News at Dow Rummel Village

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Dow Rummel Adds Tech Concierge Service

by Becca Horan We are excited to introduce Link technology services, Dow Rummel’s latest innovation. Link was created to provide on-campus, in-person tech support services for Dow Rummel residents and staff.  The Link team - Nate Fischer and Becca Horan - hit the ground running when they opened in May.  "We stay busy," said Becca Horan. "Our goal is to provide ongoing support and education that meets residents where they are at in their technical journey. It has been exciting to see more and more residents utilizing what today’s technology has to...

Resident and Family COVD-19 Update 6/20/22

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by Darla Van Rosendale, CEO I wanted to give you an update on how things are going here at Dow Rummel with COVID cases and some changes we are putting into effect today. Over the past 6 weeks, we have had a couple cases at a time that we have been dealing with but with low exposures to residents and staff.  We currently have a couple active cases with possible exposure to 5 staff and residents that we are testing and monitoring.  This activity correlates to the number of active cases in Minnehaha County as it has throughout the pandemic.  We will keep you posted if we...

Dow Rummel’s Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan

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Effective 03/08/2022 Revised The CMS and SD DOH guidance which is the basis for this plan considers all the vaccinations which have occurred in residents and staff.  Visitation can be conducted in residents’ rooms, dedicated visitation spaces, and outdoors. Regardless of how visits are conducted, certain core principles and best practices reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission: The Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, will not be allowed at Dow Rummel...

Resident and Family COVID-19 Update 2/25/22

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We are still seeing cases go down in Minnehaha County as well as at Dow Rummel.  We currently do not have any active cases on our campus.  We will continue to monitor residents for signs or symptoms and do health screenings with staff and visitors as well as routine testing for some staff based on our county’s positive rate which is current at 11.7% with 882 active cases in our county.    While CDC is loosening mask requirements for the general population, they have not loosened mask restrictions for senior communities like us.  So, we are still requiring all...

Dow Rummel Village Reaches Goal of Vaccinating 94 Percent of Staff and Recognized as COVID-19 Vaccination Ambassador

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JANUARY 6, 2022, SIOUX FALLS, SD – Dow Rummel Village announced today that more than 94 percent of all staff members have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The benchmark is part of a nationwide goal set by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and LeadingAge to vaccinate 75 percent of the approximately 1.5 million nursing home staff by June 30, 2021. “We are proud to report that our facility has vaccinated 94 percent of our staff,” said Darla Van Rosendale, CEO. “Our caregivers recognize that getting vaccinated is one of the most effective ways to protect themselves and our residents...

Dow Rummel Increases Wages to Address Workforce Shortage

We are in the midst of a historical pandemic-driven workforce shortage. We need to recruit great employees and retain the great employees we already have by offering competitive wages and benefits. In the last three years, we have increased wages for some positions beyond our normal annual wage increase while staying within our annual budgeted means. Unfortunately, we have seen little positive impact from these increases. Dow Rummel is now taking significant steps to support its vision to be the employer of choice among long-term care providers in Sioux Falls. In addition to providing a...

Dow Rummel’s Back to Normal Long-Term Care Reopening Plan

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Effective 11/15/2021 Revised The CMS and SD DOH guidance which is the basis for this plan considers all of the vaccinations which have occurred in residents and staff.  Visitation can be conducted in residents’ rooms, dedicated visitation spaces, and outdoors. Regardless of how visits are conducted, certain core principles and best practices reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission: The Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention Visitors who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or currently meet the criteria for quarantine, will not be allowed at Dow Rummel...

Dow Rummel Associates Receive Statewide Awards

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Two associates of Dow Rummel Village were recognized amongst their peers in the long-term care profession at the South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA) Fall Convention this month. Darla Van Rosendale received the Administrator of the Year Award. Darla Van Rosendale received the award for her outstanding contributions to Dow Rummel Village, her community, and the long-term care profession. Darla serves as CEO and has worked at Dow Rummel Village for over 23 years. Lucia Avila received the Millie E. Olson Award of the Year. Lucia Avila was recognized as ‘Millie of the Month’ in...