Friends and Family of Willow Lodge
August 28, 2020
As we come to the end of August, I am pleased to report that we are all keeping well.
Since the closing of our home on March 15, 2020, we have missed so many family, friends, volunteers and students from Tatamagouche Academy visiting and sharing good cheer.
On a positive note, we were able to continue with the hiring and summer employment of a student Alicia Williamson to compliment our recreation department. Alicia who initially began as a student from our local Academy started with us as a Student volunteer over 5 years ago. Once she graduated from high school, she began her studies at Dalhousie where she is going into her final year. We have been fortunate to have Alicia as part of our team here at the Lodge this summer. She brings great passion and dedication to our residents and delivers various programs to meet the needs of all. Our visitation scheduling has taken a lot of her time along with Karli as they ensure that all families have an opportunity to visit with their loved ones.
Today we say thank you and goodbye to Alisha as she returns to university to complete her program.
To all our community children and teachers, as you prepare for your return to school, we wish you all the best in your studies and lesson plans.
Stay Well, Stay Safe!
Janine Jaconelli,
Executive Director, Willow Lodge
Family and Friends of Willow Lodge
July 31, 2020
I trust this message finds you well as we endure this heat and humidity!
Starting today, it is mandatory within the province of Nova Scotia, that we all wear a mask, when indoors in public places.
To mark this “next step” in our COVID19 journey, we celebrated with a mask-qurade party here at the lodge! Residents and Care Partners alike decorated a mask to wear at our party this past Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Fun was had by all and we certainly had some great styles and themes! Prizes were awarded in the following categories:
Most Creative, Most Humorous, Most Colorful and Neighbourhood Favorite
Our outdoor visits continue to go very well. Please contact our recreation department if you would like to make an appointment for an outdoor visit or to set up a virtual, facetime visit!
Enjoy the long weekend!
Stay Well, Stay Safe
Janine Jaconelli, Executive Director
Willow Lodge
Friends and Families of Willow Lodge
July, 21, 2020
We are very pleased to let you know that the Province of Nova Scotia is now allowing 5 people for outdoor visits, with their loved one, by appointment only, to its long-term care homes.
We have all been challenged by this world wide pandemic and I would to thank each and every one of you for your patience, cooperation and support as we all do our best to keep our vulnerable residents safe in a time of COVID-19. Our locations will remain the same for visits; Balmoral and Barrachois neighborhoods will take place at the main door by the parking lot. Lynwood visits will be from the outside door of Lynwood house. Physical distancing rules apply, and visitors must wear non-medical masks. Our visits for 5 people will begin on Wednesday July 22, 2020.
Appointments will be scheduled in advance, and visits will be up to 45 minutes to ensure all residents, have a chance to visit with family.
If you wish to schedule a visit, please contact Willow Lodge to book an appointment. You will be required to follow our procedures for outdoor visits, which are based on the direction from the Department of Health and Wellness and the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Specific instructions will be provided to you when your appointment is booked.
This has been a difficult time for our residents and care team members, but we also understand how hard it has been on family members.
As always, we are very thankful to our families, friends and community of Willow Lodge as we navigate through these uncertain times.
Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director, Willow Lodge
Families and Friends of Willow Lodge
July 17, 2020
It has been a full week of bustling activity here at the Lodge. We began our week with a strawberry social high tea. We all joined in and made our own facinators and head gear for both our ladies and gentleman.
The weather has led to many discussions surrounding outdoor sports. Baseball seems to be a hot topic in the neighbourhoods. In order for everyone to become involved, we have formed three teams, creating a baseball tournament that will last throughout the summer. Each neighbourhood selected their own team name. Lynwood chose; Yogi Bears, Barrachois chose; Barrachois Bamm Bamms and Balmoral chose; Balmoral Jetsons. It has been a challenge as each team plays in their own neigbourhood clocking in their own points. There will be a prize awarded at the end of the month for the highest score. Go Teams GO!!!!
We are continuing with our outdoor visits. If for any reason you are not able to attend, please contact Karli, Alicia or Jane in our recreation department, to let them know, so that we can make the time slot available for others.
Have a great weekend.
Stay Well, Stay Safe
Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director
Willow Lodge
Family and Friends of Willow Lodge
July 13, 2020
As we all push forward in this heat and humidity, our residents continue to enjoy weekly visits from their family and, or friends. Karli, Alicia and Jane from our recreation department are scheduling these appointments, ensuring that each resident has an opportunity for a visit or facetime.
Please remember to keep hydrated in these sweltering temperatures.
Have a good week!
Stay safe, Stay well!
Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director
Willow Lodge
Friends and Families of Willow Lodge
July 3, 2020
It has been a fun filled week here at the lodge as we celebrated the 153rd anniversary of the Constitution Act of 1867, which made Canada an official country.
As our gardens come into bloom, our friends from the Tim Hortons Childrens Camp have volunteered their time and talent with weeding and general upkeep. A BIG thank you to Erin Thomson and her team @ the camp for all your hard work, especially in the heat that we had at the beginning of the week.
We are continuing with our outdoor visits. Please contact the recreation department to arrange your visit either outside or on facetime.
As our bubble is extended today to include all the Atlantic Provinces, please remember to Stay safe- Stay well.
Have a great weekend.
Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director,
Willow Lodge

Family and Friends of Willow Lodge
June 26, 2020

WE ARE LONG TERM CARE #PROUD
Today at Willow Lodge we joined forces with many other Nursing Homes across our beautiful province, in celebration, of being proud, to work in LONG TERM CARE.
We danced up a storm with our residents to the hit song “CELEBRATE”.
It has been a long haul as we have met the challenge of Covid 19 and our care partners have risen above to deliver exemplary care to all our residents.
If you see any of our Willow Lodge Care Partners this weekend- give them a shout out- They work hard every day with our vision to lead them in “working together to eliminate the three plagues- loneliness, helplessness, and boredom” in LONG TERM CARE #PROUD

Stay Well, Stay Safe!

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director
Willow Lodge Association

P.O. Box 249
100 Blair Avenue
TATAMAGOUCHE, NOVA SCOTIA
B0K 1V0

Families and Friends of Willow Lodge,
June 19, 2020

CELEBRATE!

This is the word on the Willow Lodge Street for the week!
We are celebrating the first step in our new reality, by welcoming families to visit with their loved ones, outdoors.

As you can imagine this was a very emotional time for those who have not seen their loved ones in person for over 3 months. Many tears of joy were shed not only from families and residents, but care partners as well.

Our recreation team has been busy taking the lead with the scheduling of these onsite visits, facetiming and offering activity programs in each of our neighborhoods. It has been a very busy time with the many responsibilities, but also, a rewarding one reuniting our residents with their families.

Please contact us at the Lodge if you wish to schedule an appointment to either connect virtually or in person with your loved one.

Stay Well, Stay Safe!

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director,
Willow Lodge

P.O. Box 249
100 Blair Avenue
TATAMAGOUCHE, NOVA SCOTIA
B0K 1V0

Friends and Families of Willow Lodge

June 11, 2020

We are very pleased to let you know that the Province of Nova Scotia is now allowing outdoor visitation, by appointment only, to its long-term care homes.

I know our residents and families are eager to see their loved ones. While we cannot allow physical contact yet, we are looking forward to supporting in-person visits in designated outdoor areas on the facility property. For Willow Lodge, visits will take place for Balmoral and Barrachois neighborhoods at the main door by the parking lot. Lynwood visits will be from the outside door of Lynwood house. Physical distancing rules apply, and visitors must wear non-medical masks. Our visits will begin on Tuesday June 16, 2020.

Appointments will be scheduled in advance, and visits will be up to 45 minutes to ensure all residents, who are able, have a chance to visit with family.

If you wish to schedule a visit, please contact Willow Lodge to book an appointment. Please note that only two people can visit a resident at a time. You will be required to follow our procedures for outdoor visits, which are based on the direction from the Department of Health and Wellness and the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Specific instructions will be provided to you when your appointment is booked.

This has been a difficult time for our residents and care team members, but we also understand how hard it has been on family members.

As always, we are very thankful to our families, friends and community of Willow Lodge as we navigate through these uncertain times.

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director, Willow Lodge

Friends and Families of Willow Lodge
June 5, 2020

It has turned out to be a beautiful day in the village. After all the rain that we had this morning, we are now enjoying our outdoor patios.
With the current restrictions being relaxed, we hope that we too can soon welcome on site visits. As soon as we are given permission, we will be sure to inform you!
We hope you are all keeping well-
Have a safe weekend and remember to maintain physical distancing, proper cough/sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene.

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director
Willow Lodge

Friends and Family of Willow Lodge
May 29, 2020

It has been another busy week at Willow Lodge.
Residents along with our care partners have begun to enjoy the many accessible outdoor spaces, activities and patios that surround our home.

The greenhouse is filled with potted seedlings as we prepare to plant our vegetable gardens. Buoys and lobster traps have been restored with fresh paint and now decorate our enclosed park area. With the beginning of warmer weather our residents are able to enjoy all the outdoor activities that come with the ending of spring and beginning of summer.

Our new iPads have been well used. Calls, facetime and video messenger appointments are booked daily to connect our residents with their loved ones. Please contact us to set up an appointment.

Have a great weekend- Stay Well…Stay Safe!

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director
Willow Lodge

Friends and Family of Willow Lodge
May 22, 2020

As we approach the end of week 10 of our closure due to COVID19, I am pleased, once again, to report that we all remain well here at the lodge.

Our excitement for both residents and care partners is the arrival of our new iPads from the Nova Scotia Health Authority ensuring communication between families and friends.

Please contact us here at the Lodge to set up an appointment to speak with your loved ones.

Enjoy your weekend!

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director, Willow Lodge

Pictured below are four of our residents along with Jane, Alicia and Karli from our Recreation Department

Friends and Family of Willow Lodge
May 15, 2020

As we wrap up another week, and enter into the Victoria Day weekend, we all remain well here at Willow Lodge.

We continue with our facetime messaging and telephone calls with family members. Please contact our recreation department if you wish to set up a time.

Celebration has been the theme of the week as we honour the birth of Florence Nightingale who gave birth to the established discipline of nursing two hundred years ago. During nursing week we also choose to celebrate all the hard work our care partners do at Willow Lodge.

In house we began our week with heart bombing all the vehicles with a note of appreciation along with Fun day, Monday, Sundaes. Tuesday and Thursday were celebrated with a BBQ and a delicious cake sent to us by the Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital Auxiliary- thank you! Today it’s Cake to Celebrate.

We wish to thank all those who sent good wishes for our care partners; cards, treats and virtual hugs.

Congratulations to all who care for those within our community during National Nurses Week!

Janine Jaconelli,
Executive Director
Willow Lodge

Family and Friends of Willow Lodge
May 8, 2020

It is hard to believe that another week has passed since my last update. Here at the Lodge we all continue to be in good health! This afternoon we are celebrating all the mother’s with an afternoon tea.

I once again wish to thank everyone who has shown support to us at Willow Lodge, either through messages, notes, cards flowers etc., your thoughtfulness and kind gestures mean so much, especially in these tough times.

I know this will be a difficult weekend, with no visitors allowed on the property, as we salute our mothers, in our own way, in isolation- Please know we are taking all opportunities to show your mom, here at Willow Lodge, that they are honoured and loved.

I leave you with a poem shared today at our tea….

Janine Jaconelli, Executive Director
Willow Lodge

Friends and Family

May 1, 2020

All residents and care partners at Willow Lodge remain well! We continue to take all precautions necessary under the guidance of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Department of Health and Wellness and Public Health. Here at the lodge we strive to be proactive in all we do. In light of this, with the weather getting warmer, effective today, May 1, 2020, we are asking for NO visitors on the property as our residents begin to enjoy the warmer weather.

Our recreation department is facilitating facetime and telephone conversations. If you wish to arrange contacting a resident, please call us to set up a time.

I am grateful for the commitment, care and ongoing compassion that our Care Partners along with our leadership team have shown throughout these trying times. The care given to each of our residents and loyalty to their work, in a time when we fear for our own loved ones at home is appreciated. Our Care Partners show up daily, not knowing what challenges await them. Thank you to each and every one!

Family, friends and community partners have been very encouraging during this pandemic. The appreciation for our team has been shown through cards, messages, letters, notes, coffee parties and pizza lunches. These acts of kindness mean so much and are appreciated.

Stay Well, Stay Safe

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director, Willow Lodge

Friends and Family

May 1, 2020

All residents and care partners at Willow Lodge remain well! We continue to take all precautions necessary under the guidance of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Department of Health and Wellness and Public Health. Here at the lodge we strive to be proactive in all we do. In light of this, with the weather getting warmer, effective today, May 1, 2020, we are asking for NO visitors on the property as our residents begin to enjoy the warmer weather.

Our recreation department is facilitating facetime and telephone conversations. If you wish to arrange contacting a resident, please call us to set up a time.

I am grateful for the commitment, care and ongoing compassion that our Care Partners along with our leadership team have shown throughout these trying times. The care given to each of our residents and loyalty to their work, in a time when we fear for our own loved ones at home is appreciated. Our Care Partners show up daily, not knowing what challenges await them. Thank you to each and every one!

Family, friends and community partners have been very encouraging during this pandemic. The appreciation for our team has been shown through cards, messages, letters, notes, coffee parties and pizza lunches. These acts of kindness mean so much and are appreciated.

Stay Well, Stay Safe

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director, Willow Lodge

Friends and Family
April 24, 2020

The flags outside my office remain at half-mast and are a constant reminder of the tragedy we Nova Scotian’s have experienced this past weekend. Many of our residents and care partners have been personally affected by these events and struggle to understand why? We are a close knit community and we will continue to support each other.

To date, everyone at Willow Lodge remains well! We are taking all precautions necessary under the guidance of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Department of Health and Wellness and Public Health. Here at the lodge we strive to be proactive in all we do. As a precaution, with the weather getting warmer, effective May 1, 2020, we are asking for no visitors on the property as our residents begin to enjoy the warmer weather.

Our recreation department has been busy this past week and has made 65 calls either by facetime or telephone. If you wish to arrange contacting a resident, please call us to set up a time.

Willow Lodge is an essential service and with our dedicated team of Volunteers, we have continued throughout this pandemic to ensure the delivery of hot, home cooked meals to those that receive Meals on Wheels. I want to express our sincere appreciation for our Meals on Wheels Drivers who so faithfully continue to deliver a hot meal to many within our community, especially in these times of isolation as they are one of the few people our recipients of meals would see and be able to speak with. Volunteer Appreciation week began April 19th and runs until the 25th. As with many of our celebrations, we had hoped to acknowledge all of our volunteers this evening, who provide so much of their time and talent in so many ways- please know that we are sending each and every one of you a big THANK YOU!

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director,
Willow Lodge

Friends and Family
April 24, 2020

The flags outside my office remain at half-mast and are a constant reminder of the tragedy we Nova Scotian’s have experienced this past weekend. Many of our residents and care partners have been personally affected by these events and struggle to understand why? We are a close knit community and we will continue to support each other.

To date, everyone at Willow Lodge remains well! We are taking all precautions necessary under the guidance of the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Department of Health and Wellness and Public Health. Here at the lodge we strive to be proactive in all we do. As a precaution, with the weather getting warmer, effective May 1, 2020, we are asking for no visitors on the property as our residents begin to enjoy the warmer weather.

Our recreation department has been busy this past week and has made 65 calls either by facetime or telephone. If you wish to arrange contacting a resident, please call us to set up a time.

Willow Lodge is an essential service and with our dedicated team of Volunteers, we have continued throughout this pandemic to ensure the delivery of hot, home cooked meals to those that receive Meals on Wheels. I want to express our sincere appreciation for our Meals on Wheels Drivers who so faithfully continue to deliver a hot meal to many within our community, especially in these times of isolation as they are one of the few people our recipients of meals would see and be able to speak with. Volunteer Appreciation week began April 19th and runs until the 25th. As with many of our celebrations, we had hoped to acknowledge all of our volunteers this evening, who provide so much of their time and talent in so many ways- please know that we are sending each and every one of you a big THANK YOU!

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director,
Willow Lodge

Friends and Family,
April 17, 2020

It has been a full month plus two days since we closed our doors to family, friends and volunteers. During this time, I am pleased to report that all Residents and Care Partners remain well with temperatures and symptoms checked daily for any sign of COVID19.
Our practices continue to align with those directives given to us by the Nova Scotia Health Authority, Department of Health and Wellness, and Public Health.
The recreation department has been working to access contact through face time or telephone calls with families and friends. Please reach out to us and we will ensure that we connect you with your loved one through the phone or internet.
The wrath of this virus plays heavy on our Long Term care sector here in Nova Scotia, particularly those homes that have been challenged with many of their residents and staff being infected. I want to take this opportunity to acknowlege those who diligently show up daily to provide that compassionate care to the most vulnerable people within our community, risking their personal health and that of their families.
Here at Willow Lodge, our care partners: Nurses, Continuing Care Assistants, Neighbourhood Support, Recreation/ Physio Assistants, Dietary, Maintenance, Housekeeping and Administration are all working together to continuously maintain and enhance our safe and nurturing community. We are all working together to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom, the three plagues that account for the majority of suffering within elder communities. Thank you for all you do!

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director
Willow Lodge

Family and Friends,
April 13, 2020

Greetings from us all here at the Lodge. We hope you are keeping well in these uncertain, challenging and difficult times!
Willow Lodge Residents and Care Partners are all well.
We continue to implement all directives from the Nova Scotia Health Authority.
Our recreational programming is happening within our neighbourhoods and social distancing is respected. We are scheduling appointments for you to facetime with your loved one if you choose. You can call to set up an appointment for this.
If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to reach out.
Take care….Stay Safe, Stay Well

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director,
Willow Lodge Association

Friends and Families of Willow Lodge,

I would like to assure all family and friends that Willow Lodge is following all directives from the Nova Scotia Health Authority and department of Health and Wellness.
In addition to this, we are taking extra measures within our home to ensure the safety of our valued residents and care partners.
I would ask that if you have questions, please call us.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact your loved one through our main line 902 657 3101. If you have access to internet, please contact our recreation department to set up an appointment to facetime.
We continue to thank you all for your patience as we navigate these uncharted waters….

Sincerely,

Janine Jaconelli
Executive Director
Willow Lodge Association
100 Blair Avenue, PO Box 249
Tatamagouche NS B0K 1V0
Tel: 902-657-3101
Fax: 902-657-3859

Please see attached Long Term Care Letter and Fact Sheet from NSHA and DHW.

Fact Sheet – https://www.willowlodge.ca/…/COVID-19-Fact-Sheet-Families.p…

Letter – https://www.willowlodge.ca/…/LTCResidentLetterCOVIDMar28.pdf