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TELL CONGRESS TO CREATE A COVID-19 TESTING FUND FOR SENIOR CARE

Testing is a critical component to ensuring identification and treatment of aging services residents and staff with COVID-19 and protection of others near them. We strongly urge Congress to establish a federally administered and financed aging services testing program. Tell Congress that they must provide testing funds for aging services providers in the next COVID-19 relief bill. Contact your lawmakers in Washington, D.C. today. Take action here.

#Act4OlderAdults

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted older adults and their care providers across the country and Congress has not done enough to support them. Join us, LeadingAge and thousands of other organizations on the #Act4OlderAdults National Day of Action TODAY as we virtually visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill! We urge Congress to pass comprehensive COVID-19 relief for all providers and the older adults they serve.

Restorative Ambulation and Mobility Project

St. Francis Health Services of Morris (SFHS), is pleased to announce their Restorative Ambulation and Mobility Project (RAMP).  The RAMP Project is a result of SFHS’s long term care collaborative of 7 care centers being awarded a Minnesota Nursing Facility Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).  Implementation of the RAMP Project began January 1, 2020 and will continue through December 31, 2020. 

The goal of the RAMP project is to improve the quality of care and quality of life for our residents. The project will help each resident reach their highest attainable level of function in ambulation and mobility. A Walk to Dine and a Balance Exercise program will be integrated into our Restorative Program. The Walk to Dine program will assist the resident in maintaining functional ambulation abilities to support maximum level of independence for the highest quality of life. The Balance Exercise program is intended for a resident that had a recent fall. Many respond to a fear of falling by reducing activity levels, which results in loss of muscle strength and balance.   This evidence-based program would be designed and implemented to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.

The RAMP Project will provide us with additional resources to make positive system improvements to support good outcomes, focusing on our residents’ preferences and needs.  We want our residents to experience their highest quality of life, and feel this program promotes this by impacting their ability to achieve and/or maintain their optimal physical function.

This project is another way we are carrying out our mission of “Expressing Christ’s love by providing care that values every human life.” If you have any questions about the RAMP project or want more information, please contact the care center.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Do you have enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for residents and staff?

A. We have sufficient personal protective equipment at this time. We continue to monitor our supplies.

Q. How are you keeping residents and staff safe?

A.  In addition to visitor restrictions, residents are social distancing, wearing masks when outside of their room. Any small group activities are being monitored. Staff are completing full vital signs daily on our residents. Temperature checks and respiratory assessments are repeated on a later shift.

All staff are being screened before coming into work and are required to wear face masks and eye protection in our communities. We have provided staff with additional face masks to wear while off duty.

Q. What if a resident tests positive?

A. In the event we have a confirmed positive case on our care campus, we would notify all residents, staff, and immediate family contacts. (Please insure we have updated contact information.)

As we monitor the care centers in MN surrounding us who have experienced caring for residents testing positive for Coronavirus and a loss of staff due to the outbreak, we continue to refine our plan to manage an active case in our care center.  In the event your loved one is diagnosed with COVID-19, we must transfer them to a segregated and quarantined unit to properly meet their care needs and protect other residents from further outbreak.  There are many issues to consider related to maintaining the segregated unit but the greatest concern is staffing, both within and outside of the segregated unit.  Our hope is that our staffing would remain constant, but care centers that have experienced an active case, see as much as a 20% loss of their nursing staff due to exposure or requested Leaves of Absence.  For that reason, it may be necessary to transfer the resident who tests positive to a nearby location or affiliate care center that has the necessary equipment and staff needed to care for COVID-19 patients.

In the event we do get a confirmed case in our care center, we are prepared to complete entire site testing. Residents and family will be consulted prior to any testing.

Q. What if a staff member tests positive?

A. In the event we have a confirmed positive case on our care campus, we would notify all residents, staff, and immediate family contacts. (Please insure we have updated contact information.)

Any staff member that tests positive would not be allowed to return to work for 10 days following the positive test and 72 hours from the last fever without using medications.

In the event we do get a confirmed case in our care center, we are prepared to complete entire site testing. Residents and family will be consulted prior to any testing.

Q. How can I visit my loved one?

A. Indoor person to person visits are not allowed unless considered under the Compassionate Visit criteria.  Alternative opportunities for visits by appointment include,

-Virtual visits. — We encourage alternative means of communicating with residents such as phone calls, Facebook, Skype, etc. We have obtained additional equipment to meet the demands of these virtual visits.

-Open or closed window visits with social distancing and the use of PPE.

-Outdoor patio visits with social distancing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required upon visitor successfully passing the visitor screening. All outdoor visits must be monitored by staff.

Q. Are you testing all residents and staff?

A. Many senior living communities in Minnesota are conducting entire site testing of both residents and staff. The priority for the entire site testing has been those locations where there has been an outbreak.  Throughout this pandemic, we have followed governmental guidelines and test residents that display symptoms similar to the Coronavirus-19 symptoms or have been exposed to employees who have been directly exposed in their personal lives to Covid-19. As of today, none of those tests results have been positive for Covid-19. In the event we do get a confirmed case in our care center, we are prepared to complete entire site testing. Residents and family will be consulted prior to any testing.

Q. Are the salons resuming?

A. The salons are resuming following the guidelines set out by the MDH and CDC. Beauticians will be screened prior to entering the building. They will wear a surgical mask and perform proper hand hygiene before and after contact with a resident. Clients will enter the salon one at a time. They will be required to wear masks throughout the entire appointment. If the care campus is experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak, the care center sill suspend salons services until there are no longer residents testing positive.

Employee Information on COVID-19 – Updated 08/26/2020

Feeling stressed? Worried about COVID-19? Family struggles getting harder? Here’s a free, confidential resource to call for a 20-minute coaching session about coping with the stresses of COVID-19:

Call 612-455-8656

or

email covidsupport@acp-mn.com

This hotline is funded by a LeadingAge MN Foundation grant through the Minnesota Department of Human Services and is being offered through October 2, 2020. No caller information will be shared with our organization or the funder. It’s free, confidential, and convenient!