Important Coronavirus Information
At Benedictine Living Community – Ada, our priority is the health and wellness of our residents and associates. We know that the frail and elderly are especially susceptible to the coronavirus. That is why we have been doing all we can to prevent the spread of this virus onto our campus.
We are happy to say we will be welcoming visitors back on our campus beginning April 23. Our visitation policy complies with the current Minnesota Department of Health guidance.
All visitors must be screened for COVID-19 before their visit, wear a well-fitting face mask for the duration of their visit, maintain social distance from other residents and staff, practice good hand hygiene and remain in the resident’s room or designated visiting space. Visitors who have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days prior to their visit will not be allowed into the building. Your cooperation with these measures is greatly appreciated.
For the safety of all residents and their visitors and in compliance of the core principles of infection control, we will be asking Care Community visitors and Essential Caregivers to schedule their visits. Scheduling visits will allow all residents who want to have visitors to have the opportunity to host visitors. Visits will be scheduled through an App called Sign up Genius. To schedule, download the Sign Up Genius app or go to signupgenius.com and select find a sign up. Search for a sign up Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org. Hit search and click on guest visits and schedule your visit. Or you can just click on this link.
Face masks still required to be worn on our campus:
On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued good news for those who are fully vaccinated. If you are fully vaccinated (meaning that you have completed the full series of the vaccine and two weeks have passed since the last dose), the CDC says you can resume activities without wearing a face mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, or local law.
Unfortunately, healthcare is one of those exceptions in which wearing a face mask is still required except in certain circumstances. While face masks are required to be worn in most areas of our campus, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services does allow for fully vaccinated residents to visit in person with fully vaccinated visitors without wearing face masks and within close contact when in a private room or apartment. Face masks must be worn in common areas or when an unvaccinated person is in the room or area.
Employees who are fully vaccinated may remove their face masks in break rooms or meeting rooms when all present are fully vaccinated. All employees must continue to wear face masks and eye protection when in care or common areas.
If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination, the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available. Not sure where? Check out vaccines.gov, text your zip code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find a location near you. If you still have questions, please go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
We look forward to the day when COVID-19 is vanquished. Until then, we appreciate your cooperation as we comply with the requirements applicable to senior care facilities.
Benedictine Living Community-Ada is currently offering coronavirus testing weekly and as needed for residents and employees with symptoms. Testing enables us to better protect our residents and staff by identifying those who may be positive, but are not having any symptoms. Once identified, we can implement additional infection control measures quickly to better care for those who may be infected. We will post an update on our hotline – 218-784-5730 – if our testing identifies any new positive results.
We remain in close communication with our state and local health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps. All our employees are following the latest infection control protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our state and local health departments.
Infection Control Measures
Because the health and wellness of our residents and associates is our priority, we have implemented all recommended measures to prevent the spread of this virus on our campus. All our associates are following the latest infection control protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our state and local health departments. Because we have taken this situation very seriously, our campus has:
- Monitored and screened all our residents daily for symptoms, temperature and oxygen levels.
- Provided a face mask for residents to wear when staff are in their room or if they leave their room for any reason.
- Encouraged health care providers to use telehealth when possible.
- Screened all our associates for symptoms and temperature at the beginning of their shift each day. Associates are not allowed in the building if they are ill.
- Required all associates to wear face masks and face shields while providing care.
- Implemented enhanced infection control measures, including extra efforts to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building.
As we navigate this challenge, we are especially grateful for our dedicated caregivers, who are working tirelessly to ensure a clean, safe environment for all who live and work here. We all remain focused on providing exceptional care and services for all our residents.