The Spectrum office will be closed Monday, October 11th for Thanksgiving. Enjoy a wonderful weekend!
COVID-19 Updates – October 8, 2021 – Staying Safe and Healthy
|Vaccine Status and Safety Measures for People We Support, their Families and our Teams
Two weeks ago we asked employees to confirm their vaccine status with us. We added a short-term policy that provided more information on why the information is necessary and how it will be used.
We are seeking to collect information about the vaccination or immunity status of our employees in order to:
The vaccine status of a person has a number of implications for safely providing services to the people we support:
We are happy to confirm that over 90% of our staff are vaccinated. Thank You!
We do want to reinforce that the decision to get or to refuse a vaccine is still a personal medical decision and staff should not be debating the pros and cons of vaccination with each other.
There are a number of people who only have one dose so far, and it is important that you get both doses of the vaccine to ensure the best protection:
There are still people who are concerned about getting the vaccine due to health considerations. Here is a list of the reasons that the Provincial Health Officer has identified as valid reasons to not get the vaccine:
Across the country, more and more employers are implementing vaccine mandates – requiring vaccination to be able to come to work. Spectrum has already been required to implement a vaccine mandate at one home funded by Fraser Health. We are getting legal advice about vaccination mandates and will keep you informed of what we learn.
In the meantime, we want to ensure we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of the people we support and their teams of supporters. For this reason, we are taking the following actions:
You can still get started or complete your vaccination at a local clinic. Vaccination clinics no longer require appointments.
You can find a nearby vaccination clinic by following these links:
Please let us know if you have any questions.
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RISE Community Groups and Workshops
For info or to register:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call Collingwood Neighbourhood House at 604-435-0323
- Or ask a RISE Staff member
Spots are limited. Registration required.
Please click these links below for further details:
It is a great time to review the contents of emergency medical and earthquake kits in your home.
Are your water and food rations currently dated? Other items like glow sticks and batteries have expiry dates. It’s a good time to make sure everything is up to date.
Did you use some of the medical supplies during the year? Now is a great time to order replacement items. Please note that WCB First Aid Kits are required in all of the homes that are staffed.
Have there been changes in the number of people residing in your home? Do you need more or less supplies?
Have any of the people you live with changed their diets over the past year? Do you need to change the dietary foods in their earthquake kits?
If you need help with restocking your emergency medical and earthquake supplies please feel free to contact Judy Smith at email@example.com for assistance.
It is a good time to review all safety procedures in the home; making sure that exit routes are clear of debris, including accessing risk factors (for example, moving items on shelves that could fall and moving heavy items to bottom shelves instead of top shelves). Are all staff are familiar with where emergency care items are stored? Please review the following information from our policy manual with the staff and individuals you support. Include staff to join on skype or zoom if you cannot meet in person so everyone is familiar with this process.
When you have completed your Earthquake Drill please record this information on Sharevision.
How to Register for First Aid:
We recommend obtaining and/or renewing your First Aid through St. John’s Ambulance with the Emergency First Aid Community Care course. If there is another course offered by a different provider, please contact Human Resources prior to enrolling to determine if it is equivalent and meets the basic requirements.
To obtain/renew through St John’s Ambulance, please call (604) 321-7242
- They above number is their main line, but they have a number of locations across the lower mainland if you would like to call a location directly: http://www.sja.ca/English/About-Us/Pages/Locations.aspx
- Register yourself for Emergency First Aid Community Care.
If an employee does not have a valid first aid certificate upon hire, the fee to obtain or renew certification is the responsibility of the employee. Future renewal fees for active employees are covered by Spectrum.
- If you are renewing your first aid, ask St. John Ambulance to invoice Spectrum Society
- Let them know Spectrum Society will be paying for your course fee.
*St. John Ambulance may request authorization from Spectrum. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the date/location you want to complete the course and we will call them to confirm your registration.
First Aid is a requirement for employment as indicated in ‘Policy 4: Requirements for Employment. Below is a link to Spectrum’s First Aid policy:
For employees renewing their first aid, please ensure St. John’s Ambulance (SJA) includes the CPR pocket mask with your first aid registration. If the CPR pocket mask is not included with your registration fee, SJA requires attendees pay for this on the day of course completion; you can save your receipt and submit it to Human Resources for reimbursement.
Please email your certificate of course completion to email@example.com to have your file updated.
Please let Judy know if you have any questions or issues registering, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org