Important Coronavirus Information
At Benedictine Living Community-LaMoure, our priority is the health and wellness of our residents and employees. 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.
Thanksgiving Holiday Visitation:
This Thanksgiving, we welcome you to come and visit your loved one. As we shared last week, new visitation guidance was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). We share those details below, but here are a few answers to some questions you may have because of our COVID-19 outbreak status:
- You may come and visit with you loved one at any time for any amount of time but we ask that you and your loved ones wear a face mask throughout your visit, regardless of your or your loved one’s vaccination status.
- Unfortunately, we cannot offer a meal to visitors as that would require you to remove your mask and masks are required at all times when we are in outbreak status to protect the health of you, our residents and staff.
- Residents may go out with families for Thanksgiving, however, if the resident is unvaccinated, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days following the outing.
We wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving!
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued new visitation guidance for skilled nursing facilities like Benedictine St. Rose. Effective immediately, skilled nursing facilities are no longer required to restrict visitation when our COVID-19 testing identifies a new positive result in a resident or employee. CMS stated that these changes were made because of the high percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff, and the drop in the number of cases reported by nursing homes across the country.
Please note that, at this time, the guidance for visitation in assisted living facilities has not changed. At this time, we are still required to restrict visitation to essential care givers and compassionate care visits in Rosewood Court when a resident or employee tests positive. We are monitoring this situation and will share any updates as soon as possible.
Visitors are now welcome any time during our visiting hours in Benedictine St. Rose. Visits do not have to be scheduled. When we are required to complete outbreak testing (following a new positive test result for a resident or employee), we are no longer required to limit visitors to compassionate care and essential caregiver visits.
It is important to note that some of the visitation guidance has not changed.
- All visitors must still complete a health screening and follow the Core Principles of Infection Control, including practicing good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering or mask that covers the mouth and nose, and physically distancing at least six feet from other residents and staff.
- Visitors who have had a positive viral test for COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19, or who currently meet the criteria for quarantine, should not enter the facility. Visitors need to understand that there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19 when visiting.
- For the health and safety of visitors and all residents, visits should take place in the residents’ room (if private) or in a common space where physical distancing can be followed.
- If our county’s COVID-19 community level of transmission is substantial to high, all residents and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, should wear face coverings or masks and physically distance, at all times. You can check out our County’s COVID-19 transmission rate at www.covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.
- When our county’s COVID-19 community level of transmission is low to moderate, the safest practice is for residents and visitors to wear face coverings or masks and physically distance, particularly if either of them is at increased risk for severe disease or is unvaccinated. If the county transmission level is low, the resident and all visitor(s) are fully vaccinated, and the resident is not moderately or severely immunocompromised, residents and visitors may choose not to wear face coverings or masks and to have physical contact.
- While CMS does not recommend visitation when a resident is actively infected with COVID-19 or in quarantine, residents may still choose to have visitors. The Core Principles of Infection Control need to be followed.
Protect yourself and those you love with the COVID-19 vaccine!
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 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.
If you are unvaccinated and are interested in vaccination, the COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe and readily available in our community. Not sure where? Check out www.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 for more information.
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.
Our COVID-19 Update:
Benedictine Living Community-LaMoure is offering COVID-19 testing regularly and as needed for symptoms to our employees and residents. 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. We will post an update on our hotline – 701-751-5192 – if our testing identifies any new positives. COVID-19 update.
We continue to monitor all residents and associates for symptoms of the virus. We also 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.
Infection Control Measures
Since March 2020, we have followed all recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and our state and local health departments. Because we have taken this situation very seriously, our campus has been:
- 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.
- 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.
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 residents wearing masks?
Our top priority is to protect the health and safety of our residents and staff. The latest infection control measure we have implemented is to provide a face mask for every resident. Residents 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?
While we have restricted visitors to specific, limited, compassionate care situations, we are encouraging and offering families several ways to keep in touch with their loved ones.
- Phone calls
- Write them a letter, card or piece of art and send via snail mail.
- Send an email via our website. Please fill out the “Connect With Us” form and put your message in the comments section. We will make sure your loved one gets the message.
- Video chat—you can schedule a time through our website to visit using Zoom or other technology. Please fill out the “Connect With Us” form and select “schedule video chat.”
- Regularly check out our Family Update page on our website and Facebook page for highlights and photos of the activities we are hosting to boost spirits all while protecting the health of our residents.
- Where possible and free of snow and ice, we welcome you to come to their window to share messages of love. If you let us know you are coming, we can make sure your loved one is able to use the phone to speak with you. Please call Tami Schaffer at 701-883-5363 or [email protected] to arrange this window visit.
Is it okay for resident’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 resident’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.
What kind of faith-based services are being offered?
Our staff realize how important faith practices are to our residents. To ensure our residents’ needs are met, we have connected with area clergy to offer phone contact, letters, etc. in addition to our online, virtual services. Our local provider, DRN, also provide a number of options for spiritual services.
Wellness and social activities can be the highlight of a resident’s day. Here are ways we’re bringing social and wellness activities to your loved ones:
- #GramsforGrands: Project to receive communications from the outside world to the residents.
- #WorldofHearts: Project to display hearts around facility and in windows.
- White-board connection: ways for residents to share messages with loved ones on Facebook.
- BearintheWindow: Residents have been working on coloring pictures of bears to be hung in our windows for children to be able to spot from outside.
- Milestone Celebrations: We have plans to make special occasions, such as birthdays, a little more enjoyable during this time of isolation especially as it is more difficult for families and/or friends to share in the occasions. We will work with families to be involved as much as possible: celebrating outside a resident’s window, reading cards & letters, video chats, etc.
I used to do my mom’s laundry for her, now how is her laundry getting done?
Our staff is picking up right where you left off and ensuring that any services our residents were receiving from their families are now being met by our staff. Please call if you have specific questions about your loved one’s needs.
Can I drop off care packages or supplies for my parents?
Yes, we will gladly receive deliveries for our residents at the east parking lot door located right off of Highway 13, and our staff will bring them to the appropriate residents’ room. Please call ahead of delivery to make arrangements for this to happen.
How are the residents feeling about the visitor restrictions and social distancing?
Residents and families have been supportive of the steps we’ve taken focused on protecting residents’ health, wellness and safety, which are in line with federal and state guidelines. Our community staff are providing compassionate care to make sure residents are staying mentally healthy and stimulated while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
What can I do to help brighten a resident’s day?
We are excited to announce our new “#GramsForGrands” program that invites local children, family members and the public to send cards, letters, artwork, drawings or inspirational messages to our residents. The messages and artwork will be shared with our center’s grandmas, grandpas and other residents as well as posted on an “art gallery” wall in the center for residents and staff to enjoy. Please send messages and artwork to Tami Schaffer.
My dad enjoys walking around the campus and flower gardens. Can he still go outside?
Yes, our residents can go outside and walk or sit as long as they are safe in doing this activity. Residents need to remember to maintain the 6 foot distance from other residents.
My grandma just moved in last week. What are you doing to help her settle in to her new home and make friends?
We will be working closely one-on-one with your loved one to make sure she feels right at home, including welcome visits by key staff, giving her an orientation/tour to key locations within our community, and introducing her to her new neighbors and activities within current social distancing guidelines.
Is my mom able to have her hair done?
Current federal and state guidelines prevent our hair stylist from working at this time. Our staff are stepping in and assisting with grooming needs to ensure your mom looks and feels her best.
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 residents, their families and our staff for their patience and dedication as we keep the safety, health and wellness of our residents 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!