St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update October 24, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

This week we tested all residents and staff of St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court.  We had one staff person test positive during this round of testing; fortunately, this staff person was already on quarantine due to a known exposure.  This means that the employee that tested positive did not work in the facility while infectious and therefore did not have any contact with staff or residents while infectious. 

No residents have tested positive for COVID-19 through any of the rounds of testing. 

We currently have two active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.

On Monday and Tuesday this week we will again test all staff and residents for COVID-19. 

We are very grateful to our staff who have done a fantastic job following infection control procedures and containing the spread of the virus during this outbreak. 

We are as eager as residents and families to reopen for indoor visitation.  We will continue to work with the Minnesota Department of Health to determine when we can reopen to visitors.  

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about COVID-19.  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update October 19, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:
On Sunday, October 19th we were made aware of a positive case of COVID-19 in one of our staff. This staff person was under a quarantine due to an exposure to another COVID-19 positive person. This staff person did not work in the facility while infectious, so this staff person did not cause an exposure to other staff or residents.
We currently have three active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.
We will continue to test all staff and residents weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row. To resume indoor visits, we must have no new COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days and two rounds of negative tests for all staff and residents.
We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone or video chat, if possible. You may call our activity department at 218-338-1010 to set up a time to schedule a video meeting or outdoor visit with a resident.
The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work. Help us keep family and loved ones informed by visiting our website: https://www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com/.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

All future updates related to COVID-19 positive cases will be posted to our website at www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com and will be emailed. Please let me know if you would like to be added to an email list.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update October 19, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:
On Sunday, October 19th we were made aware of a positive case of COVID-19 in one of our staff. This staff person was under a quarantine due to an exposure to another COVID-19 positive person. This staff person did not work in the facility while infectious, so this staff person did not cause an exposure to other staff or residents.
We currently have three active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.
We will continue to test all staff and residents weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row. To resume indoor visits, we must have no new COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days and two rounds of negative tests for all staff and residents.
We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone or video chat, if possible. You may call our activity department at 218-338-1010 to set up a time to schedule a video meeting or outdoor visit with a resident.
The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work. Help us keep family and loved ones informed by visiting our website: https://www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com/.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

All future updates related to COVID-19 positive cases will be posted to our website at www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com and will be emailed. Please let me know if you would like to be added to an email list.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

St. William’s Living Center COVID-19 Situation Update October 16, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

Last week we had our first confirmed case of COVID-19 in staff person.  We tested all residents and staff on October 12th and 13th and we unfortunately had two addition staff test positive for COVID-19.  The two staff that tested positive this week had not been exposed to the staff that tested positive last week.  No residents tested positive for the virus. 

We currently have two active staff cases and no active resident cases of COVID-19.

We will continue to test all staff and residents weekly until we have had no new cases for 14 days in a row.  To resume indoor visits, we must have no new COVID-19 cases for at least 14 days and two rounds of negative tests for all staff and residents. 

The following resident activities will resume Monday, October 19th:

  • Socially Distanced Resident Activities
  • Communal Dinning
  • Outdoor Visits
  • Expanded Compassionate Care Visits

We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone or video chat, if possible.  You may call our activity department at 218-338-1010 to set up a time to schedule a video meeting or outdoor visit with a resident.

The Minnesota Department of Health has set up a free hotline for anyone who has questions about Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Call the MDH hotline at: 1-651-201-3920. We will continue to provide updates to you to keep you informed of our ongoing work. Help us keep family and loved ones informed by visiting our website: https://www.stwilliamslivingcenter.com/.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

October 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update

October 9, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court Residents, Friends, and Families:

I want to let you know that yesterday we were notified of a confirmed case of Coronavirus in a contracted therapy staff person. We have been regularly testing our staff and this is the first positive case that we have had.  We will continue to test all staff weekly and we will test all residents weekly until we have had no more positive cases for 2 weeks.  Our weekly testing is completed through the Mayo Clinic.  If any residents or staff have symptoms, we have rapid testing available through Sanford Clinic in Parkers Prairie.

Our priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy. We are working in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health to ensure we are taking all appropriate steps.

Until further notice we will not have any visitation with residents in the building or outside.  Compassionate care visits for end of life situations may continue.  We encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone or video chat, if possible.  You may call our activity department at 218-338-1010 to set up a time to schedule a video meeting with a resident.

We will also implement enhanced infection control measures.  Such as limiting residents from congregating in the dining room, social spaces, or moving throughout the building.  We are monitoring and screening all residents two times per day for temperature and O2 sats.  We will continue to screen staff prior to beginning work. Staff are not allowed in the building if they are ill. Screening includes screening staff for symptoms and taking staff temperatures prior to each shift.  Any staff who exhibit symptoms are instructed to self-quarantine at home.

Communication is key, and we will continue to update you on any news, emerging issues, or additional changes in our operations via our website.   

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

Heal Broken Bones Faster with These Tips

A broken bone, no matter where it is in your body, can take away your mobility in the blink of an eye. 

Fast healing is essential to get you back on your feet. This is especially important if you suffer from a bone disease like osteoporosis, where broken bones can become a common occurrence. 

Keep reading for some of our top tips to help heal broken bones faster. 

Balance Your Diet

Healing is a restorative process that your body is pretty good at. But your body can’t heal without the right building blocks. That’s why a properly balanced diet is essential to heal broken bones faster. 

Bones are made mostly from a protein called collagen. Your body needs plenty of protein to build new collagen for bone healing. Eat lots of protein-rich foods like lean meats, low-fat dairy products, beans, nuts, and fortified cereals.

Leafy green vegetables like collard greens, spinach, broccoli, and kale are high in calcium, another important part of bone repair. Eggs and whole grains, like brown rice and oatmeal, provide iron, another ingredient for making collagen. Citrus fruits, potatoes, and peppers have high levels of vitamin C, another necessary vitamin used to make collagen.  

Talk to your doctor before beginning any dietary supplement program. You should be able to get the vitamins and minerals you need from your diet. But if your doctor suggests supplements, follow their advice. 

Avoid Bad Habits

We’ve talked about the things you should put into your body when you’re healing from a broken bone, now let’s discuss the things you shouldn’t put in your body. 

You may enjoy a cocktail or two from time to time, but it’s best to avoid alcohol completely when you’re healing. Alcohol interacts with the body’s ability to build new bone and bone grown with alcohol in the body is weaker than bone grown without alcohol present. Alcohol also impairs your judgment and makes you unsteady on your feet, increasing the risk you’ll break the bone again.

Smoking is also a no-no. It affects how blood flows through the body and has been shown to severely hinder your body’s ability to heal. 

Avoid processed food while you’re nursing a broken bone. Processed foods often lack many vitamins and minerals. This leads to lots of empty calories that don’t contribute to those building blocks we discussed in the last section. 

Processed foods are also more likely to contain salt. While some salt is essential for good health, too much salt can cause your body to expel calcium in urine rather than absorbing it. Read food labels and limit salt intake to six grams per day max.  

Physical Therapy to Heal Broken Bones Faster

Your doctor will likely prescribe a treatment plan to help get you back on your feet. Often, that plan involves physical therapy

A trained physical therapist knows how to get you moving without risking further injury. They specialize in working on the soft tissue surrounding the fracture site. This brings fresh blood and oxygen to the bone, healing it quicker. 

Physical therapy builds strength after the limited mobility which often follows immediately after a fracture. Your therapist works with you on exercises to strengthen the muscles around the fracture site. They’ll also work on improving your range of motion and strengthening the surrounding joints. 

This type of physical therapy treatment helps heal broken bones faster and helps prevent future broken bones by improving your strength, flexibility, and balance. 
If you’ve recently had some bad luck in the broken bone department, talk to your doctor about a physical therapy treatment plan. At St. William’s, our licensed therapists are here to support you throughout the healing process. Call us today for more information!

Family Council Zoom Meeting Tuesday, September 29 at 3pm

Dear St. William’s Living Center Residents, Friends, and Family,

We will be hosting a Family Council meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, September 29th at 3pm.  This will be an opportunity to meet with St. William’s Living Center and McCornell Court staff to ask any questions that you may have.  The meeting will begin with an overview of what we are doing to keep residents safe during the pandemic, discuss visitation rules, testing plans and other COVID-19 topics.  Then we will allow time for questions and feedback about what we can do better.  We will have staff from Administration, Nursing, Social Services, Activities, and Assisted Living available to answer questions. 

To join the Zoom meeting you may use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89573225875 or go to Zoom.us/join then enter the Meeting ID: 895 7322 5875.  You may also join the meeting by phone by calling  (312) 626-6799 then entering the Meeting ID: 895 7322 5875.

Please pass this message on to any family members that may be interested in attending.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 218-338-1001 or by email at tim@stwilliamslivingcenter.com.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly

Physical Therapy for Back Pain: What to Expect

It’s intense, it happens to 80% of us at some point in our lives, and it’ll knock you right off your feet.  

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems and it can also be one of the most difficult pains to get rid of. Many people end up on the operating table in search of relief from acute back pain.

Fortunately, back surgery isn’t the only option. Physical therapy for back pain is an effective and less invasive alternative. 

Here’s what you can expect when you opt for physical therapy to help with back pain.

Why Physical Therapy for Back Pain is a Good Idea

The muscles of the back, along with the muscles of the side body and abdomen, make up your body’s core. This large group of muscles is responsible for almost all movement in some way or another. Back pain can cause even the most mundane tasks to become excruciating. 

Suffering through back pain without seeking treatment means you won’t be able to exercise effectively. Bending and reaching may be out of the question. And you may even find it painful to stand, sit, or lay down. Your quality of life will suffer as a result.

Physical therapy for back pain is a non-invasive alternative. Surgery is expensive and it involves days or even weeks of downtime. While you’re recovering, you’ll lose range-of-motion and muscle mass which makes it even harder to get back on your feet. A physical therapy treatment plan can save you time and money while reducing or eliminating the need for powerful pain medication.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

During your first appointment, your therapist will evaluate your situation by asking you questions. Be prepared to answer questions about how long you’ve suffered, the level of pain you feel, and how the back pain started. 

Next, the therapist will do some limited movement exercises to gauge how well you can move. This often involves range-of-motion and strength measurement exercises. They may take a hands-on approach and feel your back for tight muscles and sore spots. Wear comfortable clothes that allow you to move easily and give the therapist easy access to your back. 

After the therapist evaluates you, they’ll come up with a personalized therapy plan. This plan will address your current pain and work on building strength and flexibility to prevent future pain. 

Your treatment plan may include massage or ultrasound therapy to ease tension in tight muscles and reduce inflammation. They may work on stretching exercises to push, pull, or twist the joints in the back. And they’ll likely prescribe strengthening exercises that target the most painful areas of the back. 

Prevent Future Back Pain with Physical Therapy

The final phase of your physical therapy treatment plan will involve preventing future injuries. Once your pain is under control, your therapist will work with you on exercises targeted to strengthen the muscles of the core. 

They’ll give you stretches to do at home to keep the muscles of the back from tightening. Plus, they’ll offer you tips on how to improve posture and exercise on a regular basis. 
Talk to your doctor about physical therapy for back pain. And give us a call at St. William’s Living Center! Our physical therapy room is spacious and state-of-the-art and we’d love the opportunity to work with you on relieving your back pain for good.

SWLC Level 1 Visitation Update September 11, 2020

Dear St. William’s Living Center Friends and Family,

Due to an increase in the Otter Tail County COVID-19 Case Rate, the nursing home will move to LEVEL 1 visitation rules.  Therefore, indoor visit will be suspended until the county case rate decreases.  McCornell Court Assisted Living will remain at LEVEL 2 visitation with no changes to indoor visits.

Fortunately, we have not had any positive COVID-19 cases in residents or staff.  We are regularly testing all our employees so that we can identify any cases. 

Visitors may call the activity department at 218-338-1010 to schedule an outdoor visit.  Appointments must be scheduled in advance for outdoor visits.  If activity staff are not available, visitors should leave a message and staff will return the phone call.  Outdoor visits are scheduled in half hour time slots, which will allow for a 20-minute visit.  This will allow staff time to assist residents to get to and from their assigned visit.  Longer visits will be taken into consideration for special circumstances.  Visitation hours are based on staff availability. 

The essential caregiver program will resume under the LEVEL 1 visitation.  The policy follows MDH guidelines and is a narrowly defined exception to visitor restrictions which may allow certain cares to be provided by a personal caregiver from outside our community.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at: Tim Kelly, Administrator at 218-338-1001, tim@stwilliamslivingcenter.com ; Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.