McCormick Dementia Services – Caregiver’s Corner – Overnight Respite


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McCormick Care Group

McCormick Day Program’s Modified Overnight Respite Reopening

McCormick Day Program has five overnight respite beds. Overnight respite will include Friday and Saturday stays.

Clients will arrive by family, or by bus, on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and will be picked up by family, or by bus, on Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

Who is eligible to attend overnight respite? Clients who are currently attending our on-site day program are eligible for overnight respite. Our hospital bed is also available, which is required for some clients for safe transfers and proper position and care. Clients attending other day programs are not eligible for our overnight stay.

If you are interested in booking a respite stay, please contact your social worker.

We are experiencing high demand for our respite stay. Upon your request, we will place your name on a waiting list to access overnight stays and we will contact you at least two weeks prior to offer a weekend booking. We want to provide equal opportunity for our clients to experience an overnight stay, therefore at this time-we cannot accommodate monthly booking requests.

Before Arriving:
The day a client is scheduled to attend, our RPN will phone to conduct a pre-screening questionnaire.

Arriving on-site:
Once clients arrive on-site, clients and caregivers must remain in their car for the secondary screening process to take place. If you feel as though you are waiting an extended period, please phone (519-439-9936, ext. 2346).  This limits the number of people in our lobby and potential for increased exposure. Staff will be outside to direct traffic. Screening, including a temperature check, will take place in the caregiver’s car.

Caregivers are asked to wear a mask at all times on-site, and we now strongly encourage masks for clients as well.

Clients are monitored for symptoms throughout the day, including temperature checks, at breakfast, noon and dinner.

If a client develops symptoms of illness during their respite stay, the emergency contact/primary caregiver will be contacted to pick up the client.

The client will be immediately isolated from other clients until their ride arrives and continued cleaning of the area will be performed.

Caregivers will be instructed to go home, self-isolate and contact their primary health care provider or public health unit to discuss symptoms and need for testing. The nursing care manager will contact the public health unit to notify them of a potential case and seek further direction, including the need to identify other clients who may have been in close contact. The health unit will provide further direction, including the need to isolate and be tested or not.

If a symptomatic client’s test results are negative for COVID-19, proof must be provided to the RPN or social worker. If the client is still presenting symptoms, the client will be denied access to the day program for five days after the symptoms have resolved.

Clients who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from the day program for 14 days after symptoms have resolved and clearance has been received from the public health unit.

The nursing care manager will be in contact with the public health unit of the confirmed positive case. The public health unit will provide specific advice on what control measures should be implemented to prevent the potential spread and how to monitor other clients and staff who may have come in contact with the infected person.

Once inside the program area, five clients will be together in our largest programming room for the day. Additionally, with staff supervision, clients can enjoy our secured garden space. Physical distancing rules apply when outdoors as well.

Clients engage in person-centred recreational programs until lunch. Programming varies but may include art, crafts, music, word puzzles, trivia, exercises, physical games, table games, Montessori activities, helping tasks and access to digital programming.

Recreational programming continues in the afternoon until 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and until clients depart at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.

From dinner through overnight, clients will be supported by our nursing staff, which includes a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) and a Personal Supporter Worker (PSW). In the evenings, more passive programming will be provided, which may include movie nights.

Snacks and meals are served by our nursing staff. Modified textures (regular, minced, soft, puree) and fluids (regular, thickened) are available.

Dinner is not provided Friday evening or Sunday afternoon.

Our nursing team  is available at all times to provide any level of personal care assistance required (from supervision in the washroom to full mechanical lift for transfers and product changes).

Our nursing staff take pride in ensuring clients receive additional grooming attention while on-site. This may include having their finger nails cleaned, trimmed and polished (if interested), their hair brushed and potentially styled, and men’s faces cleanly shaved. Personal care products, including nail trimmers are labelled to avoid cross-contamination.

At this time additional services like foot care, baths, showers and the hair salon are not available.

All client medication and supplements must be stored with our nursing staff during their stay. These medications must be in their original bottles or a blister pack. Our staff cannot administer medications that are not in the accepted packaging.

This rule applies for both respite and on-site day program attendance.

Clients will have their own personal room during the respite stay, which includes access to an adjacent washroom, with a toilet and sink. If the client requires a day-time rest during their stay, the client can access their room at any time.

Clients will be participating in recreational programming in a different room during the day, as well as have access to recliner chairs in a spacious area for additional rest and relaxation, if desired.

The day program space will undergo a deep clean after clients leave the day program at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Throughout the respite stay, routine cleaning is performed, including but are not limited to, high touch points such as light switches, table tops, chairs, railings, washrooms and program materials.

All staff are trained in Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and will be responsible for keeping the day program clean.

Staff PPE Requirements

All staff must wear a surgical face mask and either face shield or googles at all times. If staff are in close contact (closer than six metres) with a client for more than one minute, wearing a fabric gown is required as well. A gown and gloves are required for all nursing staff providing personal care.

Client PPE Recommendations

We ask that clients wear a surgical mask within the day program, with the exception of meals and periods of rest/sleep. A new surgical mask will be provided by the day program upon arrival.

Caregiver PPE Requirements

All caregivers must wear a mask (cloth or surgical) when on-site for drop-off and pick-up.

Here is a printable list of items to pack for an overnight stay.

The overnight respite cost totals $65.00 for the entire stay. This includes meals and snacks.
Please contact our administrative assistant (519-439-9336) for any billing concerns.

Transportation is available through the BGC (formerly known as the Boys & Girls Club). Arrangements can be made with our administrative assistant while booking your respite stay. Alternatively, caregivers can drive the client to and from the program at the designated times.

To report all absences at any time, please call our main telephone line 519-439-9336. Please leave a detailed message if our staff are unable to answer your call.

Fees are still charged in the event of an absence unless the respite stay spot can be filled.