Published on June 29, 2020

Essentia Health announces visitation policy changes for senior care communities in Graceville

Maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our senior care residents is our top priority. Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were put in place to protect our most vulnerable population. As we continue through the COVID-19 pandemic, Essentia Health has made some changes to our visitor policy in our senior care communities.

Essentia Health is following strict guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health as well as Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to limit the potential transmission of COVID-19 in our facilities.

Effective immediately, Essentia Health Grace Village and Grace Home are offering scheduled, supervised outdoor visits with residents. These visits are open to family members, friends and community clergy. The facilities have each determined a schedule for visiting hours. Please, do not arrive for an outdoor visit without an appointment.

At Grace Village, outdoor visitation will be offered between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. seven days a week by appointment only. At Grace Home, outdoor visits will be offered by appointment only on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 5:00 p.m.

To schedule your visit, please call 320-748-7223.

When you arrive for your scheduled visit, you will go through a health screening with questions and a temperature check. Masks are required during the visit. All visits will require social distancing of six feet between the visitor and resident. Due to the risk of exposure, holding hands, hugging, kissing or other physical contact is NOT allowed.

If an outdoor visit is not an option for a resident, window visits may be arranged.

We are committed to safeguarding the health and wellness of residents and preventing the spread of illness. The visitation policy is being evaluated on a routine basis and subject to change at any time.

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