COVID-19 Updates

**** VISITATION UPDATE****

Visitation is suspended at Valley Senior Living on Columbia due to a positive test result from the February 22 testing event. 
Visitation is available at Wheatland Terrace and Woodside Village with hours from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Visitation is available at Tufte Manor from 8:30 am to 6 pm.

Visitation guidelines to reduce risk and protect the health and safety of our residents and staff are listed below. Although a high percentage of residents have been vaccinated, it is still required that visitors, residents and staff wear a face mask, practice hand hygiene and physical distance. If the following guidelines are not met or followed by visitors, they will be asked to leave the premises.

  • All visitors must wear a face mask for the entire time they are in the building.
  • All visitors will complete a health screening upon entry to include questions about symptoms and temperature will be taken.
  • All visitation must take place inside the resident’s room. No common area visitation is permitted.
  • One to two visitors will be permitted at a time per resident. One person is recommended to allow for proper physical distancing within resident rooms.
  • Both the resident and the visitors must maintain proper mask use for the duration of the visit.
  • Do not bring food to eat during the visit. This requires removing masks and poses risk to the resident.
  • Physical distance while visiting.
  • Pets are permitted to accompany visitors.

What is Valley Senior Living doing to prevent infections?
All employees are being screened before their shift begins according to recommendations from Centers for Disease Control, the North Dakota Department of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, and the American Health Care Association. Screening includes temperature, COVID-19 related symptoms, COVID-19 contact and/or exposure screening. All employees are masking and wearing eye protection. We make every effort to observe permanent assignment of staff to a specific area within our care communities whenever possible.

Residents are required to mask when receiving direct care and socially distance when outside their rooms.

Will Valley Senior Living continue to mass test employees and residents for COVID-19?
All Valley Senior Living communities continue to test every other week.

Does Valley Senior Living have the personal protective equipment (PPE) – like masks, face shields, gowns and gloves to keep staff and residents safe?
We are fortunate to currently have an adequate supply of all personal protective equipment. Residents are utilizing surgical masks for direct care encounters and when outside their rooms.

What is the plan for Valley Senior Living to communicate important information to both residents and families on a regular basis?
Valley Senior Living is frequently communicating with families and loved ones of residents through email communication, or printed and mailed communication when email is not available. Our website and our dedicated hotline at 701.787.7551 are updated frequently. We are communicating new recommendations and guidelines with residents through social work/resident individual conversations as changes occur.

Is the nursing home currently at full staffing levels for nurses, aides, and other workers?
Our communities are fully staffed. We continue to recruit and train additional staff in the event we would experience COVID-19 related illness in care staff.

How does Valley Senior Living respond to a positive COVID-19 test in a resident?
For Valley Senior Living on Columbia, Woodside Village, Wheatland Terrace, and Tufte Manor, if a resident has been identified with COVID-19, we will transfer that resident to the COVID-19 Care Area located in the front hall of Valley Transitions at Valley Senior Living on Columbia. We will not have residents with active COVID-19 infections living among other residents. We have taken the precaution of separating the air system in this designated area and have activated a separate nursing team to care for residents with COVID-19.

Tenants living independently within Country Estates or Cherrywood Village will follow recommendations from their healthcare provider to receive additional care or to shelter in place and quarantine.

How is Valley Senior Living managing move-ins and returns from hospital stays?
New residents who move in are being isolated for 14 days.  If a resident meets skilled nursing facility admission criteria, this will occur in a separate area within Valley Transitions at Valley Senior Living on Columbia.  If a new resident moves in directly to another area of Valley Senior Living, they are isolated to their room for 14 days and care staff is taking additional precautions beyond masks and eye-wear including the use of isolation gowns. Residents returning from the hospital are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis for proper placement within our care community.  Valley Senior Living will not allow admission for a resident who is positive with COVID-19 until the potential resident has two negative tests that were performed at least 24 hours apart from each other. Any potential resident will be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission to Valley Senior Living.

Additional Information on COVID-19 from CDC:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html