Important Coronavirus Information

January 14, 2021

At Benedictine Living Community-New Brighton, our priority is the health and wellness of our residents, tenants and employees. We know that the frail and elderly are especially susceptible to the coronavirus. We continue to do all we can to prevent the spread of this virus. We are also committed to keeping you updated, so please check our hotline, 651-424-1802, for the latest information.

COVID-19 Vaccine

We’re excited to announce that we will be offering the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to our employees and residents on Jan. 16 and the second dose on Feb. 13 with protection effective 7 to 10 days after that. Our Infection Control nurse will be calling families to obtain consent over the next week.

Details on the vaccine:

  • There will be no cost to residents or our employees 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.

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.

Indoor Visiting

The plastic is clear but our supplies to accommodate indoor visiting have arrived! We are anxiously awaiting the day in which we can accommodate indoor visiting in a similar fashion as we did to outdoor visiting! Our community must be free of new cases for at least 14 days before we can implement, but we are ready!

Other considerations:
  • End of Life- We are discussing daily and are extremely sensitive to how important it is to be with a loved one when their time is near. It is our goal to proactively let families know and invite them for a visit if we believe a resident’s condition is declining.
  • Compassionate Care Visits – This is a circumstance in which we believe a resident would benefit from a visit due to a myriad of factors. Maybe the resident needs encouragement in therapy. Maybe the resident misses seeing pictures of their loved one. Our team can invite you in if believe a resident could benefit from such a visit. We always encourage families to be advocates as well!
  • Essential Care Giver Program – This program encompasses cares that our community cannot provide. This can include emotional and social support, but visits must be planned incorporate therapeutic support. Please reach out to Chris Clow, 651-288-5245, for more information if you have questions.

Facetime & Zoom video calls are available and will be coordinated through the wellness department.

  • For Garden Terrace, please call Signey at 651-424-1820
  • For Transitional Care Unit, please call Laura at 651-288-5249
  • For Oakview, please call Julie at 651-288-5222
  • For the Villa, please call Lisa at 651- 2888-5240
  • Infection Control Measures

    Out of concern for the health and wellness of all, we must continue our visitor restrictions and enhanced infection control measures as required by state and federal regulations. We will continue to take all steps necessary to keep those who have never had COVID, residents and staff alike, safe using these precautions and measures:

    • All associates are required to be screened for temperature and symptoms upon entrance.
    • All associates are required to wear a surgical facemask and eye protection.
    • All associates are required to continue to social distance during any prolonged period of interaction.
    • All residents wear masks anytime they are out of their room or are receiving direct care.
    • All residents will be screened for symptoms, temperature and oxygen levels daily.
    • All residents are encouraged to maintain social distance from each other.
    • All high-touch areas throughout the building receive extra cleaning and disinfection.

Frequently Asked Questions

While we certainly understand that you want to have your loved one close to you during this uncertain time, we want you to know that we are taking all steps possible to ensure the health and safety of all our residents. For many, especially those who have been with us for a time, this is a place where they find comfort in the daily routine and regular interaction with caregivers. And while we practice social distancing, our dedicated staff are focused on engaging our residents with activities that they enjoy. We also are able to provide 24 hour care that is critical to the health and wellness of each person in our care.

Research has shown that moving the elderly or frail is risky and often has long-lasting impacts. Studies that have been done around natural disasters and other emergency events have proven this over time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not currently recommend transferring residents home.

Please check out this factsheet, which can walk you through the critical elements to consider before making this decision.

Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation
We encourage you to connect with your loved one via phone, mail, email or video chat. Our #GramsforGrands campaign has brought great joy to our residents. We encourage you and your family to participate.

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 Lisa Robinson, 651-288-5240 to arrange this window visit.

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.

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.

We want to minimize the number of persons coming into our reception area and prefer our residents choose meal options from their dining room menus. However, 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 leaves the food at the front desk and then exits.

Our spiritual care staff realize how important faith practices are to our residents. To ensure our residents’ needs are met, we will be connecting with area clergy to offer phone contact in addition to our onsite chaplain’s services. We are also providing one-on-one visits with our spiritual care coordinator, we have services broadcast from our chapel on an in-house channel, there are services available on other TV channels, and communion is being offered weekly in resident rooms.

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:

  • These are examples of the activities that are scheduled on the in house TV Channel 37: Active 4 Life (exercise) includes using weights, stretching and movement; Rosary, Who am I? What am I?, Movies, Ecumenical Prayer Service and Devotions, Get to Know Me Resident Spotlights, TV Classics, Relaxation, Movie Musicals, Bingo, Pokeno, Sing a Long, Name that Tune, Arm Chair Travels, Sensory Video, Book Club, Bible Stories, Hymn Sing, Trivia, Updates from the Administrator, Jokes & Silly Name Places.
  • Examples of other scheduled activities: Piano Music in the Corridors, Activity Cart (word search, word games, crossword puzzles, maze puzzles, coloring sheets), Greetings to send to Family or Friends, Nail Care, Thirsty Thursday Room Service, Resident Council Questionnaire Room Service, Creative Craft Room Service.
  • One to One visits are offered such as: conversations, music therapy, picture sharing, read aloud, art projects, sing together, discussions of resident’s interests, math challenges, healing or comforting touch, prayer, visualizations, aromatherapy, relaxation, tuning forks, hymn stories.

Donations of goods for residents including items such as large print puzzle or activity books, fingernail polish, arts and crafts supplies, magazines/ books are appreciated.
We are also accepting donations of new surgical-grade face masks, and homemade cloth masks from experienced sewers (please note: homemade masks will not replace surgical masks and medical grade Personal Protective Equipment that are worn by staff when necessary). Click here for homemade mask instructions.

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 Eileen Anderson, 651-288-5226 directly if you have specific questions about your loved one’s needs.

Yes, we will gladly receive deliveries for our residents at the main entrance, and our staff will bring them to the appropriate residents’ apartment. Please call Lisa Robinson, 651-288-5240 to make arrangements for this to happen.

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. It has not been easy for anyone but there is an understanding to the importance of it. This has taught us to live in the moment and to appreciate the day you are experiencing because everything is unpredictable right now.

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 #GramsForGrands, Attn: Signey Stenstrom 1101 Black Oak Drive, New Brighton MN 55112

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.

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 to key locations within our community, her new neighbors and activities available within current social distancing guidelines.

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.

Make sure you protect yourself and loved ones by using the following “best practice” infection prevention strategies every day:

  • 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.

Thank you!

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 at Reid Hewitt 651-633-1686 with any additional questions or concerns. We’re here for you and your loved one!