Dear Residents, Families, and Friends of The Neighbors,
It has now been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started affecting skilled nursing facilities, including The Neighbors. So many things have changed, and it has been a difficult year for all. We recognize that this awful situation has been the most challenging for our residents. The staff at TNDC has, and will continue to, do everything we can to keep all of our residents, staff, and families safe and healthy.
Though this past year has seemed to bring disappointing news at every corner, we are excited to share some good news. While we are not yet back to pre-pandemic life, we have taken a few steps in the right direction.
One of the positive steps that we have taken is vaccination. The Neighbors has now had three vaccination clinics with Walgreens Pharmacy. We are happy to share that these vaccination clinics went very smoothly, and we are very thankful for Walgreens’ very professional and efficient staff that facilitated them. Through these clinics, TNDC has vaccinated 211 people. Though vaccination does not instantly return us to pre-pandemic life, it is a huge step in the right direction. The Neighbors have worked through the process of becoming an independent vaccinator, and will hopefully be able to vaccinate new staff and residents in the near future.
The other good news TNDC has to share is that with the positivity rate lowering in Dunn County we are now able to facilitate indoor visitation. The indoor visits are contingent on outbreak status and county positivity rate. We are excited to offer this opportunity when we are not in an outbreak investigation and the county remains below a 10 percent positivity rate. The visits do need to be scheduled in advance with our social services team. If you would like to schedule a visit please contact one of the social workers, and they will be able to assist you.
The positive changes and movement towards normal in the last few months have been very exciting. We continue to follow all CDC, CMS, and state guidelines. We also continue to encourage all in our community to continue to follow infection prevention best practices; such as mask-wearing while in public, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene. It takes us all to keep the positivity rate down, and eventually beat COVID-19.
Carmen Flunker, LNHA