with your loved one. Residents love the chance to connect face to face! 

BRIA COMMUNITIES CENTRE UPDATE

The Care Centre continues with the standard safety protocols introduced by Public Health at the beginning of the pandemic. Visits from essential visitors can be scheduled by calling Jennifer 604.546.9260 or by email.


04 February 2021

Residents who were self-isolating following potential exposure of Covid-19 by a third-party caregiver have passed the two-week mark without showing any symptoms. Their quarantine period is over, and these residents will be able to resume their normal day to day activities.  Their housekeeping services will also restart with an extra bit of TLC.

We continue to strongly encourage all residents to abide by the current province-wide health orders, to wear a mask while in common areas, maintain six feet of social distance, and practice good hand hygiene. 

A special thank you to our team for their calm and consistent response, which brought peace of mind to residents and their family members during this potential exposure.


02 February 2021

The Enhanced Monitoring precautions in the Magnolia Gardens Care Centre are complete. Residents who were on droplet precautions have shown no symptoms; they are cleared and no longer required to self-isolate. 

Everyone is looking forward to visits starting up again! Family members who have a standing Wednesday visit are encouraged to contact Sue Wilson to confirm that appointment. Those with visits from Thursday onward are asked to confirm their appointment with Jennifer by phone 604.546.9260 or email

A special thank you to residents and family members for their patience through enhanced monitoring. And we are very grateful to our staff for their diligence in their responsibilities and safety precautions for the sake of our most vulnerable residents. 


29 January 2021

INDEPENDENT LIVING UPDATE

As of today, no symptoms have developed among the group of Independent Living residents who are self-isolating after a potential exposure by a third-party care provider. 

If these residents remain symptom-free, the self-isolation period will conclude on Wednesday, 03 February.

We will provide further updates when there is a change in status.

CARE CENTRE UPDATE

The Care Centre continues to follow enhanced monitoring protocols as directed by Public Health. As long as no symptoms develop among the six residents on droplet precautions, we anticipate Fraser Health allowing us to resume normal operations on Tuesday 02 February.

If we are cleared, we will resume inside visits Wednesday 03 February. Family members who have regularly scheduled appointments can anticipate those visits resuming. 

Booking Inside Visits 

Call Jennifer 604.546.9260 or email visit.magnolia@briacommunities.ca  

Calls and emails will be answered Wednesday through Sunday

Booking Window Visits 

Monday – Friday, call Recreation 604.546.9250

Saturday and Sunday call Jennifer 604.546.9260 

If your call isn’t answered immediately, please leave a message. Staff are assisting residents and will follow up with you as soon as they are able.


26 January 2021

The group of nine residents in our Independent Living community who were potentially exposed by a third-party care provider have been tested and the results have come back negative. 

These residents remain in self-isolation and are monitored daily for developing symptoms.

All other residents are encouraged to wear masks while in common spaces and practice safe social distancing and good hand hygiene to protect themselves from the virus. 

We will provide further updates when there is a change in status.


25 January 2021

Enhanced monitoring in the Magnolia Gardens Care Centre continues, and six residents are on droplet precautions after being exposed to an asymptomatic staff member. 

Currently, there are no Covid-19 symptoms among these residents. All residents and staff are actively screened for symptoms a minimum of two times a day.

Read more about the precautions that have been in effect throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.


22 January 2021

UPDATE ON MAGNOLIA GARDENS INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY 

After a potential exposure by a third party caregiver, Public Health has requested that nine residents in our Independent Living community self-isolate. There are no symptoms among these residents, and Magnolia Gardens staff are actively monitoring them for developing symptoms.

To limit exposure to residents and staff, these residents are receiving room service, and their housekeeping has been postponed until further notice. Along with standard Covid-19 enhanced cleaning protocols, we will use an aerosol disinfectant fogger to sanitize shared spaces and high traffic areas.

We are working closely with Fraser Health, and they will decide if these residents need to be tested for Covid-19.

Precautions are already in place to ensure there is no crossover of staff or equipment between our Care Centre and Independent Living community. 

We are committed to transparent communication about this potential exposure and will provide further updates when there is a change in status.


21 January 2021

MAGNOLIA GARDENS CARE CENTRE ENHANCED MONITORING

The Magnolia Gardens Care Centre has implemented Enhanced Monitoring Precautions after six residents were potentially exposed to Covid-19 by an asymptomatic staff member. 

These six residents were tested and their test results are negative. They are on droplet precautions and are isolated in their suites. Staff actively screen all residents and staff for symptoms at least twice a day.

The Medical Health Office recommends the following increased safety measures, which we have implemented over the past two days:

  • No visitors except essential visitors
  • No new admissions/transfers into the Care Centre
  • Staff are cohorted to specific wings of the Care Centre
  • Cancellation of group recreation activities 
  • Additional enhanced cleaning throughout the Care Centre

All staff who were exposed were tested and those tests have also come back negative. Staff are self-monitoring and anyone experiencing symptoms will report and isolate immediately.

We have also ensured there is no crossover of staff between our Care Centre and Independent Living community. 

On Tuesday 02 February, if there are no other cases and no test results pending, Public Health will determine that enhanced monitoring precautions can end.

We are committed to transparent communication and will provide timely updates here if/when the situation changes.

Learn more about the precautions that have been in effect throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.


20 January 2021

MAGNOLIA GARDENS CARE CENTRE ENHANCED PRECAUTIONS

After a potential exposure by a staff member, six Magnolia Gardens Care Centre residents have been requested by Public Health to go on droplet precautions. 

There are no symptoms among any of these residents. Magnolia Gardens care staff are actively monitoring and screening them for developing symptoms many times throughout the day. Any resident who shows symptoms will be immediately tested. 

Public Health is working closely with us to monitor this situation and guide the next steps should any resident or staff member experience symptoms. 

We have increased sanitization and implemented additional safety practices and audits to ensure residents and staff are safe. Indoor visits have been cancelled for the time being. 

This is not an outbreak, and there are no symptoms among residents or staff at this time. We have taken increased precautions to ensure separation between our Care Centre and Independent Living communities. The Care Centre enhanced precautions do not impact Independent Living residents.

All residents in the Care Centre and many staff were vaccinated over the past two weeks. We are hopeful this will provide some level of protection.

We are committed to transparent communication about this potential exposure. We will provide timely updates on our website and communicate via email with family members on our email list. 

Learn more about the precautions that have been in effect throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and what next steps will be if the Health Authority moves us to a next level of precuations. 


15 January 2021

All 40 Care Centre residents received their first Covid-19 immunization shot today in an on-site clinic. Thirty-four of our staff have received their first shot, and the rest will get it at vaccination clinics in the community.

Fraser Health has notified us that starting mid-February, they anticipate scheduling vaccination clinics for Independent Living residents.


14 January 2021

INDEPENDENT LIVING UPDATE

In light of the ongoing province-wide restrictions, we continue to welcome only Essential Visitors on site.

Residents are encouraged to wear masks when in shared spaces to practice safe social distancing and good hand hygiene.

CARE CENTRE UPDATE

On Friday, 15 January, we anticipate a Covid-19 vaccination clinic on-site for Care Centre residents. Staff from the Care Centre can access regional vaccination clinics immediately.


20 December 2020

You can now schedule virtual visits online

Click here to schedule a virtual visit with your loved one at Magnolia Gardens in one easy step. Invite as many family members to participate in these chats as you’d like; add their email addresses as you’re filling out the form. An email will arrive in your inbox with further instructions on how to participate. 

Don’t forget to let your loved one know that you’ve scheduled a time, and they can visit reception or recreation for access to the tablet and the call. 

Care Centre Visits

If you would like to book a virtual visit with a resident in one of our Care Centres please call: 604.546.9260


18 December 2020

At Bria Communities, our staff have been extremely diligent in ensuring they follow the extensive and ever-changing public health orders to keep your loved ones safe. Please remember that there are no social gatherings allowed, of any size, with anyone other than your immediate household or core bubble. For most people, their core bubble is their immediate household. An immediate household is a group of people who live in the same dwelling.

Bria Community residents share a core bubble, as a result, when one resident is exposed to Covid-19 and required to self-isolate, it can result in increased restrictions imposed on all residents during the isolation period.

As Christmas approaches, many families are looking for loopholes in the Public Health Office Order to find a way to celebrate with their senior loved ones this holiday. Love your family members who live at Bria Communities enough to stay separated at Christmas, and our teams of staff will do the same with theirs.

Vaccines are available to some of our care centres staff right now, so we are now at the beginning of the end of this pandemic; please be patient.

This holidays season, rather than looking for loopholes, we strongly recommend looking for unique opportunities to celebrate together:

  • Schedule one-on-one virtual visits so you can have a quailty chat with your loved one. (See links below.)
  • Schedule a virtual party. Using Google Meet we can arrange for your loved one to connect with as many family members as you’d like throughout the holidays. (See links below.)
  • Send flowers, a fruit basket, a candy bouquet, or even a rootbeer tasting pack.
  • Put together a 12 Days of Christmas Care Package
  • Drop off photo albums, puzzles, activity books, Christmas treats and gifts at our reception desks. These will be safely delivered to your loved ones.

You can now schedule virtual visits online

Click here to schedule a virutal visit with your loved one at Magnolia Gardens in one easy step. Invite as many family members to participate in these chats as you’d like; add their email addresses as you’re filling out the form. An email will arrive in your inbox with further instructions on how to participate. 

Don’t forget to let your loved one know that you’ve scheduled a time, and they can visit reception or recreation for access to the tablet and the call. 

Care Centre Visits

If you would like to book a virtual visit with a resident in one of our Care Centres please call: 604.546.9260


08 December 2020

Like many of you, we were not surprised by the Provincial Health Office continuing current restrictions until 08 January, 2021. We are sad for what this means for many seniors and family members this Christmas, but hopeful for good vaccine news on the horizon in 2021!

In keeping with the mandate, we will continue to welcome essential visitors only in our buildings, to restrict the size of group gatherings, and encourage residents to wear masks.

We strongly encourage residents and their loved ones to limit engagements with anyone outside their immediate social bubble and to wear masks at all times outside the building.

As you make your holiday plans, please consider that one resident’s health impacts the health of all residents. When a single resident is exposed to Covid-19, it directly affects all the seniors in their community and may increase lock-down measures for all.

Here are a few ways you can stay connected with our residents over the Christmas season:

  • Schedule video chats for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Message us with the details and we’ll work with you to set up the video call regardless of your loved one’s technological abilities.
  • Create a family video and send it to us to share with your loved one. Share you videos on Google Drive using the address BriaCommunities@CenturyGroup.ca or email them.
  • Make a 12 Days of Christmas Care Package using these easy instructions.

07 December 2020 – Sunridge Gardens Update

We are pleased to have received clearance from the Fraser Health Authority and are no longer under exposure precautions. Starting 08 December, our dining room and common areas will be open, and we will re-start small group recreation activities. We will continue to follow orders from the Public Health Office.


View our update archive for posts before 07 December, 2020