Benedictine Living Community-Rochester addresses visitation modification

Earlier in August, the Minnesota Department of Health issued guidance on how senior living communities like Madonna Living Community can safely re-open to visitors while continuing to protect residents and staff from exposure to COVID-19.

One of the key requirements is the campus must have been free from COVID-19 infections for 28 days. To ensure we are COVID free we will be conducting mass testing on site. Pending the results of the mass testing, and if we remain COVID free, communication will be sent out on how visitations will resume. We are also required to consider a variety of other factors such as the level of COVID-19 in our county, the availability of hospital beds, our access to obtain personal protective equipment (PPE), and our ability to continue to mitigate COVID-19 risks before opening our building to visitors.

We will continue to offer alternative ways for residents and families to keep in touch – outdoor visits, video chats, window visits, and essential caregiver visits.

We know that our residents and their families have sacrificed much to help prevent the spread of the virus on our campus. We thank them for their patience and understanding through this difficult time. We also thank our associates, who have worked tirelessly to manage the risks of the coronavirus by providing compassionate and supportive care to our residents.

Please note that while we are unable to welcome visitors into our community at this time, we continue to monitor the key factors outlined above that determine when and if we are able to modify our visitation.

If and when our campus is able to welcome visitors into our campus, we will share this information with our residents and their families, along with the requirements visitors will need to follow for the health and safety of all.

Please note that this may need to be adjusted – if a resident tests positive for coronavirus, an associate who worked while infected with COVID-19, or if the other factors listed in the MDH guidance indicate a significant increase in the risk of exposure to COVID-19, we will need to return to restricted visitations. We will notify our family and residents if we are required to change our visitation plans.

Please check back for updates.