COVID-19 Updates

**** VISITATION UPDATE****

Visitation is available at Valley Senior Living on Columbia with hours from 8 am to 8 pm.
Visitation is available at Woodside Village in the Heartland, Prairieview and Oakcrest neighborhoods from 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visitation remains suspended within the Hearthstone neighborhood.
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, 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 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.

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 is Valley Senior Living managing move-ins and returns from hospital stays?
New residents who move in are being isolated within their care communities for 14 days if they have not been fully vaccinated.  If a resident meets skilled nursing facility, basic care or assisted living admission criteria, and has been fully vaccinated (individuals are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19  ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or  ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine), they will move directly to their home on a neighborhood. Residents returning from the hospital who are fully vaccinate will also return to their home on the the neighborhood.

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