We are pleased that federal and state officials have prioritized long-term care residents and their caregivers for early COVID-19 vaccinations. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is one of the best ways to protect those living in and receiving care in our communities. The news of a vaccine gives us hope for the next chapter in our fight against this virus.
Ebenezer communities, including Tinta Wita Tipi Senior Living, will be among the first to receive the recently approved COVID-19 vaccine within the next week or two.
Details of this plan are being filled in on an hour-by-hour basis. In cooperation with the government’s distribution to pharmacies, we will be administering the very first vaccines to staff and residents in Ebenezer’s skilled care communities. The first vaccine shipment will be delivered to the pharmacy. Each week, 25% of the staff across all departments and 25% of the residents will receive their first dose of the vaccine. A second dose will be scheduled to follow.
We anticipate that we will begin vaccinating staff and residents within our community in early to mid-January. The same process will apply as with the skilled care vaccination administration.
How we will administer vaccine
Our Pharmacy will vaccinate residents – including Independent Living residents who reside in communities that provide Assisted Living services, which is Tinta Wita Tipi Senior Living. Our site nurses will vaccinate staff members.
The vaccine will be administered in 2 doses. After receiving the first dose, the recipient must receive a second dose. It is important to get the SAME MANUFACTURED VACCINE as the first dose.
To ensure that we are getting the vaccine to those who need it most, we will not vaccinate staff or residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days. We will vaccinate these individuals at a later date.
We strongly encourage staff and residents to get vaccinated
At this time, we are not requiring that all staff and residents get the vaccine, however, we are strongly encouraging it. Vaccinating a significant majority of staff and residents is the only way we will be able to stop the spread of the virus.
About the vaccine
This vaccine is safe and effective (95% effective). Both the PFIZER and MODERNA vaccine are mRNA vaccines.
Potential side effects
As with any vaccine, your body may react to the vaccine as those antibodies are being made. Not everyone will experience this reaction. Below are the most common
Will we still need to wear face masks?
Similar to other types of vaccines, a large number of people in the community will need to get vaccinated before transmission drops enough to stop the use of masks.
Is the vaccine safe?
Our residents and staff will be asked about their interest in receiving the vaccination and will be asked to sign a consent at some point prior to the vaccination being administered. If they choose to decline, they will be asked to sign a declination. The declination is not binding. Those within our community can receive the vaccine later, if they change their minds.
It is important to get information from reliable sources (CDC, AMDA, medical directors, medical providers, etc.)
Here are some links to information:
CDC: About COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/about-vaccines.html
CDC: Provider Resources for COVID-19 Vaccine Conversations with Patients and Answering Patients’ Questions: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/covid-conversations/
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Making the decision to leave the home where you've lived for a lifetime, raised your children, hosted countless family holiday celebrations, perhaps grieved along the way, experienced all of the highs and lows involved in living and made the precious memories you and your family will treasure forever, is a big decision and an even bigger step.
You know there are a lot of good reasons why you shouldn't stay in your home — dealing with the responsibilities that come with homeownership like shoveling, mowing and handling it all if something goes wrong with the furnace on a snowy night. There's also the isolation many seniors can feel, especially now in this age of COVID-19 and social distancing. Not to mention making all of your own meals, cleaning the house and getting yourself to doctor appointments and the grocery store.
You also know there are a lot of good reasons why senior living makes so much sense. You can choose an age-in-place community that will set you up for a great quality of life with great friendships, care when you need it, the opportunity to become familiar with a community as your home, the knowledge you'll never have to move again, and the security of knowing you get to have choice in what's next and not wait until a crisis happens to force a move when you haven't really even had the opportunity to think it through. It's the peace of mind of knowing your meals, housecleaning and all of those other responsibilities are being taken care of for you. It's also the chance to take part in activities like Life Long Learning programs, in which you can learn new things, take up new hobbies and keep your mind active.
Still, even with all of those truths about the benefits of senior living, turning the page in the next chapter of your life can be difficult and oftentimes, confusing.
As being part of Ebenezer, our compassionate teams are there to help older adults and their loved ones get a clear, thorough read on that next chapter. At our senior living communities, there are no surprises, whether we're talking about the costs, what sort of care is provided, the programs or anything else associated with moving into one of our communities. We help people navigate all of the options, resources available to them, care and the type of living arrangement that would work best for them.
We'll talk it through with you to find out what makes the most sense. Is it starting with our Adult Day programs? Moving into Assisted or independent Living? We'll talk about what happens if one spouse needs more assistance than the other, and how the two of you can stay in one place together for as long as possible.
We make it part of our mission to find out what's truly important to you, who you are and what "home" looks like to you. Then, we provide you with guidance and support based on what they want the next chapter of their life to be. It's part of the compassionate, respectful service we give to our residents every day.
To find out more information about moving into one of our communities, please contact us. We'll be happy to sit down with you to help you write your next chapter
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Tinta Winta Tipi Senior Living is managed by Ebenezer, Minnesota's largest senior living operator. Ebenezer is the senior housing division of Fairview Health Services and has 100 years of experience serving older adults.
24240 130th Ave, Welch, MN 55089