In 1948 two young girls, one from Sioux Falls and one from Salem, SD entered Augustana College. They and two other girls moved into a one bedroom basement apartment on the corner of 33rd & Summit. 72 years later they would once again find themselves together at Trail Ridge!

Edna Otten moved in to Trail Ridge and has been in precautionary quarantine for the past two weeks. Her picture was in the Trailblazer and Ramona Buchholz saw it. She remembered that she once knew a girl named Edna and that her boyfriend’s last name was Otten. She wrote Enda a note, left it at her door and within the hour Edna called her. They discovered that they had been roommates for a year in that small basement apartment with the heater in the middle!

Edna and Ramona as children, had gone to the same Lutheran church in rural Montrose and when the time came to find a place to live in Sioux Falls connections through family brought them together.

The women remember cooking and studying in the evenings and would occasionally go to a movie. Edna was busy with her new boyfriend, Orval, who she later married and her job working as a lawyer’s secretary. Ramona went home on weekends to help on the farm. She had no brothers and was her father’s helper in the field and with the animals.

The two women only lived together for one year and went their separate ways after that. Ramona became a teacher in Avon, SD where she met a very nice farmer named Nate! The two married and lived for a while in Mitchell but came to Sioux Falls in the 50’s where Ramona continued to teach. Edna and Orval married and she worked as a secretary for many years and also worked at Sioux Falls Book and Stationary.

Edna and Ramona look forward to when they can actually meet each other in person again. Ramona said she just wants to be able to give her a big hug!

 

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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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On Thursday July 25thTrail Ridge will once again host its annual benefit golf tournament at Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls, SD.  This year will be the 5thannual tournament and has been renamed and branded cleverly as: “Swing Fore Seniors”.

Jason Honey, Marketing Director at Trail Ridge, said of the 1 day event: “It’s really an awesome day filled with golf, fellowship, and meeting new people. Every year we try to make it a little bigger and a little more fun”.  The tournament is a 4 man best ball scramble format that kicks off with a shot gun start promptly at 12pm.  Lunch and Dinner are included with your entry fee as well as a swag pack stuffed with golf related items.  Raffle tickets will be available for purchase to win a variety of prize packages.

Trail Ridge is very thankful for all the businesses that have supported us over the years and again this year in 2019.  There is still time to either support our cause or sign up a team of golfers. You can contact Jason Honey at Trail Ridge by calling: 605-231-8111 or visit the dedicated website www.trailridgegolf.com  for more information.

All proceeds raised go directly back to benefit the residents of Trail Ridge through campus beautification project which have included things like:  water features, gardens, and benches.  In 2019 funds raised will benefit future walking paths.

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Jason Honey, Marketing Director at Trail Ridge, recently appeared on the Keloland Living TV program with host Brittany Kaye. While on the show, Jason discussed lifestyle at Trail Ridge as well as the 2019 Trail Ridge Golf Tournament.  The pair also touched on plans for the walking path at Trail Ridge and how to support that project. To view the full video, click here.

 

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Trail Ridge is excited to announce their 4th Annual Trail Ridge Senior Living Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament is once again hosted at Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls. On July 26th the tournament kicks off at 11:00 with registration and 12:00 tee off.  The 14 teams will play through a variety of sponsored holes with a chance to win prizes.

The funds raised from the tournament go toward enhancing Trail Ridge community grounds so residents have a community they are proud to call home.

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Trail Ridge Senior Living Community in Sioux Falls will host a free, open-to-the-public presentation entitled, “The New Tax Law & Estate Planning Implications” at the community’s Great Hall on Tuesday, July 10 p.m.

Presented by Presented by Terry Nemec, CPA, NemecCPA, PC and Jeff Brekke, Estate Planning Attorney, May & Johnson, PC, the event will touch on several aspects of the new tax laws, including key provisions of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, new standard deduction strategies, and considerations when reviewing your estate plan.

This no obligation informational seminar is free and open to the public. Additionally, attendees may also learn about Trail Ridge Senior Living as well. Trail Ridge will offer tours of their remodeled apartment homes and answer questions about all living options available at Trail Ridge. We ask that your RSVP for the event to Marketing Director, Jason Honey. You can call him at: 605-231-8111 or email jhoney@abhomes.org.

Trail Ridge Senior Living Community is a not-for–profit and one of seven communities owned and operated by American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM). The community offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care on an 18-acre campus located in the southwest area of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

 

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On Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 2pm Trail Ridge Senior Living Community in Sioux Falls will be hosting realtor Jessica Clary of Keller Williams Reality for her presentation “Get in the Groove Before you Move.” Please join us for dessert and refreshments while she presents on topics including: 1) Determining what your house is worth, 2) Current market trends, 3) Preparing to sell your home, and 4) Marketing your home to sell.

This no obligation informational seminar is free and open to those interested in learning more about selling their homes. Additionally, attendees may also learn about Trail Ridge Senior Living as well. Trail Ridge will offer tours of their remodeled apartment homes and answer questions about all living options available at Trail Ridge.

We ask that your RSVP for the event to Marketing Director, Jason Honey. You can call him at: 605-231-8111 or email jhoney@abhomes.org.

Trail Ridge Senior Living Community is a not-for–profit and one of seven communities owned and operated by American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM). The community offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care on an 18-acre campus located in the southwest area of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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