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Update 2-5-21

It is an exciting and uncertain time now that many of us have received our first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. There are many questions regarding what this means for American Baptist Homes of the Midwest’s (ABHM’s) residents, families, and staff. With the vaccination rolling out to our residents and staff, we are entering a promising new phase in ending this pandemic.

How COVID-19 response will change after vaccination:

Vaccines are powerful tools in the fight against COVID-19. We hope to see enough people vaccinated to greatly reduce the COVID-19 disease. Until that happens, everyone who has received one or both vaccine doses must continue to carry out the same preventive measures in the community as they did before vaccination. We will continue to encourage mask wearing, social distancing, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, stay away from others when not feeling well and ALWAYS wash your hands.

Why infection control measures cannot change as soon as people are vaccinated:

Before the CDC or health department’s recommendations can change, we need to learn more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide after a full vaccine series is completed. We do not know if, or the rate at which, people may still get infected after they are vaccinated, or if they can spread the virus without feeling sick or having symptoms. Because not all members of the community have had COVID-19 or been vaccinated, many residents and health care workers may still be at risk for infection. Until we know that vaccinated health care workers and residents cannot spread the virus to others, the following measures should be followed.

Do I still isolate or quarantine?

At this point, isolation and quarantine recommendations for health care workers and residents have not changed, even if the person has received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This includes quarantine for health care workers and residents after an exposure, and residents after admission to the facility.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Until more data is collected and the CDC updates its guidance, all health care workers and residents must continue to take the same preventive measures they did prior to vaccination (i.e., wearing a mask in the community, social distancing, hand hygiene). These measures are intended to protect others as well as yourself. ABHM Staff must continue to follow current state and federal guidelines for use of personal protective equipment when working.

If I had my vaccine do I still need to test?

Testing will continue as currently recommended by state or federal guidelines, regardless of vaccination status for individual residents or health care workers.

➢Test all residents and health care workers with symptoms.

➢Continue routine testing of health care workers at the frequency dictated by the percentage of people in the county who test positive for the virus among those who have been tested overall (positivity rate).

➢Perform outbreak testing when a new COVID-19 infection is found in a resident or health care worker to help stop the spread.

Will I still be screened for COVID-19?

Screening residents, health care workers, and visitors for signs and symptoms of illness will continue after vaccination. There have been no changes to recommendations for screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in health care facilities.

Will visitation still be restricted or limited?

Visitation with friends and family is very important. We are hopeful that the local, state and federal health departments, as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decrease the restriction and change the guidance around visitation.

Remember to encourage everyone to get vaccinated!

Please feel free to contact the administrator and/or ABHM at COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

Update 12-31-20:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Please see the information including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the vaccine below. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home, assisted living, and all staff.

Phase 1a
-Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities.

Walgreens will be our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff. The vaccine we are receiving is Pfizer.

Elm Crest Update:

➢ January 8th, 2021 vaccine clinic (first dose) starting at 9 am in the McKee Room.

➢ January 29th, 2021 vaccine clinic (second dose or initial dose) starting at 9 am in the McKee Room.

➢ February 19th, 2021 vaccine clinic (second dose) starting at 9 am in the McKee Room.

Our nursing home and assisted living residents will be receiving the vaccine first, then the staff.

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

Update 12-18-20:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) flyer for more information about the vaccine. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home, assisted living, and all staff.

What We Know from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) announced their recommendations for the initial phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program (1a):

Phase 1a

– Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities (LTCF).

As part of this program, which is free of charge to facilities, the pharmacy will:

➢ Schedule and coordinate on-site clinic date(s) directly with each facility.
➢ Conduct three visits over approximately two months will likely be needed to administer both doses of vaccine and vaccinate any new residents and staff.
➢ Order vaccines and associated supplies (e.g., syringes, needles, personal protective equipment).
➢ Ensure cold chain management for vaccine.
➢ Provide on-site administration of vaccine.
➢ Report required vaccination data (approximately 20 data fields) to the local, state/territorial, and federal jurisdictions within 72 hours of administering each dose.
➢ Adhere to all applicable Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) COVID-19 testing requirements for LTCF staff.

Walgreens will be our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff and will provide an on-site clinic once the vaccine is made available.

Elm Crest is preparing for these clinics by doing the following:

➢ Working with our pharmacy to implement the vaccine clinic
➢ Gathering permission from our staff and residents who want to receive the vaccine
➢ Educating on the vaccine

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

Residents, Staff and Families,

There have been a lot of questions, comments and concerns from residents, families, employees, and those in our communities about the COVID-19 Vaccine. This vaccine is important in saving lives and reducing the transmissions of the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively reviewing the COVID-19 vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States.  ABHM operates in six states and those states have told the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) they want nursing home/assisted living providers to be a priority.

ABHM’s mission is to create caring Christian communities that empower older adults, families, and people with disabilities and receiving this vaccine for our residents, members, and staff is a priority.  We, as an organization, support the federal vaccine effort for COVID-19.

It is important residents, members, staff, and families know that ABHM has registered, on behalf of all of our nursing homes, assisted living communities, and homes for the developmentally disabled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine that the federal government will be disbursing in the near future. Please note, this does include all of our employees working at all of our locations across ABHM.

Distribution of the vaccine has yet to be determined.

Individual states will decide how to roll this large initiative in the healthcare sector

We will use our ABHM website, each community’s website, Facebook pages, and other methods to communicate changes and updates as they occur.

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

It is our duty to stay focused on our residents, members, staff and loved ones during this time of uncertainty. All of us have been impacted by the pandemic but we will continue to persevere. We urge you to join us in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, influenza vaccine, wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and stay six feet apart-especially through the holidays.

Thank you for your understanding, kindness, and prayers for those we serve.

There will be more information related to the vaccine as it is released by the government.

Stay Safe!

Jeff Hongslo
ABHM President/CEO

 

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ABHM Covid-19 Vaccine Information Video

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ABHM is very excited about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to our communities.

Each community will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as each state sets up their own vaccination process.

Although ABHM is not requiring staff to get vaccinated, we strongly encourage all employees to get the vaccination. Not only to safeguard your own health but to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

We realize some individuals may be apprehensive about getting the vaccination and have questions on how the vaccine works as well as side effects. Here is a link to a video message from Dr. Sing Palat, MD addressing some of the concerns regarding the vaccine.  https://vimeo.com/493717413

Sing Palat, MD, is an internist and geriatrician of 14 years and is a certified medical director.  As an associate of LTC Rehab Consultants, she provides care in nursing facilities and currently collaborates with Mountain Vista medical director Dr. Reza Esfahani on the COVID-19 response.   Dr. Palat is on the Board of CMDA The Colorado Society of Post-acute and Long-term Care.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to email us at COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 

 


Update 3-3-21

We have had a great response from our residents and team members to the vaccine clinics held at our community. At this point we are pleased to say that all residents and staff who chose to be vaccinated have received both doses.

We want to share the vaccination results thus far:

Residents Vaccination Rates:
• 95.6% Assisted Living
• 90.9% Skilled Nursing Facility
• 79.3% Independent Living


Team Members Vaccination Rates:
• 69.03% All Departments


Vaccination for New Residents and Staff

Elm Crest has partnered with the local public health department to provide new residents and new staff members with the opportunity to receive the vaccination on an as needed basis.

Visitation Policies

While the percentage of people vaccinated is high we are required to continue limiting visitation, resident interaction and community activities. Thank you for your understanding.

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Is the vaccine safe?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)] review vaccine safety data. For COVID-19, ACIP has formed a separate Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) to provide timely evaluation of vaccine safety, both pre- and post-licensure.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is adding further monitoring programs to health care workers to analyze results six weeks after vaccination. Long-term Care is required to report all vaccinations through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Most adverse side effects occur within six weeks of vaccine administration, and the FDA has required eight weeks of safety monitoring so it can track any side effects. FDA advises a minimum of 3,000 participants to assess safety. The current phase 3 trials have 30,000 to 50,000 participants. This really demonstrates how safety is a top priority for the FDA and the medical community.

Is ABHM requiring employees and their residents to take the vaccine?

Staff and residents are not required to take the vaccine.

Will personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines be relaxed if the staff, residents and members are vaccinated?

Until ABHM knows the effectiveness of the vaccine, PPE guidelines will not be relaxed.

Is the vaccine one dose or a series?

The two initial vaccines projected for release are two-dose series vaccines and are not interchangeable. It’s important you schedule your second dose while getting your first dose because your booster must be from the same manufacturer.

Why can’t I have the vaccine now when others are receiving it?

At this time, there is not enough vaccine for everyone requesting it. Our state health departments are working with Walgreens or CVS to distribute the vaccine to those most at risk, including those living in long-term care facilities. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

If I already contracted COVID-19, do I need a vaccination?

ABHM is recommending all residents and employees get the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection. According to the CDC, there is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. This is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed for a better understanding.

Does insurance cover the vaccine?

Private health insurance companies, as well as government insurance programs like Medicare, will cover the vaccination cost. You will need to have your insurance information when getting your vaccine.

 


 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Is It for You?

Travis LaCore, PharmD, BCGP, NREMT, FF2. ABHM Subject Matter Expert of Pharmacy

A COVID-19 vaccine has the potential to bring the pandemic to an end at a greater speed than any other intervention available. Vaccination will provide protection to an individual and reduce the chances of spreading as more people get the vaccine.

Despite the potential benefit of the COVID-19 vaccine to drastically reducing the spread of infection, there remains a high level of apprehension among the public regarding the safety of the vaccine. Although the development of a COVID-19 vaccine has been rapid, the research and development on a coronavirus vaccine is not new, nor are the methods used to produce the vaccine. The vaccine approval process also remains fundamentally unchanged and must include strong evidence of vaccine safety and effectiveness. Research and development of coronavirus vaccines date as far back to 2002 and 2012, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2002, and MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2012. Researchers’ directed the development of the COVID-19 vaccine utilizing the prior research on these outbreaks. One type of vaccine being developed, the mRNA vaccine, is a type of vaccine that has not been used in the US vaccine market previously, however it has been researched for decades in other areas such as cancer treatments.

The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-dose series, with an estimated effectiveness rate of 95% at 28 days after the initial dose. The most common adverse reactions reported were injection site reaction, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever, which are common reactions with any vaccine.

The next COVID-19 vaccine to be considered for an FDA EUA is the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is scheduled to be reviewed by the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on December 17, 2020.

For questions and concerns about the vaccines, please contact your health care provider.

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Update 8-31-21:

President Joe Biden announced on August 18th that he is directing all nursing homes/health centers to require their staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding.

All ABHM communities receive federal funding in some capacity and therefore will be following this directive.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is currently drawing up new regulations related to COVID-19 vaccinations. Specific information on how these new regulations will be implemented and the timing will be published in September.

The safety of our residents and staff is our top priority and we feel strongly that getting vaccinated will help end this pandemic.

Once the regulations are released we will have more specific information regarding the implementation and how it affects all of us. Until that time, we will closely monitor any communication from the federal government and respond accordingly.

Sincerely,

Jeff Hongslo
ABHM President and CEO

 

Please click here for prior Elm Crest Covid-19 updates.

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Update 3-31-21:

At Elm Crest we look forward to the positive changes taking place as we begin to re-open our community. As always our goal is to provide the best possible care in an environment that is safe for residents, families, friends and staff.

As changes take place, please be aware we must continue to follow many existing COVID-19 related protocols and guidelines set by Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with State and local departments of health.

Our approach:

Vaccination

ABHM and Elm Crest encourages all residents and staff to get vaccinated and help end the spread of COVID-19. To administer the vaccinations we worked closely with Walgreen’s pharmacies to host convenient onsite vaccination clinics that enabled residents and staff to easily receive a vaccination. As new residents and staff join our community, we will coordinate with local health departments, and our pharmacies to provide them with the opportunity to get a vaccination.

 COVID Testing

Following guidance from the CDC, CMS and State Health Officials we routinely test our staff members and residents.

Community Visitation

The options for visitation are rapidly changing and determined by CMS, State and local health departments. These options vary from county to county and state to state. Visitors are asked to follow visitation guidelines when planning their visit.

Our goal is to reunite families and residents. To do so, we offer a number of options for visitors that include:

  • Indoor visits
  • Outdoor visits
  • Essential and Compassionate Care visits
  • Virtual visitation

Please contact Elm Crest Social Services or Activities for specific visitation information.

Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention

We are adhering to the CDC Core Principles listed below:

  • Screening – We will continue to screenall who enter our community for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions about and observations of signs or symptoms). We will deny entry to those with signs or symptoms or those who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status.
  • Hand hygiene – We require everyone touse alcohol-based hand rub to clean hands before and after visitation.
  • Face covering or mask – We requirea well-fitting face mask covering mouth and nose.
  • Social distancing – Keep a distance of at least six feet between persons while visiting the campus.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting –Regularlysanitize frequently touched surfaces, high traffic areas and designated visitation areas after each visit.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – All individuals must useappropriate PPE.
  • Effective resident segregation – Residents will remain indesignated areas e.g., separate areas dedicated to COVID-19 care.
  • Resident and staff testing – We will conduct testing as required by the CMS

Clean Environment

For the benefit of everyone we continue to keep our community sanitized by maintaining deep cleaning protocols recommended by the CDC. As an extra precaution we routinely clean all high-traffic areas throughout the community. This includes an increased use of cleaning equipment and greater number of handwashing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers placed throughout the community.

Moving into Elm Crest

New residents at all levels of care are welcome to move in at their convenience. To help new residents during the move-in process and reduce the number of people in the community, Elm Crest will assist residents to move you into your new home. Call for more details.

LINKS TO TRUSTED RESOURCES FOR OFFICIAL UPDATES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

State Department of Health Resources:
Iowa Department of Health

 

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator

Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 12-1-20:

At this time Elm Crest Health Center has one resident that is positive for COVID-19. This resident will remain in quarantine for 10 days. In assisted living there are three residents who have tested positive and remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days.

In Iowa and Nebraska, there is an increase in the number of COVID positive cases. As a result, we will continue to follow CDC guidelines and protocols for wearing the proper PPE and perform enhanced cleaning procedures.

Even with the increase in cases, we are pleased to say that a number of residents are out of quarantine and able to move around the community on a limited basis. These residents have meals in the dining room where there are two shifts to ensure we practice social distancing and reduce potential exposure.

Staying in Touch

At the present time, visitation remains suspended. However family and friends are still able to do window visits and use social media such as Zoom, Facebook, video chat and Skype to stay connected to loved ones.  If you have questions about how to use these contact methods please call the community at 712-755-5174 and a staff member will be happy to help you. When you call, please ask for Activities/Social Services.

Communication Schedule

We will update our website with new information as needed. For specific COVID related information and updates, we will be contacting residents and their representative directly. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols, please feel to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and supporting Elm Crest.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator

Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

 

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Update 10-29-20:

As the holidays approach Elm Crest residents remain free of COVID-19. We want to thank everyone for their continued support and helping us maintain the health and well-being of residents and staff.

Stay in Touch

With the colder weather on the way we encourage you to stay connected with your loved ones through Zoom, Facebook, video chat, Skype and of course phone calls. If you have questions about how to use these contact methods please call the community and a staff member will be happy to help you.

Should you choose to visit the community in-person please be aware we continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the CDC to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and staff.

OUTDOOR VISIT GUIDELINES

  • No more than 2 guests per visit (no pets at this time)
  • Visits are 30 minutes in duration
  • Visitors must be screened upon arrival
  • Visitors must sanitize hands before and after the visit
  • Visitors must follow social distance guidelines (6 foot apart )—no personal contact is allowed
  • Visitors must wear a mask for the duration of visit (please bring your own, or we will have cloth masks available if needed)
  • All visits must be scheduled through Elm Crest (no drop in visits allowed)
  • Visits must and will be monitored by staff
  • If a visitor does not follow the guidelines they may be restricted from future visits
  • Visits can be cancelled at any time
  • Residents in isolation/quarantine are not eligible for outdoor visits at this time
  • Please park in the front parking lot and wait in your car to be screened upon arrival.Do not plan to arrive earlier than your scheduled time
  • Please do not bring items for the resident during these visits. The exchange of items should continue to go through the front desk

Scheduling a Visit

Please call 712-755-5174 and ask for Activities/Social Services to schedule your visit.
Only one scheduled visit per resident until all residents have had the opportunity.

Communication Schedule

We will update our website with new information as needed. For specific COVID related information and updates we will be contacting residents and resident representative directly. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

 

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Update 9-23-20:

Elm Crest is pleased to say residents remain free of COVID-19.  To maintain the health of residents we continue to follow all procedures recommended by the CDC.

Stay in Touch

We encourage you to take advantage of our outdoor visitation program and call to set up your next appointment. Or to connect with your loved through another means please consider using Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls and window visits. For questions contact the community and a staff member will be happy to help you.

When you visit the community please be aware there are a number of guidelines we must follow to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and staff.

OUTDOOR VISIT GUIDELINES

  • No more than 2 guests per visit (no pets at this time)
  • Visits are 30 minutes in duration
  • Visitors must be screened upon arrival
  • Visitors must sanitize hands before and after the visit
  • Visitors must follow social distance guidelines (6 foot apart )—no personal contact is allowed
  • Visitors must wear a mask for the duration of visit (please bring your own, or we will have cloth masks available if needed)
  • All visits must be scheduled through Elm Crest (no drop in visits allowed)
  • Visits must and will be monitored by staff
  • If a visitor does not follow the guidelines they may be restricted from future visits
  • Visits can be cancelled at any time
  • Residents in isolation/quarantine are not eligible for outdoor visits at this time
  • Please park in the front parking lot and wait in your car to be screened upon arrival.Do not plan to arrive earlier than your scheduled time
  • Please do not bring items for the resident during these visits. The exchange of items should continue to go through the front desk

Scheduling a Visit

Please call 712-755-5174 and ask for Activities/Social Services to schedule your visit.
Only one scheduled visit per resident until all residents have had the opportunity.

Communication Schedule

Moving forward we will be posting COVID website updates every three weeks. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

 Informational Conference Calls

Elm Crest will continue informational conference calls onTuesdays at 12:00 pm. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtzand Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

 

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (7-30-20)

We are excited to announce Elm Crest limited outdoor visitation! For those visiting the Community please understand this process is evolving and we must follow a number guidelines to ensure the safety and health of those involved. When visiting the Community we ask that you follow all the guidelines stated below.

OUTDOOR VISIT GUIDELINES

  • No more than 2 guests per visit (no pets at this time)
  • Visits are 30 minutes in duration
  • Visitors must be screened upon arrival
  • Visitors must sanitize hands before and after the visit
  • Visitors must follow social distance guidelines (6 foot apart )—no personal contact is allowed
  • Visitors must wear a mask for the duration of visit (please bring your own, or we will have cloth masks available if needed)
  • All visits must be scheduled through Elm Crest (no drop in visits allowed)
  • Visits must and will be monitored by staff
  • If a visitor does not follow the guidelines they may be restricted from future visits
  • Visits can be cancelled at any time
  • Residents in isolation/quarantine are not eligible for outdoor visits at this time
  • Please park in the front parking lot and wait in your car to be screened upon arrival.Do not plan to arrive earlier than your scheduled time
  • Please do not bring items for the resident during these visits. The exchange of items should continue to go through the front desk

Scheduling a Visit

Visiting times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-3:00.
Please call 712-755-5174 and ask for Activities/Social Services to schedule your visit.
Only one scheduled visit per resident until all residents have had the opportunity.

Communication Schedule

Moving forward we will be posting COVID website updates every three weeks. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

 Informational Conference Calls

Elm Crest will continue informational conference calls onTuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 pm. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtzand Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

Stay in Touch

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with your loved one by means of Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skypeand of course phone calls and window visits. Please contact the community and a staff member will be happy to help you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

 

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (7-2-20)

Elm Crest is pleased to say all residents Health Center, Memory Care and Assisted Living were tested on 6/24/2020 and all tests came back negative for Covid-19, and we remain COVID free. We will monitor continue residents and test those that exhibit signs or symptoms of infection.

Across the country and in Iowa we are seeing many social restrictions beginning to loosen. Unfortunately in Shelby County the number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise and the Iowa Public Health Department has recommended that we continue to follow the CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation procedures and visitation restrictions

CDC restrictions that remain in place include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)
– Request all residents to wear a cloth mask when out of their apartment or room

Stay in Touch

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with your loved one by means of Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls.

Informational Conference Calls

Elm Crest will continue informational conference calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 pm. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtzand Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

 

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (6-25-20)

Elm Crest wants to thank everyone for your overwhelming support during this difficult time. We have received countless notes and phone calls of encouragement which kept us coming to work each and every day. Words cannot express how your support have made a difficult time better with the many donations such as supplies, food and financial support. We are so fortunate to have an amazing group of residents and family members.

We are happy to say that our efforts are working and in recent tests all Elm Crest staff tested negative. And we are pleased to report all residents remain free from COVID-19. To ensure the continued safety and well-being for all concerned we will continue to follow the CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation procedures and visitation restrictions

CDC restrictions that remain in place include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)
– Request all residents to wear a cloth mask when out of their apartment or room

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with each other by means of Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls.

Informational Conference Calls

With the recent increase in COVID-19 case in Shelby County Elm Crest will continue informational conference calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:00 pm. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtz and Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (6-17-20)

This past Saturday an Elm Crest staff member informed us they tested positive for COVID-19. In an effort to minimize the potential of spreading the virus we are working with the Iowa Department of Public Health regarding Contact Tracing for the employee that tested positive. We continue to follow the CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment and Sanitation procedures throughout the Community.

Currently we are testing all Elm Crest employees for COVID 19 (this was scheduled prior to the positive test) and will be testing all residents next week. We will inform you of the overall findings however personal test results will be will be kept confidential per HIPPA regulations.

Resident testing: The test for residents will be a lower nasal swab as opposed to the deep nasal swab done in past tests. We will not be doing antibody tests at this time.

CDC restrictions that remain in place include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)
– Request all residents to wear a cloth mask when out of their apartment or room

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with each other by means of Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skypeand of course phone calls.

Informational Conference Calls

Elm Crest will be continuing our informational conference calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays (June 16thand Tuesday, 23rd) at 12:00 pm. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtzand Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (6-2-20)

With the first part of June arriving we see communities around the country ease COVID restrictions and Elm Crest is pleased to say our Community remains free of the COVID -19 virus. As a senior living community our path will continue to be a balance between the safety of isolation and the unfortunate stress isolation can cause residents and families.

To make sure residents and families have an opportunity to connect with one another we want to remind you that we have several communication avenues available to you, Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls. Please contact our community and one of staff members will be happy to help you.

Moving forward we will continue to work with state and federal agencies to shape our plans and ensure the wellbeing of our residents and staff.

CDC restrictions that remain in place include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Informational Conference Calls

Elm Crest will be conducting informational conference call every Tuesday and Thursday at noon. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtzand Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (5-27-20)

During the past week, as businesses continue to re-open across the state and restrictions are relaxed, we are encouraged to a see aspects of life return to normal. However for us in healthcare, particularly senior living, it will take some time before we see a full return to “business as usual”. As a result we must continue to adhere to federal and state guidelines that restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting the community and other group activities at this time.

For residents, the staff is working hard to enhance their lives through new and innovative activities that are mindful of social distancing and other requirements. Hallway bingo, doorway singing, and virtual museum tours are just a few of the ways that we are supporting and engaging our residents. Our community has received gifts of puzzles, crossword, word search or adult coloring books and flowers. We are so grateful to families and friends of Elm Crest for their generosity in supporting our residents!

Elm Crest is free of COVID-19 and continues to minimalize resident and staff exposer by following the CDC guidelines that include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Informational Conference Calls

Elm Crest will be conducting informational conference call every Tuesday and Thursday at noon. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtzand Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Sincerely,

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (5-19-20)

On May 15th, the State of Iowa took initial steps to re-open many business and other establishments with the understanding they would follow certain guideline set forth by the Iowa State Government. Like you, Elm Crest is anxious for a return to normalcy where visitors are warmly welcomed into our Community and our residents and their families can interact without restrictions.

However, because seniors are considered high-risk for COVID-19 infection, federal and state guidelines restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting and other group activities at this time. Please understand this is a difficult time for all concerned and we will continue to do all we can to keep residents and families connected in a way that is safe for everyone.

Elm Crest has minimalized resident exposer and will continue to maintain the precautions recommended by the CDC, these include

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Informational Conference Calls

Elm Crest will be conducting informational conference call everyTuesday and Thursday at noon. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtzand Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (5-12-20)

Elm Crest is pleased to say the residents and staff remain free of the COVID -19 virus. We continue to be in close contact with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State Healthcare officials to get the latest information and implement new protocols.

During these uncertain times we understand it is difficult to have limited access to families and friends. In spite of the challenges we all face, we want to thank you for showing your support to the residents and staff who are making the best of the current situation.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Informational Conference Calls:

Elm Crest will be conducting informational conference call everyTuesday and Thursday at noon. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Ahrenholtzand Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (5-5-20)

To keep residents and staff safe and healthy Elm Crest continues to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State officials. These measureshave proven effective and we are pleased to say that no residents or staff have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19).

We realize the temporary restrictions regarding visiting family and friends living at Elm Crest can be challenging, but we are confident these steps are serving to keep Elm Crest free from the virus and we thank you for understanding.

The list of CDC recommended protocols we continue to follow:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Informational Conference Calls

Elm Crest will be conducting informational conference call every Tuesday and Thursday at noon. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson, Director of Assisted Living Kathy Goede, and Social Workers Lyn Arhenholtz and Cali Klein. The team will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, and enter 5654 to join the call at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call the Community.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (4-28-20)
At this time no residents at Elm Crest have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19).  The staff continues to work diligently to keep the Community clear of the virus and we appreciate the understanding from resident family and friends. 

Elm Crest continues to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and State officials to keep residents and staff healthy, safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The recommendations include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.

Information Conference Call Tuesday, April 28th and Thursday, April 30th at noon.

Elm Crest is conducting an informational conference call this week Tuesday, April 28th and Thursday, April 30th at noon. The call will be hosted by Elm Crest Administrator, Tim Nauslar, Director of Nursing, Arleatta Bartleson and Social Workers Lyn Arhenholtz and Cali Klein. They will be available to answer questions from callers about how Elm Crest is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you are interested, please call-in using the following number (712) 744-4000, at the times noted above. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for supporting Elm Crest.

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Elm Crest Coronavirus Update (4-21-20)

At Elm Crest Senior Living Community, our first and primary priority is the health and well-being of our residents and staff. To ensure their protection we are taking all necessary precautions recommended by the CDC and the Iowa Department of Health.

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessment for residents
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

At this time, we are pleased to say there are no residents at Elm Crest that have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The staff is working hard to keep the Community clear of the virus and we appreciate your support and understanding.

We recognize communication is vital and are committed to keeping residents and families connected and informed. Our clinical teams are contacting family members to share information about their loved ones and respond to questions. We will also provide regular updates to family members on the status of the Community via our website and one-on-one communication.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Tim Nauslar
Administrator
Elm Crest Senior Living Community

 

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Questions & Answers:

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) understands the concern family members have for their loved ones. The COVID-19 outbreak only heightens that concern. Hopefully, the answers to the questions below give you peace of mind that ABHM is doing everything possible to keep your family member safe.

How is ABHM monitoring and keeping residents from being exposed to COVID-19?

  • ABHM is in contact with our state Health Departments and Centers of Disease Control (CDC).
  • Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) sends out communications and updated information.
  • The Medical Director and Medical Team verify our current medical treatment plans are aligned with current clinical guidance and standards of practice.
  • Transportation is only provided for essential doctor appointments.
  • Social gatherings have been discontinued until further notice.
  • Proper Hygiene and social distancing is being taught to and implemented by our members, residents, employees and vendors.
  • Deep cleaning schedules have increased at all levels of care at ABHM Communities.
  • All employees and essential visitors/vendors are screened prior to entering our Communities.
  • Communal dining has been discontinued until further notice.

What are the signs and symptoms COVID-19 and will my loved one go to the hospital if diagnosed?

  • The signs and symptoms are similar to the A/B Flu: difficulty breathing, cough, fever (100 degree F), a general feeling of being sick or having no energy, or an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong (malaise).
  • We will place the positive COVID-19 loved one (pending or positive test results) in isolation to prevent spreading it to other residents.
  • ABHM will care for your loved one as long as their symptoms remain mild and their other medical conditions do not flare-up, which could complicate the recovery process.
  • If symptoms do become severe and require more hours of nursing and medical team attention, the resident may be transferred to the hospital.

What happens if an ABHM employee gets COVID-19?

  • ABHM is following all CDC recommendations related to employee and COVID-19.Unfortunately if one of our employee does become ill with COVID-19 that employee will need to be quarantined at home and recover under the care of their physician.  Once recovered that employee will be screened prior to coming back to work to assure that he/she is ready to return to work per the CDC guidance and approval of their physician.

Is there COVID-19 test kits readily available at ABHM communities?

  • At this time test kits are not available at ABHM communities. The local health department and the primary care physicians will decide who should be tested based on the symptoms of the resident.
  • The health department will provided the test kits or instruct a private lab to deliver the test kit to the community.

Are there concerns with medical/cleaning, food supplies or deliveries? 

  • On a daily basis ABHM Teams consisting of the Administrator, Director of Nursing and Infection preventionist discuss and review food service, supplies and all other community needs to ensure we have ample supply to serve residents .
  • There have been reported shortage of personnel protection wear (PPE). However at this time ABHM is experiencing routine deliveries and is in continuous contact with suppliers.

Does the CDC recommend the use of a facemask to prevent COVID-19?

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
  • You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.
  • A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms.
  • The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and other people caring for someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings.

 

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March 24th, 2020

Dear ABHM Residents and Families:

Although there is no presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, Elm Crest Senior Living Community is taking a proactive approach to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Age is a risk factor for COVID-19, so that makes the population at our communities vulnerable to this illness. Underlying medical conditions can also increase the risk and severity of the sickness so we encourage residents to assess your individual situation and limit your exposure as you see fit.

In addition to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and in an effort to keep people safe, healthy and prevent the spread of all communicable illnesses, Elm Crest has adopted a “no visitor policy” as follows:

  • All doors will remain locked at all times.
  • All vendors and essential healthcare personnel will have to enter through the main 12thstreet entrance and will have to answer the questions recommended by the CDC.
  • Exceptions will be made for families during major change in condition of their loved one and/or during end of life process.
  • Any essential visitor who has traveled to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, in the last 14 days must stay out of the building and self-quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • Any essential visitor who has traveled to Seattle, Washington, New York, California, Singapore, Thailand or Taiwan must monitor yourself for symptoms and wear a mask while at our community.
  • Any essential visitor with signs or symptoms of respiratory infection may not enter the building.

Elm Crest will be cancelling all non-essential appointments at this time.

The facility will be available to answer any questions and address any concerns. Facetime, Skype and telephones will be available for you to keep in touch with your loved ones while we are going through this evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

Common sense approaches we use to combat influenza will be some of the most effective prevention methods for COVID-19. The safety of the residents and staff remains our top priority.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Hongslo
President and C.E.O.
American Baptist Homes of the Midwest

 

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