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.

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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 – October 22, 2020

Please be safe and practice guidelines to mitigate the risk of COVID.

With the first (very early) snowfall of the season the following quote seems appropriate:

If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life but still the same amount of snow!

Week of Oct. 11-17, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

40

45

Staff tested

                86

49

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

8

2

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

6

1

 

COVID-19 Update – October 12, 2020

The Care Center and Heartwood are reviewing and making plans for the expansion of visitations based on new MDH Guidance. We have been conducting facility-wide COVID-19 testing at both Care Center and Heartwood Assisted Living for residents and staff. We are grateful that no residents have tested positive for COVID-19 in either our long-term care or assisted living communities.  Ongoing surveillance and education for residents and staff regarding necessary steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 have helped keep our residents and staff safe.  Priorities for all include wearing masks, washing your hands frequently and maintaining social distancing.  Much of the language is around “social” distancing, however social distancing sends a very different message than “physical” distancing. Please reach out and maintain social connections with residents.  The Care Center and Heartwood have many ways of socially connecting including virtual and window visits.  Maintaining social connections with loved ones and friends will help our residents get through this challenging time of physical separation from many loved ones.

Week of Oct. 4 - 10, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

40

46

Staff tested

                 81

52

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

8

1

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

6

0

COVID-19 Update – October 5, 2020

 

Recently CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) announced new federal guidance around visitations in nursing homes (QSO 20-39) with a mid-October implementation date.  Our state long-term care associations are working with MDH (Mn Dept of Health) as they prepare revised visitation and activities guidance in MN.  The overall purpose of the new visitations will be to balance safety and visitation restrictions with the well-being of residents/tenants who may be experiencing social isolation during this public health emergency. 

Last week we conducted COVID testing of all residents and staff in the Care Center.  Test results are in and show that all staff and residents were negative at the time of testing.  Our indicators for testing frequency are based on any positive test results of staff or residents and the county’s positivity rate.

Flu vaccinations – CRMC has prioritized vaccinations of Care Center residents when the vaccine becomes available; GuidePoint will be scheduling the vaccinations at Heartwood when supplies become available.

Please stay safe.  Our staff and buildings are only as safe as the community we live in.

 

Week of Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

40

0

Staff tested

                 93

0

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

6

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

4

0

 

 

COVID-19 Update – September 29, 2020

 

During our recent weekly testing of staff and residents, we had staff members with positive COVID test results.  As required, all residents, families and staff were notified of the positive cases.

We continue to monitor residents for signs and symptoms of COVID and screen and temp staff and visitors. We also continue to audit compliance to assure staff and visitors are wearing face masks and other PPE. We value the efforts of all who do their part to assure safety for our staff and those we are entrusted to care for.

 

Week of Sept. 20-26, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

41

0

Staff tested

            93

0

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

6

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

2

0

 

COVID-19 Update  - August 30 - September 12, 2020

Week of Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

43

0

Staff tested

            99

0

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

1

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

1

0

 

The week of August 30 was our first whole house COVID testing for residents and staff.  Monthly staff testing is required per CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services).  We chose to test residents also to allow for future expanded visitations. The process went well. 

We are grateful for the help and support of our staff and many within CRMC, specifically the Quality Department, Employee Health and Lab.

 

Week of Sept. 6 - 12, 2020

Care Center

Heartwood

Residents tested

0

0

Staff tested

2

1

Positive COVID tests since mid-March

1

0

Resolved positive COVID cases since mid-March

1

0

 

On September 16 we were informed of a staff member who  tested positive.  All staff and resident representatives were notified.  As required when there is a positive COVID test, testing of all residents and staff is scheduled on September 22 and 23.  Group activities, beauty shop services and visitations have been suspended.  The only visitors allowed at this time are those coming for Compassionate Care visits (resident is at end of life or in the dying process).  We will continue with weekly testing of all residents and staff until we have 14 days with all negative tests.  Once the whole facility is clear for 14 days, we can re-evaluate and base our testing timeline again on our county prevalence rate.   

Our staff and residents are only as safe as our community.  With the uptick of positive cases in the county and area it is more important than ever to protect yourself and others.  Wear a mask.  Physically distance.  Wash your hands often.

Stay safe!

CARE CENTER COVID-19 TESTING – Update August 28, 2020

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) this week announced the requirement that all nursing homes test staff for COVID-19.  This new requirement strongly supports efforts to boost surveillance of the virus and the commitment to keep nursing home residents safe.

In addition, recent guidance from Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) expanded visitation in nursing homes and included the requirement for testing of residents and staff.  With the guidance, there are many factors involved and considerations to be taken. 

In preparation for meeting the CMS requirement and further exploring expanded visitation, we will be testing residents and staff next week.  Even with testing we will continue monitoring residents and staff for signs of illness and continue our infection prevention and control practices.

RESIDENTS:  Testing will be conducted by our nursing staff on Monday and Tuesday, August 31 and September 1.  We have a standing order for resident testing from our Medical Director, Dr. David Goodwin.  All residents and/or family members have given consent specifically for COVID testing.  Residents will asked again at the time of testing.

Staff testing will be conducted September 2-4.

What if a resident tests positive?  If a resident tests positive, it means they have COVID-19 and can get others sick.  Our Skyview wing is set up to serve as an isolation wing and any resident with a positive result will be placed on that wing during a 14-day quarantine to help contain the possible spread of the virus.

What if a resident tests negative?  A negative test means the test did not find the virus at the time of testing.  Remember, even with a negative test result it does not mean that the person as person cannot become infected in the future and sometimes people who have COVID-19 are tested too early for the virus to be found.

What kind of test is it?  COVID-19 testing will be completed using an oropharyngeal swab whenever possible, collected by swabbing the back of the throat, the same way a strep test is collected.  The second option would be a nasal swab which is collected by swabbing the inside of each nostril; this would be used only in certain circumstances.

Will additional testing be needed?  For residents, one round of testing is all that is currently required for expanded visitations.  CMS requires staff testing to be conducted at a minimum every monthly.  If there is a positive test of a resident or staff, additional testing will be required.

Who will receive test results?  Positive test results are required to be shared with the family/resident and MN Department of Health. 

As caregivers, family members, and as members of the communities we live in we have the opportunity to make decisions.  At CRMC’s Care Center and on the campus we are making decisions that support staff and patients/residents during this relatively new virus.  New recommendations, guidance, and requirements come often and are a result of new findings and the best advice at any given time.  We will continue to be vigilant and ever mindful that we are entrusted with the care of your loved ones.

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

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