COVID-19 Information for Home Care Clients, Families and Caregivers
In an effort to reduce community transmission of COVID-19, we continue to review our services across the system to support our system's efforts to respond to the ongoing pressures of the virus.
In the area of Home Care, this means that we are working to make the most of our resources, including staff, to support COVID response. Some home care staff have been, and continue to be, reassigned to support COVID testing sites. Testing, and isolation efforts are two of the most important tools our community can apply to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our community.
We know that this extraordinary need to share resources within the community can impact your scheduled services and may result in changes to the way that you are currently receiving care. We appreciate your understanding and your patience at this time as we come together as a health system, and as a community, to respond to COVID-19 in Winnipeg.
At this time there are no plan in place to resume any home care services that are currently suspended, paused or modified. We continue to work hard to meet the needs of you, our clients and families, and our home care staff while supporting the increasing pressure that COVID-19 is putting on our community health colleagues.
Going forward, we anticipate there may be additional changes or service adjustments that may be required for home care clients in order to allow us to respond quickly, and flexibly, to Winnipeg's COVID-19 response. Additionally, we are aware that as the cooler weather settles in, it brings with it an increased risk of seasonal influenza for you, for your neighbours and for our staff.
Our staff have been diligently reaching out to all of you to ensure that you are informed of how you might protect yourself from the flu. One of the best strategies to protect yourself from flu is to get the seasonal flu vaccine. Within the home care program, we will continue to provide the flu vaccine to those that are unable to leave their homes. This year, we will expand this service to offer it to all home care clients to improve access to the vaccine and reduce your need to leave home.
If you would prefer to make your own arrangements but cannot make an appointment to receive the flu vaccine with your regular care provider please note that many pharmacies are already scheduling appointments now in order to support the vaccination needs of the community. You can find out more about flu shot resources near you at gov.mb.ca/health/flu/where.html.
We acknowledge that these disruptions and this new normal continue to be difficult for everyone. We want to assure you that we are doing our part to adjust, plan and provide care as new information becomes available.
As we move forward we anticipate that our solutions, and our strategies to support you will be as unique as each of the clients we serve. We want to continue to have these discussions with each of you and your care providers, so we can provide the best possible, individualized care solutions.
Please continue to reach out to your community care coordinator, contact information is available here under Access Centres, and if you have any additional questions or concerns, contact WRHA Client Relations by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 204-926-7825.