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Categories : Notes from our CEO

January 19, 2021

Photos of our employees receiving the COVID-19 vaccine are a welcome sight for all of us at Chartwell, as we have waited ten long months for this. We are grateful that retirement and long term care employees, residents, and essential caregivers are prioritized in the national rollout. I know some are skeptical about vaccinations in general, and some prefer to take a “wait and see” approach with this particular one; however, I believe that as the people who care for and serve the population most vulnerable to this virus, we must do all we can to protect them, including rolling up our sleeves as soon as we have an opportunity to do so. I strongly encourage everyone to get the shot as soon as they can. At this time, it is our best defense against the continued spread of the virus and will protect not only you, but also those you care for.

Vaccination is especially critical in the face of the growing community spread of this virus that continues despite the significant restrictions put in place in various provinces. Think about it - in the spring we were very worried when the daily national case count climbed to 1,000. Now, we are seeing daily case counts in the 8,000 range. To help flatten the curve, Ontario recently returned to a state of emergency with stay-at-home orders in place, and Quebec is now under a strict curfew. And still, despite the tremendous efforts of our staff, and the strict protective measures we have in place in our retirement residences and long term care homes, the higher the community spread, the more likely it is that the virus will get into our homes. There are just not enough tools to fully eliminate that risk. So, vaccination of our staff, residents, and essential caregivers has become even more critical than ever in saving lives.

I do believe that we are at the turning point of this pandemic. With vaccines being rolled out, and regular testing, including rapid testing becoming more available, I hope we will soon see case numbers start to decline, and we’ll begin our journey to the post-pandemic normal.

To our residents, their families, and to our employees - Thank you. For Everything.

The Chartwell Experience

RPN Sareh Kiaeipour from Chartwell Westmount Long Term Care Residence

What a special birthday gift at Chartwell Westmount Long Term Care Residence in Kitchener, Ontario, from Registered Practical Nurse Sareh Kiaeipour. Sareh wore her Ghasem-Abadi dress, handmade by her mother, to perform a traditional Iranian dance for Mary, a resident who loves music and dance.

“It is important to me to make sure my residents feel happy and loved. As well, it allowed me to show off a little of my culture that I am so very proud of,” Sareh says. “Other residents were smiling and clapping, looking so happy, so I decided to dance my way to the other end of the hall for all of my residents to enjoy. Of course, in my PPE and social distancing all the way.”

A Worthy Read

Black Edge. Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street” by Sheelah Kolhatkar. The author is a former hedge fudge analyst and a staff writer at The New Yorker. In this book she tells a fascinating story of billionaire trader Steven Cohen, the rise and fall of his hedge fund SAC Capital, and the largest insider trading investigation in history.

Vlad Volodarski
Chief Executive Officer