COVID-19 Updates

Field Crest Care Center, Assisted Living and Crest View Villa Situation Updates


3/29/21 Update

We have some more exciting updates to our visitation status!

  • Each resident can now have up to 1 visit per day.  These visits still need to be scheduled through the activity department at extension 133 at least 24 hours in advance.  They are scheduled first come, first served based on the number of slots available.
  • We also increased number of visitors at a time to 3. 
  • Outdoor visiting areas will be available soon, as weather allows.
  • We will continue to escort visitors to the resident room or other visiting area as applicable.  But we are now asking visitors to walk themselves out at the end of their visit.  When visitors leave, make a straight path to the exit.  Do not visit with other residents or staff and maintain social distance from others.
  • Visits are scheduled for for up to one hour.  

3/18/21 Update

Visitation Status:  We are currently allowing closed window, virtual, essential caregiver, indoor and outdoor (as weather allows) visits.

MDH provided updated guidance and we have put in place the following changes effective immediately:

  • Indoor visits have been increased to 2 per resident each week.  If the resident is fully vaccinated, social distancing is still recommended by the CDC, but it is not required.  Visitors will continue to schedule these visits with the activity department.  2 visitors can come at a time and for an hour duration.  As the weather continue to improve, this can include outdoor visits as well.
  • We are now allowing visitors to bring in homemade food to the resident they are visiting.  We know our residents have been missing their favorite home-baked goodies!
  • Fully vaccinated residents are no longer required to quarantine after a non-medical outing.  If you wish to take a resident on an outing, please notify the nursing department.

*The definition of fully vaccinated is a person who is at least 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2 dose series, or at least 2 weeks following the receipt of the one dose in a one dose series.

We are so excited to be able to allow more things to our residents and their loved ones.  A great big thank you to all family, visitors and community for the continued support that we have received during all stages of this pandemic.  We are here for you!  Please contact any one of the management team if you have questions or concerns.


2/11/21 Update

Visitation Status:  We are currently allowing closed window, virtual and Essential Caregiver visits.  Since we are no longer in outbreak testing we are once again able to resume indoor visits!  Please see details below to schedule.

Active Recovered    Deceased
Care Center      0         1          0
Assisted Living      0         0          0
Crest View Villa      0         0          0
Staff      0         9          0

 

Indoor Visitation Guidelines

  • Each resident will be allowed 1 indoor visit per week.  These visits can include 2 people at a time.  If there are 2 visitors scheduled together to visit a resident, they must arrive together.  These visits are for the duration of 1 hour.
  • All visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entrance.  If a visitor has any symptoms of COVID-19 including but not limited to a temperature equal to or greater than 100 degrees F they will be asked to reschedule their visit.
  • Residents will wear a surgical mask as tolerated during the visit and a visitor will wear a mask and goggles.  Please provide your own mask and goggles if able.
  • Visitors must take a straight path to the resident room.  We ask visitors not to use the restroom if possible.
  • Visits will take place in resident rooms, unless it is a shared room. Then an alternate location will be arranged.
  • Visitors must social distance from the resident they are visiting, other residents and staff for the duration of the visit.
  • Physical contact is not permitted during the visit and social distance between visitor and resident in resident room must be maintained.
  • Visitors under 12 years of age are the responsibility of the adults who bring them and must comply with social distancing and face covering requirements.  Visitors under the age of 5 are discouraged.
  • Pets are not allowed during visits.

Visitors will be asked to leave and may not be permitted future visits if any of these protocols are not followed.

These visits will be suspended if:

  • There is a new onset of COVID-19 in staff or resident within the last 14 days.
  • The COVID-19 county positivity rate is at high risk level (>10%)

Other considerations set by CMS and MDH for continued indoor visitation:

  • Sufficient PPE
  • Sufficient staffing
  • Access to testing
  • Local hospital capacity
  • Rates of COVID-19 like illness visits to the emergency department
  • Positive rate of adjacent counties

Scheduling a visit

Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance and during business hours. For the nursing home schedule with Deb Brown in Activities at (507) 477-3266 Ext 133.  For Crest View Villa and Field Crest Assisted Living schedule with Ronda Rohl at (507) 477-3266 Ext 139.  There are more than enough slots available for each resident to have one visit per week and these slots will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.  We do have some weekend and evening slots available.  If the resident you are calling to schedule a visit with has already had their visit, a visit will have to be scheduled for the next week.  Visits can be schedule up to one week in advance.

At this time we are asking visitors to please plan in advance.  Last minute or same day visits will not be allowed.  Please communicate this information to other family members and friends that will be scheduling visits.  Coordinate as much as possible with others to prevent miscommunication and scheduling conflicts.

As always, thank you to everyone for your support and patience!  If you have any questions please contact us at (507) 477-3266.

Sincerely,

Your Field Crest Management Team


1/26/21 Update

Visitation Status:  We are currently allowing closed window, virtual and Essential Caregiver visits.

COVID-19 vaccine:  Our next vaccination clinic is February 2, 2021 for residents and staff.

Active Recovered    Deceased
Care Center      0         1          0
Assisted Living      0         0          0
Crest View Villa      0         0          0
Staff      1         8          0

1/14/21 Update

Active Recovered    Deceased
Care Center      0         1          0
Assisted Living      0         0          0
Crest View Villa      0         0          0
Staff      1         8          0


12/31/20 Update

Active Recovered    Deceased
Care Center      1         0          0
Assisted Living      0         0          0
Crest View Villa      0         0          0
Staff      0         8          0

Field Crest Care Center residents and direct care staff that have chosen to get the COVID-19 vaccine will receive it Tuesday, January 5th!  One more defense in the fight against COVID! 

Thank you to all our residents, staff, family and friends for the support and encouragement in 2020!  Bring on 2021!

 

“Here’s to the year past and friends who have left us. Here’s to the present and the friends who are here. Here’s to the New Year and the new friends who will join us.” — Emily Post


12/17/20 Update

Active Recovered    Deceased
Care Center      0         0          0
Assisted Living      0         0          0
Crest View Villa      0         0          0
Staff      1         7          0

 

Field Crest Care Center continues with outbreak testing at this time related to COVID-19 positive staff persons.  Also, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 Test Positivity Rates provided by CMS in determining indoor visitation.  Our current rate is 10.4% positivity which means that we are in a high risk county, as is most of the state.  All indoor visitation remains postponed in the care center.  Staff are able to assist residents with personal window visits, virtual visits, phone calls and emails to keep our residents connected in as many ways as possible with loved ones during this time.

To schedule:

Care center – contact the activities department at extension 133.

Assisted living and Crest View Villa – contact extension 136.

We are working on making the COVID-19 vaccine available for both staff and residents and we will share updates on this as we receive more information.  See below for FAQs related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQs

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.

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?

There are likely going to be two ways to receive the vaccine for your organization.  Residents will receive their vaccines through the federal pharmacy partnership program (PPP).  The PPP has a plan to offer multiple on-site clinics to facilitate the two doses needed for this vaccine. Your local county public health office will work to facilitate staff vaccinations.  This infrastructure will be helpful in ensuring that long term care residents and staff are among the first to receive the vaccine.

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 either be given 21- or 28-days after the first injection.  The timeframe for the second injection depends upon the manufacturer and what is written in the emergency use authorization.  Your organization will make sure you have this information once vaccines are distributed and ready for administration.

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.

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.


11/24/20 Update

Dodge County’s current COVID-19 positivity rate is over 12% at this time.  Any county rate over 10% is considered to be in a high risk area.  In order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 from entering our building we will be postponing indoor visitation until we are out of the high risk level.  In addition, all staff COVID-19 testing will increase to two times per week.

We are able to continue with virtual visits, assisting with phone calls and emails, and closed window visits.  Please contact the activity department at extension 133 to schedule or for further information.

Please contact the facility if you have any questions or concern.  Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


10/29/20 Update

We have completed two weeks of outbreak testing, which included all staff, residents and essential visitors.  All COVID-19 tests results were negative!  At this time we are able to resume indoor visitation.  See the 10/2/20 update below for indoor visitation requirements.  Also, please watch the following video if you are planning on scheduling an indoor visit.

Indoor visitation video

Staff will continue to have weekly COVID-19 tests performed.  We will continue to provide regular updates with any changes.

Thank you!


10/19/20 Update

We are pleased to announce that all results of our first round of outbreak testing that was completed last were were negative!  That testing included all residents, staff, and essential visitors.  Thank you for all the extra time and hard work that nursing puts in each week to administer these tests to ensure our staff and residents’ safety!  Nursing is gearing up to administer our second round tomorrow.


10/14/20 Update

With the scheduled weekly staff testing that was completed last week, one staff person tested positive.  Exposure to residents was limited and precautions have been put in place to reduce the risk of further COVID-19 in the building.  This week we did begin outbreak testing of all staff and residents.  We will continue to include residents in weekly testing until we have two consecutive weeks of all negative tests in staff and residents.  Please feel free to call with any questions.


10/2/20 Update

We are excited to be starting indoor visitation.  Our team has been working diligently to put in place the required practices set by CMS and MDH in order to allow indoor visitation while keeping the risk of COVID-19 entering our building low.  The required parameters are detailed below.

  • First off, a big thank you to all our staff!  Every employee is participating in routine testing based on the county positivity rate.  This testing can be up to 2 times per week if the rate in the county is over 10%.  As of today we are in the medium risk category (5-10%) so staff are testing weekly.
  • Each resident will be allowed 1 indoor visit per week.  These visits can include 2 people at a time.  If there are 2 visitors scheduled together to visit a resident, they must arrive together.  These visits are for the duration of 1 hour.
  • All visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entrance.  If a visitor has any symptoms of COVID-19 including but not limited to a temperature equal to or greater than 100 degrees F they will be asked to reschedule their visit.
  • Residents will wear a surgical mask as tolerated during the visit and a visitor will wear a mask and goggles.  Please provide your own mask and goggles if able.
  • Visitors must take a straight path to the resident room.  We ask visitors not to use the restroom if possible.
  • Visits will take place in resident rooms, unless it is a shared room. Then an alternate location will be arranged.
  • Visitors must social distance from the resident they are visiting, other residents and staff for the duration of the visit.
  • Physical contact is not permitted during the visit and social distance between visitor and resident in resident room must be maintained.
  • Visitors under 12 years of age are the responsibility of the adults who bring them and must comply with social distancing and face covering requirements.  Visitors under the age of 5 are discouraged.
  • Pets are not allowed during visits.
  • Residents may accompany their visitors outside for a walk, maintaining 6 feet of social distance.  Pushing a wheelchair outdoors is an acceptable activity while wearing PPE.

Visitors will be asked to leave and may not be permitted future visits if any of these protocols are not followed.

These visits will be suspended if:

  • There is a new onset of COVID-19 in staff or resident within the last 28 days.
  • The COVID-19 county positivity rate is at high risk level (>10%)

Other considerations set by CMS and MDH for continued indoor visitation:

  • Sufficient PPE
  • Sufficient staffing
  • Access to testing
  • Local hospital capacity
  • Rates of COVID-19 like illness visits to the emergency department
  • Positive rate of adjacent counties

Scheduling a visit

Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance and during business hours. For the nursing home schedule with Crystal Anderson in Social Services at (507) 477-3266 Ext 116.  For Crest View Villa and Field Crest Assisted Living schedule with Ronda Rohl at (507) 477-3266 Ext 139.  There are more than enough slots available for each resident to have one visit per week and these slots will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis.  We do have some weekend and evening slots available.  If the resident you are calling to schedule a visit with has already had their visit, a visit will have to be scheduled for the next week.  Visits can be schedule up to one week in advance.

At this time we are asking visitors to please plan in advance.  Last minute or same day visits will not be allowed.  Please communicate this information to other family members and friends that will be scheduling visits.  This information will also be available on our website at fieldcrestcare.com under the COVID-19 Update tab for others to reference.  Coordinate as much as possible with others to prevent miscommunication and scheduling conflicts.

As always, thank you to everyone for your support and patience!  If you have any questions please contact us at (507) 477-3266.

Sincerely,

Your Field Crest Management Team

 


9/18/20 Update

Visitation Guidance

CMS released clarification and updates to visitation guidance yesterday.  We are continuing to move forward with implementation of indoor visitation.  One piece of allowing indoor visitation is to have a policy and procedure for all staff routine testing in place.  We have been working with our medical director and the Mayo Clinic to schedule all staff testing and will be completing that in September.  As long as we remain COVID free we will move forward with scheduling indoor visitation.  More details to come!


8/28/20 Update

Visitation Guidance

We are continuing to work toward implementation of indoor visitation.  The goal is to have things finalized and in place in September.  We will send out a letter to the main contact for each resident with the guidelines when they are in place.  Thank you for your continued patience!

Salon

Our Salon will officially be open next week!  Haley Wilson, our new licensed hair stylist, will be in the salon multiple days with the goal to have seen each resident that wants an appointment within the next two weeks.  She will be seeing residents in the nursing home, assisted living and Crest View Villa apartments.  If you have questions or requests, they can be directed to Deb Brown, Activity Director, at extension 133.


8/14/2020 Update

The Salon is open!

Please help us in welcoming Haley Wilson, our new licensed hair stylist!  After completion of some training modules and orientation to our facility, she will begin scheduling appointments with our residents at Field Crest Care Center, Field Crest Assisted Living and Crest View Villa.  Additional measures are being taken at this time to ensure infection control practices are in place, including social distancing in the salon.  We are happy that our residents will receive some much deserved and long-awaited pampering over the next couple weeks.  If you have questions or requests, they can be directed to Deb Brown, Activity Director, at this time.

Visitation Modification

We are excited to announce that the Minnesota Department of Health released guidance on visitation modification for congregate care settings.  We are working on procedures for Field Crest Care Center, Crest View Villa & Field Crest Assisted Living to implement modified visitation on our campus.  We want to ensure that we are taking measured steps to promote resident visits with their loves ones while reducing the risk of COVID-19 from entering our facility.

Before moving to this level of visitation we must consider the following: case activity level in the facility and in the community, adequate staffing, access to sufficient PPE, access to testing, local hospital capacity and adequate screening procedures.  This will be assessed on an on-going basis and depending on these factors we may have to restrict this visitation for a time until the risk has reduced.  Any positive COVID-19 cases in staff or residents will result in visitations being suspended for 28 days from last symptoms

We anticipate scheduling one visit per week for each resident that can include up to two visitors.  These visits will be held in the resident room or outside and social distancing will continue to be required.  As we continue to work out details on implementation we will post updates on our website and reach out to each residents’ healthcare representative.

As always, thank you to all concerned for your patience and understanding as we continue to move forward with changes.  We are very blessed to have your continued to support and advocacy for our residents.


7/28/2020 Update

Visitation Guidance

We currently offer outdoor visits, closed-window visits, compassionate care visits and are working toward implementing open-window visits.  The Essential Caregiver program was implemented and started this week.  We continue to promote the well-being of our residents while assessing risk on an ongoing basis in attempt to keep COVID-19 out of our building.  We monitor residents on quarantine related to risk of exposure due to essential appointments or recent admission, and the status of COVID-19 in our building, Dodge County and the state.  Please know that if a time comes that we feel there is too great a risk to our residents based on these factors we may suspend these visits and/or the essential caregiver program temporarily until the risk has reduced or we have implemented further safety measures to combat it.  Compassionate care visits would be the exception to visit suspension.

Thank you for all the outpouring of patience and support!

Your management team at Field Crest Care Center


7/15/2020 Update

Point Prevalence Testing

All residents and staff tested negative for our 3rd round of facility wide COVID-19 testing that took place on Tuesday July 7th!  Way to go all!

Beauty Shop

We are currently looking for a licensed beauty operator / barber for our residents.  The position is very flexible.  If you know of anyone that would be interested or a good fit please have them contact Cheryl.  We want to get our resident’s the pampering they deserve as soon as possible!

Essential Caregiver

We are pleased to announce that we have chosen to implement the Essential Caregiver program in accordance with guidelines released from Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) 7/10/20.

Our goal with this program is to help our residents who previously received personal cares provided by a loved one or outside caregiver prior to the visitor restrictions required by state and federal guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please know that this is a NARROW exception to visitor restriction and will not apply to all residents.  We will assess this on a case-by-case basis and will implement this in a calculated way to balance the well-being of our residents while maintaining the safety of each resident.  This new program will be implemented effective July 25th per MDH guidelines.

We encourage you to read the MDH guidance on Essential Caregivers at the link below to fully understand the guidance provided by the State of Minnesota and ensure we are protecting the health and safety of all who live and work here.

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

We chose to implement this program in the following ways in our setting:

  • Essential Caregivers will be determined based on assessment with our Administrator, Director of Nursing, Social Services Director & RN Director of Health Services.
  • Residents will be consulted about their wishes to help determine whom to designate as an Essential Caregiver. At this time Field Crest will allow one Essential Caregiver per resident.  Crystal, the Director of Social Services will work cooperatively with Essential Caregiver to schedule these visits in the nursing home and Ronda, RN Director of Health Services for Field Crest Assisted Living and Crest View Villa.
  • Essential Caregivers can be family members, outside caregivers, friends or volunteers who provided regular care and emotional support to the resident prior to the pandemic.
  • Essential Caregivers may provide support 2 days per week for one hour per visit. Please know Field Crest Care Center may establish limits of the number of Essential Caregivers in the building or the length of the visits based on the need to keep residents and staff safe.
  • Essential Caregivers will be actively screened for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entering the building and must wear all necessary personal protective equipment while in the building. They must also perform frequent hand hygiene and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet with staff and other residents while in our building.
  • Essential Caregivers will limit their movement in our building to the designated space for the visit.
  • Essential Caregivers must inform us if they develop a fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within 14 days of a visit to a resident.
  • Essential Caregivers can take resident on a walk outside the building but cannot take a resident out into the community except for essential medical appointments.
  • Essential Caregivers cannot visit a resident during a resident’s 14-day quarantine and must not visit when a resident is positive for COVID-19 or symptomatic, unless the visit is for compassionate care.
  • Please know we do retain the right to restrict or revoke Essential Care status if the designated person fails to follow our established policies and protocols.

We will assess the status of this program at Field Crest on an ongoing basis and make changes as we continue to move forward, while still following the guidance provided by MDH.  If, at any time, it is deemed unsafe for Essential Caregivers to enter the building due to a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in our community, either within our walls or in the broader community, it is our obligation per MDH guidelines to revisit and reassess the program.

At this time, indoor visits in our settings are still not allowed per the Minnesota Department of Health. Please know we continue to provide outdoor visits, window visits, and visits through technology and encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. We are working on a plan to re-open our setting to visitation once we receive updated guidance from the state and meet the requirements that will be specified in that guidance. We will keep you updated on the status of our re-opening and look forward to the day when we can warmly welcome all visitors back into our community.

Please contact Crystal Anderson, Director of Social Services, Tonia Weitzenkamp, DON, or Ronda Rohl, RN Director of Health Services if you have questions.

 

Sincerely,

Cheryl Gustason, LNHA

Administrator


7/2/2020 Update

Thank you!

A great big Thank You to all the family and friends of our residents here at Field Crest!  Everyone has been so gracious and patient during this time.  We are very blessed within the Field Crest community to have the ongoing support of our residents’ family members.  We continue to get guidance on the phases of reopening from MDH and will continue to take measured steps to ensure safety while promoting the well-being of each resident.  We will keep you updated as we continue to implement changes.  Please call with any questions, suggestions or concerns.  We love the open communication and appreciate your input!  Again, Thank you!

Communal Dining

Communal Dining started today!  Residents are offered to come out to the dining room to enjoy their meals.  This is on a rotating basis as only one resident is allowed per table and must be socially distanced.  One more step in the direction of reopening!

Point Prevalence Testing

Round 3 of facility wide COVID-19 testing will take place on Tuesday July 7th at Field Crest Care Center.  This will include nursing home and assisted living residents along with all employees.  Field Crest RNs will be administering the tests.

As always, thank you to our employees for all you are doing to keep our residents safe!  Every employee is ESSENTIAL here!!!  You truly go above and beyond for the residents and are making a difference!

*Please see below for letter from Dr. McKenzie.


To the staff, residents, and families of Field Crest Care Center
Re: State COVlD-19 Testing, Round 3

Dear all,

Many of you may know me, but for a full introduction I am Dr. Kyle McKenzie and I am the primary physician for coverage at Field Crest Care Center and also serve as the Medical Director. I work out of the internal medicine department at Mayo Clinic Rochester and have been coming to Field Crest since 2018. I have been working closely with the leadership team at Field Crest to review and decide on how best to manage and implement the five-point plan outlined by Governor Walz in May, which includes testing to screen for the virus that causes COVID-19. We are very glad about the amount of participation we have had with testing and are very happy to report that the first two rounds of testing have returned negative (no virus detected).

I know that the last several months have been difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this particularly so for those who live in long-term care facilities, those with loved ones in long-term care facilities, and those who work there. You all have been wonderful, this cannot be emphasized enough. Life has significantly changed, but you have been dealing with the constant changes and uncertainty with grace and understanding.

I know that each round of testing comes with stress and anxiety. But, we have been concerned about the increase in COVID-19 cases in surrounding communities. With this in mind, we have been discussing completing an additional 3rd round of testing the week of July 6th While we have little control in a broad perspective, we need to stay focused on what we can control and continue to keep residents and staff of Field Crest safe. Testing is one tool that has been offered to us at this time and encourages taking part in round 3 of testing to help keep the guard up at this crucial time.

We are far from being done with this pandemic from the standpoint of the risks that come to our residents at Field Crest. I am hopeful that what we learn locally and across Minnesota from this testing will have an impact beyond the day of testing, but help us create a plan that allows us to safely increase access and return to some degree of normalcy. We are all in this together and working that way we can hope for brighter days ahead.

 

Sincerely,

Kyle McKenzie, M.D.
Field Crest Care Center Medical Director


6/25/2020 Update

Point Prevalence Testing

Field Crest Care Center and Assisted Living residents received their second round of point prevalence testing yesterday.  This testing was completed on-site by the Mayo Mobile Unit.  Field Crest nurses were also trained to administer the test so facility staff will be able to swab for any further rounds of testing, as recommended by our medical director.  All Field Crest staff were tested on-site as well.  As the results come in we will keep you posted if there are any positive cases.

Outdoor visits

Outdoor visits have begun!  We have a process in place for outdoor visits for residents and their visitors.  Each visitor will be screened and have their temperature taken prior to the visit.  If a visitor’s temperature is 100.0 F or higher the visit will have to be rescheduled.  Field Crest will provide a surgical mask for the visitor to wear during the entire visit.  These visits are socially distanced and in a designated area set up at Field Crest.  Two visitors are allowed at a time for a 30 minute visit.

Outdoor visiting hours are 7 days a week at the following times:

9:00 am – 11:00 am

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

To schedule an outdoor visit, please contact Deb in activities at extension 133 for nursing home residents.  Contact extension 136 to arrange an outdoor visit with an assisted living or Crest View Villa tenant.


6/19/2020 Update

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

covid 19 update

Point Prevalence Testing

On 6/11/20 residents campus-wide had COVID-19 tests completed on-site by the Mayo Clinic mobile unit.  One Crest View Villa tenant had a test that was “indeterminate, assumed positive”.  We put all protocols in place to reduce the risk of any spread and treated it as a positive case.  A follow-up test was completed and was negative.  We sought guidance from MDH.  They determined the initial test was inconclusive and disregarded it and considers our campus free of COVID-19.  Staff tests were also completed last week with no positive results.

Window and outdoor visits

MDH provided guidance this week on window visits and outdoor visits.  We will be putting protocols in place to ensure this can happen safely and be providing more information next week.


6/11/2020 Update

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

As of today, Field Crest Care Center campus has had 11 residents and several staff COVID-19 tests completed with no positive cases.

For statewide situational information see MDH Situation Update.

Point Prevalence Testing

Field Crest Care Center, Field Crest Assisted Living and Crest View Villa residents campus-wide had their tests completed today on site by the Mayo Clinic Mobile Unit and results are pending.  Staff tests will also be completed off site this week through Mayo Clinic testing sites.

Beauty Shop Guidance

MDH has issued guidance for long-term care settings to reopen beauty shops.  We are working with the beautician that provides services to our residents in-house to ensure that our re-opening is done with proper infection control procedures in place.  Our goal is to have our beauty shop re-opened next week with a temporary beauty shop set up in Field Crest Assisted Living and Crest View Villa so our residents can get some much-deserved pampering.

In the event of a positive case of COVID-19 in staff or resident, the beauty shop will be closed.

Connecting residents with the Ombudsman for long-term care

The state Ombudsmen for Long-Term Care resolve complaints, protect rights, and promote access to services for residents before, during and after emergencies like COVID-19. While the Ombudsman has temporarily discontinued in-person visits in long-term care settings under its scope of authority due to COVID-19, residents still have the right to access the Ombudsman program.  At this time Regional Ombudsmen staff will provide advocacy services via virtual visitation such as telephone, email, or other electronic communications.

Click here for information about the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care

Our Regional Ombudsman is:

Jamie T. Kunst, M.S.

11 Civic Center Plaza Suite 001

Mankato, MN 56001

(651) 341-9367 (direct)  jamie.t.kunst@state.mn.us

Main/Intake: (651) 431-2555     Toll Free: (800) 657-3591     Fax: (651) 431-7452


6/5/2020 Update

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

As of today, Field Crest Care Center campus has had 11 residents and several staff COVID-19 tests completed with no positive cases.

For statewide situational information see MDH Situation Update.

Point Prevalence Testing

The MN Department of Health and the federal and state government have recommended that all long-term care facility residents and staff be tested for COVID-19, regardless of symptoms.  Click on this link to learn more about COVID-19 Testing.

Field Crest Care Center, Field Crest Assisted Living and Crest View Villa residents will have their tests completed on June 11th on site.  Staff tests will also be completed that week.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.  If you have any questions please contact the Director of Nursing, Tonia at Extension 114.


5/29/2020 Update

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

As of today, Field Crest Care Center campus has had no positive cases of COVID-19 in residents or staff.  10 resident tests and several staff tests have been completed.

For statewide situational information see MDH Situation Update.

Point Prevalence Testing

The MN Department of Health and the federal and state government have recommended that all long-term care facility residents and staff be tested for COVID-19, regardless of symptoms.

We are planning on completing testing campus-wide (including Field Crest Assisted Living & Crest View Villa senior apartments) and staff the week of June 8th.  We will provide more information as it becomes available.  If you have any questions please contact the Director of Nursing, Tonia at Extension 114.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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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