Visitation & COVID-19 Updates

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Visitation is available at Valley Senior Living on Columbia from 8 am to 8 pm.
Visitation is available at 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 Wheatland Terrace 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,  and wear a face mask when entering, exiting and passing through common areas, practice hand hygiene and physical distance when possible. 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 when entering, exiting and passing through common areas at Valley Senior Living.
  • Visitors that are not fully vaccinated are required to wear a face mask and physical distance for the duration of their visit. This includes both indoor and outdoor visitation on the patios.
  • Residents and visitors, if fully vaccinated, can enjoy time together in the resident’s room or outside in the courtyards without face masks and without physical distancing.
  • Common area visitation still remains unavailable.
  • The number of visitors gathering together at one time, if all are fully vaccinated, is no longer regulated.

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 residents are required to mask when receiving direct care and physically 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 follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the North Dakota Department of Health. The testing schedule is dependant on the Grand Forks county positivity rate and if confirmation of positive tests are present in care communities or neighborhoods.

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.