Friday, 15 January 2021

News Briefs from the January 2021


To say December was busy, would be an understatement! The month was full of good food and countless hours of fun and celebrations. December 24th, Santa made a virtual call and visited each resident’s room, with the help of Rudolph, 2 elves and Mrs. Claus. This was a wonderful experience that was certainly appreciated by our residents. They were delighted to see Santa, even if it was through a screen! To kick-off our New Year’s Eve celebrations, residents enjoyed a balloon drop at noon and kiss cookies with their supper, before enjoying the fireworks show. 


Visiting - Due to the provincial lockdown restrictions, only Essential Caregivers/End-of-life can enter to the home at this time. 

COVID-19 Vaccination – 59% of our staff have already received their first dose of Pfizer BIOTech vaccine in London at the Agriplex.  We have prepared for resident vaccinations and we expect the vaccine to be delivered in the upcoming weeks.  Essential Caregivers will be vaccinated after the residents.  

Universal Masking – on December 23, 2020, we initiated universal masking for everyone.  Residents are expected to wear masks in all common areas of the home as tolerated - while receiving personal care, when an essential caregiver or staff member are in the resident room, in the dining room until their meal has been delivered.


Effective February 1,2021, London Bridge has announced some leadership changes within the Huron County Programs.  Tamara Thompson, currently the Director at Relouw, will transition into the Director position at West Huron and Lynn Wareing, currently the Director of West Huron, will transition to Relouw as Co-Director.  We are sad to see Lynn leave West Huron however we are excited for the opportunity that awaits her.  On a positive note, Lynn has agreed to continue as a Director at Large on the Blue Water Rest Home Board. 


Blue Water Rest Home’s 56th Annual General Meeting will be held virtually this year on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021.  More details to follow. 


On behalf of everyone at West Huron Care Centre, we would like to extend a sincere thank you to our community, for your unwavering support and understanding during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Thank you for the generous donations and monetary contributions.  Your kindness and support is greatly appreciated, and does not go unnoticed. 

Thursday, 10 December 2020

News Briefs from the December 2020 Blue Water Rest Home Board Meeting…

Suspension of General Visitors

In November, Huron Perth moved into the Orange Protect Level of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework.  We have followed the Ministry of Long-Term Care and Huron Perth Public Health’s directive and suspended all indoor visitors. We are still offering the option for residents to enjoy virtual calls and window visits with family and friends.  Santa came early and everyone was able to enjoy a window visit and express some holiday spirit.  

Even though our holidays celebrations have looked different this year, December is going to be a busy month at Blue Water Rest Home celebrating the festive season.  

Virtual Family Christmas Dinner

Although this is a new concept, residents and their families have embraced the idea and have really enjoyed the opportunity for some family time.  We have two more upcoming Virtual Family Dinner’s on December 13th and December 20th.  

Other Holiday Seasons Events Planned

We plan on celebrating the holiday season all month long.  There will be festive crafts, happy hour, Advent, virtual entertainment, Ugly Sweater Friday’s, virtual concern with Craig Manning, target practice, along with many other games and activities.  The month will end with Santa’s Elves delivering gifts on December 24th and 2020 will go out with a bang with a Fireworks show on December 31st.  More details about the Fireworks will be posted on Facebook. 


We have been sharing our celebrations and successes on our Facebook page so please be sure to like us on Facebook @whccbwrh.  This will give you an opportunity to see the various activities, programs and celebrations happening under the roof at the West Huron Care Centre. 

Donation of an Enable Table

We are extremely grateful for the Zurich Has Beans hockey team, who generously donated an enable table from their social fund proceeds.  Our residents are enjoying it.  Thank you  to the Zurich Has Beans!

Season’s Greetings

On behalf of everyone at Blue Water Rest Home, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season! Despite the pandemic, we hope that you can still feel the joy of the season. 

Thursday, 12 November 2020

News Briefs from the November 2020 Blue Water Rest Home Board Meeting…

Remembrance Day

We take a moment to honour, reflect, and remember those who have gave and continue to give, the ultimate sacrifice.  Lest we forget.

Virtual Family Christmas Dinner

As we look ahead to our Family Dinner, we recognize that our celebrations will look, and may even feel different this year.  We know that regardless of hos we celebrate, we are committed to providing experiences that are deeply routed in connecting residents and loved ones, while celebrating the joy of the season.  

Family Dinner will be done virtually this year.  Families of each resident can schedule a virtual meal, where they can connect and celebrate together with their loved one, while enjoying good food and conversation.  Residents and families will connect with the other, using video calling technology (eg. Skype or Facetime).  Pre-registration is required for our Virtual Family Dinner.  BWRH Christmas Pudding can be pre-ordered and purchased too.

For more information, to register for your virtual meal, or to order Christmas Pudding, please contact Chelsey Passmore, Outreach and Programs Manager at or 519-236-4373 x 631.

Staff Service Awards

On September 28, 2020, we were proud to celebrate and recognize our staff reaching years of services milestones. 

Congratulations to:  Rachael Bryson (10 years), Joanne Stephen (10 years), Denise Dietrich (20 years), Elze Groot (20 years), Elaine Harburn (20 years), Brenda Sheppard (20 years), Carol Deichert (30 years), Brenda Grenier (40 years), and Cheryl Gelinas (45 years).  

We enjoyed good food, provided by Pine Ridge BBQ, the sharing of memories, and had lots of laughs during our Staff Appreciation Luncheon and Service Awards.  

Tractor Donation

Blue Water Rest Home was the recipient of a generous donation from the Derik Whiting Foundation in January 2020 to be put towards property maintenance.  With this donation, a new tractor was purchased in October 2020.  We are extremely appreciative for this generous donation.  

Blue Water Rest Home is a Non-Profit Charitable organization and donations of $10 and greater are receipted and $500 and greater are recognized on a Donor Plaque.  

Saturday, 17 October 2020

News Briefs from the October 2020 Blue Water Rest Home Board Meeting…

New Virtual Family Christmas Dinner

As we look ahead to the holiday season, we recognize that our celebrations will look, and even feel different this year.  One thing we have learned, is that we are adaptable and capable of successfully navigating our ever-changing normal. 

We have begun to plan our annual Family Dinner where families can sign-up to share a virtual Family meal with their loved one (Sunday’s starting Nov 15th-Dec 20th).  Details are being shared with families.  

Our goal is to support a meaningful opportunity for families and loved ones to connect, while ensuring a safe environment.  We are looking forward to the Virtual Family Dinner, and appreciate the support and understanding of the community as we navigate this new opportunity.  

Virtual Memorial Service

We are currently planning our Memorial Service, which like many other things, will look different this year.  We will video the service on October 22, 2020, then send to families.  We will not have any guests attend the services in-person.  Dianne Loerchner, Board Member has agreed to host the service.  Residents will form an honour guard, socially distanced, while we walk our Memorial Flowers through the guard.  After the video is complete, we will share it with residents and post to our Facebook page.

Flu Clinics 

We have planned our Resident and Staff Flu Clinics to take place before for the end of October.  Outreach Community Flu Clinic will be held, but date is to be determined.  The most effective way to decrease complications and reduce the impact of the flu is to get the flu shot.

Blue Water Rest Home is a Non-Profit Charitable organization and donations of $10 and greater are receipted and $500 and greater are recognized on a Donor Plaque.  

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

News Briefs from the September 2020 Blue Water Rest Home Board Meeting…

Visiting at Blue Water Rest Home


Visitors welcome!

We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back in to BWRH, as of September 15, 2020, in a more traditional way. Scheduling of Indoor Visits is no longer required. Each resident may have up to two visitors at one time during visiting hours. Daily Visiting Hours are 9:30-11:00 am, 1:30-4:00 pm, and 6:30-8:30 pm

*All General Visitors must attest to a negative COVID-19 test result in the past 14 days, successfully pass screening upon entry, adhere to hand hygiene practices, wear a surgical mask for duration of the visit (supplied by BWRH), and leave all non-perishable items for residents in the drop-box. Upon arrival of your first visit, you will receive a ‘Indoor and Outdoor Visiting Policy’, that provides all the necessary details and guidelines that pertain to indoor visitors.  

Outdoor Visits will continue if weather permits. Our goal is to provide as much notice of cancellations as possible; however, we may need to cancel without notice if weather changes quickly.  

We are approaching the new directive with caution, as we transition into the next phase, to ensure the safety our residents and staff remains priority. 

Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we navigate these changes.

Christmas Celebrations

Like many things this year, Christmas is going to look a little different because of COVID-19.  We are looking at ways to do things differently so that we can still celebrate the joy of the Christmas season.  While we await further direction from the Ministry, we will begin brainstorming ideas in the coming weeks and we will provide residents, their families, and our supporters with updates in a timely manner.

Foot Care Provider

Our new Foot Care provider, James Miles, will run his first community clinic on September 15th and 21st, then run BWRH clinics one day per week from September 28th-October 19th.  If community members are interested in attending the community clinic, please contact Stacy 519-236-4373 x 632.

Blue Water Rest Home is a Non-Profit Charitable organization and donations of $10 and greater are receipted and $500 and greater are recognized on a Donor Plaque.  

Saturday, 15 August 2020

News Briefs from the August 2020 Blue Water Rest Home Board Meeting…

Visiting at Blue Water Rest Home 

We resumed indoor visiting at Blue Water Rest Home in late July and it has been wonderful seeing so many familiar faces.  Our commitment was to approach this with great caution and evaluate the process on an ongoing basis.  The safety of residents, staff, and visitors remains our priority.     

To Schedule Indoor & Outdoor Visits 

Email or call 519-236-4373 x 640 and leave a voicemail.      


As a reminder, indoor visitors must verbally attest that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the two previous weeks.  

Virtual and Window Visits

Where an in-person visit is not possible, virtual and window are welcome.  

Blue Water Rest Home is a Non-Profit Charitable organization and donations of $10 and greater are receipted and $500 and greater are recognized on a Donor Plaque.  

Saturday, 18 July 2020

News Briefs from the July 2020 Blue Water Rest Home Board Meeting…

ANNOUNCEMENT - Outreach and Programs Manager
We are pleased to announce that Chelsey Passmore joined our team as Outreach and Programs Manager on July 13, 2020.  Chelsey brings a variety of frontline and management experience from the health and social services sectors that will assist her in this dynamic role.  She has connections to long-term care, community and support services and has provided community health teaching and promotion.  Chelsey and her family reside in Exeter and she is excited to be working in a leadership role in her neighbouring community.

On behalf of everyone at Blue Water Rest Home, we want to thank Patty Groot for 35 years of dedication to the organization.  Patty has been an instrumental member of the leadership team overseeing Programs, Community Support Services and Outreach.  Patty’s last day with us is July 30, 2020 and will support Chelsey’s orientation.  We wish Patty the best wherever this next chapter takes her.

Update to Visits at LTCH's 
On July 15, 2020, the Premier announced an Update to Visits at Long-Term Care Homes.  Indoor visits will not take effect until July 22, 2020 and we will communicate our plan to resident families on July 21, 2020 to make sure indoor visits are meaningful and safe for residents, staff, and visitors and comply with ministry guidelines.
Outdoor Visits - effective July 15, 2020 - COVID-19 testing for outdoor visits is no longer required but visits still need to be screened, physically distance, wear face coverings, maximum of two visitors at a time and schedule visits by emailing 
Virtual visits and window visits are available if unable to schedule an in-person visit.

Staff Surveillance Testing
All Blue Water Rest Home employees and contracted service providers were tested twice in the month of June.  We are pleased to report that we had 100% compliance and NO COVID-19 was detected.  Testing will be taking place every two weeks until further notice and we are working hard to make testing as accessible as possible by offering testing during work shifts, to avoid staff from having to come in on their day off. 

Our Continued Appreciation
We want to express our continued gratitude to our many friends and supporters in the Zurich and area community for their contributions and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We are blessed to work in such an amazing community during these unprecedented times. 

Blue Water Rest Home is a Non-Profit Charitable organization and donations of $10 and greater are receipted and $500 and greater are recognized on a Donor Plaque.