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In this video, Shanna Eckberg, COO at Trail Ridge’s parent company ABHM, and Matt Reiners, Co-Founder of Eversound, (a company that creates listening technology for better engagement) discuss changes in senior living during the pandemic and those made at ABHM communities like Trail Ridge.

Ms. Eckberg describes how ABHM adapted new methods of engaging residents and delivering services while maintaining a healthy and safe environment for residents. One key factor in the success of ABHM is the staff. Eckberg states, “The professionalism and dedication of the staff has never wavered. During these difficult times they always put our residents first and we want to recognize those efforts.”

Reiners and Eckberg also discuss the use of technology during the pandemic. Ms. Eckberg explained, “ABHM Communities encouraged residents and families to use technology and social media to stay connected. Maintaining relationships during these difficult times is vital to their wellbeing.”

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Here are some of the highlights of Trail Ridge residents Jim and Pat Croston sitting down and talking about why moving to Trail Ridge was the right Independent Living decision for them. If you’d like more information about making the move for yourself or a loved one, call Jason Honey at 605-339-4847.

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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 12-18-20:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine and details are rapidly developing. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) flyer for more information about the vaccine. Our entire campus is registered for the vaccine. This includes our independent living (IL), assisted living (AL) residents and all of our employees. The South Dakota Department of Health has set forth the following prioritization schedule for the vaccine.

Phase I

Frontline healthcare workers
• Working in Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, COVID units
• Long-term care
• Nursing home staff
• Assisted living staff
• Residents

Other healthcare workers

Phase II
General population

Trail Ridge Employees:

Trail Ridge employees will need to go to a vaccine “hub” for the vaccination. More details on where and when will be forthcoming.

What to expect:

Specific sign up time to attend clinic, social distanced clinic, eligibility screening, receive your vaccination, and take part in a 15-minute safety observation following your vaccination. Each individual will be given a vaccination card with the type of vaccination given. The same type of vaccination is required for the second dose.

Trail Ridge Residents:

Sanford Health will vaccinate residents at Trail Ridge. Dates and processes are still to be determined. Three total clinics will be held at Trail Ridge to administer both doses of vaccine for the residents. Staff will be vaccinated before residents at a definitive vaccination hub – not at Trail Ridge.

Vaccine Information:

Pfizer Vaccine: 
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use on December 11th, 2020
2 doses given 21 days apart

Moderna Vaccine:
Expected FDA Emergency Use Approval December 17th, 2020
2 doses given 28 days apart

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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On Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 at 12pmTrail Ridge will host an event at South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance. Fisher Sisters Real Estate will speak on the topic: Downsizing: What You Must Know Before You Move.  Please join us for a light lunch while the following points are discussed: 1) Discussing Options, 2) Exploring Budget, 3) Educating Yourself, and 4) Making a Decision and Creating a Plan.

The event is free and limited to the first 30 RSVPs to allow for social distancing. Masks are strongly encouraged. South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance is located in the former Badlands Pawn building, 1600 W Russell St, Sioux Falls.

We ask that you RSVP for the event to Trail Ridge 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 eight 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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Update 11-18-21:

At ABHM we understand being vaccinated is a critical part of preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Over the past several months we have strongly encouraged residents and staff members to get vaccinated in an effort to maintain the health and wellbeing of our communities.

The vaccine is the best proven protection against COVID-19 and as a senior care provider we are taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of those we serve.

Over the next 60 days, Trail Ridge Senior Living Community will be implementing the federal COVID-19 mandate for healthcare workers in our communities that provide Medicare and Medicaid services. Aside from those with qualifying exemptions, all employees in our communities must get the COVID-19 vaccine.

To support the vaccination effort within our staff we continue to share relevant information, offer one-on-one support, and educate individuals who may have questions or concerns. Individuals are also encouraged to discuss their concerns with their primary health care provider or ABHM supervisor to determine if the vaccine is right for them at this time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all work through these challenging times.

Jeff Honsglo
ABHM President and CEO

 

 

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

 

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The 6th Annual “Swing Fore Seniors” Trail Ridge Golf Tournament event will be held Thursday, July 23rd at Prairie Green Golf Course on 69th Street in Sioux Falls. We want to thanks all those who have supported the Trail Ridge Golf Tournament over the past five years and look forward to this year’s even bigger and better edition.

You are invited to participate in this event, either as an individual or with a team of golfing friends. Registration-wise, we are off to a good start, but there is still room for many more participants. Food, beverages and prizes will all be part of the festivities. By golfing in this tournament you will be helping raise funds that support the seniors at Trail Ridge.  All proceeds go back to campus improvement projects.

We have a great day planned and want you to be a part of the event! To sign up or sponsor a hole call Jason Honey at Trail Ridge (605) 339-4847 or email jhoney@abhomes.org

 

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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 8-31-21:

President Joe Biden announced on August 18th that he is directing all nursing homes/health centers to require their staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding.

All ABHM communities receive federal funding in some capacity and therefore will be following this directive.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is currently drawing up new regulations related to COVID-19 vaccinations. Specific information on how these new regulations will be implemented and the timing will be published in September.

The safety of our residents and staff is our top priority and we feel strongly that getting vaccinated will help end this pandemic.

Once the regulations are released we will have more specific information regarding the implementation and how it affects all of us. Until that time, we will closely monitor any communication from the federal government and respond accordingly.

Sincerely,

Jeff Hongslo
ABHM President and CEO

 

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Update 3-31-20:

At Trail Ridge we look forward to the positive changes taking place as we begin to re-open our community. As always our goal is to provide the best possible care in an environment that is safe for residents, families, friends and staff.

As changes take place, please be aware we must continue to follow many existing COVID-19 related protocols and guidelines set by Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with State and local departments of health.

Our approach:

Vaccination

ABHM and Trail Ridge encourages all residents and staff to get vaccinated and help end the spread of COVID-19. To administer the vaccinations we worked closely with local pharmacies to host convenient onsite vaccination clinics that enabled residents and staff to easily receive a vaccination. As new residents and staff join our community, we will coordinate with local health departments, and our pharmacies to provide them with the opportunity to get a vaccination.

COVID Testing

Following guidance from the CDC and State Health Officials we initiate Point Prevalence Testing whenever there is an outbreak on our campus.

Community Visitation

The options for visitation are rapidly changing and determined by CMS, State and local health departments. These options vary from county to county and state to state. Visitors are asked to follow visitation guidelines when planning their visit.

Our goal is to reunite families and residents in the safest manner possible. To do so, we offer a number of options for visitors that include:

  • Indoor visits
  • Outdoor visits
  • Essential and Compassionate caregiver
  • Virtual visitation

Please contact Trail Ridge for specific visitation information.

Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention

We are adhering to the CDC Core Principles listed below:

  • Screening – We will continue to screenall who enter our community for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions about and observations of signs or symptoms). We will deny entry to those with signs or symptoms or those who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status.
  • Hand hygiene – We require everyone touse alcohol-based hand rub to clean hands before and after visitation.
  • Face covering or mask – We requirea close fitting face mask covering mouth and nose.
  • Social distancing – Keep a distance of at least six feet between persons while visiting the campus.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting –Regularlysanitize frequently touched surfaces, high traffic areas and designated visitation areas after each visit.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – All individuals must useappropriate PPE.
  • Effective resident segregation – Residents will remain in designated areas e.g., separate areas dedicated to COVID-19 care.
  • Resident and staff testing – We will conduct testing as required by the CDC.

 

Clean Environment

For the benefit of everyone we continue to keep our community sanitized by maintaining deep cleaning protocols recommended by the CDC. As an extra precaution we routinely clean all high-traffic areas throughout the community. This includes an increased use of cleaning equipment and greater number of handwashing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers placed throughout the community.

Moving to Trail Ridge

We’ve learned through this pandemic that a community setting offers many advantages to being isolated at home. We are coordinating safe tours and welcoming new residents at all levels of care. Call for more details.

 

LINKS TO TRUSTED RESOURCES FOR OFFICIAL UPDATES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

State Department of Health Resources:
South Dakota Department of Health

 

Sincerely,

Dawn Patten
Administrator
Trail Ridge Senior Living Community

 

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Update 10-31-20:

As the holiday seasons approach we want to thank everyone for their continued support and helping us to maintain the health and well-being of Trail Ridge residents and staff. To ensure a safe environment we continue to follow the CDC and State Health Department guidelines.

Stay in Touch

With the colder weather on the way we encourage you to stay connected with your loved ones through Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls. If you have questions about how to use these contact methods, please contact the community and a staff member will be happy to help you.

Visitation

Trail Ridge has an Essential Caregiver program for limited visits for Assisted Living residents, but the program is on “hold” due to the high COVID positivity rating for our county. There is a plexi-glass booth for Assisted Living visitation and these sessions can be scheduled by calling 605-339-9123. We are working on a plexi-glass booth to offer safe visitation for independent living residents as well.

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 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

We will update our website with new information as needed. For specific COVID related information and updates we will be contacting residents and resident representative directly. 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.

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 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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