Helping to keep our residents safe

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Submitted by Dundas Manor

Dara Ferguson has worked as a Registered Practical Nurse at Dundas Manor for more than 20 years. But she says she has never worked as hard as she has in the past 14 months. Dara has taken on a unique role, leading Dundas Manor’s infection control efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I love Dundas Manor and I love our residents,” she says. “It’s a home and we’re a family. We have the same values. I’m honoured that they trusted me with this important work.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dara has monitored the extensive public health directives and helped to ensure that staff are trained with everything from personal protective equipment to rapid testing. “Everyone has been so supportive. We all have the same goal – to keep everyone safe.”

“Dara was a great choice for this role because she has a lot of experience and knowledge,” explains Administrator Susan Poirier. “She has been part of our Infection Control Committee for many years, taken courses in wound prevention, and she supports Dundas Manor’s data collection to help individualize each resident’s plan of care.”

Most recently, Dara has coordinated the new rapid testing pod outside Dundas Manor. She helps to administer up to 80 tests each day for staff and essential caregivers. Dara will continue in her role for the foreseeable future and says she is excited.

“Infection control is so important and there is so much to monitor in long-term care. It’s been a great leadership opportunity.”

Thank you, Dara!

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