Friday, April 3, 2020

To: All Lumacare Stakeholders
From:   The Senior Management Team at Lumacare  

On March 11, 2020, The World Health Organization announced that the world is being faced with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Lumacare’s main priority is to keep our clients, caregivers, staff, volunteers and all stakeholders safe and supported during this challenging time. We continue to align all of our actions with the directives of the World Health Organization (WHO), Toronto Public Health (TPH) and the Ministry of Health guidelines for Home and Community Care for COVID-19. 

After careful consideration, Lumacare made the difficult decision to cancel non-essential services effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020. A revised service provision was put in place and was applicable until Sunday, April 5, 2020. As an essential service provider, Lumacare has an extended service plan that is effective from Monday, April 6 to Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Our staff is actively working to provide essential support to our clients and the community at large. We are continuing to support our most vulnerable clients, many who do not have means  of accessing needed essential services and supplies. Based on clients’ needs, Lumacare will be offering most services free of cost or at significantly subsided rates.

We will continue to align our operations with the directives from our health authorities and will keep you updated as we learn more information.

Lumacare COVID-19 Amended Service Provision April 6 – May 3, 2020

Assisted Living Services 

Location: in-home/ face-to-face
Fee: $0

Respite Care

Location: in-home/in-person
Fee: $9.87 / hr

Personal Care

Location: face-to-face
Fee: $9.87 / hr

Grocery Basket Delivery

Location: face-to-face delivery
Fee: $10/basket 

Shopping Support

Location: face-to-face community delivery
Fee: cost of shopping items 

Laundry Service

Location: pick-up, wash and fold, and in-home delivery
Fee: $0

Comfort Package 

Location: in-home delivery of essential products from Lumacare donation centre
Fee: $0

Pharmacy/ Medication Delivery 

Location: in-home delivery
Fee: cost of medication

Medication Reminder Support 

Location: in-person and over the phone
Fee: $0

Security Checks 

Location: in-person and over the phone
Fee: $0

Wellness Checks/ Counselling 

Location: over the phone
Fee: $0

Meals on Wheels (regular lunch & extended dinner hours)

Location: in-person delivery
Fee: Entrée – $2.65, meal – $3.45

Home at Last (hospital discharge assistance – extended hours)

Location: hospital contact, transportation back to your home, in-home support
Fee: $0

Transportation Services (medical and dialysis rides)

Location: in the community, hand-in-hand
Fee: based on KM travelled

The following programs remain closed:

1. Adult Day Programs

  • G.L.O.W. Adult Day Program
  • B.O.O.S.T. Adult Day Program
  • R.I.S.E. Adult Day Program
  • HOPEWELL Adult Day Program
  • S.O.A.R. Adult Day Program
  • VALLEYVIEW Adult Day Program

2. SUNSET Overnight Respite Care

The following services are moved to virtual support or for essential supports:

3. Assisted Living Services

4. In-Home Services 

  • Personal Care
  • Respite Care

The following is available for you to access:

  1. 24/7 Live Response Line (416-398-5511)
  2. Information support through email (info@lumacare.ca)
  3. Facebook Social Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/200289047906885/)
  4. Live chat feature on our website 

Information:

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a respiratory infection that can range from mild to severe.

Symptoms include:

  • fever
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing

To help us to ensure the safety of yourself, our staff and the community we request that you report if you have any of the following risk factors:

  • If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
  • Have travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
  • Tested positive or been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Have had close contact with a person who is sick with respiratory symptoms
  • Have had close contact with someone who has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days 

We would like to assure you that you will still receive services. Having this information allows our care providers to wear necessary personal protective equipment to ensure their safety and mitigate the spread of this virus. To ensure that you remain safe we have a dedicated response team working to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and ensure our readiness daily.

Protect Yourself and Others:

The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses is to take everyday precautions:

  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water often
  • Wipe and sanitize your everyday high usage items (cell phones, etc.)
  • Ensure you are sneezing and coughing into your sleeve
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Practice social distancing and remain at home as much as possible
  • Stay home and rest if you are sick

If you experience any symptoms or think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, we encourage you to call Telehealth Ontario, contact your primary care provider or your public health unit through https://www.phdapps.health.gov.on.ca/phulocator/

If you are in a medical emergency call 911 immediately.

Telehealth Toll-free: 1-866-797-0000
Telehealth Toll-free TTY: 1-866-797-0007

Our staff remains available to address your needs 24/7.  

Call us at 416-398-5511 or email at info@lumacare.ca

We are here for you!

Susan Doyle
Executive Director