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COVID-19 Global Pandemic Update

Re:   Update from Provincial Health Requirements in accordance with WCB Guidelines,

To all Individuals Receiving Service, Families, Caregivers, and Stakeholders,

Our hope is that this letter finds you all well during this difficult time as we adjust to COVID-19 in our lives. 

As you may be aware, on November 19, 2020 the provincial health officer announced that the there was a “Public Safety Order under the Emergency Program Act” around mandatory use of masks.  On November 24, 2020, the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General issues an order requiring all British Columbians, 12 years of age and older, to wear masks in many indoor settings. 

We at Quesnel Community Living Association want to ensure that all persons who receive services, caregivers, shareholders and general public remain as safe as possible.  For this reason, on November 19, 2020 we began implementing “Mandatory Masks” in all our locations.

We are aware that there can be circumstances where this is not always possible.  Many of person’s receiving service are unable to manage wearing masks and for that reason it is important to ensure that the those who are able, do so. 

All staff have received a letter outlining the new Provincial Health Authority policy guidelines and mask policy for providing care to vulnerable populations.  All staff should be aware of the recent policy changes and requirement for mandatory masks.

We are asking that visitors limit the time they need to be on sites, that they check in first with staff.   Due to space limitation we are asking for no more than 6 persons at least 6 feet apart in a space at one time.  Due to the limited size of some of our rooms this may require visitors not being able to stay.

We ask that anyone experiencing COVID-type symptoms, will need to stay home and call 8-1-1 Health Link BC

·       Fever

·       Coughing

·       Shortness of Breath

·       Sneezing

·       Sore throat

If a person arrives sick ongoing or begins to experience unwellness, the person will need to leave the program.  Please ensure that we have current emergency numbers for QCLA to call.

We will be continuing with ongoing precautions for supporting those who are older and have higher health risks, by limiting outings, and finding alternative inclusion.  Everyone’s health and safety are our highest priority.

We are asking each person attending our programs, to bring their own masks, to be used in the community.  We do have masks available at each site if masks are forgotten. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to connect with Management.

Respectfully,

 June Pearson / Marina Mitchell                                            Maggie Therrien BScN RN(c)

Co-Chief Executive Officers                                                     Health Manager

250-992-7774 ext.201 / 202                                                   250-992-7774 ext. 203

junep@qcla.ca / marinam@qcla.ca `                                     healthmanager@qcla.ca

Quesnel Community Living Association

Hutchcroft House

Hutchcroft House is QCLA’s supported living home for women with special needs to have a safe haven even for those who may be vulnerable to an at-risk lifestyle and otherwise would have no alternative community supports.  It is a residence with very limited restrictions or expectations.  Residents are independent and can come and go without the need for staff assistance or permissions.  This is one of the first homes of its kind in the province under Community Living BC Association.

It is a residence that offers those women who have been accepted through Community Living, to rent their own room and have access to all it's amenities and supports.  For example, they all get shared access to living areas, kitchen, laundry and bathrooms, as well as health, safety and hygiene commodities.

It offers a twenty four hour staffing provision, even though this is contractually attached to the home and not the women that live there.  The strong team of female only staff administer the residence's prescribed medications, assist with providing healthy meals and life choices, as well as support with any outings and appointments that the ladies request assistance with, making or getting to. 

Hutchcroft House heedfully supplies information and easy access to resources and strives to make the women that live there feel welcomed and safe.  Its goal is to be non-intrusive.  It is a place to belong, with a feeling of well-being and home, and to know that they have a safe place to return to.