Catching a Bit of a Break

Catching a bit of a break and some wonderful sunshine at Jones-Harrison Residence. Note all staff are wearing our stylish masks at all times in the building.

Director of Nursing Libby – not in red hat! – takes a well deserved moment with Sue!

Emma takes a moment from her social work duties to sit with Muriel.

Chipotle to the Rescue!

Many thanks to Julia M., nurse in our transitional care unit for entering Jones-Harrison Residence in a special health care workers drawing at Chipotle. We won and served 80 burritos to our staff for lunch yesterday. Thank you to Chipotle for supporting those who are working tirelessly to keep our residents healthy and safe.

We Heard It’s Your Birthday!

We still have birthdays to celebrate. Many happy wishes to Barb W. who got to celebrate with a cookie, champagne and her family via ZOOM.

Our birthday girl Barbara

ZOOMing with her family for her big day!

Thanks to everyone for helping make birthdays brighter!

Important News about COVID-19

April 7, 2020
Dear Family Members and Friends,
I want to let you know that today we have been notified of a couple of confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our building. Due to HIPAA regulations, we cannot share the identity of the positive case, but the families has been notified. Please know we are doing everything we can to stop the spread of this virus within our setting.
Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We continue working in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps at this time.
As you know, we initiated aggressive proactive infection control measures and screening procedures weeks ago, which we believe will help us manage this case as effectively as possible. We are following all recommended guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health to protect your loved one and the staff from this virus and will continue to take every action possible to prevent it from spreading.
As part of our response plan, we are focusing on:
• Implementing enhanced infection control measures. All staff have been trained on best practices in the prevention of spreading infection. We are operating with a primary nursing protocol to limit other staff being exposed as well as to conserve precious PPE.
• Monitoring and screening residents. We are screening and temping each resident every day and will test for COVID if symptoms arise.
• Continuing to screen staff prior to beginning work and upon leaving. Staff are not allowed in the building if they are ill. We are asking all staff to self-screen for symptoms and have their temperature taken prior to attending any residents. Any staff who exhibit symptoms are instructed to self-quarantine at home. All staff are now required to wear face masks when moving throughout the building.
• The building will remain closed to all visitors for everyone’s safety. We encourage you to continue to communicate with your loved one by phone or make an appointment for a video chat.
• All group activities will remain cancelled until further notice. This follows social distancing advice from the Centers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One-to-one visits with therapeutic recreation staff will continue as time allows.
Communication is key, and we will continue to update you on any news, emerging issues, or additional changes in our operations. You can also find this information on our website.
Our residents have been notified by letter and in person. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time with questions or concerns you may have.
Annette Greely

Chatting Up a Storm!

Thanks to all our Jones-Harrison family and friends for setting up your video chats. It has been fun for everyone!

Ray chats with 4 families both near and as far away as Alaska and Scandaavia!

Evelyn gives movie advice to her grandson – a little Dale Autry is sound advice!

Courtyard Calisthenics

Managing to get our exercise in and get some fresh air at the same time.

Ann & Mort take a stroll but keep a safe distance!

Colleen pumps some iron in the sunshine!

Joanne joins the exercise gang!

Your Words Mean So Much

Keep those cards and letters coming! The staff is happy to help our residents enjoy these special messages from their loved ones.

Archie G. opening a card from his sister, Roxanne. He had a huge smile on his face when he opened the card; unfortunately I didn’t snap the photo in time to catch his smile!

Bunny Besties Needs Your Help

Our friends at “Bunny Besties” – the wonderful group that provided the bunnies at last summer’s Family Picnic – have been nominated for a chance to win $2,000 from City and County Credit Union. A win would go a long way in helping the organization care for their rabbits during these next months. Help us help them be a winner. Here’s how: Vote every day starting today through April 8 for Bunny Besties.

Click on this link to take you to the voting website.  Scroll down to find Bunny Besties, highlight the logo, scroll down again to find the submit button, and submit your vote.  Don’t forget to vote all week. We are looking forward to seeing our bunny friends down the trail sometime.

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