Over the past several months, Saint Therese has been steadfast in our efforts to keep residents safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. While social distancing and physical separation are still very important, we are taking steps to combat the unintended consequences of prolonged social isolation and to maintain overall health and wellbeing for the seniors in our care as indoor visitation restrictions are still in place.
With that in mind, and following guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), we want to make you aware of two programs available to our residents—outdoor/window/patio visits and essential caregiver visits.
For the past several weeks, we have enjoyed seeing our residents reunite with their families through safe, socially distanced outdoor, window and patio visits. MDH has outlined outdoor visit guidelines for residents and visitors. For more information on outdoor visits at your campus, contact your campus administrator.
Essential Caregiver Visits
We are pleased to announce that we are also creating a new program called Essential Caregiver, in accordance with MDH guidelines. Our goal through this program is to help our residents who are missing care previously provided by a loved one or outside caregiver prior to COVID-19 visitor restrictions.
The Essential Caregiver program is a narrowly defined exception to our current visitor restrictions which would allow certain cares to be provided by a personal caregiver from outside our community based on criteria determined by each facility.
Realizing both the potential benefits and risks of allowing additional essential caregivers into our buildings, we will carefully consider the current status of COVID-19 in our setting and the local community as we monitor the program.
For more information on Essential Caregiver visits at your campus, please contact your campus administrator.
While we welcome this opportunity to make exceptions to the visitor restrictions, we must all continue to be vigilant as the safety of our residents and staff are our top priority. If, at any time, either of these programs is deemed unsafe, it is our obligation per MDH guidelines to reassess, adapt and possibly suspend these opportunities.