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.
Benedictine Living Community-Ada has hosted vaccine clinics offering the COVID-19 vaccine to 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 these shots will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.
Until all are vaccinated, we encourage all to remain vigilant with wearing face masks, wearing them properly, practicing good hand hygiene and maintaining social distance.
Although we are unable to resume indoor visitation yet, we are making plans for when we can reopen for visits. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) requires us to restrict visitation until we have completed one round of COVID-19 testing without a new positive case. We will notify family as soon as we are able to resume indoor visitation. We deeply appreciate the sacrifices you are making to limit the impact of COVID-19 on our community.
Essential Caregiver, Compassionate Care and visits via technology are still available. Please contact us to schedule.
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.
- 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.
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.