Effective Monday, July 19th there are positive changes being implemented as announced by the Province:
- Staff will now have the choice to NOT wear mask and goggles while providing care, this is because most residents and staff in care homes have had their vaccinations. We are pleased as we know communication is so much better when residents can see their care giver’s face and smile!
- Visitors will be screened and asked to maintain mask usage while in common areas; however we are required to ask your vaccination status. Visits can take place in common areas, such as lounges or dining rooms if you wear masks, they do not need to be worn outside on patios or in resident rooms. There are no limits to the number of visitors at a time.
- Volunteers with vaccinations are now allowed back into care homes. If you are vaccinated and want to volunteer at New Vista call Marie Ferriera at 604-521-7764, local 1285
- Group activities and events for residents can re-start, as long as they meet the provincial requirement for gatherings; residents are able to take meals with others at the same table as desired
- When arriving at your floor please wait for the elevator doors to close behind you before visiting in the rooms.
- When leaving the floor, do not allow residents to join you going down in the elevator. Call care staff for help, do not try to deal with a resident who wants to leave on your own.
- If you are taking your loved one out for a drive, don’t forget to sign them out from the floor they live on, and also note the expected time you will be returning and a phone number for us to contact.
- If you are taking your loved one out for an overnight visit let us know in advance so we can prepare medications.
The Fraser Health protocol for booking vaccines is:
- Residents – the facility will order the vaccine and administer.
- Staff and Visitors – Call the Provincial Vaccination Centre at 1-833-838-2323 and advice the Contact Centre that you are a health care worker or visitor.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. It can spread through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, or by touching the virus with your hands then touching your face before washing your hands. Symptoms of COVID-19 may be mild or severe. These may include low grade fever, cough, sneezing, and/or sore throat. More severe symptoms could include fever, difficulty breathing and/or chest pain. The elderly are at higher risk of severe disease, but even in this population, most people will experience mild illness.
What are the symptoms of Cononavirus (COVID-19)?
Common symptoms include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
How can you protect yourself and your loved ones?
To reduce the spread of infectious illnesses, including COVID-19, you should follow the usual health precautions:
- Wash your hands: when you are coming into and leaving – the Care Home, the resident’s neighbourhood, and the resident’s room
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or sleeve instead of your hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- If you are visiting a resident on “Additional Precautions”, ask care staff for further instructions before entering the room.
Where can you find more information?
Fraser Health Website: Coronavirus
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) & BC Government Pandemic Preparedness
COVID Self Screening Tool
or Call HealthLink BC 811
We will provide you with regular updates as we take further action and have additional information. Thank you for keeping our residents and each other safe.
Be kind, be calm, be safe.
HELLE JOHANSEN, RN
Director of Care
New Vista Healthcare and Housing
More than ever, seniors living in Metro Vancouver, including Burnaby, are concerned with affordable housing and quality care. Everyone wants to remain close to family, friends and community.
The New Vista Society is committed to excellence in all endeavours, looking to create meaningful relationships with our Care Home residents, housing tenants, Adult Day Care clients and the community. Dedicated to research and evidence-based service, we partner with families, community organizations, Fraser Health, BC Housing, and local universities to create a compassionate environment where everyone feels safe, connected and enriched.
Who We Are
The New Vista Society is a non-profit organization staffed and managed by caring people who give the best possible seniors care and provide affordable housing. Our goal is to enrich the lives of residents, families and the community by providing care, support, and housing to seniors and families needing assistance. We are also a registered charity.
Meet our Team
What We Do
We offer long term care – We own and operate the New Vista Care Home, a 236-bed licensed, accredited residential care facility, principally caring for people living with complex health issues and dementia.
We provide seniors & families with affordable housing – We operate 540 independent living apartments and townhouses for low-income seniors and low- to moderate- income families.
We care for the frail elderly and provide respite to families through our adult day programs – We offer a wide range of care services and activities to frail seniors and those with chronic health conditions so they can continue living at home and in the community among family and friends.
How You Can Help
As a Non-Profit our funding comes from the community that we support, all funds collected go directly to the facility and programs we maintain, not to administration costs. If you are interested in making a one-time personal or corporate donation, or would like to become a monthly donor, please complete our online donation form.