Important Coronavirus Information
January 11, 2021
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.
For the latest updates, please check our COVID-19 hotline at 701-712-7265.
Benedictine Living Community-Garrison and The Meadows is providing weekly COVID-19 testing to neighbors weekly and staff. 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.
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.
We are offering scheduled indoor visits once again. The visits will be offered Monday – Sunday. Visit time frames are scheduled in one hour blocks between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All visits must be scheduled ahead of time and Saturday and Sunday visits will need to be scheduled no later than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before. For additional visitation guidelines or to schedule a visit, call Karlene or Cassidy at 701-463-2226. We also resumed limited communal dining and small group activities.
January 7 was an exciting day! We offered the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations is to our employees and neighbors on Jan. 7. 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. Details on the vaccinations:
- There will be no cost to neighbors or our associates for the shots.
- 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 the vaccine for all, we must continue to remain vigilant with wearing our masks and wearing them properly, practicing good hand hygiene and maintaining our social distance.
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!