Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia (CCANS) commends members, talks sector plans for second wave of COVID-19

CCANS is working together with the provincial departments of Health and Wellness, Community Services and Nova Scotia Health as well as continuing care associations and agencies to ensure our province’s most vulnerable receive the care and compassion they need in the event of another wave of COVID-19.

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September 24, 2020

Continuing Care Association of Nova Scotia (CCANS) commends members, talks sector plans for second wave of COVID-19

Michelle Thompson, president, Continuing Care Association, says the Association has spent the last several months learning from its members’ experience during the first wave of COVID-19 and providing input into the provincial government’s much-anticipated plan for a second wave. “I want to highlight the contribution of the continuing care sector amid a global pandemic. Our members were prepared to open COVID units in our facilities, taking on roles that were not typical in a long-term care setting in order to make sure our residents received quality and compassionate on-site care,” says Thompson.

Innovation, collaboration and community in action

The CEO of R.K. MacDonald Nursing Home, one of the first facilities to experience an outbreak, Thompson commends facilities for finding creative ways to work with local communities to care for the physical and mental health of residents to reduce hospital transfers and admissions often resulting in higher than usual acuity in homes across the province. She describes the incredible work that went into screening and prevention protocols implemented by facilities in lockstep with the Department of Health and Wellness and Nova Scotia Health.

Lessons learned and second wave plans

With eyes on the recent spikes in positive cases of COVID-19 in other Canadian provinces, members of CCANS continue efforts to create safe and caring spaces for their staff and residents. “Some of Nova Scotia’s long-term care facilities have taken proactive measures, maintaining empty beds to support the isolation of COVID positive residents,” says Thompson. “We have also introduced visitation restrictions and re-opening directives while managing the day-to-day realities that existed pre-COVID.” 

CCANS members are anxious for a plan to respond to a possible second wave of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia. “Members were engaged in surveys and dialogue and have spent considerable time identifying innovations, challenges and recommendations from their experience with phase one. This information has been shared with the departments of Health and Wellness, Community Services and Nova Scotia Health. “We are pleased to have been working in partnership with their staff to ensure that, together, we are prepared to care for Nova Scotia’s most vulnerable citizens in the event of a second wave of the virus,” says Thompson. She says that once the sector has a clear, realistic, detailed and resourced plan from the provincial government, facilities will be in a better position to examine their ability to open their empty beds for regular admissions.

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For more information or to speak with a representative of CCANS, contact Heather Spidell at 9024995027 or continuingcarens@gmail.com

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