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Covid-19

Most Recent Numbers

Last Update: 4/30/2020

Positive Cases Negative Cases Passed Pending Resident Positive Staff
Care Center 5 1 6 0 4
Assisted Living 1 1 0 1 1

Covid-19 Update 4-29-2020

April 29, 2002

Dear Family & Friends,

Gratitude is a powerful word and action. Melody Beattie states, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” We are grateful for your kind words, prayers, and donations to help support our residents and staff. Thank you from everyone at Jones-Harrison Residence.

Starting next week we will be changing our schedule and sending out updates on Mondays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. We feel that because we have not seen much change, moving to two days a week will be adequate. If circumstances warrant, we will communicate right away and increase our communications again.

We had a family member ask for numbers in a different format, so we are trying this new chart. We want to make sure we are communicating clearly to everyone. Please know we continue to work closely with MDH on our strategy to prevent spread and move in a positive direction.

Positive Cases Negative Cases Passed Pending Resident Positive Staff
Care Center 5 1 6 0 4
Assisted Living 1 1 0 1 1

Lastly, there have been many articles in the newspapers about assisted living and care centers and their challenges to contain this virus. We urge you to call your state representative and ask them to prioritize senior living for needed PPE and increased testing for our residents and staff. Follow this link to find your representative’s contact information. We, along with all senior care providers, are doing our best with the resources we currently have. Adding your voice alongside ours will help legislators understand how important these things are to keep everyone at Jones-Harrison safe. Thank you for all you continue to do to help!

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO

 

A Fond Farewell to A Dedicated Staffer

We sadly bid a fond farewell – virus style! – to our good friend and incredible co-worker Ron Carlson.  Ron has been with Jones-Harrison Residence nearly 35 years, and transformed the maintenance department.  What he didn’t know, he learned, and was equally encouraging of his team to learn new things.  He was truly the MacGyver of our building!  He will now do that at his new home near the Brainerd lakes.  A gift was given in Ron’s name from John & Lisa Nicotra to recognize the incredible work he and his team performed in making our cafe, Frank’s a reality, while also transforming our assisted living apartments into our new Transitional Care wing.  Ron, a million thanks for all you gave to Jones-Harrison and best of luck in all your new endeavors.

A pizza party send off with the management staff – Covid style!

Hasn’t changed a bit over all these years!

Covid-19 Update 4-27-2020

April 27, 2020

Dear Family Members and Friends,

The staff would like to thank all the families who are giving them words of support during this time. After staff talk with families, they relay back to me how supportive and appreciative families are for the care we are providing. Your words of kindness really do touch our hearts and help fuel our mission to serve!

Today, Monday, we have the following update: The care center currently has five residents with positive cases of COVID-19 and one resident test pending. We now have had six residents pass away since the beginning of the virus at Jones-Harrison Residence. Our staff ask for everyone to lift those families in prayers of support and comfort.

The Assisted Living now has one positive case of COVID-19. MDH has been notified and assigned the AL their own case manager to assist with next steps. Staff are working with them on infection control measures and have been trained already on proper usage of Personal Protective Equipment. This will be additional PPE on top of the current masks. Residents continue to follow isolation in their apartments.

Staffing at the care center now has four positive cases, who are isolated at home. The staffing on Assisted Living has one positive case, who is also on isolation at home.

I hope you also follow us on Facebook to see how we are working to keep residents engaged, happy, and cared for. Our residents are family to us, and our hearts are in a constant state of wanting to serve them the best we can. We work to stay positive for the residents and to make sure they know how much we care about them. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to serve them!

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO

Good Day Sunshine

Making the most of the wonderful weather, the beautiful Jones-Harrison courtyards – now freshly adorned with their spring flowers – and social distance visiting with our masked friends!

Great looking group from AL!

Do you know this masked woman?!

Our beautiful spring displays!

Hearts of Hope

A big thank you to Taylor, granddaughter of Director of Nursing Libby Lindberg, for creating the “Hearts of Hope” for us to hang in the windows at Jones-Harrison. Eva and Nancy helped with just the right placement!

Eva admires her creative placement!

Thank you, Taylor, for this lovely addition to our windows and the sentiment behind those hearts!

Covid-19 Update 4-24-2020

Dear Family Member and Friends,

Once again, we have had wonderful support from you. Thank you to everyone who donated shirts and food in the last week to support our staff! In times such as these, silver linings can appear, and our families and friends of Jones-Harrison are that silver lining.  Thank you, thank you. Our staff are so grateful.

Our Friday update goes as following: We have now tested a total of 25 care center residents, with five currently positive and on isolation and only one test is pending a result. We have sadly had another passing at the care center, and we send our thoughts of comfort and compassion to the family.

In terms of staff, we do have another positive bringing the total to four staff since this has started. Please remember that all staff have their temperature taken before they begin their shift and are verbally questioned and visually screened for signs of sickness. Any staff who say they are not feeling good are not allowed to work until cleared by nursing. We have even kept staff at home for 14 days who were not sick but had a family member who was not well, as we are working to be as proactive as we can in prevention. All steps for working with staff are reviewed with the MDH.

The assisted living currently has no cases of COVID-19, as the pending test we were waiting for on Wednesday was negative.

Lastly, know that these times of COVID-19 cannot take away our compassion for one another as demonstrated by the support our community has shown us. Know that these times strengthen the passion to serve one another as shown by our staff commitment to the residents and to each other.  Because of everyone’s actions a silver lining is created.

Sincerely,

Annette Greely, President/CEO