Update 6-30-20:

The Thorne Crest staff continues to work diligently and take the necessary precautions to keep the residents and staff members healthy and safe. At this time Thorne Crest has one staff that has tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The individual is in isolation and is under the care of their physician until they recover.

We continue to follow all CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation procedures and visitation restrictions.

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Staying in Touch

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with your loved one via Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype, window visits and of course phone calls. Please contact our community and one of staff members will be happy to help you.

COVID-19 Information

At this time Thorne Crest residents remain free of the COVID-19 virus.  The single staff member will not return to our campus until they have been cleared by the Minnesota Department of Health.  We will continue to closely monitor all residents and staff and take immediate action should anyone exhibit symptoms.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

 

Sincerely,

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

 

Please click here for prior Thorne Crest Covid-19 updates.

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National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6th and ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. This year, on May 9thand 10th, Thorne Crest Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) delivered gift bags to the homes of the nursing staff to show their appreciation for the hard work they do.

The nursing staff was taken by surprised as they opened their doors to find gift bags full of their favorite treats. Linette Kleinschrodt, a Throne Crest RN said, “What a sweet thing for them to do. It made my weekend!” RN Jennifer Boots commented, “I was absolutely stunned.  It brought a tear to my eye!”

Thorne Crest CNA Kayla Lee stated, “the nurses deserve to be recognized for all of the hard work they do for everyone at Thorne Crest especially during these hard times.  So we wanted to make sure that they felt appreciated individually during the week that is dedicated to them.” CNA Lilia Almazan, expressed similar sentiments, “sometimes during a stressful time with so much going on, having to pick up extra shifts and extra work, it’s nice to feel appreciated.  It makes my heart so happy to make someone else’s day by doing a kind gesture.  It made me so happy that they all loved it!”

Thanks again to all the nurses for everything you do!

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Update 6-25-20:

Thorne Crest wants to thank everyone for the overwhelming support during this difficult time. We have received countless notes and phone calls of encouragement which kept us coming back to work each and every day. Words cannot express how your support has made a difficult time better with donations of supplies, food and of course financial gifts. We are so fortunate to have an amazing group of residents and family members.

We are happy to say that our efforts are working and the residents and staff at Thorne Crest are free from COVID-19. To ensure the continued safety and well-being of all concerned we will continue to follow CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation procedures and visitation restrictions. Thorne Crest continues to follow the guidelines listed below:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with your loved one via Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype, window visits and of course phone calls. Please contact our community and one of staff members will be happy to help you.

COVID-19 Information

At this time Thorne Crest residents remain free of the COVID-19 virus.  The single staff member who tested positive more than four weeks ago is no longer considered positive, however, they will not return to our campus until they have been cleared by the Minnesota Department of Health.  We will continue to closely monitor all residents and staff and take immediate action should anyone exhibit symptoms.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Sincerely,

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 6-16-20:

We want to thank all the residents, families and staff for their continued effort during this time of uncertainty. The precautions you have taken to protect yourself and others has been effective and Thorne Crest residents remain free from COVID-19, and for that we are thankful

While visiting restrictions remain in place for senior living communities we are encouraged to see restriction being eased for other businesses.

We anticipate receiving additional guidance from our state and federal government agencies as we learn more about COVID-19, and how we can best protect residents, families and staff.

Thorne Crest continues to follow the guidelines listed below:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with your loved one via Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skypeand of course phone calls.Please contact our community and one of staff members will be happy to help you.

COVID-19 Information

Thorne Crest residents remain free of the COVID-19 virus. However, we recently reported to the State that one Thorne Crest staff member tested positive for COVID-19. In discussions with the State Health Department it has been determined that Thorne Crest is considered a low risk due to the precautions followed by the staff and the 3-week time period between the staff members last interaction with Thorne Crest and testing positive.

We will continue to closely monitor all residents and staff and take immediate action should a person exhibit symptoms.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community

Sincerely,

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 6-2-20:

With the first part of June arriving we see communities around the country ease COVID restrictions and Thorne Crest is pleased to say our Community remains free of the COVID 19 virus. As a senior living community our path will continue to be a balance between the safety of isolation and the unfortunate stress isolation can cause residents and families.

To make sure residents and families have an opportunity to connect with one another we want to remind you that we have several communication avenues available to you, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls. Please contact our community and one of staff members will be happy to help you.

Moving forward we will continue to work with state and federal agencies to shape our plans and ensure the wellbeing of our residents and staff.

Thorne Crest continue to follow the guidelines listed below:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Sincerely,

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-27-20:

During the past week, as businesses continue to re-open across the state and restrictions are relaxed, we are encouraged to a see aspects of life return to normal. However for us in healthcare, particularly senior living, it will take some time before we see a full return to “business as usual”. As a result we must continue to adhere to federal and state guidelines that restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting the community and other group activities at this time.

For residents, the staff is working hard to enhance their lives through new and innovative activities that are mindful of social distancing and other requirements. Hallway bingo, doorway singing, and virtual museum tours are just a few of the ways that we are supporting and engaging our residents. Our community has received gifts of puzzles, crossword, word search or adult coloring books and flowers. We are so grateful to families and friends of Thorne Crest for their generosity in supporting our residents!

Thorne Crest residents and staff to continue to remain free of the COVID -19 virus by following the guidelines listed below:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Sincerely,

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-19-20:

On May 18th, the new Stay Safe directive from Governor Walz takes initial steps to re-open Minnesota.

Like you, Thorne Crest is anxious for a return to normalcy where visitors are warmly welcomed in our settings, you can experience our personal touch and warm smiles.

However, because seniors are considered high-risk for COVID-19 infection, federal and state guidelines restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting and other group activities at this time.  Please understand this is a difficult time for all concerned and we will continue to do all we can to keep our residents and families connected in a way that is safe for everyone.

By observing the guidelines listed below Thorne Crest residents and staff to continue to remain free of the COVID -19 virus.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We value the health and safety of residents and staff and remain committed to taking all precautionary measures to protect them from this virus.Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Sincerely,

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

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Update 5-12-20:

Thorne Crest is pleased to say the residents and staff remain free of the COVID -19 virus. We continue to be in close contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State Healthcare officials to get the latest information and implement new protocols.

During these uncertain times we understand it is difficult to have limited access to families and friends. In spite of the challenges we all face, we want to thank you for showing your support to residents and staff who are making the best of the current situation.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Thorne Crest.

Sincerely,

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-5-20:

To keep residents and staff safe and healthy Thorne Crest continues to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State Healthcare officials. These measures have proven effective and we are pleased to say that no residents or staff have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19).

We realize the temporary restrictions regarding visiting family and friends living at Thorne Crest can be challenging, but we are confident these steps are serving to keep Thorne Crest free from the virus, and we thank you for understanding.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Thorne Crest.

Sincerely,

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 4-28-20:

At this time no residents or staff members of Thorne Crest have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). We continue to work diligently to keep the Community clear of the virus and we appreciate the understanding from residents’ families and friends.

Thorne Crest continues to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State officials to keep residents and staff healthy, safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The recommendations include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We understand that open communication is essential and want to keep you connected and up to date. Please feel free to contact the community to answer any questions and address any of your concerns. We have several channels available to you including Facetime, Skype and of course telephone.

Thank you for supporting Thorne Crest.

 

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

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Update 4-21-20:

 At Thorne Crest Senior Living Community our first and primary priority is the health and well-being of our residents and staff. To ensure their protection we are taking all necessary precautions recommended by the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health.

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessment for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

At this time, we are pleased to say there are no residents or staff at Thorne Crest that have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The staff is working hard to keep the Community clear of the virus and we appreciate your support and understanding.

We recognize communication is vital and are committed to keeping residents and families connected and informed. Our clinical teams are contacting family members to share information about their loved ones and respond to questions. We will also provide regular updates to family members on the status of the Community via our website and one-on-one communication.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Shari McNamara
Administrator
Thorne Crest Senior Living Community

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Questions & Answers:

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) understands the concern family members have for their loved ones. The COVID-19 outbreak only heightens that concern. Hopefully, the answers to the questions below give you peace of mind that ABHM is doing everything possible to keep your family member safe.

How is ABHM monitoring and keeping residents from being exposed to COVID-19?

  • ABHM is in contact with our state Health Departments and Centers of Disease Control (CDC).
  • Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) sends out communications and updated information.
  • The Medical Director and Medical Team verify our current medical treatment plans are aligned with current clinical guidance and standards of practice.
  • Transportation is only provided for essential doctor appointments.
  • Social gatherings have been discontinued until further notice.
  • Proper Hygiene and social distancing is being taught to and implemented by our members, residents, employees and vendors.
  • Deep cleaning schedules have increased at all levels of care at ABHM Communities.
  • All employees and essential visitors/vendors are screened prior to entering our Communities.
  • Communal dining has been discontinued until further notice.

What are the signs and symptoms COVID-19 and will my loved one go to the hospital if diagnosed?

  • The signs and symptoms are similar to the A/B Flu: difficulty breathing, cough, fever (100 degree F), a general feeling of being sick or having no energy, or an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong (malaise).
  • We will place the positive COVID-19 loved one (pending or positive test results) in isolation to prevent spreading it to other residents.
  • ABHM will care for your loved one as long as their symptoms remain mild and their other medical conditions do not flare-up, which could complicate the recovery process.
  • If symptoms do become severe and require more hours of nursing and medical team attention, the resident may be transferred to the hospital.

What happens if an ABHM employee gets COVID-19?

  • ABHM is following all CDC recommendations related to employee and COVID-19.Unfortunately if one of our employee does become ill with COVID-19 that employee will need to be quarantined at home and recover under the care of their physician.  Once recovered that employee will be screened prior to coming back to work to assure that he/she is ready to return to work per the CDC guidance and approval of their physician.

Is there COVID-19 test kits readily available at ABHM communities?

  • At this time test kits are not available at ABHM communities. The local health department and the primary care physicians will decide who should be tested based on the symptoms of the resident.
  • The health department will provided the test kits or instruct a private lab to deliver the test kit to the community.

Are there concerns with medical/cleaning, food supplies or deliveries?

  • On a daily basis ABHM Teams consisting of the Administrator, Director of Nursing and Infection preventionist discuss and review food service, supplies and all other community needs to ensure we have ample supply to serve residents .
  • There have been reported shortage of personnel protection wear (PPE). However at this time ABHM is experiencing routine deliveries and is in continuous contact with suppliers.

Does the CDC recommend the use of a facemask to prevent COVID-19?

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
  • You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.
  • A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms.
  • The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and other people caring for someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings.

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March 14, 2020

Dear ABHM Residents and Families:

Although there is no presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, Thorne Crest Senior Living Community is taking a proactive approach to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Age is a risk factor for COVID-19, so that makes the population at our communities vulnerable to this illness. Underlying medical conditions can also increase the risk and severity of the sickness so we encourage residents to assess your individual situation and limit your exposure as you see fit.

In addition to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and in an effort to keep people safe, healthy and prevent the spread of all communicable illnesses, Thorne Crest has adopted a “no visitor policy” as follows:

  • All doors will remain locked at all times.
  • All vendors and essential healthcare personnel will have to enter through the main entrance (Door A) and will have to answer the questions recommended by the CDC.
  • Exceptions will be made for families during major change in condition of their loved one and/or during end of life process.
  • Any essential visitor who has traveled to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, in the last 14 days must stay out of the building and self-quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • Any essential visitor who has traveled to Seattle, Washington, New York, California, Singapore, Thailand or Taiwan must monitor yourself for symptoms and wear a mask while at our community.
  • Any essential visitor with signs or symptoms of respiratory infection may not enter the building.

Thorne Crest will be cancelling all non-essential appointments at this time and essential ones will be kept.

The facility will be available to answer any questions and address any concerns. Facetime, Skype and telephones will be available for you to keep in touch with your loved ones while we are going through this evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

Common sense approaches we use to combat influenza will be some of the most effective prevention methods for COVID-19. The safety of the residents and staff remain our top priority.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Hongslo
President and C.E.O.
American Baptist Homes of the Midwest

 

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NBC affiliate KTTC out of Rochester, MN recently recognized Thorne Crest Senior Living for winning McKnight’s 2019 Excellence in Technology Award. The story aired during the 6PM newscast on 12/20/19. Sales and Marketing Director, Catherine Buboltz and Wellness Director, Leah Atz explain the positive effects utilizing technology has had on their residents.  Thorne Crest residents, Tom and Pat Benson, talk about their experience using the Rendever Virtual Reality System.

 

To view the full new story, click the following link:

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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community in Albert Lea, MN is honored to receive the bronze award in McKnight’s 2019 Excellence in Technology Awards.  Thorne Crest was selected over other senior living communities across the nation for their innovative practices in harnessing technology to improve the lives of senior residents through activities and interaction.

Utilization of the following technological programs have led to Thorne Crests success when engaging residents:

Eversound Wireless Headphone System has helped to mitigate the effects of hearing loss and end social isolation with residents experiencing hearing impairments.  The headphones can be connected to any audio source, including A/V systems, television and music player devises.

It’s Never Too Late (IN2L) is a portable computer experience that can launch hundreds of applications for recreation, social connection, memory care engagement and therapy purposes.  Activities can be adapted to each resident’s unique abilities and interests.  There are thousands of choices for both group and one-on-one activities.

Rendever Virtual Reality Platform helps to overcome social isolation through the power of shared experiences. Residents can travel to all corners of the world and explore a variety of content.  The experience is very powerful, particularly among seniors experiencing cognitive decline, impaired vision or mobility restrictions.  When the virtual reality experience is utilized in a group setting residents share stories and deepen their connections with one another and with staff.

Thorne Crest continues to seek out innovative ways to use technology to further enhance the lives of their residents.

 

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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community is again this year, sponsoring the Walk To End Alzheimer’s.  Along with the financial commitment of sponsoring this event, Thorne Crest also has a team raising funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

This year’s Walk To End Alzheimer’s will take place on September 14that Frank Hall Park, 712 Frank Avenue, Albert Lea, MN. Registration will begin at 9AM. The opening ceremony will begin at 10AM with the walk following, at 10:20AM.

Each year, more than 500,000 people come together in over 600 communities to advance the fight against the disease.  Thorne Crest, along with Amanda Weiss Irvine and her family are responsible for bringing this walk to Albert Lea.

This year’s honorary family is the Jimenez family. They are walking to honor Jesse Ronald Jimenez.  Jesse was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2005.  He was his family’s rock and the voice of reason, but at the age of 78, after a fourteen year fight, Jesse lost his battle with Alzheimer’s.

Family members are welcomed to join Thorne Crest Tangles team or even make a donation to the team if you are unable to participate.

You can register to join our team or make a donation by going to:  www.alz.org/walk

Then, click on “find a team.”  Enter the team name “Thorne Crest” and select “Thorne Crest Tangles.”

Thanks to the many staff and family members who volunteer for this event and participate in the walk.

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Thorne Crest parent company ABHM is partnering with senior living technology provider Eversound to bring wireless headphone system into all of our communities across six states. This new technology is a headphone system that enables our residents to enjoy a level of hearing they may not have had in years. Click here for a complete news story on this exciting new technology.

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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community will be holding a free presentation by Kimberly Alwin, owner of A Smooth Move, on Thursday, April 26 at 2pm, at the community. The presentation, titled “Rightsizing: What You Must Know Before You Move,” will be a fun and interactive presentation that tackles how to plan for a move and “Rightsize” your precious belongings.

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Thorne Crest Senior Living Community has been named amongst the “Best Nursing Homes in the Nation” by U.S. News and World Report, “Large Business of the Year” by the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce, and given a 5-Star-Rating from the government-based Center for Medicare and Medicaid.

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Thorne Crest is excited to announce the opening of our NEW Memory Care wing to enhance the services available to residents, families and the seniors in the Albert Lea area.

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