Welcome to our latest issue of Dimensions. I would like to thank you all for your support and words of encouragement as we continue to navigate one of the most challenging times our world has ever encountered.
The COVID-19 crisis has affected nearly every aspect of life, and we still face uncertain times ahead. Yet, I am heartened by how people are responding – I have witnessed remarkable acts of charity, kindness and generosity since this crisis began. I am certain that as we forge ahead, we will continue to do so together – unified, determined and courageous. I particularly want to acknowledge our staff at McCormick Home and McCormick Dementia Services and to people everywhere who are continuing to provide support, care and wellbeing to those in need.
After so many weeks of uncertainty and numerous restrictions for the sake of everyone’s health and safety, we are now beginning to see a careful lifting of some of the safety measures that have been put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. While it is wonderful to resume some level of normalcy in various aspects of our lives, we know that caution is key. That is why we are supportive of the gradual lifting of some of the restrictions placed on our long-term care and dementia support services.
Over the past few weeks, visitor restrictions have been lifted slightly by the Ministry of Long-Term Care We recognize how important it is for our families and their loved ones to reconnect, and we understand that by doing our part to ensure compliance with a carefully staged approach to resident visits, we can move to the next phase of reopening our doors, together with everyone in our sector. I am grateful to all our McCormick Home staff for responding so well to our new visitor protocols.
I would also like to extend my appreciation to the McCormick Dementia Services staff for so ably accommodating a soft reopening of our day program. Our first few weeks of welcoming back a limited number of clients have been a great success, and we look forward to expanding our in-person offerings as we are able. Our virtual support system continues to grow with the ongoing development of new content for the Caregiver’s Corner website, new Zoom recreation programs and support groups, live Facebook events and much more.
In this issue, I am pleased to share with you some updates on how we have responded to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the hardships we have all faced and particularly by those in our care and their families, the unwavering commitment shown by our staff, families, residents, clients and community members has helped strengthen us all along the way.
I am very grateful to everyone for their support during these most challenging times. We’ll get through this together.
Steve Crawford, CEO
McCormick Care Group