CCA Week Message from Nova Scotia’s Minister of Seniors & Long-Term Care
We are pleased to share this CCA Week message from Nova Scotia’s Minister of Seniors & Long-Term Care!
Vaccination Update for Stakeholders - *updated Nov. 17*
As per direction from the province, at this time all individuals except staff and Designated Caregivers must be fully vaccinated to enter our facility (unless they have a medical or human rights exemption). Proof of vaccination must be provided each time you enter.
Effective November 30th, 2021 all designated caregivers and staff that visit or work in long term care will be required to be vaccinated in order to visit or work. Proof of vaccination must be provided by Designated Caregivers each time they enter.
UPDATE: Employees and Designated Caregivers are still required to provide proof of vaccination, medical contraindication, or human rights exemption by November 30th. However, employees/DCGs who receive their first dose before November 30th now have 70 days to provide proof of having received their second dose. This clock starts on the day the employee/DCG receives their first dose, and can extend pass November 30th without an employee needing to be placed on unpaid leave.
Please see the below message from the Nursing Homes of Nova Scotia Association regarding continued masking for visitors within NHNSA member operators’ facilities.
Birches Nursing Home Named as Priority for Significant Investment in Redevelopment/Replacement
January 29, 2021
The Birches Nursing Home is proud to announce that the Government of Nova Scotia has included our facility in a list of long term care homes to be redeveloped/replaced.
Part of the Musquodoboit Harbour community since 1979, the Birches Nursing Home is an important part of the Eastern Shore community. The long term care home is dedicated to providing a community of dignified, gracious living to local seniors.
As with many older long term care facilities, however, the home’s outdated infrastructure is becoming less and less suitable for the needs of today’s long term care residents.
“Our team does an excellent job of offering quality care despite our aging facility, but the challenges presented by features like aging electrical, aging plumbing, and small shared rooms are often significant,” says Dion Mouland, President & CEO, “Infrastructure renewal is an important focus of the strategic plan we developed in consultation with our community in 2018, so it is a privilege to have been selected for these important upgrades.”
The leadership team and Board of Directors at the Birches are committed to making swift decisions based on the needs of local seniors, and moving this momentous project forward quickly.
“As a Board of Directors, we believe it is our responsibility to advocate for positive change in the long term care sector across our province,” says Rick Anderson, Chair of the Birches Board of Directors, “With this announcement, the government echoes our belief that our seniors are a priority, and are deserving of the best possible quality of life we can provide.”