To continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of its residents, Perham Living is following the Federal recommendations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), by restricting visitors to its facility as of today, March 12, 2020, as extra precaution against COVID-19.
“We know that the virus is much more severe in the elderly,” said Jill Doll, director of nursing at Perham Living. “The numbers for impact go up significantly after 70 and 80 years old. We want to assure everyone that at this point we have no residents that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have symptoms. We are taking these steps to prevent any possibility of the infection entering our building to safeguard our residents.”
Perham Living is working closely with our local, state and federal officials to prepare for a potential COVID-19 emergency in our community. We are actively monitoring and rigorously following all current infection control protocols.
If a visit to Perham Living is essential, visitors will be screened for symptoms of the infection, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and travel outside of the U.S. All visitors are directed to use the main entrance.
During the visitor restrictions, Perham Living will have available alternate means to communicate with residents including video chat, phone calls, texting, and social media platforms.
“We remain on heightened awareness of all infectious diseases that may impact our residents, and are taking all necessary precautions,” Doll added. “We will continue to share with the community changes to its visitor restrictions as they occur. Anyone with questions, can contact me at (218) 347-1869.”
For more information about COVID-19 and precautions to take, go to cdc.gov.