The 2nd COVID vaccine for all care residents who previously provided consent, is scheduled for Friday, February 19th on our site. We will NOT be offering 2nd vaccines to essential visitors on site, based on Fraser Health (FHA) direction.

2nd vaccine appointments for approved New Vista essential visitors are now open, you will likely receive an e-mail or text from FHA on scheduling your 2nd vaccine, but do not rely on them notifying you.

If you are an approved essential visitor, please contact the New Vista Screener and they will help you make a vaccine appointment at a local hospital. We encourage you to do this as soon as possible. Call our main number at 604-521-7764 Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm or ask the Screener to book your appointment the next time you come to New Vista.

Be aware that the Screening Desk is extremely busy during shift change around 7am and 3pm. You may need to wait until the staff complete their screening around those times. We have purchased new hands free devices to check temperatures to speed up the process.

All essential visitors must conduct their visits in the resident’s room, not in common areas, this is direction from FHA.

Thanks to all essential visitors who continue to support their resident in care and for your vigilance in hand hygiene and use of PPE. All persons entering the Care Home will continue to be screened upon entry and will be required to wear a mask at all times. We undergo a multi-faceted monthly COVID prevention audit from FHA and remain rated LOW risk (best rating possible) at this time.

Many staff have already received their 1st vaccine (73%) and more are attending clinics every day.

When dropping off food or packages, please be aware that the screener phones the respective floor for the staff to come and retrieve package. The screener has been directed not to leave the desk unattended to deliver items, as per Infection Control measures in place to maintain everyone’s safety. All food deliveries to residents must be packed in single use containers. Gifts in a plastic bag that can be wiped please.

For families who want i-pad e-visits, call our main number at 604-521-7764 and ask for Pam or LaRee, they will make arrangements with you; we added another 20 i-pads in January.

Based on advice from medical health officers at FHA we have re-started admittance of new residents to the Care Home, both from hospital and community. New residents are cohorted and isolated on one village, and asked to remain in their rooms for a 14 day period before moving to their designated unit.

We are fund raising to purchase a bladder scanner which will allow us to avoid sending some residents to hospital for scans. Please help us reduce risk, and send or drop off a donation marked “bladder scanner”. We need to fund raise an additional $3,000. Thanks to those families and New Vista staff who have donated to date.

Residents remain happy and COVID free…

Thank you for your ongoing kindness and support. We ask that you keep communication to our staff and manager respectful at all times. We are doing our best. You are welcome to speak to our CEO directly with compliments and concerns, dial our main number and ask to speak to Darin Froese.

 

Link to Covid-19 VACCINES:

https://immunizebc.ca/covid-19

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/vaccines

We are sending you our heartfelt thank you for your ongoing kindness, collaboration and support.

The New Vista Team is committed to do our very best to making 2021 better.

About COVID-19

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
https://www.fraserhealth.ca/health-topics-a-to-z/coronavirus/coronavirus-questions-general-public

BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) & BC Government Pandemic Preparedness
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/current-health-topics/pandemic-influenza

COVID Self Screening Tool
https://covid19.thrive.health/

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.

Sincerely,

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

Our Staff     Our Board     Our Support Group

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.

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