As many are aware our local community, as well as the state of Wisconsin and the United States as a whole has seen drastic increases in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. The team at The Neighbors (NDC) wants to ensure you that we are taking every precaution to keep the residents and staff at our facilities safe. This includes but is not limited to following all regulations, recommendations, and policies directed to us by the state of Wisconsin, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
It has been several months since COVID-19 has been directly affecting The Neighbors. In the past week, we have had two staff cases, which were our first two cases since early spring. The team at The Neighbors has been reviewing all regulations and policies to make sure we do everything we can to prevent an outbreak in our facilities. Positive cases and County positivity rate play large roles in our policies and practices. Things that may be affected by positivity rate and/or positive cases are, but are not limited to; Testing, visitation, communal dining, activities, and admissions per regulations. The team At NDC will be communicating all changes with residents, staff, and families as quickly as possible.
We encourage everyone in our community to follow proper infection prevention
practices. Please stay home when you are sick, get tested, mask up when in public places, wash your hands regularly, and consider getting vaccinated if you are not already.
In non-COVID-19 related news, we are happy to share that at the July Dunn County Board meeting the County Board approved the addition of PM homemakers back into the NDC budget for the rest of the fiscal year 2021. We are currently in the process of interviewing, hiring, and orientating new employees to fill these positions. The intention of adding the pm homemakers back into the budget is to reduce the workload of the PM shift CNAs so they have more time to spend providing care for the residents. The addition of homemakers into the evening shift will hopefully increase the overall service and satisfaction of the residents of NDC.