COVID-19 Updates

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5/21/2020 Update

Field Crest Care Center, Assisted Living & Crest View Villa Situation Update

As of today, Field Crest Care Center campus has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents or staff.  8 resident tests and several staff tests have been completed.  We are taking guidance from MDH and our medical director on facility-wide testing for residents and staff and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

For statewide situational information see MDH Situation Update.

Visitor Restrictions / Compassionate Care visits

Because our residents are at high-risk for COVID-19 infection, federal and state guidelines restrict us from relaxing rules for visitors and other group activities at this time.  The only exception is for end-of-life compassionate care visits.  We continue to actively communicate with family members and will offer an end of life visit if appropriate.  We have infection control practices in place, including limiting the number of visitors, requiring PPE to be worn, and promoting social distancing during visits, to protect our residents, staff, and visitors.

We acknowledge this is a difficult time for all concerned. We are working on our plans to re-open our setting and will keep you posted on that progress in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, we will continue to do all that we can to connect our residents and families in a safe way.

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5/15/2020 Update

Field Crest Care Center, Assisted Living & Crest View Villa Situation Update

As of today, Field Crest Care Center campus has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents or staff.  8 resident tests and several staff tests have been completed.  We are taking guidance from MDH and our medical director on facility-wide testing for residents and staff and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

For statewide situational information see MDH Situation Update.

Stay Safe

The new Stay Safe directive from Governor Walz takes initial steps to re-open Minnesota, but the spread of the COVID-19 virus is only anticipated to grow in the weeks ahead. We value the health and safety of our residents and staff and remain committed to taking all precautionary measures to protect them from this virus. Because our residents are at high-risk for COVID-19 infection, federal and state guidelines restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting and other group activities at this time.

We, like you, are anxious for a return to normalcy where visitors are warmly welcomed in our settings and our personal touch of warm smiles and human touch are not masked or guarded. Please understand this is a difficult time for all concerned. We are actively working on our plans to re-open our setting and will keep you posted on that progress in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, we will continue to do all that we can to connect our residents and families in a safe way.

Update:  Window visits

At this time window visits are coordinated at the front entrance, but if there is a pending COVID-19 test or in the event that we have a positive case, we will be coordinating at resident room windows.  Since the situation changes day to day, please contact the activity department for all window visits so they can ensure the correct precautions are being taken.

The activity department can be reached at (507) 477-3266 Ext. 133.

Long-Term Care Week: Sharing our Wisdom

May 10-16

Staff and residents are celebrating Long-Term Care Week this week!  This includes staff and resident dress-up days, sharing stories, interactive activities, and more.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page to keep up with the fun!

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5/8/2020 Update

Field Crest Care Center, Assisted Living & Crest View Villa Situation Update

As of today, Field Crest Care Center campus has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents or staff.  If there are changes the primary contact for all residents will be notified.  The Mayo Clinic Mobile testing unit has been to the facility to perform tests multiple times but all tests have been negative.

For statewide situational information see MDH Situation Update.

Governor Walz 5 Point Battle Plan

5/7/20 Governor Walz announced a 5-point battle plan to support long term care settings in MN in the war against COVID-19.

  1. Expand testing for residents and workers in long-term care facilities
  2. Provide testing support and troubleshooting to clear barriers faster
  3. Get personal protective equipment to facilities when needed
  4. Ensure adequate staffing levels for even the hardest-hit facilities
  5. Leverage our partnerships to better apply their skills and talents

Reminder:  Window visits

Please coordinate all window visits through the Activity Department.  We ask that you do not visit residents at their personal window.  As the weather gets nice, residents tend to have windows open, and we don’t want to risk a visitor unintentionally exposing a resident.

PPE

Field Crest continues to work with suppliers, MDH and our regional healthcare coalition to ensure that we have enough Personal Protective Equipment on hand to protect our employees and residents in the event that we have COVID-19 in our building.  Cheryl’s forward thinking and action in the early days of COVID-19 have ensured that we have a several week supply of surgical and N95 masks on hand for use when needed.  We continue to inventory and monitor use on a daily basis.

We have been blessed to receive many donations of cloth masks that staff are currently wearing at all times.  Residents are also wearing cloth masks when out of their room.  These have been priceless in preserving our surgical and N95 masks.

Thank you to all whom have donated cloth masks!  They are greatly appreciated!  If you would like to make a donation of cloth masks please contact our business office at (507) 477-3266.

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5/1/2020 Update

Here are some of the things we have been working on this past week.

Field Crest Care Center, Assisted Living & Crest View Villa Situation Update

As of today, Field Crest Care Center campus has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in residents or staff.  If there are changes the primary representative for all residents will be notified.  The Mayo Clinic Mobile testing unit has been to the facility test residents multiple times but all tests have been negative.

For statewide situational information see MDH Situation Update.

MDH Infection Control focused survey

Surveyors from the Minnesota Department of Health arrived on 4/27/20 and performed and Infection Control focused survey in the skilled nursing setting.  This survey is conducted to ensure we are prepared to care for residents that may become ill with COVID-19 and that we have practices in place to prevent the spread.  They had no concerns or suggestions with what we have in place!  Surveys are also being conducted around the stated in assisted living and housing with services settings and we are prepared for that as well.

PPE: Eye protection

Everyone entering the building is now wearing goggles with all resident interactions.  This is one more step that we are taking to keep our employees healthy!

Shoe disinfection

We have added disinfecting spray stations at our entrances.  Each person entering the building is now spraying the bottoms of their shoes to prevent bringing anything unwanted into the facility.

Courtyard opening

With our beautiful spring weather, we have opened our courtyard.  Two residents at a time are able to enjoy the courtyard with accompaniment by an activity staff person.  Staff is present to ensure appropriate social distancing.

COVID-19 casual days

We have implemented casual day for employees every day.  We appreciate all the extra measures that every employee is taking to protect themselves and our residents.  This is a small way we can say “Thank you!” and promote staff comfort.

Crest View Villa & Field Crest Assisted Living entrances

The codes to enter Crest View Villa and Field Crest Assisted Living have been changed.  Visitors continue to be restricted at this time campus-wide.  Exceptions to these restrictions include essential healthcare personnel that can only gain access through the main facility entrance.  When visit restrictions are lifted residents and family members will be notified.

Window visits

Please coordinate all window visits through the Activity Department.  We ask that you do not visit residents at their personal window.  As the weather gets nice, residents tend to have windows open, and we don’t want to risk a visitor unintentionally exposing a resident.

CDC Coronavirus symptoms update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated symptoms of Coronavirus.  Symptoms of COVID-19 may include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or new loss of taste or smell.  There is also information on when to seek medical attention if you are experiencing symptoms.  Please reference the CDC website for the most up to date information.

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3/26/2020

Fieldcrest would like to thank all of our wonderful families, volunteers, and community members who have expressed their concern for our residents and caregivers during this global pandemic of COVID-19. All of our residents and staff are adapting very well to the increasing changes in our facility practices and are all pulling together to ensure that our facility remains operating smoothly. Our exceptional Safe Care Team had already been established months ago in the event that any safety concerns may arise. None of us at the time realized that our Safe Care Policies and Procedures would be put into practice this soon and at the scale that they did, but it sure made the transition seem effortless. We know how important it is that you keep in contact with your loved one and have many avenues to do just that. Please contact our Activities Department at (507) 477-3266 ext. 133 to schedule a way to communicate. Our staff is assisting residents with phone calls and making sure that cell phones stay charged, you may write letters, we have set up a “visiting window” where you may sit on a bench in the entryway and see your loved one, we have a tablet set up for Facebook Messenger calls, or you may send a greeting from our website. Our residents would love to hear from you!

CDC Website

White House Updates

State of Minnesota COVID updates

Dodge County Website

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