Employees Only

 

Staff Fall Festival

 

Hoping all staff can joining in!

Please allow 45 minutes to an hour (paid time).

 

    Thursday October 14th from 1-4pm

out by the garage on Church Ave.

 

You can complete all your fourth quarter Educare training with two short in-services. Have a chance to win a 43” Smart TV.

 

Get a $25 credit toward a uniform from Scrubs-on-Wheels.

 

Pie, prizes and more!

If you work Thursday evening, please punch in an hour early and come outside and enjoy the great fall weather.

 


*Flu Vaccine Clinic for Staff Under the Age of 65*

September 27th from 2pm-3:15pm
* Come in Door #11
*Complete your COVID test
*Get your flu shot
*Protect yourself and those around you!!!

THANK YOU!!!


ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:  

We are happy to announce that all COVID-19 testing has been completed for today and we are back open to visiting at this time.  Everyone (staff and residents/tenants) will be tested again on Tuesday September 7th.   

Please remember that visiting should only take place in the resident/tenant room, you are required to wear a mask at all times, and in all areas of the building, including the resident room.  There are no visitors allowed in the activity room with other residents, and eating or drinking while visiting is not allowed.   

Thank you for your continued effort to keep everyone safe! 

Please contact us at any time with questions or concerns (320) 833-5364.   

 

Mark Rust Administrator   

Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update

September 1, 2021

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

This notice is to let everyone know that we have received notice of a positive case of COVID-19 in one staff member. This puts our facility into outbreak status and we are immediately testing all residents/tenants. Staff have been required to test weekly and will be tested again on Tuesday next week. Until testing is complete on all residents/tenants, and we know that everyone is negative for COVID-19, we are closed to visitors at this time.

Please watch for further notices.

Mark Rust
Administrator

Kendra Hiles
Director of Nursing

 


Attention ALL Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center Staff;

In an effort to keep our residents, tenants, and staff safe from the ever present variants of COVID-19, BLHCC will now require weekly COVID-19 testing for ALL employees regardless of vaccination status. Testing is available from 2-3pm on Mondays in the chapel area through August. In September the testing area will move to the old break room. If you miss the scheduled testing time frame or will not be available during this time you must test BEFORE your next shift. Alert, Kendra, Shyann or the charge nurse if you perform your test outside of the Monday hour, this way your result can be read and documented.

Yesterday, August 18th, President Biden announced guidance for long term care facilities, that are Medicare and Medicaid funded.  The guidance is mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all staff or lose funding.  Details of the policy have not yet been released, leaving us without information on a number of key issues.  We will share any information with you as it becomes available. The COVID-19 vaccine is available at local clinics, pharmacies, and at BLHCC. Our next vaccine clinic at BLHCC will be held in September, date TBA.

Booster doses for Long Term care staff and residents are also set to begin in parts of the country in September and will be available to anyone who previously received their vaccine at least eight months prior to the booster dose. We will alert you when the booster dose becomes available here at the facility and we know more information.

We know this leaves many of you with unanswered questions.  The truth is that we do not have the answers on how this will all work at this time.  We expect the next couple of weeks to be filled with guidance and direction and will keep you informed as we know more.  We thank you, and our resident’s thank you for your care as we move into the next chapter of this virus.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust, Administrator

Kendra Hiles, Director of Nursing

 

 


Staff, Residents, Families and Friends,

COVID-19 Update:

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 within our region and county BLHCC has decided to take steps to be proactive in our response to keep everyone safe.

Effective immediately:

  • All visitors must wear a mask inside our facility at all times regardless of vaccination status, this also means no eating or drinking with your loved one.
  • Per MDH recommendations, ALL unvaccinated staff will be required to complete a rapid COVID 19 test weekly. Testing will be held from 2-3pm on Mondays starting August 9th. Anyone who misses the testing time will be expected to test before their next scheduled shift.

We understand that these changes are frustrating but it is the best way to keep everyone safe. The COVID-19 variant, Delta, is spreading rapidly. We strongly encourage EVERYONE to get vaccinated if they are not already, consider wearing your mask while out in the community and continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing.

Thank you for your continued support!

 

Mark Rust                                                                                                      Kendra Hiles

BLHCC Administrator                                                                                  Director of Nursing



Educare Information for Staff

Educare:  We have signed an agreement to work with Educare to provide online education services.   This will help to ensure that all staff has the proper training to perform their job.   

Educare Log in:  

***No Courses are to be completed while you are punched in, you can complete them while at work but are not to be “on the clock”. *** 

1) Go to educaretrainingonline.westnetmlp.com **Please make sure you are only using this website** 

2) Enter your username: Your first name and the first four of your birthday.  Example:  Joe Smith with a birthday of 4/2/1992 username is:  joe0402 

3) Enter in your password:  blhcc or blhcc1 if you were hired after 9/1/2018 

4) Click submit 

5) Click on the course you would like to start, click launch course and your course will start, you will need to advance each slide by clicking the play button. (The slides have both written information and audio presentation – you will need to have sound on your computer).  There is a test-out you must pass to successfully complete a course. 

6) You can stop and resume a course at any time.  The system will remember where you left off.  

Pay: 

We will reimburse you for completing the courses.  The courses you are assigned are mandatory to complete on a quarterly basis.  This quarter will be July, August, and September.  You will have until September 30th to complete the courses you are assigned and will get paid for the normal run time of the course on your October 7th paycheck. No overtime will be paid for educational hours. You do not need to turn in any information to be paid, we will run a report to determine who has completed the courses.  If you do not complete the course by September 30 you will not be paid but will still be required to complete the courses as part of your job requirements.  

Internet access:  If you do not have easy access to internet services (home/library) we will provide accommodations on an individual basis.   

**For employees who are not comfortable with the instructions provided or would like to learn more about this required training; Kendra provide training.  See or call Kendra to arrange a training date. 

Courses:   

Title  Runtime  CEU 
Emergency Preparedness-Site & Natural Hazards – SNF  26:40  1.0 
Mental Illness  23.46  .75 
Client Mobility-Exercise & Ambulation—for Nursing Only  8:40  .50 
     

You must complete all courses by September 30th. You will receive 2 hours of in-service pay or 2.5 hours for Nursing staff on your October 7th paycheck.  CEU’s certificates can be printed upon request by the business office. 


BLHCC and Westview Estates

Family/Resident/Tenant/Staff COVID-19 Update

July 21, 2021

ALL Families/Residents/Tenant/staff UPDATE:                                            

We wanted to update you on the results of our outbreak testing that was completed after a positive case was identified on July 6th.  Our test results from our last round of outbreak testing was completed on Monday. All results are in and EVERYONE IS NEGATIVE! This means we are no longer considered to be in outbreak status. The current county positivity rate in Renville County is very low at 0.7%. This is great news, but we are watching the states and counties around us closely. There are various strains of the COVID-19 virus still out there and making their way into the southern counties in our state.  They are impacting people in different ways. Research is ongoing in the effectiveness of our current vaccines against the multiple strains of COVID-19. So far, vaccines have proven to be effective, protecting those who are fully vaccinated against severe illness, hospitalization and death.

We want to continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated. Vaccination, along with social distancing, mask usage per recommendations, and hand hygiene are the best tools we have at fighting this virus. Attached at the end of this letter you will find a document we have put together with links to find out where and how you can get vaccinated.  It’s not too late!

 

Thank you for all your continued support!

Sincerely,

 

Mark Rust, Administrator

Kendra Hiles, Director of Nursing

 

How Can I Get My COVID Vaccine?

Call Your Local Clinic – Clinics are receiving allotments of vaccine. They receive a specific number of doses each week, vaccine brand may vary. They will schedule you or add you to a waitlist.

 

Go to https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/ or google search MN vaccine connector you will fill out a form to include your location, employment category and medical information.

 

Visit www.vaccinefinder.org on this website, you can select a specific vaccine you are looking for (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer). It will give you all the pharmacies within your search area that can help you get vaccinated. You can then call that pharmacy and schedule an appointment.

 

Sign up on the Thrifty White website: https://www.thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine .

 

Visit the MDH website https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/index.jsp

 

Call Shyann Topel Safety Director for the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center – She can assist you in finding a vaccine clinic closest to you. (320)-833-5364 ext 30

 


July 6th, 2021

This morning, we were notified of a positive COVID-19 case in a staff member. COVID-19 rapid tests are being completed facility wide for all residents and staff.  At this time, we have not identified any further cases. We are open for all visitors. Per MDH and CDC guidelines, we will test all residents and staff weekly for two weeks. If no further cases are identified, we will no longer be considered to be in “outbreak” mode and will return to routine monthly testing of staff. Please feel free to contact Mark, Kendra, Shyann or Michelle if you have any questions or concerns at 320-833-5364.

 


 June 2021

All Staff:                                                                                    

 

The challenges of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic have been very difficult, both in caring for our residents and in your own personal lives. Your efforts are always greatly appreciated.

We have been fortunate that the federal and state governments have helped us with additional financial support to make it through this challenge. Early in this struggle (March 2020) the Board of Directors made the decision to allocate most of this additional aid directly to the staff in the form of a $2.00/hour special pay bonus and a bonus pay of one hour for COVID Testing.  The remaining balance of the aid went to paying for additional PPE and the required staff testing that insurance didn’t cover. This financial aid ends June 30th and with that, these two staff bonuses will end.

 

The Board of Directors is always grateful and appreciative of our tremendous staff.  While our financial situation does not allow us to totally match the special pay bonus, the Board has authorized an increase of $1.00/hour for all staff and an additional $.50/hour for all staff that has have worked here two years or longer. Staff who have work less than two years will get a $.50/hour increase on your next employment anniversary (your first or second anniversary).

This wage increase is effective starting with hours worked on July 1st *

 

Thank you for all you do for our residents and their families,

Mark Rust

 

* You must be current with all Educare training modules to receive this increase. Otherwise, you will receive this increase when all your training modules are complete (if your Educare is current as of July 15th you will get the increase beginning July 1st)

 

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Unvaccinated Staff Testing

May 24th and May 27th 2pm-3:15pm

(Rapid Testing)

June Testing Date for Unvaccinated Staff – June 21st 2021 as long as the county positivity rate stays below 5% and no new cases of COVID-19 are identified.

N95 Mask Fit Testing for RN/LPN, TMA, NAR on June 14th – watch schedule for your appointment time. All staff scheduled for fit testing must also fill out a medical evaluation form prior to fit testing and turn it into Kendra or Shyann by June 7th.


 


BLHCC and Westview Estates

Family/Resident/Tenant/Staff COVID-19 Update

May 12, 2021

 

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENTS/TENANT UPDATE:

As we reflect back on this last year we remember how hard it was when the pandemic began. There was fear, anxiety, disbelief and even anger. We are once again in a position where all of those emotions come into play. We are officially in the “recovery” mode of this pandemic and now we feel the same emotions as we move forward and try to re-build a new normal in all our lives. MDH, CDC, and CMS have laid out new guidance once again to further help our residents, staff and their families move forward. We’ve broken out the new guidance below.

Visiting Guidance Changes:

All Visitors Must:

  • Visitors must be asked if they have received their vaccine on their screening form upon entry. Those who are unvaccinated or those who do not want to disclose this information should be treated as unvaccinated people.
  • Visitors must continue to wear surgical masks upon entry and throughout the facility, in hallways and common areas.
  • BLHCC no longer needs to enforce 3 people per room or limit the number of people in the facility at any one time.
  • Visitors under Age 16 must continue to wear a mask.                    Those under the age of 2 are still prohibited from entrance because  of inability to wear a mask, you may visit outside.

Fully Vaccinated Visitors:

  •  Vaccinated visitors may visit and/or eat with their loved one in the resident’s room unmasked if the resident is also fully vaccinated.

– Unvaccinated Visitors:

  • · Must continue to wear a mask during their entire visit and may not eat or drink while in the facility.
  • · Must continue to practice 6 foot social distancing while visiting if the resident is unvaccinated.

Resident Activity and Dining Changes:

  • – Fully vaccinated Residents may sit next to each other without masks for dining and activities.
  • · If an unvaccinated resident enters the room, the unvaccinated resident must stay 6 feet from others and everyone in the room must wear their mask (unless eating).
  • – All Residents must continue to wear masks in the hallways while going to/from another part of the facility.

Staff:

  • – We are to take the visitors word for their vaccination status and we are trusting visitors to follow guidance based on their vaccination status. As visitors enter they will be reminded of the visiting (PPE) guidelines. There will be cards to give visitors at the front door related to visiting guidelines.
  • – Staff PPE requirements have NOT changed. All staff must wear surgical mask and eye protection at all times in resident care areas. Eating should continue to only take place in the break room.
  • – If a visitor or another resident asks about a resident’s vaccination status encourage them to ask the resident directly, if the resident cannot respond assume they are unvaccinated.

We continue to be extremely proud of our staff for the hard work they put in each day to keep everyone safe. We also are so thankful for the patience and grace we have received from our families, residents and friends. This past year has not been easy but we cannot emphasis enough how much you all mean to us. Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 


Outbreak Staff Testing Schedule

May 13th from 2pm-3:15pm (Mayo Testing)

· Please alert your supervisor of any issues with scheduling.

  • Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before
  • 2pm: Tonya, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen, Shylah, Katie Antonson, Diane
  • 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Gloria, Carrie, Joy Z., Michelle, Kenny, Bo, Maria, Maleena, Denise, Vanessa E.P., Crystal, Vanessa T.
  • 2:30pm: Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Jasmine, Lori F., Calissa, Ranell, Gabi, Cher, Joyce, Mercedes
  • 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Krissy, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah N, Presley, Megan, Alsaycia, Sue B., McKenna, Janet, Natalie
  • 3pm (After School): Cheyenne, Kayla H., Carolyn, Savannah A, Tori, Sam B., Shyann, Mariah, Morgan K., Matrik, Taelor, Ruth, Marikia, Valerie, Lucielle
  • Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry V., Sherry T-N, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis, Paul Lutter, Maggie, Mary, Sandy, Billie, Marie

BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff COVID-19 Update

May 10, 2021

 

ALL STAFF/ FAMILIES/RESIDENTS/TENANT UPDATE:

Today we identified a positive case of COVID-19 in one of our staff. Due to this case all visits had to be temporarily suspended until testing on everyone (staff and residents was complete). All staff and residents have since been tested with rapid testing and no further cases have been identified. This means in facility visits may resume.

This one case does place us in outbreak status and we are therefore required to test everyone again every 3-7 days for 2 weeks. We will be testing this week again on Thursday. Next week we will test everyone on Monday 5/17 and Thursday 5/20. If there are no positive cases identified we will return to routine testing of the required staff per the county positivity rate.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 320-833-5364 or khiles@blhcc.org.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

 


COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities Local Public Health

If you would like to get your COVID-19 Vaccine, here are a few opportunities for you. Beginning on Friday, May 7 at 9:00 a.m., those 18 years and older can schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, May 13 or Tuesday, May 18.

  • Clinic Schedule: Fairfax Community Center Thursday, May 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Return June 10 for 2nd dose)
  • Zion Lutheran Church (Buffalo Lake) Thursday, May 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Return June 10 for 2nd dose)
  • Sacred Heart Community Center Tuesday, May 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Return June 15 for 2nd dose)
  • The type of COVID-19 vaccine provided will be the Moderna brand. To schedule an appointment, visit www.renvillecountymn.com.

If you need help scheduling your appointment or have questions please see Shyann. If your appointment lands during your scheduled working hours, you will be allowed to leave for your appointment. Remember, after you receive your vaccine to bring in your vaccine card and show it to your supervisor.

Thank you and have a good weekend!

 

 


BLHCC COVID-19

Staff Message

5/3/2021

Staff update:

When this pandemic began over a year ago guidance and rules changed rapidly. The same can be said now while we move into the recovery phase of COVID-19. Within the last week MDH, CDC and CMS have all made changes in the guidelines for visiting, testing and PPE usage in regards to vaccinated and unvaccinated residents and staff. We continue to wait for MDH to allow us to implement some of these guidelines as they do not comingle with the MN Executive Masking Order. So far here is what we know. Starting Thursday, May 6th –

FULLY Vaccinated Staff/Volunteers

(FULLY Vaccinated means: 2 weeks after first dose in a single dose series or 2 weeks after last does in a two dose series)

*Are NOT required to test monthly/weekly/twice per week, as part of routine testing.

*Are STILL REQUIRED to test during an outbreak in the facility (Outbreak = One COVID-19 positive staff or resident regardless of vaccination status)

*Must get tested if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

*Are NOT required to quarantine after a high-risk exposure. (This may vary based on exposure length and ability to quarantine away from the positive person. Please alert your supervisor if you have had a high risk exposure.)

*Must be tested immediately after a high risk exposure and 3-7 days later

*Are still welcome to be tested during regular testing hours if they desire.

Unvaccinated Staff

*Are REQUIRED to test for both routine and outbreak testing. Currently Mondays and Thursdays from 2pm-3:15pm

* Must get tested if symptoms of COVID-19 Develop.

*MUST quarantine for 14 days following a high risk exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19.

PPE usage for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, and visitors is also being reviewed. We will alert you of these changes, hopefully within the next week when MDH finalizes these changes.

If you have not received your COVID-19 vaccine and are interested in receiving it in the future, please speak with Shyann. BLHCC is in the process of setting up a vaccination clinic at the facility as soon as possible. We hope to offer the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.

Thank you for all that you do every day! We are truly blessed to have such a great team at BLHCC!

Mark Rust – Administrator Kendra Hiles – Director of Nursing

 


COVID-19 Large Scale Emergency

Nursing homes across the United States are required to complete one Large Scale Emergency Drill every year. This last year, 2020, we experienced a real emergency, the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our regulatory agencies will allow us to use the real emergency in place for a drill. Part of the documentation required is feedback from anyone involved in the emergency.

You were all part of the COVID-19 pandemic, impacted in some way. So, I am asking you to fill out this short survey. Click on the link below.

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do. Your responses to the survey will be reviewed and compiled to be included in the After Action Report. You have the option to remain anonymous.

Click Here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9QVMK2W

 

Routine Staff Testing Schedule

May 3rd from 2pm-3:15pm (Mayo Testing)

Beginning May 3rd – Staff will be required to test twice per week due to the high COVID-19 positivity rate in Renville county.

· Please alert your supervisor of any issues with scheduling.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

  • 2pm: Tonya, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen, Shylah, Katie Antonsen, Diane
  • 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Gloria, Carrie, Joy Z., Michelle, Kenny, Bo, Maria, Maleena, Denise, Vanessa E.P., Crystal, Vanessa T.
  • 2:30pm: Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Jasmine, Lori F., Calissa, Ranell, Gabi, Cher, Joyce, Mercedes
  • 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Krissy, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah N, Presley, Megan, Alsaycia, Sue B., McKenna, Janet
  • 3pm (After School): Cheyenne, Kayla H., Carolyn, Savannah A, Tori, Sam B., Shyann, Mariah, Morgan K., Matrik, Taelor, Ruth, Marikia
  • Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry V., Sherry T-N, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis, Paul Lutter, Maggie, Mary, Sandy, Billie, Mari

BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff COVID-19 Update

April 20, 2021

 

All Staff:

All our test results from this week are in and again everyone is negative. With the Renville County positivity rate still above 5%, we will have to continue weekly staff testing. There are many reasons for optimism, however the pandemic is not over and we still need to maintain safe practices at work and home.

With great appreciation and respect we wish to thank all our staff for your efforts this past year to keep our residents and co-workers safe and healthy.

With the great success of the vaccines, our residents and tenants are now able to enjoy a life that is much closer to normal. Half of Americans over 18 have now received at least 1 vaccine shot. If you have not been vaccinated yet, please continue to consider this option.

Staff Parking Update

With some COVID-19 restrictions being lifted for long term care facilities; we are now able to return to our normal parking arrangements. We want Yellowstone Trail to be used primarily by families, visitors and outpatients. Church Ave. is the primary parking area for staff and therapists. This is why we added additional parking on the west end of Church Ave. We are also now asking staff to return to the parking policy that is in our Employee Handbook, specifically, Employees should NOT PARK on Seventh Street (East or West side) or the North side of Church Street. Simply put, do not park directly in front of or on the side of the homes adjacent to the back of the care center.

 

Mental Health and Wellness

As this pandemic continues to affect everyone in different ways please be aware there are resources that you can utilize to focus on your own mental well-being. Also be mindful that what affects co-workers can be very different from what you yourself are experiencing. Always remember it is ok to ask for help! See Resources listed below: ·

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Minnesota: Connect for help, to navigate the mental health system, and for support and for resources. Call: 1-888-NAMI-Helps / 1-888-626-4435
  • · Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health: Connect for help, to navigate the mental health system, and for support and for resources. o Call: 1-800-528-4511
  • · Crisis Text Line: The 24/7 emergency service is available if you or someone you know is experiencing a psychiatric or mental health crisis.
  • Text: “MN” to 741741
  • · Crisis Services: Call **CRISIS (274747) from a mobile phone to talk to your county mental health crisis team. From a landline, find your county mental health crisis phone number here:
  • Adult Mental Health Crisis Response Numbers Renville Cty:
  • 1-800-432-8781
  • McLeod Cty: 1-320-864-2713 Sibley: 1-877-399-3040
  • Children Mental Health Crisis Response Numbers
  • · Minnesota Warmline: Are you an adult needing support? Talk to a specialist who has firsthand experience living with a mental health condition.  Call: 651-288-0400
  •  Text: “Support” to 85511
  • · National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The 24/7 lifeline provides support when in distress, has prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and resources for professionals. o Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • · Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Disaster Distress Helpline: Offers crisis counseling and support if you or a family member is experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster.  Call: 1-800-985-5990
  • · Peer Support Connection Warmlines: Peer-to-peer telephone support that’s safe and supportive. Open 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. o Call or text: 1-844-739-6369
  • · COVID-19 Coping and Support Hotline for All Staff: Free confidential Convenient
  •  Call: 612-455-8656

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing


 

 

Routine Staff Testing Schedule

April 19th from 2pm-3:15pm (Rapid Testing)

· Please alert your supervisor of any issues with scheduling.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

  • 2pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen, Shylah, Katie Antonson, Diane
  • 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Carrie, Joy Z., Michelle, Kenny, Bo, Maria, Maleena, Denise, Vanessa E.P., Crystal
  • 2:30pm: Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Jasmine, Lori F., Calissa, Ranell, Gabi, Cher, Joyce, Mercedes
  • 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Krissy, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah N, Presley, Megan, Alsaycia, Sue B., McKenna, Janet
  • 3pm (After School): Cheyenne, Kayla H., Carolyn, Savannah A, Tori, Sam B., Leslie, Shyann, Mariah, Morgan K., Matrik, Taelor, Ruth, Marikia
  • Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry V., Sherry T-N, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis, Paul Lutter, Maggie, Mary, Sandy, Billie

Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center / Educare

ON-LINE Training: All Staff

 

Educare: We have signed an agreement to work with Educare to provide on-line education services. This will help to ensure that all staff has the proper training to perform their job.

Educare Log in:

***No Courses are too be completed while you are punched in, you can complete while at work but are not to be “on the clock”. *** 1) Go to educaretrainingonline.westnetmlp.com **Please make sure you are only using this website**

2) Enter in your username: Your first name and the first four of your birthday. Example: Joe Smith with a birthday of 4/2/1992 username is: joe0402

3) Enter in your password: blhcc or blhcc1 if you were hired after 9/1/2018

4) Click submit

5) Click on the course you would like to start, click launch course and your course will start, you will need to advance each slide by clicking the play button. (The slides have both written information and audio presentation – you will need to have sound on your computer). There is a test-out you must pass to successfully complete a course.

6) You can stop and resume a course at anytime. The system will remember where you left off.

Pay:

We will reimburse you for completing the courses. The courses you are assigned are mandatory to complete on a quarterly basis. This quarter will be April, May and June. You will have until June 30th to complete the courses you are assigned and will get paid for the normal run time of the course on your July 7th paycheck. No overtime will be paid for educational hours. You do not need to turn in any information to be paid, we will run a report to determine who has completed the courses. If you do not complete the course by June 30th you will not be paid but will still be required to complete the courses as part of your job requirements.

Internet access: If you do not have easy access to internet services (home/library) we will provide accommodations on an individual basis.

**For employees who are not comfortable with the instructions provided or would like to learn more about this required training; Kendra provide training. See or call Kendra to arrange a training date.

Courses:

Title Runtime CEU

Dementia – Problem Solving–Overview 20.41 .75

Medicare – Fraud, Waste, and Abuse 22.56 .50

OSHA – SNF 20.37 .75

***MDS 3.0 SNF—for CNA and TMA only*** 18.34 .50

You must complete all courses by June 30th. You will receive 2 hours of in-service pay on your July 7th paycheck. **CNA and TMA will receive 3 hours of pay because of additional class.** CEU’s certificates can be printed upon request by the business office.

 


Outbreak Staff Testing Schedule

April 12th from 2pm-3:15pm (Rapid Testing)

· Please alert your supervisor of any issues with scheduling.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

 

  • 2pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen, Shylah, Katie Antonson, Diane
  • 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Carrie, Joy Z., Michelle, Kenny, Bo, Maria, Maleena, Denise, Vanessa E.P., Crystal, Yesenia
  • 2:30pm: Nancy, Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Jasmine, Lori F., Calissa, Ranell, Gabi, Cher, Joyce, Mercedes
  • 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Krissy, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah N, Presley, Megan, Alsaycia, Sue B., McKenna, Janet, Camelia
  • 3pm (After School): Cheyenne, Kayla H., Carolyn, Savannah A, Tori, Sam B., Leslie, Shyann, Mariah, Morgan K.
  • Therapy/Hospice/Pastors/Volunteers: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry V., Sherry T-N, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis, Paul Lutter, Maggie, Mary, Sandy, Billie

BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
April 1st, 2021

ALL FAMILIES/RESIDENTS/TENANT UPDATE:

Our test results from this week Monday are in and everyone is negative. We completed outbreak testing this week which means we tested all residents/tenants and staff. We will do this again on Monday 4/5/21 and if everyone is again negative we will go back to only testing staff weekly, due to our county positivity rate being higher than 5%. Please be aware that we may need to block off visiting for sections of the building if there is a positive case of COVID identified.

We want to continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated. COVID -19 is not going away and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family and our residents. Attached at the end of this letter you will find a document we have put together with links to find out where and how you can get vaccinated.

We are now allowed to have anyone visit that can follow the following guidelines:

1) Pass the screening: no signs/symptoms of COVID and no contact with someone with COVID in last 14 days

2) Wear a mask that covers the face and nose at all times – Surgical mask provided at the door (no cloth masks)

Children that cannot follow this will not be allowed to visit at this time. Unfortunately this means no babies.

3) Social distance of at least 6 feet

4) Use proper infection control guidelines and hand hygiene.

5) You are not allowed to remove your mask, so NO eating or drinking while visiting and residents/tenants and you will need to also wear a mask during the entire visit. The resident or tenant should also wear a mask for your visit, even in their room or apartment.

Visiting: We are asking that all visitors come to our front door off Yellowstone Trail. You will come in the front sliding door and before the second door ring the door bells (2 of them). This will alert staff that there is a visitor at the door. Between the hours of 2pm and 5pm there will be someone at the door and you will not have to wait to be screened. During other hours you can ring the door bell, begin to complete the screening form at the door, apply a surgical mask and wait for someone to screen you face to face to let you into the building. We cannot have more than 3 people visiting one person at a time. Just so that you are aware, we are not allowing more than 36 visitors in the building at a time. If this number is met you may have to wait to be allowed in for a visit.

If you have not done so watch this video to see the visiting plan in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuBKWgY7vsA

Outings: Easter is upon us. If you are planning to take your loved one out for Easter please call ahead so that we can prepare by getting medications ready ahead of time. Those that are fully vaccinated may go out for Easter. Fully vaccinated (2 weeks post both shots if a 2 shot series, or 2 weeks post the one shot if the Johnson and Johnson shot). Remember to follow the infection control protocols- wear a mask at all times, socially distance as much as possible, wash hands. Those that are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine upon return unless they spend 15minutes or more in a 24 hour period within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19. For those that are fully vaccinated and wish to leave for non- medically necessary reasons it is recommended to follow these steps:

· Residents who are fully vaccinated may gather indoors or outdoors with other people who are fully vaccinated.

· Residents who are fully vaccinated can visit indoors or outdoors with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 infection.

· If the resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with the persons they are visiting.

· Indoor and outdoor visits should be conducted following good infection control practices, such as wearing well-fitting masks that cover the mouth and nose, staying 6 feet from others (social distancing) when practical, and using good hand hygiene to reduce risk of infection.

· If a resident who is fully vaccinated chooses to attend a place of worship or other group event, or to shop or eat in public establishments, the resident should follow the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention. MDH strongly encourages attending places of worship or other group events only when the 14-day county percent positivity rate is below 5%. The positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for COVID-19 among all the people in the county who are tested.

***Our county is currently greater than 5% so this outing is not recommended and participating in this type of outing will mean we are obligated to place this resident in quarantine upon return for the health and safety of everyone in our setting.

· If you have visited our facility or had contact with our residents/tenants and develop symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 within 24-48 hours of the visit, please call the facility so we can take precautions as necessary.

If it becomes known that a resident had a high risk exposure we are obligated to protect the health and safety of everyone here and place that resident in a 14 day quarantine. As a reminder a high risk exposure is being out with more than one family that is not vaccinated. Thank you for your understanding of the guidelines we must follow.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 320-833-5364 or khiles@blhcc.org.

Have a very blessed Easter!

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing


 

How Can I Get My COVID Vaccine?

Call Your Local Clinic – Clinics are receiving allotments of vaccine. They receive a specific number of doses each week, vaccine brand may vary. They will schedule you or add you to a waitlist.

Go to https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/connector/ or google search MN vaccine connector. Here you can get on a waitlist for anywhere in the state that has the vaccine available. You will fill out a form to include your location, employment category and medical information. When vaccine becomes available you will receive an email or phone call.

Visit www.vaccinefinder.org on this website, you can select a specific vaccine you are looking for (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer). It will give you all the pharmacies within your search area that can help you get vaccinated. You can then call that pharmacy and get on their list.

Sign up on the Thrifty White website: https://www.thriftywhite.com/covid19vaccine . You can sign up to get on a waitlist for a thrift white in your area. They will call you when they have an opening for you. Vaccine brand may vary.

Visit the MDH website https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/index.jsp

Staff once you have received your vaccine please show your vaccine card to Kendra, Michelle, Marty or Shyann. It is important for us to have this information!

 


Outbreak Staff Testing Schedule

March 29th from 2pm-3:15pm (Mayo Testing)

· Please alert your supervisor of any issues with scheduling.

  • Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before
  • 2pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen, Shylah, Katie Antonson, Diane
  • 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Carrie, Joy Z., Michelle, Kenny, Bo, Maria, Maleena, Denise, Vanessa E.P., Crystal
  • 2:30pm: Nancy, Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Jasmine, Lori F., Calissa, Ranell, Gabi, Cher, Joyce, Mercedes
  • 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Krissy, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah N, Presley, Megan, Alsaycia, Sue B., McKenna, Janet, Camelia
  • 3pm (After School): Cheyenne, Kayla H., Carolyn, Savannah A, Tori, Sam B., Leslie, Shyann, Mariah, Morgan K.
  • Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry V., Sherry T-N, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis, Paul Lutter

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
March 26th, 2021

 

In Person Visits are able to resume effective immediately

Results from Monday, March 22nd staff testing are in: At this time we have one staff that was identified with COVID-19 on our routine testing this week, this staff is not exhibiting any symptoms and had been fully vaccinated. This is an example of the vaccine doing its job to decrease symptoms and illness related to COVID.

All staff and residents were tested again on Wednesday and Thursday March 23/24th and no new cases were identified.

Per CMS and MDH guidance visitors are allowed to come into the building as the first round of outbreak testing is complete. Please enter through Door #1 (the main entrance). If you come between the hours of 2pm and 5pm there will be someone at the door, use the door bells in the entrance at other times.

All staff and residents will be tested again on the next two Monday’s, if there are any positive tests we have to cease visiting until we can determine if we have a large scale outbreak.

Please see previous notices as to the visitation and outing guidelines at BLHCC.


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
March 24th, 2021

In Person Visits are temporarily suspended, we are experiencing an outbreak of COVID-19.

“Outbreak” – one or more cases of COVID-19 in a staff or resident.

Essential caregivers and compassionate caregivers are still allowed entrance through Door #13 (Church Ave).

Outing and quarantine guidance are not affected by the outbreak.

We are still awaiting the rest of results from Monday, March 22nd staff testing and will send out a letter when all results are in. At this time we have one staff that was identified with routine testing this week.

All residents and staff will be tested today and next two Monday’s to ensure this outbreak is not wide spread. If all tests come back negative today visitors will be allowed back in the building per CMS and MDH guidance. Please watch our notices for further direction.

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
March 22, 2021

 

All Staff;

The COVID -19 vaccines have proved to be safe and very effective. Nationwide, the number of positive cases and deaths in Care Centers and Assisted Livings has dropped by 90% over the last two months. As a result, the CDC and Health Department have revised a number of COVID-19 precautions.

Quarantine: Quarantining of fully vaccinated residents/tenants basically ends. Quarantine will no longer be required for admissions/readmissions and if a resident/tenant goes out for any reason, including overnight visits. The only exception is if a resident/tenant has a confirmed close contact with a positive individual. When a resident/tenant is out they should be encouraged to follow the same safety guidelines that all of us are encouraged to follow. Unvaccinated residents/tenants, unfortunately, need to continue with the current quarantining procedures.

Visitors: We are now allowing all visitors to visit residents any time. An exception to this policy would be if we are in “outbreak”, but even then we would only pause long enough to determine that the outbreak is not widespread.

All visitors will now enter and exit the new front door (Door #1) on Yellowstone Trail. Delivers, drop offs and contractors should continue to use Door #13.

The inside sliding doors would always be locked from entering and will need to be opened from the lobby side. We should not open the inside sliding doors until all the visitors in the entryway are properly wearing our surgical masks. If they are wearing their own N95 or KN95 mask that is also OK.

We plan to have a greeter in the lobby from 2pm to 5pm every day. We will encourage visitors to arrive during this time, however, that arrival time will not fit many of our visitor’s schedules.

In the front entryway, there is a regular doorbell and a nurse call doorbell (Door #1) for visitors to use. The large monitors will have the lobby area as a bigger screen shot. We will also have a radio connection on Channel 4 so we can let waiting visitors know someone will be there in a few minutes.

Visitor Screening: Visitors need to be actively screened. Visitors should also exit the main front door and sign out – we need to monitor how many visitors we have.

Visits are only in resident rooms or tenants apartments. No eating or drinking and they should always wear the mask. They may have the door shut for more a private visit. Outside visits are also OK. These visits no longer need to be supervised and touch/hugs are allowed if the resident chooses.

This is very exciting news with lots of changes that we will work through as concerns or questions arise. Thank you to all of you! You have done a tremendous job of adapting to changes throughout this pandemic. You make BLHCC the place our resident want to call home!

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                   Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

Watch this video to see the visiting plan in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuBKWgY7vsA


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
March 22, 2021

 

ALL FAMILIES/RESIDENTS/TENANT UPDATE: We apologize in advance for the length of this update, there are many changes in this week. All of the updates are good for our residents!!!

We have been doing staff testing every Monday for the last 4 weeks due to our county positivity rate for COVID-19 being greater than 5%. This will continue for at least the next month due to regulations that we must follow based on the county rate. All staff have tested negative so far with the testing that has been done. We also do testing for any symptomatic staff or residents as needed and have had no positive cases of COVID since January 10, 2021. If one staff or resident were to test positive this is considered an “outbreak” and we would need to follow more stringent regulations for visiting and outings.

We are happy to share that we completed our third vaccination clinic on March 10th. We want to continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated. COVID -19 is not going away and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family and our residents. We continue to work with the Minnesota Department of Health to find ways to get COVID-19 vaccines for any residents or staff that wish to receive the vaccine and have not already done so.

The COVID -19 vaccines have proved to be safe and very effective. Nationwide, the number of positive cases and deaths in Care Centers and Assisted Livings has dropped by 90% over the last two months. As a result, the CDC and Health Department have revised a number of COVID-19 precautions.

Late last week CMS released some new guidance on visiting. We are now allowed to have anyone visit that can follow the following guidelines:

1) Pass the screening: no signs/symptoms of COVID and no contact with someone with COVID in last 14 days

2) Wear a mask that covers the face and nose at all times – Surgical mask provided at the door (no cloth masks)

3) Social distance of at least 6 feet

4) Use proper infection control guidelines and hand hygiene.

We will begin to allow visits for anyone on Tuesday March 23rd. This is so exciting!!

Visiting: We are asking that all visitors come to our front door off Yellowstone Trail. You will come in the front sliding door and before the second door ring the door bells (2 of them). This will alert staff that there is a visitor at the door. Between the hours of 2pm and 5pm there will be someone at the door and you will not have to wait to be screened. During other hours you can ring the door bell, begin to complete the screening form at the door, apply a surgical mask and wait for someone to screen you face to face to let you into the building. We cannot have more than 3 people visiting one person at a time.

Please be aware that we may need to block off visiting for sections of the building if there is a positive case of COVID identified. You are not allowed to remove your mask, so NO eating or drinking while visiting and residents/tenants and you will need to also wear a mask during the entire visit. The resident or tenant should also wear a mask for your visit, even in their room or apartment.

Watch this video to see the visiting plan in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuBKWgY7vsA

Outings: Several residents have voiced that they are ready to “get out of here”. Now they can! If they are fully vaccinated (2 weeks post both shots if a 2 shot series, or 2 weeks post the one shot if the Johnson and Johnson shot) they can go out, following the infection control protocols- wear a mask at all times, socially distance as much as possible, wash hands. Those that are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine upon return unless they spend 15minutes or more in a 24 hour period within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19. For those that are fully vaccinated and wish to leave for non- medically necessary reasons it is recommended to follow these steps:

· Residents who are fully vaccinated may gather indoors or outdoors with other people who are fully vaccinated.

· Residents who are fully vaccinated can visit indoors or outdoors with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 infection.

· If the resident is fully vaccinated, they can choose to have close contact (including touch) with the persons they are visiting.

· Indoor and outdoor visits should be conducted following good infection control practices, such as wearing well-fitting masks that cover the mouth and nose, staying 6 feet from others (social distancing) when practical, and using good hand hygiene to reduce risk of infection.

· If a resident who is fully vaccinated chooses to attend a place of worship or other group event, or to shop or eat in public establishments, the resident should follow the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention. MDH strongly encourages attending places of worship or other group events only when the 14-day county percent positivity rate is below 5%. The positivity rate is the percentage of people who test positive for COVID-19 among all the people in the county who are tested.

***Our county is currently greater than 5% so this outing is not recommended.

· If you have visited our facility or had contact with our residents/tenants and develop symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 within 24-48 hours of the visit, please call the facility so we can take precautions as necessary.

Fully vaccinated residents should continue to:

· Take steps to prevent contact with COVID-19 in public settings. Examples include wearing a well-fitted mask over their mouth and nose, and physical distancing.

· Follow infection control practices, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and perform hand hygiene to lower their risk when visiting with unvaccinated people who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have a household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease and is not vaccinated.

· Wear masks, practice social distancing, and perform hand hygiene to lower their risk when visiting with people from multiple households who are not vaccinated.

· Comply with any current state mandates or restrictions on group size at the time of the outing. https://www.leg.mn.gov/archive/execorders/21-11.pdf

· Get tested if they have CDC: Symptoms of Coronavirus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

· Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations.

Residents/tenants that are not fully vaccinated are required to follow the quarantine guidelines for non-medically necessary outings.

New news: Beginning on Monday March 15, 2021 we started having residents who choose come to their main dining room for the noon meal. The Assisted Living tenant can choose to come to their dining areas at their ends of the building and the Care Center residents come to the main dining area if they choose. Residents are socially distanced at the meals and wear a mask to and from the dining area as well as complete hand hygiene. This has been going very well. We also have had group activities going on with residents. Residents are socially distanced and wearing masks for these events.

This is all very exciting news! We are excited to welcome visitors back! At the same time please be respectful of our staff and practice socially distancing from the staff. We are getting closer to more “normal” living but precautions must remain for this process to continue and be successful.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 320-833-5364 or khiles@blhcc.org.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                    Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

 


Routine Staff Testing Schedule

March 22nd  from 2 pm-3:15 pm ( Rapid Antigen)

Please alert your supervisor of any issues with scheduling.

  • Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before
  • 2pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen, Shylah, Katie Antonson, Diane
  • 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Carrie, Joy Z., Michelle, Kenny, Bo, Maria, Maleena, Denise, Vanessa E.P., Crystal
  • 2:30pm: Nancy, Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Jasmine, Lori F., Calissa, Ranell, Gabi, Cher, Joyce
  • 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Krissy, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah N, Presley, Megan, Alsaycia, Sue B., McKenna, Janet
  • 3pm (After School): Cheyenne, Kayla H., Carolyn, Savannah A, Tori, Sam B., Leslie, Shyann, Mariah, Morgan K.
  • Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry V., Sherry T-N, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis, Paul Lutter

 

BLHCC and Westview Estates Staff

COVID-19 Update

February 24, 2021

 

To All Staff,

We completed our staff testing on Monday 2/22/21. Many staff resumed testing this week since it has been 90days since their positive case of COVID. All the results are in and everyone is negative! Unfortunately the case positivity rate for our county has gone up. It is now at 6.0% and we are required to resume weekly testing for all staff if we are above 5%. Residents do not need to be tested unless we have one positive case. We would then return to outbreak testing on a weekly basis. This is hard news to swallow for all of us, this virus is far from eradicated and we will continue to see surges until as many people as possible are vaccinated.

To date we have had 94% of our residents and tenants, and 52% of our staff have chosen to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. These are good numbers but we want to continue to encourage everyone to get vaccinated. COVID19 is not going away and getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family and our residents. To help answer staff questions and concerns about the vaccine the Minnesota Association for Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC) recently developed this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXFkxUdV03Y&feature=youtu.be

Wednesday March 10th is our next vaccination day. We now know that someone who has not started the vaccination process will be allowed to start the process that day. The location of your second shot if you are starting the series on March 10th is yet to be determined. Please let Kendra, Shyann or Michelle know by March 5th if you would like to start the vaccination process on March 10th. We will help you complete the consent process. If you are receiving your second dose we will be in contact with you to let you know what time to arrive.

Staff screening change- Staff no longer have to be actively screened at the door by someone else. This means that staff can take their own temperature and answer the screening questions themselves. Nurses and other designated staff are to review the sign in sheets regularly and sign off that they have reviewed them. Any noticed concerns on the log should be followed up upon immediately. Staff should enter the building through door 11, as this is generally unlocked and the times can be adjusted for staff to access if needed. Reminder Eye Protection remains part of the required PPE and MUST BE USED ANY TIME YOU ARE IN A RESIDENT ROOM!

We are also working on making some arrangements for our residents. One thing they have requested is to return to eating together. We would like to start this process slowly. Possibly only at the noon meal or 3pm coffee and only for those residents that want to do this. Residents will need to: maintain social distancing in the dining room, wear a mask to and from the dining room, and use good hand hygiene prior to, and after the meal. If we go back to outbreak status this process would be stopped and we would return to everyone eating in their rooms. Move news to come on this…..

In facility visits have been going now for a couple of weeks and the residents are enjoying these. Remember if you screen in a visitor please make sure they are also wearing a surgical mask, not a cloth mask and their eye protection. Several residents have voiced that they are ready to “get out of here” once they are 2 weeks post their vaccination. As a reminder the vaccination is considered 95% effective and receiving the vaccination at this time does not change our regulations related to quarantine. If someone is out of the building for a non-essential appointment we have to follow quarantine criteria, this is resident situation dependent and usually means a 14 day quarantine period following the outing. MDH guidelines are: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/hcp/ltceoguide.pdf

As many of you have noticed we have had staffing challenges in nursing. A big THANK YOU to all of those that have picked up shifts, stayed late, came in early, worked on their weekends off and adjusted their schedules to help out. Without you our residents would not be getting the great care they receive!

These days may seem long but when you are feeling exhausted and on your last reserves of energy, the voice that urges you to take that “one last step” is hope. We continue to have hope for better days, better days for everyone we care for, better days for our society, and better days for ourselves. WE HOPE…..

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing


Educare:  We have signed an agreement to work with Educare to provide on-line education services.   This will help to ensure that all staff has the proper training to perform their job.

Educare Log in:

***No Courses are too be completed while you are punched in, you can complete while at work but are not to be “on the clock”. ***

1) Go to educaretrainingonline.westnetmlp.com **Please make sure you are only using this website**

2) Enter in your username: Your first name and the first four of your birthday.  Example:  Joe Smith with a birthday of 4/2/1992 username is:  joe0402

3) Enter in your password:  blhcc or blhcc1 if you were hired after 9/1/2018

4) Click submit

5) Click on the course you would like to start, click launch course and your course will start, you will need to advance each slide by clicking the play button. (The slides have both written information and audio presentation – you will need to have sound on your computer).  There is a test-out you must pass to successfully complete a course.

6) You can stop and resume a course at anytime.  The system will remember where you left off.

Pay:

We will reimburse you for completing the courses.  The courses you are assigned are mandatory to complete on a quarterly basis.  This quarter will be January, February and March.  You will have until March 31st to complete the courses you are assigned and will get paid for the normal run time of the course on your April 7th paycheck. No overtime will be paid for educational hours. You do not need to turn in any information to be paid, we will run a report to determine who has completed the courses.  If you do not complete the course by March 31st you will not be paid but will still be required to complete the courses as part of your job requirements.

Internet access:  If you do not have easy access to internet services (home/library) we will provide accommodations on an individual basis.

**For employees who are not comfortable with the instructions provided or would like to learn more about this required training; Kendra provide training.  See or call Kendra to arrange a training date.

Courses:

Title Runtime CEU
Infection Prevention and Control PPE 14.58 .75
HIPPA 30.23 1.0
Vulnerable Adult – SNF MN 31.31 1.0

You must complete all courses by March 31st. You will receive 2 hours of in-service pay on your April 7th paycheck.  CEU’s certificates can be printed upon request by the business office.

Educare  All Staff 1st Quarter 2021

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
January 27th, 2021

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

We are excited to announce that we have no new positive cases at BLHCC in the last 2 weeks. This means we are moving out of outbreak testing for residents and staff. We will continue to test staff per our county positivity rates but will not need to test residents unless they are showing symptoms or we discover a positive case. This week our county positivity rate is at the lowest level in a very long time at 1.5%. The counties around us remain at 5% or greater. Our facility has decided to follow the recommendations of the Minnesota Department of Health and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) and move to monthly testing for staff. Our next planned testing day will be February 22, 2021.

We know that for some this testing frequency may not seem like enough. We will continue to test any symptomatic persons using our rapid testing process and monitor the county positivity rates to determine if we need to increase testing frequency. We are concerned about the new strains of COVID that have now entered Minnesota and are predicted to be easier to spread. We are happy to hear that the vaccine is also working against the new strains. COVID will be something as a society we will be dealing with for a long time yet, and future waves of outbreaks are predicted. Our only defense is to vaccinate as many as possible as quickly as possible. We highly encourage everyone to get vaccinated as they are able. This vaccination process will take time and we need to continue be very cautious with our community activity.

With that being said we are welcoming back indoor visits on a scheduled basis. You can sign up for an indoor visit on our website at www.blhcc.org or contact the activity department at 320-833-5364 ext 36 for assistance. These visits are for anyone, you do not have to be family to visit someone at our facility. When you arrive for a visit come in through our new main entrance on Yellowstone Trail. You should arrive no more than 5 minutes before your assigned time and you will be screened prior to your visit. You will need to wear a proper mask and must maintain social distancing for the visit. The visit will then take place in our new community room with indirect supervision to ensure proper mask wearing and social distancing. Thank you for complying with the requirements to make these visits possible for our residents!

We are preparing for our next COVID-19 vaccine clinic on February 10th. You will be notified of what time to come that day for your vaccine. This will be the second shot in the series for many of our staff and residents. Any staff or residents that have not started the series are welcomed to do so on Feb 10th. Staff, it is essential that we know by February 1st if you planning to start the vaccination process. At this time you will not be able begin the vaccine series on March 10th, this date will only be for those needing the second shot. Please let Kendra, Michelle or Shyann know if you plan to receive the vaccine and fill out the consent form as soon as possible.

The end is at last in sight, but we will all need to work together to get there. Our society as a whole needs everyone possible to receive this vaccine and achieve herd immunity to return to any kind of “normal”.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

1 27 2020 BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents



BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff COVID-19 Update

January 20, 2021

 

To All Staff:

We all desperately want the COVID-19 pandemic to be over, unfortunately, the reality is it is going to be with us for many years. The only way we will get control of COVID-19 is through vaccinations. There is a long list of devastating diseases that have been brought under control by vaccinations including small pox, polio, measles, hepatitis, whooping cough and many more. And like COVID-19, many people were, at first, hesitant to get the vaccine.

We are fortunate to have a good start on vaccinations, with 125 people getting their first dose of vaccine last Wednesday. Our next vaccination day is February 10th. It is another opportunity to begin the vaccination process. We also will have a vaccination day on March 10th, but as it stands now, those vaccinations will only be for the people who received their first dose on February 10th. March 10th will not be an opportunity to start the vaccination process.

Getting a vaccination is your decision, but we are strongly encouraging everyone to join in. If you have questions or concerns, we invite you to talk to Kendra or Shyann or a trusted co-worker that has had the vaccine. Find out their reason for receiving the vaccine and discuss with them their side effects. Here is one of the many testimonials about getting the vaccine https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=13923609 by Dr. Tyler Helland from Glencoe Regional Health. Recently we have also had several staff that are suffering some of the long term effects of COVID-19 please talk to them related to their personal story, we are confident that several would tell you that getting the vaccine is a “no brainer” per Calissa Weispennig, CNA.

We ask that any employee that is wanting the first vaccine to turn in a consent form by February 1st. It is imperative that we know by this date to secure enough vaccine for those wanting to start the series.

We also had the opportunity last Wednesday to give the vaccine to a few essential care visitors, volunteers and employee family members. At this time, it does not sound like we will be able to add anyone beyond additional staff for the next vaccine clinic.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday warned that a far more contagious variant of the Coronavirus first identified in Britain could become the dominant source of infection in the United States in our area by March. While cases in Minnesota have recently been falling, more waves are inevitable.

Please give strong consideration to joining in on the vaccination process.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing


Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center

Infection Control/Hand Hygiene

Training 1/19/2021

 

Mandatory All Staff Training

We have received our final results from our most recent infection control survey, December 21st 2020. Thank you for all your hard work, the surveyor had many good things to say about our staff. However, we did receive one deficiency related to infection control, in specific, hand hygiene. In order to correct our actions and instill better hand hygiene habits, ALL staff are required to take part in a mandatory,

“Infection Control and Hand Hygiene Training”.

Sign up by the time clock for the date and time of your choice.

January 25th 2pm or 2:30pm

OR

January 28th 2pm or 2:30pm

The training will take place in the activity room and last ½ hour.

 


Routine Staff Testing Schedule

January 18th from 2pm-3pm (Mayo testing)

  • Please alert your supervisor of any issues with scheduling.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 2pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen

Green Group 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Racheal, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Morgan B., Tori, Carrie, Courtney W.

Blue Group 2:30pm: Nancy, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Jasmine, Savannah

Purple Group 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Krissy, Leslie, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Diane, Cassandra, Alsaycia

Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis, Paul Lutter

 

*Next COVID Vaccine Clinic is February 10th. Everyone is Welcome and Encouraged to get Vaccinated J

 

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
January 9th, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We are delighted to notify everyone that no new cases of COVID-19 were identified with this week’s testing.  We will test all staff/residents/tenants again on Monday.   We currently have one resident on COVID precautions and those precautions will be lifted on Monday.  We will only be testing weekly this week as we have seen a drop in our county rates.  Weekly testing will only take place on Monday and as needed based on symptoms.

 

We are thrilled to announce that our first COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be on Wednesday January 13, 2021 from 11am-5pm.  We will use the main entrance that day and vaccination will take place in the new Community Room/Activity Room.  Please watch for a text with your assigned time and get your consents turned in by Monday January 11th.   Our second vaccine day will be February 10th and a third date has been set for March 10th.  If you miss the 13th for some reason you can begin your series on February 10th.  The vaccine clinic day will be a joyous day, but you may have questions about what to expect. We encourage you to review the CDC’s resource What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19.

 

We are pleased that those most at-risk of COVID-19, vulnerable seniors and professional caregivers, have been prioritized to receive the vaccine. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best ways to protect long-term care residents and caregivers from COVID-19. This vaccine gives us hope for the next chapter in our fight against COVID-19. We want everyone in our communities who wants a vaccine to get it as soon as possible. However, we cannot mandate that staff/residents or tenants accept the COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, it will continue to be important for senior living communities to follow safety protocols to protect seniors who we know are most at risk for serious consequences of COVID-19.

 

The COVID-19 vaccine is a ray of hope for many older adults who have been so cut off from their family and friends over these past months. A successful vaccination program is a huge step forward in beating COVID.  While this is a momentous occasion that marks the next chapter in our fight against the virus, it is just the beginning of a conversation about reopening long-term care settings. We have not received word of any updated guidance from the State about visitation in our settings. As soon as we start to successfully administer the vaccine throughout Minnesota and positivity rates begin fall, we hope we can begin to discuss what’s next for our community and for long-term care communities across our state.  Long term care facilities will not be able to return to normal visitation routines until a vaccine is administered to most residents and staff. Even then, experts are saying that most of the population will have to be vaccinated before we can return to normal.

 

Please be patient about changes in safety protocols as vaccinations roll out across Minnesota. Even though the vaccine is here, the virus is still being transmitted throughout our state and we need to continue to be cautious to protect the health and well-being of residents and staff.   Until we receive updated guidance from the State, we ask that everyone, even those not connected directly with long-term care settings, continue infection prevention and control practices—Wear a mask, wash your hands, don’t touch your face when you’re out, stay home if you’re feeling sick— These measures will help keep the positivity rate low and allow long-term care settings to employ safe and socially distanced visitation for residents.

Consent form preview:

https://info.omnicare.com/rs/095-VIX-581/images/COVID%2019%20Vaccine%20Intake%20Consent%20Form.pdf

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet:

https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/eua-fact-sheet-recipients.pdf

COVID 19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions:

https://info.omnicare.com/rs/095-VIX-581/images/COVID-19%20Vaccination%20FAQs_V2.pdf

CDC’s Questions about New COVID-19 Vaccines:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/hcp-employees-general-faqs.pdf

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents 1 9 2021

 


*If your insurance information has changed, please fill out a new registration form and bring it with you to testing.*

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/hcp/ltctestform.pdf

Paper copies are available in the room by Door #11.

Routine Staff Testing Schedule

January 11th from 2pm-3pm (Mayo testing)

  • Please alert your supervisor of any issues with scheduling.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 2pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen

Green Group 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Racheal, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Morgan B., Tori, Carrie, Courtney W.

Blue Group 2:30pm: Nancy, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna

Purple Group 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Krissy, Leslie, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Diane, Cassandra, Alsaycia

Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis, Paul Lutter

 

Please bring your COVID-19 Vaccine consent forms to testing on Monday

COVID-19 vaccine schedule to be sent out via text on Tuesday


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
January 3rd, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

This notice is to let everyone know that we have received the results of testing that was done on Thursday 12/31/20. We tested all staff and residents that day and have identified 1 new positive resident. No new staff cases were identified. We will test all staff again tomorrow, and all residents and staff on Thursday this week. As we continue to fight this virus we will welcome the vaccine that is coming our way on January 13th. The rest of this notice is unchanged. Please be aware we will be calling this week to obtain verbal consent for those that cannot provide their own consent.

The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved and the vaccination is coming!

At this time we have been given the date of January 13th from 11am-5pm. We have confirmation from CVS pharmacy. What we know at this time is that CVS will come out to vaccinate all of our staff and residents. They will receive the Moderna vaccine, a series of 2 shots, 28 days apart. We are including a couple of documents for your reference to educate yourself related to the vaccine. Also attached is the 2 page consent that will need to be completed for each person to be vaccinated. It will be essential that we get everyone’s new insurance cards. We will need their pharmacy/prescription cards as well as new insurance cards ASAP, there will be no cost of the vaccine to anyone but insurance will be billed by the pharmacy for the cost of administration.

What we will need:

· A completed consent form, these will be available the day of testing: We will be contacting resident representatives as needed to obtain consents. Please review the consent form at the link below.

· Copies of everyone insurance cards: Most people have gotten or will be getting new cards at the 1st of the year. WE WILL NEED A COPY OF THE NEW CARD, FRONT and BACK

Consent form preview: https://info.omnicare.com/rs/095-VIX-581/images/COVID%2019%20Vaccine%20Intake%20Consent%20Form.pdf

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet: https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/eua-fact-sheet-recipients.pdf

COVID 19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions: https://info.omnicare.com/rs/095-VIX-581/images/COVID-19%20Vaccination%20FAQs_V2.pdf

CDC’s Questions about New COVID-19 Vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/hcp-employees-general-faqs.pdf

We know that we have people on both sides of the fence for receiving the vaccine. We cannot make anyone receive the vaccine but it will be essential to our community to have everyone receive the vaccine. We need to protect each other, our residents/tenants and our families. It is our hope that if everyone were to receive the vaccine by the spring we will have created a safe environment for our residents to return to a more “normal” way of living, maybe even mask free in our building. If you have questions related to the vaccine, please do not hesitate to ask. I am including my personal e-mail and will do my best to provide you with the best resource possible to find your answers to any questions or concerns. khiles@blhcc.org

As we look forward to 2021 we do so with HOPE. Everyone is ready for this year to be over, turning the page on the calendar won’t magically erase all the hardship 2020 has brought, but it will provide us with HOPE that the days ahead will be brighter, better, and provide us with options to move ahead. For our residents/tenants and staff the vaccine is our best option.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 


Routine Staff Testing Schedule

New Years Eve Day – December 31st from 9am-10am

· Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.

· PM Shift will be tested upon arriving to work on New Year’s Eve Day.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 9am: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen

Green Group 9:15am: Caitlin, Misty, Racheal, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Morgan B., Tori, Carrie

Blue Group 9:30am: Nancy, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna

Purple Group 9:45am: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Krissy, Leslie, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Diane, Cassandra, Alsaycia

Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis

 

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 29th, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

This notice is to let everyone know that we have received the results of testing that was done on Thursday 12/24/20. We are proud to announce NO NEW CASES with this round of testing. Staff were all tested last Monday and staff and resident/tenants on Wednesday/Thursday. Yesterday (12/28/2020) we tested all of the staff again with no new cases of COVID-19 identified. This means that currently we have no positive residents, no one that remains in precautions, and all staff have returned to work. This news is the best Christmas present ever!

The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved and the vaccination is coming!

At this time we have been given a tentative vaccination date of January 13th from 11am-5pm. We are awaiting confirmation of this date from CVS pharmacy. What we know at this time is that CVS will come out to vaccinate all of our staff and residents. They will receive the Moderna vaccine, a series of 2 shots, 28 days apart. We are including a couple of documents for your reference to educate yourself related to the vaccine. Also attached is the 2 page consent that will need to be completed for each person to be vaccinated. It will be essential that we get everyone’s new insurance cards. We will need their pharmacy/prescription cards as well as new insurance cards ASAP, there will be no cost of the vaccine to anyone but insurance will be billed by the pharmacy for the cost of administration.

What we will need:

· A completed consent form, these will be available the day of testing: We will be contacting resident representatives as needed to obtain consents. Please review the consent form at the link below.

· Copies of everyone insurance cards: Most people have gotten or will be getting new cards at the 1st of the year. WE WILL NEED A COPY OF THE NEW CARD, FRONT and BACK

Consent form preview:

https://info.omnicare.com/rs/095-VIX-581/images/COVID%2019%20Vaccine%20Intake%20Consent%20Form.pdf

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet:

https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/eua-fact-sheet-recipients.pdf

COVID 19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions:

https://info.omnicare.com/rs/095-VIX-581/images/COVID-19%20Vaccination%20FAQs_V2.pdf

CDC’s Questions about New COVID-19 Vaccines:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/hcp-employees-general-faqs.pdf

We know that we have people on both sides of the fence for receiving the vaccine. We cannot make anyone receive the vaccine but it will be essential to our community to have everyone receive the vaccine. We need to protect each other, our residents/tenants and our families. It is our hope that if everyone were to receive the vaccine by the spring we will have created a safe environment for our residents to return to a more “normal” way of living, maybe even mask free in our building. If you have questions related to the vaccine, please do not hesitate to ask. I am including my personal e-mail and will do my best to provide you with the best resource possible to find your answers to any questions or concerns. khiles@blhcc.org

As we look forward to 2021 we do so with HOPE. Everyone is ready for this year to be over, turning the page on the calendar won’t magically erase all the hardship 2020 has brought, but it will provide us with HOPE that the days ahead will be brighter, better, and provide us with options to move ahead. For our residents/tenants and staff the vaccine is our best option.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                    Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

12 24 2020 BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents

 


Routine Staff Testing Schedule

December 28th from 2pm-3pm

  • Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
  • PM Shift will be tested upon arriving to work on New Year’s Eve Day.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 2pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen

Green Group 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Racheal, Kayloni, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Morgan B., Tori, Carrie

Blue Group 2:30pm: Nancy, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna

Purple Group 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Crystal, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Krissy, Leslie, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Diane, Cassandra, Alsaycia

Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Justin, Miranda, Mary, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Tammy Davis

  • Testing Dec 31st New Years Eve Day 9am-10:30am. If you have conflicts please let Kendra or Shyann know.

BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 23rd, 2020

 

COVID-19 Testing – Tomorrow

Thursday, December 24th 2020 from 9:30am-10am

· Afternoon shift will be tested upon arriving to work Dec 24th.

· If you are not scheduled to work December 24th and the roads/visibility is a hazard, we encourage you to be tested before your next scheduled shift instead of braving the weather. Please let the nurse know you need to be tested upon arriving for your next shift.

Stay safe this Christmas. Wear your mask, practice social distancing, and drive carefully. We need each and every one of you and so does your family and friends! We are looking forward to the New Year and the promises a COVID-19 vaccine may bring.

Merry Christmas,

Mark Rust Kendra Hiles

Administrator Director of Nursing

 

12 24 2020Testing Reminder

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 19th, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

This notice is to let everyone know that we have received the results of our testing that was done on Thursday 12/17/20. We are proud to announce there are no new resident cases with this round of testing. We did identify one new staff case of COVID-19. We will test all staff again on Monday 12/21/20 and all staff and residents on 12/24/20.

This means that currently we have 5 positive residents and 6 positive staff. All of the residents and staff are doing well. We would consider the symptoms we are seeing as mild at this time. 3 of the residents will come off of precautions in the next 2 days as long as there is no change in their symptoms. 3 of the staff will also be allowed to come back to work as long as their symptom status does not change. As per guidelines from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health each case is evaluated case by case and their precautions continue based on their symptoms if needed.

This notice is short and to the point today. We hope each and everyone of you are staying safe! We head into our week ahead with HOPE for a vaccine to soon be heading our way.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 18th, 2020

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

We would like to let you know that we have identified one new positive case of COVID-19 in a staff yesterday. At this time we have 5 residents that remain in isolation and 5 staff that are out of work due to COVID-19. We have 2 more staff that are out due to high risk exposures. This week we removed all other residents from isolation precautions. We will get the results of our Thursday testing over the weekend and will update you as we know more of what this round of testing shows.

We’re excited to announce that we’re gearing up to distribute the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine very soon. We expect to start residents and staff vaccinations shortly, hopefully in the next couple of weeks, no date is set at this time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health have decided that residents in long-term care are in the highest priority group and they will get the vaccine first—along with all of our staff. From what we know today, resident families and other people in the general community will have to wait for vaccinations until later in the year, when the supply of vaccines is larger.

Here are the details of our Vaccination Plan:

· There will be no cost to you for the shots.

· You’ll need two shots with 4 weeks (28 days) in between for it to be effective.

· If you’ve had COVID-19, you should still get the shots.

· Some people have had a sore arm, mild aches and fever after getting the shot, but you cannot be infected with COVID-19 through the shot. These types of side-effects are more common with the first injection but not as common with the second injection. It’s important you receive both shots.

We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand more about why the vaccine is so important in defeating COVID-19. If you have other concerns, please contact Kendra or place them in the box by the time clock.

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. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system, so it is ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Getting these shots will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.

The news of a vaccine gives us hope for a new chapter to our fight against this virus. We are so appreciative of the support and cooperation that all have given during these past nine tough months. Together, we’re moving toward a COVID-free future.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust, Administrator

Kendra Hiles, Director of Nursing

 

Why should I get vaccinated?

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. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough. Vaccines will work with your immune system, so it is ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Getting these shots will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us take a big step towards ending this pandemic.

When will the COVID-19 vaccination be available? Soon, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.

Why is it important for long-term care staff and residents to receive the vaccination first?

The average age of residents in long term care facilities is 85 and almost every one of them has an underlying health condition, and some have multiple chronic conditions. According to CDC data, the risk of mortality in this age group is 630 times higher than those 18-29 years old. While many industries can stay open or partially open with safety measures, long term care communities will not be able to return to normal until there is a vaccine.

How will we receive the vaccine?

We have partnered with CVS Pharmacy to come out and administer to Moderna vaccine. The Moderna vaccine is given in two steps, 28 days apart. CVS Pharmacy will require an informed consent to administer the vaccine. We have not received this form yet.

Is there are risk that I can get COVID-19 from the vaccination?

No, there is no risk of getting COVID-19 from the vaccination. This vaccination contains no actual COVID-19 virus. You may experience some side effects from the vaccine such as a sore arm, mild aches, or fever. This is your immune system responding to the vaccine and is expected. This does not mean you are getting sick with COVID-19. We need the vaccine to trigger this immune response to produce the immunity you need against COVID-19.

How do we know it’s safe since it was developed so quickly?

Scientists have worked on coronavirus research for decades starting with the original SARS outbreak and influenza. Scientists only needed to isolate certain things about COVID-19 to begin creating a vaccine because we already know so much about the type of virus. Due to the public health crisis created by the pandemic, many private, government and independent groups came together and cooperated on a vaccine. This scale of cooperation is not typical, and the partnership created resources and information sharing to develop the vaccine faster.

What are the side effects of the vaccine? Are there long-term effects?

There may be side-effects from the COVID-19 vaccination such as a sore arm, mild, generalized aches, headache, and fever. These side effects are more common after the first injection and not as common after the second injection. This vaccine will not make you sick with COVID-19; the side-effects are a result of your body’s immune system working to understand and create a response to the virus which is needed for your immunity. The long-term effects are still being studied. The first two months show no severe side effects. As with all vaccinations, long-term effects are monitored for up to 10 years.

Should / can I still get a flu shot?

It is important you still receive a flu shot. However, it is not recommended to have a flu shot within one month of the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not already received your flu shot, speak with your supervisor or your doctor about the best plan for receiving flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine.

Will I have to pay for it?

No, there will be no cost to you for the vaccine.

How many shots will I need and when?

The vaccine includes two injections. The second injection will 28-days after the first injection.

How long is the vaccine effective?

We don’t know. Because the vaccine is new, the length of immunity is unknown. There are some vaccines that do not require additional shots and there are other vaccines, such as the tetanus vaccine, that require periodic boosters. The vaccine will continue to be studied over time and if additional boosters are needed that information will be released when it is known.

Is it better to get natural immunity for COVID by getting the virus instead of the vaccine?

In many cases, the way to develop natural immunity to a pathogen is to become sick, have our immune systems respond, and then our immune system “remembers” the pathogen to keep us from getting sick again. However, our immune systems cannot always “remember” the pathogen; or, it cannot always fight off the virus. Right now, we don’t know if becoming sick with COVID-19 actually causes you to be immune to re-infection with the virus or not. We believe the vaccination does provide immunity to the disease. Additionally, there is no way to predict whether or not someone with COVID-19 will develop severe disease and suffer significant health complications or not; becoming sick is a risk and there is no way to predict the outcome of illness. You will not become sick from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Will I be able to work after getting the shot?

Yes, you will be able to work after receiving the vaccination. You will still need to follow infection prevention and control practices such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and good hand hygiene.

What happens when long-term care residents are vaccinated? Can we begin to reopen our community?

Long term care facilities will not be able to return to normal until a vaccine is administered to most residents and staff. As soon as we start to successfully administer the vaccine in our communities, we hope can begin to discuss what’s next for our community and for long-term care communities across our state. Until that time, please continue your infection prevention and control practices and follow the most current visitation guidance, even after you start vaccinations.

 

Vaccination Letter 12 18 20

 

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 15th, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

On Monday, December 14, 2020, we completed rapid testing on all of our residents/tenants/staff. This testing round identified 2 residents, 1 staff member and 1 contract staff person as positive for COVID-19. At this time, we have 7 residents of long term care in isolation precautions. 2 residents from previous reporting came off of precautions yesterday.

We currently have a total of 6 staff out of work due to testing COVID positive and 2 staff out due to high risk exposures. All staff are doing well and recovering at home.

Although these results are difficult to hear, we are so very grateful for all of our amazing staff who come to work every day with a caring and compassionate attitude to brighten the days of our residents. Each department at BLHCC has stepped up to the challenge of caring for residents during a pandemic and although this is new territory for everyone, they have done a fantastic job in the face of adversity! Even though there are days that we leave feeling defeated, especially with residents and staff continuing to test positive, we are also feeling blessed with residents and families who support us and a great team at BLHCC who care for one another, our residents, and tenants.

We can also feel the support and prayers from our communities. We are grateful for those who sent Christmas cards, donated presents and treats for both the residents and staff and let us know they are thinking of us. Thank you!

News of a vaccine gives us hope. In Minnesota, the Moderna vaccine is to be used for residents and staff in long term care. The Moderna vaccine is being reviewed this week by the FDA. Hopefully this process will be completed this week so distribution can begin shortly. The Moderna vaccine is given in two steps, 28 days apart. CVS Pharmacy will be coming out and administering the vaccine. We will be providing more information about the vaccine process as we get further instructions.

BLHCC Activity Department has been extra busy getting our home ready for the holidays! There are trees up in many of the common areas and our Activity Staff has been decorating individual rooms as well! Our new Activity Room is a flurry of gifts, decorations and plans to make Christmas 2020 at BLHCC the best that it can be. The thought of residents and families missing each other during this special season weighs heavily on all of us.

If you would like to call, Facetime or Zoom with your loved one, please use Sign Up Genius on our website, www.blhcc.org or contact the Activity Department to set up a time. We have hired an additional Activity Staff just for helping with keeping residents and families connected in this manner and have a full day of calls planned for Christmas day, please sign up now to reserve your time.

We have also been so grateful for the ability to have live entertainment and worship services in our home with the ability to broadcast the event live over our BLHCC In House channel. If you have a special talent you would like to share, please let us know and we will get you on the schedule.

In closing, we would like to add that while this holiday season may look different than previous ones, there will still be many blessings, especially if you are looking for them. You can choose to find new blessings amongst the restrictions, rather than focusing on the negative. Some blessings will be expected, and others unanticipated. Please know that we consider each of you reading this a blessing!

Sincerely,

Mark Rust, Administrator

 

12 15 2020 BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents 12 15 2020

 

 


Routine Staff Testing Schedule

December 14th and 17th 2020 from 2pm-3pm

!!!TIME CHANGE!!!

· Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.

· Staff who’s shift ends before 2pm should talk to Kendra to be tested earlier in the shift.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 2pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy, Wanda, Colleen

Green Group 2:15pm: Caitlin, Misty, Denise, Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa, Karen, Randy, Gloria, Morgan B., Tori, Carrie

Blue Group 2:30pm: Emma, Nancy, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna

Purple Group 2:45pm: Connie, Serena, Ashley, Crystal, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Krissy, Leslie, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Diane

Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Elizabeth, Justin, Miranda, Mary, Kim, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Kim W.

· All Staff will be tested twice per week per CMS guidelines. BLHCC will complete testing on Mondays and Thursdays from 2pm-3pm.

· Please note a time change for Dec 24th and Dec 31st 9am-10:30am. If you have conflicts please let Kendra or Shyann know.


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 13th, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

We have received all of the testing result from Thursday 12/10/2020. There were 2 new cases of COVID-19 identified in residents. At this time we have 7 residents of long term care in isolation precautions. The COVID Care Team has been implemented to work with only these residents and is doing an amazing job doing what they have trained to do.

We also have one new positive staff case of COVID-19. This means we have 5 staff that are out of work due to testing positive for COVID-19.

All residents/tenants and staff will be tested again on Monday. We are currently conducting testing twice per week.

This is a challenging time for everyone. Our staff have been pulling together and your putting your best efforts forward to contain the spread of this virus.

Please see our previous updates earlier this week for more details of what is happening at BLHCC.

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

 

 


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 10th, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We want to make everyone aware that we have identified two additional staff cases of COVID-19.  Both staff were tested with the rapid antigen testing due to the symptoms they were experiencing.  We are very proud of the staff for monitoring for any changes in their health and protecting the health of others around them by getting tested.  We have also identified another positive resident case of COVID-19.

 

This means that currently we have 5 positive residents and 4 positive staff.  All of the residents and staff are doing well.  We would consider the symptoms we are seeing as mild at this time, and pray that is how things continue.  We have completed contact tracing related to our positive cases and have identified two high risk exposures of a staff.  STAFF anytime you are outside of work or near anyone outside of your direct living situation you need to wear a mask.  We need all of you all!  At this time all of the positive resident cases being cared for by specific “COVID Care Staff”.  These staff do not have contact with other staff or residents.  Thank you to our COVID Care Team for your dedication to these residents!

 

At this time the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center is allowing essential caregivers to visit residents/tenants.  PLEASE call ahead if you do not have an established visit time.  We ask that you please use extreme caution and careful thought before coming for a visit.  Even if you are feeling “congested” do not come.  For many COVID-19 positive cases they have felt like they have, or are getting a “head cold” as their first symptoms.  Residents and tenants are being asked to wear a mask for any visits from staff, family or essential caregivers.  Staff, please assist residents to apply masks if they are receiving a visitor for any reason.

 

As we look ahead, Activities has set up live entertainment that will come into our new entry and broadcast over the TV channels to resident/tenant rooms.  The residents/tenants really enjoy this.  We will also be having our resident Christmas Party Day on December 21st.  Activity staff will go room to room with gifts, entertainment and community Christmas Cards that have been sent.

 

Our Activity Department has also set up a Sign Up Genius to sign up for video calls.  To sign up go to our website www.blhcc.org or, contact Lyn, or Activities, at 320-833-5364 ext. 36.  There are specific staff set up to assist residents/tenants with this process.  Many of the residents/tenants are enjoying these visits.  If there is a special event that you would like to do a video visit with a resident/tenant you may contact Activities and they will set this up with you.  With the Holidays quickly approaching we are not expecting there to be a change in status compared to Thanksgiving.  We will once again be asking that residents do not leave the building.  Anyone who does go out is putting everyone else at increased risk and will need to be placed in a 14 day quarantine upon return.  Please sign up now to get your desired time for a video visit on Christmas.

 

A safe and effective vaccine is on the way.  We know that we will be working with CVS Pharmacy to vaccinate all of our residents/tenants and staff.  This will be a two-step injection.  The vaccine is 95% effective against COVID-19 with 4-10% of those receiving the vaccine having mild reactions (muscle soreness and fatigue are the most common).  The vaccine is our only chance to fight this awful virus and we will need at least 80% of the population to receive the vaccine to be effective.  If you are researching information about the vaccine please be sure you are looking at credible sources.  Do not depend on social media for your information.  The Minnesota Department of Health and the CDC are recommended credible sites for information.   In the weeks ahead we will be reaching out to obtain consent for administering the vaccine.  Please do your research.  We are all in this together!

 

“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.  Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”- Marie Curie

 

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

12 10 2020 BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 7th, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

How fast things can change in this world of COVID-19.  Yesterday we received our results from our facility wide testing done on 12/3/2020.  With that came the news that we had 3 positive residents on one wing of long term care.  We also identified a fourth resident with symptoms.  That resident was tested with our rapid testing ability and results were positive.  No new positive staff identified on the 12/3/20 testing.  On 12/6/20 one staff reported symptoms prior to coming to work, they were tested with the rapid testing process, and determined to be positive.  Today we also identified another staff that has not been in the building for 1 month with symptoms and is also positive.  This means that currently we have 4 positive residents and 2 positive staff.  We have completed contact tracing and have not identified any high risk exposures.  At this time all of the positive cases are in one wing of the building and are all being cared for by specific “COVID Care Staff”.  These staff do not have contact with other staff or residents.

 

Yesterday we tested all residents on the wing with the positive residents and did not identify any unknown cases of COVID-19.  Today we have tested all residents/tenants and staff with the rapid testing process and have 1 staff case of COVID-19.  We continue to monitor all staff and residents closely and cannot emphasize enough to everyone the importance of using proper infection control practices to contain the spread of this virus.  No staff should be eating anywhere in the building except in the employee breakroom.  If you are outside in your cars you should be by yourself.  Masks must stay in place during your shift and residents should also be wearing a mask when you are in their room, the only exception to this is during cares where a mask would not allow proper care to be completed, i.e. Washing up, feeding, brushing teeth, shaving, etc.  All of you are essential and we need you, please follow these guidelines.

 

At this time the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center is allowing essential caregivers to visit residents/tenants.  PLEASE call ahead if you do not have an established visit time.  We ask that you please use extreme caution and careful thought before coming for a visit.  Even if you are feeling “congested” do not come.  For many COVID-19 positive cases they have felt like they have, or are getting a “head cold” as their first symptoms.  Residents and tenants are being asked to wear a mask for any visits from staff, family or essential caregivers.  Staff, please assist residents to apply masks if they are receiving a visitor for any reason.

 

We have prepared for this……our plan has been put into place.  We pray that symptoms remain mild for the COVID positive cases and a higher level of care is not needed for anyone.

 

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

12 7 2020 BLHCC Positive COVID Letter To Families Residents


ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT: Please scroll down to see 12-4-2020 Covid Update

 

Routine Staff Testing Schedule

December 7th and 10th 2020 from 1:30pm-3pm

  • The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in this order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
  • Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft. social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested, wait in your car.
  • For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst. Living Dining area.
  • Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1:30pm and 3pm. Any BLHCC staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.
  • All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled.
  • If you work a PM Shift this day you may come closer to your shift so you don’t end up waiting to punch in.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 1:30pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah, Lacy

Green Group 1:45pm: Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena, Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa, Karen

Blue Group 2pm: Wanda, Colleen, Emma, Nancy, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan

Purple Group 2:15pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Krissy

Pink Group 2:30pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Randy, Gloria

Yellow Group 2:45pm: Leslie, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Diane, Ali, Morgan B., Tori

Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Dawn, Elizabeth, Justin, Tyler, Miranda, Mary, Kim, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Kim W.

 

12 7 And 10 2020 Testing Schedule


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
December 4th, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

This week at the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center began our new testing plan.  We completed our first week of twice per week testing for all staff.  On Monday November 30th we tested all staff with the rapid testing process and had no new cases of COVID-19 identified.  Yesterday, December 3rd we tested all staff and residents with the PCR tests that get sent to Mayo Clinic Labs.  We will not have those results for a couple of days.  At this time, we have one staff out due to a positive COVID-19 case, and 2 staff that remain on a 14 day quarantine due to high risk exposures.

 

We celebrate the no new cases of COVID-19 this week with caution.  The community transmission levels of COVID-19 hit new records every day.  Our current county positivity rate is the highest it has ever been, at 15.5%, making us a “red county”.  This means we continue to test staff twice per week and residents on the weekly testing schedule.

 

This week our staff took time to prepare BLHCC for Christmas.  They have set up trees in common areas, decorated nursing stations, decorated individual resident/tenant rooms and helped to create a positive atmosphere.  We enjoyed hearing the Christmas carols being played on our in house channel while being broadcast from our entry way of the building.  Residents/tenants continue to enjoy a variety of ways to play Bingo, relax with a manicure, participate in Religious Services, and spend 1:1 time doing Zoom calls with family members, coloring, crosswords, work searches, letters and cards.  If you would like to send a card or message to any of our residents/tenants please send to:

Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center Attention: Christmas       PO BOX 368       Buffalo Lake, MN 55314

Our staff also enjoyed their version of Human Bingo by getting to know co-workers better to complete their Bingo card for prizes and indulged in meat and cheese trays from the Employee Council.

 

There were also new guidelines put out by the Minnesota Department of Health related to travel.  The State of Minnesota Emergency Executive Order 20-99 states that Minnesotans should refrain from non-essential travel out of state unless they meet certain exemptions.  If non-essential travel does occur, they should enter a 14-day quarantine upon their return.  This recommendation does not apply to individuals who must cross state or country borders for work, study, medical care, or personal safety and security.  This means that any staff that travel out of the state for non-essential reasons will be required to enter a 14 day quarantine.  This will not fall under the COVID pay policy for illness as this was travel for a non-essential reasons.   This order went into effect on November 20th and remains in place until December 18, 2020.

 

At this time the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center is allowing essential caregivers to visit residents/tenants.  PLEASE call ahead if you do not have an established visit time.  We ask that you please use extreme caution and careful thought before coming for a visit.  Even if you are feeling “congested” do not come.  For many COVID-19 positive cases they have felt like they have, or are getting a “head cold” as their first symptoms.  We are trying to limit the number of people in our building to keep our residents as safe and healthy as possible.  Residents and tenants are being asked to wear a mask for any visits from staff, family or essential caregivers.  Staff, please assist residents to apply masks if they are receiving a visitor for any reason.

 

We want to take this as an opportunity to thank everyone!! From our resident/tenant families that have sacrificed time and physical connections, to our residents/tenants for your unending resilience and desire to protect each other, your families, and the staff.   A special thank you to our staff for the countless hours and dedication you have shown to our residents/tenants and your co-workers.  Most of all we thank our own families that have allowed us to do what we were put here to do:  to Care….. Please take a moment enjoy this video.  (You may have to skip an ad to see the video).      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkDNp4ATCso

 

Thank you!!

 

Sincerely,Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

12 4 2020 BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents

 


Benefit Eligible Employee Information

 

To: Benefit Eligible employees of Buffalo Lake Healthcare 

From: Mark and Ranell 

 Here is the link to your benefits open enrollment WebEx presentation at 1:30 on December 1.  

https://meetusi.webex.com/meetusi/j.php?MTID=m78ff3bf30f5db82ef300533237e62c45 

Meeting number (access code): 173 755 6170 
Meeting password: Pavc73aZd3$   

 
Or you can join by phone
+1 3148881153 United States Toll  
Access code 173 755 6170 

Here is the link for the benefits open enrollment WebEx presentation at 3:00 on December 1, 2020. 

https://meetusi.webex.com/meetusi/j.php?MTID=maacd641dac0a3d1385ae428ff1d19d50 

Meeting number: 173 553 0688
Password: xvYaDJP*643 

 

Or you can join by phone

+1 3148881153
Access code 173 553 0688 

This meeting will be recorded and you will receive a link and password on December 2, 2020


Routine Staff Testing Schedule

November 30th from 1:30pm-3pm

  • The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in this order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
  • Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft. social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested, wait in your car.
  • For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst. Living Dining area.
  • Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1:30pm and 3pm. Any BLHCC staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.
  • All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled.
  • If you work a PM Shift this day you may come closer to your shift so you don’t end up waiting to punch in.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 1:30pm: Tonya, Lori S, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah

Green Group 1:45pm: Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena, Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa, Karen K.

Blue Group 2pm: Wanda, Colleen, Hailey, Emma, Nancy, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan K., Tori

Purple Group 2:15pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Krissy

Pink Group 2:30pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Randy, Gloria

Yellow Group 2:45pm: Leslie, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Diane, Ali, Morgan B.

Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Dawn, Elizabeth, Justin, Tyler, Miranda, Mary, Kim, Pastor Amy, Father Joe, Ashley, Kim W.

*Due to the current COVID-19 county positivity rate ALL staff are required to be tested twice per week. Nov 30th, Dec. 3rd, Dec 7th, Dec 10th

11 30 2020 Testing Schedule

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BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
November 27, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We are blessed and we are feeling Thankful!  We have received all of our resident/tenant testing results for this week and have no new positive cases of COVID-19!  The two assisted living tenants that were in quarantine due to previous positive test results have been taken off precautions today.  What a glorious day!  We continue to monitor all of our residents/tenants and test individuals with our rapid testing abilities as any symptoms arise.  We will test all residents and tenants this coming week on Thursday.

 

We have had 1 new positive staff since our last update.  We feel blessed that the majority of our staff were able to return to work today and are doing well.  At this time we have 3 staff out due to positive test results, one staff out due to a high risk exposure, two staff remain out past their quarantine period due to ongoing COVID-19 symptoms, and two staff with symptoms are awaiting test results.  As you can see there is a lot to keep track of.  At this time, staff will be testing twice per week on Monday’s and Thursday’s.

 

The numbers in our area continue to soar and our hospitals are at or near capacity.  Please, please, please do your part:  mask up, socially distance, do not attend gatherings, and stay home.  Stay safe everyone!!

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents 11 27 2020


 

BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
November 23, 2020

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

Today we are sending an update for the staff testing done yesterday.  We identified 2 cases of COVID-19 with the rapid testing we did on staff.  One of these staff had no symptoms and the other came to be tested in their car as they were experiencing minor symptoms.  These tests were followed up with the PCR tests that go to Mayo and we do not have those results at this time.  We are also waiting on the results from all of the resident/tenant tests completed yesterday.

At this time we have a total of 12 staff out of work.  Of those 12, 10 are COVID positive.  Others have either a high risk exposure or symptoms and are awaiting results.

 

We have 2 assisted living tenants that remain in isolation due to positive results last week.  We are very happy to say they are not experiencing any symptoms or have mild symptoms at this time.  Next week we will begin twice per week testing for staff.  Staff will be testing on Monday’s and Thursday’s.  Residents/tenants will be tested one time per week on Thursday’s.

 

While essential care visits are allowed to continue per CMS guidelines, we are asking you to refrain from visiting.  If you feel you need to visit at this time please call ahead to arrange a visit.  Community transmission rates are higher than they have ever been and we ask that you find other ways to connect with your loved one.  As we move through the weeks ahead we all need to do our part to slow the progression of this virus.

 

We do not want anyone leaving this facility unless it is an absolute must.  “This virus does not care that it is a holiday”.  We do not take this lightly and want to protect everyone we care for.  Eating and drinking around others without a face covering is a high risk activity.  We also recommend staff do not get together with members outside of their immediate family setting.  As per direction of the Minnesota Department of Health, if a resident or tenant goes out to a social gathering we will be placing them on a 14 day quarantine upon return.  This means staff will need to wear full PPE to enter that room, the resident/tenant is not to leave their room/apartment for 14 days.  We will then monitor them for any symptoms of COVID-19.  This is a burden to our staff that is already stretched thin and causes increased social isolation for the resident/tenant.   We go through a very large amount of PPE for anyone in a quarantine or isolation situation.  It also places our whole facility at increased risk.  With the potential for a safe and effective vaccine on the horizon, extra precautions are essential to protect our nursing home residents until a vaccine becomes available.

 

Although many of us will not be celebrating as we traditionally would, we can still spend this holiday being thankful for the blessings that have helped us through this year.  It is through these difficult times that is most important to give thanks for things in life we often take for granted.  This year we give thanks for friends and family that we hold so dear, for the tireless dedication of healthcare heroes that have persevered throughout the pandemic, for those around us that have given us strength, and for the resilience that will get us through this challenging time and make us stronger than we were before.  We wish you a safe, happy and memorable Thanksgiving.

 

We will send out a notice as we get the resident/tenant results this week and we ask that you all say a special prayer for favorable results.

 

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents 11 23 20201


 

 


Routine Staff Testing Schedule
November 23rd 2020 from 1:30pm-3pm
 The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in this
order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with
scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit
with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested.
Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
 Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft. social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested,
wait in your car.
 For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at
Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst. Living Dining area.
 Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1:30pm and 3pm. Any
BLHCC staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.
 All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled.
 If you work a PM Shift this day you may come closer to your shift so you don’t end up waiting to
punch in.
Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before
Red Group 1:30pm: Tonya, Lori S, Maria, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni,
Pam, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah
Green Group 1:45pm: Gabrielle, Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena, Racheal,
Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa
Blue Group 2pm: Wanda, Colleen, Hailey, Emma, Nancy, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie,
Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan, Tori
Purple Group 2:15pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce,
Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T
Pink Group 2:30pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Bo, Randy,
Gloria
Yellow Group 2:45pm: Leslie, Shyann, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley,
Megan, Diane
Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter,
Kelly, Dawn, Elizabeth, Justin, Tyler, Miranda, Mary, Kim, Pastor Amy, Father Joe

11 23 2020 Testing Schedule



BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
November 19, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT: 

This week we send out our update with very heavy hearts.  We have received the final results of our facility wide testing from Monday 11/16/20.   We tested 126 residents/tenants and staff and have a total of eight positive staff this week, this number includes the staff that we have reported earlier this week.  They are staff from almost every department and for this we are thankful.  This means no staff is having to step into a role they are not familiar with.  Our staff are jumping in to help each other and the teamwork we are witnessing is amazing, thank you for this!  Most of the positive staff are asymptomatic (showing no symptoms or very mild symptoms) although, we are seeing staff develop symptoms after they are notified of their test results, yet they have been mild.  We also have two positive assisted living tenants. At this time our assisted living tenants are showing no symptoms.  We are monitoring them in house very closely and keeping them quarantined to their rooms.  We pray for full recovery of our staff, the impacted tenants, and the numerous community members that are positive.  May everyone find strength to fight this awful virus!

 

We will continue to test all staff/residents and tenants.  Today we did rapid tests on all the negative assisted living tenants and have no new positive tests.  This week our county prevalence rate has jumped to 14.2%.  This means we will begin twice a week testing on 11/30/2020.  Our plan is once a week we will do a lab test on everyone.  The staff will get tested a second time with the rapid antigen test.  Testing of staff will be Monday’s and Thursday’s.  Residents will be tested on Thursday’s.        

 

As we look ahead to the holidays please keep in mind that social gatherings are not recommended.  We do not want anyone leaving this facility unless it is an absolute must.  “This virus does not care that it is a holiday”.  We do not take this lightly and want to protect everyone we care for.  Eating and drinking around others without a face covering is a high risk activity.  We also recommend staff do not get together with members outside of their immediate family setting.  As per direction of the Minnesota Department of Health, if a resident or tenant goes out to a social gathering we will be placing them on a 14 day quarantine upon return.  This means staff will need to wear full PPE to enter that room, the resident/tenant is not to leave their room/apartment for 14 days.  We will then monitor them for any symptoms of COVID-19.  This is a burden to our staff that is already stretched thin and causes increased social isolation for the resident/tenant.   We go through a very large amount of PPE for anyone in a quarantine or isolation situation.  It also places our whole facility at increased risk.  With the potential for a safe and effective vaccine on the horizon, extra precautions are essential to protect our nursing home residents until a vaccine becomes available.  

 

The Activity staff is hard at work to come up with ideas of how you can still make your loved ones holidays a special time even if you are unable to be together physically.  At this time if you could email a picture or video to Lyn at atotenhagen@blhcc.org saying “Happy Thanksgiving” by 11/23/20, she will work on putting them into a special collection to broadcast on our in house TV channel.  You can also send cards/letters, make phone calls, or drop off a “care package”.  

 

While essential care visits are allowed to continue per CMS guidelines, we are asking you to refrain from visiting.  If you feel you need to visit at this time please call ahead to arrange a visit.  Community transmission rates are higher than they have ever been and we ask that you find other ways to connect with your loved one.  As we move through the weeks ahead we all need to do our part to slow the progression of this virus.  

 

Window visits continue to be encouraged but we know the weather is against us again for these.  If you wish to schedule a video visit we have set up a Sign Up Genius on our website www.blhcc.org for Zoom calls.  The activity department will assist residents/tenants with these calls.  This is a great way to connect with those you cannot see.  If you have any questions about this process or need assistance, please contact Activities at 320-833-5364 ext. 36.  We also encourage everyone to “Like” us on Facebook.  

 

This is a time of Thanksgiving.  We are so very appreciative of all of our residents/tenants/staff/and families.   Our team at BLHCC is committed to keeping you connected during this holiday season.    

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator             Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

November 19th Covid-19 Update


BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
November 18, 2020

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT:

We have another staff member that has tested positive with COVID-19.  This staff tested positive with the rapid test yesterday and is awaiting lab confirmation of the result.   To summarize all the recent notices;  at this time we have a total of 3 staff that are out of work due to testing positive, to date we have had a total of nine positive staff, one positive nursing home resident and three positive assisted living tenants.  All of the assisted living cases as well as the nursing home case have made a great recovery, we have had no deaths related to COVID-19.  All of our staff have also been able to recover from this virus.   All of the cases, except for one, we feel are related to community spread, not facility spread.  So what does this mean…it means everyone has to do their part to protect themselves while out in the community.  The numbers in our area continue to soar and our hospitals are at or near capacity.  Please, please, please do your part:  mask up, socially distance, do not attend gatherings, stay home if you are sick.  We will send out another update later in the week with the results of our facility wide testing from Monday 11/16/20.  Stay safe everyone!!

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator             Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

Covid 19 Update November 18

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BLHCC and Westview Estates
Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update
November 17, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We have received notice that another staff member has been confirmed positive with COVID-19.  This staff last worked at the facility 11/12/20 and began to exhibit symptoms that day, they left work immediately.  They were tested on 11/13/20 and the results are confirmed positive.  They are home with symptoms and continuing to self-monitor through the quarantine period.  We will be doing contact tracing throughout the day to identify if we have any high risk exposures.  Thank you for your responsiveness to the calls for the contact tracing!  This really helps us in the fight against this virus.   We will send out another update later in the week with the results of our facility wide testing from Monday 11/16/20.  Stay safe everyone!!

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

BLHCC Postive COVID Letter To Families Residents 11 17 2020

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update

November 14, 2020

ALL STAFF/FAMILIES/RESIDENT ALERT: 

We have received the final results of our facility wide testing from Monday 11/9/20.   We tested 130 residents/tenants and staff and have one positive staff this week.  That staff is asymptotic (showing no symptoms or very mild symptoms).  As our county numbers soar, our state numbers skyrocket and we feel the direct impact of loved ones in our community that are struggling with positive results we are so very humbled by this news.  We pray for full recovery of our staff and community members, may they find the strength to fight this awful virus.

 

We will continue to test all staff/residents and tenants on weekly basis as we are still in outbreak testing.  We need to all be negative for 2 weeks and then we will transition to staff only testing.  This week our county prevalence is at 9.6%, if this number goes above 10% we will begin twice per week testing.  Predications do not look good.  

 

As we look ahead to the holidays please keep in mind that social gatherings are not recommended.  “This virus does not care it is a holiday”.  Especially, gatherings of friends and loved ones that live in different households.  Eating and drinking around others without a face covering is a high risk activity.  We also recommend staff do not get together with members outside of their immediate family setting.  As per direction of the Minnesota Department of Health, if a resident or tenant goes out to a social gathering we will be placing them on a 14 day quarantine upon return.  This means staff will need to wear full PPE to enter that room, the resident/tenant is not to leave their room for 14 days, and we will monitor for any symptoms of COVID-19.  Many of our staff have said they are willing to do this if it means residents/tenants can see their family for the holiday.  We caution this thought process….not only is there undue burden placed on staff that are stretched thin, there is also a depletion of our precious PPE resources.  We go through a very large amount of PPE for anyone in a quarantine or isolation situation.  It also places our whole facility at increased risk of a large scale COVID-19 outbreak.  At this time we have been able to contain the spread within our facility and hold on to hope that a vaccine is soon to come.    

 

The Activity staff is hard at work to come up with ideas of how you can still make your loved ones holidays a special time even if you are unable to be together physically.  At this time if you could email a picture or video to Lyn at atotenhagen@blhcc.org saying “Happy Thanksgiving” by 11/23/20, she will work on putting them into a special collection to broadcast on our in house TV channel.  If you are an essential caregiver and come for a visit over the holidays you can bring a meal for your loved one, but please refrain from eating with them.  We also encourage you to set up virtual visits now for popular days like Thanksgiving.  You can also send cards/letters, make phone calls, or drop off a “care package”.  More ideas to follow.  

 

Essential care visits continue.  We love to see you and so do the residents!  If you have been approved as an essential caregiver in the past you are welcome to call and set up a time to return to visit your loved one.  If you have not been approved and are wondering if you can visit please contact Michelle or Kendra at 320-833-5364.  In order to be able to maintain these visits it is extremely important that everyone follow the safety guidelines. These include:  scheduling the visit in advance, wearing the appropriate PPE at all times, entering door #13 and being screened, traveling straight to the resident’s room/apartment and exiting straight out door #13.  Also be sure to sign out when you leave and have the resident/tenant you are visiting wear a mask during your visit.  No eating during your visit please.  

 

Window visits continue to be encouraged but we know the weather is against us again for these.  If you wish to schedule a video visit we have set up a Sign Up Genius on our website www.blhcc.org for Zoom calls.  The activity department will assist residents/tenants with these calls.  This is a great way to connect with those you cannot see.  If you have any questions about this process or need assistance, please contact Lyn in Activities at 320-833-5364 ext. 36.  

 

We encourage everyone to “Like” us on Facebook.  You will see on Facebook that life does go on at BLHCC.  We are always trying to engage residents/tenants and promote quality of life to best extent possible.  This past week the Veterans Meal was a huge success.  We want to thank those that donated at The Broaster Cafe in Bird Island.  100% of Veterans meals were paid for, this was not expected, it was very heartwarming and appreciated.   

 

To our heroes, our warriors and our defenders we thank you for continuing to pull together and provide the best possible care to our residents.  We need you! You are invaluable!  To our residents/tenants there is no way to say how much we care about you and feel responsible for you.  To our families….we miss you, we think of you and we thank you for entrusting us to care for your loved ones though this pandemic.  The fight goes on……

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                                  Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

 

Weekly Update 11 14 20

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Routine Staff Testing Schedule
November 16th 2020 from 1:30pm-3pm

 The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in this order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
 Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft. social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested, wait in your car.
 For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst. Living Dining area.
 Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1:30pm and 3pm. Any BLHCC staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.
 All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled.
 If you work a PM Shift this day you may come closer to your shift so you don’t end up waiting to punch in.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 1:30pm: Tonya, Lori S, Maria, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Katie Antonsen, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah

Green Group 1:45pm: Gabrielle, Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena, Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa

Blue Group 2pm: Wanda, Colleen, Hailey, Emma, Nancy, Shylah, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan, Tori

Purple Group 2:15pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce, Calissa, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Marissa

Pink Group 2:30pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Bo, Michelle, Randy, Ranell, Kenny, Gloria

Yellow Group 2:45pm: Leslie, Shyann, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Natalie, Diane

Therapy/Hospice/Pastors: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Dawn, Sherry, Elizabeth, Justin, Tyler, Miranda, Mary, Kim, Pastor Amy, Father Joe

11 16 2020 Testing Schedule

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update

November 4, 2020

 

Routine Staff Testing Schedule

NOTE TIME CHANGE

November 9th 2020 from 1:30pm-3pm

  • The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in this order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
  • Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft. social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested, wait in your car.
  • For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst. Living Dining area.
  • Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1:30pm and 3pm. Any BLHCC staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.
  • All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled.
  • If you work a PM Shift this day you may come closer to your shift so you don’t end up waiting to punch in.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 1:30pm: Tonya, Lori S, Maria, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Katie Antonsen, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah

Green Group 1:45pm: Gabrielle, Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena, Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa

Blue Group 2pm: Wanda, Colleen, Hailey, Emma, Nancy, Shylah, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan

Purple Group 2:15pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce, Calissa, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Marissa

Pink Group 2:30pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Kayla, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Bo, Michelle, Randy, Ranell, Kenny

Yellow Group 2:45pm: Leslie, Shyann, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Natalie, Diane

Therapy/Hospice: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Dawn, Sherry, Elizabeth, Justin, Tyler, Miranda, Mary, Kim, Amy

11 9 2020 Testing Schedule

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update

November 5, 2020

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We have received the final results of our facility wide testing from Monday 11/2/20.  We have confirmed one positive staff person this week with our routine testing.  That staff is having mild symptoms and home on quarantine.  We are awaiting confirmation on the other staff that tested positive with the rapid test.  At this time we treat them as a presumed positive case.  That staff is asymptomatic (no symptoms) and is home monitoring for symptoms.  The one staff that tested positive last week with no symptoms has not developed any symptoms and continues to remain home during the quarantine period.  We have one staff from earlier testing that continues to seek treatment from the effects of COVID-19 including the cough, shortness of breath and fatigue.  Prayers continue for a full recovery.

 

The truly amazing news in all of this is that we have no positive resident/tenant cases again this week! Great job with PPE everyone!!  We have been fighting this virus for eight months now and everyone is very tired, last week we described it as the snow storm that just does not end.  Yet, staff continue to put every effort forward to pick up extra hours and provide the best possible care to our residents.  Staff you are amazing!  We cannot give up!  We cannot let our guard down!  We cannot think, “Our staff have recovered well, residents have recovered, we’re ok.”  WE ARE NOT OK…..10 deaths have occurred in Renville County from COVID-19.  Most COVID-19 transmission has been linked to the community and the activities we do outside of work.  Please keep up with the best practices to fight this virus.  We are blessed to have such a caring and dedicated team!  Stay Safe……Mask up and social distance.

 

We will continue to test all staff/residents and tenants on weekly basis as we are still in outbreak testing.  We continue to be in contact with our health department and weekly updates on changes are ongoing.  We train our staff continually, even fire drills now contain additional training on PPE use.  We have also joined a collaborative called Project ECHO to meet with other facilities and share best practices in the management of COVID-19, we are excited to see what this has to offer.

 

Essential care visits continue.  We love to see you and so do the residents!  If you have been approved as an essential caregiver in the past you are welcome to call and set up a time to return to visit your loved one.  If you have not been approved and are wondering if you can visit please contact Michelle or Kendra at 320-833-5364.  In order to be able to maintain these visits it is extremely important that everyone follow the safety guidelines. These include:  scheduling the visit in advance, wearing the appropriate PPE at all times, entering door #13 and being screened, traveling straight to the resident’s room/apartment and exiting straight out door #13.  Also be sure to sign out when you leave and have the resident/tenant you are visiting wear a mask during your visit.  No eating during your visit please.

 

Indoor visits remain on hold.  We have a plan to begin these visits once we are all COVID-19 negative for 2 consecutive weeks.  Window visits continue to be encouraged but we know the weather will be against us again.  If you wish to schedule a video visit we are setting up a Sign Up Genius on our website www.blhcc.org for Zoom calls where the activity department can assist residents/tenants with these calls.  This is a great way to connect with those you cannot see.  If you have any questions about this process, please contact Lyn in Activities at 320-833-5364 ext. 36.

 

We encourage everyone to “Like” us on Facebook.  You will see on Facebook that life does go on at BLHCC.  We are always trying to engage residents/tenants and promote quality of life to best extent possible.  With Veteran’s Day next week our Veterans will enjoy a special meal being catered in from a local restaurant.  We encourage you to post your pictures thanking our Veterans for us to share with them.  They will receive a special Veterans mask and have a special thank you surprise entertainment….

 

The days are sometimes frustrating and the nights may be filled with worry or concern but as long as we all continue to work together we will make it!  We are blessed to have the most amazing staff and residents at BLHCC!! Thank you!

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

Weekly Update 11 5 20

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update

November 4, 2020

 

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We have not received the final results of our facility wide testing from Monday 11/2/2020.  However we have identified one positive staff person this week with our rapid test, we are awaiting confirmation of this test.  Confirmation is obtained by doing a PCR lab test that can take up to 3-5 days to get the results.  This staff is asymptomatic (no symptoms) and is now home monitoring for symptoms and off of work during the quarantine period.  A more detailed letter will follow this week with the final results of our testing.

 

It is a requirement that we update you within 24 hours that we are aware of a positive test and at this time all other staff and residents continue to be monitored with no symptoms identified.

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

Weekly Update (short Version) 11 4 20

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Routine Staff Testing Schedule
NOTE TIME CHANGE
November 2nd 2020 from 1:30pm-3pm

 The time your group gets tested may change. We will do our best to keep the groups in this order for all dates of testing. Please alert Shyann Topel or your supervisor of any issues with scheduling. If you have requested the date of testing off or have taken PPL you will need to visit with Kendra Hiles DON to get tested before or after your day off. All staff must be tested. Refusing to test will result in being excluded from work until tested.
Wear your PPE and practice 6 ft. social distancing. If there is a line of staff waiting to be tested, wait in your car.
 For testing day only – park outside of the East Asst. living entrance on Yellowstone Trail. Enter at Door #19. Testing will take place in the East Asst. Living Dining area.
 Therapists and Hospice personnel should arrive between the hours of 1pm and 3pm. Any BLHCC staff currently working on the day of testing will be first priority.
 All staff will be compensated with one hour of pay if tested on the date and time scheduled.
 If you work a PM Shift this day you may come closer to your shift so you don’t end up waiting to punch in.

Tested In AM Before 7am: NOC Staff who worked night before

Red Group 1:30pm: Tonya, Lori S, Maria, Tim, Lori P, Janice, Melly, Angela, Joni, Pam, Katie Antonsen, Sharon, Traci, Aliyah

Green Group 1:45pm: Gabrielle, Caitlin, Cher, Misty, Denise, Maleena, Racheal, Kayloni, Vanessa E-P, Lisa

Blue Group 2pm: Wanda, Colleen, Hailey, Emma, Nancy, Shylah, Carolyn, Heidi, Jennie, Janet, Katie Andrews, Lyn, Morgan

Purple Group 2:15pm: Connie, Serena, Carrie, Mariah, Ashley, Crystal, Joyce, Calissa, Monica, Rhonda, Vanessa T, Marissa

Pink Group 2:30pm: Sue Major, Cheyenne, Kayla, Marty, Kirsten, Jonna, Bo, Michelle, Randy, Ranell, Kenny, Vanessa B.

Yellow Group 2:45pm: Leslie, Shyann, Melony, Kendra, Mark, Savannah, Presley, Megan, Natalie, Diane, Samantha

Therapy/Hospice: Lynette, Rebecca, Sara, Sherry, Shelby, Dr. Shorter, Kelly, Dawn, Sherry, Elizabeth, Justin, Tyler, Miranda, Mary, Kim, Amy

11 2 2020 Testing Schedule.docx

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Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center / Educare

ON-LINE Training:  All Staff

 

Educare:  We have signed an agreement to work with Educare to provide on-line education services.   This will help to ensure that all staff has the proper training to perform their job.

Educare Log in:

***No Courses are too be completed while you are punched in, you can complete while at work but are not to be “on the clock”. ***

1) Go to educaretrainingonline.westnetmlp.com **Please make sure you are only using this website**

2) Enter in your username: Your first name and the first four of your birthday.  Example:  Joe Smith with a birthday of 4/2/1992 username is:  joe0402

3) Enter in your password:  blhcc or blhcc1 if you were hired after 9/1/2018

4) Click submit

5) Click on the course you would like to start, click launch course and your course will start, you will need to advance each slide by clicking the play button. (The slides have both written information and audio presentation – you will need to have sound on your computer).  There is a test-out you must pass to successfully complete a course.

6) You can stop and resume a course at anytime.  The system will remember where you left off.

Pay:

We will reimburse you for completing the courses.  The courses you are assigned are mandatory to complete on a quarterly basis.  This quarter will be October, November and December.  You will have until December 31st to complete the courses you are assigned and will get paid for the normal run time of the course on your January 7th paycheck. No overtime will be paid for educational hours. You do not need to turn in any information to be paid, we will run a report to determine who has completed the courses.  If you do not complete the course by December 31st you will not be paid but will still be required to complete the courses as part of your job requirements.

Internet access:  If you do not have easy access to internet services (home/library) we will provide accommodations on an individual basis.

**For employees who are not comfortable with the instructions provided or would like to learn more about this required training; Kendra provide training.  See or call Kendra to arrange a training date.

Courses:

Title Runtime CEU
Dementia-A refresher 47.21 1.0
Resident Rights–SNF 21.22 0.75
     

You must complete all courses by December 31st. You will receive 2 hours of in-service pay on your January 7th paycheck.  CEU’s certificates can be printed upon request by the business office.

Educare Payroll Stuffer All Staff 4th Quarter 2020

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BLHCC and Westview Estates

Staff/Family/Resident/Tenant COVID-19 Update

October 29, 2020

ALL STAFF/Families/Resident ALERT:

We have received the final results of our facility wide testing from Monday 10/26/20.  We have confirmed one positive staff person this week.  That staff is asymptomatic (no symptoms) and is now home monitoring for symptoms and off of work during the quarantine period.  The two staff that were positive last week are doing well.  One has returned to work already and one remains at home with mild symptoms and will be returning to work if all goes well next week.  We are beyond happy to report no positive resident/tenant cases this week.  We are following the Minnesota Health Department Guidelines for return to work criteria, if you are interested this is the link to those guidelines https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/hcp/hcwrecs.pdf

Staff that are out of work during a COVID-19 illness or have symptoms of COVID-19 and are waiting test results are paid for the time they are out of work without having to use their vacation/sick time.  We have had countless staff that have stepped up to fill in hours and make sure our residents receive the best care possible, thank you to all of you!!!  We are blessed to have such a caring and dedicated team!

 

We will continue to test all staff/residents and tenants on weekly basis as we are still in outbreak testing (even one case of COVID-19 is considered to be an outbreak) and need to have two consecutive weeks of all negative tests before we can stop testing residents weekly.  Staff testing will depend on our county prevalence rate of COVID-19 cases.  We also continue to require testing for any staff who show two or more symptoms of COVID-19, and place any residents that show symptoms are placed under transmission based precautions pending the determination of a diagnosis for their symptoms.

 

We are excited to announce that we have resumed essential care visits and many residents have had visits this week.   This means if you have been approved as an essential caregiver in the past you are welcome to call and set up a time to return to visit your loved one.  If you have not been approved and are wondering if you can visit please contact Michelle or Kendra at 320-833-5364.  In order to be able to maintain these visits it is extremely important that everyone follow the safety guidelines. These include:  scheduling the visit in advance, wearing the appropriate PPE at all times, entering door #13 and being screened, traveling straight to the resident’s room/apartment and exiting straight out door #13.  Also be sure to sign out when you leave and have the resident/tenant you are visiting wear a mask during your visit.  No eating during your visit please.

 

Indoor visits are on hold at this time.  We have a plan to begin these visits once we are all COVID-19 negative for 2 consecutive weeks.  These visits will be for anyone wishing to see a resident or tenant and will be set up though our website at www.blhcc.org.  These visits will take place in our new community room.  This room will have additional safety precautions, including added exhaust ventilation.  These visits will be supervised from a distance to maintain infection control precautions.  Window visits continue to be encouraged, at this time, the window should remain closed.  If you wish to schedule a video visit, please contact Lyn in Activities at 320-833-5364 ext. 36.

 

Just a reminder that we will be having a Scavenger Hunt outside of the building for kids on Halloween.  This is a way that even though the kids cannot come into the building, the residents will still be able to see the little ones in their costumes.  We will have individually packaged candy for the kids to pick up after they do the Scavenger Hunt on Saturday October 31st from 5pm-6pm.  Hopefully our weather cooperates.  Watch our Facebook page for more details.

 

This week we wished our longest employee of the Buffalo Lake Healthcare Center the best in her retirement.  Paula Jakobitz retired after 43years at BLHCC.  We thank everyone who came out to the Parade on 10/25/2020 in honor of Paula’s last day, sent her a card, greeting or wished her well from afar.  She was overwhelmed to say the least.  We will miss her in so many way:  her dedication, the countless lives she has touched, her sense of humor and ability to inspire others will not be forgotten.  Thank you Paula!  Enjoy retirement!!

 

Sincerely,

Mark Rust Administrator                                              Kendra Hiles Director of Nursing

NEW Weekly Update 10 29 20

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Archived Updates

Vaccine CLinic BLHCC Staff Info

Weekly Update 10 23 20 (final Sent Out)

Weekly Update 10 14 20

BLHCC Presumptive Positive COVID Staff Letter 10 2 2020 

Click HERE for a pdf copy Routine Testing

Click HERE for a PDF copy of 9/24/20 notice

Click HERE for a PDF copy of testing schedule

Click HERE for a PDF copy of the consent form

Click HERE for a PDF copy of the registration/insurance form

Covid-19 9-10-2020 Staff Letter 

Hotline PDF Copy


Educare PDF

July 24th PDF copy

Click HERE for a PDF copy July 13

Click HERE for SignUpGenius step by step instruction

June 25th Update

Download a pdf of our June 10, 2020 update

Download a pdf of our May 29, 2020 update

Download a pdf of our May 18, 2020 update

5/15/2020: Download the pdf of this update.

Staff Screening Instructions 5/5/2020

Home Made Masks For Staff At Home 5/5/2020

Eye Protection For All Staff 5/5/2020

COVID Testing Site Information 5/5/2020

Download a pdf of our May 4, 2020 update

 

Download a pdf of our April 10, 2020 update

Click Here for April 6th PDF

Click here  March 29th PDF