Important Announcements

May 01, 2020

Covid 19 Care Update   – Sagewood

Good day to all our Family and Friends at Sagewood,

Firstly, Rosecrest Communities would like to send out our deepest sympathies to any family or friends in our community that were affected by the unthinkable acts of violence that occurred 2 weekends ago.  To see a great community come together to heal and show one another support amongst such a trying time is inspiring to us all. 

I would like to share with you that here at Sagewood there has been no positive cases of COVID-19.  We have strict guidelines that we are following from the Medical Officer of Health to keep our residents and staff safe.     

Our recreation staff have been scheduling video chats between families and residents and we are hearing nothing but positive feedback from these meetings. If you would like to schedule a meeting with your loved ones please email Janice.king@rosecrest.ca. Our recreation staff have been sending out a daily news letter and trialing a new site called the Canadian content from Activity Connection it has a ton of resources such as games puzzles, short stories etc… Small group exercises, scavenger hunts and hall ball are just a few of the activities that are being done on each cottage respecting social distancing guidelines. On a daily basis Recreation has a different challenge for the residents that are able to participate in this kind of activity such as Lexicons, word searches, crosswords etc..  Janice has organized a spa day where she washes hair, does nails and is planning on doing a photo shoot in the future. She is also bringing treats to residents, shooting little movies and taking pictures with funny sayings to make our residents smile. Volunteers have been calling in to say hi to some of our residents, which we really appreciate!

Our residents love music! Our Jammers have put together a DVD every week of them recording themselves singing and it is played on all cottages. This is bringing joy to our residents and we love it! We’ve also had people come play music outside in the courtyard.

The sun is shining, and spring is here! We are actively preparing for our upcoming switch to our summer meal menu which is always a hot topic and is something our residents always look forward to.  Residents are brought for a walk outside on nice days for them to enjoy the fresh air and at times have outside activities.

If anyone has any further questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call at 902 802-6261 or email Nadine.henwood@rosecrest.ca . Thank you all again for your continued support and patience during this time, stay safe.

Nadine Henwood

Director of Care, Sagewood


April 30, 2020

Covid 19 Care Update  – Magnolia

Good day to all our Family and Friends at the Magnolia,

Firstly, Rosecrest Communities would like to send out our deepest sympathies to any family or friends in our community that were affected by the unthinkable acts of violence that occurred 2 weekends ago.  To see a great community come together to heal and show one another support amongst such a trying time is inspiring to us all. 

I would like to share with you that here at Magnolia there has been a gradual positive shift in our resident’s everyday life.  I am happy to announce that as of today we continue to have no resident’s ill with Covid- 19 and our most recent positive staff member remains off work and recovering well.  We remain under the direction of public health and daily we are working hard at maintaining new processes and guidelines so that we keep everyone here healthy and safe.  

Our residents are seeing less isolation rooms and some routine practices being reinstated, and they absolutely love this!!  Our recreation staff have been scheduling video and window chats between families and residents and we are hearing nothing but positive feedback from these meetings.  We have had some families bring some beautiful homemade signs and balloons that have brought smiles to our residents faces as they look out the windows.  There has also been a steady display of sidewalk chalk art that is very enjoyable for our residents and a topic of conversation.  In keeping with good infection control measures and abiding by social distancing regulations we are also trying to bring back some activities such as 1:1 card games, Bingo and exercises for our residents. 

Our residents love music!  Recently we have added “Music of the day” for our residents to enjoy.  This is where we play a song overhead for the whole facility to hear that either a resident or staff have requested.  So, if you know of a song that you know your loved one would enjoy hearing, please contact us and we can make that happen!  Our recreation department is also working at trying to bring back some other music related programs so stay tuned for that.

The sun is shining, and spring is here! we are actively preparing for our upcoming switch to our summer meal menu which is always a hot topic and is something our residents always look forward to.  Gardening plans are also on their way as well so hopefully soon our residents will have another beautiful area they can look out to and enjoy. 

If anyone has any further questions or concerns please feel free to give me a call at 902 476 4665 or email taralee.walsh@rosecrest.ca.  Thank you all again for your continued support and patience during this time, stay safe.

Taralee Walsh

Director of Care, The Magnolia


April 23, 2020-Enfield, NS

Administrator’s Update

Hello Families and Friends,

Although all earlier cases have all been resolved, we want you to be aware that a Magnolia employee has reported a community acquired COVID-19 illness. The employee has been isolated and is recovering at home, and there has been no identified exposure to Residents at the Magnolia. Our employee only worked on one cottage as per our cohorting efforts to limit movement of staff. As per protocol, all families on that cottage were notified, and all staff have been made aware. We do not anticipate any significant staff shortages as a result of this positive test result.

We continue to be vigilant in our pandemic practices to assure that your loved one and our staff’s safety is our first priority. As our previous updates have indicated, we have been working through this pandemic with Public Health to ensure we are meeting all requirements issued by the Medical Officer of Health.

All Residents continue to be screened twice daily and all staff are screened upon reporting to work. Anyone with symptoms of any kind are reported to Public Health, and are screened for COVID-19.

If you have any questions pertaining to this, please do not hesitate to contact Taralee Walsh at taralee.walsh@rosecrest.ca or call at 902-476 4665. We will continue to keep you informed of the situation.

Thank you for your support,

Tracy Bonner BScN, RN

Administrator, Rosecrest Communities


April 8, 2020-Enfield, NS

Join our Pandemic Relief Team

Rosecrest Communities is currently accepting applications for our Pandemic Relief Team to assist/work in our three long-term care facilities in Nova Scotia: The Ivy Meadows in Beaver Bank, The Sagewoodin Sackville and the Magnolia in Enfield.

We are currently accepting applications for the following:

  1. RN Pandemic Relief
  2. LPN Pandemic Relief
  3. CCA, Care Assistants and Long-term Care Aids

Hours: Casual, Part-Time, 3 Month Term

Start Date: Immediately

Hours: Days, evenings, nights, weekends; many flexible options.

Please Note: Salaries for each role are determined by DHW funding, and commensurate with experience.

Previous housekeeping, food service/handling experience an asset.

Interested candidates please provide a resume and apply to: Angela.Fraser@Rosecrest.ca Thank you for your interest with Rosecrest Communities.


April 6, 2020-Enfield, NS

Administrator’s Update

Hello Families and Friends!

I know it has been awhile since our last update, my apologies for the delay. We have been keeping very busy here at the Magnolia with the flurry of activities necessary to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our home. Our priority is, as it should be, on the immediate needs of residents and staff safety.

To date, there are still two Residents and three staff that have tested positive. Everyone is continuing to recover and families of those individuals are kept up to date. There have been no new cases reported since those original cases. All Resident swabs came back negative and so far all staff swabs are negative. There are a few staff still awaiting results. All Residents are being screened twice daily and anyone with symptoms of any kind are reported to their attending physician and public health, and are screened for COVID-19. Families are made aware at the time.

We currently have no recreation or physiotherapy services, and limited occupational therapy services. We anticipate this will be reinstated next week. In an effort to contain the spread of this disease, we have many of our regular staff off so that we can ensure they are not affected. We have welcomed many nurses and caregivers into our home to care for the Residents including nurses from the Nova Scotia Health Authority, The VON, other nursing homes and agencies. The management team have spent a great deal of time orientating staff to the facility procedures and Residents to ensure continuity of care.

As part of the ongoing investigation by Public Health, they are contacting attendees at a celebration of life held at the Magnolia earlier in March, in the event there is any connection. These types of investigations take time, and we will update you once public health has concluded their investigation.

We are working to ensure safety first, and are hopeful that by next week, once we have more of our regular staff back, we can find creative ways to have families communicate with their loved ones living at the Magnolia.

Thank you to everyone who has sent thanks to the caregivers and well wishes, and to the community of Enfield for encouraging us and supporting us at this difficult time.

Tracy Bonner BScN, RN
Administrator, Rosecrest Communities


April 1, 2020 – Enfield, NS

Dear Friends and Family of Rosecrest,

After a few days of watching and waiting on testing, the Magnolia Continuing Care Community is breathing a collective sigh of relief (however brief) as we remain at only two residents diagnosed with COVID-19, with all other resident tests coming back as negative.

We have one additional staff member results coming back as positive to bring our total count to three staff members diagnosed with the virus. Those staff are isolating at home and we wish them a safe and speedy recovery.

We know this has been a harried time as you await hearing news on friends and loved ones living and working at Magnolia and we appreciate your kind wishes and concern. Our residents continue to persevere through this challenging period when they are a little more isolated from loved ones and familiar activities.

Testing of our remaining staff continues, but we have received two additional negative tests along with the previous count of seven. We will continue to update as tests come back from Public Health.

As many of our other staff remain in isolation for various reasons, we have worked together with our many partners including NSHA, Continuing Care, Department of Health and Wellness, VON and more to ensure staffing levels can allow for continued care of our residents.

Rosecrest is working to maintain vigilance in our best practices developed when dealing with this virus. The virus continues to dictate what our precautions look like, but we learn more each day through the expertise and knowledge gained from our peers in healthcare across the country.

We are far from through this, and your continued efforts to flatten the curve by enacting self isolation and social distancing only when necessary will go a long way towards keeping our community healthy.

Tracy Bonner BScN, RN
Administrator, Rosecrest Communities


March 31, 2020 – Enfield, NS

Dear Friends and Family of Rosecrest,

As of today, the Magnolia Continuing Care Community continues to hold at two staff members and two residents diagnosed with COVID-19. There is another resident who has presented with some cough symptoms and is being monitored. All residents at Magnolia have been swabbed and those tests have been submitted to Public Health. We await the test results over the coming days and will continue to share as we know more details.

Testing of the remaining staff continues as there are some that still remain in the queue. We want to applaud our staff for their efforts to maintain care of our residents in this unusual time. As many of our other staff are in isolation, we have worked together with the Department of Health and Wellness to ensure staffing levels can allow for continued care of our residents.

We also anticipate an additional supply of PPE for employees from the Department of Health to ensure continued protection of staff and residents as we work to contain the virus.

It is difficult knowing that some of the most vulnerable in our community are so close to this virus that has seemed so far away for so many months. We appreciate everyone’s efforts at continuing to flatten the curve by staying home. Our residents are coping well to this point and we appreciate your understanding that our primary focus is caring for our residents, and we are not always able to communicate with families beyond these daily updates.

Tracy Bonner BScN, RN
Administrator, Rosecrest Communities


March 30, 2020 – Enfield, NS

Dear Friends and Family of Rosecrest,

As of today, the Magnolia Continuing Care Community has two staff members and two residents from the same cottage who have tested positive for COVID-19. Public Health has now identified that community spread of the virus has happened in NS, therefore it is vital to continue following all guidelines to work towards flattening the curve of COVID-19.

We are happy to report that seven other tests from the initial case have turned out to be negative, but those individuals continue to be monitored. Our staff members and residents who have tested positive are managing well in isolation. We are working with Public Health officials to source replacement staffing while many are unable to return to work as they selfisolate to keep our community safe.

Rosecrest would like to thank the community and its members for positive thoughts and support as we navigate a unique situation. We are proud of our staff and the extended Rosecrest community in adopting measures to keep our residents and staff safe.

Tracy Bonner BScN, RN
Administrator, Rosecrest Communities


March 28, 2020 – Enfield, NS

Dear Friends and Family,

As of March 28, the Magnolia Continuing Care Community has one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff member has been isolated appropriately and is managing well. We are working with Public Health officials to determine if any resident or staff who were in close contact with this individual has been affected. We are taking full precautionary measures as directed by Public Health and we are working closely with the Department of Health & Wellness and Nova Scotia Health Authority to ensure the safety of all residents and staff. All families and staff have been notified of the situation.

Thank you for your continued support throughout this time. We are proud of our staff and the extended Rosecrest community in adopting measures to keep our residents and staff safe and will continue to ensure that we contribute towards flattening the curve.

Tracy Bonner BScN, RN
Administrator, Rosecrest Communities