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Instructions on how to view “Downsizing” Online Presentation are as follows:

1)  To access this ZOOM presentation at the scheduled time, simply click here

2)  If you require a separate audio connection to the presentation (if your computer doesn’t have adequate audio playing capabilities) or if you prefer to just listen to the presentation via the phone rather than accessing through a computer, you can call in at 219-321-0605 (you may need to enter the PIN number 562061514).


On January 15th at 2pm, Thorne Crest Senior Living Community will have downsizing expert Kimberly Alwin, owner of A Smooth Move, share insights on this critical phase of life during an online virtual presentation.

In this presentation, viewers will learn:

•How to begin the process of sorting your precious belongings
•Which items are important to keep
•Options for re-homing things you no longer need
•Space planning 101
•Pitfalls to avoid when you move

“Most of our clients have not moved in 30 years or more and need to considerably reduce their possessions in order to resettle”, says Kimberly. While the task can seem overwhelming, the team at A Smooth Move has successfully helped countless families navigate this stressful time over the past 14 years.

About A Smooth Move
Kimberly Alwin, owner of A Smooth Move is a Downsizing and Move Expert.
BBB+ Accredited, A Smooth Move has been assisting Seniors in transition throughout the Twin Cities and Southeast Minnesota since 2006. They help with downsizing, move planning, packing, transfer, unpacking, organizing and storage services. For more information call 507-280-6683 or go to www.asmoothmove.biz.

For more information, please contact Catherine at Thorne Crest at 507-373-2311 or by email at cbuboltz@abhomes.org

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Update 12-31-20:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below more information about the vaccine. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home, assisted living, and all staff.

Please see below for the reminder on the Phases:

Phase 1a (first priority):

1. Skilled Nursing facilities and nursing homes: all personnel working in these facilities.

Phase 1a (second priority):

1. Assisted living, housing with services with an arranged Home Care provider: all personnel working in these facilities.

Walgreens will be our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff.

The vaccine  we will be receiving is the Moderna.

Thorne Crest Update:

➢We are working with our pharmacy partner to ready ourselves for the administration of the vaccine.

➢The specific staff working in the nursing home that are included in the clinics are: Dining Services, Housekeeping, Maintenance, Nursing, and designated administration staff.

➢Our clinic days are:

• January 14, 2021 @  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Initial Dose
• February 11, 2021 @ 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Booster Dose or Initial Dose
• March 11, 2021 @ 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Booster Dose

 

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 

 


 

Update 12-16-20:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section below for more information about the vaccine. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home, assisted living, and all staff.

Phase 1a (first priority):

1. Hospitals: personnel dedicated to working in COVID-19 units, intensive care units, emergency departments, and designated COVID-19 urgent care clinics.
2. Skilled Nursing facilities and nursing homes: all personnel working in these facilities.
3. Emergency Medical Services Personnel
4. COVID-19 testers
5. COVID community vaccinators

Phase 1a (second priority):

1. Hospitals: personnel providing direct care or infectious materials.
2. Assisted living, housing with services with an arranged Home Care provider: all personnel working in these facilities.
3. Urgent Care settings
4. Dialysis centers

Walgreens will be our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff. At this time we do not know when the clinics will be on-site.

Thorne Crest is preparing for these clinics by doing the following:
➢ Communicating to residents, family members and staff about the vaccine.
➢ Working with pharmacy partner to ready ourselves for the administration of the vaccine.

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

UPDATE 12-10-20:

Residents, Staff and Families,

There have been a lot of questions, comments and concerns from residents, families, employees, and those in our communities about the COVID-19 Vaccine. This vaccine is important in saving lives and reducing the transmissions of the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively reviewing the COVID-19 vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States.  ABHM operates in six states and those states have told the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) they want nursing home/assisted living providers to be a priority.

ABHM’s mission is to create caring Christian communities that empower older adults, families, and people with disabilities and receiving this vaccine for our residents, members, and staff is a priority.  We, as an organization, support the federal vaccine effort for COVID-19.

It is important residents, members, staff, and families know that ABHM has registered, on behalf of all of our nursing homes, assisted living communities, and homes for the developmentally disabled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine that the federal government will be disbursing in the near future. Please note, this does include all of our employees working at all of our locations across ABHM.

Distribution of the vaccine has yet to be determined.

Individual states will decide how to roll this large initiative in the healthcare sector

We will use our ABHM website, each community’s website, Facebook pages, and other methods to communicate changes and updates as they occur.

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

It is our duty to stay focused on our residents, members, staff and loved ones during this time of uncertainty. All of us have been impacted by the pandemic but we will continue to persevere. We urge you to join us in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, influenza vaccine, wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and stay six feet apart-especially through the holidays.

Thank you for your understanding, kindness, and prayers for those we serve.

There will be more information related to the vaccine as it is released by the government.

Stay Safe!

Jeff Hongslo
ABHM President/CEO

 

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ABHM Covid-19 Vaccine Information Video

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ABHM is very excited about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to our communities.

Each community will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as each state sets up their own vaccination process.

Although ABHM is not requiring staff to get vaccinated, we strongly encourage all employees to get the vaccination. Not only to safeguard your own health but to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

We realize some individuals may be apprehensive about getting the vaccination and have questions on how the vaccine works as well as side effects. Here is a link to a video message from Dr. Sing Palat, MD addressing some of the concerns regarding the vaccine.  https://vimeo.com/493717413

Sing Palat, MD, is an internist and geriatrician of 14 years and is a certified medical director.  As an associate of LTC Rehab Consultants, she provides care in nursing facilities and currently collaborates with Mountain Vista medical director Dr. Reza Esfahani on the COVID-19 response.   Dr. Palat is on the Board of CMDA The Colorado Society of Post-acute and Long-term Care.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to email us at COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


Update 2-5-21

It is an exciting and uncertain time now that many of us have received our first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. There are many questions regarding what this means for American Baptist Homes of the Midwest’s (ABHM’s) residents, families, and staff. With the vaccination rolling out to our residents and staff, we are entering a promising new phase in ending this pandemic.

How COVID-19 response will change after vaccination:

Vaccines are powerful tools in the fight against COVID-19. We hope to see enough people vaccinated to greatly reduce the COVID-19 disease. Until that happens, everyone who has received one or both vaccine doses must continue to carry out the same preventive measures in the community as they did before vaccination. We will continue to encourage mask wearing, social distancing, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, stay away from others when not feeling well and ALWAYS wash your hands.

Why infection control measures cannot change as soon as people are vaccinated:

Before the CDC or health department’s recommendations can change, we need to learn more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide after a full vaccine series is completed. We do not know if, or the rate at which, people may still get infected after they are vaccinated, or if they can spread the virus without feeling sick or having symptoms. Because not all members of the community have had COVID-19 or been vaccinated, many residents and health care workers may still be at risk for infection. Until we know that vaccinated health care workers and residents cannot spread the virus to others, the following measures should be followed.

Do I still isolate or quarantine?

At this point, isolation and quarantine recommendations for health care workers and residents have not changed, even if the person has received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This includes quarantine for health care workers and residents after an exposure, and residents after admission to the facility.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Until more data is collected and the CDC updates its guidance, all health care workers and residents must continue to take the same preventive measures they did prior to vaccination (i.e., wearing a mask in the community, social distancing, hand hygiene). These measures are intended to protect others as well as yourself. ABHM Staff must continue to follow current state and federal guidelines for use of personal protective equipment when working.

If I had my vaccine do I still need to test?

Testing will continue as currently recommended by state or federal guidelines, regardless of vaccination status for individual residents or health care workers.

➢Test all residents and health care workers with symptoms.

➢Continue routine testing of health care workers at the frequency dictated by the percentage of people in the county who test positive for the virus among those who have been tested overall (positivity rate).

➢Perform outbreak testing when a new COVID-19 infection is found in a resident or health care worker to help stop the spread.

Will I still be screened for COVID-19?

Screening residents, health care workers, and visitors for signs and symptoms of illness will continue after vaccination. There have been no changes to recommendations for screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in health care facilities.

Will visitation still be restricted or limited?

Visitation with friends and family is very important. We are hopeful that the local, state and federal health departments, as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decrease the restriction and change the guidance around visitation.

Remember to encourage everyone to get vaccinated!

Please feel free to contact the administrator and/or ABHM at COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


Update 1-25-21:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home, assisted living, independent living and all staff.

Please see below for the reminder on the Phases:

Phase 1a (first priority): 

1. Skilled Nursing facilities and nursing homes: all personnel working in these facilities.

Phase 1a (second priority):

1. Assisted living, housing with services with an arranged Home Care provider: all personnel working in these facilities.

We are excited to announce that our assisted and independent living residents will be receiving the vaccine in the coming week. This also includes the remainder of our staff. Walgreens is our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff. The vaccine we are receiving is the Moderna.

Thorne Crest Update:

➢We are working with our pharmacy partner to ready ourselves for the administration of the vaccine.

➢The staff receiving the vaccine will be our remaining departments that were not included with the nursing home staff.

• Examples of this are: assisted living nursing assistants, nurses, medication aides,
transportation, receptionist, and activities.

➢Our clinic days are: 

• January 27, 2021 @ 10 am to 12 p.m. Initial Dose
• February 24, 2021 @ 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Booster Dose or Initial Dose
• March 24, 2021 @ 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Booster Dosee 

 

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Is the vaccine safe?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)] review vaccine safety data. For COVID-19, ACIP has formed a separate Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) to provide timely evaluation of vaccine safety, both pre- and post-licensure.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is adding further monitoring programs to health care workers to analyze results six weeks after vaccination. Long-term Care is required to report all vaccinations through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Most adverse side effects occur within six weeks of vaccine administration, and the FDA has required eight weeks of safety monitoring so it can track any side effects. FDA advises a minimum of 3,000 participants to assess safety. The current phase 3 trials have 30,000 to 50,000 participants. This really demonstrates how safety is a top priority for the FDA and the medical community.

Is ABHM requiring employees and their residents to take the vaccine?

Staff and residents are not required to take the vaccine.

Will personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines be relaxed if the staff, residents and members are vaccinated?

Until ABHM knows the effectiveness of the vaccine, PPE guidelines will not be relaxed.

Is the vaccine one dose or a series?

The two initial vaccines projected for release are two-dose series vaccines and are not interchangeable. It’s important you schedule your second dose while getting your first dose because your booster must be from the same manufacturer.

Why can’t I have the vaccine now when others are receiving it?

At this time, there is not enough vaccine for everyone requesting it. Our state health departments are working with Walgreens or CVS to distribute the vaccine to those most at risk, including those living in long-term care facilities. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

If I already contracted COVID-19, do I need a vaccination?

ABHM is recommending all residents and employees get the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection. According to the CDC, there is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. This is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed for a better understanding.

Does insurance cover the vaccine?

Private health insurance companies, as well as government insurance programs like Medicare, will cover the vaccination cost. You will need to have your insurance information when getting your vaccine.

 


 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Is It for You?

Travis LaCore, PharmD, BCGP, NREMT, FF2. ABHM Subject Matter Expert of Pharmacy

A COVID-19 vaccine has the potential to bring the pandemic to an end at a greater speed than any other intervention available. Vaccination will provide protection to an individual and reduce the chances of spreading as more people get the vaccine.

Despite the potential benefit of the COVID-19 vaccine to drastically reducing the spread of infection, there remains a high level of apprehension among the public regarding the safety of the vaccine. Although the development of a COVID-19 vaccine has been rapid, the research and development on a coronavirus vaccine is not new, nor are the methods used to produce the vaccine. The vaccine approval process also remains fundamentally unchanged and must include strong evidence of vaccine safety and effectiveness. Research and development of coronavirus vaccines date as far back to 2002 and 2012, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2002, and MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2012. Researchers’ directed the development of the COVID-19 vaccine utilizing the prior research on these outbreaks. One type of vaccine being developed, the mRNA vaccine, is a type of vaccine that has not been used in the US vaccine market previously, however it has been researched for decades in other areas such as cancer treatments.

The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-dose series, with an estimated effectiveness rate of 95% at 28 days after the initial dose. The most common adverse reactions reported were injection site reaction, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever, which are common reactions with any vaccine.

The next COVID-19 vaccine to be considered for an FDA EUA is the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is scheduled to be reviewed by the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on December 17, 2020.

For questions and concerns about the vaccines, please contact your health care provider.

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Thorne Crest is proud to partner with the Mayo Clinic Health System for a FREE WEBINAR titled “Health Talk: Social Isolation” on Thursday, October 15, from 11:30am to 12:30am.

Learn how seniors can maintain social distance without increasing risks of social isolation.

Join us at the time of the event by phone at 1-312-626-6799 or online via Zoom.

Here is the webinar connection information:

www.zoom.us/join

Webinar ID: 984 2704 3718.   Password: 722780.

No pre-registration required.

Contact Kathy Leidal at 507-377-6389 for more information.

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If you missed Gary Schindler’s historical lecture featuring “Songs from ‘Your Hit Parade’ in WWII” on Friday, Sept.25th, we are pleased to be able to offer a link to view a recording of the presentation.  Enjoy some of the major hit songs and performers from December 1941 through April 1945.  We had some technical difficulties with the music during the presentation, but are hopeful we have worked that out so our next presentation will be much clearer.  We hope you enjoy this series and are pleased to join Gary in presenting this wonderful historical information.

To listen to and view the presentation, click here.

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Instructions on how to view Historical Lecture Series:

1.  To access this presentation, click here
2.  You may be required to enter a meeting number/access code, which is:  133 449 0165
3.  You may also, be required to enter a password, which is:  Abhm2020

If you require a separate audio connection to the presentation (for instance, if your computer doesn’t have adequate audio playing capabilities), OR  if you just want to listen to the lecture and music with your phone, you can call in on this separate line: 877-668-4490.
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In our ongoing effort to provide seniors with engaging educational opportunities Thorne Crest Senior Living Community is partnering with retired Riverland Community College administrator and local historian Gary Schindler to provide a monthly Historical Lecture Series, beginning September 25th and running through November 20th.

Schindler will be presenting the following historical topics:

“Songs from ‘Your Hit Parade’ in World War II” (Sept. 25 • 2pm)
Listeners will hear the original hit songs from performers from 1941 through 1945, as determined by the producers of ‘Your Hit Parade’.

“The Big Bands from Freeborn County to the United States – 1937 to 1945”
(Oct. 16 • 2pm)
This review of the Big Band Era will examine bands that played through southern Minnesota and then focus on the leaders, bands and tunes that dominated popular music in the late 1930’s through the end of WWII.

“Drama in the Kennedy Limousine – November 22, 1963” (Nov. 20 • 2pm)
As we approach the 57thanniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, this lecture will examine the reaction of the people in the President’s limousine; what they said and what they saw over the course of eleven seconds that changed history forever.

Participants will be able to watch the lectures live, online, or call-in to listen to the presentations.  Linking instructions are provided above.  Contact Catherine/Thorne Crest at 507-373-2311 for more information.

 

 

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Please show your support to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  Join our team or help us to raise funds to stop this devastating disease. Thank you to the Dyrdal family for graciously volunteering to share their story as this year’s honorary family.

To view a video about our sponsorship efforts, click here.

To support our efforts directly, click here.

For a “Frequently Asked Questions” informational PDF, click here.

 

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We are excited to begin essential caregiver in-person visits today at Thorne Crest. Residents and family members were mailed information pertaining to the visits and how they will be conducted.  Designated caregiver’s will be able to visit individually, one day a week, Monday through Sunday, in up to two hour increments.  Please contact Marilyn Claassen at 507.369.6905 or Leah Atz at 507.369.6925 between 8AM-4PM on Monday’s or Tuesday’s to schedule a visit with a Thorne Crest resident or to get more information regarding the in-person visits.

The following is the official informational/overview letter that Thorne Crest administrator Shari McNamara shared with families of our residents:

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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently issued information regarding “Essential Caregiver Visits.”  Senior Living Communities are now able to allow these in person visits, however, they are also required to develop policies and procedures to safely expedite these visits with all residents, in all continuum of care.

To be able to participate in essential caregiver visits, both, residents and family members need to familiarize themselves with policies and procedures listed below, to facilitate a safe visit.

  • Residents will be asked to designate one and if necessary, up to two designated essential visitors.  The designated visitors will be the only visitors allowed to meet in person with residents and must be at least 18 years old.  Only one designated visitor is allowed per scheduled visit inside the building.
  • Once the resident has identified the designated visitor(s), the visitor can call to schedule a time to enter the building and meet with the resident.  To schedule a visit, family members should contact Leah Atz at 507-369-6925 or Marilyn Claassen at 507-369-6905 8AM-4PM, on Monday’s or Tuesday’s. Essential caregivers will be determined based on consultation/assessment between the resident and designated staff.
  • Each resident is allowed one essential caregiver visit per week. Visits can be up to two hours in length and must be scheduled ahead of time.

    Visits can take place Monday – Sunday, during one of the following times:  

                   9AM-11AM      Noon-2PM      2PM-4PM      5PM-6:45PM

Because it is necessary to properly sanitize between visitors, we will be restricting the number of resident visits during each of the above time slots. Visits are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis.

  • All visitors will be required to enter through Door A (on Garfield Ave.) and follow the screening process. Any visitors with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher and/or found to be a high risk of spreading COVID-19 will be denied access to the building.
  • No visits will be allowed with residents during a 14-day quarantine period or if a resident has tested positive or is symptomatic for COVID-19, unless the visit is for compassionate care (end of life).
  • Please do not visit if you have an elevated temperature or if you are not feeling well.
  • After visiting, you should monitor for signs and symptoms of respiratory infection or other symptoms of COVID-19 for at least 14 days and notify Thorne Crest if symptoms occur.
  • During the essential visit, visitors and residents will be required to don a mask (covering both, mouth and nose) and protective droplet eyewear throughout the entire visit. Thorne Crest can provide all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for the visit.  All PPE must be returned to the screening station after the visit.
  • All visitors will be required to understand, adhere to, and sign a risk acknowledgement form.
  • Please do not bring food or drinks to the visit, as that would require the visitor and/or resident to remove their mask.  Treats or personal items for residents should be dropped off at the main entrance (Door A on Garfield Ave.) prior to or after visits.  Staff will deliver these items to residents.
  • Visitors will be escorted to the meeting place and must stay in the designated area. If the visitor needs to use restroom facilities during the visit, they must return to the main lobby and use facilities located there.
  • Visitors must practice hand hygiene and social distancing with other residents and staff members.
  • Any resident or essential visitor found non-compliant with the policies and procedures set forth to expedite safe essential caregiver visits, could cause the resident involved to be quarantined for 14 days after the non-compliant occurrence and could restrict essential caregiver visits with that resident.
  • If issues arise from essential caregiver visits or if we should have a COVID outbreak in our community, Thorne Crest reserves the right to discontinue essential caregiver visits for as long as necessary to keep residents and staff safe.

Please be mindful, essential caregiver visits are not appropriate for everyone. Wearing a mask and protective eyewear could be unsettling for some. Please talk with Thorne Crest care providers if you have concerns regarding a resident’s ability to wear the required PPE during an entire visit.  There are other options, such as electronic visits, utilizing FaceTime and Skype.

Essential caregiver visits will begin on Monday, July 27th. We appreciate your understanding of the above policies and procedures, required to keep residents safe.  Following protocols will help us continue to minimize the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community.  We are dedicated to keeping residents and staff members as healthy as possible during this pandemic.  We hope you will join us in that effort.

For future updates, please follow “the most recent Coronavirus updates” on our website: www.thornecrest.net

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