COVID-19 Updates

**** VISITATION UPDATE****

Visitation is suspended at Valley Senior Living care communities. To schedule virtual visits please contact the recreation, social work or nursing teams.  

Will Valley Senior Living continue to mass test employees and residents for COVID-19?
As the number of active cases of COVID-19 have increased in Grand Forks County, all Valley Senior Living communities have transitioned to testing twice weekly for employees and residents.

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers as reported on the North Dakota Department of Health website for current active positive residents and current active positive staff at Valley Senior Living locations.

Valley Senior Living on Columbia – 196 Beds          Positive Residents: 0          Positive Staff: 7

Woodside Village – 138 Beds                                      Positive Residents: 0          Positive Staff: 7

Tufte Manor – 70 Beds                                                 Positive Residents: 0           Positive Staff: 1

Wheatland Terrace – 59 Beds                                     Positive Residents: 0            Positive Staff: 0

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 face shields. 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.

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 Valley Senior Living doing to keep residents connected with their family or other loved ones during this time?
Valley Senior Living is assisting with the facilitation of video visits for our residents and families that are interested in this form of video communication. We assist with verbal and written communication with family and loved ones. Scheduled window visits are available for residents that live in ground level rooms. If you are interested in scheduling a video visit, window visit or outside visit, please contact the recreation department or social work team at the location where the resident resides at least 24 hours in advance.

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 will 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