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COVID-19 Update May 21, 2020
At this time we have no known cases of COVID within the Andrew Community (staff or residents). We will post updates related to COVID-19 testing here on our website. To date we have had 27 residents and 6 staff tested for COVID-19 and all results have been negative! Our ability to be free of the virus is a combination of cooperation from all stakeholders, best practices, and luck. We are staying in contact with the Minnesota Department of Health, the Metro Coalition for Long-term Care, and Care Providers of MN for up to date information on best practices for keeping our residents safe from COVID-19.
VISITORS AND COMMUNITY SAFETY
While the Governor's order takes steps to re-open businesses in MN, our goal to protect residents remains a priority. The greatest COVID-19 risk comes from the movement of persons into and out of our facility. Anyone who leaves and then returns to our facility can potentially bring COVID-19, and we must take all appropriate steps to ensure that our residents and staff are safe from transmission of the virus. Until we receive further clarification from CMS and MDH, visitor restrictions remain in place as we work on plans to re-open and welcome you back!
We value the connection between residents and families and ask for patience as we work to establish safe visits in the future that protect our residents and staff and limit the potential transmission of this virus. Until we receive any notice to the contrary, limitations to residents leaving the facility remain in place, including the recommendation that if a resident leaves the facility to stay with a friend/family member, exposures to persons with COVID-19 cannot be ruled out. Upon the residents return, the resident must be quarantined.
We are helping residents as needed to stay in contact with family via telephone, email or even zoom meetings. Any packages for residents can be left in our breezeway and staff will wipe these packages down prior to giving to the recipient. Residents are asked to not travel out into the community with the exception of going for walks. Our staff are helping to offer walks and other recreation within the facility safely for resident. We have opened a weekly canteen for residents to purchase a limited amount of soda and chips at cost.
STAFF AND RESIDENT SCREENING
All staff and vendors complete a symptom screening and temperature check daily before entering our facility. This includes a visual screening as well as asking about any known exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, we screen resident temps daily and have an O2 saturation reading.
MASKS FOR RESIDENTS
We have received hundreds of cloth mask donations! Every resident is encouraged to wear a mask with the expectation that they be worn in common areas. Staff are offering these regularly to residents. We have posted signs helping residents know how to wear the mask properly. We continue to encourage residents to maintain 6 feet of distance.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
The COVID-19 pandemic can feel overwhelming for everyone including our staff due to new information, long work hours, and caring for family and ourselves. Our staff teams have been working hard to protect themselves and the residents we care for by wearing masks and face shields. We continue to offer some group and individual programming including choir, chemical health groups, and jewelry making. Our leadership team is meeting in the morning and afternoon daily to discuss any concerns related to supplies, staffing, screening, or social distancing. We couldn't be more proud of how our staff are managing the ever changing requirements and expectations related to this pandemic.
SPECIAL EVENTS CALENDAR
The Spring Family and Friends Dinner is postponed at this time.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? CONTACT US!
If you have any questions you are welcome to contact the floor Program Director or Pete Thelen.
Pete Thelen: pthelen@andrewres.com 612-367-8177
2nd floor Program Director - McKena Martin: mma@andrewres.com
3rd floor Program Director - Nicole Goettl: nmg@andrewres.com
4th floor Program Director - Logan Evenson: lce@andrewres.com
5th floor Program Director - Laura Tiffany: lmt@andrewres.com

About Andrew Residence

Joint Commission ApprovalAndrew Residence was established in 1973 and since then has become one of our state's leading providers of residential mental health care. We offer comprehensive long-term care, treatment, and rehabilitation services for adults experiencing mental illness and have helped thousands of residents over the last forty years. Contributing to our success are many factors, such as:

1- Our progressive care philosophy helps persons with mental illness realize their maximum potential by attaining a high degree of personal independence.

2- We are unique in combining elements of both psychiatric rehabilitation and comprehensive nursing care, in an environment that seeks to meet both the physical and mental health needs of persons with a mental illness.

3- Our management philosophy encourages open communications, contributions, and participation from all members of staff.

4- Our people are some of the most well qualified and dedicated professionals in the industry. They are also caring people with strong technical and people skills.

5- Andrew Residence is a place where residents and staff can develop to their utmost potential. And, Andrew Residence is the place you choose when you want to make a difference and reach your goals.

What People Are Saying About Andrew Residence

"Andrew Residence is such a friendly place. I give very high grades to the staff. They are competent and caring." - Family Member

"I feel Andrew Residence is a very unique facility and provides unique services to a unique population. I am proud to be of service at Andrew Residence. The residents mean a lot to me and in countless ways they let me know I am valued." - Staff Member

"I feel the whole program is good and the staff is really professional." - An Andrew Resident

A Message From Our Administrator

Karen FoyAndrew Residence opened our doors in 1973 with the hope of enhancing the lives of persons with mental illness. Since then our mission of providing high quality rehabilitation services to persons with severe, persistent mental illness has been achieved. We are proud to be a leading provider of comprehensive residential mental health services in Minnesota. Thousands of resident’s lives have been improved through their involvement with Andrew Residence.

At Andrew Residence we are dedicated to enhancing the lives of our residents with compassionate, respectful care. We help our residents realize their strengths and attain the highest degree of independence. I am proud of our dedicated team of staff throughout all departments who help our residents live their lives to the fullest.

We feel we are making a difference in the world. We welcome you to join us – as a resident, a family member or a staff member. I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have about Andrew Residence.

Best regards,
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Karen Foy
 
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