Heat Wave Response
Dear Kiwanis Care Centre Resident Families,
In response to the heatwave impacting our region, we have put several measures in place as part of our emergency preparedness plan, to ensure the health and safety of our residents.
As such, we are closely working with Fraser Health leadership to address heat-related challenges and access support and resources.
To protect our residents, we are proactively monitoring them for signs of heat-related conditions and mitigating their risk in the following ways:
- ensuring they are regularly hydrated
- providing cooling cloths
- using ice machines and fans/air conditioning devices
- closing blinds and ensuring residents are wearing light-weight clothing
- to prevent heat exhaustion among our staff, staff mask and eye protection requirements may be temporarily relaxed given the extreme heat
The risk of heat-related dangers to older adults at this time is more imminent than COVID-19 transmission. Thus, sites not experiencing an outbreak can relax certain COVID-19 restrictions at their site, such as grouping residents in cooling spaces and using fans/air conditioning devices. The relaxation of these restrictions is possible because of the protection residents and staff have received through widespread vaccination in long-term care and assisted living sites, and the decreased risk of COVID-19 transmission in our community.
Once the heat warning has ended, we will work with Fraser Health leadership to re-evaluate our approach.
If you have any specific questions about your family member, please contact the nursing department at 604-525-6471 ext. 226 or Pierre Florendo at 604-525-6471 ext. 228.
COVID-19 Visitation Pamphlet