Highland Chateau Health + Rehabilitation Center COVID-19 Update
Updated as of September 16, 2020 at 8:01 p.m. CDT
Dear Residents, Families, Staff, and Friends of Highland Chateau Health + Rehabilitation Center,
We sincerely appreciate your support and compassion as we navigate the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Highland Chateau, our residents and staff, and the broader community.
As you may know, we have implemented changes in our regular operations as part of our response plan, including enhanced infection control and prevention measures, monitoring residents and staff for symptoms, testing when appropriate, and restricting visitors except in end-of-life situations on a case-by-case basis. Rest assured— we continue to closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as state and local health officials.
We are delighted to share some good news regarding our phased reopening plan. The Minnesota Department of Health has provided guidance that allows visiting in our outside areas starting on September 17, 2020. To assure the safety and health of our residents, visitors, and our staff, these outdoor visits will be limited and structured differently than what we have been accustomed to in the past. Please click here to see more details regarding our Outdoor Visiting Program.
Please note: For now, indoor visits will continue to be restricted to essential health care personnel and compassionate care situations.
We are committed to respectful, open, and transparent communication. Residents, families, and staff are notified of any COVID-19 cases in the care community. Our medical director and other providers as well as local and state health departments are guiding our efforts, as well as our own preparedness plans. We are providing updates to all residents, families, and staff as we learn more, ensuring we respect and follow all health and employment privacy requirements.
Our team is working around-the-clock to protect our care community by focusing on our COVID-19 Preparation and Response Action Plan, which includes an Infection Prevention Control Program. The following is a summary of these preventive actions:
- Quarantining residents and implementing enhanced infection control measures. This includes establishing a designated area in the building should there be a resident with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and quarantining the resident in their room. We will have designated staff to support and care for them, and continue to follow all infection control protocols as outlined by the CDC, CMS, and state and local health officials. The resident will remain in quarantine until well and cleared by medical professionals to return to normal activity.
- Advising affected staff to take all appropriate measures. For their health and well-being, any staff members with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis are asked to quarantine at home, contact their medical provider to guide their care, and notify their supervisor. We are following all CDC guidance on the return to work criteria for health care professionals with confirmed COVID-19.
- Assessing and screening of individuals who come in contact with anyone affected. The community will work with state and local health officials to assess and screen all who may have come in close contact with an affected individual, and we will be following all requirements in implementing next steps which may include self-monitoring as determined by health officials. We understand there may be an increased desire to be tested for COVID-19. We are following all direction from state and local health officials on the additional testing required for other residents and staff.
- Monitoring and screening residents for symptoms. We have increased our screening of residents for fever and respiratory symptoms. Residents: we are grateful for your partnership in keeping yourself and others healthy. Please wash your hands often, avoid touching your face, and cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Remember to let us know immediately if you feel ill. These symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. For additional information, please visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s website: www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus or the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
- Screening staff prior to beginning work. Staff are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Upon arriving at the building, a detailed health screening is completed including taking their temperature to check for a fever. Any staff who exhibit symptoms are instructed to put on a mask, isolate at home, call their medical provider, and notify their supervisor. Additionally, our staff is following CDC guidelines for hand and other related hygiene requirements.
- Continuing to implement environmental safety precautions. Housekeeping staff continue to take extra measures to clean and disinfect all high-touch areas throughout the building. This includes countertops and tables, faucet handles, toilet flush handles, doorknobs, crash bars, door handles, bathroom and kitchen areas, elevator call buttons, and hand rails.
- Restricting non-essential visitors for everyone’s safety. Visitors who need to enter the building for end-of-life care situations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis to assure safety for all. We encourage loved ones to communicate with residents by phone, letters, video chat, and/or social media. We understand it is hard to not have visitors, especially family. If you have questions, or need assistance with these communication methods, please contact us: (651) 698-0793. We are here to support you. Visitors permitted to enter the building for end-of-life situations are first screened for fever and respiratory symptoms. They are also required to frequently clean their hands, limit their visit to a designated area within the building, and wear a face mask.
- Restricting congregate dining and cancelling internal or external group activities. We have cancelled congregate dining, all community outings, and group activities. This occurred following social distancing guidance from the CDC, CMS, and state and local health officials. We also continue to help residents to practice social distancing and to frequently clean their hands.
- Utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriately when interacting with residents and others, as directed by CMS guidelines.
We will continue to be in close communications with our medical director, other providers, as well as state and local health officials, and are monitoring new information from the CDC and CMS to ensure we are taking the appropriate next steps.
We want to take this opportunity to share our ongoing gratitude to our dedicated staff, for their commitment to the care of and service to our residents. Their courage is nothing short of inspiring—they are our heroes!
It is moments like these that we remember our true calling and what brought us to senior health care. We care deeply about our residents and staff and consider them to be members of our own extended families.
Thank you for support and understanding; we are all in this together. Please do not hesitate to contact the Highland Chateau team via phone: (651) 698-0793 with any questions or concerns you may have.
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As information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic rapidly changes, we are committed to providing the most recent information. Some of the details in this update may have changed after publication.
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