Resident Services Update (Oct 28)

Dear Families and Residents,  Happy Halloween! As we approach Oct 31st, we will have a bit of fun around Nimi Nikkei Home with costumes and some treats for the residents. We had a successful Covid Booster/Flu Clinic on Oct 17th. I wanted to thank all the staff and residents for their patience, support and work that needed to be done to put this clinic on for 57 residents in one day. It’s a tremendous undertaking by the staff led by Tara and Yoko and with the Save on Foods Pharmacists that made the process smoother.  Here is what’s happening around Nimi Nikkei Home  Next Food Council Meeting set for Nov […]

Resident Services Update (Sept 20)

As we head into the fall season, the weather is cooling down, and the autumn leaves are starting to change.

Heat Warning – Resident Services Update (July 25)

We are working hard to keep your loved one as cool as possible during this heat wave.

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 Dear Residents and Families,  The summer has finally arrived, and we have seen some consistently great weather to enjoy our beautiful scenic terrain. Next week, the forecast calls for above 30 C temperatures for an extended duration. Our leadership team is closely looking at our heat wave protocols that could go into effect. What does this mean, and what are we doing?  Ensure that resident A/C units and fans are operating.  Ensure that all our common room A/C units operate at full capacity.  De-hydration prevention supplies i.e. bottled water, popsicles, cooling clothes  Hydration stations on each floor.  Menu changes – alternative spicy, hot, oily fried foods to cooler options.  Temperature […]

Resident Services Update (April 8)

Dear residents and families:  Spring is in full swing, and the cherry blossoms were in full bloom along Southoaks Crescent for the past two weeks. I hope everyone had time to enjoy a scenic walk along the street under the cherry blossom trees. Along with the change in season are many changes to Nikkei Home and the province of BC. The Consul General of Japan is once again hosting a number of our residents to Ohanami-kai Luncheon on April 12, 2022. After 20 years, Hi Genki is leaving the Nimi Nikkei Home. This means that there will be changes. Nikkei Seniors is working closely with Hi Genki, and its team […]

Resident Services Update (Nov 26)

Dear Residents, Families and Friends,  I hope you are well and safe, especially those who may be affected by the recent flooding in Abbotsford/Chilliwack. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. This year has been challenging between the fires, extreme heat and now the floods. Resilience is the word we think of when we think of our beautiful British Columbia. If anything, these trying times continue to show us that we are strong and that we as a province and community continue to show up to support each other.  As a reminder, November is Falls Prevention Month. Click here to download the resource document for everyone to utilize. […]

November Updates

Dear Residents, Families and Friends, Remembrance Day is quickly approaching, and it’s essential to recognize and commemorate the brave men and women who fought to defend our freedom. In addition, this year is also the 100th anniversary of the poppy, and the Royal Canadian Legion is encouraging all Canadians to mark the anniversary by wearing a poppy. National Senior Safety Week November 6-12 is National Senior Safety Week in Canada, an initiative of the Canada Safety Council (CSC). As part of its mandate to keep Canadian Seniors healthy, independent and safe, the CSC raises awareness on a series of topics of concern to seniors, including fall prevention, drug safety, elder abuse and driving. […]

October Updates at Nimi Nikkei Home

Dear Residents, Families and Friends, We are now well into the fall season, the leaves are changing colour, and the weather and temperature are cooling off. With more rainy days ahead, it means more time inside and bringing out fall sweaters and jackets. Please keep yourself heated, cozy and safe. We have a few new announcements and changes at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home. Starting Oct. 12th, all staff are required to be fully vaccinated, or single dose with scheduled second dose with 35 days. Continue daily rapid testing will continue for those staff that are partially vaccinated. Also starting Oct. 12th, visitors are required to be fully vaccinated to enter […]

Welcome Hiromi to the Team

Please join us in welcoming our new Manager of Resident Services, Hiromi Hasegawa, MD, PhD.

Updates happening at Nimi Nikkei Home

Dear Residents, Families and Friends, As we have entered the 4th wave with new variants, and the summer is coming to an end. Here are some updates that are happening at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home: 1) Communal Dining experience, we are removing the signs, no cohorts, and no limits to sitting. However, we still need to have the first and second seating to allow for space. 2) Food Committee will resume starting Sept 16th, please sign up if you’re interested in participating. Our Dietitian Suzanne Quiring, Megan Matsuda from Hi Genki and myself will be there. 3) Starting Oct 12th, as per the Provincial Health Order and Fraser Health Authority, […]

Update to Families and Friends

Dear Families and Friends, As the Delta Variant of Covid-19 continues to circulate in the larger community, we would like to remind everyone to be vigilant. Although Nikkei Home has exceptionally high immunization rates, we must remember that the immune systems of older adults are not as robust as those of younger community members. Studies are showing that even fully vaccinated individuals can spread virus to others. Vulnerable seniors and others with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of illness even when fully vaccinated. We are asking all family and friends to ensure that if you are exposed in any way or are feeling unwell (headache, runny nose, fatigue, or any of the other […]

Heatwave Preparedness Plan

In response to the heat wave impacting our region, we have put several measures in place as part of our emergency Heat Wave preparedness plan, to ensure the health and safety of our residents.

Changes to Visitation Guidelines and Single Site Order Effective July 19

Dear Families and Residents, We are pleased to inform you that the BC Ministry of Health and Public Health Office announced it will be easing restrictions in relation to visitation guidelines and single site order, effective July 19, 2021. While we will continue to follow all Public Health guidelines and directives – including hand hygiene, physical distancing and masking – these changes will greatly benefit residents and their family members. Below are highlights of the key changes that are being made: Visitation Changes: No longer required to schedule visits in advance. No limit to the number of visitors as long as it aligns with site capacity to support resident needs […]

Update to Families & Friends

Dear Families and Friends, I hope you are enjoying the first few days of June! Summer will be here in no time, and we are all looking forward to spending more time outdoors with our loved ones. We are beginning to see some easing of restrictions in some areas and a downward trend in case counts, and this is wonderful and welcomed news. We are hopeful that we are nearing the end of the third wave of the pandemic and that we will continue to head in the right direction. Changes to Hair Salon – We are excited to bring back our Hair Salon Specialist. Please contact the Team Leader […]

Social Visits Update: Effective April 1

Dear Families and Friends, With Dr. Bonnie Henry announcing last week new guidelines to visitation at Long Term and Assisted Living in BC. Nikkei home is working extremely hard in putting in place these changes to ensure the Health and Safety of our residents and staff. Furthermore, our community cases are climbing rapidly, and we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to work together to keep everyone safe. Dr. Henry acknowledges that the changes to Long Term Care and Assisted Living facilities will increase the risk of outbreaks. However, the consensus working with BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA), Provincial Health of BC and Fraser Health Authority is that the benefit of more family interaction […]

Update to Families

Dear Families of Nimi Nikkei Home: We are encouraged to hear about the potential loosening of visitation restriction from Dr. Bonnie Henry heading into spring break. Also, BC has begun Phase 2 vaccination rollout and should have 400,000 people immunized by mid-April. However, COVID-19 and the new mutated variants are still very much a threat and in our communities. It is essential to remain cautiously optimistic and continue to follow our provincial and regional health directives to maintain the progress we have all made together. To preserve resident and staff safety, the following changes are put in place effective immediately. Resident Movements Clarification to Essential and Social Visits: Visitors in […]

Letter to Families of Nimi Nikkei Home

Originally sent to families on February 24, 2021 Dear Families of Nimi Nikkei Home: Thank you for looking after yourselves so well and for your ongoing support of all of us at Nimi Nikkei Home. As you probably heard, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix announced a new order effective at 10:00PM November 7, 2020. These changes have been extended indefinitely from Provincial Health as we continue to see the new variants pop out in our province. We have reviewed what general information is available. To maintain resident and staff safety, the following changes are put in place effective immediately. RESIDENT MOVEMENTS – Clarification to Essential Visits Visitors in […]

Update to Families

Update to Families: January 29, 2021

Update to Families

Dear Families of Nimi Nikkei Home: Thank you for looking after yourselves so well and for your ongoing support of all of us at Nimi Nikkei Home. You may have seen on the news that Health Canada has approved the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. We are not sure how Fraser Health will be rolling out the vaccine to you, our beloved residents. However, we have been told it will most likely be sent out to Assisted Living homes in batches or an Outreach Clinic at Nikkei Home. It will also be a quick turn around time once we are given notice that our home is “on the list” to receive the vaccine. […]

Update to Families

Week of November 9, 2020 [Updated: November 30] Dear Families of Nimi Nikkei Home: Thank you for looking after yourselves so well and for your ongoing support of all of us at Nimi Nikkei Home. Please help me in welcoming Jay Haraga, Executive Director.  He started work on Monday, November 2.  As you probably heard, Dr. Bonnie Henry and Minister Adrian Dix announced a new order effective at 10:00 PM November 7, 2020.  These changes will remain in effect until December 7, 2020, 12 pm.  We have reviewed what general information is available.  To maintain safety of the residents and staff the following changes are put in place effective immediately. RESIDENT […]

Letter to Families, Friends & Supporters

To: Family Members, Friends & Supporters of Nikkei Seniors Health Care & Housing Society 2020 has been a very unusual year due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has occurred.  As a Society that provides care to residents at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home (RNNH), New Sakura-so (NSS), and offering Outreach Programs, we along with everyone throughout the world have not been immune to the impact that this pandemic has brought.  You have been kept abreast of the restrictions brought to our residences and programs through Cathy Makihara’s regular notices.  We are grateful for your understanding for all the adjustments you have had to make in your relationship with your family member.  Despite the […]

Letter to Families

Dear Families of Residents at Robert Nimi Nikkei Home, Many weeks have gone by since the restrictions brought on by the outbreak of the coronavirus began. We have all lost the personal visits with friends and relatives,  and it is a very sad and frustrating experience not to be able to see our loved ones. For the friends and relatives of residents of the Robert Nimi Nikkei Home, knowing the isolation that your loved one must feel adds to your concern about their well-being. But let me assure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure that they are not only healthy, but comfortable.  We know you are trying to keep […]

COVID-19 Prevention (Update): New Changes to Meals & Activities

Dear Community, Thank you for your kind thoughts and support over the last few weeks. This is a brief update. Our Home continues to operate in a Prevention Phase to promote infection control for COVID-19. All the restrictions from past updates are still in effect. Please consider this a continuation of last week’s update.  If there has been a change it will be indicated as NEW.  Last week we started the delivery of meals to suites. We have found this to be busy and challenging but all have risen to finding ways to get meals out quicker and to personalize this experience as best we can. From setting up residents – delivering meals […]

COVID-19 Prevention at Nimi Nikkei Home (Updated)

Dear Families of Nimi Nikkei Home, Our Home is currently in a Prevention Phase to promote infection control for COVID-19 and we have expanded infection control steps since the week of April 6, 2020.  Please consider this a continuation of last week’s update. Nimi Nikkei Home has implemented new measures to meet the CLASS ORDER (Registered Assisted Living Facilities) re: COVID 19 from the Ministry of Health and Fraser Health Authority dated April 9, 2020. If there has been a change it will be indicated as NEW. *FHA=Fraser Health Authority NEW – All meals will be delivered to suites starting April 14. For residents who it has been determined by the […]

Letter to Families: Update on COVID-19 Prevention at Nimi Nikkei Home

Dear Families of Nimi Nikkei Home, Our Home is currently in a Prevention Phase to promote infection control for COVID-19 and we have expanded infection control steps since the week of March 30, 2020.  Please consider this a continuation of last week’s update.  If there has been a change it will be indicated as NEW. *FHA=Fraser Health Authority The situation with the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to evolve rapidly. Our top priority at Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society is the health and safety of our community. Please note the following changes we are making in response to the rising concern of the coronavirus. NEW – Video Conferences to […]

COVID-19 and Visiting Nimi Nikkei Home

Nimi Nikkei Home is monitoring closely for any sign of the COVID-19 virus and has implemented preventative measures.  The number one priority at Nikkei Seniors Health Care and Housing Society is the health and wellbeing of our seniors, staff, volunteers, and community. We are vigilantly monitoring COVID-19 developments, and have implemented preventative measures. We ask the public, family and friends to follow these guidelines: When you visit Nimi Nikkei Home: Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently Practice careful respiratory etiquette including using a tissue and coughing or sneezing into your sleeve. Visit only your loved one. Please do not come to visit or enter the building in the […]