News and Events

Falls Prevention

Morris Health Services, an affiliate of St. Francis Health Services of Morris (SFHS), is pleased to announce we were recently awarded a Minnesota Nursing Facility Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) focused on preventing falls.  The initiative for fall prevention and fall reduction began January 1, 2021 and will continue through December 31, 2022 within our care center and related SFHS’ skilled nursing care centers.

The Falls Prevention Project will provide our care center with additional resources to make positive system improvements to prevent falls for individuals receiving services that is focused on each individual’s preferences and needs.  This program will have three components; expanding falls prevention and person centered education, implementing Safe Being technology, and increasing exercise program opportunities.

The education component of the Falls Prevention Project comes to us with a new partnership with Pioneer Network to expand our work force knowledge of Person Centered/Directed care. Pioneer Network is the national leader for culture change that advocates and builds a culture of aging where individual choices are respected and fosters care that is directed by the person receiving it.  Staff will learn how to better address needs and lifestyle choices to reduce an individual receiving services’ risk for falls. 

In the second part of our Falls Prevention Project, we will be installing Safe Being technology in our care centers.  The Safe Being system provides the capability for real time remote monitoring while respecting the person’s privacy.  Safe Being uses a watch-like device that provides data on lifestyles and daily activities and interprets gestures identifying how/when a resident is moving, eating, drinking and sleeping.  Each person wearing the device will send an alert when there is a change in status or has been identified as being at risk for a potential fall or has fallen. 

The third component of the Falls Prevention Project will be increasing exercise program opportunities such as Bingocize and Otago to improve strength, flexibility, and balance to help reduce falls. 

The Falls Prevention Project is intended to build sustainable practices throughout our care center beyond the original two year grant period.  SFHS is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization.  In addition to their skilled nursing care centers, they offer a variety of services that include customized/assisted living, a full range of therapies, senior housing, transitional and skilled nursing care, and behavioral and residential programs throughout the State of Minnesota.

Next Vaccination date set for January 26th!

January 8th, 2021

Morris Health Services tested staff for COVID-19 at West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living this week. You will be notified if there are any additional positive cases. Morris Health Services continues to follow all recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • West Wind Village –There was NO positive cases of COVID-19 this week. WWV will continue point prevalence testing. Indoor visits restricted until further notice. WWV will continue essential caregiver visits. All essential visits must be scheduled and essential visitors will be required to have a negative COVID test. Please call Elizabeth at 320-589-4924 for more information. 
  • Skyview Senior Living – There was NO positive cases of COVID-19 this week. Skyview Plaza will initiate point prevalence testing and will restrict indoor visits until further notice. Skyview Court may host indoor visits. All indoor visits must be scheduled ahead of time and visitors will be required to have a negative COVID test prior to their visit. Visits can we scheduled with Sophie at 320-589-4582.

We are bringing in the New Year with new hope and excitement. We have administered our first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in our care center. Our next vaccine clinic will be on January 26th. Shawn Kidd, Infection Control Nurse, who has been eagerly awaiting the COVID-19 vaccine says, “This is life changing.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel”.

Regarding Assisted Living buildings, the MDH, Preferred Pharmacies and the Public Health Departments are currently working on a plan to start vaccinating tenants and staff.  We are anticipating vaccines to be administered at Skyview Senior Living in the coming weeks. 

We have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions to help you understand why the vaccine is so important in defeating COVID-19. You can find this along with the Moderna Fact Sheet, on our website at sfhs.org/resources/covid-19/. If you have any other concerns or questions, please contact Jody Cunningham, DON, at 320-589-7915.

We will continue following our infection prevention and control practices along with the latest guidance from MDH and CDC regarding safe visiting for our residents. We will continue regular communication with our residents, friends and family on our COVID response, visitation guidelines and testing results.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Have Started!

December 31st, 2020

Morris Health Services tested staff for COVID-19 at West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living this week. You will be notified if there are any additional positive cases. Morris Health Services continues to follow all recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • West Wind Village –There was one staff member positive for COVID-19. WWV will continue point prevalence testing. Indoor visits restricted until further notice. WWV will start essential caregiver visits. All essential visits must be scheduled and essential visitors will be required to have a negative COVID test. Please call Elizabeth at 320-589-4924 for more information. 
  • Skyview Senior Living – There was one contracted staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. Skyview Plaza will initiate point prevalence testing and will restrict indoor visits until further notice. Skyview Court may host indoor visits. All indoor visits must be scheduled ahead of time and visitors will be required to have a negative COVID test prior to their visit. Visits can we scheduled with Sophie at 320-589-4582.

We are excited to announce that our West Wind Village has received the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and will host 3 clinics for vaccinating our residents and staff! Our first clinic was on December 30th, 2020.  The second dose of the vaccine will be administered 4 weeks after the first round and the third will be administered 4 weeks after the second. Protection from vaccine is not immediate; vaccine is a 2-dose series and will take 1 to 2 weeks following the second dose to be considered fully vaccinated. Vaccine efficacy is 94-95%. This data was assessed with two doses being administered. It is very important to get both doses to ensure good protection. We are working with Horizon Public Health and will have Skyview Senior Living vaccination dates will be sent out soon.

When someone receives the vaccine they may experience side effects up to three days after vaccination. These side effects include injection site pain, tenderness and swelling of the lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, swelling (hardness), and redness. General side effects include fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, chills, nausea, and low grade fever.

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect yourself and everyone around you, particularly those who are at increased risk for severe illness. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough.  Getting the vaccination will not only protect you from being infected; it will help us reduce visitation restrictions in the future.    

While the vaccine is a significant factor in our fight against the virus, it is just the beginning to reopening our care centers. We continue to use the county positivity rate to measure the spread of the virus in our local communities and follow the recommendations from MDH and CDC on reopening.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

West Wind Village Holds 1st COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic!!

We are excited to announce that our care center has received the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and will host 3 clinics for vaccinating our residents and staff! Our first clinic was on December 30th, 2020. The second dose of the vaccine will be administered 4 weeks after the first round and the third will be administered 4 weeks after the second.

Residents and staff celebrated the “beginning of the end” with sparkling grape juice and snacks!

The news of a vaccine gives us hope. We are so appreciative of the support and cooperation you have given us during the past nine months. Thank you for your commitment to our community. Together, we will move toward a COVID-free future.

COVID Update

December 11, 2020

Morris Health Services tested staff for COVID-19 at West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living this week. You will be notified if there are any additional positive cases.  Morris Health Services continues to follow all recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • West Wind Village –3 staff members and 0 residents tested positive this week. WWV will continue point prevalence testing and residents are quarantined. Indoor visits restricted until further notice.
  • Skyview Senior Living – 0 staff members and 0 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Skyview Senior Living will resume communal dining, activities, and indoor visitation. All visits must be scheduled ahead of time and visitors will be required to have a negative CoVid test prior to their visit.  Visits can we scheduled with Sophie at 320-589-4582. Indoor visitation is based on the county positivity rate.  Visits cannot take place if the Stevens County positivity rate is above 10%, currently the positivity rate is 9.9%.

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines pending approval by the FDA. We anticipate this will occur before the end of December.  We appreciate and support the decision made by the federal government to prioritize long-term care residents and staff in the distributions of the COVID-19 vaccine. Our vaccination process for staff and residents will be based on guidance from MDH as well as official CDC recommendations that have yet to be released and we will share this with you very soon! 

The beginning of December brought a surge of cases throughout Minnesota.  Please help us protect our staff and residents by wearing a mask and social distancing.  We again ask that you refrain from taking your loved one home over the Christmas holiday and schedule video visits with Jenny at 320-589-7902.

Looking for ways to help? We have a variety of positions available with flexible scheduling and on the job training. For more information or to apply, visit www.jobswithus.org.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

Weekly Testing Results

December 4, 2020

Morris Health Services tested staff for COVID-19 at West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living this week. You will be notified if there are any additional positive cases.  Morris Health Services continues to follow all recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • West Wind Village – 1 staff member and 0 residents tested positive this week. WWV will continue point prevalence testing and residents are quarantined. Indoor visits restricted until further notice.
  • Skyview Senior Living – 0 staff members and 0 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Skyview Senior Living will continue point prevalence testing and residents are quarantined. Indoor visits restricted until further notice.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) held an emergency meeting this week to review allocation recommendations for vaccines in phase 1 distribution. The advisory committee voted to include residents of long-term care communities in Phase 1A of vaccination. We anticipate a vaccine being available in the coming weeks and will keep you informed.

Looking for ways to help? We have a variety of positions available with flexible scheduling and on the job training. For more information or to apply, visit www.jobswithus.org.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

Big Stone Therapy Radio Interview

Dear Valued Client,

Thank you for choosing Big Stone Therapies for your therapy services.  We appreciate your business. We are writing to inform you that we are moving our outpatient clinic location.  Effective November 16th, further outpatient services will be provided at our new location in the lower level of Skyview Plaza at 1100 Court Drive.  We will have reserved parking for you in the lower level of underground parking. There is a sensor on the door that will open when you pull up to the lower level of the building.

Due to the Covid Pandemic, you will be screened by therapy staff upon your arrival. Please call us and do not come to therapy if you are ill, have any signs/symptoms of Covid or have had an exposure. We ask that you wear a mask from your vehicle into the therapy department for the health and safety of all staff and tenants.

We also want you to be aware that we will continue to provide therapy services at the West Wind Village for nursing home residents and are committed to continuing to improve health care and people’s health in Morris.

We hope you have had a wonderful summer and look forward to serving your therapy needs this fall in our new location.  Please call us with any questions or concerns at 320-585-5395.  Our phone number will remain the same with this transition.

Thank you for your time and have a wonderful day!

Sincerely,

Big Stone Therapies

Testing from 11.23.2020 Results

November 27, 2020

Morris Health Services tested staff for COVID-19 at West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living on Monday and Wednesday this week and residents at both locations on Tuesday. Monday’s test results have been received and are listed below. You will be notified if there are any additional positive cases.  Morris Health Services will be testing again on 12/1/2020 and continues to follow all recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • West Wind Village – 1 staff member and 0 residents tested positive this week. WWV will continue point prevalence testing and residents are quarantined. Indoor visits restricted until further notice.
  • Skyview Senior Living – 1 staff member and 0 residents tested positive for COVID-19. Skyview Senior Living will continue point prevalence testing and residents are quarantined. Indoor visits restricted until further notice.

This Thanksgiving season we want to thank our residents, family and friends for their support and prayers throughout the COVID Pandemic. We thank you for your continued patience and the sacrifices you have made.  With you we will work through this pandemic. Remember to wear a mask, social distance when possible and practice proper hand hygiene. On behalf of our entire team, please stay safe and healthy.

Looking for ways to help? We have a variety of positions available with flexible scheduling and on the job training. For more information or to apply, visit www.jobswithus.org.

Please follow our Facebook page (@Morris Health Services & @Skyview Senior Living) or our website (www.mhs.sfhs.org) for all COVID updates and information on what is happening inside our care center. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Paula at 320-589-7900, if you have any questions or concerns.

Results from Testing on 11/20/2020

November 23, 2020

Morris Health Services tested all staff for COVID-19 at West Wind Village and Skyview Senior Living on 11/20/2020. Results are starting to come in and we have been notified of at least three additional staff members at WWV who has tested positive for COVID-19 and one additional staff member at Skyview Senior Living. We will continue to update you on any positive cases resulting from this week’s testing.  

We want to remind you that we are following all recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Our staff are being screened for COVID symptoms before the start of each shift and tested twice weekly. Staff are equipped with surgical masks, eye protection and gowns when providing care. Both locations of Morris Health Services are quarantined to reduce exposure.  Our residents have their full vitals checked in the morning and screened and monitored throughout the day for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.

We appreciate all the support, prayers, and offers of help that we’ve received. Thank you again for being partners with us in fighting the COVID-19 virus. For updated information on Coronavirus or activities within our community please follow our Facebook page or visit our website (www.sfhs.org). If you have specific questions or concerns, please contact Paula at 320-589-7900.

Thanksgiving

Dear Family and Friends,

We recently learned that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the federal Medicare agency (CMS) are advising against residents leaving their care center for holiday visits. As we continue to fight against COVID-19, we ask that you not take your loved ones out this Thanksgiving.

By not taking your loved one out for a holiday visit, you will help us in protecting the health of everyone who lives and works here. One of the best things that you can do for your family this holiday season is to not gather in groups and keep everyone safe by wearing a facemask when you do.

We know just how special the holiday season can be and spending time with family is what adds meaning to our celebrations.  However, we need your help to protect our residents, our staff, and yourself during this pandemic’s risky time by limiting our contact with the broader community.  As Governor Walz told us the other night, the COVID-19 surge is at a dangerous level in Minnesota.

This past year has been a challenge like no other and we deeply appreciate the sacrifices that you and your family have already made during these past months. The hope of a COVID-19 vaccine is promising, but until that time we all need to use extra caution to slow the spread of this highly contagious disease.

If a resident does choose to go to a holiday gathering outside of our care center, the resident will need to quarantine in his or her room for 14-days after returning as a necessary precaution. Even when being very careful and following all of the guidelines, the risk of being infected when being out in the general public is high.

Our staff is committed to keeping you connected during the holiday seasons. We have a variety of activities planned that will engage our residents and are doing all we can to facilitate alternative means of communication between you and your loved one.

We know that this news may cause concern or that you may have questions about what we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 320-589-7900. 

Sincerely,

Paula

Administrator