2.28.24 Weekly Staff Update

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: 2.28.24 Zoom 

Congratulations to Joe Bailey and Chris Plante – North Dakota Long Term Care Caregiver of the Year Award! 

Congratulations to Joe Bailey, Assistant Life Enrichment Director for Woodside Village, and Chris Plante, LPN on the Prairieview neighborhood, for being awarded Caregiver of the Year from the North Dakota Long Term Care Association! To be awarded, caregivers music be nominated by a resident or family member and the judging of this award is based on how the caregiver substantially enhances the quality of life of residents. Joe and Chris will be recognized at the NDLTCA Spring Convention in Bismarck in May. We are honored that out of over 800 nominations, Joe and Chris were chosen as two of the five caregivers receiving the award in recognition of their contributions to enhancing the quality of life for residents at Valley. 

 

Way Back Wednesday 

In each weekly update, we will continue to highlight our history as we celebrate our 100th anniversary year. When the Grand Forks Home for the Aged opened in 1924, we had a one page application. The front was in English and the back was in Norwegian. You had the option to move in by the month or for life. It was $35 a month. If you moved in for life, you negotiated what that amount would be. It was different for everyone. Remember that this was before Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as we know them today. Some people paid more so that we could accept others who had less. Attached is an example of Georg from Austria and Ole from Norway. 

Happy Valleyversary!                  

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:                      

February 28  
17 Years – Lisa Kvasager, Restorative Aide, Hearthstone 
1 Year – Molly Brown, CNA, Oakcrest 
February 29 
12 Years – Ana Weisz, Restorative Aide, Valley on Columbia 
8 Years – Stacy Lewis, Dining Room Attendant, Valley on Columbia 
March 1 
29 Years – Barbara Holien, Housekeeper Corporate Float, Valley Senior Living  
March 2 
15 Years – Dawn Foley, CNA, Valley Transitions 
9 Years – Jennifer Enninga, RN, Riverside 
4 Years – Sarah Poellot, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia 
3 Years – Michelle Mosher, Housekeeper, Lanark 

Upcoming Events 

March 1 – Gwenn Bazajou Retirement Social – Valley on Columbia Center Court – 1:30 to 3 PM 
March 8 – Valley on 42nd Spring Craft & Bake Sale – 9 AM to 2:30 PM 
March 22 – Valley on Columbia Spring Craft & Bake Sale – 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM 

National Employee Appreciation Day – March 1 

To celebrate National Employee Appreciation Day, each community will be serving Taco in a Bag on Friday, March 1.  

  • Tufte Manor will be serving in the Family Dining Room starting at 10am for lunch breaks and 4pm for supper breaks, and in the Break Room for the night shift. 
  • Valley on 42nd will be serving out of the Auditorium Kitchenette from 9:30a-1:30p and will have self-serve in the Staff Lounge for PM and night shifts. 
  • Valley on Columbia will be serving out of the Staff Lounge from 9:30a-12:30p and will have self-serve in the Staff Lounge for PM and night shifts. 

Mental Health and Well-Being Challenge – February 

Remember to turn in your February Mental Health/Well-being challenge worksheet by March 6 for the chance to win 1 of 2 $100 VISA gift cards and 1 of 8 $25 gift cards to one of the following GF establishments: Nautical Bowls, Vital Nutrition, Impact Nutrition, and Crisp & Green! Click here for worksheet. The Wellness Committee will use the feedback from the completed forms to help create future monthly programming efforts to continue our focus on mental health throughout the year. 

Eating Well for Mental Health 

For March, the Wellness Committee wants you to focus your attention on eating nutritious foods that can positively impact your mental health. A healthy, well-balanced diet can help us think clearly, feel more alert, and improve concentration, attention span, and mood. Conversely, having a poor diet can lead to fatigue, impaired decision-making, slower reaction time, and can lead to increased stress and depression. 

Throughout the month of March, track your intake of fruits and vegetables by using the tracker – all details surrounding the challenge can be found on the tracker. Those who submit the completed tracker by April 8 will be entered in a drawing to win one of five $50 gift cards to Hugo’s or Target. 

QAPI Update – F-Tag of the Week: F880 Infection Prevention and Control 

Infection Prevention and Control is one of the most frequently cited deficiencies year after year. This requires an infection prevention and control program designed to provide a safe, sanitary, and comfortable environment, and to help prevent the development and transmission of communicable diseases and infections. 

What you need to know: Frequent auditing and monitoring occurs to ensure staff are maintaining safe infection prevention and control practices. This includes hand hygiene, PPE use, transporting linens, proper cleaning and disinfecting, and many other areas of infection control. If you have questions, reach out to the Infection Preventionist at your building (Kayla Porter – VC, Sarah Jacobson – WV). 

Employee Gift Policy 

As part of our Eden culture, when residents give gifts to staff it represents Principle 4 in action of residents providing care to others. We support the relationships you have built with residents and their families and understand that they may want to show their appreciation in the form of a gift. Employees must exercise good judgment in accepting any gift. 

  • Less than $5 – no need to report. 
  • Between $5 and $25 – must be reported to your supervisor prior to the end of your shift. There is a form that needs to be filled out. 
  • Greater than $25 – cannot be accepted individually, but rather the resident/family should be encouraged to present the gift to the entire neighborhood, department, or group. 

A good rule of thumb is to always ask your supervisor unless it’s a small gift of candy. Filling out the form protects you as staff to show that you had permission to receive something as residents may forget and families may not be aware that the gift was offered. 

CNA Training Class  

On Monday, February 26, a new class of 21 students started the CNA training class at the off-site classroom on 32nd Avene South. We welcome this group of care partners to Valley Senior Living! The next class is scheduled to begin on April 8 and we are accepting applications for that class now. The recruiter bonus remains available. Please continue to recommend Valley Senior Living with those you feel would make great caregivers and co-workers and earn a bonus for helping us recruit!  

Going to Nursing School? Apply for the Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship     

Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students interested in a career in long term care. Click here to see how to qualify. The application form can be found here. Deadline April 1.   

Valley Apparel Store                     
If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!       

Employee Assistance Program 

Valley employees and their family members have access to 8 free sessions per episode/person/year. The EAP services provided for you are completely confidential to your employer. To begin using these services you can call the toll-free number or access the website. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources or your supervisor.   

Live Well Solutions – EAP  
1-866-831-2181   
www.livewellworklife.com   
Click on: Living Well Resources   
Company Code: Valley  


2.21.24 Weekly Staff Update   

Happy Valleyversary!                  

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:                      

February 21  
1 Year – Jennifer Angen, CNA, Valley on Columbia  
February 24  
8 Years – George Overby, IT Senior Support, Valley Senior Living  
February 26  
10 Years – Christiana Njume, RN, Valley on Columbia  
February 27  
16 Years – Jackyln Brumwell, Care Coordinator, Valley Transitions  

Employee Assistance Program Improved Coverage   

The Valley Wellness Committee and the Valley Senior Living Foundation are happy to have expanded the services offered through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP provides ALL employees and their household members with resources to assist in dealing with personal or workplace concerns. Areas where you can find assistance include personal or marital counseling, financial or legal assistance, alcohol or substance abuse, and other work/life concerns. Valley employees and their family members have access to 8 free sessions per episode/person/year. The EAP services provided for you are completely confidential to your employer. To begin using these services you can call the toll-free number or access the website. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources or your supervisor.     

Live Well Solutions – EAP  
1-866-831-2181   
www.livewellworklife.com   
Click on: Living Well Resources   
Company Code: Valley   

Staff COVID Testing and Reimbursement of Costs  

Testing for COVID remains a requirement when respiratory illness symptoms are present. If staff members are required to test outside of Valley, the appointment/visit will be run through the employee’s insurance first. If there is a remaining balance after insurance coverage, it is the employee’s responsibility to bring the bill or explanation of benefits to Human Resources. Human Resources will then request reimbursement for the amount not covered up to the test’s cost. The employee will be directly compensated that amount from Valley and it will be the employee’s responsibility to pay Altru or the alternative provider.   

QAPI Update – F-Tag of the Week: F884 COVID-19 Reporting to CDC  

Valley is required to report COVID-19 vaccine status for staff and residents on a weekly basis. Failure to report to NHSN will result in a deficiency and a fine. We are also required to educate and offer the vaccine to all staff and residents.   

What you need to know: If you have received any additional COVID-19 vaccinations and have not reported these to Valley, please bring documentation to HR.  

Going to Nursing School? Apply for the Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship     

Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students interested in a career in long term care. Click Here to see how to qualify. The application form can be found here. Deadline April 1.   

Valley Apparel Store                     
If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!       

Qdoba Drawing Winners     

Congratulations to the Qdoba entrée winners from last week: Tonya Gramm, Darci Bohn, Deb Smesrud, and Bethany Bailey. Continue to watch for more chances to win through entries in the weekly update.   


2.14.24 Update

Happy Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday! Ash Wednesday services were held at each care community today to begin the Lent season.

This week’s historical spotlight is on the Bethesda Society. In 1914, this auxiliary group comprised of 48 members and five branches put their words into action when they saw a need for a “Home for the Aged” in Grand Forks. For over 100 years, the Bethesda Society’s purpose was to aid the Home in its program of Christian service to the residents. Their faithful service was reflected upon through the Bible verse from Job 8:7 – “And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be great.”

Happy Valleyversary!               

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:                  

February 14
2 Years – Zach Bauer, CNA, Heartland

February 15 
24 Years – Lillian Newton, Dining Room Attendant, Valley on Columbia
3 Years – Gena Hellerstedt, PCA, Tufte Manor
1 Year – Andrew Hoeger, Information Technology Coordinator, Valley Senior Living
1 Year – Marla Love, Dietitian, Valley on Columbia

February 16
43 Years – Barb Barta, Human Resource Assistant, Valley Senior Living

February 17
3 Years – Emily Frigaard, CNA, Valley on Columbia
3 Years – Lori Jerstad, Dining Services, Tufte Manor

February 19
6 Years – Sarah Matson, CNA, Oakcrest

February 20
1 Year – Heidi Kotowicz, RN, Reeves

Employee Assistance Program Improved Coverage
Valley, together with the Valley Wellness Committee and the Valley Senior Living Foundation are happy to have expanded the services offered through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  EAP provides ALL employees and their household members with resources to assist in dealing with personal or workplace concerns such as personal or marital counseling, financial or legal assistance, alcohol or substance abuse, and other work/life concerns. Valley employees or family members have 8 free sessions per episode/person/year. The EAP services provided for you are completely confidential to your employer. To begin using these services, you can call the toll-free number or access the website. If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources or your supervisor.

Live Well Solutions- EAP
1-866-831-2181

www.livewellworklife.com

Click on: Living Well Resource
Company Code: Valley

Mental Health and Well-Being Challenge – February
For the February wellness challenge, the Wellness Committee wants you to focus on your mental health and well-being. There are 33 challenges/activities and by completing 28 of them during the month of February and turning in the worksheet, you will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 2 $100 VISA gift cards and 1 of 8 $25 gift cards to one of the following GF establishments: Nautical Bowls, Vital Nutrition, Impact Nutrition, and Crisp & Green! Click here for the February challenge worksheet. 

January – “New Year, New Me” Winners
Twyla Bartel, Jacinda Nelson, and Kate Woodworth are the winners of the 1-hour massage at Truyu for their participation in January’s Wellness Challenge. A big thank you goes to all who participated in the “New Year, New Me” challenge!

QAPI Update – Resident to Resident Altercations
As a reminder, all resident-to-resident altercations need to be reported to the charge nurse. Altercations that result in physical injury, mental anguish, or pain (regardless of severity) must be immediately reported to administration to determine if a report should be filed with the Department of Health.

  • Examples of physical injury: skin tear, bruise, fracture, concussion, scratch, abrasion, etc.
  • Examples of mental anguish: fear of a person or place, fear of being left alone, sleep disturbances, changes in mood or behavior, withdrawal, isolating self, feelings of guilt/shame/depression, crying, etc.
  • Examples of pain: complaints of pain related to the altercation, nonverbal indicators such as groaning, crying, screaming, grimacing, clenching, guarding, etc.

Note: There may be some situations in which the psychosocial outcome to the resident may be difficult to determine or incongruent with what would be expected. In these situations, it is appropriate to consider how a reasonable person in the resident’s circumstances would be impacted by the incident.

Going to Nursing School? Apply for the Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship 
Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students interested in a career in long term care. Click Here to see how to qualify. The application form can be found here. Deadline April 1.

Giving Hearts Day Update
Thank you to everyone who supported this year’s Giving Hearts Day fundraiser for Intergenerational Programming at Valley Senior Living. We have raised over $61,400 this year. Valley on 42nd and Valley on Columbia raised $1,211 & $805 respectively with their Taco in a Bag.  Thank you, Dining Services!  Tufte Manor raised $186 selling Paula Haugen’s famous caramel rolls.  Thank you, Paula!

Valley Apparel Store                 
If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!   

Win a Qdoba Entree!  
Thank you for reading this week’s staff update. Click here to enter for a chance to win a free entrée from Qdoba. Winners will be contacted on Thursday, February 15.


2.7.24 Weekly Staff Update 

Wellness – Mental Health 

This week we have held strategic planning focus groups of residents and staff from Tufte, Valley on Columbia, and Cherrywood Village. In almost every meeting, the mental health needs for residents and staff have been identified as a high priority. One significant improvement we made this month for staff is to increase your access to free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services with LiveWell Solutions to offer 8 free counseling sessions per issue (it was previously 3 sessions). This increase in sessions applies to you and the people in your household. This change has come as a result of a collaborative effort between the Wellness Committee, Foundation, and Valley Senior Living to improve the mental wellbeing of our staff. Contact LiveWell at 1(866)831-2181 to start accessing your free services.  

For the February wellness challenge, the Wellness Committee wants you to focus on your mental health and well-being. There are 33 challenges/activities and by completing 28 of them during the month of February and turning in the worksheet, you will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 2 $100 VISA gift cards and 1 of 8 $25 gift cards to one of the following GF establishments: Nautical Bowls, Vital Nutrition, Impact Nutrition, and Crisp & Green! Click here for the February challenge worksheet.   

Happy Valleyversary!                

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:                    

February 9  
24 Years – Paula Haugen, LPN, Tufte Manor  
February 11   
5 Years – Erin Ortloff, RN, Hearthstone  
February 13   
7 Years – Desta Wilkie, CNA, Oakcrest  
1 Year – Demetria Slyt, Dining Services, Town Square  

February Valley Highlights  

To view the February Valley Monthly Highlights including longevity recipients, new employees, employee birthdays, W2 information, and more, click here.    

Giving Hearts Day – February 8    

The taco in a bag and caramel roll fundraisers are back for another year to celebrate Giving Hearts Day!   

  • Taco in a Bag Fundraiser – February 8, Valley on 42nd (9:30am to 1:30pm) and Valley on Columbia (9:30am to 12:45pm). A donation of $6 or more is suggested for the meal.   
  • Caramel Rolls made by Paula Haugen are back at Tufte Manor on February 8. Stop by for one of her famous caramel rolls for a free will donation to Giving Hearts Day. Rolls will be available on a first come, first served basis.    

Funds raised at the Valley Senior Living Foundation on Giving Hearts Day support Intergenerational Programming at our care communities to improve the quality of life for residents. Watch how the Head Start classroom and other intergenerational activities create moments that matter for residents >> Intergenerational Programming. Gifts to Valley Senior Living can also be made by clicking here 

QAPI Update – Resident to Resident Altercations  

As a reminder, all staff need to immediately report any resident-to-resident altercations to the charge nurse. This includes verbal conflicts, sexual contact, and physical altercations (regardless of severity).   

Examples of verbal conflicts: intimidation, bullying, threats of violence, inappropriate sexual comments, discriminatory language, and taking or distributing demeaning or humiliating photos or recordings.  

Examples of physical altercations: hitting, punching, choking, pinching, biting, kicking, throwing objects, or grabbing.  

Examples of sexual contact: non-consensual sexual touching, forced sexual activities, or sexual contact when at least one resident lacks the capacity to consent.  

Help Us Recruit the Next CNA Class and Earn a Bonus  

The next CNA training class will begin on February 26. We need your help to recruit the best care partners to join the team. The recruiter bonus remains available and you could earn a bonus of $1000 for recruiting a new full-time CNA. Please contact Human Resources at 701-787-7942 if you have any questions or to receive your recruiter bonus!   

Going to Nursing School? Apply for the Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship   

Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students interested in a career in long term care. Click Here to see how to qualify.  The application form can be found here. Deadline April 1. 

Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP)  

Valley Senior Living is a corporate sponsor of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals to allow our employees to participate in the activities they sponsor free of charge. Upcoming events include:  

Friday, February 16th: Learn to Curl and Chili Cookoff  

Tuesday, February 20th: Listen Center Tour  

Valley Apparel Store                   

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!     

Congrats to UND Basketball Ticket Winners!   

Congrats to Shaun Havis and Halee Weber as the winners of the UND basketball tickets. Watch next week for another chance to win in the weekly communication.      


1.31.24 Weekly Staff Update 

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: 1.31.24 Zoom 

Valley Increases EAP Services Effective February 1st, 2024 

Effective February 1st, 2024, Valley has increased its Employee Assistant Program (EAP) services with LiveWell Solutions to offer 8 free counseling sessions per incident! This increase in sessions is not only for employees, but also increases services to those within your household. This change has come as a result of a collaborative effort between the Wellness Committee, Foundation, and Valley Senior Living to improve the mental wellbeing of our staff. For those who are currently meeting with an EAP counselor, it is advised that you reach out to LiveWell Solutions so that your sessions can be extended to encompass 8 total sessions. The easiest way to contact LiveWell solutions to have your count extended is to email them: EAP@livewellworklife.com 

Way Back Wednesday – 1927 Addition  

We are revisiting our history in our 100th year of operations. The Grand Forks Home of the Aged was completed in 1924 and had an addition completed in 1927. Click here to see the picture and article from 1927. Read the text below the picture that answers the question “To Whom Does the Home Belong?” The answer (especially the second point) is similar to how we might answer that question today! 

Happy Valleyversary!               

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:                   

January 31    
37 Years – Darlene Clifton, Dining Room Attendant, Valley on Columbia  
2 Years – Carleigh Porter, CNA, Reeves  
2 Years – Sherri Rassier, CNA, Prairieview  
1 Year – Stephanie Jacobson, Receptionist, Town Square  
February 1  
36 Years – Shannon Holte, Director of Social Services, Woodside Village  
12 Years – Janine Ogren, Licensed Social Worker, Heartland  
12 Years – Katie Olson, RN, Lanark  
3 Year – Jackie Ewert, CNA, Woodside Village  
3 Years – Nannette Hoeger, Life Enrichment Director, Valley on Columbia  
3 Years – Esther Rai, CNA, Valley on Columbia  
February 3  
4 Years – Alex Kirlin, RN, Riverside  
4 Years – Jada Segovia, CNA, Valley Transitions  
February 4  
11 Years – Casey Krom, Environmental Services, Hearthstone  
February 5  
5 Years – Shawana Grant, PCA, Tufte Manor  
5 Years – Jacob Visser, LPN, Valley on Columbia  
February 6  
18 Years – Leeann Novak, LPN, Woodside Village  
1 Year – Casey Akset, CNA, Heartland  
1 Year – Traie Dockter, Housing Coordinator, Valley on 42nd  
1 Year – Angel Holbrook, CNA, Almonte  
1 Year – Amy Lafond, CNA, Heartland  
1 Year – Arpana Rai, CNA, Oakcrest  
1 Year – Nira Rai, CNA, Prairieview  

Enter to Win UND Basketball Tickets!  

Click here to enter for a chance to win 4 free tickets to one of three UND men’s and women’s basketball games in the next week, including UND vs. NDSU! 

Going to Nursing School? Apply for the Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship  

The ND Long Term Care Association is accepting applications for the Allan B. Engen scholarships now! Several $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students interested in a career in long term care. Qualifications include:  

  • Currently employed in a NDLTCA member facility and recommended by that facility.  
  • Proof of acceptance into a nursing education program approved by the ND Board of Nursing.  
  • Two letters of recommendation required. One must be completed by the Director of Nursing or Administrator of the referring facility. (All recommendations must be submitted on the standard recommendation form utilized or the applicant will be disqualified.)  
  • Application form must be typed.  
  • Completed application and supporting documentation must be received in one package by the NDLTCA office no later than 1:00 p.m. on April 1, 2024.  (Recommendations mailed separately from applications will not be accepted).  

The application form can be found here.   

Giving Hearts Day – February 8    

Intergenerational Programming improves the quality of life for residents at Valley Senior Living. Watch how the Head Start classroom and other intergenerational activities create moments that matter for residents >> Intergenerational Programming. Ways to give for Giving Hearts Day:  

  • Taco in a Bag Fundraiser – February 8, Valley on 42nd (9:30am to 1:30pm) and Valley on Columbia (9:30am to 12:45pm). A donation of $6 or more is suggested for the meal.  
  • Caramel Rolls made by Paula Haugen are back at Tufte Manor on February 8, Giving Hearts Day. Stop by for one of her famous caramel rolls for a free will donation to Giving Hearts Day. Rolls will be available on a first come, first served basis.   
  • Nominate Valley Senior Living for a chance to win $50,000 from Gate City Bank by clicking here. Nominations close on February 1 and winners will be announced on February 8.  
  • Nominate Valley Senior Living for a chance to win the Jeans Day Funds from VISIONBank by clicking here and commenting “Valley Senior Living” on the Facebook post.  

QAPI Update – Resident to Resident Incidents  

On Thursday, January 4, the Department of Health conducted an onsite investigation regarding a resident-to-resident incident at Woodside Village. When a pattern of incidents or an incident of significance occurs between our yearly on-site surveys, the Health Department is required to investigate on-site. In this case, the Facility Reported Incidents (FRI) occurred last fall involving two residents who reside on the Hearthstone Neighborhood. The surveyor was unable to find any deficient areas and was very complimentary of staff and all the different interventions that have been trialed.    

What you need to know: any resident-to-resident altercation needs to be reported to the charge nurse. This can include mental/verbal conflicts, sexual contact, or physical altercations. Altercations that result in physical injury, mental anguish, or pain (regardless of severity) must be immediately reported to administration.  

Wellness Committee Update – Mental Health/Well-Being February Challenge  

For the February wellness challenge, the Wellness Committee wants you to focus on your mental health and well-being. There are 33 challenges/activities and by completing 28 of them during the month of February and turning in the worksheet, you will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 2 $100 VISA gift cards and 1 of 8 $25 gift cards to one of the following GF establishments: Nautical Bowls, Vital Nutrition, Impact Nutrition, and Crisp & Green! Click here for the February challenge worksheet.  

Additionally, the Wellness Committee has opted to focus our attentions in 2024 on Mental Health. The feedback from the completed challenge (i.e. what were some of the most completed tasks/activities) will help to create future monthly programming efforts to help you and your mental well-being!  

If you have not completed the January challenge yet, complete your “New Year, New Me” SMART goal worksheet and return to HR by February 7th for a chance to win 1 of 3 gift cards for a 1-hour massage! You can complete this challenge by using the paper format form, scan the QR code (found in the paper form), or use the survey monkey link.    

COVID Update            

Current neighborhoods with PPE requirements:       

  • Valley Transitions, Oakcrest, and Prairieview – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged    

Valley Apparel Store                  

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!      


1.24.24 Weekly Staff Update

January 21-27 is Activity Professionals Week! 

Happy Activity Professionals Week to everyone in our Life Enrichment Departments at each community. You are vital in creating meaningful opportunities and enriching lives for each person that lives at Valley. Thank you for all that you do and enjoy your special week! 

Happy Valleyversary!             

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:                 
January 25  
3 Years – Vivian Yantani, Dining Room Attendant, Valley on Columbia 
2 Years – Maryann Bosquez, CNA, Lanark 
1 Year – Jacelyn Pinske, CNA, Woodside Village 
January 26  
2 Years – Dorothy Gomez, PCA, Tufte Manor 
January 30   
7 Years – Deborah Gaddie, Life Enrichment Assistant, Prairieview 

Giving Hearts Day – February 8  

Intergenerational Programming improves the quality of life for residents at Valley Senior Living. Watch how the Head Start classroom and other intergenerational activities create moments that matter for residents >> Intergenerational Programming. Join the Valley Senior Living Foundation on February 8, Giving Hearts Day, and show your support for Intergenerational Programming! We will have taco in a bag at Valley on 42nd  serving from the Myra Café from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and at Valley on Columbia serving in Center Court from 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM. A donation of $6.00 or more is suggested for this meal.  

Nominate Valley Senior Living for a Chance to Win $50,000 from Gate City Bank 

Gate City Bank is taking nominations of charities for Giving Hearts Day for the chance to win $50,000. Please nominate Valley Senior Living by clicking here. Nominations close on February 1 and winners will be announced on February 8.  

QAPI Update – Woodside Village Survey Plan of Correction   

The Plan of Correction for the annual Medicare/Medicaid survey conducted at Woodside Village in November was accepted. Over 4 weeks, we will review the steps taken to ensure Woodside Village complies with that plan.   

F880: Infection Prevention and Control 

Deficiency Trigger: On multiple occasions, staff were noted to be incorrectly removing PPE when exiting an area with known COVID positive residents. 
What you need to know: Proper PPE use and removal is essential to preventing the spread of infection. Pay attention to signage when moving between areas on and off the neighborhood. If you are unsure of PPE use or removal, talk to your supervisor or infection preventionist. Auditing will occur to ensure proper use of PPE. 

Deficiency Trigger 2: One resident’s urine collection bag was noted to be dragging on the floor. 
What you need to know: In order to promote resident dignity and prevent infection, urine collection bags need to be secured and covered. If you can see a urine collection bag, you must cover it or alert the nurse. If the urine collection bag is not secured, you need to secure it or alert the nurse. Auditing will occur to ensure that urine collection bags are secured and covered. 

Taxes – Electronic W2s Available  

Effective today, if you have acknowledged on the My Ready Pay site that you wish to receive your W2 for 2023 electronically, you will now be able to access the portal and obtain this information. For those of you who had not elected to receive an electronic W2 for 2023, physical copies of your W2 will be sent to you in the mail towards the end of January. The physical W2 copies have been printed and will be sent by our payroll company using the mailing address we have for you within our payroll system.  

COVID Update          

Current neighborhoods with PPE requirements:     

  • Valley Transitions – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Riverside and Prairieview – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged   

Valley Apparel Store                

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!  

Deek’s Pizza Gift Card Winner 

Congratulations to Cris Mitzel on winning the Deek’s Pizza Gift Card from last week’s communication drawing. Keep an eye out to enter drawings in future staff communication updates! 


1.17.24 Weekly Staff Update 

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: 1.17.24 Zoom 

Happy Valleyversary!             

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:                 
January 17  
17 Years – Mary Chisholm, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
17 Years – Debra Kieckbusch, LPN, Hearthstone  
January 18  
1 Year – Danacia Greywater, RN, Wheatland Terrace  
1 Year – Jacquelyn Krieger, CNA, Heartland  
January 19   
3 Years – Brenda Carignan, Dining Services, Town Square  
2 Years – Koko Mohamud, CNA, Heartland  
January 20  
10 Years – Sara Dockendorf, Staff Development, Valley on Columbia   
January 21   
16 Years – Leah Larson, ADON, Valley on Columbia  
11 Years – Luwanna Gibbs, Beautician, Town Square  
11 Years – Jacinda Nelson, Director of Personal Care Services, Tufte Manor & Wheatland Terrace  
11 Years – Ann Shuler, CNA, Almonte  
January 22   
45 Years – Deb Maier, Resident Care Attendant, Woodside Village  
22 Years – Sara Kukowski, Therapy Clerk, Woodside Village  
4 Years – Natalie Cooper, Dining Services, Town Square  
4 Years – Jaden Prigge, LPN, Prairieview  
January 23  
5 Years – Jenni Allrich, RN, Valley Transitions  
5 Years – Sara Herman, Care Coordinator, Almonte  
1 Year – Emily Becker, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  

#WBW – Way Back Wednesday  

In 1917 at a pastoral conference at Ness Church, a Lutheran church currently operating and serving the Mekinock area, the pastors delivered a promise to the Bethesda women to provide support in building an Old People’s Home in Grand Forks. The first unit of the Old People’s Home opened its doors in 1924, admitting 40 people. From this promise in 1917, to the first residents cared for in 1924, to nearly 550 residents today, this is the promise that made the future and Valley Senior Living today.  

Welcome CNA Training Class  

On Monday we welcomed a group of 21 new care partners who began the Certified Nurse Assistant Training Class. We are excited to train these new team members and look forward to seeing them in our care communities in a few weeks.  

Giving Hearts Day – February 8  

Intergenerational Programming improves the quality of life for residents at Valley Senior Living. Watch how the Head Start classroom and other intergenerational activities create moments that matter for residents >> Intergenerational Programming. Join the Valley Senior Living Foundation on February 8, Giving Hearts Day, and show your support for Intergenerational Programming! We will have taco in a bag at Valley on 42nd  serving from the Myra Café from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and at Valley on Columbia serving in Center Court from 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM. A donation of $6.00 or more is suggested for this meal.  

QAPI Update – Woodside Village Survey Plan of Correction   

The Plan of Correction for the annual Medicare/Medicaid survey conducted at Woodside Village in November was accepted. Over 4 weeks, we will review the steps taken to ensure Woodside Village complies with that plan.   

F689: Food Procurement, Store/Prepare/Serve-Sanitary  
Deficiency Trigger: One fan with accumulated dust clumps was found in a kitchenette blowing air towards a food service area.  
What you need to know: To maintain a sanitary environment, cleaning of all surfaces, areas, and equipment needs to occur. Most equipment is on a cleaning schedule, but if you notice something is dirty it needs to be removed from use until it can be cleaned. If you are unable to clean it yourself, alert the appropriate individual or department. Auditing will occur to ensure fans in food services areas remain clean.  

Benefited Employees    

Review your paystub to ensure your withholdings reflect your most recent selections for health insurance and other benefit deductions. These withholdings for the new year will be reflected on your January 12 paycheck.  Please go to My Ready Pay site to review deduction amounts to ensure accuracy: Go to https://ppo.payrollproinc.com/kiosk/login/login.aspx and login, select PERSONAL and then click DEDUCTIONS to see the list of deductions assigned. In the event the deductions listed do not look accurate, please contact Kathy Feist, Payroll/Benefits Coordinator, at 701-787-7956 or email kfeist@valleyseniorliving.org.    

Taxes – Electronic W2s released TODAY!  

Effective today, if you have acknowledged on the My Ready Pay site that you wish to receive your W2 for 2023 electronically, you will now be able to access the portal and obtain this information. For those of you who had not elected to receive an electronic W2 for 2023, physical copies of your W2 will be sent to you in the mail towards the end of January. The physical W2 copies have been printed and will be sent by our payroll company using the mailing address we have for you within our payroll system.  

BCBS Wellness – HealthyBlue  

As we partnered with BCBS for our health insurance needs, we wanted to pass along relevant information surrounding the Wellness program and options that come with being a BCBS member. BCBS uses a platform called HealthyBlue which allows members to participate in Wellness related programming. By participating in these programs, members can earn points that can be used to redeem gift cards. Please follow the link, which provides you with all the information you will need to participate in the BCBS HealthyBlue Wellness portal: HealthyBlue Getting Started Guide  

COVID Update          

Current neighborhoods with PPE requirements:     

  • Almonte, Lanark, Heartland, and Prairieview – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged   
  • Hearthstone and Oakcrest – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged  

Valley Apparel Store                

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here 

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1.10.24 Weekly Staff Update 

Happy Valleyversary!            

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:                
January 10  
13 Years – Sue Davidson, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
2 Years – Nancy Solem, LPN, Almonte  
1 Year – Adrienne Olson, CNA, Hearthstone  
January 11  
1 Year – McKenzie Tindall, Dining Services, Town Square  
January 12  
3 Years – Jen Stokes, Move In Nurse, Valley Transitions  
3 Years – Alycia Thompson, CNA, Prairieview  
2 Years – Joe Bailey, Life Enrichment Assistant Director, Woodside Village  
January 13  
8 Years – Cindy Brunelle, Cook, Tufte Manor  
4 Years – Yvonne Murekatete, LPN, Hearthstone  
3 Years – Danielle Boushee, PCA, Tufte Manor  
3 Years – Tanya Bring, CNA, Lanark  
January 14  
9 Years – Ally Dietzler, Housekeeping Supervisor, Tufte Manor  
5 Years – Marty Sanchez-Rosado, Maintenance, Valley on Columbia  
January 15  
6 Years – Linda Christy, Beautician, Tufte Manor  
January 16  
22 Years – Sonja Hathaway, Dining Services Director, Valley on Columbia 

QAPI Update – Woodside Village Survey Plan of Correction  

The Plan of Correction for the annual Medicare/Medicaid survey conducted at Woodside Village in November was accepted. Over the next 4 weeks, we will review the steps taken to ensure Woodside Village complies with that plan.  

F689: Free of Accident Hazards/Supervision/Devices    

Deficiency Trigger: One resident was found to be unable to appropriately bear weight while using a mechanical stand-lift.   

What you need to know: When a resident is having difficulty transferring according to their care plan you must inform the charge nurse. This may include difficulty bearing weight, pain during transfers, or a change in resident status. The nurse will assess the resident and determine if a change in transfer status is needed, CNAs are unable to make that determination. Always refer to the Kardex for current transfer status. Auditing will occur to ensure appropriate transfer methods are used.   

Tufte Manor Donut Fundraiser  

Tufte Manor will be making homemade donuts to raise funds for activities. One dozen donuts for $8, and donuts must be picked up on January 18. Pre-order before January 17 by contacting Terri at 787-7615 or theggie@valleyseniorliving.org 

Benefited Employees  

Review your January 12 paystub to ensure your withholdings reflect your most recent selections for health insurance and other benefit deductions. These withholdings for the new year will be reflected on your January 12 paycheck.  Please go to My Ready Pay site to review deduction amounts to ensure accuracy: Go to https://ppo.payrollproinc.com/kiosk/login/login.aspx and login, select PERSONAL and then click DEDUCTIONS to see the list of deductions assigned. In the event the deductions listed do not look accurate, please contact Kathy Feist, Payroll/Benefits Coordinator, at 701-787-7956 or email kfeist@valleyseniorliving.org 

COVID Update         

Current neighborhoods with PPE requirements:    

  • Heartland and Prairieview – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Lanark, Hearthstone, and Oakcrest – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required  

Valley Apparel Store               

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here! 


1.3.24 Weekly Staff Update

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: Zoom 1.3.24 

Wage Increase Effective January 7 for All Employees!

Valley Senior Living is happy to announce that a 3% increase to wages for all employees was approved by the Valley Senior Living Board of Directors effective January 7, 2024. This will be reflected on paychecks received on January 26, 2024.  

There are employees in float positions or a few other positions in the company that are a set dollar amount above the base salary. In those cases, the 3% increase does not work out to exactly 3%. Example: The starting CNA wage is increasing by $0.65/hour to $21.65. Float positions are paid $2/hour above that. A float CNA at starting wage will increase by the same $0.65, from $23.00 to $23.65, but that represents a 2.8% increase. For Float Nurses or Valley Transitions nurses, it will represent 2.8% to 2.9% increase overall. The same wage increase per hour will be given, it just represents slightly less than 3%.  

Human Resources will be sending letters out next week with your new wage.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you for your care and dedication you all give to the residents each day! 

100 Years of Valley! 

2024 marks 100 years of providing care and services in Grand Forks for Valley Senior Living. The ‘Home for the Aged’, founded by local Lutheran churches and women’s church groups, opened its first home in October 1924. From our humble beginnings on Almonte Avenue with room for 40 residents to the three care communities and the capacity to care for nearly 550 residents and employ 850 staff today, Valley Senior Living is woven into the fabric of the Grand Forks community. 

This milestone of 100 years of caring for residents would not have been possible without the vision that became a reality in 1924 and the continued commitment of the 25 local Lutheran churches that govern the organization today. 

For the past century, Valley Senior Living has provided compassionate Christian care and service to enhance the quality of life for those we serve. Thank you for your commitment to Valley Senior Living and for being a piece of the puzzle that completes a century of Our Family Caring for Yours. We are looking forward to the next century and beyond and are happy to have you as a part of our “beyond”! 

Happy Valleyversary!           

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:               
January 3 
29 Years – Janet Gadaire, LPN, Hearthstone 
1 Year – Durga Adhikari, CNA, Valley Transitions 
1 Year – Kylee Morin, CNA, Valley Transitions 
1 Year – Michelle Reese, CNA, Almonte 
January 4 
8 Years – Sarah Sharpe, Care Coordinator, Riverside 
8 Years – Sherri Smart, Housekeeper, Lanark 
7 Years – Twyla Bartel, Life Enrichment Assistant, Tufte Manor 
7 Years – Sarah Jacobson, Infection Preventionist, Woodside Village 
1 Year – Morgan Rygh, CNA, Reeves 
1 Year – Parni Walingrai, CNA, Valley on Columbia 
January 5 
3 Years – Kassie Kuntz, LPN, Hearthstone 
January 6 
10 Years – Pauly Palmiscino, Coding Specialist, Valley Senior Living 
4 Years – Ashley Carlson, LPN, Lanark 
4 Years – Bella Lembke, Dining Services, Town Square 
4 Years – Josiane Megang, Dining Room Attendant, Valley on Columbia 
January 7 
11 Years – Christa Lembke, Dietitian, Valley on Columbia 
11 Years – Kaylie Streitz, Nursing Scheduling Coordinator, Valley on Columbia 
5 Years – Mariabel Kinyuy, LPN, Valley Transitions 
January 8 
6 Years – Andrea Hahn, Licensed Social Worker, Almonte and Riverside 

Due Today by Midnight! Healthcare Academy Module for Woodside Village Staff 

All Woodside Village employees have a Healthcare Academy module assigned to them related to the state survey plan of correction that must be completed by the end of the day today. Please reach out to Sara Dockendorf (787-7910) with any questions.   

Blue Cross Blue Shield Pharmacy Claims/Benefit issues? 

We have notified BCBS of some issues surrounding pharmacy claims/benefits – plan members receiving information stating their policy is not active when looking to obtain their prescribed medications. BCBS is working diligently to correct the issue. In the event that you are having or have had issues filling your prescription, BCBS states that for those of you who have paid for your medications to contact the pharmacy once the issue has been resolved to have them re-run the medication claim and you will then be reimbursed. BCBS apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

January Valley Highlights 

To view the January Valley Monthly Highlights including longevity recipients, new employees, employee birthdays, W2 information, and more, click here

New Year, New Me! – Complete Goal Worksheet for a Chance to Win a Gift Card 

Complete your “New Year, New Me” SMART goal worksheet and return to HR by February 7th for a chance to win 1 of 3 gift cards for a 1-hour massage! You can complete this challenge by using the paper format form, scan the QR code (found in the paper form), or use the survey monkey link.  

At the end of the month, you will receive a post-month survey to let us know how the goal went, what worked, what didn’t, and what could be done to make it more attainable in the future if it didn’t quite go as planned.  

Recruiter Bonus   

Be a recruiter and help Valley hire the best care partners! Recruit someone to begin a new career in healthcare – our next CNA class starts on January 15. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex-time positions (other than licensed nurse). The sign-on bonus for FLEX licensed nurses has increased to $2500 and the recruiter bonus has DOUBLED. Earn $500 for each flex nurse you recruit! The sign on bonus has also increased to $2500 for part-time dining service aides. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the recruiter bonus process.    

COVID Update        

Current neighborhoods with PPE requirements:   

  • Tufte Manor and Valley Transitions – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged 

Valley Apparel Store              

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!   


12.27.23 Weekly Staff Update

Happy Holidays and Happy Skating! Thank you everyone for getting to work as you could over the last couple of days with the icy weather! Also, thank you everyone for going above and beyond to make the holiday season special for residents and families. I know that it takes extra effort from all departments to come together for events like holiday parties, concerts, outings, and more, and we appreciate the time that was spent making Christmas the most wonderful time of year at Valley. There is much to look forward to in 2024: Next week we get to start celebrating our 100 years of operation for Valley Senior Living. Happy New Year! 

Valleyversary 

On Monday, January 2 we wish our only Valleyversary this week to Jonina Schumacher, Admissions Coordinator, who has been with us for 22 years! 

Healthcare Academy Module Assigned for Woodside Village Staff due by January 4 

All Woodside Village employees have a Healthcare Academy module assigned to them related to the state survey plan of correction. The module is due by January 4. Please reach out to Sara Dockendorf (787-7910) with any questions.  

Holiday Payroll Information  

Those working on New Year’s will be paid time and a half as follows:  

  • PM Shift – Holiday Pay entire shift on the 31st and 1st 
  • Night Shift – Holiday Pay for entire shift starting on the 31st  
  • Day Shift – Holiday Pay entire shift on the 1st 

New Year, New Me! – Presented by the Wellness Committee  

New Year resolutions can be hard to stick to – evidence shows only about 10% of people keep their New Year’s resolutions. Why is this? Because sometimes the goal/resolution is too vague. How can we counter this? By using the SMART goal framework!  View the worksheet that provides you with an understanding of what a SMART goal looks like. From there, you can use this framework to help you form your goal/resolution for 2024!  

Challenge: Complete your “New Year, New Me” SMART goal worksheet and return to HR by February 7th for a chance to win 1 of 3 gift cards for a 1-hour massage! NOTE: An individual can complete this challenge by using the paper format form, scan the QR code (found in the paper form), or use the survey monkey link

At the end of the month, you will receive a post-month survey to let us know how the goal went, what worked, what didn’t, and what could be done to make it more attainable in the future if it didn’t quite go as planned. 

QAPI Update – Valley on Columbia Call Light Response Improvement Activity  

Over the past several years, we have used our new call light system to improve call light response. A Performance Improvement Project (PIP) was started three months ago at Valley on Columbia to improve the percentage of call lights that are answered within our standard (5 minutes – normal call, 3 minutes – bathroom call, 1 minute – bed exit). Each week the neighborhoods receive a report with the percentage of call lights answered within the standard. This is broken down by neighborhood and shift. All neighborhoods/shifts started with a base goal of 70% and it has now increased to a target goal of 80-90%. By focusing on this metric, it has all but eliminated the 20 minute call lights within the building. Congratulations to VC staff – In the last 4 weeks, there has been a total of 1 call light that exceeded 20 minutes in the entire building!

Recruiter Bonus  

Be a recruiter and help Valley hire the best care partners! Recruit someone to begin a new career in healthcare – our next CNA class starts on January 15. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex-time positions (other than licensed nurse). The sign-on bonus for FLEX licensed nurses has increased to $2500 and the recruiter bonus has DOUBLED. Earn $500 for each flex nurse you recruit! The sign on bonus has also increased to $2500 for part-time dining service aides. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the recruiter bonus process.   

COVID Update       

Current neighborhoods with PPE requirements:  

  • Valley Transitions – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection required, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Riverside – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Tufte Manor – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection required, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged 

Valley Apparel Store             

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!       


12.20.23 Weekly Staff Update 

Merry Christmas to Everyone! Thank you to everyone who is working on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Also, thank you to those that have been making the neighborhood Christmas meals special for the residents and families! The last big events are occurring Thursday and Friday: 
December 21 – Prairieview Holiday Party – 5 to 7 PM – Woodside Village; Almonte Holiday Party – 4:30 to 6:30 PM – Valley on Columbia  
December 22 – Valley Transitions Open House – 2:00 pm – Valley on Columbia  

Valleyversary 

Today we wish our only Valleyversary this week to Hawa Omar, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia who has been with us for two years! 

Just in Time for Christmas – A Healthcare Academy Module Assigned for the Woodside Village Staff! 

All Woodside Village employees will be assigned a Healthcare Academy module related to the state survey plan of correction. The module will show up in your courses by tomorrow, December 21. The module is due by January 4. Please reach out to Sara Dockendorf (787-7910) with any questions.  

Holiday Payroll Information  

Those working on Christmas will be paid time and a half as follows:  

  • PM Shift – Holiday Pay entire shift on the 24th and 25th  
  • Night Shift – Holiday Pay for entire shift starting on the 24th  
  • Day Shift – Holiday Pay entire shift on the 25th  

QAPI Update – Valley on Columbia Reduction of Indwelling Catheters Improvement Activity  

Valley on Columbia is looking at decreasing the number of residents with an indwelling catheter without a supporting diagnosis. When this Improvement Activity was started in July, 4% of Valley on Columbia residents had indwelling catheters without a supporting diagnosis compared to the national average of 1.7%. This has led to increased auditing to make sure a resident has an appropriate diagnosis and if not communication is sent to the resident’s primary provider or urologist. Trial removals are also requested if an appropriate diagnosis is not found. Though it can take several months to see any changes in the CASPER report, as of the last update there were only 2 residents that have an indwelling catheter without a supporting diagnosis.  

Nominate Valley Senior Living for Free Air Time  

Each year, Leighton Broadcasting offers a campaign called Gratitude on Repeat in which they choose a nonprofit organization to feature throughout the year including free radio ads and production. Please consider nominating Valley Senior Living to take part in this campaign by clicking here 

Recruiter Bonus  

Be a recruiter and help Valley hire the best care partners! Recruit someone to begin a new career in healthcare – our next CNA class starts on January 15. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex-time positions (other than licensed nurse). The sign-on bonus for FLEX licensed nurses has increased to $2500 and the recruiter bonus has DOUBLED. Earn $500 for each flex nurse you recruit! The sign on bonus has also increased to $2500 for part-time dining service aides. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the recruiter bonus process.   

Expectations of PPE Removal and COVID Update      

Throughout the long term care communities, different neighborhoods may be on different outbreak precautions. When you are on a neighborhood that is in outbreak status, you must wear the appropriate PPE. However, that PPE should be removed each time you leave the neighborhood, including if you are going to another neighborhood with PPE requirements. PPE should be removed and reapplied each time you enter and exit any given neighborhood. Dining rooms are considered an extension of the neighborhood during meal times only so PPE may remain between a neighborhood and that neighborhood’s specific dining room.   

Current neighborhoods with PPE requirements:  

  • Valley Transitions, Almonte, Oakcrest, and Prairieview – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged    

Valley Apparel Store             

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!       


12.13.23 Weekly Staff Update

Happy Valleyversary!           

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:               
December 13 
41 Years – Kim Morrison, Head Cook, Valley on Columbia 
December 14 
8 Years – Sarah Nelson, LPN, Hearthstone 
2 Years – Eva Garza, Life Enrichment Assistant, Riverside 
December 15 
3 Years – Gwenn Bazajou, Chaplain, Valley on Columbia 
3 Years – Bud Johnson, Chaplain, Woodside Village 
2 Years – Lisa White, RN, Heartland 
December 16 
21 Years – Susan Hanson, Life Enrichment Assistant, Tufte Manor 

Upcoming Events    
December 13 – Heartland Holiday Party – 5 to 7 PM – Woodside Village; Reeves Holiday Party – 4:30 to 6:30 PM – Valley on Columbia 
December 14 – Oakcrest Holiday Party – 5 to 7 PM – Woodside Village 
December 15 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on 42nd   
December 19 – Riverside Holiday Party – 4:30 to 6:30PM – Valley on Columbia 
December 20 – Hearthstone Holiday Party – 12 to 1:30 PM – Woodside Village 
December 21 – Almonte Holiday Party – 4:30 to 6:30 PM – Valley on Columbia; Prairieview Holiday Party – 5 to 7 PM – Woodside Village 
December 22 – Valley Transitions Open House – 2:00 pm – Valley on Columbia 

QAPI Update – Woodside Village Survey

Woodside Village received the 2567, the document with health survey deficiencies, this week with only 4 deficiencies cited. F761 – Labeling of Medications: mislabeled insulin pen was not cited. All were D level deficiencies, so they were deemed to be isolated and that no actual harm with potential for more than minimal harm occurred. Work will now begin on the Plan of Correction for the following deficiencies:  

  1. F641 MDS Accuracy: one instance of an inaccurately coded MDS.     
  2. F689 Accidents and Supervision: a resident was observed on 3 separate occasions using the stand lift.  During these transfers, the resident could not bear weight appropriately, thus putting them in an uncomfortable position. 
  3. F812 Food Storage: 1 observation of a dusty kitchenette fan facing toward a serving area.   
  4. F880 Infection Control: improper removal of PPE when leaving a neighborhood with a COVID outbreak and a catheter drainage bag was noted to be dragging on the floor.

INCREASED Recruiter and Recruitment Bonus for FLEX LPNs or RNs     

Be a recruiter and help Valley fill the FLEX nurse pool with the best care partners! The sign-on bonus for FLEX licensed nurses has increased to $2500 and the recruiter bonus has DOUBLED. Earn $500 for each flex nurse you recruit! The sign on bonus has also increased to $2500 for part-time dining service aides. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex-time positions (other than licensed nurse). Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.  

Breezy Shores Winner 
Congratulations to Ana Weisz, Restorative Aide at Valley on Columbia, winner of the week at Breezy Shores from the Valley Senior Living Foundation. In 1996 Alton and Joanne Baglien gifted their time share at Breezy Shores Resort on Big Detroit Lakes to Valley Senior Living. The Valley Senior Living Foundation gives this week of accommodation to an employee to use each year. Employees who are full-time and have worked at Valley for more than three years have the chance to sign up to win this week of relaxation. Congratulations Ana!  

Nominate Valley Senior Living for Free Air Time 

Each year, Leighton Broadcasting offers a campaign called Gratitude on Repeat in which they choose a nonprofit organization to feature throughout the year including free radio ads and production. Please consider nominating Valley Senior Living to take part in this campaign by clicking here.  

COVID Update     

  • Almonte – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged   
  • Lanark – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Heartland – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged   
  • Oakcrest – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged   
  • Prairieview – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required 

Valley Apparel Store            

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!          


12.6.23 Weekly Staff Update

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: 12.6.23 Zoom 

COVID Update 

PPE Change – Please be aware that as you leave neighborhoods with precautions, you need to dispose your N95 or surgical mask as you leave your neighborhood and clean your eye protection. You can’t walk throughout the building wearing that same mask – it was noted as deficient practice in our survey this week and it occurs in all buildings.

Vaccine update – Through mid-November, the national average for up to date residents with COVID vaccines was about 25%. North and South Dakota led the nation in percent of SNF residents who are up to date with the vaccine at about 50%. At Valley, our residents are about 75% up to date with vaccines! Staff rates of vaccination at Valley are about 21%, which is triple the national average of 7% in mid-November. Great job everyone – while we can’t prevent COVID in our residents, we can certainly promote the use of the vaccine to help prevent hospitalizations and death.

That said, we have four neighborhoods in N95s throughout the company. Thank you for all you continue to do to help the residents be safe this holiday season!     

  • Valley Transitions – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Almonte – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required 
  • Lanark – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Reeves – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Hearthstone – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Heartland – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required 
  • Oakcrest – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required  
  • Prairieview – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required 

Happy Valleyversary!           

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:              
December 6 
2 Years – Emma Swenson, PCA, Wheatland Terrace 
December 7 
3 Years – Shalana Brueckner, CNA Mentor, Valley on Columbia 
2 Years – Jess Forsberg, Housekeeper, Almonte 
December 10 
26 Years – Karen Klava, LPN, Lanark 
December 11 
10 Years – Karen Basting, Dining Services, Town Square 
6 Years – Hannah Schiele, CNA, Reeves 
December 12 
5 Years – Sandy Brown, Dining Services, Town Square 
1 Year – Mariah Thiery, LPN, Valley on Columbia 

QAPI Update – ND Department of Health Survey at Woodside Village

Last week the North Dakota Department of Health was at Woodside Village for the annual licensing survey. They were extremely complimentary of our staff, facilities, and especially the care that we give throughout the week. We anticipate receiving the following 5 deficiencies: 

  1. F641 – MDS Accuracy: one instance of an inaccurately coded MDS.     
  2. F689 – Accidents and Supervision: a resident was observed on 3 separate occasions using the stand lift. During the transfers, the resident was not able to bear weight appropriately, thus putting the resident in an uncomfortable position. 
  3. F761 – Labeling of Medications: one observation where an insulin pen was not labeled correctly. There was no medication error associated with the mislabeling.   
  4. F812 – Food Storage: one observation of a dusty kitchenette fan facing toward a serving area.   
  5. F880 – Infection Control: multiple observations of improper hand hygiene, improper removal of PPE when leaving a neighborhood with a COVID outbreak, and a catheter drainage bag was noted to be dragging on the floor.   

All in all, we had a fantastic survey. We had five total surveyors and three of the five told us either they would live in our home or would place their loved ones here if they needed skilled care. We could not get a better compliment than that! One surveyor’s quote was, “wow, wow, wow! Keep up the great work and continue to apply for those quality awards – you deserve them!” 

Upcoming Events   
December 8 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on Columbia   
December 15 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on 42nd    

December Valley Highlights 

To view the December Valley Monthly Highlights including longevity recipients, new employees, employee birthdays, and more, click here.  

Valley Apparel Store           

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!           

INCREASED Recruiter and Recruitment Bonus for FLEX LPNs or RNs    

Be a recruiter and help Valley fill the FLEX nurse pool with the best care partners! The sign-on bonus for FLEX licensed nurses has increased to $2500 and the recruiter bonus has DOUBLED. Earn $500 for each flex nurse you recruit!   

Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex-time positions (other than licensed nurse). Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.   


12.1.23

Today is the last day to sign up for benefits!

All employees that are eligible for benefits need to sign up in Plan Source before midnight tonight, December 1, 2023.

PlanSource Login Information: https://benefits.plansource.com/

Username: First Initial, Up to 6 digits of your last name, Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN)  

  • Example: Don White – SSN 1234
    • Username: dwhite1234 

Password: First Name, Hyphen, Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number, add “3” to end  

  • Example: Don White – SSN 1234
    • Password: Don-12343 

11.29.23 Weekly Staff Update 

Happy Valleyversary!           

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:              
November 29   
2 Years – Dylan Frericks, Custodian, Valley on Columbia  
2 Years – Tonya Gramm, PCA, Wheatland Terrace  
1 Year – Marissa Hammer, CNA, Woodside Village  
1 Year – Greta Salin, PCA, Tufte Manor  
November 30  
2 Years – Carly Nelson, PCA, Wheatland Terrace  
1 Year – Emma Wolsky, PCA, Wheatland Terrace  
December 1  
19 Years – Jenny Schultz, Director of Nursing, Woodside Village  
9 Years – Bri Thoreson, LPN, Hearthstone  

ND Department of Health Survey   

This week the North Dakota Department of Health is at Woodside Village for the annual licensing survey. Nursing homes participating in Medicare and Medicaid are required by law to undergo an annual survey and certification process. We welcome the Department of Health to our care community and we anticipate their exit on Thursday.  

Respiratory Illness Season is Here!   

Please remember when a resident shows increased signs or symptoms of respiratory illness, it should be reported to the charge nurse. Precautions must be initiated including contact/droplet with N95 and eye protection until COVID-19 is ruled out. If a staff member develops signs or symptoms of respiratory illness, they should contact the Employee Illness Line at 701-741-9646 ASAP. Respiratory illness symptoms include cough, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, muscle/body aches, headache, fatigue. Please review this flyer for occurrences that require you to stay home and call the employee illness line.  

Upcoming Events   
November 30 – Employee Holiday Party at the Alerus Center (RSVP Required)   
December 4 – Alzheimer’s Association Education, see flyer for more details  
December 8 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on Columbia   
December 15 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on 42nd 

2 Days Left for Benefits Open Enrollment!   

All employees that are eligible for benefits need to sign up in Plan Source during open enrollment between which ends Friday, December 1.  

PlanSource Login Information: https://benefits.plansource.com/  

Username: First Initial, Up to 6 digits of your last name, Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN)   

  • Example: Don White – SSN 1234, Username: Dwhite1234   

Password: First Name, Hyphen, Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number, 3   

  • Example: Don White – SSN 1234, Password: Don-12343   

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program – Applications Due by Thursday!    

  • Are you an LPN or RN at Valley on Columbia or Woodside Village? You can apply for loan repayment up to $15,000 from Valley Senior Living.  
  • Currently in college to become a RN or LPN? Apply for a Valley Senior Living scholarship up to $15,000.   

For more information about this amazing benefit at Valley, reach out to an ADON (Kate Woodworth at kwoodworth@valleyseniorliving.org or Leah Larson at llarson@valleyseniorliving.org at Valley on Columbia, Angie Praska at apraska@valleyseniorliving.org at Woodside Village) or click here. Applications are due by November 30.     

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI)  

Valley on Columbia is currently working on an Improvement Activity (IA) to reduce antipsychotic medications. When the IA started in February, 21.4% of residents at Valley on Columbia were taking an antipsychotic medication. At the time, the state average was 21.4% and the national average was 14.6%. The goal was set to reduce anti-psychotic medication usage at or below the national average. Like Woodside Village, a review team has been formed including our consultant pharmacist, medical director, Care Coordinators, DONs, Social Workers, nurses, and other care partners. During these meetings, residents are reviewed on a quarterly basis and it is determined if a GDR (gradual dose reduction) is necessary. We also adopted a process so new medications cannot be started and current medications cannot be increased without Care Coordinator involvement. Changes have been effective as antipsychotic medication use has decreased to 17% in October.     

Valley Apparel Store           

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!           

INCREASED Recruiter and Recruitment Bonus for FLEX LPNS or RNs    

Be a recruiter and help Valley fill the FLEX nurse pool with the best care partners! The sign-on bonus for FLEX licensed nurses has increased to $2500 and the recruiter bonus has DOUBLED. Earn $500 for each flex nurse you recruit!   

Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex-time positions (other than licensed nurse). Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.   

COVID Update     

Due to recent cases of COVID-19, the following masking measures are in place:     

  • Valley Transitions – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Riverside – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Reeves – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Heartland – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Oakcrest – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required  
  • Prairieview – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged  
  • Wheatland Terrace – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged    

11.22.23 Weekly Staff Update

Happy Thanksgiving –  I’m thankful for all of you at Valley and how you care for the residents each day! Enjoy your time with family and friends this Thanksgiving!

 Happy Valleyversary!          

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:             
November 22  
2 Years – Mary Schofield, Restorative Aide, Heartland 
1 Year – Nova Keown, CNA, Valley Transitions 
November 23  
3 Years – Jessica Hoff, PCA, Wheatland Terrace 
3 Years – Monica Slaughter, Restorative Aide, Woodside Village 
2 Years – Brenna Bertsch, CNA, Prairieview 
2 Years – Dolapo Raji, CNA, Woodside Village 
November 25  
22 Years – Kristi Austin, RN, Riverside 
21 Years – Sarah Salender, RN, Lanark 
November 27  
6 Years – Angie Olson, Transportation Coordinator, Valley Senior Living 
6 Years – Jessica Zelio, LPN, Valley on Columbia 
November 28  
1 Year – Tessie Compton, CNA, Oakcrest 
1 Year – Lucas Holbrook, CNA, Riverside 
1 Year – Misty McIntosh, CNA, Valley on Columbia 
1 Year – Kelsey Moses, CNA, Hearthstone 
1 Year – Kimberly O’Connor, CNA, Hearthstone 
1 Year – Kaylee Wasness, CNA, Hearthstone 
1 Year – Ashlee Welch, CNA, Prairieview 

Upcoming Events  
November 30 – Employee Holiday Party at the Alerus Center (RSVP Required)  
December 4 – Alzheimer’s Association Education, see flyer for more details 
December 8 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on Columbia  
December 15 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on 42nd  

Benefits Open Enrollment – Complete by December 1!  

All employees that are eligible for benefits will be required to sign up in Plan Source at https://benefits.plansource.com/

Username: First Initial, Up to 6 digits of your last name, Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN)  

  • Example: Don White – SSN 1234, Username: Dwhite1234  

Password: First Name, Hyphen, Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number, 3  

  • Example: Don White – SSN 1234, Password: Don-12343  

Allan B. Engen Nuse Scholarship Recipient 

Congratulations to Rachel Jordan, CNA on the Hearthstone neighborhood at Woodside Village, on being selected as a recipient of a $1000 scholarship from the North Dakota Long Term Care Association! Rachel was selected based on her sincere interest and commitment to nursing in the long term care field. Please watch for information about opportunities for additional scholarships in 2024. 

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program   

  • Are you an LPN or RN at Valley on Columbia or Woodside Village? You can apply for loan repayment up to $15,000. 
  • Currently in college to become a RN or LPN? Apply for a scholarship up to $15,000.  

For more information about this amazing benefit at Valley, reach out to an ADON (Kate Woodworth at kwoodworth@valleyseniorliving.org or Leah Larson at llarson@valleyseniorliving.org at Valley on Columbia, Angie Praska at apraska@valleyseniorliving.org at Woodside Village) or click here. Applications are due by November 30.  

Neighborhood Holiday Meals  
This holiday season, please consider assisting with your culture neighborhood’s holiday meal and party!   
Valley on Columbia

  • Almonte – December 6, 4:30-6:30pm  
  • Lanark – December 12, 4:30-6:30pm  
  • Reeves – December 13, 4:30-6:30pm  
  • Riverside – December 19, 4:30-6:30pm  
  • Valley Transitions – December 22, 2:00pm Open House  

Woodside Village  

  • Prairieview – December 7, 5:00- 7:00pm  
  • Heartland – December 13, 5:00- 7:00pm  
  • Oakcrest – December 14, 5:00-7:00pm  
  • Hearthstone – December 20, 11:30am-1:00pm  

Tufte Manor – December 7, 4:00-6:00pm  
Wheatland Terrace – December 12, 5:30-6:30pm  

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) 

Woodside Village is currently working on a PIP to reduce antipsychotic medications. When the PIP started in August, 26.8% of residents at Woodside Village were taking an anti-psychotic medication. At the time, the state average was 21.8% and the national average was 14.8%. A goal of 18% has been set but it takes time to taper existing medications. A more immediate measure is increased scrutiny prior to new anti-psychotic medications. A review team has also been formed including our consultant pharmacist, medical director, Care Coordinators, DONs, Social Workers, nurses, and other care partners. During these meetings, residents are reviewed on a quarterly basis and it is determined if a GDR (gradual dose reduction) is necessary. Changes have been effective as anti-psychotic medication use has decreased to 21.2% in October.    

Valley Apparel Store          

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!          

INCREASED Recruiter Bonus for FLEX LPNS or RNs   

Be a recruiter and help Valley fill the FLEX nurse pool with the best care partners! The sign-on bonus for FLEX licensed nurses has increased to $2500 and the recruiter bonus has DOUBLED. Earn $500 for each flex nurse you recruit!   

Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex-time positions other than licensed nurse. Click here for current open positions.

Red River High School Student Survey 

Two students from Red River High School are completing a project for their marketing class and the DECA organization on recruitment and retention at Valley Senior Living. Please take a moment to complete this survey.   

COVID Update    

Due to recent cases of COVID-19, the following masking measures are in place:    

  • Valley Transitions – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Lanark – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Riverside – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Reeves – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required 
  • Heartland – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Oakcrest – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Tufte Manor – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged  

Click here to view a flyer with more information about when to call the Employee Illness Line. 


11.15.23 Weekly Staff Update

Happy Valleyversary!          

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:            

November 15 
41 Years – Shelly Anderson-Pilon, Dining Services Director, Valley on Columbia 
1 Year – Laura Gaddie, RN, Valley Transitions 
November 16 
2 Years – David French, Dining Services, Tufte Manor 
1 Year – Saido Ahmed, PCA, Tufte Manor 
November 18 
27 Years – Garth Rydland, President/CEO, Valley Senior Living 
4 Years – Jamie Rash, CNA, Prairieview 
November 19 
5 Years – Nadine Munging, CNA, Valley on Columbia 
November 20 
34 Years – Vicki Carter, HUC, Riverside 
November 21 
1 Year – Makenna Langston, Life Enrichment Assistant, Woodside Village 

Benefits Open Enrollment – November 17-December 1  

All employees that are eligible for benefits will be required to sign up in Plan Source during open enrollment between November 17 and December 1. To learn more about the health insurance benefit packages available, please plan to attend one of the upcoming sessions with Blue Cross Blue Shield representatives:  

November 16  

  • 10:00-11:00am, Valley on Columbia Community Room  
  • 1:00-2:00pm, Valley on 42nd Auditorium  
  • 4:00-5:00pm, Valley on Columbia Community Room  

November 17  

  • 9:00-10:00am, Valley on Columbia Community Room  

Click here to view the flyer with session dates and further information.  

PlanSource Login Information  

Username: First Initial, Up to 6 digits of your last name, Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number (SSN) 

  • Example: Don White – SSN 1234, Username: Dwhite1234 

Password: First Name, Hyphen, Last 4 digits of your Social Security Number, 3 

  • Example: Don White – SSN 1234, Password: Don-12343     

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program  

  • Did you know that Valley on Columbia and Woodside Village employees who are attending college for RN or LPN can apply for up to $15,000 of scholarships?   
  • Did you know that current RNs or LPNs at VC and WV are able to apply for loan repayment for up to $15,000 of scholarships?   

For more information about this amazing benefit at Valley, reach out to an ADON (Kate or Leah at Valley on Columbia, Angie at Woodside Village) or click here. Applications are due by November 30.  

Upcoming Events 
November 30 – Employee Holiday Party at the Alerus Center (RSVP Required) 
December 8 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on Columbia 
December 15 – Craft & Bake Sale at Valley on 42nd  

Neighborhood Holiday Meals 

This holiday season, please consider assisting with your culture neighborhood’s holiday meal and party!  

  • Valley on Columbia 
    • Almonte – December 6, 4:30-6:30pm 
    • Lanark – December 12, 4:30-6:30pm 
    • Reeves – December 13, 4:30-6:30pm 
    • Riverside – December 19, 4:30-6:30pm 
    • Valley Transitions – December 22, 2:00pm Open House 
  • Woodside Village 
    • Prairieview – December 7, 5:00- 7:00pm 
    • Heartland – December 13, 5:00- 7:00pm 
    • Oakcrest – December 14, 5:00-7:00pm 
    • Hearthstone – December 20, 11:30am-1:00pm 
  • Tufte Manor – December 7, 4:00-6:00pm 
  • Wheatland Terrace – December 12, 5:30-6:30pm 

QAPI Update – Culture 

This week we will focus on the Culture pillar of our corporate CNA Retention Performance Improvement Project (PIP). This pillar focuses on staff appreciation and engagement. A few things we have accomplished in this pillar include:  

  • Partnering with Guusto, a gift card platform, to send out on the spot recognition to staff 
  • Selecting a new Human Resources Information System 
  • Restarting the Wellness Committee 
  • Adjusting the attendance policy 
  • Focusing on staff appreciation events 

Alzheimer’s Association Educational Sessions 

Save the date for an educational opportunity with the Alzheimer’s Association on December 4 from 1:00-2:00pm or 2:30-3:30pm at Valley Senior Living on 42nd. The topic for this training is Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior. Employees from all departments are welcome to attend. 

Valley Apparel Store         

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!          

Recruiter Bonus         

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! Our current openings include RN, LPN, CNA, PCA, Dining Services Aide, full time Recreation Assistant, part time Housekeeper, part time Receptionist, flex Recreation Assistant and flex Transportation Assistant. We are accepting applications for the next CNA class which starts on December 4. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.         

Wellness Committee Update – October Wellness Challenge Winners 

Thank you to all who participated in the October Sleep Challenge. Six winners were drawn and have received their $25.00 gift cards through Guusto to a merchant of their choice! The winners were Karen Basting, RaNell Hansen, Lisa Kerry, Andrew Ogaard, Kate Woodworth, and Andrea Hahn. 

COVID Update   

Due to recent cases of COVID-19, the following masking measures are in place:   

  • Almonte – Employees, Visitors, and Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Heartland – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Wheatland Terrace – Employees-surgical mask and eye protection, Visitors-surgical mask required, Residents-surgical mask encouraged 
  • Tufte Manor – Employees-N95 and eye protection, Visitors and Residents-surgical mask required 

Click here to view a flyer with more information about when to call the Employee Illness Line.  


11.8.23 Weekly Staff Update 

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: 11.8.23 Zoom  

RSVP by November 13 for the Valley Senior Living Christmas Party 

The annual Valley Senior Living Christmas Party is scheduled for November 30 at the Alerus Center. The party this year will feature Bingo, a meal, longevity awards, and a comedian.   

Please click here to RSVP.   

Happy Valleyversary!           

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:             

November 9  
2 Years – Seth Stein, RN, Valley Transitions  
1 Year – Ashlynn Birst, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
November 10
3 Years – Jessica Goulet, RN, Prairieview   
2 Years – Tricia Camrud, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
2 Years – Stevetta Karpeh, CNA, Valley Transitions  
2 Years – Lee Rerick, Director of Social Services, Valley on Columbia  
November 11  
3 Years – Kyle Whitcomb, Maintenance, Town Square  
November 12  
15 Years – Carole Torgerson, Life Enrichment Assistant, Woodside Village  
9 Years – Stephanie Deziel, RN, Valley on Columbia  
November 13  
35 Years – Darci Bohn, Dietitian, Valley on Columbia  
November 14  
22 Years – Renita Stethem, Quality Coordinator, Valley Senior Living 

Benefits Open Enrollment – November 17-December 1   

For the fourth year in a row, health insurance premiums and coverages for Valley Senior Living are mostly unchanged! In order to avoid a large increase for the 2024 plan year, Valley Senior Living is transitioning healthcare providers from Medica to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. All employees that are eligible for benefits will be required to sign up in Plan Source during open enrollment between November 17 and December 1. To learn more about the health insurance benefit packages available, please plan to attend one of the following sessions with Blue Cross Blue Shield representatives:   

November 14  

  • 2:00-3:00pm, Microsoft Teams (Meeting ID: 240 233 024 517    Passcode: bNi2br)  

November 15  

  • 10:30-11:30am, Valley on Columbia Community Room   
  • 1:00-2:00pm, Valley on 42nd Auditorium   
  • 4:00-5:00pm, Valley on 42nd Auditorium   

November 16  

  • 10:00-11:00am, Valley on Columbia Community Room   
  • 1:00-2:00pm, Valley on 42nd Auditorium   
  • 4:00-5:00pm, Valley on Columbia Community Room   

November 17  

  • 9:00-10:00am, Valley on Columbia Community Room   

Click here to view the plan types and costs.   

QAPI (Quality Assurance Performance Improvement) Update – CNA Retention     

This week we will focus on the Leadership pillar of our corporate CNA Retention Performance Improvement Project (PIP). This pillar focuses on developing leadership skills and improving the relationship between supervisors and staff. A few things we have accomplished in this pillar include:   

  • Established peer meetings between buildings  
  • Restarted the Coaching Approach trainings  
  • Restarted 30/60/90/Annual Care Partner questionnaires  

COVID Update and COVID Testing Reminder  

Due to recent cases of COVID-19, the following masking measures are in place:  

  • Heartland: Employees, Residents and Visitors – surgical mask encouraged  
  • Oakcrest: Employees, Residents and Visitors – surgical mask encouraged  
  • Wheatland Terrace: Employees – N95 and eye protection, Residents and Visitors – surgical mask required  

Any one symptom of COVID requires testing. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, call the Employee Illness Line at 701-741-9646. Three different testing options are available including Altru Occupational Health (Monday-Friday 8-10am), Express Clinic, or 48-hour antigen tests. Expenses may be incurred if testing occurs at Altru Occupational Health or Express Clinic and employees can be reimbursed for testing expenses by bringing their explanation of benefits or bill to HR.  

Certified Eden Associate Training  

This week 30 Valley employees are attending Certified Eden Associate Training at the Alerus Center. Eden Associate Training offers a great opportunity to learn more about the Eden values and principles that guide what we do at Valley Senior Living including providing compassionate care to residents and creating an environment that engages employees. We look forward to the new Eden Associates bringing what they learned to their care communities!  

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program   

Do you have student loans from nursing school? Are you currently attending school to further your nursing education? Valley has amazing benefits for employees with scholarships and loan repayment programs. Reach out to an ADON (Kate Woodworth – kwoodworth@valleyseniorliving.org or Leah Larson – llarson@valleyseniorliving.org at Valley on Columbia, Angie Praska – apraska@valleyseniorliving.org at Woodside Village) or click here. Applications are due by November 30.   

Valley Transitions Room Interior Renovation Starts this Weekend!  

Starting on November 10, we will start replacing the room interior finishes on the Valley Transitions neighborhood. The goal is to complete three resident rooms each week. We intend to focus only on resident rooms over the next three months. As time permits, the hallways will have the same renovations completed of lighting, painting and flooring. Eventually the Valley Transitions Team Room and Dining Rooms will also receive a remodel.  

Long Term Care Staff Shortages and Proposed Staffing Rules  

The Grand Forks Herald and Fargo Forum ran an in-depth article this week highlighting the staffing and regulatory challenges facing our long term care profession.     


11.1.23 Weekly Staff Update 

RSVP by November 13th for the Valley Senior Living Christmas Party! 

The annual Valley Senior Living Christmas Party is scheduled for November 30 at the Alerus Center. The party this year will feature Bingo, a meal, longevity awards, and a comedian.  

Please click here for more details and to RSVP.  

Happy Valleyversary!          

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:            

November 1  
9 Years – Brandi Rusczak, PCA, Wheatland Terrace  
1 Year – Meranda Braaten, LPN, Riverside  
November 4  
4 Years – Kathy Tuma, Foundation Administrative Assistant, Valley Senior Living  
November 6  
23 Years – Brenda Miller, Restorative Aide, Lanark  
November 7  
1 Year – Elizabeth Thompson, Receptionist, Tufte Manor  

QAPI Update – CNA Retention    

This week we will focus on the Retain pillar of our corporate CNA Retention Performance Improvement Project (PIP). Progress to date includes:  

  • Implementing RETAIN software to complete check-ins with new staff and recognize birthdays and work anniversaries.  
  • CNA in-person monthly meetings were restarted.  
  • Supporting team members with good attendance by holding everyone accountable for their attendance. The number of Valley employees with extremely high attendance points or more has decreased by about 50% since April. Our goal is to retain staff, but staff need to make an effort to improve attendance to retain their positions. This effort has contributed to increased CNA turnover at Valley on Columbia over the last 6 months. 
  • Earlier this year, we set a goal that at least 90% of scheduled CNA and Nurse hours for each shift and neighborhood were worked each week. As nursing staffing has improved, this fall we increased that goal to 95%. 
  • Solicit staff feedback and take action – based on CNA comments, last week we announced changes in how float pay, positions and shifts will be handled. When the positions are filled, it should help us more consistently achieve the 95% or higher standard of filling our scheduled shifts. 

November Valley Monthly Highlights  

To view the Valley Monthly Highlights for November including new employees, longevity recipients, employee birthdays and more, click here 

Benefits Open Enrollment – November 17-December 1  

For the fourth year in a row, health insurance premiums and coverages for Valley Senior Living are mostly unchanged! In order to avoid a large increase for the 2024 plan year, Valley Senior Living is transitioning healthcare providers from Medica to Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. All employees that are eligible for benefits will be required to sign up in Plan Source during open enrollment between November 17 and December 1. To learn more about the health insurance benefit packages available, please plan to attend one of the following sessions with Blue Cross Blue Shield representatives:  

  • November 15  
    • 10:30-11:30am, Valley on Columbia Community Room  
    • 1:00-2:00pm, Valley on 42nd Auditorium  
    • 4:00-5:00pm, Valley on 42nd Auditorium  
  • November 16  
    • 10:00-11:00am, Valley on Columbia Community Room  
    • 1:00-2:00pm, Valley on 42nd Auditorium  
    • 4:00-5:00pm, Valley on Columbia Community Room  
  • November 17  
    • 9:00-10:00am, Valley on Columbia Community Room  

Click here to view the flyer with session dates and further information.          

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program  

  • Did you know that Valley on Columbia and Woodside Village employees who are attending college for RN or LPN can apply for up to $15,000 of scholarships?   
  • Did you know that current RNs or LPNs at VC and WV are able to apply for loan repayment for up to $15,000 of scholarships?   

For more information about this amazing benefit at Valley, reach out an ADON (Kate or Leah at Valley on Columbia, Angie at Woodside Village) or click here. Applications are due by November 30.  

Valley Apparel Store         

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!          

Recruiter Bonus         

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! Our current openings include RN, LPN, CNA, PCA, Dining Services Aide, full time Recreation Assistant, part time Housekeeper, part time Receptionist, flex Recreation Assistant and flex Transportation Assistant. We are accepting applications for the next CNA class which starts on December 4. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.         

Wellness Committee Update – Financial Awareness  

For the month of November, the Wellness Committee will be focusing on financial awareness. The holiday season is coming up quickly! Here are some tips to reduce the stress of holiday spending and enjoy the holiday season:  

  • Create a holiday budget  
  • Look for sales ahead of time  
  • Price-match when you are at the store  
  • Check online prices (they could be cheaper!)  
  • Go in on joint gifts  
  • ‘Priceless’ gifts go a long way  
  • Start saving now!  

COVID Update   

Due to recent cases of COVID-19, the following masking measures are in place:   

  • Almonte: Employees – Surgical mask and eye protection required, Visitors – Surgical masks required, Residents – Surgical masks encouraged  
  • Valley Transitions: Employees, Visitors, and Residents – Surgical masks are encouraged   

RSVP and Sign Up for the 2023 Valley Senior Living HOLIDAY PARTY! 

Enjoy an evening of bingo, a buffet-style meal, entertainment from a comedian, awards, and a chance to win prizes! 

RSVP TODAY by clicking here and filling out the short survey! 

 


10.25.23 Weekly Staff Update

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: 10.25.23 Zoom  

Happy Valleyversary!         

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:           

October 25    
23 Years – Ruby Hoverson, RN, Reeves  
2 Years – Lara Fadairo, CNA, Oakcrest  
2 Years – Brytni Larson, CNA, Almonte  
1 Year – Ernestine Charbonneau, CNA, Lanark  
October 26    
3 Years – Defang Asonganyi, PCA, Tufte Manor  
3 Years – Cheri Whitney, CNA, Hearthstone  
3 Years – Jacqueline Yliniemi, CNA, Woodside Village  
2 Years – Lavonda Haahr, Housekeeper, Wheatland Terrace  
2 Years – Lynn McGarry, Licensed Social Worker, Lanark  
October 27    
30 Years – Judee Schmidt, LPN, Wheatland Terrace  
13 Years – Ingrid Hove, LPN, Wheatland Terrace  
3 Years – Iyon Metcalf, CNA, Woodside Village  
October 30    
4 Years – Laurie Bondy, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
4 Years – Sally Grosgebauer, Director of Marketing, Valley Senior Living  
October 31   
22 Years – Therez Sevigny, LPN, Lanark  
1 Year – Robyn Keller, CNA, Prairieview 

Happy Pastoral Care Week!  

Pastoral Care Week is October 22-28 and a wonderful opportunity to take the time to recognize the important care that our chaplains at Valley provide. Thank you, chaplains Bud, Gwenn, John, and Kerwin, for all that you do for residents, families, and staff!  

Changes in Nursing Float Pay Rates and Eligibility 

At Valley’s Annual Corporate Education (ACE) sessions this summer, we asked staff to participate in two opportunities to provide feedback – Stop, Start, Continue and the Annual Engagement Survey. Over 50 comments from the surveys addressed the use of floats, nursing staff being pulled, etc. Using this feedback, we identified a common theme surrounding the need for creating additional floating positions and addressing the pay differential for when floating is necessary or required. We acknowledge that moving from one neighborhood to another can be difficult for nursing staff and we want to compensate staff accordingly for this disruption. Effective October 29, float pay will be available for regular status and flex CNAs, PCAs, LPNs, and RNs who work in a float position, pick up a float shift, or are asked to move to a different neighborhood during their shift.   

COVID Update  

Due to recent cases of COVID-19, the following masking measures are in place:  

  • Almonte: Employees – N95s and eye protection, Visitors and Residents – Surgical masks are required  
  • Valley Transitions: Employees, Visitors and Residents – Surgical masks are encouraged  
  • Tufte Manor: Employees, Visitors and Residents – Surgical masks are encouraged  

Please continue to check the signage outside the neighborhood for current masking guidelines before entering the neighborhood.  

 Flu Shots Required Before October 26  

Influenza vaccination is a requirement for Valley Senior Living employees and must be received before October 26. For more information or to make an appointment to receive your influenza vaccination or COVID vaccination, reach out to Sarah at 787-7839 or Kayla at 787-7952.  

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI)   

We strive to make Valley a great place to work by all. During the pandemic we established a performance improvement project (PIP) around CNA recruitment and retention. This week we will focus on the Recruit pillar of the PIP. This pillar focuses on how we recruit and onboard new employees. A few things we have accomplished in this pillar include:   

  1. Reintroduced in-person general orientation  
  2. Simplified the application process   
  3. Reduced turn-around time for new applications  
  4. Adjusted sign-on bonuses and differentials to stay competitive 

We have comparison turnover data in relation to all other nursing homes through CMS Nursing Home Compare. We are proud that both Valley on Columbia and Woodside Village receive 45 of 50 possible points in the area of total nursing turnover, indicating that Valley’s performance in relation to our peers is among the highest in the country! We will continue to strive to find ways to make Valley a great place to work.  

Healthcare Academy and ACE Modules – Due October 31        

All employees have required Healthcare Academy annual education assigned. Please click here and complete the modules. If you did not attend ACE training in person, you also have ACE modules assigned to you. If you have trouble logging in, contact Sara at 787-7910 or Amber at 787-7903.    

Save the Date!   

The annual Valley Senior Living Christmas Party is scheduled for November 30 at the Alerus Center. Please watch for the RSVP and more details about this year’s event coming soon.  

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program
Did you know that Valley on Columbia and Woodside Village employees who are attending college for RN or LPN can apply for up to $15,000 of scholarships?
Did you know that current RNs or LPNs at VC and WV are able to apply for loan repayment for up to $15,000 of scholarships?

For more information about this amazing benefit at Valley, reach out an ADON (Kate or Leah at Valley on Columbia, Angie at Woodside Village) or click here. Applications are due by November 30.  

Valley Apparel Store        

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!         

Recruiter Bonus        

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! Our current openings include RN, LPN, CNA, PCA, Dining Services Aide, full time Recreation Assistant, part time Housekeeper, part time Receptionist, flex Recreation Assistant and flex Transportation Assistant. We are accepting applications for the next CNA class which starts on December 4. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.        

Wellness Committee – October Sleep Challenge     

Remember to turn in your sleep challenge tracker to HR at the end of the month to enter a chance to win a $25 gift card! Click here to find the tracker and read the details about the sleep challenge.


10.18.23 Weekly Staff Update

Happy Valleyversary!         

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:          

October 18   
1 Year – Kristi Krause, Housekeeper, Oakcrest 
October 20   
2 Years – Abigail Staal, PCA, Wheatland Terrace   
October 22   
3 Years – Megan Snobl Joseph, Nursing Scheduling Coordinator 
October 23   
6 Years – Stephanie Bielawski, LPN, Tufte Manor 
6 Years – Tim Tuma, Accounting Manager, Valley Senior Living 
October 24   
1 Year – Olivia Benson, CNA, Prairieview 
1 Year – Brooke Heggie, CNA, Lanark 
1 Year – Brittany Gray, CNA, Reeves 
1 Year – Laila Ismaeil, CNA, Woodside Village 
1 Year – Blake Johnson, Transportation Aide, Woodside Village 
1 Year – Cora Matthews, CNA, Oakcrest 
1 Year – Darrel Wilson, CNA, Woodside Village 
1 Year – Emma Wilson, CNA, Lanark 

Upcoming Events      
October 20 – Flu Shot & COVID Booster Makeup Clinic, Valley on Columbia Board Room 
Save the Date! November 30 – Employee Holiday Party, 4:30-7:30pm, Alerus Center

Happy Infection Prevention Week! 

National Infection Prevention Week is October 15-21 and we are so lucky to have two fantastic Infection Preventionists at Valley Senior Living! Please thank Kayla and Sarah as you see them throughout the week for all they do for everyone at Valley. However, infection prevention is not up to our infection preventionists alone – we all play a part. Please click here to view tips on how to protect yourself and others from infection. 

COVID Update 

This week, two residents from the Almonte neighborhood at Valley on Columbia tested positive for COVID. Due to the recent positives, staff on the Almonte neighborhood are required to wear N95 masks and eye protection, and residents and visitors are required to wear masks. Masks are encouraged for staff, visitors, and residents on the Oakcrest neighborhood. Masks are optional on all other neighborhoods. Please continue to reference the signs outside the neighborhoods for current mask recommendations. 

Flu Shots Required Before October 26 – Makeup Clinic October 20 

Influenza vaccination is a requirement for Valley Senior Living employees and must be received before October 26. A makeup clinic is scheduled for Friday, October 20 at Valley on Columbia in the Board Room from 1-3pm. If you have received your flu shot anywhere other than Valley Senior Living you must submit a copy of the documentation to Human Resources. Exemption forms must be returned to Human Resources before October 19. For more information or to make an appointment to receive your vaccination, reach out to Sarah at 787-7839 or Kayla at 787-7952. 

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) – CNA Retention PIP 

Our corporate CNA Retention Performance Improvement Project (PIP) launched in July 2022. The PIP is divided into four main pillars: Recruit, Retain, Leadership, and Culture. 

  • Recruit – this pillar focuses on how we recruit and onboard new employees. 
  • Retain – this pillar focuses on the first 90 days of employment, monitoring the percentage of hours worked to ensure sufficient staffing, and monitoring overall turnover. 
  • Leadership – this pillar focuses on developing leadership skills and improving the relationship between supervisors and staff. 
  • Culture – this pillar focuses on staff appreciation and engagement. 

Healthcare Academy and ACE Modules – Due October 31       

All employees have required Healthcare Academy annual education assigned. Please click here and complete the modules. If you did not attend ACE training in person, you also have ACE modules assigned to you. If you have trouble logging in, contact Sara at 787-7910 or Amber at 787-7903.       

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program 

Scholarship and loan repayment funds are available for Valley on Columbia and Woodside Village employees interested in LPN or RN education. For more information, reach out an ADON (Kate or Leah at Valley on Columbia, Angie at Woodside Village) or click here. Applications are due by November 30. 

Valley Apparel Store       

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!        

Recruiter Bonus       

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! Our current openings include RN, LPN, CNA, PCA, Dining Services Aide, full time Recreation Assistant, full time Cook, part time Housekeeper, part time Receptionist, flex Recreation Assistant and flex Transportation Assistant. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.       

Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) 

The GGFYP is a group that focuses on connecting young professionals in our community. They host and assist with many events throughout the year as well as gather for networking opportunities. The GGFYP is currently accepting applications for people to serve on the Board of Directors. If you would like more information, click here. GGFYP events are free for Valley Senior Living employees. 


10.16.23 Education Update

Attn: CNAs, Environmental Services, Activities, Dietary and Office Staff
     ** This opportunity is not available to RNs, LPNs, DONs, or Administrators.

The ND Department of Health and North Dakota Long Term Care Association has an opportunity for you to earn $250 by completing Infection Prevention Training through Project Firstline, a collaboration between the CDC and HHS. This training can be completed in 4.5 hours with 6 modules and quizzes included. 

** This is an elective training (not required) opportunity to earn $250 on a first come, first serve basis. This is not paid by Valley Senior Living, and the time to complete the course is not compensated by Valley Senior Living. **

How to get started:

  1. Contact an Infection Preventionist at Valley to inform them you are taking the course. Kayla Porter, kporter@valleyseniorliving.org or 787-7952 or Sarah Jacobson, sjacobson@valleyseniorliving.org or 787-7839.
  2. Create an account at ND Train – www.train.org/ND
  3. Begin the online training. You MUST complete the quiz at the end to earn credit for modules.
  4. Upon completion you will receive the certificate of completion.
  5. Email the certificate of completion to vanessa@ndltca.org AS SOON AS COMPLETED! This is a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis and under 200 awards are remaining at this time. Certificates received by the last day of the month when awards are still available will be paid within 6 weeks.
  6. Please alert infection preventionist Kayla or Sarah when you have completed the course and submitted your certification.

Read more details here.  Infection Control Training – Project Firstline _One-Time Award Program


10.11.23 Weekly Staff Update 

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: 10.11.23  

Happy Valleyversary!         

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:          

October 11   
6 Years – Philomena Kazmierczak, RN, Heartland   
6 Years – Emily Reynolds, LPN, Valley Transitions   
2 Years – Diana Hermreck, Receptionist, Town Square   
October 13   
13 Years – Rose Jones, CNA, Valley Transitions   
2 Years – Kerwin Sletto, Chaplain, Woodside Village   
October 14   
4 Years – Austin Hanson, LPN, Tufte Manor   
October 16   
6 Years – Andrew Cardinal, RN, Valley Transitions   
6 Years – Baillie Hanson, CNA, Riverside   
October 17   
5 Years – Taylor Schuman, LPN, Woodside Village   
1 Year – Peter Brack, Assistant Dining Services Director, Tufte Manor   
1 Year – Flavia Nijimbere, CNA, Valley on Columbia   

Upcoming Events      

October 13 – Valley Senior Living on 42nd Craft and Bake Sale    

CHANGE in Masking Protocol 

Effective this week, when a staff member tests positive on the neighborhood, we will typically have neighborhood mask use encouraged for staff, visitors and residents – NOT REQUIRED! This is a significant change from prior practice for staff and visitors. There are no changes if a resident tests positive – masks and eye protection will be required for staff, and masks required for visitors and residents. Residents may follow their mask declination. If multiple residents test positive, N95s and eye protection will be required for staff, and masks will be required for visitors and residents. Please remember to look at the signage outside of each neighborhood.     

Flu Shots Required Before October 26  

Influenza vaccination is a requirement for Valley Senior Living employees and must be received before October 26. If you have received your flu shot anywhere other than Valley Senior Living you must submit a copy of the documentation to Human Resources. Exemption forms must be returned to Human Resources before October 19. For more information or to make an appointment to receive your vaccination, reach out to Sarah at 787-7839 or Kayla at 787-7952. 

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI)   

Each week we will be sharing highlights and progress towards our ongoing PIPs (Performance Improvement Projects), IAs (Improvement Activities), and other quality goals. Below is a list of our current PIPs and IAs that we will describe in more detail in future weeks:   

Valley on Columbia

  • Call Light Response Times   
  • Reduction of Antipsychotic Medications   
  • Reduction of Indwelling Catheter Use   

Woodside Village   

  • Reduction of Antipsychotic Medications   

Corporate   

  • CNA Retention   

Healthcare Academy and ACE Modules – Due October 31       

All employees have required Healthcare Academy annual education assigned. Please click here and begin the modules. If you did not attend ACE training in person, you also have ACE modules assigned to you. If you have trouble logging in, contact Sara at 787-7910 or Amber at 787-7903.       

Valley Apparel Store       

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!        

Recruiter Bonus       

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! Our current openings include Dining Services Director at Tufte Manor, RN, LPN, CNA, PCA, Dining Services Aide, full time Recreation Assistant, part time Housekeeper, flex Recreation Assistant and flex Transportation Assistant. We are accepting applications now for the CNA class that will begin on October 23. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.       

Wellness Committee – October Sleep Challenge

The Wellness Committee is challenging you to get 7+ hours of sleep each night for 25 nights in October. Click here to find the tracker and read the details about the sleep challenge. Fill in the tracker and turn it in to HR at the end of the month to enter a chance to win a $25 gift card!   


Reminder: Wednesday, October 11, is the final Flu Shot Clinic and will be held at Valley Senior Living on 42nd

Influenza vaccination is a requirement for Valley Senior Living employees and must be received before October 26. If you have not received your flu shot, make plans to attend:

  • Wednesday, October 11, 6:00am-12:00pm at Valley on 42nd 

If you are unable at attend, schedule a time now with an Infection Preventionist by calling Sarah at 787-7839 or Kayla at 787-7952. If you have received your flu shot anywhere other than Valley Senior Living you must submit a copy of the documentation to Human Resources. Exemption forms must be returned to Human Resources before October 19. 

The new 23-24 COVID-19 vaccine will also be available at these clinics for those interested. Either consent or declination will be required for the COVID-19 vaccine (no exemptions necessary). Please view more information about the 23-24 COVID-19 vaccine here: 

Stay up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccine


10.4.23 Weekly Staff Update 

Greetings from Denver Colorado! Adam and I have been here this week to attend the national American Health Care Association convention. This year we’ve had great sessions and further confirmation that we continue to be on the right path at Valley in our focus to improve quality of life and quality of care for the residents we serve. I have quite the “to do” list from this week, but one thing we will do each week going forward is to communicate our ongoing efforts to improve quality for residents, families, and staff at Valley. –Garth Rydland

Healthcare Food Service Week – October 1-7  

Happy Healthcare Food Service Week! Thank you to all dining service employees throughout Valley for all that you do for our communities. 

Happy Valleyversary!       

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:        

October 4 
2 Years – Alexis Horner, CNA, Prairieview 
2 Years – Suzanne Lien, RN, Almonte 
1 Year – Brianne Bender, Life Enrichment Assistant, Wheatland Terrace 
1 Year – Elizabeth Casement, PCA, Wheatland Terrace 
1 Year – Gracie Koenig, PCA, Tufte Manor 
1 Year – Kayla Werlinger, CNA, Lanark 
October 5 
8 Years – Krista Gillies, CNA, Hearthstone 
5 Years – Phyllis Moen, RN, Reeves 
October 6 
9 Years – Tiffany Decoteau, RN, Lanark 
October 7 
10 Years – Michelle Roeters, CNA, Valley Transitions 
4 Years – Pabi Rai, LPN, Valley on Columbia 
October 8 
5 Years – Haley Wolfe, RN, Heartland 
October 9 
21 Years – Wanda Armstrong, LPN, Oakcrest 
October 10 
7 Years – Maurine Lukong, LPN, Tufte Manor 
1 Year – Zoe Johnson, Dining Services, Tufte Manor 

Upcoming Events    
October 6 – Valley on Columbia Fall Craft and Bake Sale   
October 11 – Flu Shot Clinic at Valley on 42nd – 6 am to 12 pm   
October 13 – Valley Senior Living on 42nd Craft and Bake Sale  

Valley Monthly Highlights – October 

To view Valley Monthly Highlights for October including new employees, longevity recipients, employee birthdays and more, click here. 

COVID Update 

This week we received confirmation of a resident on Valley Transitions testing positive for COVID 19. Due to the positive resident, masks are required on Valley Transitions with the addition of eye protection for employees. Masks are also required on the Heartland neighborhood at Woodside Village. Masks are not required on any other neighborhood at this time. 

Flu Shot Clinics – October 11 at Valley on 42nd  

Influenza vaccination is a requirement for Valley Senior Living employees and must be received before October 26. One flu shot clinic is remaining:   

  • Wednesday, October 11, 6:00am-12:00pm at Valley on 42nd  

You must attend the scheduled flu shot clinic or schedule an appointment with the Infection Preventionists. To schedule an appointment call Sarah at 787-7839 or Kayla at 787-7952. If you have received your flu shot anywhere other than Valley Senior Living you must submit a copy of the documentation to Human Resources. Exemption forms for flu shots must be returned to Human Resources before October 19.  

 The new 23-24 COVID-19 vaccine will also be available at the clinic for those interested. Either consent or declination will be required for the COVID-19 vaccine (no exemptions necessary). 

Healthcare Academy and ACE Modules – Due October 31     

All employees have required Healthcare Academy annual education assigned. Please click here and begin the modules. If you did not attend ACE training in person, you also have ACE modules assigned to you. If you have trouble logging in, contact Sara at 787-7910 or Amber at 787-7903.     

Valley Apparel Store     

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!      

Recruiter Bonus     

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! Our current openings include Dining Services Director at Tufte Manor, RN, LPN, CNA, PCA, Dining Services Aide, part time Housekeeper, flex Recreation Assistant and flex Transportation Assistant. We are accepting applications now for the CNA class that will begin on October 23. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time. Once you have recruited someone, don’t forget to contact HR to begin the bonus process.     

Wellness Committee – October Sleep Challenge  

The Wellness Committee is challenging you to get 7+ hours of sleep each night for 25 nights in October. Click here to find the tracker and read the details about the sleep challenge. Fill in the tracker and turn it in to HR at the end of the month to enter a chance to win a $25 gift card!  


Reminder: Flu Shot Clinic on Tuesday, October 3 at Valley on Columbia

Influenza vaccination is a requirement for Valley Senior Living employees and must be received before October 26. Two flu shot clinics are scheduled:  

  • Tuesday, October 3, 12:00pm-6:00pm at Valley on Columbia 
  • Wednesday, October 11, 6:00am-12:00pm at Valley on 42nd 

You must attend one of the scheduled sessions or schedule an appointment with the Infection Preventionists. To schedule an appointment call Sarah at 787-7839 or Kayla at 787-7952. If you have received your flu shot anywhere other than Valley Senior Living you must submit a copy of the documentation to Human Resources. Exemption forms must be returned to Human Resources before October 19. 

The new 23-24 COVID-19 vaccine will also be available at these clinics for those interested. Either consent or declination will be required for the COVID-19 vaccine (no exemptions necessary). Please view more information about the 23-24 COVID-19 vaccine here: 

Stay up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccine


9.27.23 Weekly Staff Update

Happy Valleyversary!      

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:       

September 27 
13 Years – Mary Sullivan, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia 
2 Years – Deisy Gonzalez Hernandez, CNA, Oakcrest 
1 Year – Beeni Darji, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia 
September 28 
8 Years – Kate Woodworth, ADON, Valley on Columbia 
September 29 
24 Years – Bonnie Overby, Care Coordinator, Valley Transitions 
19 Years – Lori Bott, CFO, Valley Senior Living 
September 30 
31 Years – Paula Nowatzki, Recreation Director, Valley on Columbia 
25 Years – Deborah Nelson, CNA, Lanark 
October 1 
11 Years – Mary Lou Kuster, Head Cook, Valley on Columbia 
9 Years – Ron Thaden, Dining Services, Town Square 
5 Years – Rachael Herberg, Dining Services Director, Valley on 42nd  
October 2 
17 Years – Jim Belbas, Maintenance Supervisor, Tufte Manor 
10 Years – Alice Mah, CNA, Valley on Columbia 
October 3 
18 Years – Ljiljana Mlikota, Dining Services, Town Square 
12 Years – Dawn Dill, LPN, Almonte 
12 Years – Lindsay Vaughan, Care Coordinator, Heartland 
1 Year – Emily Schloe, PCA, Wheatland Terrace 

Upcoming Events  
September 29 – Valley on 42nd Rummage Sale  
October 3 – Flu Shot Clinic at Valley on Columbia – 12 to 6 pm  
October 6 – Valley on Columbia Fall Craft and Bake Sale  
October 11 – Flu Shot Clinic at Valley on 42nd – 6 am to 12 pm  
October 13 – Valley Senior Living on 42nd Craft and Bake Sale 

Flu Shot Clinics – October 3 at Valley on Columbia and October 11 at Valley on 42nd 

Influenza vaccination is a requirement for Valley Senior Living employees and must be received before October 26. Two flu shot clinics are scheduled:  

  • Tuesday, October 3, 12:00pm-6:00pm at Valley on Columbia 
  • Wednesday, October 11, 6:00am-12:00pm at Valley on 42nd 

You must attend one of the scheduled sessions or schedule an appointment with the Infection Preventionists. To schedule an appointment call Sarah at 787-7839 or Kayla at 787-7952. If you have received your flu shot anywhere other than Valley Senior Living you must submit a copy of the documentation to Human Resources. Exemption forms must be returned to Human Resources before October 19. 

Healthcare Food Service Week – October 1-7 

Next week, October 1-7, we celebrate Healthcare Food Service Week! Thank you to all dining service employees throughout Valley for all that you do for our communities. 

Healthcare Academy and ACE Modules – Due October 31    

All employees have required Healthcare Academy annual education assigned. Please click here and begin the modules. If you did not attend ACE training in person, you also have ACE modules assigned to you. If you have trouble logging in, contact Sara at 787-7910 or Amber at 787-7903.    

Valley Apparel Store    

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!     

Recruiter Bonus    

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! Our current openings include Event and Volunteer Coordinator, Dining Services Director, RN, LPN, CNA, PCA, Laundry Aide, Dining Services Aide, part time Housekeeper, flex Recreation Assistant and flex Transportation Assistant. We are accepting applications now for the CNA class that will begin on October 23. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time.     

Employee Illness Line – 701-741-9646 

With the season change upon us we are seeing an increase in illness throughout the community. Please continue to call the Employee Illness Line with any symptoms of illness such as sore throat, congestion, cough, loss of taste or smell, headaches, or GI symptoms. Do not report to your shift if you are feeling ill – report to your supervisor and call the Employee Illness Line to receive further instruction.  

Wellness Committee – October Sleep Challenge 

The Wellness Committee is challenging you to get 7+ hours of sleep for 25 nights in October. Click here to find the tracker and read the details about the sleep challenge. Fill in the tracker and turn it in to HR at the end of the month to enter a chance to win a $25 gift card! 

Tips for Better Sleep: 

  • Be consistent – go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time, even on weekends. 
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and relaxing. 
  • Limit electronic use an hour before bedtime. 
  • Avoid large meals or caffeine before bedtime. 
  • Get some exercise during the day to help you fall asleep more easily at night. 

PROST! The Online Silent Auction is Live and Oktoberfest Tickets Are Available     
The Valley Senior Living Foundation is holding the 3rd Annual Valley Senior Living Oktoberfest at the Alerus Center on Thursday, September 28. This event serves as a fundraiser for our Community Connections and Wishing Well programs. Tickets are $60 and include an evening of German cuisine and brews, dancing, entertainment from the famous Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen, Oktoberfest-themed games and activities, and complimentary commemorative beer stein for the first 320 attendees. Get your tickets now before they are gone at www.valleyseniorliving.org. Visit valley23.cbo.io to view and bid on silent auction items!   


9.20.23 Weekly Staff Update 

Happy Valleyversary!      

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:       

September 21     
1 Year – Alexandra Giese, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
1 Year – Cassandra Hook, PCA, Tufte Manor  
1 Year – Erika Tinkham, RN, Valley Transitions  
September 22  
19 Years – Tammy Cleem, PCA, Wheatland Terrace  
3 Years – Andrew Ogaard, Admission Assistant, Valley Senior Living  
2 Years – Kassidy Bustamante, CNA, Riverside  
2 Years – Breanna Horner, Dining Services, Town Square  
September 23  
14 Years – Stacy Roach, Care Coordinator, Hearthstone  
4 Years – Shaun Havis, Director of Development, Valley Senior Living  
4 Years – Lauren Laque, RN, Oakcrest  
September 24  
26 Years – Angie Goulet, Administrator, Tufte Manor  
22 Years – Jennifer Thompson, RN, Almonte  
September 26  
12 Years – Kendra Nelson, LPN, Prairieview  
7 Years – Doreen Reindel-Rolshoven, LPN, Tufte Manor 

Upcoming Events  
September 29 – Valley on 42nd Rummage Sale  
October 3 – Flu Shot Clinic at Valley on Columbia – 12 to 6 pm  
October 6 – Valley on Columbia Fall Craft and Bake Sale  
October 11 – Flu Shot Clinic at Valley on 42nd – 6 am to 12 pm  

Human Resources Professionals Day – Tuesday, September 26  

On Tuesday, September 26, we celebrate Human Resources Professionals Day! Thank you, Adam, Kaley, Diane, Rebecca, Barb, Kathy, Sam, and Carol for all that you do for employees at Valley!      

Healthcare Academy and ACE Modules – Due October 31    

All employees have required Healthcare Academy annual education assigned to them now. Please click here and begin the modules. New items were added this week including the confidentiality agreement and hand hygiene, so if you believe you have already completed your modules, please double check that all documents have been signed. If you did not attend ACE training in person, you will also have ACE modules assigned to you on Healthcare Academy on Friday, September 22. If you have trouble logging in, contact Sara at 787-7910 or Amber at 787-7903.    

Valley Apparel Store    

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!     

Recruiter Bonus    

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! We currently have openings in dining services, housekeeping, RN, LPN, PCA, laundry, a full-time cook, and recreation. We are accepting applications now for the CNA class that will begin on October 23. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply  with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time.     

Wellness Committee September Update – Building Balance, Avoiding Burnout, and Practicing Mindfulness      

For the month of September, the Wellness Committee will be focusing on providing you with education and resources to bring balance, peace, and mindfulness into your daily life.  

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, or imbalanced? If so, there are things that you can do toward achieving a sense of equilibrium. The following practices can help bring balance back into your life:  

  • Be reasonable. People have a limit to resources like time, money and energy. It is completely understandable to want to accomplish so many things; however, it is important to consider how much time is in a day. Don’t forget that you are ONE person. Erase the idea of perfection and problem-solving for others – it’s okay not to get everything done.   
  • Find a support system. Find the people in your life who build you up and support you! Try to avoid people who add or create more stress for you. Remember, stress will affect you physically, so within reason, consider phasing out those who might be causing your stress or imbalance.  
  • Take control and say NO. Often people say yes to others because there might be unreasonable pressure to please people. It’s important to consider your current list of responsibilities, and what you can reasonably complete before extending time and resources to others.   
  • Make a schedule for rest. Resting doesn’t always have to equate with sleeping, but scheduling time to relax can be beneficial to your health. Intentionally doing things that give you comfort, peace, health and happiness assist in restoring balance. Make an effort to prioritize your needs.  
  • Focus on today. There will always be something that we will need to do, haven’t gotten to do, or something you’ve always wanted to do. Try to avoid obsessing over the future and focus on the here and now. Creating a healthy, balanced life requires YOU to be present in your family, friends, hobbies and work.  

Medicare 101  

If you are interested in learning more about Medicare including options or eligibility for those 65 or older, Vaaler is offering free educational sessions open to the public in person on Thursday, September 21 or by Zoom on September 19, 21 or 30. For more information click here 

PROST! The Online Silent Auction Starts Tomorrow and Oktoberfest Tickets Are Available     
The Valley Senior Living Foundation is preparing for the 3rd annual Valley Senior Living Oktoberfest at the Alerus Center, and the silent auction starts Thursday, September 21. Visit valley23.cbo.io to view auction items and sign up to be a bidder! This event serves as a fundraiser for our Community Connections and Wishing Well programs. Tickets are $60 and include an evening of German cuisine and brews, dancing, and entertainment from the famous Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen, Oktoberfest-themed games and activities, and complimentary commemorative beer stein for the first 320 attendees. Get your tickets now before they are gone at www.valleyseniorliving.org.    

Alzheimer’s Walk  

Thank you to everyone who attended the Alzheimer’s Walk on Saturday and to our Valley walk team and helped us reach our fundraising goal. Your contributions through the silent auction, taco in a bag fundraisers, and donations made a difference!   


9.13.23 Weekly Staff Update 

In case you missed the company Teams meeting earlier today, here is the link: 9.13.23  

Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week – September 10-16   

This week we celebrate Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week. Each community will be celebrating in their own way. Join us in thanking our environmental services and housekeeping staff for all that they do!   

Valley Senior Living is one of the 50 Best Places to Work  

Prairie Business announced Valley Senior Living as one of the 50 Best Places to Work! Companies throughout the region are nominated by employees and are chosen based off employee testaments. Thank you to all who nominated Valley Senior Living and congratulations to Valley for being chosen as one of the region’s best!  

Happy Valleyversary!     

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:      

September 13    
2 Years – Kinzie Grinde, CNA, Valley Transitions  
2 Years – Calista Jerome, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
1 Year – Cathryn Bloom, Dining Services, Town Square  
September 14  
2 Years – Kassidy Jordheim, Housekeeper, Valley on Columbia  
1 Year – Maggie Biermaier, LPN Treatment, Valley on Columbia  
1 Year – Taydin Holmer, CNA, Woodside Village  
1 Year – Danielle Poxleitner, RN, Woodside Village  
1 Year – Jessica Qualley, Life Enrichment Assistant, Wheatland Terrace  
1 Year – Averie Simon, CNA, Woodside Village  
1 Year – Salamata Sombie, CNA, Valley on Columbia  
September 15  
2 Years – Adam Edwards, Chief Human Resource Officer, Valley Senior Living  
September 16  
20 Years – Amy Olson, Care Coordinator, Valley on Columbia  
4 Years – Brittney Munson, CNA, Woodside Village  
September 17  
5 Years – Lee Wilkie, CNA Mentor, Woodside Village  
September 19  
11 Years – Kaley Littlejohn, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Valley Senior Living  
1 Year – Dani Boyle, CNA, Valley Transitions  
1 Year – Sydney Bunker, CNA, Riverside  
1 Year – Nicole Earls, CNA, Woodside Village  
1 Year – Darrell Hefter, Dining Services, Town Square  
1 Year – Hannah Peotter, CNA, Hearthstone  
1 Year – Brooke Staigle, PCA, Tufte Manor  

COVID Update  

This week, three employees from Valley on Columbia and one employee from Woodside Village have tested positive for COVID. Additionally, we received confirmation of a resident from the Riverside neighborhood at Valley on Columbia testing positive. The most recent positives have led to masking requirements on the Reeves and Riverside neighborhoods. Eye protection is also required on the Riverside neighborhood. Please check the signage for masking requirements as you enter each neighborhood. Remember to report any symptoms of illness to the Staff Illness line at 701-741-9646.  

Healthcare Academy – Due October 31   

All employees have required Healthcare Academy annual education assigned to them now. Please click here and begin the modules. If you have trouble logging in, contact Sara at 787-7910 or Amber at 787-7903.   

Valley Apparel Store   

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!    

Recruiter Bonus   

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! We currently have openings in dining services, housekeeping, RN, LPN, PCA, laundry, a full-time cook, and recreation. We are accepting applications now for the CNA class that will begin on October 23. Share the website www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply  with anyone you feel would be a good candidate to be a care partner at Valley and earn a recruiter bonus. The current recruiter bonus remains $1000 for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flex time.    

National Assisted Living Week – September 10-16   

Wheatland Terrace will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week with many fun events to bring residents, families and staff together including concerts, special treats, a picnic, and a corn hole tournament. Reach out to Sandy at 7880 if you are interested in helping with any of the week’s events.   

Join Team Valley Senior Living in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s     

Join Valley in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 16 starting at 10am at Sertoma Park. If you would like to purchase a Team Valley shirt from previous years, contact Shannon Holte at 787-7830. To sign up for the walk or donate to the team, click here.      

Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) Events     

The GGFYP is hosting several upcoming events around the community, including Longest Table, Trivia Night, a lunch and learn, and more! Click here to view a video with more information or visit the website at ggfyp.com. All GGFYP events are free to Valley employees.  

PROST! Oktoberfest Tickets Are Available    
The Valley Senior Living Foundation is preparing for the 3rd annual Valley Senior Living Oktoberfest at the Alerus Center. This event serves as a fundraiser for our Community Connections and Wishing Well programs. Tickets are $60 and include an evening of German cuisine and brews, dancing, and entertainment from the famous Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen, Oktoberfest-themed games and activities, and complimentary commemorative beer stein for the first 320 attendees. Get your tickets now before they are all gone at www.valleyseniorliving.org.  The Foundation will also host an online silent auction. Auction opens September 21 and concludes on September 28. Visit valley23.cbo.io to view auction items and sign up to be a bidder!    


9.6.23 Weekly Staff Update

Happy Valleyversary!    

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:    

September 6  
17 Years – Tessa Clemetson, CNA, Heartland 
7 Years – Rabi Rai, CNA, Valley on Columbia 
1 Year – Lexi Barber, Licensed Social Worker, Reeves 
1 Year – Colin Borgen, Dining Services, Town Square 
1 Year – Samantha Gunderson, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia 
September 7 
12 Years – Rachel Gonzalez, Nursing Schedule Coordinator, Woodside Village 
September 8 
9 Years – Ruby Evans, RN, Reeves 
3 Years – Bryce Snobl, CNA, Woodside Village 
1 Year – Jade Steinkamp, Receptionist, Town Square 
September 9 
10 Years – Lisa Keegan, CNA, Oakcrest 
3 Years – Lexi Thomas, CNA, Valley on Columbia 
1 Year – Katie Young, Dining Services, Town Square 
September 11 
17 Years – Braden Thoreson, Groundskeeper, Valley on Columbia 
6 Years – Jordan Jacobson, LPN Treatment Charge, Prairieview 
4 Years – Pragya Chaturvedi, CNA, Riverside 
September 12 
18 Years – Bethany Bailly, RN, Almonte 
18 Years – Katie Eken, HUC Lead, Almonte 
1 Year – Devon Maszk, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia 
1 Year – Mason Moen, CNA, Riverside 

Healthcare Academy – Due October 31 

All employees have required Healthcare Academy annual education assigned to them now. Please click here and begin the modules. If you have trouble logging in, contact Sara at 787-7910 or Amber at 787-7903. 

Valley Monthly Highlights – September 

To view Valley Monthly Highlights including birthdays, new employees, longevity recipients and more, click here

Valley Apparel Store 

If you are interested in purchasing Valley clothing and other items with the Valley Senior Living logo, please visit the Valley store here!  

Recruiter Bonus 

Be a recruiter and help Valley find the best care partners! The next CNA training class is set to begin on September 18. We have positions available in dining services, housekeeping, RN, LPN, PCA, laundry, and recreation. Share the current opening list with interested candidates at valleyseniorliving.org/apply and earn $1000 for full time recruits, $500 for part time, and $250 for flex time.  

Upcoming Events    
September 7 – Valley Fest at Valley on 42nd    
September 14 – BioMetric Screenings at Valley on Columbia 
September 16 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Sertoma Park  

Engagement Survey Winners – Hearthstone! 

Congratulations to the Hearthstone neighborhood for winning a QDOBA meal with the most participation on the annual engagement survey with 94% of staff Hearthstone participating in the survey! Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey – your comments and feedback are appreciated. 

Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week – September 10-16 

Next week we celebrate Environmental Services and Housekeeping Week. Each community will be celebrating in their own way. Join us in thanking our environmental services and housekeeping staff for all that they do! 

National Assisted Living Week – September 10-16 

Wheatland Terrace will be celebrating National Assisted Living Week with many fun events to bring residents, families and staff together including concerts, special treats, a picnic, and a corn hole tournament. Reach out to Sandy at 7880 if you are interested in helping with any of the week’s events.  

Join Team Valley Senior Living in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s   

Join Valley in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 16 starting at 10am at Sertoma Park. Valley has had a large presence at this event in the past and it would be great to get a large group together to represent Valley again! To sign up for the walk or donate to the team, click here.    

Wellness Committee Update: Building Balance, Avoiding Burnout, Practicing Mindfulness  

For the month of September, the Wellness Committee encourages you to practice mindfulness and be aware of and avoid burnout. Watch for more details on a fun mindfulness challenge coming later in September.  

As presented in ACE (Annual Corporate Education), Valley has resources available to you through our Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). LiveWell solutions has the following tips to help with lessening the burnout you may be feeling/experiencing:  

  • Take care of yourself – do things that bring you joy and happiness. 
  • Learn ways to relax and refresh – keeping hydrated, eating good meals, engaging in activities that calm your mind and body. 
  • Take breaks to recharge – taking breaks can help reset the mind and body. 
  • Connect with other people – remember from ACE, laugher is the best medicine! 
  • Learn to say “no” – don’t overstretch yourself and put your mental and physical health at risk 
  • Ask for help – use of EAP resources to speak with professionals who can assist in a variety of ways. 

Contact Information for EAP services at Valley:  
LiveWell Solutions 1-866-831-2181 – available for all employees regardless of classification   
Medica 1-800-626-7944 – available to employees who are enrolled in a Medica Health Insurance policy  

BioMetric Screenings – September 14   

In a continued effort to improve the health and wellness of staff at Valley, the Wellness Committee is facilitating BioMetric screenings with the assistance of Altru. The screenings will consist of 1-on-1 appointments with an Altru staff member who will provide two services: Inbody (body composition) and My Biocheck (glucose, lipid panel and triglycerides). These services are typically covered by your insurance company as a preventative screening and will initially be run against an individual’s insurance, however if they are not covered the Wellness Committee will cover the cost associated with the screening. Valley and Altru will be offering more of these opportunities to those who are unable to sign up due to capacity limits. Click here to schedule your BioMetric Screening appointment.   

 PROST! Oktoberfest Tickets Are Available  
The Valley Senior Living Foundation is preparing for the 3rd annual Valley Senior Living Oktoberfest at the Alerus Center. This event serves as a fundraiser for our Community Connections and Wishing Well programs. Tickets are $60 and include an evening of German cuisine and brews, dancing, and entertainment from the famous Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen, Oktoberfest-themed games and activities, and complimentary commemorative beer stein for the first 320 attendees. Get your tickets now before they are all gone at www.valleyseniorliving.org.  The Foundation will also host an online silent auction. Auction opens September 21 and concludes on September 28. Watch for more information and your chance to bid soon.  


9.1.23 Update

Healthcare Academy annual education is now available. Visit healthcareacademy.com to complete the required modules. All education must be completed by 10/31/23. For log in assistance please contact Sara at 701-787-7910 or Amber at 701-787-7903.

GUUSTO Gift Cards

Valley Senior Living has partnered with a gift card platform called Guusto. Gift cards were sent this morning to all employees. The email addresses and phone numbers being used are those listed in our Payroll software. If you have a new email address or phone number, please be sure to update that information with HR. Please check your spam folders from time to time as it is possible that the email from Guusto may land in your spam folder. Enjoy your gift card, and thank you for all you do at Valley! 


8.30.23 Weekly Staff Update

In case you missed the company Zoom earlier today, here is the link: 8.30.23 

Be on the Lookout for a Gift Card from hello@guusto.com!

Valley Senior Living has partnered with a gift card platform called Guusto. You will be receiving a gift card on Friday, September 1 from hello@guusto.com. The email addresses and phone numbers being used are those listed in our Payroll software. If you have a new email address or phone number, please be sure to update that information with HR. Please check your spam folders from time to time as it is possible that the email from Guusto may land in your spam folder. 

Happy Valleyversary!   

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:   

August 30 
17 Years – Cheryl Ekren, Housing Manager, Valley Senior Living 
1 Year – Morgan Benson, CNA, Valley on Columbia 
1 Year – Bella Eagan, LPN Treatment, Prairieview 
August 31 
8 Years – Hodan Ali, LPN Treatment, Valley on Columbia 
8 Years – Janie Braaten, Housekeeper, Woodside Village 
8 Years – Pam Mathson, Assistant Recreation Director, Valley on Columbia 
7 Years – Lisa Lyon, Transportation, Valley Senior Living 
3 Years – Hannah Hanson, CNA, Prairieview 
2 Years – Vanessa Gonzalez, CNA, Almonte 
2 Years – Jessica Grahn, CNA, Woodside Village 
2 Years – Susan Halverson, Assistant Cook, Tufte Manor 
2 Years – Madi Olien, CNA, Woodside Village 
2 Years – Corissa Sam, LPN, Valley on Columbia 
1 Year – Ariel Barta, CNA, Heartland 
September 1 
19 Years – Ranell Hansen, Nursing Supply Clerk, Woodside Village 
3 Years – Tamar Dolidze, LPN Treatment, Lanark 
2 Years – Kara Puckett, CNA, Woodside Village 
2 Years – Taylar St. Louis, CNA, Woodside Village 
September 3 
37 Years – Gina Neal, Restorative Aide, Reeves 
September 4 
22 Years – Kathy Smestad, RN, Heartland 
September 5 
23 Years – Leroy Helmoski, Dining Services, Town Square 
6 Years – Hannah Holt, CNA, Prairieview  

Employee Engagement Survey Update   

Thank you to the 512 of you who have completed your engagement surveys. If you have not yet completed your survey, please search for a text message from 77369 with a link for the survey. You have until tomorrow to complete your survey. Don’t forget, the neighborhood with the highest participation will win a catered meal from QDOBA!   

QDOBA Leaderboard   

  1. Hearthstone 90%   
  2. Almonte 82% 
  3. Reeves 81% 
  4. Wheatland Terrace 79% 
  5. Valley Transitions 79% 
  6. Prairieview 78% 
  7. Lanark 78% 
  8. Oakcrest 73% 
  9. Riverside 72% 
  10. Tufte Manor 71% 
  11. Heartland 70% 

Upcoming Events   
August 31 – Family Picnic at Tufte Manor   
September 7 – ValleyFest at Valley on 42nd   
September 16 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Sertoma Park  

Join Team Valley Senior Living in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s  

Join Valley in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 16 starting at 10am at Sertoma Park. Valley has had a large presence at this event in the past and it would be great to get a large group together to represent Valley again! To sign up for the walk or donate to the team, click here.   

DEADLINE THURSDAY – August 31 – NDLTCA Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship   

NDLTCA announced that they will be supporting one $5,000 scholarship this year and forty-nine $1,000 scholarships for students interested in careers in long term care nursing. Employees of Valley Senior Living who are accepted to an accredited RN or LPN program are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Learn more here and apply today! Applications are due by August 31.   

Would You Like to Bring Your Pet to Work?

Through the Eden Alternative we are encouraged to consider ways in which residents can build meaningful connections, give care, and have variety and spontaneity in their lives. One way that we can provide these opportunities is to bring our pets to work with us. If you are interested in bringing your pet to work with you, please talk to your supervisor. Your pet will need to be evaluated prior to approval and vaccinations records will need to be updated annually. Please talk with Jill at Valley on Columbia, Carole at Valley on 42nd, or Suzanne at Tufte Manor to complete the necessary paperwork. Click here to view the Bring Your Pet to Work guidelines and vaccination requirements. 

Wellness Committee – September – Building Balance, Avoiding Burnout, Practicing Mindfulness 

For the month of September, the Wellness Committee will be focusing on providing you with education, resources, and a fun challenge surrounding building balance in one’s life, avoiding burnout, and practicing mindfulness.  

As presented in ACE, Valley has resources available to you through our Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). LiveWell solutions has the following tips to help with lessening the burnout you may be feeling/experiencing: 

  • Take care of yourself – do things that bring you joy and happiness. 
  • Learn ways to relax and refresh – keeping hydrated, eating good meals, engaging in activities that calm your mind and body. 
  • Take breaks to recharge – taking breaks can help reset the mind and body. 
  • Connect with other people – remember from ACE, laugher is the best medicine! 
  • Learn to say “no” – don’t overstretch yourself and put your mental and physical health at risk 
  • Ask for help – use of EAP resources to speak with professionals who can assist in a variety of ways. 

Contact Information for EAP services at Valley: 
LiveWell Solutions 1-866-831-2181 – available for all employees regardless of classification  
Medica 1-800-626-7944 – available to employees who are enrolled in a Medica Health Insurance policy 

BioMetric Screenings – Postponed to September 14  

In a continued effort to improve the health and wellness of staff at Valley, the Wellness Committee is facilitating BioMetric screenings with the assistance of Altru. The screenings will consist of 1-on-1 appointments with an Altru staff member who will provide two services: Inbody (body composition) and My Biocheck (glucose, lipid panel and triglycerides). These services are typically covered by your insurance company as a preventative screening and will initially be run against an individual’s insurance, however if they are not covered the Wellness Committee will cover the cost associated with the screening. Valley and Altru will be offering more of these opportunities to those who are unable to sign up due to capacity limits. Click here to schedule your BioMetric Screening appointment.  

Last Chance for PTO Payback Before You Are Required to Take a Week of Vacation First! 

During the pandemic, we temporarily removed the requirement that a full week of vacation within the last 12 months prior to qualifying for PTO Payback. We are putting that requirement back in place in September. The payroll ending September 2 with a check date of September 8 will be the last time you can request PTO Payback without taking a full week off within the last 12 months. 

Staffing Update 
This week we are offering CNA positions to the students currently in the CNA training class. Interviewing is in process for the class beginning on September 18 and we are looking forward to the opportunity to train 15 to 20 new CNAs which will continue to keep our vacancy rate at small numbers. The recruiter bonus remains in effect and offers a $1000 bonus for full-time recruits, $500 for part-time, and $250 for flextime. If you know someone who would make a great care partner, share our job listing site – valleyseniorliving.org/apply. 
 
Valley Senior Living on Columbia and Woodside Village are happy to report we remain at the five-star level for staffing on CMS Nursing Home Compare. Higher staffing levels and lower staffing turnover equate to higher quality of care in nursing homes. In addition to great staffing levels in comparison to state and especially national average, our turnover statistics are impressively better than the national average for both RN and LPN and less than half the national average for RNs. To view these publicly reported statistics, visit the Medicare site here and choose compare for both Valley on Columbia and Woodside Village.  

PROST! Oktoberfest Tickets Are Available 
The Valley Senior Living Foundation is preparing for the 3rd annual Valley Senior Living Oktoberfest at the Alerus Center. This event serves as a fundraiser for our Community Connections and Wishing Well programs. Tickets are $60 and include an evening of German cuisine and brews, dancing, and entertainment from the famous Matt Hodek & the Dakota Dutchmen, Oktoberfest-themed games and activities, and complimentary commemorative beer stein for the first 320 attendees. Get your tickets now before they are all gone at valleyseniorliving.org/Oktoberfest. 


8.23.23 Weekly Staff Update 

Thank You HUCs!  

Today we celebrate Health Unit Coordinator Day! Thank you to Katie, Tanna, Jody, Vicki, Lindsay and Liz at Valley on Columbia, and Becca, Susie, and RaNell at Woodside Village for all that you do to care for residents and families at Valley!  

Employee Engagement Survey Update   

Thank you to those of you who have already completed your annual employee engagement survey! So far, we have had 502 surveys completed across the organization. If you have not yet completed your survey, please look for a text message from 77369 with a link for the survey. You have until August 31 to complete your survey. Don’t forget, the neighborhood with the highest participation will win a catered meal from QDOBA!   

QDOBA Leaderboard   

  1. Hearthstone 90%   
  2. Reeves 81%  
  3. Prairieview 78%  
  4. Lanark 78%  
  5. Almonte 76%  
  6. Valley Transitions 76%  
  7. Wheatland Terrace 76%  
  8. Oakcrest 73%  
  9. Heartland 70%  
  10. Tufte Manor 69%  
  11. Riverside 69%  

 Happy Valleyversary!   

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:   

August 23  
2 Years – Kia Isherwood, CNA, Almonte  
2 Years – Lexi Litzinger, CNA, Lanark  
2 Years – Lorena Midgarden, CNA, Valley Transitions  
2 Years – Leticia Severson, CNA, Oakcrest  
2 Years – Katie Watt, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
2 Years – Tara Zirnhelt, Receptionist, Tufte Manor  
1 Year – Ciara Zunich, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
August 24  
3 Years – Paige Bekkedahl, CNA, Prairieview  
2 Years – Lori Jacquemart, Dining Services, Tufte Manor  
2 Years – Beatrice Waithaka, Dining Services, Town Square  
1 Year – Breanna Klein, CNA, Woodside Village  
1 Year – Kat Stratton, Dining Services, Town Square  
August 26  
8 Years – Donna Anderson, Receptionist, Valley on Columbia  
August 27  
9 Years – Lindsey Moffitt, Music Therapist, Valley Senior Living  
5 Years – Dustin Lorenzen, LPN, Wheatland Terrace  
August 28  
21 Years – Tara Gereau, PCA, Wheatland Terrace  
6 Years – Lisa Kerry, Licensed Social Worker, Woodside Village  
August 29  
16 Years – Kari Gerszewski, Care Coordinator, Oakcrest  
1 Year – Kristin Harris, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
1 Year – Dakota Krieser, CNA, Woodside Village  
1 Year – Aubrey Lindberg, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
1 Year – Jojo Parsons, LPN Treatment, Valley on Columbia  

 Upcoming Events   

August 31 – Family Picnic at Tufte Manor   
September 7 – ValleyFest at Valley on 42nd   
September 16 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Sertoma Park  

Myra Foundation Courtyard Dedication at Tufte Manor  

On Tuesday, residents, family members, staff, and community partners joined together to celebrate the dedication of the courtyard at Tufte Manor to the Myra Foundation. The Myra Foundation has joined with Valley for many projects over the years including the recent patio upgrades, landscaping, as well as the remodel of the Activity Room. The updated spaces will provide many opportunities for residents and friends to gather for years to come!   

Join Team Valley Senior Living in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s  

Join Valley in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 16 starting at 10am at Sertoma Park. Valley has had a large presence at this event in the past and it would be great to get a large group together to represent Valley again! To sign up for the walk or donate to the team, click here.   

Start, Stop, Continue   

We want to hear your thoughts on what should be stopped, started, and continued at Valley. You will have time during your ACE session to fill out the survey. We will leave the survey open until the end of August and invite you to fill out the survey however many times you would like. To get to the survey click here or scan the QR Code.   

Valley Clothing Website   

Are you looking to order new Valley clothing? Check out our online store here!   

 DEADLINE NEXT WEEK – August 31 – NDLTCA Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship   

NDLTCA announced that they will be supporting one $5,000 scholarship this year and forty-nine $1,000 scholarships for students interested in careers in long term care nursing. Employees of Valley Senior Living who are accepted to an accredited RN or LPN program are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Learn more here and apply today! Applications are due by August 31.   

BioMetric Screenings – September 7  

In a continued effort to improve the health and wellness of staff at Valley, the Wellness Committee is facilitating BioMetric screenings with the assistance of Altru. The screenings will consist of 1-on-1 appointments with an Altru staff member who will provide two services: Inbody (body composition) and My Biocheck (glucose, lipid panel and triglycerides). These services are typically covered by your insurance company as a preventative screening and will initially be run against an individual’s insurance, however if they are not covered the Wellness Committee will cover the cost associated with the screening. Valley and Altru will be offering more of these opportunities to those who are unable to sign up due to capacity limits. Click here to schedule your BioMetic Screening appointment.  

Giving Care through School Supply Drives  

Valley staff, residents, and family members at each care community have been busy giving care through participation in school supply drives. Valley on Columbia collected supplies for Lake Agassiz Elementary School, Valley on 42nd supported a family with three students from Riverside Christian School, and Tufte Manor has filled a wagon with supplies they will be bringing to Kelly Elementary on Monday. Thank you for all you do to help others!   

PTO Payback Policy Resumes September 3 

During the pandemic, we temporarily removed the requirement that a full week of vacation must be used prior to qualifying for PTO Payback. We are putting that requirement back in place in September. The payroll ending September 2 with a check date of September 8 will be the last time you can request PTO Payback without taking a full week off within the last 12 months. 


8.16.23 Weekly Staff Update 

Last ACE Sessions are Today and Tomorrow 

Everyone is required to attend an ACE (annual corporate education) training at Valley. For those who have not attended yet, see you today or tomorrow. You have three sessions to pick from – Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Thursday at 8:00 am or 1:00 pm. Go to the Alerus Center and use door 4 or 5 for entry. 

Employee Engagement Survey Update  

Thank you to those of you who have already completed your annual employee engagement survey! So far, we have had 447 surveys completed across the organization. If you have not yet completed your survey, please look for a text message from 77369 with a link for the survey. You will also have an opportunity to complete your survey at your scheduled ACE session. Don’t forget, the neighborhood with the highest participation will win a catered meal from QDOBA!  

QDOBA Leaderboard  

  1. Hearthstone 84%  
  2. Lanark 75%  
  3. Reeves 69%  
  4. Wheatland Terrace 69%  
  5. Almonte 65%  
  6. Valley Transitions 64%  
  7. Tufte Manor 63%  
  8. Heartland 62%  
  9. Prairieview 61%  
  10. Oakcrest 60%  
  11. Riverside 59% 

Happy Valleyversary!  

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:  

August 16  
13 Years – Tori Cole, Nursing Scheduling Coordinator, Valley on Columbia  
August 17  
8 Years – Shelley Two Bulls, CNA, Lanark  
2 Years – Maria Leonard, CNA, Valley on Columbia  
August 18  
3 Years – Deb Smedsrud, CNA, Lanark  
2 Years – Ethan Letexier, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia  
August 19  
41 Years – Toni Lafrenz, LPN Treatment, Valley Transitions  
4 Years – Patti Hess, Restorative Aide, Prairieview  
August 20  
32 Years – Kevin Nowatzki, Laundry Aide, Valley on Columbia  
5 Years – Beth Baril, Custodian, Woodside Village  
5 Years – Rhonda Perkerewicz, CNA, Oakcrest  
August 22  
32 Years – Jane Leith, Therapy Clerk, Valley Transitions  
1 Year – Erin West, CNA, Valley on Columbia  

 Upcoming Events  

August 14-17 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s Silent Auctions at 42nd and Columbia  
August 22 – Myra Foundation Courtyard Dedication at Tufte Manor  
August 31 – Family Picnic at Tufte Manor  
September 7 – ValleyFest at Valley on 42nd  

Staffing Update  

Sixteen new employees started the CNA training course on Monday in the newly expanded Valley Senior Living CNA Training Center on 32nd Avenue South. We continue to see improvements in our ability to fully staff our locations and further our 20-year stretch of not utilizing travel staff or a staffing agency. In 2023, our average vacancy rate for licensed nurses and CNAs is 4% compared to the national average of 16% and the Minnesota rate of 25% vacancy for CNAs.  If you know someone who would be a great caregiver, please encourage them to visit www.valleyseniorliving.org/apply  to view open positions and fill out an application today! Your recruiter bonus continues to be $1000 for full time, $500 for part time, and $250 for flex time employees.  

Start, Stop, Continue  

We want to hear your thoughts on what should be stopped, started, and continued at Valley. You will have time during your ACE session to fill out the survey. We will leave the survey open until the end of August and invite you to fill out the survey however many times you would like. To get to the survey click here or scan the QR Code.  

Call the Employee Illness Line If You Have Symptoms  

Please call the Employee Illness Line at 701-741-9646 with any symptoms of illness and for instructions on COVID testing. Altru offers testing from 8:00-10:00am Monday-Friday. 

Valley Clothing Website  

Are you looking to order new Valley clothing? Check out our online store here!  

NDLTCA Announces Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship  

NDLTCA announced that they will be supporting one $5,000 scholarship this year and forty-nine $1,000 scholarships for students interested in careers in long term care nursing. Employees of Valley Senior Living who are accepted to an accredited RN or LPN program are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Learn more here and apply today! Applications are due by August 31.  

Wellness Committee Update – Benefits of hydration and ways in which to be more hydrated  

Being dehydrated can be costly to an individual’s performance, productivity, and mood.   

Being intentional with your hydration can lead to many benefits:  

  • More focused and energized – able to seize the day and respond to situations at a moment’s notice.  
  • Increased levels of engagement and satisfaction in daily responsibilities – finding enjoyment in all that you are doing.  
  • Improved cognitive performance – better reasoning, time management, and relationship skills.  

Ways to be more hydrated:  

  • Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning  
  • Invest in a fun, reusable water bottle so that you can remain hydrated throughout the day  
  • Set a reminder on your phone if you struggle  
  • Put a water pitcher on your table during meals  
  • Not a fan of water? Add natural flavor to make it more enjoyable  
  • Have multiple bottles in key places – next to your sofa/chair, bedside table, etc.  

Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) Update  

The GGFYP has upcoming events that any Valley employee is welcome to participate in including an Ice Cream Social and Downtown Walking Tour on August 24 and Volunteering for LoveFeast on August 29. To find out more, click here to watch a video update.   


8.9.23 Weekly Staff Update

Employee Engagement Survey Update 

Thank you to those of you who have already completed your annual employee engagement survey! So far, we have had 404 surveys completed across the organization. If you have not yet completed your survey, please go back to your text from August 1st. If you cannot locate this text, a reminder text will be sent next week so be on the lookout for that. Otherwise, you will have an option to complete your survey at your scheduled ACE session. 

Don’t forget, the neighborhood with the highest participation will win a catered meal from QDOBA! 

QDOBA Leaderboard

  1. Hearthstone 73%
  2. Lanark 69%
  3. Reeves 64%
  4. Almonte 63%
  5. Wheatland Terrace 62%
  6. Riverside 56%
  7. Prairieview 56%
  8. Tufte Manor 56%
  9. Valley Transitions 56%
  10. Oakcrest 45%
  11. Heartland 41% 

Happy Valleyversary! 

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary: 

August 9 
27 Years – Jill Blasky, Beautician, Valley on Columbia 
14 Years – Natalie Glaser, LPN Treatment, Woodside Village 
6 Years – Rebecca Peterson, Human Resource Assistant, Valley Senior Living 
6 Years – Tyler Piche, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia 
August 10 
8 Years – Heather Reilly, LPN Treatment, Lanark 
8 Years – Jill Swingen, Executive Assistant, Valley Senior Living 
August 11 
13 Years – Traci Olson, PCA, Tufte Manor 
1 Year – Olivia Whitesock, Dining Services, Town Square 
August 12 
3 Years – Donovan Wind, CNA, Prairieview 
1 Year – Fartun Mohamed, LPN Treatment, Woodside Village 
August 15 
18 Years – Terry Nelson-Aaker, Care Coordinator, Woodside Village 
1 Year – Savannah Dennis, LPN Treatment, Valley on Columbia 
1 Year – Kenzie Goelz-Dimascio, CNA, Riverside 
1 Year – Hanah Jensen-Selnes, CNA, Woodside Village 
1 Year – Kaleb Johnson, CNA, Lanark 
1 Year – Rachel Jordan, CNA, Hearthstone 
1 Year – Parker Sundine, CNA, Oakcrest 

Upcoming Events 

August 1-15 – School Supply Drive for Lake Agassiz at Valley on Columbia 
August 9, 16, 17 – ACE Sessions at Alerus Center (use door 4 or 5 for entry) 
August 14-17 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s Silent Auctions at 42nd and Columbia 
August 22 – Myra Foundation Courtyard Dedication at Tufte Manor 
August 31 – Family Picnic at Tufte Manor 

Start, Stop, Continue 

We want to hear your thoughts on what should be stopped, started, and continued at Valley. You will have time during your ACE session to fill out the survey. We will leave the survey open until the end of August and invite you to fill out the survey however many times you would like. To get to the survey click here

NDLTCA Announces Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship 

NDLTCA just announced they will be supporting one $5,000 scholarship this year and forty-nine $1,000 scholarships for students interested in careers in long term care nursing. Employees of Valley Senior Living who are accepted to an accredited RN or LPN program are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Learn more here and apply today! Applications are due by August 31. 

Wellness Committee Update – Benefits of hydration and ways in which to be more hydrated 

Being dehydrated can be costly to an individual’s performance, productivity, and mood.  

Being intentional with your hydration can lead to many benefits: 

  • More focused and energized – able to seize the day and respond to situations at a moment’s notice. 
  • Increased levels of engagement and satisfaction in daily responsibilities – finding enjoyment in all that you are doing. 
  • Improved cognitive performance – better reasoning, time management, and relationship skills. 

Ways to be more hydrated: 

  • Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning 
  • Invest in a fun, reusable water bottle so that you can remain hydrated throughout the day 
  • Set a reminder on your phone if you struggle 
  • Put a water pitcher on your table during meals 
  • Not a fan of water? Add natural flavor to make it more enjoyable
  • Have multiple bottles in key places – next to your sofa/chair, bedside table, etc. 

8.2.23 Weekly Staff Update

In case you missed the company zoom earlier today, here is the link: 8.2.23 Zoom 

Employee Engagement Survey Update 

Thank you to those of you who have already completed your annual employee engagement survey! So far, we have had 134 surveys completed across the organization. If you have not yet completed your survey, please go back to your text from August 1 from the number 77369. If you cannot locate this text, a reminder text will be sent next week. You will also have the option to complete your survey at your scheduled ACE session.  

Don’t forget, the neighborhood with the highest participation will win a catered meal from QDOBA! 

QDOBA Leaderboard 
1. Lanark 31%
2. Riverside 28%
3. Reeves 25%
4. Wheatland 23%
5. Tufte 23%
6. Hearthstone 21%
7. Valley Transitions 20%
8. Almonte 17%
9. Prairieview 17%
10. Heartland 16%
11. Oakcrest 16%

Note: For those of you that are within your first 100 days of employment with Valley as of August 1, 2023, you did not receive this survey as you are part of the new hire survey process. 

Happy VALLEYversary!   

Please help us recognize the work anniversaries each week! Here is this week’s line-up of staff celebrating their Valleyversary:   

August 2 
2 Years – Michelle Stevenson-Walker, LPN Charge, Heartland 
1 Year – Ginger Bradley, RN, Reeves 
1 Year – Brita Hons, Dining Services, Valley on Columbia 
August 3  
8 Years – Marty Butters, CNA Mentor, Valley on Columbia 
2 Years – Quainta Morgan, CNA, Almonte 
1 Year – Makenzie Wardell, LPN, Tufte Manor 
August 4   
2 Years – Autumn Maurstad, CNA, Riverside 
2 Years – Jill Mudge, RN, Riverside 
August 5   
4 Years – Londa Depestel, Licensed Social Worker, Valley Transitions 
3 Years – Ashley Koskela, CNA, Woodside Village 
August 6 
16 Years – Laura Schauer, RN, Wheatland Terrace 
August 7 
9 Years – Marlys Goulet, LPN Charge, Lanark 
August 8 
7 Years – Kristi Donaldson, Staff Development, Woodside Village 
1 Year – Kira Beier, LPN, Tufte Manor 

August Valley Monthly Highlights 

To view Valley Monthly Highlights including new employees, longevity recipients, birthdays and more, click here

Upcoming Events   
August 1-15 – School Supply Drive for Lake Agassiz at Valley on Columbia 
August 8, 9, 16, 17 – ACE Sessions at Alerus Center (use door 4 or 5 for entry)  
August 14-17 – Walk to End Alzheimer’s Silent Auctions at 42nd and Columbia 
August 31 – Family Picnic at Tufte Manor 

COVID Staff Illness Line is now Employee Illness Line 

As of August 1, the COVID Staff Illness Line is now the Employee Illness Line.  

  • All employee illnesses corporate wide will be reported to the Employee Illness Line. 
  • The Employee Health Nurse, or designee, will provide return-to-work guidance for supervisors via email.
  • The supervisors will implant this return-to-work guidance.

Please continue to report any symptoms or illness to the Employee Illness Line at 701.741.9646

Wellness Committee Update 

Throughout the month of August, the Wellness Committee will focus on the importance of hydration. Tips to stay hydrated from the CDC: 

  • Carry a water bottle with you and refill it throughout the day.
  • Freeze some freezer safe water bottles. Take one with you for ice-cold water all day long.
  • Choose water over sugary drinks.
  • Opt for water when eating out. You’ll save money and reduce calories.
  • Serve water during meals.
  • Add a wedge of lime or lemon to your water. This can help improve the taste.

Office 365 Healthcare Academy Module 

A module highlighting Office 365 Outlook and Teams is now available on Healthcare Academy for anyone with email access. Please login to Healthcare Academy and view the tutorial to learn more about the updated system. 

HR Update: ND Tax Withholding Decreased! 

On April 27, Governor Doug Burgum signed into law H.B. 1158 that lowers the state of North Dakota’s personal income tax rates retroactively to January 1, 2023. The change reduces the tax brackets from 5 to 3 with tax rates of 0%, 1.95% and 2.5%. The maximum tax rate was reduced from 2.9% to 2.5%. This change reduces ND residents tax liability which may be noticeable in paychecks and may result in a larger state refund when you do your taxes next year.  

The 2022 tax table had single filers at the 0% tax rate for income up to $6,475 and now will be at the 0% tax rate for income up to $44,725. The 2022 tax table had married filers at the 0% tax rate for income up to $12,050 and now married filers will be at the 0% tax rate for income up to $74,750. The HR Department asks that you take the time to review your payroll information on the Payroll Professionals website considering this information.   

Recruiter Bonus   

The best recruiters for new staff are current Valley employees and we recognize that by offering recruiter bonuses! Current employees who recruit new employees are eligible to receive $1000 for full time, $500 for part time and $250 for flex time employees. View the flyer for more information.    

Current open positions include RN and LPN, CNA and CNA Training Class (next class begins August 14), Volunteer and Event Coordinator, Life Enrichment, Receptionist and more. View open positions and share this link with anyone who might be interested in being a care partner on the Valley team! valleyseniorliving.org/join-our-team/current-open-positions/   

NDLTCA Announces Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship    

NDLTCA just announced they will be supporting one $5,000 scholarship this year and forty-nine $1,000 scholarships for students interested in careers in long term care nursing. Employees of Valley Senior Living who are accepted to an accredited RN or LPN program are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Learn more here and apply today! Applications are due by August 31.