VACCINATION DAY!

The first rounds of the COVID 19 vaccinations were given this past Tuesday!! Hooray! We had a great day! Thank you to Bluestone Physicians for administering the vaccinations. No doses went to waste. A commonly asked question is: when can I see my loved one? The answer to this question: we are still awaiting direction from the Department of Health and the CDC.

Thank you all for your support!!

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Falls Prevention

Farmington 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.

Welcome Sandy Glau

Trinity is pleased to introduce Sandy Glau our newest employee in chaplain care. Sandy has been a volunteer at Trinity for 25 years so she knows this campus and people like the back of her hand! Sandy worked at St Michael’s Church for 13 years in Pastoral Care. As a retiree she likes to volunteer, read and go for walks.We are excited to have Sandy here as an employee as she is able to do 1:1 visits, Catholic/Ecumenical prayer. Thanks for joining the team Sandy! Residents light up when they see you and that’s most important!!

TELL CONGRESS TO CREATE A COVID-19 TESTING FUND FOR SENIOR CARE

Testing is a critical component to ensuring identification and treatment of aging services residents and staff with COVID-19 and protection of others near them. We strongly urge Congress to establish a federally administered and financed aging services testing program. Tell Congress that they must provide testing funds for aging services providers in the next COVID-19 relief bill. Contact your lawmakers in Washington, D.C. today. Take action here.

RAMP

Farmington Health Services an affiliate of St. Francis Health Services of Morris (SFHS), is pleased to announce their Restorative Ambulation and Mobility Project (RAMP).  The RAMP Project is a result of SFHS’s long term care collaborative of 7 care centers being awarded a Minnesota Nursing Facility Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grant by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).  Implementation of the RAMP Project began January 1, 2020 at FHS and will continue through December 31, 2020. 

The goal of the RAMP project is to improve the quality of care and quality of life for our residents. The project will help each resident reach their highest attainable level of function in ambulation and mobility. A Walk to Dine and a Balance Exercise program will be integrated into our Restorative Program. The Walk to Dine program will assist the resident in maintaining functional ambulation abilities to support maximum level of independence for the highest quality of life. The Balance Exercise program is intended for a resident that had a recent fall. Many respond to a fear of falling by reducing activity levels, which results in loss of muscle strength and balance.   This evidence-based program would be designed and implemented to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels.

The RAMP Project will provide us with additional resources to make positive system improvements to support good outcomes, focusing on our residents’ preferences and needs.  We want our residents to experience their highest quality of life, and feel this program promotes this by impacting their ability to achieve and/or maintain their optimal physical function.

This project is another way we are carrying out our mission of “Expressing Christ’s love by providing care that values every human life.” If you have any questions about the RAMP project or want more information, please contact our care center.

Trinity Golf Classic

Friends of Trinity-

We hope that this letter finds you well and healthy!  We are pleased to tell you that Trinity is staying healthy thus far.  During visitor restrictions, residents have been happy and engaged with door to door events, such as happy hour, virtual calls to family and friends, remote control car tricks, manicures, resource cart offerings and much more.  We miss our usual Trinity traffic and all who come in to help out and visit with residents. 

After much deliberation and prayer we have made the choice to cancel the 2020 Trinity Golf Classic.   We want to thank all family, friends, and donors who make The Classic a success year after year. Sharing this special day with you and uniting our wonderful community, is what we will miss the most.  Beyond uniting friends, the golf tournament is a major fundraiser. Funds from last year bought us the resident bike that has been unbelievably successful and fun!  Residents are loving these outdoor bike rides and it has brought such enjoyment and enrichment to their lives!  If only you could see the smiles and hear the laughter as we bike through neighborhoods and listen as residents reminisce about their young days on a bike.   YOU made this possible. 

Every year the Golf Committee (Volunteers and staff) forms a list of items Trinity Campus is in need of that our operating budget does not cover.  This year, our wish list includes: outdoor chess board, electric piano, built in music player for terrace lobby and dining area, Oculus go headset and computer for resident activities.

If you wish to donate to Trinity’s wish list, please know that it would be deeply appreciated.  “Expressing Christ’s love by providing care that values every human life” is our mission, and unfortunately this year that means social distancing. We look forward to the time when we can all be together again.  Until then, we want you to know that we are working our hardest to keep our residents happy, HEALTHY and safe.  It is nothing short of a privilege to work in this community, with these fine people and we appreciate all of your support!

Mark your calendar for June 14th, 2021 of next year!

Sincerely-

The Trinity Campus Staff and Golf Committee