Important Coronavirus Information
At Benedictine Living Community-Garrison, our priority is the health and wellness of our neighbors 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.
Face masks still required 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 areas.
If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination, the COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in our community. 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, go to www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information on the COVID-19 vaccine.
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-Garrison and The Meadows is providing COVID-19 testing to neighbors and staff monthly and as needed when symptoms arise. This testing helps to identify those who may have the virus and may not show symptoms so we can care for them and potentially limit transmission to others. If our testing identifies any new positive cases, we will update our COVID-19 hotline – 701-712-7265.
As we have since the beginning of the pandemic, we continue to monitor all neighbors and associates for signs and symptoms of the virus. We remain in close communication with our local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps to prevent the virus from spreading.
Benedictine Living Community-Garrison has hosted three vaccine clinics offering the COVID-19 vaccine to our neighbors and employees. As we wait for the vaccine to be available for all, we urge all to remain vigilant with wearing face masks, to wear them properly, to practice good hand hygiene and social distancing.
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.
Infection Control Measures
Because we have taken this virus seriously, we have implemented all recommended measures to prevent the spread of this virus on our campus, including:
- Providing face masks to all neighbors to wear whenever one of our staff is in their room or apartment. We encourage all neighbors to wear their face mask whenever they venture outside.
- Offering socially distanced meal service and activities.
- Restricting visitors to comply with North Dakota guidance for Phase III. All visitors are required to pass a health screening before entering.
- Encouraging health care providers to use telehealth.
- Screening 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.
- Requiring all associates to wear face masks and face shields while providing care.
- Implementing 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 neighbors.
Frequently Asked Questions
How are staff being screened for COVID-19, especially when they leave and re-enter the building?
We screen our employees for symptoms and check their temperatures daily prior to beginning their shifts. Those with symptoms or known exposure are instructed to self-quarantine at home and/or seek medical care. We encourage them to monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Why are your neighbors wearing masks?
Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our neighbors and staff. The latest infection control measure we have implemented is to provide a face mask for every neighbor. Neighbors are encouraged to wear the face mask anytime one of our caregivers is in their room or if they leave their room for any reason. They do not have to wear one while they are in their rooms. The CDC recommends wearing cloth face masks as a way to reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus.
Can I visit my parents?
Visitation hours are currently Monday – Sunday 10am – 4pm. Please call our home for specific visitation guidelines.
Is it okay for neighbor’s to order food delivery and/or for family to bring in food or drink to our front reception desk?
If food delivery is an integral part of the neighbor’s psychological well-being (ethnic food, comfort food etc.) it can be allowed providing the delivery person does not enter the community and calls ahead to arrange a drop-off time.
Can I drop off care packages or supplies for my parents?
Yes, we will gladly receive deliveries for our neighbors at the West door of our home, and our staff will take them to the appropriate neighbors’ room. Please call ahead of delivery to make arrangements for this to happen.
My dad enjoys walking around the campus. Can he still go outside?
Yes, our neighbors can go outside and walk or sit as long as they are safe in doing this activity. Neighbors need to remember to maintain the 6 foot distance from other neighbors.
Is my mom able to have her hair done?
Yes, our hair stylists are now permitted back in our home.
How can I protect myself?
Make sure you protect yourself and loved ones by using the following “best practice” infection prevention strategies every day:
- Wash your hands frequently (20 seconds of really washing well with soap and water – sing “Happy Birthday” twice). Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol is also acceptable.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or into your sleeve, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Stay home and get medical attention if you are feeling sick.
- When out in public, maintain a “social distance” which means stay a minimum of 6 feet away from anyone else.
We sincerely thank our neighbors, their families and our staff for their patience and dedication as we keep the safety, health and wellness of our neighbors and associates our top priority. Given the Coronavirus situation is changing frequently, we will be working hard to provide additional information on this page and through other communication methods as it becomes available.
Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. We’re here for you and your loved one!