Family Information and Visiting 

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Please note that our next Family Town Hall will be on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30pm.

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For the Residents and Family Communications schedule CLICK HERE.

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Thank you for all who attended the Family Virtual Meeting on Thursday, March 4, 2021. For the video recording please CLICK HERE.

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Thank you for all who attended the Family Virtual Meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021. For the video recording please CLICK HERE.

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Voluntary Management Agreement with Unity Health Toronto (updated Feb. 26)

Effective Jan. 11, Unity Health Toronto has taken over responsibility to temporarily manage Copernicus Lodge under a Voluntary Management Agreement with Ontario’s Ministry of Long-Term Care.  Unity Health's temporary management of Copernicus Lodge is limited to the long-term care home and does not include oversight of the senior apartments. For more information CLICK HERE

Our immediate focus will be to continue to help support the home and Toronto Public Health in the management of the COVID-19 outbreak that started Dec. 16, 2020 and was declared over on Feb. 26, 2021. Unity Health is also responsible for delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to all consenting staff and residents at Copernicus. 

Over the next few months, a team from Unity Health Toronto will be at Copernicus to assess needs, continue improvements around infection, prevention and control and quality and safety processes. We are pleased to be working with the home’s leadership and staff as it continues to build its services and create an environment that meets the needs of all residents in a dignified and safe community. The safety and the delivery of quality care to Copernicus Lodge’s residents are our shared priorities.

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Essential Care Providers Visits Update – Updated Feb. 26, 2021 

There is no general visiting at this time. Essential caregiver (ECG) visits continue during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19

Essential caregivers are those who are providing direct care to the resident (e.g. supporting feeding, mobility, personal hygiene, cognitive stimulation, communication, meaningful connection, relational continuity and assistance in decision-making).

During this time, one caregiver may visit a resident in their room between 8am and 9pm daily.  There are no time limits for the duration of your visits, but we are not able to manage visitors between the hours of 9pm and 8am. There is a limit of one essential caregiver per resident room.

Beginning Monday, Mar. 1, registered essential caregivers will not be required to call the receptionist to book in their time in advance. The entrance screeners have a list of our registered Essential Caregivers who are permitted in the building.  Entrance Screeners will continue to track visits as they occur and check for negative test results as part of their active screening at the entrance. Please review our updated Infection Control Protocols here

To prepare for your first visit, and once monthly thereafter, please familiarize yourselves with the following materials: 

Guidance document: Recommended Steps: Guidance document: Putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Video: Putting on Full Personal Protective Equipment

Video: Taking off Full Personal Protective Equipment

Video: How to Hand Wash

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Schedule a Virtual Visit with a long-term care resident

NEW online booking process – CLICK HERE  to schedule a virtual visit with a long-term care resident. 

Virtual visits are helping to keep you and your loved one connected. When scheduling your next virtual visit by using our online booking process, please remember to provide us with the planform link you plan to connect through (Zoom/Teams/Facebook etc..) because it helps our teams to better facilitate your visit.  

Please contact us if you have any questions by calling the Activation staff at ext. 237 or email communications@copernicuslodge.com

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Please see the notice for our Adult Day Program. CLICK HERE to the view the information.

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