Long Term Care

CRMC Care Center

A holistic approach to the challenges of aging.

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center - Care Center is a long-term care facility licensed for 69 beds that provides 24-hour care for people needing both long-term care as well as those requiring transitional short stay care such as rehabilitation and recovery after surgery. Being located on the Medical Campus, residents of the Care Center have convenient access to a full range of comprehensive medical services under one roof.

The Care Center offers resident-centered care, spacious rooms, beautiful lounge areas, comfortable dining room, three-season patio, backyard and a specialized dementia care secured unit.

Resident's care is designed for their individual needs with activities for all lifestyles. Our programs are exciting, stimulating and offer a broad spectrum to cater to a variety of skills, interests, and creativity. Every day we dedicate ourselves to providing different opportunities such as outings, educational and enrichment classes, religious services and music, arts, crafts, games, wellness classes and more.

COVID-19 Updates

CRMC is committed to providing the highest standards of care for patients and residents across its campus. Staff continue this work during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of ongoing efforts to keep residents, families, and the community informed, we have created this section on our website to give you updated information on COVID-19 activity in the Care Center.  This information includes:

  • Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Care Center residents
  • Newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Care Center staff
  • Information on residents with any new onset respiratory symptoms that have been reported/identified through daily screening processes
  • Information on staff with any new onset respiratory symptoms that have been reported/identified through daily screening processes

This information will be updated weekly on Monday and more frequently as needed.  The following provides information and action steps we have taken to help prevent or mitigate the spread of this virus.

Since the pandemic first reached the United States, CRMC’s Care Center has been coordinating with industry leaders and public health officials to establish clear safeguards and protocols to prevent transmission of the virus within our senior care facilities. These aggressive efforts include:

  • policies to limit outside visitors, 
  • suspension of group activities,
  • embracing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), including requiring employees to wear masks at all times, increased hand washing, increased cleaning of buildings, and using personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with residents, tenants, or clients who require protection,
  • twice daily screening of residents for symptoms

The Care Center also created a COVID unit on Skyview.  In the past, Skyview was dedicated primarily to the short-stay residents; those residents now needing skilled services will remain in the hospital in a swing bed status. Skyview is being used to isolate those with symptoms and/or active COVID.  In addition, there are three rooms on Skyview with negative air that are prepared to manage residents who are being monitored for respiratory medical needs and signs/symptoms of COVID, as well as to care for any confirmed COVID cases.

Senior citizens and those who live in communal settings are at greater risk of infection during this pandemic. As the virus spreads, the potential exists that some seniors and caregivers could be impacted despite the protections we have in place.

With any residents or staff who test positive for COVID-19, we work with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the CDC on the best course of action to prevent the spread of the illness.

We are so appreciative for our staff who come every day who have dedicated their working lives to caring for others, even in times of COVID.  Thank you also to our residents, families, and communities for your continued support as we navigate this uncharted territory.

 

COVID – 19 Update (Aug. 11, 2020)

The safety and health of our residents and staff has guided our response to COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.  The unfortunate time of separation has been extremely difficult for our residents and their loved ones.  We feel and know the impact of social isolation and are reviewing the visitation modification guidance released yesterday from the MN Department of Health (MDH) with an effective date of August 29, 2020.

The Reopening Guidance comes with specific criteria that we will use to determine when we can safely re-open our setting to visitation.  This includes screening, PPE, staffing levels and where it may apply, testing among other considerations.  It also provides guidelines on when we may need to restrict visitation based on the status and risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our residents and staff.

 

We also need to recognize that this virus is still spreading throughout our state and that we may need to restriction visitations if we experience positive cases of COVID-19 in our setting or identify a broader risk of exposure in our buildings and/or the broader community.

We all play a role in protecting our resident and each other from this virus.  We ask that you understand there are requirements and procedures we have to put in place as based on state and federal guidance.

 

Week of Aug. 2-8, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

0

1

Staff tested

2

1

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

1

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

0

0

COVID – 19 Update (Aug. 5, 2020)

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

We are informing you, per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements, that yesterday CRMC received notification of a Care Center employee’s positive COVID-19 test.

Because the employee had not worked in over three weeks, all staff and residents will not be tested. Using our policies and procedures based on Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines, the guidance for whole house testing in long-term care is when a staff member worked within 48 hours of developing symptoms or being tested. The employee will not return to work until all symptoms are resolved and MDH and CDC guidelines are met.

We are grateful for everything that has been done, and continues to be done, to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our facility.  Our priority during this unprecedented time is to keep everyone who lives and works at the Care Center healthy and safe.  We continue proactively initiating infection control practices, screening procedures and visitor restrictions to manage the situation as effectively as possible. Our staff have the training and supplies needed to provide safe, quality care, services and support to our residents. 

As we respond to the news of a positive case, we remind everyone:

  • Continue to use infection control practices every day.  This includes wearing a face masks mask, maintaining social distancing and frequently washing your hands.
  • Take care of yourself.  These are stressful times for staff, residents and family members.

 

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

            Nancy Stratman, Administrator                          Sheila Miller, Director of Nursing

            Nancy.stratman@cuyunamed.org                      Sheila.miller@cuyunamed.org

 

COVID – 19 Update (Aug. 3, 2020)

We are happy to announce that the development of Essential Caregiver (EC) policies has been a focus for us at Heartwood and the Care Center using the guidance laid out by MN Dept. of Health.  These visits are steps in helping to combat social isolation and to maintain health and wellbeing, with an overall commitment to monitor the benefits and risks for allowing visitors.

Heartwood had sent informational letters to the responsible parties of residents and began EC visits today (Monday, Aug. 3).

The Care Center will be sending letters very soon with visits beginning Monday, Aug. 17.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this new guidance!  As always, we encourage you to visit with your loved one outside, through the windows and with technology. 

We all look forward to the day when we can safely open our doors to all visitors.

COVID testing during the prior week for residents and staff having symptoms that were COVID-like:

Weeks of July 20 and July 27, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

1

1

Staff tested

2

1

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

0

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

0

0

 

COVID – 19 Update (July 20, 2020)

Heartwood and the Care Center are working on a possible implementation plan for Essential Caregivers to come into the facility for visits and/or care for residents.  This was announced by the MN Department of Health recently. 

We are using guidance from MDH and Leading Age MN. There are multiple requirements that need to be followed in order to ensure safety and oversight of these visits.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this new guidance!

COVID testing during the prior week for residents and staff having symptoms that were COVID-like:

Week of July 12, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

1

0

Staff tested

2

0

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

0

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

0

0

COVID – 19 Update (July 13, 2020)

Essential Caregivers in Long Term Care (Skilled Nursing Facilities and Senior Living) settings

The safety and health of our residents and staff has guided our work and practices throughout the pandemic over these last 4 months. We feel the impact of social isolation on our residents’ wellbeing and are thankful the Minnesota Department of Health has moved to allow Essential Caregivers (EC) in long-term care settings as one option to provide personal care and meaningful connection between residents and their loved ones. This guidance represents the next interim step in encouraging safe and responsible visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The MDH guidance states that “an EC could be an individual who was previously actively engaged with the resident or is committed to providing companionship and/or assistance with activities of daily living”. 

We are currently reviewing the guidance developed by MDH and are working on draft policies as more information comes out.   We will keep all residents and caregivers informed as we determine how to implement this program safely in our settings.  Facilities electing to implement an EC program have until July 25, 2020, to draft policies and prepare for implementation of the program per guidance from MDH.

In development of these policies our goals will be to:

·       Reduce social isolation

We recognize the impact that social isolation can have on our residents’ health and well-being and are doing our best to take the appropriate steps based on federal and state guidelines to safely expand opportunities for engagement and connection. 

The Essential Caregiver guidance is the appropriate next step in reconnecting long-term care residents with their personal caregivers.  It carefully balances the need to prevent COVID-19 in congregate settings with the strong desire for personalized care and meaningful social connections.

·       Protect people and provide access

Please be patient as we implement the Essential Caregiver guidance. As the virus is still being transmitted throughout our state, we may need to change options based on a resident’s status of COVID-19 and the overall status of COVID-19 in our setting. 

Our goal as we begin to allow Essential Caregivers into our setting is to protect our residents and staff as we create opportunities for more personal care and meaningful connection for our residents.

We will take all the necessary, required measures to protect our residents and staff while we provide a safe space for all in our setting. We are following the guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health on requirements of the Essential Caregiver guidance, which includes screening, PPE, infection control and staffing. 

You are a partner in helping protect our community from this virus. We ask that you understand the requirements and procedures we put in place based on state and federal guidance and work with us as partners in caregiving to abide by them.

COVID testing during the prior week for residents and staff having symptoms that were COVID-like:

Week of July 5, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

0

0

Staff tested

0

1

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

0

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

0

0

COVID – 19 Update (July 6, 2020)

Heartwood and the Care Center continue with the surveillance and monitoring for COVID symptoms among residents, staff, and visitors and we’re happy to report we have had no known cases of COVID.  Currently we are winners in the battle against COVID.

COVID testing due to symptoms that were COVID-like completed during the prior week:

Week of June 28

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

1

0

Staff tested

0

0

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

0

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

0

0

For more information, contact the Care Center at
218-546-4381, or toll free at 888-487-6437

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