Update 7/13/20:

Minnesota is now allowing visits of persons deemed “Essential Caregivers” inside the building to visit residents and tenants. We realize this is a great step forward, but it does not mean open visitation inside our buildings. We are evaluating the MDH guidance released to us on 7/10/20, and are working on creating a safe program to allow for those deemed by Good Shepherd to be essential caregivers to come inside. Our highest priority is to protect the health of our residents and staff. As new developments arise, our tenants, residents, and families will be updated.

Outdoor Visits:

We know it has been a long wait, but as of June 24, we have been scheduling outdoor visits.

Visitors are screened by staff, perform hand hygiene, and must wear a mask throughout the entire visit. Residents and tenants must also wear a mask and maintain social distancing of at least six feet, there is no touching allowed (hugs/kisses). There will be a maximum of three visitors per resident or tenant visit.  All visits will be supervised and must be scheduled. Further instructions will be given once a visit is scheduled. To schedule a visit, please call the appropriate entity listed below.

Sauk Rapids Campus

Nursing Home – call Ashley at 320-258-0609 or Becky at 320-258-0611.

Assisted Living – call Nicky at 320-258-8554

Memory Cottages – call Niki at 320-258-8665

Becker Campus

Assisted Living and Memory Cottages – call Andrea at 763-450-6675

We greatly appreciate the sacrifices families have made during this pandemic to ensure their loved one’s safety and well-being. We are all very excited for the residents and tenants to be able to see their families and reconnect in person.

Status:

Since Good Shepherd is a senior living campus with a variety of housing and healthcare settings, we are operating under different guidelines per setting provided by the CDC, MDH, and CMS. Throughout this process, we have operated with a spirit of transparency and within governing reporting requirements, privacy, and confidentiality rules.

CMS has released a three-phase plan to reopen facilities. Currently, we are still in Phase I where all current restrictions remain in place. This includes no indoor visitation (except compassionate end of life visits), no communal dining, and no group activities. Moving into Phase II requires meeting several criteria including no new COVID cases (criteria for both our larger community and our facility), adequate staffing, adequate supplies of personal protective equipment and essential cleaning and disinfecting supplies, adequate access to testing for COVID, and area referral hospitals having enough bed capacity in COVID wards and ICU. We know for certain it will be a cautious journey into reopening our campuses. As previously stated, the reopening plan may vary between our senior apartments and assisted living/memory care settings and the nursing home. We will provide more information as our situation changes and further guidance become available for our settings.

As of 8/2/20, our COVID-19 status is as follows:

Sauk Rapids Campus:

Good Shepherd Lutheran Home (nursing home)

Resident Positive Cases – 4

Residents Recovered – 2

Resident Deaths from COVID – 2

Staff Positive Cases – 5

Staff Recovered – 4

Current Resident Positive Cases – 0

Current Staff Positive Cases – 1

Good Shepherd Outreach Services (apartments, assisted living, memory care, and home care)

Tenant Positive Cases – 0

Tenants Recovered – 0

Staff Positive Cases – 3

Staff Recovered – 1

Current Tenant Positive Cases – 0

Current Staff Positive Cases – 2

Becker Campus:

Shepherd of Grace (apartments, assisted living, and memory care)

Tenant Positive Cases – 0

Tenants Recovered – 0

Staff Positive Cases – 1

Staff Recovered – 1

Current Tenant Positive Cases – 0

Current Staff Positive Cases – 0

We mourn the loss of two beloved residents to this coronavirus and respectfully celebrate the recovery of two others. While many other facilities across the nation, and in Minnesota, have been devastated, we have been very fortunate to have kept the cases low in our settings. This has been accomplished through constant vigilance, heightened infection control and sanitization processes, and our tireless staff dedication.

Thank you for your amazing support through donations, funds, supplies, thoughts, and prayers. Together, we will get through this and will remain Good Shepherd Strong.


How Can You Help? 

In the wake of COVID-19, your contribution to the Good Shepherd Foundation Response Fund will aid in our efforts on every front to meet our community’s “Greatest Needs.”  Below are ways you may immediately make a difference!  

Supplies

 Suggested unused personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection, and general supplies including thermometers, alcohol swabs, disinfectant wipes, Lysol spray, and elastic for sewing face masks. 

All Donation of Supplies need to be made by appointment, please call Cheryl at our Foundation office at 320-259-3491 to schedule a time.  

Monetary Donation: 

Help financially support our needs to purchase items used to protect, care for, and honor our residents, care teams, and staff during this time.  

DONATE NOW

Want to Donate by Phone: Please call the Foundation Office at 320-259-3491

Want to Donate by Mail: Please mail checks payable to Good Shepherd Foundation Good ShepherdCommunity
C/O Foundation
1115 4th Ave N.
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379