There are many ways we work together to protect your safety while you are at Providence Transitional Care Centre.
Help stop the spread of germs
- Wash your hands frequently
- Ask family and friends NOT to visit if they are ill
- Get the flu shot*
*Flu vaccines are available to patients in the fall. Visitors are encouraged to get their flu shot where it is available in the community.
The most important thing we can all do to prevent infection is to wash our hands regularly. Wall-mounted hand sanitizer pumps are available throughout the facility.
Wash your hands every time you:
- Enter and exit the facility, an inpatient unit or an inpatient room
- Enter and exit a washroom
- Blow your nose, cough or sneeze
- Get ready to eat or drink
- Finish eating or drinking
- Handle potentially-contaminated items (e.g. call bell, phone)
- Come in contact with another person, particularly if they are ill
Personal protective equipment
Anyone entering the room of an ill person (e.g. staff, visitors) is required to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (e.g. masks, gowns, gloves) for infection control purposes. Please speak to a member of the care team for assistance accessing personal protective equipment.
Every time you cough or sneeze you release small droplets through your mouth and nose. Infectious particles in the droplets of a cough/sneeze can make people sick.
- If you are not wearing a mask, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing/sneezing
- If a tissue is not available, cough/sneeze into the bend of your arm, not your hands
- Wash your hands every time you touch your nose or mouth
Upon admission, inpatients are assessed for falling risks. If an individual has a high risk for falling, the care team will ensure additional safety measures are put in place. Please speak with a member of the care team if you have concerns about your mobility.
If the care team identifies a patient is at risk of wandering off the unit, a Wanderguard bracelet will be worn to ensure their safety. If a patient approaches doors or elevators, an alarm will sound. Exits will lock to prevent them from unintentionally leaving the unit. It also stops them from using the elevator or stairs without supervision.
The Wanderguard bracelet is lightweight and discrete, and helps maintain dignity and independence.
In the event of an emergency, an Emergency Code will be announced overhead. Please pay attention to the announcement and follow directions provided for your safety. Staff and physicians are trained to respond to Emergency Codes.