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La Crescent assisted living facility allowing family members and friends to see their loved ones in-person

Up to three caregivers can visit at one time, and must wear masks

LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WKBT) – For the past several months, those staying in assisted living facilities have not been able to see their loved ones and close friends.

That was until a few weeks ago when SpringBrook Village in La Crescent began a new policy, called the Essential Caregiver Visits, to bring some normalcy back to the lives to residents who need it most.

“It was a big hole that was missing in our residents' lives,” executive director Chris Dallmann said. “So, it was important to us to get that back.” Click the button below to read more!

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MDH explains updated guidance for long term care facilities

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -- The new guidance Monday from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) regarding visiting people in long-term care facilities comes from updated federal guidance out last month.

At the end of September, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released nursing home-specific guidance, opening up access for visitors.

"In light of this new federal guidance, that was specific to nursing homes, we are releasing updated visitation guidance for home care providers and assisted living facilities to line up consistently with CMS's guidance," said Lindsey Krueger, MDH Director of Health Facilities Complaints. Click the button below to read more!

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