April 1, 2020
Detailed COVID-19 update
March 25, 2020
On behalf of Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village, we extend our sincere condolences to our former resident’s family and loved ones re the loss of their father.
Chief Executive Officer
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For the last few months, COVID-19 has dominated the news cycle and caused concern in our communities and across the globe. The care and safety of our residents, team members and families is our top priority.
Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village has taken the situation very seriously and we are following Public Health Authority directives to ensure everyone’s safety.
To minimize the risk to our residents, tenants and staff, Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of the Ministry of Health, has mandated that all non-essential visits are disallowed.
Essential visits are defined as follows:
- An individual providing essential care to a person living here, that without their help the person would be in distress;
- An individual bringing essential items to the person such as food/medications;
- An individual visiting a person that is end of life/palliative care; or
- An individual who is delivering for Meals on Wheels or from a pharmacy.
Essential visitors must continue to be actively screened in the entrance to the Village Centre prior to entering. Those who fail screening will not be permitted to enter.
The Management Team meets daily to develop and implement strategies to manage the virus threat and ensure that we are current with our practices in prevention and doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our home. We continue to work closely with Public Health Authorities across Canada and follow their directives.
What can you do?
- Protect yourself and others – Follow hand hygiene guidelines: wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available), avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, coughing etiquette: cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue and proceed to throw out the tissue and wash your hands, and get your flu shot. We all play a part in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
- Stay informed – Information regarding COVID-19 changes daily. Watch for updated communications on COVID-19 subjects such as screening and isolation procedures, recommended prevention activities, travel advisories, etc. by following the Public Health Agency of Canada.
- Don’t panic! There is a lot of misinformation about COVID-19 out there: calm and measured reactions to COVID-19 from all will carry us through this challenge.
Thank you for your continued cooperation in response to this global issue.
Chief Executive Officer
Welcome to Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village! As a not-for-profit, charitable organization and provider of services to seniors in the Niagara Region for over 60 years, Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village now encompasses two sites – St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Operating since 1959, the Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village site sits on 15 acres of well-manicured grounds and is located on Linwell Road in the north end of St. Catharines. The Niagara-on-the-Lake site, known as Stone Road Village, opened in 2012 and is located on Hunter Road at the corner of Niagara Stone Road. Mature trees dot the 5 acre property, providing a peaceful country setting. It is just five minutes from the heart of Niagara‑on‑the Lake with easy access to recreational trails and the Niagara Parkway.
Facilities at these two sites house over 500 seniors. At Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village, seniors live either in rental or rent-geared-to-income apartments, life lease bungalows or apartments, bedsitter rooms, or long-term care (nursing home). At Stone Road Village, life lease apartments are available for active seniors.
Niagara Ina Grafton Gage Village is one of the largest providers of services for seniors in Ontario. Several levels of care are provided at the St. Catharines site. As a member of AdvantAge Ontario (formerly OANHSS – Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors), ONPHA (Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association), and OCSA (Ontario Community Support Association), these groups advocate for seniors and lobby the government on our behalf. The Village is dedicated to fostering quality of life for seniors and to meeting standards mandated by the MOHLTC (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care). We believe that customer service and effective communication are essential for success. We are continually looking at opportunities for growth and improvement.