& FAMILY COUNCIL
& FAMILY COUNCIL
Resident & Family Councils are important ways to be
heard for independent and collective voices committed to maintain or improve the
overall quality of care and the quality of life for residents living at Bywood
East Health Care.
Councils are forums used to educate and inform residents,
families and friends about such things as:
**Care in the facility
**Resident rights and responsibilities
**Resident and Family Council organization and maintenance
**Laws and rules that apply to the facility and residents
**Resident/family self-help methods to increase quality of
care/quality of life at Bywood.
Bywood East promotes and supports the rights of residents
to organize and pursue positive change at the facility.
Being actively involved in our Resident Council is encouraged.
As a family member, we are seeking your participation to
re-vitalize a Family Council.
Please contact Julia Vera or Nicole Nelson in Social
Don't be frightened! It's
just a "pop up" Bootique for all of our Halloween Fans!
Join us for Grilled Hot Dogs, and a limited amount of
Halloween/Fall themed craft projects to purchase. This Spooktacular fundraiser
is on Thursday, October 19th from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
All proceeds go to the resident Sunshine Club.
There were 11 residents at the September 13, 2017, meeting.
Our next meeting is on October 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the living room.
The current Resident Council Co-Presidents are Joyce Ammerman and Dawn
Jackson. The staff liaison is Mary
The minutes from the September newsletter were read and
GRIEVANCE FORMS: There
were 19 Grievance Forms. All were
HIPPA sensitive, and were reviewed by the resident who submitted them, and
GUEST SPEAKER: Steve
Turner. Steve reviewed the
There was a question (no grievance form) about availability
of T.V.'s in all community areas and a sign up sheet for TV programming was
suggested. We will continue with our
current procedure which basically involves a democratic process.
If a resident enters any of the community rooms with a television and
wishes to change the channel, they must ask for a show of hands to gain a
majority vote to change the channel. You
cannot "campaign for a channel," and you must wait until the current
program is over before suggesting that the channel be changed.
The hours of operations for community and personal TV's
& radios is 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The nursing staff have the remote controls to insure
Also, if there is a sporting event on one community TV, it
may not monopolize the other community TV's.
Staff have been instructed to shut TV's off when there are
behavioral issues that cannot be resolved.
Location of Residents' Bill of Rights Poster, the duties of
an Ombudsman and the location of the current
DHS survey were discussed.
The Council also reviewed the Bingo policy and procedure.
Residents in attendance wished that they could win at every game, but
realize that Bingo is a game of change and there are no guaranteed winners.
However; there was a unanimous vote to keep the current policy and
procedure because it was fair.
Residents are reminded to sign up for the Fall Tour which
is on Tuesday, October 3. The bus
leaves at 9:30 a.m. We will be going
to Aamodt's Apple Orchard in Stillwater. Residents
will be served apple pie, ice cream and coffee or hot cider.
We will return in time for lunch.
This month's topic is Bywood's smoking policy and
In order to assure the safety of all residents, staff and
visitors, the facility has developed a policy and procedure for smoking.
All residents are informed of the smoking rules upon admission and sign
the policy and procedure that they understand and will follow the rules.
There is no smoking allowed in any area of the building except for the
third floor dayroom. Residents must
vacate the smoking room each day from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for cleaning. The
smoking room opens at 6:00 a.m. and closes at 11:00 p.m. Smoking is permitted in
the backyard patio area and in the front patio; there is no smoking in the
parking lot or in Bywood's designated parking spots across the alley.
All residents who smoke must demonstrate to staff their
ability to smoke in a safe manner. Smokers
must be able to light and hold a cigarette so that they do not burn holes in
clothing (or body) and cigarettes must be disposed of in the appropriate
containers. If the resident is not
determined to be safe, he/she is not allowed to keep cigarettes or lighters;
these items are kept at the nurse's station and a written smoking plan is
developed and managed by the nursing staff.
For this reason, residents are not allowed to sell, buy, borrow, or lend
cigarettes or lighters to/from other residents.
Residents are not to take cigarette butts from ashtrays or garbage
containers and should not be given a light for a "butt."
There is to be no smoking in the presence of oxygen equipment.
Does your busy schedule limit your holiday baking time?
Do you need a few extra goodies for a cookie tray for a family Christmas
Here is one solution. Join
us for a Christmas Fundraiser on Thursday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There will be a large selection of Holiday baked goods for you to choose
from. While you are in the building,
warm yourself up, and satisfy your appetite by purchasing a freshly grilled hot
dog, pop, chips, or a bowl of our famous chicken soup.
Many of our residents have been working on craft projects
for you to purchase as well.
Come as early as you can for the best selection.
For more questions, contact Mary Farnham at 612-788-9757. All proceeds go
to the resident Sunshine Club. The
Sunshine Club provides transportation for outings, Christmas Gifts and
entertainment for those who live at Bywood East Health Care.
Thank you to our residents and staff for their efforts and
cooperation for our evacuation drill on Thursday, September 21.
We did a great job learning our newly found skills.
THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS!
Thank you to our owner and administration staff for the
wonderful staff event on September 20. The
was lots of prizes, awards, great food and the announcement of our Most
Outstanding Person, Carla Buboltz.
ISFACTION SURVEYS SCHEDULED
ISFACTION SURVEYS SCHEDULED
Every year, the Department of Human Services contracts with
a company named Vital Research to conduct Resident Satisfaction Surveys in all
of Minnesotaís nursing facilities.
This year Vital Research will be here on October 4 to meet
with residents on an individual basis to conduct the interviews.
Residents will be asked to come to Room 309 for the interviews.
Families will be mailed a satisfaction survey to return to Vital
The Resident and Family Satisfaction Surveys are used to
compile information about all the nursing facilities in the state and are used
to calculate the results for the Nursing Home Report Card which is found at the
Minnesota Department of Health website.
As always, when you have concerns about the services at
Bywood East Health Care, you may complete a Grievance form which are found in
the Dining Room, or speak to one of the department managers about your concerns.
We canít fix a problem if we donít know what it is!