COVID-19 Update September 27, 2021, Visitation Limited to Compassionate Care Visits

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

I am writing today to inform you that a St. William’s Living Center employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Visitation will be limited to compassionate care visits until we complete two rounds of outbreak testing without any new positive cases.  If there are no additional cases identified during outbreak testing, then we will reopen visitation.

Compassionate care and essential care visits are allowed in certain circumstances after review by the interdisciplinary team.  To schedule a compassionate or essential care visit, please contact our activities department at 218-338-1010 or Michelle Hartmann in Social Services at 218-338-1008. 

Residents may also leave the facility for outings if desired, so when the weather is nice visitors may take residents for a walk around the block or go for a car ride.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center:  3 active staff case and 0 active resident cases.
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: No active cases

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.

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

COVID-19 Update September 22, 2021, Visitation Suspended

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

I am writing today to inform you that a St. William’s Living Center employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Visitation will be suspended until we complete two rounds of outbreak testing without any new positive cases.  If there are no additional cases identified during outbreak testing, then we will reopen visitation.

Compassionate care and essential care visits are allowed in certain circumstances after review by the interdisciplinary team.  To schedule a compassionate or essential care visit, please contact our activities department at 218-338-1010 or Michelle Hartmann in Social Services at 218-338-1008. 

Residents may also leave the facility for outings if desired, so when the weather is nice visitors may take residents for a walk around the block or go for a car ride.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

  • St. William’s Living Center:  2 active staff case and 0 active resident cases.
  • McCornell Court Assisted Living: No active cases

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.

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

My Therapy Story By Rosamond Peery

I enjoy therapy at St. William’s, with the one and togetherness.

Explained all exercises and activities. Did some things before – picking up things floor, get myself up from floor. Felt better after exercises.

Would recommend it to anyone.

COVID-19 Update September 17, 2021, Visitation Suspended

RE: COVID-19 Update September 17, 2021, Visitation Suspended

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

I am writing today to inform you that a St. William’s Living Center employee tested positive for COVID-19.  Visitation will be suspended until we complete two rounds of outbreak testing without any new positive cases.  If there are no additional cases identified during outbreak testing, then we will reopen visitation.

Compassionate care and essential care visits are allowed in certain circumstances after review by the interdisciplinary team.  To schedule a compassionate or essential care visit, please contact our activities department at 218-338-1010 or Michelle Hartmann in Social Services at 218-338-1008. 

While indoor visitation is suspended, we encourage loved ones to communicate with our residents by phone, video chat, or a window visit in Vogrin Hall if possible.  You may call our activity department at 218-338-1010 to set up a time to schedule a video meeting or window visit with a resident.

Residents may also leave the facility for outings if desired, so when the weather is nice visitors may take residents for a walk around the block or go for a car ride.

We currently have the following active COVID-19 cases:

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.

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

FALLS PREVENTION AWARENESS WEEK September 20—24th, 2021

Falls are the main reason older people lose their independence. 

Are you at risk?

Four things you can do to prevent falls:

  1. Begin an exercise program to improve your leg strength and balance.
  2. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to review your medications.
  3. Get annual eye check-ups and update your eyeglasses.
  4. Make your home safer by:
    1. Remove clutter & trip hazards
    1. Put railings on all stairs and add grab bars in the bathroom
    1. Have good lighting, especially on stairs.

Contact your local Big Stone Therapists at St. William’s Living Center Outpatient Therapy Clinic by calling 218-338-1014 for information on exercise, fall prevention programs, and options for improving home safety.

St. William’s Living Center Visitation Update September 3, 2021

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

We will reopen for visitation tomorrow, Saturday, September 4th.  Due to an employee recently testing positive for COVID we completed two rounds of outbreak testing of employees and residents.  We are happy to report that there were no additional positive cases found during outbreak testing.   

Appointments for visits are not required and visitors may self-screen

We are no longer requiring appointments for visits.  Visitors will be required to self-screen prior to entering.  Nursing Home visitors may enter door A on Jackson Street and McCornell Court visitors may enter Door E on McCornell Avenue seven days a week between the hours of 8:00am to 8:00pm. 

Masks Required During Visits

Although the state of MN has lifted the mask mandates, masks are still required to be worn at all times while visiting residents at St. William’s Living Center.  Visits must take place in resident rooms.  Additional guidance is posted at the screening station near the entrances.

Questions, Concerns, or Complaints

Should you have any questions, concerns, or complaints, please do not hesitate to contact me at 218-338-1001 or Lori Roers, Director of Nursing at 218-338-1009.  We realize that this pandemic has been hard on residents and their families and I want to make sure that we are appropriately addressing any concerns that you have.

Sincerely,

Tim Kelly, Administrator

My Therapy Story By Racheal Libby

My accident happened December 2, 2020, but break was not found until two weeks later, even though I started PT for rotator cuff. I saw five different therapists during this time.  Everyone had their own way, but pretty much the same exercises given. I felt I could do more and probably pushed myself but was always told not to overdo because I could do more damage. I enjoyed all my times at Physical Therapy and all the therapists that worked with me.

I recommend St. William’s Outpatient Therapy Clinic!

My Therapy Story By Terri Payne

I had my knee replaced July 1, 2020 (on my anniversary)!

Since I work at St. William’s I requested that my rehab be done here.  We tried to get my knee to be more flexible, but it would not have any of that.  They did a great job giving me exercises to do at home!  The bike seemed to be the best thing for my knee.

I have diabetes and am in my early 60’s which probably was a factor in my recovery.  I also went back to work probably too soon.  My job requires me to be on my feet the whole shift except breaks.

The physical therapists did a wonderful job working with me.