By Lisa Roth
To The Haldimand Press
HAGERSVILLE—After several weeks of planning alongside Public Health, Anson Place was able to formally introduce an outdoor walking program for our retirement residents on Friday, June 8, 2020. This walking program is a significant milestone in our home’s fight against COVID-19 and I wanted to share this happy moment with the community. Chic, an 85-year-old retirement resident who recently recovered from COVID-19, kicked off our home’s inaugural walk.
Our priorities for this walking program are two-fold: to ensure residents have engaging and enriching lives, and that they remain healthy and safe. Working closely with Public Health, this program has a number of precautions in place to keep residents safe while exercising and enjoying the sunshine. Our staff remain diligent in ensuring all infection and prevention control measures are implemented including universal masking and enhanced cleaning of all high-touch areas. We are now working to expand this program to our care centre.
In addition to this positive news, our home’s COVID-19 case counts continue to improve. Forty-three cases have been resolved and these residents are deemed free of COVID-19 by Public Health. Out of the 43 recovered residents, 24 are in our retirement residence and 19 are in our care centre. We currently have two confirmed active COVID-19 cases remaining in our home, one in our retirement residence and one in our care centre.
I want to thank our staff, health system partners, residents’ families, and our community for continuing to support us and cheer us on with compassion and generosity.
Lisa Roth is the executive director at Anson Place.