Important Coronavirus Information
March 4, 2021
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 excited as our COVID-19 vaccination program for our residents and employees continues. We have hosted two vaccine clinics for our residents and employees. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19. It is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. Getting this vaccine will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.
- Everyone will need two injections with a specific time in between (21 or 28 days depending on the vaccine) for the vaccination to be effective.
- If an individual has had COVID-19, they should still get the vaccine.
- Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the shot, but you cannot be infected by COVID-19 through the shot. It’s important that everyone receive both injections.
As we wait for all to receive the vaccine, we urge everyone to remain vigilant with wearing face masks and wearing them properly, to practice good hand hygiene and to maintain social distance.
We have welcomed visitors back to our community! Our ability to welcome visitors into the building would not have been possible without the incredible commitment and dedication of our associates, who have worked tirelessly to manage the risks of COVID-19 by providing compassionate care and support to our residents during this difficult time.
It is important to understand that we have specific criteria that we must meet in order to welcome visitors into our building. First, our campus must have been free from COVID-19 infections for 14 days. In addition, we are required to consider a variety of other factors such as the level of COVID-19 in our county, the availability of hospital beds, our access to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE), and our ability to continue to mitigate COVID-19 risks before opening our building to visitors.
Please note – if we have a resident test positive for COVID-19, have an associate who worked while infected with COVID-19, or if the other factors listed above indicate a significant increase in the risk of exposure to COVID-19, we will need to return to restricted visitation. We will post an update if we are required to change our visitation requirements.
As with our outdoor garage visits and our essential caregiver visits, all indoor visits will need to be scheduled as we are required to limit the number of visitors in our building for the safety of all. In addition, all visitors will be required to:
- Be screened for symptoms and temperature prior to entering. Visitors are not allowed to enter if ill.
- Bring and wear a surgical grade face mask and eye protection at all times and practice good hand hygiene.
- Limit their visit to a designated area within our building.
- Limit physical contact (hugs, kisses, handshakes, etc.) to continue protecting everyone from potential virus transmission.
- Maintain a social distance of six feet from other residents and staff.
- Honor scheduled visit times and leave promptly at the end of appointments.
Please know that there is some COVID-19 risk even in these protected situations. Visitors are required to abide by these policies in order to continue to have visiting privileges.
- We will be scheduling all visits for Care Community through an App called Sign up Genius. Open signupgenius.com/find a sign up, Search for a sign up Katie.email@example.com
Hit search and click on guest visits or use this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4EACAB23A4FDC16-guest.
- We will be limiting visits to twice a week, which will allow us to accommodate visitors for all residents who desire them. This may change as we move through the process.
- Please call 784-5500 and ask for Katie Tritz. If unavailable please leave her a voicemail. Her hours are 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Benedictine Living Community-Ada is providing our residents and employes regular COVID-19 testing and as needed when symptoms arise. This testing helps to identify those who may have the virus and many not show symptoms so we can care for them and potentially limit transmission to others. We will post an update on our hotline – 218-784-5730 – if our testing identifies any new cases.
We will continue to monitor all for signs and symptoms of illness as we have since the beginning of this pandemic.We remain in close communication with our state and local health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps.
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.
Beginning in March, we implemented all recommended guidance from the CDC, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and our state and local health departments to protect our residents and staff. 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.
- Adjusted our meal service to provide nutritious meals appropriately socially distanced.
- Restricted visitors to only essential health care and compassionate care situations, such as end of life. Those individuals were required to pass a health screening before entering.
- 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.
In spite of the restrictions, we’ve also been creative in offering social and spiritual activities to keep spirits up. We encourage friends and family to keep in touch through mail, e-mail and/or video chat.
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.