At Twin Town Villa in Breckenridge, the safety and health of our residents and staff are always top-of-mind, and now more than ever. With our ongoing efforts of stopping the spread of the Coronavirus, especially to our residents who are at-risk or elderly, Twin Town Villa is taking extra precautions. We are screening everyone who enters the building by taking their temperature and stats. Many of the same precautions are being taken by assisted living centers, nursing homes, and other long-term care communities across Minnesota and the United States. But we are also taking extra steps to help our residents stay connected.
Protecting our Residents’ Physical and Mental Health
We know that not only is the physical health of our residents important, but also their mental health. When loved ones visit our residents, it is often the highlight of their week. We are sad to have to enforce social distancing for our residents but know that it is crucial to their health. Other changes we have implemented include serving meals in their room instead of communal dining. However, rest assured, our residents are not isolated in their apartments during COVID-19.
Helping your Loved One Stay Connected
With COVID-19, how we socialize has changed. Here are some tips for helping your elderly loved ones adapt to the changes and still feel connected:
Trying New Technology
We encourage our residents and their families to use technology to connect. Video chat can be done through Facetime, Skype, Zoom, Facebook or others. Twin Town Villa offers a Computer Center that can be used to connect with your family through video chat, social media, or email. The staff at Twin Town Villa can help coordinate alternative communications to bridge the communication gap. If you need help getting started, ask our staff for help. If you prefer to send an email to your loved one, simply send the message to Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org in care of your loved one’s name, and we’ll deliver the email message to them.
We love how our residents and their families are finding new ways to be close. Visiting face-to-face is still possible despite COVID-19 with “Window Visits”. Our residents and their families have used “Window Visits” to see and talk to each other… with family outside, and our residents inside, both with big smiles!
Giving Care Packages
Everyone loves to get little surprises, especially now. Items from families such as gifts, word of encouragement, homemade food, etc. can be brought and left at our front doors. Our staff will deliver the item to your loved one.
“Together forever and never apart. Maybe in distance but never in heart.”
The staff at Twin Town Villa is doing everything they can to make this challenging time as comfortable as possible for residents and their families. Watch the Twin Town Villa Facebook page for photos and updates from your loved ones.
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. If you are looking for an assisted living community for your loved one, please reach out to Twin Town Villa at (218) 643-9542 for more information.