(updated January 12, 2021)
We are taking all the necessary and required measures to protect our residents and staff while we provide a safe opportunity for socialization and visitation. Current guidance dictates indoor visits must be suspended if a COVID-19 case has been detected in the building within the past 14 days and/or if the county case positivity rate is greater than 10 percent. This rule applies to each of our locations: PioneerCare Center, Pioneer Cottages, and Pioneer Pointe.
Current Positivity Rate: Otter Tail County = 6.5% Wilkin County = 7.0%
Isolation precaution dates at the Care Center are subject to change:
Isolation precautions are in effect in the Autumn Lake household. These restrictions are in effect until January 15.
Isolation precautions are in effect in the Birch Lake household. These restrictions are in effect until January 15.
Isolation precautions are no longer in effect in the Cherry Wood household.
Isolation precautions are no longer in effect in the Deer Wood household.
Isolation precautions are no longer in effect in the Apple Blossom household.
*Once isolation precautions are no longer in effect, Essential Caregiver visits will be permitted Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm by appointment. Those who have been identified as Essential Caregivers will need to arrange a visit in advance with the resident’s care coordinator or social worker. Essential Caregivers must be tested, screened, wear appropriate PPE, and meet with the care coordinator or social worker prior to each visit.
Pioneer Short Stay is now serving as a COVID Care Unit and is under isolation precautions until further notice. These residents are cared for by a team dedicated only to that area during their shift.
Indoor visits will be available within our living settings when federal and state policies and guidelines allow. Each location – Pioneer Care Center, Pioneer Cottages, and Pioneer Pointe – has its own way of making this work based on the unique characteristics, limitations, and needs of residents and staff.
Alternatives to indoor visits remain available as well. For any type of visit, we ask that you contact us at least 24 hours in advance (48 hours ahead for Pioneer Cottages) and arrange a visiting time.
Visitor options are subject to change. The coronavirus is still spreading throughout Minnesota. We may need to restrict visitation again if we experience positive cases of COVID-19 in our setting, identify a broader risk of exposure both in our setting and/or the broader community, or encounter other factors that affect the safety of visitation.
Visiting Protocols by Location:
Protocols Shared by All Locations:
When indoor visits are allowed, visitors will need to adhere to infection prevention and control safety practices to enter the setting for indoor visits. Visitors who choose not to follow these practices may be asked not to visit.
Entry Screening: Visitors entering the facility will be actively screened for signs and symptoms, known exposure to COVID-19, and a temperature reading before walking through the building.
Visitor Sign-in and Out: All visitors will sign in with their name and contact information upon arrival.
Hand Hygiene: Visitors will perform hand hygiene before walking through the building. Alcohol-based hand rub is available for visitors. Signs throughout the building remind us to practice good hand hygiene.
Facemask Required: Residents will wear a mask as tolerated, and visitors will always wear a mask or other face covering over their nose and mouth.
Limited Visitor Movement in Building: The visitor must take a direct path to the designated visitation area. In special circumstances such as lack of mobility of the resident, an assessment will be completed to allow visitation in the resident room. For residents with roommates, visits will be done outside the room as often as possible.
Visitation Schedule: Visitors must call in advance to arrange visitation times. See the protocols for each location for contact information.
Number of Visitors: Will be limited per resident and per building.
Physical Contact Not Permitted: Due to risk of exposure, holding hands, kissing and other forms of physical contact is not allowed during visits. Physical contact standards may be different for compassionate care visitors or essential caregivers.
Other Visiting Options:
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