200 7th Avenue SW Altoona, IA 50009

(515) 967-4267

COVID-19 Education

11.28.22

As of November 28, 2022, we do not have any positive cases among our residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff member will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical staff continue to monitor our residents and each other daily.

Per CDC/CMS guidance we conducted an investigation to ensure that we did not have any additional positive cases among our residents or staff. We are pleased to report that no further COVID positive individuals were identified.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to infection control practices throughout our facility. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Encouraging social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.

Thank you to our residents, employees, families, healthcare partners, and our community for your support and kindness during this time.

Sincerely,

Crystal Ellefson, Administrator

 

10.11.22

As of October 11th, we do not have any positive cases among our residents or staff members. Our staff member who tested positive in recent weeks has fully recovered and returned to work.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Crystal Ellefson, Administrator

 

10.4.22

As of October 4th, we do not have any positive cases among our residents. We do not have any new positive cases among our staff members. Our staff member who tested positive last week continues to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Crystal Ellefson, Administrator

 

9.30.22

As of September 30th, we do not have any positive cases among our residents. Our residents who tested positive in recent weeks have fully recovered. Our staff member who tested positive earlier this week continues to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Crystal Ellefson, Administrator

 

9.28.22

As of September 28th, we do not have any new positive cases among our residents. Our residents who tested positive in recent weeks continue to recover. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Shannon Gilligan, Director of Nursing

 

9.27.22

As of September 27th, we do not have any new positive cases among our residents. Our residents who tested positive in recent weeks continue to recover. We do not have any positive cases among our staff members. Our staff members who tested positive in recent weeks have fully recovered. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Shannon Gilligan, Director of Nursing

 

9.20.22

As of September 20th, we have a total of two residents and two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our residents and staff members who tested positive in recent weeks have fully recovered. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Interim Administrator

 

9.13.22

As of September 13th, we have a total of seven residents and eight staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Interim Administrator

 

9.9.22

As of September 9th, we have a total of seven residents and two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Interim Administrator

 

9.6.22

As of September 6th, we have a total of four residents and two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Interim Administrator

 

9.5.22

As of September 5th, we have three residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. We do not have any positive cases among our staff members. Our residents who tested positive in recent weeks continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Interim Administrator

 

9.3.22

As of September 3rd, we have one resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. We do not have any positive cases among our staff members. Our resident who tested positive in recent weeks continues to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Interim Administrator

 

8.30.22

As of August 30th, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff members. We have one resident who tested positive last week that continues to recover. Our staff members who tested positive in recent weeks have fully recovered and returned to work. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Interim Administrator

 

8.19.22

As of August 19th, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members who tested positive in recent weeks continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

8.16.22

As of August 16th, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members who tested positive in recent weeks continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

8.12.22

As of August 12th, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our two staff members who tested positive in recent weeks continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

8.10.22

As of August 10th, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff member who tested positive last week continues to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

8.7.22

As of August 7th, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our three staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

8.2.22

As of August 2nd, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff members. Our three staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 last week continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

7.29.22

As of July 29th, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have three staff members  who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

7.28.22

As of July 28th, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have two staff members  who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

7.26.22

As of July 26th, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff members. Our staff members who tested positive in recent weeks have fully recovered and returned to work.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

7.19.22

As of July 19th, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff member who tested positive last week continues to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

7.12.22

As of July 12th, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our two residents and one staff member who tested positive in recent weeks have fully recovered. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

7.5.22

As of July 5th, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among our residents or staff members. Our two residents and one staff member who tested positive last week continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

6.29.22

As of June 29th, we have a total of two residents and one staff member who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our three staff members who tested positive in recent weeks have fully recovered and returned to work. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

6.28.22

As of June 28th, we have two residents who have tested for COVID-19. The three staff members who tested positive in recent weeks continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

6.22.22

As of June 22nd, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among residents. We have three staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

6.21.22

As of June 21st, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among residents. We have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

6.14.22

As of June 14th, we do not have any positive cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff. Our resident who tested positive last week has fully recovered.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

6.7.22

As of June 7th, we do not have any new positive cases of COVID-19 among residents or staff. We have one resident who continues to recover at this time. Our staff member who tested positive in recent weeks has recovered and returned to work. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

6.3.22

As of June 3rd, we have two residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff member who tested positive last week continues to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

5.31.22

As of May 31st, we have one resident and one staff member who have tested positive for COVID-19. All other residents and staff members who tested positive in recent weeks have recovered. Our staff member continues to follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

5.23.22

As of May 23rd, we have a total of three residents and six staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members continue to follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

5.17.22

As of May 17th, we have two residents and five staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Angela Miller, Administrator

 

2.22.22

As of February 22nd, we do not have any positive cases with residents or staff members. We are pleased to announce that our residents and staff members who tested positive in recent weeks have recovered.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications, and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

2.16.22

As of February 16th, we do not have any positive cases among residents. We have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members continue to follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

2.15.22

As of February 15th, we do not have any positive cases among residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff member continues to follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

2.9.22

As of February 9th, we do not have any positive cases among residents. We have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

2.2.22

As of February 2nd, we have three residents and six staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

2.1.22

As of February 1st, we have three residents and five staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

1.27.22

As of January 27th, we have 15 residents and 5 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

1.24.22

As of January 24th, we have 19 residents and 5 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. We are happy to report that 4 residents and 7 staff members have successfully recovered. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

1.20.22

As of January 20th, we have 23 residents and 12 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Two of our residents have successfully recovered and have graduated from isolative precautions. Our staff members continue to follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

 

1.17.22

As of January 17th, we have a total of 20 residents and 8 staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members continue to follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

1.14.22

As of January 14th, we have a total of 13 residents and four staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members continue to follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As a reminder, there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
  • Enforcing social distancing.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,
Tammy Olson, Administrator

1.12.22

As of January 12th, we have nine residents and three staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

1.7.22

As of January 7th, we have a total of two residents and four staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

1.6.22

As of January 6th, we have two residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. We do not have any new cases with our staff members. Our two staff members who tested positive earlier this week continue to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

1.4.22

As of January 4th, we do not have any positive cases with our residents. We have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our staff members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and staff members daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time. 

Happy New Year,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

12.31.2021

As of December 31st, we do not have any positive cases with our residents. Our staff member who tested positive on 12/24/21 continues to recover. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and employees daily.

 With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

 At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.

Enforcing social distancing.

Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.

Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time.  

Happy New Year,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

12.27.21

As of December 27th, we do not have any positive cases with our residents. We do have one employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. Last day worked for this employee was 12/24/21. We have no other active COVID-19 cases with our employees or our residents. Our medical director and clinical team will continue to monitor residents and employees daily.

With the guidance released on 11/12/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), in-person visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call directly at 515-967-4267.

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting tests every 3-7 days, a weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your continued acts of kindness, positive communications and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

12.22.21

As of December 22nd, 2021, we do not have any new positives cases of COVID-19 amongst our residents or staff members. 

As a reminder, with the NEW guidance released on 11/11/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. There are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town, please call 515.967.4267.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation!

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

12.8.21

As of December 8th, 2021, we do not have any new positives cases of COVID-19 amongst our residents or staff members. 

We are happy to announce that our resident and staff member who initially tested positive the week of 11/22 have fully recovered! Our staff member returned to work earlier this week! 

As a reminder, with the NEW guidance released on 11/11/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call 515.967.4267 or use the link to schedule your time: www.altoonanursingandrehab.com

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

12.3.21

As of December 3, 2021, we do not have any new positives cases of COVID-19 amongst our residents or staff members. We do have one resident and one staff member who continue to recover at this time. Our medical director and clinical team continue to monitor our residents daily.

With the NEW guidance released on 11/11/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call 515.967.4267 or use the link to schedule your time: www.altoonanursingandrehab.com

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting twice-weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

11.30.21

As of November 30, 2021, we do not have any new positives cases of COVID-19 amongst our residents. We are excited to announce that two of our residents who tested positive the week of 11/15 have recovered! We do have one resident who continues to recover at this time. Our medical director and clinical team continue to monitor our residents daily.

Additionally, we have one staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. The last day worked for this staff member was 11/24. Our staff member will follow all precautions and guidelines set forth by the CDC to recover and return to work safely. We are happy to announce that our two staff members who initially tested positive the week of 11/15 have recovered and returned to work!

With the NEW guidance released on 11/11/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call 515.967.4267 or use the link to schedule your time: www.altoonanursingandrehab.com

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting twice-weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility:

    • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings.
    • Enforcing social distancing.
    • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
    • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
    • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time.

Sincerely,
Tammy Olson, Administrator

11.22.21

As of November 22, 2021, we have one resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. We do not have any new positive cases with our staff members. The two residents and two staff members who tested positive last week continue to recover. 

With the NEW guidance released on 11/11/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call 515.967.4267 or use the link to schedule your time: www.altoonanursingandrehab.com

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting twice-weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

11.19.21

As of November 19, 2021, we have two residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. We do not have any new positive cases with our staff members. The two staff members who tested positive on 11/12/21 continue to recover. 

With the NEW guidance released on 11/11/2021 by CMS (The Center for Medicare Services), visitation will remain OPEN regardless of a COVID outbreak for residents in a nursing home setting. As reminder there are options for scheduling virtual visits for our residents if you live near or are out of town please call 515.967.4267 or use the link to schedule your time: www.altoonanursingandrehab.com

At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We are conducting twice-weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent. We continue to stay in touch with the County Health Department to ensure we are following the most up-to-date policies and procedures to defend against the spread of the virus. We are also collaborating with our medical director daily.

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

11.15.21

As of November 15, 2021, we have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. The last day worked for both employees was 11/12/21. Our team members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. We do not have any positive COVID-19 cases with our residents. At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We will start conducting twice-weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent

With the updated guidance we received from CMS on 11/12/21, in person visitation is still allowed at the community during this time. Please call 515-967-4267 for more information on visitation. We will require face masks during these visits to keep our staff and residents safe. We kindly ask that visitors respect all facility protocols when visiting. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Allowing only essential individuals (those providing critical care for residents) into the healthcare community. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 
  • Requiring all residents to stay in their rooms to better protect themselves.

Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

11.2.21

As of November 2, 2021, there are no changes since our last update. We remain with two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our team members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely the week of November 13th. At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We will start conducting twice-weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent

In-person visits are back along with compassionate care visits. We do strongly encourage families to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your loved one. Please reach out to the facility directly at 515-967-4267 to schedule time or you may also message us at the link below.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

10.29.31

As of October 29, 2021, we have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our team members will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We will start conducting twice-weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent

Unfortunately, we cannot allow visitors inside our facility at this time. We are able to allow compassionate care visits. We do strongly encourage families to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your loved one. Please reach out to the facility directly at 515-967-4267 to schedule time or you may also message us at the link below.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

 

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Allowing only essential individuals (those providing critical care for residents) into the healthcare community. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 
  • Requiring all residents to stay in their rooms to better protect themselves.

Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

10.15.21

As of October 15th, we have no new active COVID-19 cases with our residents or staff members. 

In person visits are back. Family members and loved ones are welcome to stop by any time between 7am and 9pm Monday through Sunday. Advanced notice is appreciated but not required. We kindly ask that visitors respect all facility protocols when visiting and wearing a mask to keep our residents and staff safe during the duration of the visit. It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. With that, if you are ill or live out of town and wish for virtual calls and connections, we strongly encourage families to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your family member, please reach out to the facility directly at 515.967.4267 or you may also message us at the link below.

We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

10.11.21

As of October 11th, we have four employees and eight residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. On a positive note, we have 4 residents and 2 employees who have all recovered and are doing well. We are thrilled for our employees who are well, recovered and welcome them back to work this week. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

Unfortunately, we cannot allow visitors inside our facility at this time. However, we strongly encourage families to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your family member, please reach out to the facility directly at 515.967.4267 or you may also message us at the link below.

At this time we are testing all staff and residents.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

10.8.21

As of October 8, we have two employees and eight residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

At this time we are testing all staff and residents.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

REMINDER: Please wash your hands prior to coming into our building for a visit and immediately after your visit.

By doing this, together we can keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

10.5.21

As of October 5, we have two employees and seven residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

At this time we are testing all staff and residents.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

REMINDER: Please wash your hands prior to coming into our building for a visit and immediately after your visit.

By doing this, together we can keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

10.1.21

As of October 1, we have two employees and six residents who have tested positive for COVID-19.  It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

At this time we are testing all staff and residents.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

 

REMINDER: Please wash your hands prior to coming into our building for a visit and immediately after your visit.

By doing this, together we can keep everyone safe.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely

Tammy Olson, Administrator

9.29.21

As of September 29th, we have two employees and six residents who have tested positive for COVID-19. It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents.

At this time we are testing all staff and residents.
Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday.

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together.

Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

9.28.21

As of September 28, 2021, we have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19 and four residents. The last day worked for our employee was 9/24/21. Our team member will follow CDC guidelines to recover and return to work safely. At Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, we want to assure you that we are adhering to rigorous infection control practices throughout our facility. We will start conducting twice-weekly facility-wide testing per the Iowa Dept. of Health guidance and CMS. Regular testing is an effective method of slowing the virus’s spread, so we look forward to continuing this practice until the virus is no longer prevalent

 

Unfortunately, we cannot allow visitors inside our facility at this time. We are able to allow compassionate care visits. We do strongly encourage families to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your loved one. Please reach out to the facility directly at 515-967-4267 to schedule time or you may also message us at the link below.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

As a reminder, the following defensive measures are in place at our facility: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing. 
  • Allowing only essential individuals (those providing critical care for residents) into the healthcare community. 
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of high-touch surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing N95 masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 
  • Requiring all residents to stay in their rooms to better protect themselves.

Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Thank you for your kindness and understanding through this time. 

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

9.3.21

As of September 3, 2021, we have no new active COVID-19 cases in our healthcare community. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and under the guidance of our medical directors. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

Great news, in-person visits are back. Family members and loved ones are welcome to stop by any time between 8am and 9pm Monday through Sunday. Advanced notice is appreciated but not required. We kindly ask that visitors respect all facility protocols when visiting and wearing a mask to keep our residents and staff safe during the duration of the visit. It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19.

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for updates about current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

8.31.21

As of August 31st, we have one employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical directors. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

At this time we are testing all staff and residents.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

8.26.21

As of August 26th, we have one employee who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

At this time we are testing all staff and residents.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

8.20.21

We remain 100% committed to keeping our residents, families, and team members safe while maintaining a high standard of care for our residents. 

Our facility is once again open for visits.

As a reminder we would ask that all visitors follow our policies and procedures when visiting your loved ones, to protect them.

Children may visit if they can maintain social distancing and wear a face covering.

Visits must occur in our designated areas.

All visits will be monitored by a facility staff member, allowing as much privacy as possible.

All visitors must be screened with temperature, identified symptoms, and recent travel history prior to each scheduled visit.  The facility reserves the right to cancel any appointment if any resident or visitor fail to successfully pass the screening questions or comply with the screening process.  

All visitors must wear a mask during the entire visit.

All visitors must perform hand hygiene prior to and after each visit.

All visitors must include their contact information on the screening form.

We remain committed to our resident’s and families and appreciate all your support.

Regards,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

8.13.21

As of August 13th, we have no new active COVID-19 cases with our residents and staff.

It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

At this time we are open for visitation, we ask that visitors check in and out at the front door, complete the Covid questionnaire and screening prior to a visit.

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

We are grateful for your continued adherence to our policies when visiting loved ones.  Together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

8.9.21

As of August 9th, we have no new active COVID-19 cases with our residents or staff members. We do have two staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19. They are following CDC guidelines to recover and return to work. 

It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

Unfortunately, we cannot allow visitors inside our facility at this time. We strongly encourage families to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your family member, please reach out to the facility directly at 515-967-4267 or you may also message us at the link below. Please see below for a list of places you can find regular updates about the state of our facility: 

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

We are grateful for your adherence to these rules as well so that together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

8.3.21

As of August 3rd, we have no new active COVID-19 cases with our residents or staff members. We do have one staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. They are following CDC guidelines to recover and return to work. 

It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. Hanson. It is our desire to communicate with the community regularly and in real-time as we continue to live out our mission of care, compassion, and quality of life for all residents. 

Unfortunately, we cannot allow visitors inside our facility at this time. We strongly encourage families to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your family member, please reach out to the facility directly at 515-967-4267 or you may also message us at the link below. Please see below for a list of places you can find regular updates about the state of our facility: 

  • Visit https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ for daily updates about test results, current safety and health measures and new facility initiatives.
  • If you have a question about a specific resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we are providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all our residents, families, and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the status of our facility, along with all the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

We are grateful for your adherence to these rules as well so that together we can keep everyone safe. Thank you for your continued cooperation as we partner together to limit exposure to COVID-19. If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Sincerely,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

5.13.21

Spring is finally here, and we are so happy to see so many of you coming in to visit with your family members

We do ask that you continue to schedule your visits with the Business Office at 515-9674267. And continue to practice Social Distancing and hand washing to protect yourselves and our residents. When visiting please be reminded that while we encourage you to visit, we would also ask that you remain in your assigned visit area and refrain from going further into the building than is necessary for your visit. We encourage you to take your loved ones outside when the weather allows. 

As always you will be asked to wear a mask and follow all of our visitation policies while you are here. 

We look forward to seeing everyone and the smiles you continue to bring to your loved ones when you visit

Warm Regards

Tammy Olson Administrator 

4.30.21

We remain 100% committed to keeping our residents, families, and team members safe while maintaining a high standard of care for our residents

We did have a staff member test positive, however that staff member has had little to no contact with residents and is currently isolating at home showing no signs or symptoms. 

Our facility is once again open for visits and we would ask that you contact the Business Office at 515 9674267 to schedule a visit. Our outside visitation booth is once again open and can be scheduled for 30minute visits

As a reminder we would ask that all visitors follow our policies and procedures when visiting your loved ones, to protect them. 

Children may visit if they can maintain social distancing and wear a face covering. 

Visits must occur in our designated areas. 

All visits will be monitored by a facility staff member, allowing as much privacy as possible

All visitors must be screened with temperature, identified symptoms, and recent travel history prior to each scheduled visit. The facility reserves the right to cancel any appointment if any resident or visitor fail to successfully pass the screening questions or comply with the screening process. 

All visitors must wear a mask during the entire visit and remain behind the plexiglass barrier built into the “conversation stations. If the visitor does not have a mask the facility will provide one. 

All visitors must perform hand hygiene prior to and after each visit

All visitors must include their contact information on the screening form

The conversation stations will be disinfected before and after each visit

We remain committed to our resident’s and families and appreciate all your support

Regards, 

Tammy Olson, Administrator 

4.1.21

Happy Easter Family and Friends,

Our facility remains open for visits and starting April 5, our outside conversation booth will be open for visits as well.

  • Visits must be scheduled in advance and limited to (2) visitors at a time.
  • Visitors must sign in and complete a screening questionnaire.
  • Visitors must always wear a mask.
  • Visitors MAY NOT walk through the facility and must remain at the booth.
  • Visits are limited to 30 minutes. 
  • There will be a protective barrier between you and your loved one and we ask you to respect the barrier.
  • The booth will remain open if there are NO active cases in our facility and the positivity rate remains below 10%

Please call the business office to schedule a visit at 515-967-4267.

We appreciate your understanding while we continue to work hard to keep our community safe during this difficult time.

King Regards,

Tammy Olson, Administrator

2.19.21

Good day, family and friends, 

We continue to thank everyone for your patience as we continue to monitor the positivity rate in Polk County for COVID-19. Polk County has dropped to 10.1%.  As a reminder, as a facility we need the county rate to be under 10% for two consecutive weeks to allow for open- scheduled visits at our conversation booth.

At this time we encourage families to continue to visit through zoom meetings, face-time calls and phone calls. We do recognize the anticipation of families wanting to see their loved ones.  You may contact Becky or Patty at 515- 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday if you need support to connect with your loved one. You can also reach out at the link below to schedule.

As we continue to follow the CMS guidelines, we ask that you reach out to me directly if you may need to schedule a compassionate visit with your loved if you or your loved one is experiencing any emotional symptoms.

Good news, we have completed our COVID-19 vaccine clinics, 50 % of our associates and 90 % of our residents have been vaccinated.

We continue to allow the Beautician into this facility at this time and are looking forward to bringing the podiatrist back shortly.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We remain dedicated to the health and safety of our residents and staff. We appreciate your understanding as we work hard to keep our community safe during this difficult time for everyone.

Kind regards,

Tammy Olson, Administrator 

I can also be emailed at tammy.olson@altoonanursingandrehab.com

2.12.21

We want to express our continued gratitude to everyone for your continued support and patience as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and staff during this continual pandemic.

As a facility, we continue to follow the CMS guidelines for testing of associates based on the positivity rate in our county.  Polk County has shown a decrease in positivity rates over the last two weeks.  If this decrease continues and if Polk County can achieve and maintain a positivity rate under 10% with no active cases of COVID in our facility we will be able to open up the indoor conversation booth.

Polk County is currently at 10.8%.

At this time, the indoor Conversation Station Booth is closed.  We continue to schedule visits through the Ipad.  If you would like to schedule a time to visit with a loved one please contact Becky or Patty at 515- 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday.  You can also reach out at the link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We remain dedicated to the health of our residents and staff and are appreciative for your understanding as we work hard to keep our community safe during this difficult time for everyone.

2.8.21

We are pleased to announce we have no new active positive COVID-19 residents or staff members today. 

We want to remind everyone we had a total of 84 residents vaccinated out of the 92 in house. We have had 50% of our employees complete both doses. We are set to have our third follow up vaccine clinic on Feb 18th for those that missed the first clinic. We are doing our part to keep our residents and community safe.

As a reminder, it does take up to 21 days after the second dose to allow for the vaccine to reach its full potential.  We know families are hopeful to return to indoor visitations and we look forward to this opportunity.  However, at this time we are still not permitted to have indoor visits as we need the positivity rate in Polk County to be under 10%.  

As we continue to follow the CMS and CDC guidelines, we will continue to keep the lines of communication open to you on our website, Facebook and through our letters to the families.

Please, if you have any questions please reach out to Becky, Patty or me at 515-967-4267 or follow the link: AltoonaNursingandRehab.com/Covid-19-update

Respectfully,

Tammy Olson
Administrator

2.1.21

We are pleased to announce we have no new active positive COVID-19 residents or staff members today. We had our second COVID-19 vaccine clinic today. We had a total of 84 residents vaccinated out of the 92 in house. We have had 50% of our employees complete both doses. We are set to have our third follow up clinic on Feb 18thfor those that missed the first clinic. 

As a reminder, it does take up to 21 days after the second dose to all ow for the vaccine to reach its full potential.  We know families are hopeful to return to indoor visitations and we took look forward to this opportunity.  However, at this time we are still not permitted to have indoor visits as we need the positivity rate in Polk County to be under 10 percent.  

As we continue to follow the CMS guidelines we will continue to keep the lines of communication open to you on our website and through the family letters.

Please, if you have any questions please reach to myself, Becky and Patty at 515-967-4267 or AltoonaNursingandRehab.com/Covid-19-update.

Respectfully,

Tammy Olson
Administrator

1.28.21

We are pleased to announce we have no new active positive COVID-19 residents or staff members today. We had our second COVID-19 vaccine clinic today. We had a total of 84 residents vaccinated out of the 92 in house. We have had 50% of our employees complete both doses. We are set to have our third follow up clinic on Feb 18thfor those that missed the first clinic. 

If you would like to schedule a visit with your loved one, please call 515-967-4267 between 9 A.M. and 4 P.M. Please ask for Patty or Joanie. Please understand the facility may have to cancel the visitations at anytime if there is a new case of COVID-19 in our facility or if any unforeseen circumstance arises.

Respectfully,

Tammy Olson
Administrator

1.13.21

We are pleased to report we have no active COVID-19 cases for either our residents or staff members.  

We look forward to your loved ones, who consented to receiving their second dose of the vaccine on January 28th.  If anyone has any questions on the vaccine, please reach out to Candi or I.

We are pleased to announce we have resumed the beauty shop operations with our beautician Tanya.

Respectfully,

Tammy Olson
Administrator

1.7.21

We want to express our continued gratitude to everyone for your continued support and patience as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and staff.

Today, we have finished the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine administration. 80 residents were vaccinated and 46 associates. It was a very seamless process. A big thank you to CVS and our associates in charge of the process today. They did an amazing job with no issues. Now our nursing department will take the lead to chart and do the vitals along with support of our medical director, nurse practitioners and other rounding physicians. We are scheduled for our second dose on January 28th.

As we start the vaccine process, this is a friendly reminder it is a two- step vaccine. We want to remind everyone that the facility will not immediately re-open after the second dose.  We do need about 21 days after the second dose to allow for the vaccine to reach its full potential. We will keep the lines of communication open as we follow the guidelines in retuning the facility to normal operations.

We continue to test the associates in accordance with the CMS guidelines based on the positivity rate in our county. 

We truly want to thank everyone.  We recognize the impact and sacrifice given by all and the adjustments made in your own lives. We are optimistic as we move forward in 2021.

1.5.21

We want to express our continued gratitude to everyone for your continued support and patience as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and staff.

I am pleased to announce we will start the two- step process of offering the vaccine to our residents and staff.  We have joined forces with CVS pharmacy, and we appreciate all the consents given and the commitment given to reduce the spread and hopes to eliminate this virus.

As we start the vaccine process, as a reminder it is a two- step vaccine.  We will conduct the first dose on January 7th and a second dose is scheduled for January 28th.  As we are please to be vaccinating the residents and staff, I want to remind everyone that the facility will not immediately re-open after the second dose.  We do need about 21 days after the second dose to allow for the vaccine to reach its full potential.    

We will keep the lines of communication open as we follow the guidelines in retuning the facility to normal operations.

We continue to test the associates in accordance with the CMS guidelines based on the positivity rate in our county.  We are please to announce we have had no positive test results and we are hopeful to be able to open the indoor conversation booth back up next. 

We truly want to thank everyone.  We recognize the impact and sacrifice given by all and the adjustments made in your own lives. 

We are optimistic as we move forward in 2021.

12.31.20

Happy New Year!

Great news, we have no new active COVID cases as of today.  We continue to use precautions and are not allowing visitors in the building yet, but hope that we will open soon after the New Year.

With that being said, we will receive our first vaccine January 7, 2021 and the second on January 28, 2021.

We are so excited to report positive news for a change.

We are so grateful for the support we have received in this community and look forward to getting back to normal soon.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Administrator at (515)967-4267 during normal business hours Monday-Friday.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/

12.28.20

As of 12/28, we have recovered all residents and staff that previously tested positive. All residents were also tested today and all came back negative. Our staff continues to test all negative as well.
Thank you for you continued support and happy holidays!
 

12.22.20

We are so appreciative of the kindness of our community.  The uplifting messages, generous donations and calls keep our team and residents in high spirits.

As of December 22, we have 1 resident in our COVID-19 unit and 89 in our “well” unit.  We have had 57 residents recover from COVID-19 and are now home or are in our well unit as of today.

From May 1 – December 22, we have had 38 staff members test positive out of 137 staff members since May 1.   1 staff member who tested positive in this most recent round is still in quarantine.  A total of 99 staff members have tested negative.  All staff members must meet CDC guidelines before returning to work.

We are in communication with the Polk County Health Department and the Centers for Decease Control and are following their guidelines closely.  We are so grateful to be able to test our staff and residents on a regular basis.  As a result of this, the numbers of positive and negative case will fluctuate regularly.  To aggressively combat the virus, we are also screening each employee twice a week.

Our team continues to facilitate calls between residents and family members as we go through this time.  Families can request to connect with their loved ones via a 10 minute Zoom call.  These will be available Monday-Sunday between 10 a.m. and noon.  To schedule, please call our activities department at 515-967-4267 and provide dates and times that work for you.  We will make every effort to facilitate a time and date that works best for you and your family member.

If you have a question about an individual resident, please contact the community directly by calling 515-967-4267 and speak to our administrator, Tammy Olson during regular business hours Monday-Friday.

Again, we appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation through this difficult time.

12.21.20

Happy Holidays friends and relatives of Altoona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, residents and staff.

We are happy to report we are down to 2 positive residents and one associate.  We continue to be on the mend here and look forward to the New Year.

With the New Year will come the vaccine and our hope that things will return to normal.

We encourage those of you with family at our facility to remain in contact with them and if you need assistance with a zoom call, please contact our activities department and they will be happy to set a date a time for you to visit with your loved one.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Administrator at (515)967-4267 during normal business hours Monday-Friday.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/

12.14.20

We want to express our continued gratitude to everyone for your continued support and patience as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today we have six staff and three residents who are COVID-19 positive. The residents are quarantined and receiving dedicated care from their physician and our team. Our employees were sent home and are no longer working.  

We continue to follow the CMS guidelines for testing of associates based on the positivity rate in our county. Such frequent testing will result in the occasional positive test result, but we would like to assure you that we are taking all the possible precautions to keep our residents safe and routine testing is truly the best way we can create a safe environment.  

We will continue to test all associates at a minimum of twice a week until the positivity rate in Polk County is under 10%.  We will continue to test residents in accordance with the regulations.

At this time, we have discontinued the indoor Conversation Station Booth and will return to scheduling visits through the Ipad.  If you would like to schedule a time to visit with a loved one please contact Becky or Patty at 515- 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday.  You can also reach out at the link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We continue to stay in daily communication with the health department and hospital systems to ensure we’re providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all of our residents, families and team members safe. We are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials, and we hope that sharing the current status of our facility, along with all of the precautions we have taken since this virus first came to light, provides comfort as we move through this pandemic together. 

Defensive measures currently in place include: 

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC recommended screenings. 
  • Enforcing social distancing, maintaining six feet between all individuals and limiting community activities. 
  • Allowing only essential individuals (those providing needed essential care for residents) into the community. 
  • Prohibiting visitors answering yes to any COVID-19 questions.
  • Prohibiting visitors under the age of 18 entering the community.
  • Prohibiting outside pets.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of commonly touched environmental surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher than required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 
  • Encouraging all residents to stay in their rooms as much as possible to better protect themselves.
  • Permitting only virtual tours and enforcing strict screening measures for new residents until further notice.

We remain dedicated to the health of our residents and staff and are appreciative for your understanding as we work hard to keep our community safe during this difficult time for everyone.

12.11.20

We are happy to report that we are now at 8 positive residents and 8 positive staff members. Those positive residents remain in isolation and are receiving care from their dedicated team. The positive staff members will remain off work until they meet all CDC guidelines. 

We encourage those of you with family at our facility to remain in contact with them and if you need assistance with a zoom call, please contact our activities department and they will be happy to set a date a time for you to visit with your loved one. 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Administrator at (515)9674267 during normal business hours Monday-Friday. 

12.4.20

With the approach of the Holidays, we are even more grateful for the support our community has shown during this difficult time.

We are happy to report that we are holding steady with 29 positive residents and 10 positive staff members.  Those positive residents remain in isolation and are receiving care from their dedicated team.  The positive staff members will remain off work until they meet all CDC guidelines.

We encourage those of you with family at our facility to remain in contact with them and if you need assistance with a zoom call, please contact our activities department and they will be happy to set a date a time for you to visit with your loved one.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Administrator at (515) 967-4267 during normal business hours Monday-Friday.

11.30.20:

As of November 30, we have thirty-eight residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and six staff members who have tested positive. At this time, the residents who have tested positive are in isolation and receiving care from our dedicated team and their physician(s). The staff members who have tested positive are not working and will not return until meeting all CDC guidelines. 

We will continue to conduct facility wide testing twice a week. We are in communication with the County Health Department and are following their guidelines closely. 

We are so grateful to be able to test our staff and residents on a regular basis. As a result of this, the numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate regularly. In an effort to aggressively combat this virus, we are also screening each employee at the beginning and end of every shift. No employee with symptoms is working.

At this time, our Conversation Station remains closed. In the meantime, we are happy to schedule a call or virtual visit with your loved one. To schedule a call or virtual visit, call us at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday–Friday.

As always, we encourage our community to contact us with any questions or concerns at the link below. If you’d like to speak with our administrator directly, please call during regular business hours Monday – Friday. 

11.24.20:

Thank you again for your support, kind messages and prayers. We are so grateful to be a part of the Altoona community. We wish you all a very healthy and safe Thanksgiving.

As of November 24, we have thirty residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and nine staff members who have tested positive. At this time, the residents who have tested positive are in Isolation and receiving care from our dedicated team and their physician(s). The staff members who have tested positive are not working and will not return until meeting all CDC guidelines. With that, we have residents and staff members who are recovering quickly. We look forward to transitioning our residents to the “well” unit next week and also welcoming back our staff members who will be meeting the CDC guidelines to return to work

We will continue to conduct facility wide testing twice a week for the next 14 days. We are in communication with the County Health Department and are following their guidelines closely. We are so grateful to be able to test our staff and residents on a regular basis. As a result of this, the numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate regularly. In an effort to aggressively combat this virus, we are also screening each employee at the beginning and end of every shift. No employee with symptoms is working.

At this time, our Conversation Station remains closed. In the meantime, we are happy to schedule a call or virtual visit with your loved one. To schedule a call or virtual visit, call us at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday—Friday or message us at the link below.

As always, we encourage our community to contact us with any questions or concerns at the link below. If you’d like to speak with our administrator directly, please call during regular business hours Monday — Friday.

11.18.20:
 
Thank you again for your support, kind messages and prayers. We are so grateful to be a part of the Altoona community.
 
As of November 18, we have 18 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and three staff members who have tested positive. At this time, the residents who have tested positive are in Isolation and receiving care from our dedicated team and their physician(s).
 
The staff members who have tested positive are not working and will not return until meeting all CDC guidelines.
 
We are so grateful to be able to test our staff and residents on a regular basis. As a result of this, the numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate regularly.
 
In an effort to aggressively combat this virus, we are also screening each employee at the beginning and end of every shift. No employee with symptoms is working.
 
As always, we encourage our community to contact us with any questions or concerns. If you’d like to speak with our administrator directly, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday.
 

11.13.20

We want to  express  our continued gratitude to everyone for your continued support and patience as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and staff during this continual pandemic.

On November 12, 2020 we started a round of testing on all residents based on a change of condition.  Our testing did result in 3 residents testing positive at the facility level.  Further testing will be reviewed at the Pathogen Lab to provide confirmation for positivity. We also had 1 associate test positive during this time and are awaiting for the lab confirmation.

As a facility, we continue to follow the CMS guidelines for testing of associates based on the positivity rate in our county. Such frequent testing will result in the occasional positive test result, but we would like to assure you that we are taking all the possible precautions to keep our residents safe and routine testing is truly the best way we can create a safe environment.  

We will continue to test all associates at a minimum of twice a week until the positivity rate in Polk County in under 10%.  We will continue to test residents in accordance with the regulations.

At this time, we will discontinue the indoor Conversation Station Booth and will return to scheduling visits through the Ipad.  If you would like to schedule a time to visit with a loved one please contact Becky or Patty at 515- 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday. 

We remain dedicated to the health of our residents and staff and are appreciative for your understanding as we work hard to keep our community safe during this difficult time for everyone.

11.3.20

We want to thank you for your continued support as we continue to work through this pandemic. Earlier this week, we announced we had a potential positive test result in the facility with an associate. We did receive the lab confirmation and it resulted in a negative result leaving the facility with no positivity at this time.

We continue to conduct facility testing of all associates in accordance with the CMS mandate. As a facility we will continue to test based on the positivity rate of Polk County. As of this morning the positivity rate is 9.9 %.

Through testing our team is dedicated to preventing exposure to the virus. We continue to follow all mandated requirements; we work closely with our Medical Directors and Polk County Health Department to ensure our policies and procedures meet all state and federal guidelines.

At this time, we will continue to allow families to visit according to our visitation policy. With the increase in positivity rates in Polk County we do want to remind all families wishing to visit, if you are not feeling well, if you have cold, been ill with the flu to please refrain from visiting in person. Our staff will be more than happy to assist you with a virtual call or telephone call to keep you connected to your loved one.

If you are visiting in person at this time, please remember a mask is always required during the visit. You may not remove your mask while in the facility.
If you have any questions please call 515-967-4267 during regular hours- Monday-Friday and Becky, Patty or Joanie will be glad to answer your questions on vitiations or virtual calls.

We appreciate your patience we all continue to mitigate COVID-19.

10.29.20

As of October 29, one staff member tested positive for COVID-19 during our weekly testing.

Their last day of work was October 28.  This individual is quarantining at home and will return to work once they have met the CDC guidelines for recovery.

Following the CMS guidelines, if an associate would test positive for COVID-19, the residents will also be tested.  We are happy to report we tested all residents on October 29, and currently no residents have COVID-19.

We continue to follow the CMS guidelines for testing of associates based on the positivity rate in our county. Such frequent testing will result in the occasional positive test result, but we would like to assure you that we are taking all the possible precautions to keep our residents safe and routine testing is truly the best way we can create a safe environment. 

The last prior positive test result of an associate was on September 19, 2020.

At this time, we will continue to keep the indoor Conversation Station open to families to schedule a visit with your loved one.  If you would like to schedule a time to visit with a loved one in the Conversation Station, please contact Becky or Patty at 515- 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday. 

We remain dedicated to the health of our residents and staff and are appreciative for your understanding as we work hard to keep our community safe.

Sincerely,
Tammy Olson, Administrator

10.16.20

As of October 16, we have no active cases of COVID-19 in our facility. Thank you to our hard-working staff for making this possible! We will continue to test our employees once a week until the total positivity rate in Polk County decreases.

We welcomed our hairstylist back into the facility this week and it has been a fun boost to the morale of residents and staff.

Starting Monday, October 19, our conversation station will be indoors in the lobby. Families must call Becky or Patty at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday to schedule a visit. You can also reach out at the link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

All families should have received a letter with the guidelines to follow for indoor visitations. If you did not receive a letter, feel free to contact our team, and we will be happy to provide you with the guidelines required for visitations. If you have not returned your consent forms for the flu shot to the facility, we ask that they take a moment to do so.

As always, we are thankful for your continued support, and we look forward to safely welcoming family members inside on Monday.

10.8.20

As of October 8, we are grateful to report that we have no new active cases of COVID-19 at our facility. We are still testing our employees once per week until the total rate of positive cases in Polk County declines.

As a reminder, we will move our Conversation Station inside starting Monday, October 19. Appointments must be made in advance for visits. To schedule a visit, please contact Becky or Patty at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday. You can also reach out at the link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

All families will be receiving a letter with the guidelines to follow for indoor visitations. If you don’t receive a letter within the coming week, feel free to contact our team to learn the guidelines required for visitations.

We look forward to welcoming family members inside soon.

10.2.20

As of October 2, we continue to have no new active cases of COVID-19 at our facility. We are thankful that all of our residents and staff members are doing well.

We are also grateful to see a decline in the total rate of positive cases in Polk County. Out of an abundance of caution, we will continue to test our staff members each week. We appreciate the support and for helping to flatten the curve in our region.

Starting October 19, we will move our Conversation Station inside as the weather will be getting colder. We will send a letter out to all families on October 8 that details the guidelines for indoor visits.

Until then, if you’d like to schedule a visit outside in the Conversation Station, please contact Becky or Patty at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday. You can also reach out at the link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We are delighted at the progress we have seen, and we look forward to providing you with more updates in the coming weeks.

9.25.20

As of September 25, we have no new active cases of COVID-19 at our facility. One staff member tested positive last week and is quarantining at home until they’ve met CDC guidelines for recovery. Their last day of work was September 14.

We are continuing to test staff members weekly in order to aggressively identify and isolate any cases in our facility.

Polk County has seen a decline in the total rate of positive cases over the last two weeks, dropping our county below 10% positivity. This is a sign that our efforts to wear appropriate masks and PPE are working! Thank you for all you’re doing to keep the residents of Polk County safe.

Families may continue to schedule visits in the Conversation Station. If you would like to schedule a time to visit with a loved one, please contact Becky or Patty at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday. You can also reach out at the link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

Thank you for your support of Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center!

9.18.20

As of September 18, one staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. Their last day of work was September 14. This individual is quarantining at home and will return to work once they’ve met CDC guidelines for recovery. We are happy to report that no residents currently have COVID-19. 

Following new CMS guidelines based on the positivity rate in our county, we continue to test all staff a minimum of once a week. Such frequent testing will result in the occasional positive test, but we would like to assure you that we are taking all possible precautions to keep our residents healthy and well. Safety is our top priority, and routine testing is truly the best way we can create a safe environment. We are lucky to have the resources to test at this frequency.

If a positive test result does arise, we will continue to follow CDC and CMS guidelines to isolate the case.

We are excited to announce that we are resuming outdoor family visits in the Conversation Station. If you would like to schedule a time to visit with a loved one in the Conversation Station, please contact Becky or Patty at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday. You can also reach out at the link below. 

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/ 

We remain dedicated to the health of our residents and staff and are grateful for your understanding as we work hard to keep our community safe.

9.8.20

Thank you for your continued support of Altoona Nursing & Rehab. As of September 8, there have been no changes at our facility. One resident tested positive on September 4, and this resident has been isolated and is receiving dedicated care. No additional residents or staff members have tested positive.

We will be conducting another round of facility-wide testing this week and will continue to provide regular updates as we receive results.

Please call (515) 967-426 during our regular business hours Monday-Friday if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule a phone call with a loved one. You may also message us at the link below.

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and support as we work to combat this virus.

9.4.20

Thank you for your continued support of Altoona Nursing & Rehab. Earlier today, we announced we had no active cases of COVID-19 at our facility. This afternoon, we received one positive test result from a resident.

A round of facility-wide testing for all staff members and residents has begun, and we will provide you with additional updates as results return.

We are working closely with the Polk County Health Department to ensure we are meeting all state and federal guidelines. Additionally, we continue to implement the following defensive measures:

  • Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. Due to the high case rate in our county, we are also testing employees three times per week in accordance with the CDC’s new mandate.
  • Enforcing social distancing, maintaining six feet between all individuals and limiting community activities.
  • Allowing only essential individuals (those providing critical care for residents) into the community.
  • Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Frequent disinfecting of commonly touched environmental surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.
  • Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.
  • Encouraging all residents to stay in their rooms as much as possible to better protect themselves.
  • Permitting only virtual tours and enforcing strict screening measures for new residents until further notice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our team by calling (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday. You may also message us at the link below.

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work hard to combat this virus.

8.7.20

We are pleased to report that, as of August 7, all residents and staff members are healthy and well. One staff member, who tested positive for COVID-19 on July 19, has fully recovered and has returned to work.

Our team is still available to connect families with their loved ones. Give us a call at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday or message us at the button above to schedule.

Thank you for your support!

8.3.20

As of August 3, our COVID-19 unit remains empty. All residents are healthy and well. One staff member tested positive on July 19, which was also their last day of work. We are retesting residents and staff as symptoms arise.

We are grateful to our team for keeping residents safe and healthy during these challenging times. In an abundance of caution, we are continuing to comply with CMS guidelines to not allows outside visitors into the facility.

We know you miss seeing your loved ones in person, and we are happy to schedule virtual visits and telephone calls for you to connect with them. To schedule a call, please contact (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday or message us at the link below.

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. We have received so many thoughtful deeds and kind words from our community, and our team is very appreciative of the continued support you have shown.

7.22.20

As of July 22, we have zero residents in our COVID-19 unit. One staff member tested positive for COVID-19, and their last day at the facility was July 19. This person is asymptomatic. We are continuing to monitor for symptoms in both staff and residents and are retesting as often as is necessary.

As we work hard to combat COVID-19, we cannot allow visitors into the facility just yet. We understand this is a tough time to be separated from loved ones and we wish you could visit in person. While we wait for the day when in-person visits can resume, we are happy to schedule virtual visits and telephone calls between residents and family members.

To schedule, please contact (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday or message us at the link below. 

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

Thank you for your patience as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our residents and staff. We look forward to updating you again soon! 

7.6.20

We are thankful to report that we continue to be a COVID-free facility.

As of July 6, there are no residents in our “COVID-19” unit, and all staff members are healthy and working.

As we continue to comply with CMS guidelines for reopening, we cannot welcome visitors into our facility yet. We understand how difficult this time has been for our residents and their families, and we are fully dedicated to keeping you connected with your loved ones until visitors are permitted.

If you’d like to schedule a call or virtual visit with your loved one, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday or message us at the link below. 

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We can’t wait to have you back in our facility. We greatly appreciate your kind words and continued support for our staff and residents.

6.24.20

We are pleased to announce that all of our residents have fully recovered from COVID-19. We can’t thank our team members enough for their unwavering care over these last few months.

As of June 24, there are no residents in our “COVID-19” unit and all 90 residents are safely back in our well unit. All 132 staff members are also back to work.

We cannot wait to have you back in our facility to visit your loved ones in person. We know this is tough, and we appreciate your understanding 

as we continue to comply with CMS guidelines against reopening. We will let you know as soon as the guidelines change.

Our team is available to schedule calls or virtual visits with your loved one. We encourage you to do this if you haven’t in a while. If you’d like to do so, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday or message us at the link below. 

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We are celebrating a COVID-free Altoona and will continue to do our best to avoid any new positive cases. We can’t thank you enough for your support of our residents and staff.

6.22.20

We’re pleased to report there are no new cases of COVID-19 to report. Your support for our residents and team members has been greatly appreciated!

As of June 22, four residents remain in our “COVID-19” unit and 86 residents in our well unit. Seven staff members previously tested positive for COVID-19 but have fully recovered and rejoined us. 125 staff members have tested negative. 

We know the prolonged separation from your loved ones is difficult, and we really appreciate your understanding as we continue to comply with CMS guidelines to not reopen yet. Please continue to schedule calls or virtual visits with your loved one. It brightens their day! If you’d like to do so, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday or message us at the link below. 

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

Thank you, again, for your patience and understanding.

6.18.20

We are excited to announce that five residents have fully recovered from COVID-19 and have been cleared to move back to our “well” unit!

As of June 18, we have four residents in our “COVID-19” unit and 86 residents in our well unit. Seven staff members previously tested positive for COVID-19 but have fully recovered and rejoined us. 125 staff members have tested negative. 

Thank you for your patience as we comply with CMS guidelines to not reopen yet. However, we encourage you to schedule a call or virtual visit with your loved one. If you’d like to do so, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday or message us at the link below. 

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We greatly appreciate your continued support of our residents and staff during this time. 

6.15.20

Once again, we have no new cases to report since our last update. We are incredibly grateful that we have not had any additional positive tests at this time. Thank you to the staff for your hard work in protecting residents and preventing spread. 

As of June 15, we have nine residents in our “COVID-19” unit and 81 residents in our “well” unit. Seven staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and 125 staff have tested negative. 

As we comply with CMS guidelines, we are not reopening yet. However, if you would like to schedule a call with your loved one, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday-Friday or message us at the link below. 

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

Thank you for your unwavering support. We hope to update you with more good news soon!

6.11.20

We are very grateful that we do not have any new cases of COVID-19 since our last update.

As of June 11, we have 9 residents in our COVID-19 unit and 81 residents who tested negative. Seven staff members previously tested positive, while 125 others tested negative.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a call with your loved one, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. You may also message us at the link below.

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

Thank you again for your continued support and well wishes for the Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community. We look forward to updating you again soon.

6.8.20

The progress we’ve seen from our residents over the past week has been very encouraging. We are excited to announce that three residents have made full recoveries!

As of June 8, we have 9 residents in our COVID-19 unit and 78 residents in our “well” unit. Seven staff members previously tested positive, while 125 others tested negative. The last day of work for a staff member testing positive was May 24, 2020.

If you would like to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your family member, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. You may also message us at the link below.

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

We appreciate the well-wishes and prayers from our community. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to updating you again soon.

6.5.20

The wellbeing of our residents and staff is our utmost priority, and we do not take our responsibility to protect against COVID-19 lightly. While the Governor’s order does take steps to re-open business in Iowa, our mission to protect our residents remains our priority. Many of our residents are considered “high risk” for contracting the virus. Therefore, we will not be able to welcome visitors back into our facility on June 15.

As a nursing and rehabilitation facility, we are still mandated by CMS to restrict visitation until entering Phase 2 of the Phased Easing of Restrictions for Long-Term Care Facilities plan. The greatest COVID-19 risk comes from the movement of persons into and out of our facility, so until we receive further clarification from CMS, visitation restrictions will remain in place. In the meantime, we will continue to evaluate our residents’ health statuses and needs. We will warmly welcome visitors as soon as the Iowa Department of Health, Iowa Healthcare Association, Department of Inspection and Appeals, our Governor and our medical director all believe it is safe to do so.

We are very sorry for the prolonged disconnection with family members. We understand this is a difficult time for our residents and their families, and please know we are dedicated to keeping you connected with your loved ones during this time. We are still here to facilitate phone calls or video chats.

If you would like to schedule a phone call or virtual call with your family member, we encourage you to reach out at the following link or call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday.

www.altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-update/

Thank you for your support and understanding through this challenging time.

6.3.20

As of June 3, we have 12 residents in our COVID-19 unit and 73 residents in our “well” unit. Seven staff members previously tested positive, while 125 others tested negative. The last day of work for a staff member testing positive was May 24, 2020.

We are excited to announce that many residents who previously tested positive are now in recovery mode and will soon transition into the COVID stepdown process.

We are continuing to screen each employee at the beginning of every shift, and no employee with symptoms is working. We are also staying in regular communication with our medical director, the local hospital system and the Polk County Health Department.

Your support of Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center means so much to our staff and residents. Thank you for your continued kind thoughts, messages and prayers.

6.1.20

As of June 1, we have 12 residents in our COVID-19 unit and 73 residents in our “well” unit. Seven staff members previously tested positive, while 125 others tested negative. The last day of work for a staff member testing positive was May 24, 2020.

As a reminder, the numbers of positive and negative cases within our facility will fluctuate as we regularly test our staff and residents.

In order to effectively combat the virus within our facility, each employee is screened at the beginning of every shift, and no employee with symptoms is working. We are also staying in regular communication with our medical director, the local hospital system and the Polk County Health Department.

Thank you for your support of Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. We look forward to updating you again soon.

5.28.20

We are so appreciative to our Altoona community for the continued support, kind messages and prayers.

As of May 28, we have 14 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 75 residents who have tested negative. Seven staff members have tested positive and 126 have tested negative. The last day of work for a staff member testing positive was May 24, 2020. Each employee is screened at the beginning and end of every shift, and no employee with symptoms is working.

The numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate as we are regularly testing our staff and residents.

You are welcome to contact us with any questions or concerns at the link below. If you’d like to speak with our administrator directly, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/

5.26.20

Thank you again for your support, kind messages and prayers. We are so grateful to be a part of the Altoona community.

As of May 26, we have 11 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 73 residents who have tested negative. Six staff members have tested positive and 126 have tested negative. The last day of work for a staff member testing positive was May 6, 2020.

We are so grateful to be able to test our staff and residents on a regular basis. As a result of this, the numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate regularly. In an effort to aggressively combat this virus, we are also screening each employee at the beginning and end of every shift. No employee with symptoms is working.

As always, we encourage our community to contact us with any questions or concerns at the link below. If you’d like to speak with our administrator directly, please call (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/

5.22.20

As of May 22, we have 14 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 72 residents who have tested negative. Six staff members have tested positive and 126 have tested negative. The last day of work for a staff member testing positive was May 6.

As we continue to administer tests for COVID-19 on a regular basis, the numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate regularly. Each resident and employee that experiences symptoms is tested, and no staff members with symptoms are working. Finally, we screen each employee at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure we are taking every possible precaution.

If you have questions about your family member or loved one, please call our administrator directly at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. You can also reach out at the contact link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/

Thank you for your support of Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. We look forward to updating you again next week.

5.20.20

We have felt incredible amounts of support from our community and healthcare partners through donations and well-wishes. We feel so grateful to have a generous supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) at this time. Thank you to our healthcare partners and community members for ensuring that we are safe while fighting this virus.

As of May 20, we have 12 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 74 residents who have tested negative. Six staff members have tested positive and 126 have tested negative. The last day of work for a staff member testing positive was May 6.

As we continue to administer tests for COVID-19 on a regular basis, the numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate regularly. Each resident and employee that experiences symptoms is tested, and no staff members with symptoms are working. Finally, we screen each employee at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure we are taking every possible precaution.

If you have questions about a specific resident, please call our administrator at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. You can also reach out at the contact link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/

Once again, we are thankful for your continued support of Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

5.19.20

Our numbers have not changed since May 18. We still have 10 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 76 residents who tested negative. Six staff members have tested positive, and the last day of work for an employee who tested positive was May 6. 126 employees have tested negative.

We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, and we are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials. Each resident and employee that experiences symptoms is tested, and no staff members with symptoms are working. We also screen each employee at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure we are taking every possible precaution.

If you have questions about a specific resident, please call our administrator at (515) 967-4267 during regular business hours Monday – Friday. You can also reach out at the contact link below.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/

Thank you for your support of Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

5.18.20

Thank you for your continued support of Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. We are 100 percent committed to keeping all of our residents, families and team members safe and maintaining a high standard of care for our residents. We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, and we are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials.  

As of May 18, we have ten residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 76 residents who tested negative. Six staff members have tested positive, and the last day of work for an employee who tested positive was May 6. 126 employees have tested negative.

With testing for COVID-19 taking place on a regular basis, the numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate regularly. Each resident and employee that experiences symptoms is tested, and no staff members with symptoms are working. Finally, we screen each employee at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure we are taking every possible precaution.

The facility remains divided into two units of “well” and “COVID-19” residents to prevent spread. Each unit has a dedicated staff and separate staff dressing rooms and meal areas. Additionally, to drastically eliminate chances of exposure through outside contact, housing has been offered to all employees during this time. 

We are in daily communication with the health department and hospital system, as well as our medical director Dr. O’Connor, to ensure we’re providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all of our residents, families and team members safe. We appreciate all of the support we have received and look forward to updating you again soon.

5.15.20

As of May 15, we have 6 residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 and 85 residents who tested negative. Six staff members have tested positive, and the last day of work for an employee who tested positive was May 6. 126 employees have tested negative.

With testing for COVID-19 taking place on a regular basis, the numbers of positive and negative cases will fluctuate regularly. Each resident and employee that experiences symptoms is tested, and no staff members with symptoms are working. Finally, we screen each employee at the beginning and end of each shift to ensure we are taking every possible precaution.

The facility has been divided into two units of “well” and “COVID-19” residents to prevent spread. Each unit has a dedicated staff and separate staff dressing rooms and meal areas. Additionally, to drastically eliminate chances of exposure through outside contact, housing has been offered to all employees during this time. 

We are in daily communication with the health department and hospital system, as well as our medical director Dr. O’Connor, to ensure we’re providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all of our residents, families and team members safe. We appreciate all of the support we have received from the Polk County Health Department, Mercy and UnityPoint Hospitals and the entire community. 

5.12.20

Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community is 100 percent committed to keeping all of our residents, families and team members safe and maintaining a high standard of care for our residents. We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, and we are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials.  

All residents and staff are tested regularly as symptoms arise, and as of May 12, four residents have tested positive for COVID-19. 94 residents have tested negative. Five staff members have tested positive, while 107 have tested negative. Any employee with symptoms is not working.

The facility has been divided into two units of “well” and “COVID-19” residents to prevent spread. Each unit has a dedicated staff and separate staff dressing rooms and meal areas. Additionally, to drastically eliminate chances of exposure through outside contact, housing has been offered to all employees during this time. 

We are in daily communication with the health department and hospital system to ensure we’re providing the best care and following all protocols to keep all of our residents, families and team members safe. We appreciate all of the support we have received from the Polk County Health Department, Mercy and UnityPoint Hospitals and the entire community. 

It is our highest priority to do everything we can to prevent exposure to COVID-19. We remain committed to the recommended preventative actions we already have in place and, under the guidance of our medical director Dr. O’Conner, we will continue to refine them as more is learned about how to best defend against exposure.

5.7.20

We are so grateful to our community for all of the support and encouragement. We’ve had several community members bring in treats for our staff and residents and offer encouragement, including a few students from a local preschool. We truly appreciate your support!

There has been no change in the status of cases since May 5.

5.5.20

We would like to thank the community for all the kind thoughts and well wishes.

As of May 5, every resident and employee at Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation has been tested.  Currently, there remains one positive resident, who is asymptomatic and is residing in our quarantine COVID-19 unit. We have had 91 residents test negative.

Four members of our staff have tested positive for COVID-19, with approximately 10 tests still pending. The last date of work for a positive-testing staff member was May 2.  Any staff member who has exhibited symptoms or tested positive is not currently working.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly at the link below or by calling the facility Monday – Friday during regular business hours at 515-967-4267.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/

5.3.20

As of May 3, every resident and employee at Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation has been tested.  We currently have one positive resident who is in our quarantine COVID-19+ unit. We have 91 negative residents. 

Two members of our staff have tested positive for COVID-19, with approximately 22 tests still pending. The last date of work for a positive testing staff member was May 2.  All staff members who either tested positive or exhibit symptoms are currently not working.

We remain in close contact with the Polk County Health Department, Iowa Health Care Association and the Mercy and UnityPoint Health systems,  and are grateful for the opportunity to combat this virus through facility-wide testing. If you have any questions, please contact us directly at the link below or by calling the facility during business hours.

https://altoonanursingandrehab.com/covid-19-contact-us/ 

5.1.20

 

Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community is 100 percent committed to keeping all of our residents, families and team members safe and maintaining a high standard of care for our residents. We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, and we are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials.  

As of May 1, we have tested all residents and staff some results are still pending. We currently have 1 positive resident who is in our quarantine COVID-19+ unit. We have 78 negative residents.

We have two positive staff and are awaiting results from other staff tests. The last date of work for a positive testing staff member was April 17, 2020. Anyone with symptoms is not working.

4.29.20

Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community is 100 percent committed to keeping all of our residents, families and team members safe and maintaining a high standard of care for our residents. We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation, and we are following all policies and practices as set by state and federal officials.  

We’ll be updating information here on a regular basis.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Resident/Family 

What is the current visitation policy?

At this time, Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community is restricting any visitation from family members or friends. Additionally, only essential personnel are permitted to enter the facility, and they are screened prior to entry. 

How can I communicate with my loved one during this time? 

We strongly encourage you to continue to communicate with your loved one through technology such as their phones or iPads. We will do our best to assist you and your loved one with this process. 

Are residents still able to attend routine medical visits?

Our team will consult with the resident and designated family member to determine if the appointment is essential or may be rescheduled.

Am I able to drop off supplies to my loved one?

Yes. Please coordinate with our facility, and arrangements will be made for a drop-off outside of the facility. We will follow sanitization protocols for all items entering the facility.

Are residents allowed to leave the facility?

To keep our facility as safe as possible, we are asking that residents not leave the facility. Should a resident leave the facility (e.g. hospitalization), they will be screened before being readmitted to our facility. They will also be quarantined for 14 days.

COVID-19 Protocol 

What precautionary methods does Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community have in place to fight COVID-19?

Closely monitoring and screening all residents and team members for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. We are screening residents three times per day as well. 

Enforcing social distancing, maintaining six feet between all individuals and limiting community activities. 

Allowing only essential individuals (those providing needed essential care for residents) into the community. 

Practicing frequent hand hygiene in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Frequent disinfecting of commonly touched environmental surfaces to decrease environmental contamination.

Taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use. 

Encouraging all residents to stay in their rooms as much as possible to better protect themselves.

Permitting only virtual tours and Facetime and enforcing strict screening measures for new residents until further notice.

Working with our engineers and building maintenance team to move residents to appropriate wings and control airflow in the building.

To minimize spread to our residents, all staff has been asked to follow the stay-at-home guidelines and encouraged to have someone else in their household make all of their essential errands.

What is the quarantine protocol?

If a resident is confirmed positive for COVID-19, they are relocated to a separate section of the facility with dedicated staff members to care for them. If needed, they are relocated to the nearest hospital.

What happens if a staff member is tested positive for COVID-19?

In accordance to CDC guidelines, staff members who test positive for COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 10 days and will not be allowed to return to work until they are completely asymptomatic or test negative. 

Have residents been provided face masks?

Yes. All residents have been provided masks, gloves and additional sanitizing products.

Will positive-testing residents receive separate caregivers, staff members, etc.?

Yes. The facility is being divided into two sections of “well” and “COVID-19” residents to prevent spread. Each hall has a dedicated staff and separate staff dressing rooms and meal areas. Additionally, to drastically eliminate chances of exposure through outside contact, housing has been offered to all employees during this time.

How will you protect other residents who have not tested positive?

Residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 are being relocated to a separate region of the facility. Residents who are well will not be interacting with staff who are dedicated to working with those who have tested positive for COVID-19. 

Are staff being checked regularly?

Yes. All staff are checked for symptoms on a daily and shift-by-shift basis, both at the beginning and end of each shift. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. If staff display any symptoms during their shift, they are asked to immediately leave the floor, report to their supervisor and exit the community.

Are residents being checked regularly?

Yes. All residents are being checked three times per day for symptoms. This includes temperature checks and other CDC-recommended screenings. 

Does Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community have the necessary supplies to support its residents?

Yes. Our staff is providing the highest care for your loved one during this unprecedented time. Our team is taking higher-than-required protective equipment precautions, such as wearing masks, gloves and gowns as situations warrant their use.

Facility 

Has communal dining been canceled?

Yes. All meals are being delivered to residents’ rooms.

Are health care professionals allowed in the facility?

Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Community is only allowing essential individuals (those providing needed essential care for residents) into the community. 

Who should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions, please contact Tammy Olson at 515-967-4267.

Are you currently hiring?

Yes, we are still hiring for caregiver and nursing positions. All new team members will be screened before beginning work. 

Are you permitting new admissions?

We have a responsibility to care for the aging population. This includes accepting new admissions. We are following all protocols for strict testing and screening procedures when admitting new residents to ensure we protect everyone in our care. 

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Life at Altoona

Rehabilitation Services​

Rehabilitation Services

At Altoona Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, our therapy team can provide services for both long-term residents and short-term rehab to home. We can perform a home evaluation prior to discharge to ensure all goals have been attained for the safest return home.
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Skilled Nursing

Skilled Nursing

The number one priority at Altoona Nursing & Rehab is the comfort, safety and the well-being of each of our residents and peace of mind for their families. Come for a tour. Our attractively landscaped, wooded setting sets the tone for the warm welcome you'll receive inside.
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Special Services

The Special Care Unit offers a comfortable, nurturing and safe atmosphere for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. This secure unit was completely designed to provide a convenient and comfortable setting in an open, active environment.
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