Herb Garden Update

Linda’s herb garden that she planted last week decided it was high time yesterday to let us know her green fingers are working.

Here’s to the first of many herbs that we will hopefully see grow!

Way to go Linda 🙂


Letter from Honourable Kelly Regan Minister of Community Services

April 23, 2020

To those staff who support DSP participants:

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our workers in both residential and community settings who are supporting individuals with disabilities.

Whether it’s supporting participants in small option homes, larger settings, or alternate family settings, you continue to provide care and services that participants depend and rely on. Your expertise and commitment provide important and appreciated supports for many vulnerable Nova Scotians during this challenging time.

I know you continue to go to work every day because you care about the people you help. You’ve always provided extraordinary care for our participants but even more so now. For that, I and many other Nova Scotians are most grateful.

Thank you for your compassion and your commitment. Your dedication has not gone unnoticed.


Honourable Kelly Regan
Minister of Community Services

Click on the link here to see the letter from the minister.

Looks like we have a great teacher amongst us!

Not only is Brian playing tunes on the Ultimate Online Nova Scotia Kitchen Party, he’s now decided he wants to teach some of us to play the guitar too 😉 Diane has wanted to learn to play for a while now so no time like the present! 🎸 Maybe we will get her to play a tune 😎 in the future.

Planting a little herb garden to pass the time

We may be restricted from doing many of the normal daily activities of life at this moment in time but we can still plant a little herb garden 🙂

Today Linda and Diane decided today was the day to plant their very own herb garden. We can’t wait to see how it turns out.

We’re all in this together


We are

Stronger together!

Sharing a special message from our Cumberland South MLA Tory Rushton


I hope everyone at Sunset are doing well. I just wanted to drop a quick note to say hello to everyone and let them know I am thinking of them and thank staff for their commitment during these unchartered times.

Although out of my constituency, I have a special place in my heart for Sunset and everything it represents and commits to our society.

If there is anything I can do for you at this time, please feel free to ask.

Please stay safe and I look forward to a visit when we get past this part of 2020.


Tory is a huge supporter of Sunset, and we are appreciative to have his commitment to us at this time.

Thanks to Tory!!!!

Update to Family Members


April 13, 2020

Update to Family Members:

Message re: Sunset Community’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response

As you are aware, the COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly and we are now seeing community spread. We want to reassure you that we are working daily to keep residents and staff safe.  Our Sunset Community programs and residences have been closed to all visitors since March 13th, 2020.  As well, we have stopped any non-essential community outings for our clients.  There have been many additional activities provided in-center, as well as education and support to help everyone understand the reasons why these restrictions are necessary.

We have implemented many new measures and processes over the past month, examples of preventative measures in place include, but are not limited to: increasing our cleaning and sanitation practices, education to all employees and clients regarding social distancing, hand hygiene and proper cough and sneeze etiquette.  Staff have also been educated on and supported to implement infection control practices that are aimed at decreasing both the incidence and spread of COVID-19 amongst our clients.

We have limited activities and dining to each separate cove area, and have staff working in one specific area to help prevent the spread of germs throughout. There has been an increased focus on continuing to hire and orientate new staff in all departments to ensure adequate staffing levels are in place.

All clients have been screened twice daily for elevated temperatures and other COVID-19 and ILI symptoms for several weeks.  Additionally, employees are being screened daily for symptoms, and temperatures are being checked upon arrival to work.  Any ill staff members are staying home. A separate Isolation Area has been created for any individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 to reduce the chances of the illness spreading to unaffected clients and to ensure clients receive any extra supportive care that may be required as they recover from their illness.

Effective April 14th, all employees will be provided with masks each day, as has been implemented in Acute Care and Long-term Care.  This measure will help prevent the spread of the virus. As of today, there are no residents or staff of the Sunset Community who have tested positive for COVID-19.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 902-243-2571 ext. 222 or email jhoeg@sunsetcommunity.ca.  Additional updates will be provided on our website www.sunsetcommunity.ca

Take care,

Julie Hoeg

CEO- Sunset Community

Reducing the spread of Coronavirus



Together we will beat this!

Protecting the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Disability Support Program Participants During Pandemic



Protecting the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Disability Support Program Participants During Pandemic

Protecting the Health, Safety and Well-Being of Disability Support Program Participants During Pandemic
Bridgetown, April 1 – 2020 – Diverse Ability organizations from across the province are working hard to keep their residents safe during the
COVID-19 pandemic and to adjust to the restrictions imposed under the Public Health Act. Through implementing best practice infection control
procedures and other prevention measures, to increasing leisure and recreation programs and using technology to maintain important family
connections, they are doing everything possible to keep their residents healthy and safe and to make life as normal as possible.

“We are doing so many innovative things to keep our vulnerable residents safe during these diffi cult times,” says Joyce d’Entremont, CEO
of the Meadows Community in Bridgetown and Chair of Diverse Abilities NS. “We have implemented pandemic planning activities across
our organizations, increased screening of staff and resident symptoms, increased staffi ng to provide extraordinary cleaning and sanitation
measures, are educating our residents on proper hand hygiene, social distancing, and cough/sneeze etiquette, and we are complying with
mandatory visitor closures. Additionally, regular staff education is an important part of our prevention measures.”

Julie Hoeg, CEO of the Sunset Community in Pugwash and Vice-Chair of Diverse Abilities NS, adds the second priority focus has been reimagining
social and recreational programming and helping residents to understand why preferred activities, such as community outings and
visits, are not possible at this time.

“Social inclusion and participation in local community are fundamental tenets of everything we do in our sector, so we are being very creative
in supporting our residents adjust to the changes arising from the pandemic situation and make life as normal as possible,” says Hoeg.

Examples of these creative measures include:

• Employment/day programs being offered to small groups (under 5 people).
• In-house canteens/mini convenience stores to replicate shopping options.
• Walking programs and fun activities, like treasure hunts, on facility properties.
• Scenic drives for residents wanting to go on an “outing.”
• Indoor exercise programs (such as incumbent bikes, indoor gym equipment) to help reduce stress and anxiety.
• Small group activities, such as trivia, karaoke, crafts and hymn sings.

Additional efforts have also been undertaken to keep families and friends in touch with their loved ones through the use of technology, such as
Facetime and Skype, as well a regular phone calls.

The organizations have also taken steps to ensure they are continuing to meet the needs of participants receiving services in community
programs and that they are being supported with coping with the required isolation that all Nova Scotians are currently experiencing. Staff
from regular day programs and social enterprises have been redeployed to provide extra assistance and ensure adequate staffi ng is in place.

“Recognizing and supporting our staff is also critically important during the pandemic,” says d’Entremont. “They are the unsung heroes whose
commitment to provide high quality care and support to some of Nova Scotia’s most vulnerable citizens is unwavering.”

Diverse Abilities NS is a membership-based association comprised of organizations who provide a continuum of progressive services and
supports that are designed to empower people with diverse abilities to make their own choices, participate in decision-making, and to be
contributors to and participate in their local community. Collectively, the members of Diverse Abilities NS serve more than 600 individuals with
moderate to severe intellectual and physical disabilities, chronic mental illness, addictions and acquired brain injuries.




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