Community Outreach Events at Sauer Health Care in Winona MN


COVID-19 Update – Novemeber 11th 2021

Effective immediately we will be in outbreak testing for all SHC staff and residents.  We have identified 1 positive staff members who tested positive today based on a positive exposure she had in the community.  This staff member has worked in the facility in the last 2 days.

Indoor visitation, excluding compassionate care visits, will be suspended for 14 days.  We will continue with communal dining and group activities keeping in mind social distancing and good hand hygiene.  Residents do not have to quarantine. Residents may have outdoor visits as long as everyone wears masks and infection control practices are adhered to.  Please call ahead so we can accommodate a time that works best for you.  We plan to test all residents and staff tomorrow (Friday), next week Tuesday and Friday, and so on at least through Friday, November 26th.

Thank you

Celebrating the Holidays

As the holidays are coming upon us, I know many would like to be able to spend quality time with their loved ones.   Unfortunately COVID-19 continues to have other plans for us.  Even though the holidays are upon us, the COVID restrictions are unchanged.  Winona County’s transmission rate remains “HIGH” and weekly case counts continue to be in the double digits.  We encourage families to come to Sauer Health Care to visit their loved ones, but unfortunately masks and eye protection will continue to be required.  We will continue to screen all visitors and ask that hand hygiene be performed before and after visits.  We will offer residents the option of hosting their family in our Chapel, Community Room or Center Conference Room, but ask that they reserve space ahead of time, and encourage these visits to last only 1 hour so others might enjoy family time. We still can only allow 2 visitors in a resident room to ensure social distancing.  Regrettably, no food or beverages may be consumed during these visits.  If residents are planning to go out for the holidays, please let nursing know so we can be sure to make note of it.  As always, we appreciate your understanding and thank you for trusting Sauer Health Care with your care.

November 10th 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Booster

Sauer Health Care is offering the COVID-19 vaccine booster to our residents and staff on Monday, November 29th.  Staff and resident representatives (those that are guardians or POA for health care) should register online using the link below.  Winona County Public Health will be administering the boosters to our staff and residents in our Chapel.  The Vaccine Booster Clinic will be offered Monday, November 29th from 1:00-4:00 pm.  All 3 of the vaccines will be available and on site.  At this time the booster clinic is only available for Sauer Health Care staff and residents.  Contact Sauer Health Care at (507) 454-5540 if you have any questions about this process.

https://prepmod.health.state.mn.us//appointment/en/reg/9255501659

Happy Halloween! 👻  October 31st 2021

Thank you to the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s softball team for delivering Vintage Candy Co. boxes and stopping by for window visits! We look forward to using the candy boxes as a reminiscing activity next week. 🥎💙 🍬

October 26th 2021

COVID Update – October 22, 2021

Indoor visitation has resumed. Families and friends may resume indoor visits, please use the main entrance by the chapel so we may screen you. Thank you for your patience and support as we follow guidance related to visitation. To schedule outdoor visits or video calls please contact the Recreation Department at 507-494-6290.

Yesterday was a beautiful day to have a visit from the Winona County Sheriff’s posse including horses Murphy and Buddy. Thank you! 🐴 👮‍♂️💙

October 20th 2021

October is breast cancer awareness month. We wear pink today to honor and support our residents and staff who have personally been affected by this disease. 💕 #Sauerstrong #BreastCancerAwareness

October 15th 2021

COVID Update – October 1st, 2021

Indoor visitation is currently suspended.  Families can continue to keep in touch through phone calls, video calls, emails or window visits.  Thank you for your patience and support as we follow guidance related to visitation and outbreak testing.  To schedule outdoor visits or video calls please contact the Recreation Department at 507-494-6290.

COVID Update – September 13, 2021

Indoor visitation has resumed. Families and friends may resume indoor visits, please use the main entrance by the chapel so we may screen you. Thank you for your patience and support as we follow guidance related to visitation. To schedule outdoor visits or video calls please contact the Recreation Department at 507-494-6290.

COVID Update – August 20, 2021

Indoor visitation is currently suspended.  Families can continue to keep in touch through phone calls, video calls, emails or window visits.  Thank you for your patience and support as we follow guidance related to visitation and outbreak testing.  To schedule outdoor visits or video calls please contact the Recreation Department at 507-494-6290.

COVID-19 Update – August 6, 2021

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has put a pause on the Eye Risk Assessment that determined if staff needed to wear eye protection based on the COVID-19 county transmission level. All staff and visitors, regardless of vaccine status, will need to continue to wear eye protection until further notice.

Active cases of COVID-19 continue to slowly increase in Minnesota and the Delta variant is the COVID-19 threat we are monitoring closely. MDH has reported the Delta variant is spreading more quickly amongst the unvaccinated, outbreaks in facilities across the country are “large and move fast”, and there is a short incubation period of 30 hours from time of transmission to infectiousness.

We have received updated testing guidance from MDH. Infection prevention measures remain extremely important during this time:

  • Make sure your mask is well-fitting securing your nose and down under your chin.
  • Continue to practice good hand-hygiene
  • Physical distancing is still required
  • Get vaccinated

Sauer Health Care continues to test staff and residents per regulatory guidelines and on an as needed basis.

Thank you Chrysler WinonaSugar Loaf Ford Lincoln and Northwestern Mutual for donating the dairy baskets for 25 of our staff! 🐄 🥛 🧀 #JuneDairyMonth

June 25th 2021

COVID-19 Update!

You will get to see our eyes, but not our smiles…just yet!

We received new guidance today from the MN Department of Health that staff and visitors no longer have to wear eye protection!  Due to our high COVID-19 vaccination rate of residents and staff, low county transmission rate, and no outbreaks in the last 14 days Sauer Health Care has met ALL criteria for staff to no longer have to wear eye protection.  This may change if the county transmission rate increases, vaccination rates fall below 70% or if we have an outbreak.

June 25th 2021

COVID-19 Update!

We are happy to report, as of 5/18/2021, 81% of our staff are vaccinated and 86% of our residents.  As a facility, those numbers are above state average as reported by Leading Age Minnesota on 5/7/2021 reporting all MN facility staff at 59% and residents at 84%.  Most recently guidance has allowed for more in room visits and we are updating our policies to reflect these changes.  At this time we are allowing up to 2 visitors to have a visit in a resident’s room.  Exceptions may be made for larger groups.  Please call ahead so we can provide those accommodations.  Restrictions are lifting for residents and visitors who have been vaccinated that will allow for visits without masks and social distancing.  MDH reminds us that the core infection control principles still must be followed.  Visitors in the building, need to remain 6’ from other residents, staff and visitors regardless of their vaccination status.  The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and we are overjoyed! May 24th 2021

“Together through the Seasons” was the theme this year for National Nursing Home Week and this describes our team perfectly. This past year, our team have shown an incredible and steadfast dedication to our residents. The seasons were very long in 2020 but our commitment could not be stronger. Sauer Health Care looks forward to many more seasons together. ❤️ #Sauerstrong #frontlinewarriors May 15th 2021

National Nurses Day! May 6th 2021 #Sauerstrong #nationalnursesday #frontlinewarriors

COVID-19 Update!

Spring is here!

We are happy to see the green grass and can’t wait to fill flower pots in the coming weeks.  The nice weather means more time outside for everyone, which is something we all need these days.  Outside visits at nursing homes continue to be MN Department of Health’s preferred method for visiting.  Recently, MDH has loosened some of the guidance related to physical touch, however we are reminded daily that the threat of the virus is still very prominent in our lives. Despite the very low cases of COVID-19 in MN nursing homes, case rates in the community have climbed dramatically again which gives us concern and need increased vigilance.  At this time Winona’s positivity rates remain below 5%, but it has been slowly increasing in the last few weeks, more so in other areas of the state.  Nursing homes continue to test based on the federal government requirements and Sauer Health Care hasn’t had a positive staff person since January 5th.

MDH continues to require us to follow the Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention:

  • Screening of all who enter the facility for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Hand Hygiene (use of alcohol-based hand rub is preferred)
  • Face covering or mask
  • Social distancing at least 6 feet between persons
  • Instructional signage in facility providing education on COVID etc.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting high frequency touch surfaces
  • Appropriate staff use of PPE
  • Effective co-horting of residents who test positive for COVID-19
  • Resident and staff testing as required testing

The core principles are consistent with the CDC’s guidance for nursing homes and we are required to adhere to them at all times.  MDH states that visitors who are unable to adhere to the core principles of COVID-19 infection prevention should not be permitted to visit and/or should be asked to leave.  We really hope we don’t have to do that, so we ask that you please remember these are not our rules and we are doing our best to keep everyone safe.

Tara has been working on getting volunteers, entertainment and Chapel Services back in the building with our biggest challenges being space for required social distancing and singing.  MDH does not recommend singing, saying “singing has the potential to increase the risk of exposure through respiratory particles.”  Tara is working with local clergy on a plan.  More information to follow.  We are excited to have musical entertainment back in the building!

I realize this is a lot of information and not necessarily information that anyone wants to hear, but I wanted to be sure to provide you with the most up-to-date information on what we are doing to keep everyone safe, but also allowing for safe visits.  We really do hope to see your smiling faces in our building in the near future.  In the mean time, as the weather improves, please take advantage of our outside areas for visiting!  If you ever have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Cindy, Director of Nursing (507) 494-6283 or me.

On 4/27/2021 CDC and CMS introduced new guidance that MDH is reviewing, we expect to hear from MDH the week of May 3rd on how we are to proceed.  At first glance, it appears there will be some advantages for residents and visitors to be vaccinated.  It sounds like facilities will be required to keep vaccination status of visitors on file. Visitors can refuse to provide that information, but then we would be required to treat that visitor as unvaccinated. More information to come!

May 4th 2021

Congratulations to Sauer Health Care Administrator, Sara Blair, on being named Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her outstanding and inspirational leadership and steadfast dedication to her staff, residents, and families throughout the past year. We are all grateful to have our confidence so well placed. Well deserved! April 21st 2021

Happy Volunteer Week! April 20th 2021

New COVID-19 updates!

Recently MDH issued new guidance related to visitation. We hope these are the first of many changes we will see in the coming months.  Although there are several new things we want to review, many of the guidance is not that new for Sauer since we’ve been offering indoor visitation since last October (aside for our need to halt when the county positivity rate rose November-December).  At this time, Sauer is not going to be offering in room visitation, but it is coming soon.  There are several new documents that came out on March 17th and  we have reviewed and updated our policies.  I want to briefly review some of the changes and then encourage you to call and ask if you have more questions.  At anytime we are happy to get you copies of policies, but know these are changing quite regularly based on updated guidance we get.  Here are some of the highlights from the recent memos we received:

  • Indoor and outdoor visits no longer requires our staff to supervise!
  • New admissions, that are fully vaccinated (as defined below) and have not had prolonged close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days, are not needing to quarantine (this includes hospital returns)
  • Residents who are fully vaccinated do not have to quarantine after non-medically necessary outings, unless they spend 15 mins or more in a 24 hour period within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19.
  • Residents who are fully vaccinated, can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting mask (if tolerated) and by performing hand hygiene before and after.   However, visitors should stay 6 feet away from all other residents and staff in the building.
  • If the county positivity rate rises to medium or high again, Sauer may consider offering testing to visitors-we are working on the logistics of how this would work. More information to come.
  • Neither testing nor vaccination will be required of visitors as a condition of visitation.
  • Unvaccinated residents who leave the building, may not be required to quarantine when they return if they:
    • Tested positive by RT-PCR testing within the 90 days before returning to the facility from an outing
    • Tested positive by antigen test within 90 days before returning to the facility from an outing and had symptoms during the infection.
    • Have been released from isolation per MDH and CDC guidelines prior to outing.

Residents are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after their second dose of a vaccine that requires two doses or two weeks after they get a single dose of a vaccine that requires one dose.

March 24th 2021

COVID-19 Update!

We are excited to learn that a significant amount of new guidance came out this week that will impact all of us as we move forward.  The media has presented it as “federal officials relax guidance on nursing home visits”.  Although new guidance is being released, the true impact on Sauer still needs to be determined.  As we sit in on calls with our local and national government,  we are learning there are still facilities not doing indoor visits and most of this guidance is aimed specifically at them.  The MN Department of Health has assured us they are going to “adopt” the new CDC and CMS guidance, although they have not officially changed MN nursing home guidance.  We ask that you give us some time (till mid next week) to review the new guidance, wait to see if MDH updates their guidance and for us to update our policies.  When we have done that we will communicate this to families via our website and Facebook page, and to residents via verbal communication and our internal TV channel and to our staff via verbal communication and signage.

Below is a summary of the most significant changes we will expect to implement in the coming week.

  • Fully vaccinated health care workers with a high risk exposure, who are asymptomatic do not need to be restricted from work for 14 days following their exposure.
  • Quarantine is no longer recommended for residents who are being admitted to a post-acute care facility (nursing home), if they are fully vaccinated and have no had prolonged close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  • A resident who has been fully vaccinated can choose to have close contact (including touch) with their visitor while wearing a well-fitting face mask and performing hand-hygiene before and after the visit.  Regardless, visitors should physically distance from other residents and staff in the facility.
  • Outdoor visitation remains the preferred method for visiting residents in nursing homes.
  • No changes to outbreak testing for Sauer Health Care at this time re: visits.  All visits are suspended during outbreak testing.  Compassionate care and end of life visits will continue during outbreak testing, however each visit will be evaluated on a case by case basis. 

Again, we ask that you be patient as we review the latest memo from the federal government and await guidance from the MN Department of Health. 

March 12th 2021

This week we implemented a new phone system. We appreciate your patience as we work through the “kinks”. Currently the residents’ phones only ring for 20 seconds before an automated message comes on saying the resident is not available. We will be increasing the time to 1 minute to give residents’ time to answer their phones. Our phone numbers have not changed. Do not hesitate to reach out if you have any troubles reaching the right person! Thank you!! ☎️

February 10th 2021

COVID-19 Update!

We are excited to announce that we have completed our second round of COVID-19 Vaccinations on February 3rd.  Thank you to all the residents and staff who have gone through this process with us and continue to fight COVID with courage!  Please note, that at this time the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has not communicated any changes to our current safety protocols and has not indicated their intentions to relax restrictions.  We are hopeful for this to change in time but for now we will continue with the safety guidelines set forth by MDH in our facility and during your indoor family visits. 

We have been grateful to begin hosting indoor visits in our chapel with family and friends once again.  Since we re-opened on January 21st we have hosted 37 visits in our Chapel!  Please contact the TR Department to schedule your visit by calling 507-494-6290 or emailing resident@sauerhealthcare.org.  TR staff are available to make appointments Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, but please leave a message and we will return your call.  Visits are available some evenings and on weekends in the afternoons.  Time slots fill up fast so it is recommended to call at least 2-3 days prior to your desired visit. 

Again, indoor visit guidelines have not changed with our vaccination clinics.  Residents and their families are asked to wear appropriate masks and eye wear (provided by Sauer), remain socially distant throughout the entire visit, not share items back and forth during visit, and not eat or drink during visits.  We ask for your understanding and cooperation with these guidelines that are in place from MDH. 

February 5th 2021

COVID-19 Update!

Many thanks to our residents and staff for their cooperation with our recent outbreak testing and COVID-19 vaccine clinics.  We look forward to our next vaccine clinic on February 3rd, at which time, many of our residents and staff will receive their second dose of the vaccine and where others will have the opportunity to receive their first.  Consent forms will again need to be signed for the 2nd vaccine.  Residents or their POA will be receiving them soon.

Following our most recent outbreak testing, we anticipate resuming our indoor visits on Thursday, 1/21 pending test results from 1/19/21. Contact our TR staff Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 to schedule an indoor visit by calling 507-494-6290 or email resident@sauerhealthcare.org.  We will do our best to accommodate your needs based on times available.   Thank you for your patience as we know how important indoor visits are and how frustrating it can be when visits need to be canceled due to county positivity rates or COVID cases within the facility.   

January 20th 2021

Today was a historic day in the fight against COVID-19 and a personal victory for those of us at Sauer Health Care.  January 6th 2021

Travis LaCore, Consultant Pharmacist COVID-19 Vaccine Information  Trav Vax Video2 Revision 1.mp4 December 22nd 2020

For more information on the COVID-19 Vaccine please visit COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC   December 17th 2020

COVID-19 Update!

Dear families/friends of Sauer Health Care,

This has been a very difficult year with the COVID-19 pandemic, but we are pleased to share some good news. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found a COVID-19 vaccine that is safe and effective, and our staff and residents are a first priority to receive it! This is very encouraging news!

The vaccine will soon be available and we expect to hear word any day about when we will start vaccinating our residents and staff.  Staff and residents will not be required to get the vaccine, however our Medical Director, Dr. Andrew Edin and our Pharmacist Consultant, Travis LaCore, strongly encourage everyone at Sauer Health Care to receive it.  We are moving forward with our plans and will provide additional details soon.  We need a signed consent form for the pharmacy to administer the vaccine, however we are waiting on a fact sheet for the vaccine we will receive.  We have partnered with Walgreens to receive and administer the vaccine to our staff and residents.  As soon as we have more information on exactly which vaccine we will be receiving we will let you know. There will be no costs to get the vaccine.

We encourage as many residents as possible to get this vaccine. We know too well the elderly have a much higher risk for getting very sick, being hospitalized, or dying from COVID-19. The vaccine has been shown to provide a great deal of protection against serious illness due to COVID-19. The more residents that get vaccinated, the better we can protect our facility against potential outbreaks and save lives.

This vaccine has gone through testing and clinical trials to ensure it meets the highest safety standards. It also is safe to get if you already had the virus. The health and safety of our residents is always our top priority, and we are confident this vaccine is a much better option than the risk of getting this virus.

There are potential side effects and when we receive the fact sheet we will share that information with our families and residents. What we are told is that these side effects are similar to the potential side effects of the flu shot, but they occur more frequently. The vaccine requires two doses. Residents and staff will need to get both doses to ensure the best results. The second dose will be given approximately 21 to 28 days after the first dose.

We will continue to take all necessary precautions after the vaccine is administered, including wearing personal protective equipment and conducting regular testing, to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. We will also work with public health officials to determine how and when to adjust our policies for visitations and social activities and will keep you updated.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We are hopeful that the vaccine will be a lifesaving turning point in the fight against COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. You may also visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines to learn more about the vaccine. 

Warm Regards,

Sara Blair, Administrator                                            

507-494-6280                                                                    

sblair@sauerhealthcare.org                                

Cindy Kaehler, Director of Nursing

507-494-6283

ckaehler@sauerhealthcare.org

December 15th 2020

COVID-19 Update!

We are happy to report that all residents and staff have been negative for COVID-19 for the last several weeks.  We remain diligent in our infection control practices and ask all of you to continue to perform very good hand hygiene, wear masks and engage in social distancing measures.  At this time, our routine testing for staff will continue twice weekly through December 31st for all staff.  Indoor visiting requires negative test results on all staff and residents for at least 14 days and a county positivity rate of less than 10%–our current county positivity rate is 10.5%.  We will check it again on 12/18. 

We are expecting the vaccine to be available for administration to nursing home residents and staff by Christmas.  Please be thinking about whether or not you will be getting the vaccine.  There will be a required consent form that will signed prior to receiving the vaccine.  Our Medical Director and our Pharmacist Consultant are in support of staff and residents receiving the vaccine.  If you’d like to speak with our Medical Director or Pharmacist Consultant re: the vaccine, please let Sara or Cindy know.   sblair@sauerhealthcare.org  ckaehler@sauerhealthcare.org  December 15th 2020

Thank you Hope Lutheran High School for caroling and the gifts for our residents! December 11th 2020

Congratulations to our very own Lydia Paulson, RN who was honored as a Top Nurse in 2020! Lydia started her career with Sauer Health Care in 2008 as a CNA and has since earned her BSN and is pursing a MSN. Sauer is so proud of our health care professionals and their amazing contribution of high quality care giving as they advance their careers. November 5th 2020

November is National Career Development Month and we couldn’t be more proud of our awesome staff here at Sauer! In 2020 we celebrated 7 promotions and awarded 12 employees $3,000 tuition grants through the MN PIPELINE Dual Training Program! We are excited to have open applications for up to 8 new student employees to take part in the program in the Spring 2021 semester. This is a great time to start a rewarding health care career! November 1st 2020

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  October 30th 2020

COVID-19 Update!

We are excited to announce we are allowing visitors back into our building.  These visits must be scheduled with the TR Department and will occur by appointment only.  At this time visits will be 1 hour and residents will be allowed 3 visitors at a time.  We are excited to welcome you back in! Contact TR to set up your appointment:  507-494-6290

October 26th 2020

Guidance for Window Visits at Long-Term Care Facilities

COVID-19 VISITATION MODIFICATIONS – FAQ FOR RESIDENTS & FAMILIES September 3rd 2020

As long term care staff, we know how important family and friends are in supporting the physical and mental health of our residents.  We miss the love you bring every time you visit and know our residents miss it even more.  We appreciate the support and patience you give us as we travel this unknown road.  We’ve worked really hard to control exposure to this deadly virus.  With cases still on the rise in MN and our community, we have had to make some difficult decisions on how to move forward.  Our #1 goal: to reduce risk of exposure along with reducing the risk of social isolation.

What kind of visitation is currently being allowed?

The Minnesota Department of Health recently issued guidance that modifies visitation options in our setting. The guidance allows for visits with residents in their rooms and/or a designated space in building effective on August 29, 2020. There are specific criteria and recommendations provided by the Minnesota Department of Health, which are in alignment with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service, that we must meet before we can safely offer visitation with your loved one in our building. This includes but is not limited to current status of COVID-19 in our building and broader community as well as our ability to complete facility wide testing or staff testing, and maintain appropriate and adequate personal protective equipment and staffing in our setting. Please know that outdoor visitation is currently taking place. We also continue to support window visits and visits that take place using the technology like Zoom/Facetime.

When will in-person visits start?

Based on a thorough review of the MDH guidance, an assessment of our current status and COVID-19 response plan, and our commitment to protect our residents and staff, we will not be resuming visitation inside our building at this time. Our decision was based on the continued rise in cases in MN and our community, which poses an increase risk to our staff and residents.   We promise you, we are reviewing data each week and we will re-evaluate this decision each week, and will keep you informed on the status of when we will resume visitation in our setting. We understand this is difficult news to receive and appreciate your ongoing patience. Please know we continue to offer outdoor visitation, window visits and visits through technology, as well as support compassionate care visits.

What more can Sauer Health Care do to prevent the spread and get closer to allowing visitors? 

Routine testing of our staff and residents has been in place for months.  Just last week CMS put into place testing requirements for nursing homes and Sauer is formatting a process to address that requirement.  Staff will be tested routinely based on Winona County’s positivity rate posted on the CMS website.   As always if a staff member or resident tests positive for COVID-19, all staff and residents will be tested.  We will notify you any time that a resident or staff member tests positive.

What if I feel I am wrongly denied visitation with my loved one?

If you believe you have been wrongly denied visitation, or you have questions that aren’t answered by these FAQs or the guidance, you may contact the Ombudsman for Long-Term Care at 651-431-2555 or 1-800-657-3591.

COVID-19 Interim Outside Visitation (UPDATED 8/6/2020) August 25th 2020

GOAL:  To allow for safe resident and family visits during facility restrictions related to COVID-19.

POLICY:  The residents will be able to safely visit with family and friends following the guidance provided by the MDH.

PROCEDURE:

  1. Visitation schedule is Monday-Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm and should be scheduled through the Therapeutic Recreation Department by calling 507-494-6290. Individuals wishing to visit during other times, should contact the Therapeutic Recreation Department to set up another time.
  2. Staff will assist with outdoor transition of residents, and to assist with wiping down any visitation areas as necessary.
  3. Staff will maintain visual observation while providing as much distance as necessary to allow for privacy of the visit conversation.
  4. Staff will ensure that all visitors are screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 at a screening location outside the building. Visitors are requested to write their phone number incase follow up is needed. (see attached form)
  5. All residents and visitors will wear a mask or other face covering at all times, as tolerated.
  6. Outdoor visitation spaces are designed to be accessible without visitors having to walk through the facility.
  7. Outdoor visitation spaces support social distancing of at least 6 feet between the visitor and resident.
  8. Sauer provides alcohol-based hand rub to persons visiting residents and provide signage or verbal reminders of correct use.
  9. Volunteers may be used to supervise outdoor visits after they have been properly trained on the screening process and this policy.

Resident criteria

  1. Current COVID-19 positive residents, residents with COVID-19 signs or symptoms, and residents in a 14-day quarantine or observation period are not eligible for outside visits.
  2. Residents who have had COVID-19 must no longer require transmission-based precautions as outlined by the CDC and MDH guidelines.
  3. Residents must wear a mask, or other face covering, as tolerated.

Visitor criteria

  1. Visitors must wear a mask, or other face covering, during the entire visit unless medically contraindicated.
  2. Visitors must use alcohol-based hand rub upon entering and exiting the visitation area.
  3. Visitors will be actively screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 by staff, and must attest to COVID-19 status if known. Any staff observed signs or symptoms and visit will be canceled.
  4. Visitors should not walk through the facility to get to the outdoor visitation area.
  5. Visitors must sign in and provide contact information.
  6. Due to the risk of exposure, holding hands, hugging, kissing, or other physical contact is not allowed during family visits.
  7. Visitors under age 12 years must be in the control of adults who bring them and must also comply with social distancing requirements.
  8. Pets must be under the control of the visitor bringing them in.
  9. All visitors must maintain 6 feet social distance from residents.
  10. Visitors must stay in designated visitation locations.
  11. Number of visitors will be a max of 5
  12. Time length of visit may be up to 1 hour, however this will be based on staff availability to supervise.
  13. Visitors must not bring food to eat either by the resident or visitors during their visit with the resident.
  14. Items may not be directly passed from visitor to resident. Items may be given to staff who are able to disinfect them.

Weather: Visits will occur only on days when there are no weather warnings that would put either the visitor or resident at risk.  Sauer retains the right to deny outdoor visitation to specific residents only if they believe:

  1. Circumstances pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19 to the facility because the resident or visitor does not comply with infection control guidance, or
  2. The resident or visitor is at risk of abuse/harm.

Residents and their loved ones should contact Sauer Health Care with questions about outdoor visits at 507-454-5540.  If you have concerns about your ability to visit with your loved ones, please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Ombudsman for Long-Term Care at 651-431-2555 or 1-800-657-3591 to request advocacy services.

Please note this policy, as with all others will be changed based on guidance and direction from CMS, MDH and CDC.

Thank you Tito’s Handmade Vodka for donating hand sanitizer to Sauer Health Care! We appreciate your kindness! #LoveTitos August 19th 2020

Thank you Colby Tushaus for the live concert yesterday on Sauer Health Care TV! August 18th 2020