Our Blog

Heart to Home works hard to create an enriching activity program. Our blog captures the essence of day-to-day activities and happenings at our residential care homes. You will notice a larger emphasis on outdoor activities during the summer months and more in-house events (music therapy, pet therapy etc.) during the winter months. Given our smaller size you will also notice that our staff have frequent times where they can enjoy one-on-one activities with our residents.

August 12th

Puppy Love

We've enjoyed a fun month at Heart to Home. We had Pink Cow Ice Cream trucks visit our homes, made lots of arts and crafts and enjoyed many puppy visits that would melt your heart! 

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Therapy Dog Visits
July 7th

Summertime Fun!

This summer has been a fun one so far! We've enjoyed a few birthday parties, our musical guests, the Pink Cow Ice Cream truck, Second Hand Hounds therapy dogs, and many other fun activities. One thing is true, if the sun is shining we are outside soaking up the rays!

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April 14th

Arts, Crafts, Easter & Pups

We've had a nice April so far at Heart to Home. The weather hasn't always cooperated but on those occasional warm spring days we make sure to sneak outside for some fresh air and sunshine. We have also been busy with arts, crafts, baking projects, musical guests and therapy dog visits. Happy Spring!

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January 12th

Holidays at The Manors

Despite the rising COVID cases in the US we have managed to enjoy some fun holiday times around Heart to Home. We baked cookies, decorated our Christmas trees, enjoyed some holiday music and spent time with friends and family. A fun time was had by all! 

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September 15th

State Fair Party @ The Manors

We had a fun state fair party at the Manors this past month. We purchased the state fair food box from the Minnesota State Fair for the residents to enjoy, and set up a variety of games and activities for the residents to participate in. It was a fun change of pace and brought back many fun memories for everyone.

As we move into the fall months we are enjoying lots of time outdoors including watching our pumpkin patch grow. When the pumpkins are large enough we will paint them and begin decorating the houses for Halloween.  We always enjoy a fun celebration at the Manors. Cheers!

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July 20th

Summer @ The Manor Houses!

We have had a fun summer so far in 2021 at The Manor Houses! Here are a few of the highlights so far:

- Pink Cow ice cream truck visits

- Fresh veggies from our gardens

- Birthday parties

- Lunch and dinner outdoors

- Baking, arts /crafts and games

- Sandwich Project; making over 200 sandwiches for homeless shelters

- Music with Joanne Bolles

- Staff anniversary celebrations;11 years, 9 years and 5 years!

We will continue to enjoy the beautiful weather and find creative ways to keep our residents happy and busy. We are anxious for the days where we can remove our masks and enjoy a big smile with our residents! Have a great summer, cheers!

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April 23rd

Springtime @ The Manor

We absolutely love spring here at Heart to Home. Longer days, busy birdfeeders and warm sunshine; what's not to love! This month we have kept very busy. On warm days we take walks around the neighborhood, and on cooler days we work on arts/crafts, trivia, and baking.

We also received 20 DOZEN roses from our friends at The Rotary Club of West St Paul. The residents and staff absolutely love them, and they sure brightened up the house.

Our indoor veggies are beginning to grow and we will soon work on transporting the seedlings outdoors into the garden. Gardening is a fun activity that is enjoyed by our residents throughout the spring, summer and fall. Happy Spring!

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Resident Outing and Visit Guidelines

March 23rd

The Minnesota Department of Health has released new guidance for fully vaccinated residents living in congregate care settings.

Residents Leaving The Homes for Outings:

  • Effective immediately, fully vaccinated residents, defined by 14 days past second dose of Moderna/Pfizer vaccine or 14 days past single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, are now able to leave the homes for both medical and non medical outings without requiring a 14 day quarantine period upon return unless high risk behavior or an exposure has occurred during the outing.  Please follow the core principles of infection control when taking your loved ones on an outing.

  • Fully vaccinated residents are able to complete outings with family/friends regardless of that person's vaccination status.

  • Please call to notify the staff directly at your loved one's home if you plan to complete an outing for coordination purposes. 

  • All resident exposures to COVID-19 during an outing must be reported to Heart to Home nursing or management when that exposure becomes known.

  • Upon return from an outing, the Resident Screening and Check-In form must be completed prior to the resident re-entering the home.  These forms will be kept at the front door screen-in station.  See attached form.

Indoor and Outdoor Visit Changes:

  • Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021 visits will no longer need to be scheduled through the Calendly links.  Visitors can visit when they choose without scheduling, with the exception of during meal times.  Currently scheduled visits up until Monday, March 29th will continue.

  • All visitors must be screened at the front door upon arrival.  Note that staff may be caring for a resident at the time of your arrival and there may be delay on when they can answer the door. 

  • Masks are required at all times during both indoor and outdoor visits.  Eyewear is now optional and will still be made available at the screen-in station for your use if you choose.

  • Outdoor visits are preferred whenever possible.

  • All residents can have up to 3 visitors indoors at one time to be able to maintain social distancing within the resident room.

  • Visiting groups of more than 3 people must only visit outdoors.  Screening, masks, and social distancing are still required for outdoor visits. 

  • All indoor visits must take place in the resident's room with the door closed.  Visitors, including children, must go directly to the resident's room, must be in the resident room at all times during the visit, and leave directly from the resident's room after the visit. Visitors are not to be in the common areas at any point in time, these are spaces for all residents to use and increase the risk of exposures to all residents.  Visitors must not be at the dining tables during meals but should wait in the resident room until meal time is completed.

  • Indoor and outdoor visitors must not eat or drink during the visit to maintain mask use at all times.

  • Please review the highlighted changes on the attached Visitor Screening form to prepare for your visit.

A Note About Exposures and Testing:

  • We will continue to follow MDH guidance for routine COVID-19 testing and continue testing for symptomatic residents and/or staff.

  • If there is a COVID-19 exposure by either confirmed positive resident or staff member, we will be required to suspend visitation and non medically necessary outings until we know if there has been further spread or exposures through Outbreak Testing.  We will continue to keep you informed of positive staff and residents as we know when they occur.

  • Check the Heart to Home website for the most up to date information on suspension of visits and outings.

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March 23rd

Resident Outing and Visit Guidelines

The Minnesota Department of Health has released new guidance for fully vaccinated residents living in congregate care settings.

Residents Leaving The Homes for Outings:

  • Effective immediately, fully vaccinated residents, defined by 14 days past second dose of Moderna/Pfizer vaccine or 14 days past single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, are now able to leave the homes for both medical and non medical outings without requiring a 14 day quarantine period upon return unless high risk behavior or an exposure has occurred during the outing.  Please follow the core principles of infection control when taking your loved ones on an outing.

  • Fully vaccinated residents are able to complete outings with family/friends regardless of that person's vaccination status.

  • Please call to notify the staff directly at your loved one's home if you plan to complete an outing for coordination purposes. 

  • All resident exposures to COVID-19 during an outing must be reported to Heart to Home nursing or management when that exposure becomes known.

  • Upon return from an outing, the Resident Screening and Check-In form must be completed prior to the resident re-entering the home.  These forms will be kept at the front door screen-in station.  See attached form.

Indoor and Outdoor Visit Changes:

  • Beginning Monday, March 29, 2021 visits will no longer need to be scheduled through the Calendly links.  Visitors can visit when they choose without scheduling, with the exception of during meal times.  Currently scheduled visits up until Monday, March 29th will continue.

  • All visitors must be screened at the front door upon arrival.  Note that staff may be caring for a resident at the time of your arrival and there may be delay on when they can answer the door. 

  • Masks are required at all times during both indoor and outdoor visits.  Eyewear is now optional and will still be made available at the screen-in station for your use if you choose.

  • Outdoor visits are preferred whenever possible.

  • All residents can have up to 3 visitors indoors at one time to be able to maintain social distancing within the resident room.

  • Visiting groups of more than 3 people must only visit outdoors.  Screening, masks, and social distancing are still required for outdoor visits. 

  • All indoor visits must take place in the resident's room with the door closed.  Visitors, including children, must go directly to the resident's room, must be in the resident room at all times during the visit, and leave directly from the resident's room after the visit. Visitors are not to be in the common areas at any point in time, these are spaces for all residents to use and increase the risk of exposures to all residents.  Visitors must not be at the dining tables during meals but should wait in the resident room until meal time is completed.

  • Indoor and outdoor visitors must not eat or drink during the visit to maintain mask use at all times.

  • Please review the highlighted changes on the attached Visitor Screening form to prepare for your visit.

A Note About Exposures and Testing:

  • We will continue to follow MDH guidance for routine COVID-19 testing and continue testing for symptomatic residents and/or staff.

  • If there is a COVID-19 exposure by either confirmed positive resident or staff member, we will be required to suspend visitation and non medically necessary outings until we know if there has been further spread or exposures through Outbreak Testing.  We will continue to keep you informed of positive staff and residents as we know when they occur.

  • Check the Heart to Home website for the most up to date information on suspension of visits and outings.

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COVID-19 Indoor Visitation Open

January 4th
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has issued guidance on how we our can safely re-open to visitors and continue to protect the health of our residents and staff. This guidance is data driven and is the framework to our Visitation Policy
 
Visitation Reminders:
- Mask and eye protection must be worn at all times
- Maintain 6 foot social distancing
- No eating or drinking with our residents during the visit
- Only 2 visitors at a time (you plus 1 guest)
- Visits are non-transferable
- Visits are for 2 hours at a time
- Sanitize your hands when you come and go
- Remain in the residents room with the door closed during the visit
- After being screened in go directly to the residents room you are visiting; do not visit with other residents in the home
 
Please sign up for indoor visits via the links below:
 
We deeply appreciate the sacrifices you made to limit the impact of COVID-19 in Heart to Home. Our entire team looks forward to seeing you again—families, friends and volunteers are a core fabric of what makes our community so special.
 
Please reach out with any questions.
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