April 2020

Update 9-24-20:

In our ongoing effort to maintain the health and safety of everyone in the community we continue to follow the CDC and State Health Department guidelines. As a result we are pleased to announce the residents of Trail Ridge continue to be free from COVID-19.

Stay in Touch with Loved Ones

While several visitation restrictions remain in place we encourage you to stay in contact with loved ones using Zoom, Facetime, Skype and of course phone calls.

Independent Visitation

We have extended our outdoor campus for Independent Living visits and expect visitors to follow all the CDC guidelines during their visit, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene.

Assisted Living Visitation

Trail Ridge has an Essential Caregiver program in place to allow limited visits to Assisted Living residents. A plexi-glass booth is also an option for visits to our Assisted Living residents and these sessions can be scheduled by calling 605-339-9123.

If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel free to contact our campus, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

To maintain a healthy and safe environment we continue to follow CDC recommendations:

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Universal masking
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

 Communication Schedule

Moving forward we will post updates to the website monthly or as needed. To keep families up to date, we will send vital information via email, so please make sure to submit your email to the Reception Desk if you haven’t been receiving email updates

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Trail Ridge.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 8-28-20:

At Trail Ridge we continue to follow the CDC and State Health Dept. guidelines to keep residents, staff and others safe and healthy. While visitation restriction remain in place we encourage you to stay in contact with loved one using Zoom, Facetime, Skype and of course phone calls. Please contact our community 605-339-9123 and one of our staff members will be happy to help you.

Communication Schedule

We will post COVID updates to the website approximately every three weeks or as needed. To keep families up to date we will send vital information via email, so please make sure to submit your email to the Front Desk if you haven’t been receiving email updates.

If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel free to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

To maintain a healthy and safe environment we continue to follow CDC recommendations:

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Universal masking
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Staying in Contact

We have extended our outdoor campus for Independent Living visits and expect active participation in following all the CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene.

We are utilizing an indoor, plexi-glass booth for visits to our Assisted Living residents. These sessions can be scheduled by calling 605-339-9123.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Trail Ridge.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 7-9-20:

New Communication Schedule

Moving forward we are changing our COVID website updates to every three weeks. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Once again Trail Ridge would like to thank everyone for their continued support during this difficult time. Through the coordinated efforts of many people and organizations the residents at Trail Ridge are free from COVID-19. We are working towards bringing back some of the amenities for Independent Living residents in the safest manner possible. Full restrictions continue to be in place for Assisted Living residents based on the re-opening guidelines provided by the South Dakota Department of Health.

To maintain a healthy and safe environment we continue to follow CDC recommendations:

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Universal masking
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Staying in Contact

We have extended our outdoor campus for family visits and expect active participation in following all the CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene. Outdoor visits to our Assisted Living residents can be scheduled by calling 605-339-9123.

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

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Trail Ridge.

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

Please click here for prior Trail Ridge Covid-19 updates.

 

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Update 7-1-20:

As we move onward through this pandemic, we evolve with the situation based on the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Health. We are fortunate that our efforts at keeping Trail Ridge free from COVID -19 have been successful. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our area and want to do what is best for our residents and campus. We realize independent living residents are anxious for the dining room to re-open and we are still planning how to accomplish that safely and efficiently.To maintain a healthy environment we continue to follow CDC recommendations.

CDC Guidelines:

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Universal masking
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Staying in Contact

We have extended our outdoor campus for family visits and expect active participation in following all the CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene. Outdoor visits to our Assisted Living residents can be scheduled by calling 605-339-9123.

We invite you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with your loved one via Zoom, Facebook, Skype and of course phone calls. Please contact the community and a staff member will be happy to help you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call Trail Ridge..

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 6-25-20:

Trail Ridge wants to thank everyone for the overwhelming support during this difficult time. We have received countless notes and phone calls of encouragement which help keep us coming back to work each 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 Trail Ridge remain 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.

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Staying in Contact

We have extended our outdoor campus for family visits and expect active participation in following all the CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene. Outdoor visits to our Assisted Living residents can be scheduled by calling 605-339-9123. We invite you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with your loved one via Zoom, Facebook, Skypeand of course phone calls. Please contact the community and a staff member will be happy to help you.

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

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

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Update 6-10-20:

During the past week Trail Ridge, in a joint effort with the South Dakota Department of Health, tested all assisted living residents and staff. We are pleased to report that protocols we have in place are effective and all tests came back negative and our Community remains free of COVID-19. These outcomes show the incredible commitment our staff, residents and families have towards our campus by following the guidelines and protocols to keep Trail Ridge safe.

We appreciate the sacrifice you have made and the steps you are each taking to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. We know the visitor restrictions have been difficult. We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with each other by means of Zoom, Facebook, Skype and of course phone calls.

While we see the easing of COVID restrictions around the country as an encouraging trend, we will continue to follow the CDC and State restrictions related to visitation and social interaction to keep residents and staff healthy and safe.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We would like to again thank all those who support our community during this difficult time.

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

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 6-2-20:

The tragic events of last week overshadowed COVID-19 in such an unfortunate way. We pray for peace for our nation, guidance for our leaders and strength for our law enforcement during this troubling time.

Time is marching along through this COVID-19 journey and we see communities around the country easing restrictions. Currently, Trail Ridge does not have any positive cases COVID-19, and we understand 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, Zoom, Facebook, Skype and of course phone calls. Please contact Trail Ridge, and we will arrange a session.

This week in a coordinated effort with the South Dakota Department of Health we are testing all assisted living residents and staff. Outcomes from the testing will be shared with residents, family and staff next week once we receive the results.  The information gathered will help guide practices to open up our campus, but remember, it will be a slow process.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We would like to again thank all those who made gift to our community and we appreciate your continued support during this difficult time.

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

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

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Update 5-28-20:

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.

Trail Ridge remains free of COVID -19 and to stay in the forefront of prevention Trail Ridge is partnering with the South Dakota Department of Health and implementing a plan for testing all assisted living residents and staff on June 2ndand 3rd. This testing is a priority to help inform clinical care and infection prevention and control practices in long term care settings. Information gathered from the testing will also help the DOH provide guidance on re-opening facilities.

The staff is working hard to enhance resident’s lives through new and innovative activities that are mindful of social distancing and other requirements. Our community has received a number of gifts and donations for both residents and staff and we are so grateful to families and friends of Trail Ridge for their generosity in supporting our Community!

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Thank you for continuing to Trail Ridge and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-19-20:

A little more than a week ago the South Dakota Governor took steps to re-open the State’s businesses and establishments. Like you, Trail Ridge is anxious for a return to normal where visitors are warmly welcomed into our Community and our residents and their families can interact without restrictions.

However, because seniors are considered high-risk for COVID-19 infection, federal and state guidelines restrict us from relaxing rules for community visitation 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 residents and families connected in ways that are safe for everyone.

Wide scale testing of at-risk populations is one of the most important initiatives to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In an effort, consistent with national strategy increased testing, Trail Ridge will partner with the South Dakota Department of Health to implement a plan for testing all assisted living residents and staff within in the next few weeks. This testing is a priority to help inform clinical care and infection prevention and control practices in long term care settings.

We value the health and safety of residents and by following CDC recommendations, listed below, Trail Ridge has minimalized exposure and our residents remain free from the COVID-19 virus.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Restricting visitors
– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring assisted living residents for symptoms of illness
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Thank you for continuing to Trail Ridge and if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-13-20:

On May 11th South Dakota Governor’s executive order expired, which directed Minnehaha and Lincoln County residents, older than 65 and in vulnerable populations, to stay home.

However, to ensure the health and wellbeing of residents, Trail Ridge will maintain the current COVID-19 precautions and protocols recommended by CDC and South Dakota Department of Health. The precautions will remain in place due to the demographics of our resident population which includes people the CDC considers to be at higher risk because of age and underlying health conditions, and our Assisted Living licensure that enables residents to receive ancillary services.

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 the residents and staff who are making the best of the current situation.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Restriction of visitors
– 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
– 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 Trail Ridge.

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-5-20:

To keep residents and staff safe and healthy Trail Ridge 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 have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19).

We realize the temporary restrictions regarding visiting family and friends living at Trail Ridge can be challenging, but we are confident these steps are serving to keep Trail Ridge 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
– 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 Trail Ridge.

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 4-28-20:

At this time no residents at Trail Ridge have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The staff continues to work diligently to keep the Community clear of the virus and we appreciate the understanding from resident’s families and friends.

Trail Ridge continues to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State Health 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. Continue to visit our website for future updates.

Thank you for supporting Trail Ridge.

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

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Update 4-21-20:

 At Trail Ridge 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 South Dakota Department of Health.

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the community
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Universal masking for staff and residents
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

At this time, there are no residents at Trail Ridge that have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19).  It takes a commitment from staff, residents and families to keep our campus 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 email communication.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge 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 13th, 2020

Dear ABHM Residents and Families:

Although there is no presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, Trail Ridge Senior Living 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, Trail Ridge is adopting 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 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 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 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 for 14 days.
  • Any visitor with signs or symptoms of respiratory infection may not enter the building.

Trail Ridge will also be limiting transportation to medical appointments only at this time and is encouraging residents to stay home and not visit public places.

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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