By Angie Reinke, Galeon administrator

You may have seen news coverage regarding emergency responses following different types of events surrounding nursing homes and assisted livings in other states.

Galeon has a detailed emergency response plan in place for a variety of different scenarios. Our plan includes procedures for both sheltering in place as well as evacuating residents safely, if necessary. We will ensure that food, water and medical supplies are provided. We also have detailed plans for communicating with family members during an emergency. A copy of our emergency procedure manual is located across from the nurse’s station. Feel free to stop and review this manual at any time.

Having a plan is important, but it’s just the first step. Our staff have taken the time to practice implementing our emergency procedures. Throughout the year, we conduct a variety of drills such as fire, tornadoes, chemical spills, active intruders, etc. We have worked closely with our local first responders, including the Osakis fire and police departments as well as the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office to ensure we have their support during any situation that could occur.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid requires all skilled nursing facilities to complete a table top drill and a mock drill where a scenario takes place on site. A table top drill requires the facility to gather its management and supervisory team to work through an emergency scenario. The team works through the policies and procedures we have implemented in our emergency book to see if any additions or corrections need to be made to our policies. When completing the live drill, management designs a drill that could likely happen in or around our facility. Galeon reaches out to other entities to also play a part so we can make it as real life as possible.

Within the next couple of months our goal is to complete a drill that will have several types of emergency situations in our one event that could include a bomb threat, drowning, etc.

Be assured that we always have our residents and tenants well being in the forefront of our minds before we do the actual drill. For any resident or tenant that may not understand what we are doing, we will have them in another part of our campus doing an activity so they are not affected by these drills. Our goal is to never frighten anyone but instead provide education and training so we can be as prepared as possible should an unexpected event occur.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to call or stop by any time.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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