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COVID-19 Minnesota State Veterans Homes Update

Veterans Homes Information Line: 651-757-1599 or 1-833-454-0147MDVA is continuing to work closely with the Minnesota Departments of Health, Public Safety, Nursing Home advocacy groups, the Ombudsman Office and others for latest information and guidance, as it relates to COVID-19.

Our priority is to protect the health and safety of Minnesota Veterans, including the Residents in our five Minnesota Veterans Homes, and our employees. All Minnesota State Veterans Homes are adopting the State of Minnesota community mitigation strategies to:

  • Limit the spread of COVID-19 
  • Keep our residents and staff safe 
  • Reduce stress on our healthcare systems

Visitor Policy

Because of the vulnerability of our Veterans Homes’ population, the Minnesota Veterans Homes are still operating under the following Restricted Visitor Policy:

  • Visitor restrictions are in place; exceptions include Residents at end of life and/or when deemed medically necessary – in this case, visitors must complete a self-declaration screening at entrance
  • Single entrance for the facility
  • Only essential volunteers and vendors are allowed on site
  • Evaluative screening and education is being conducted at all facility entrances by a Home Clinical staff member
  • Postponing public events and entertainment
  • Assisting Residents maintain communication with their family and friends
  • Postponing public events and entertainment
  • Restricting activities to within the same unit(s)

During this time, we are dedicated to helping Residents maintain communication with their family and friends.

Admissions, Leaves and Passes

The Minnesota Veterans Homes have  temporarily revised guidelines related to admissions, leave and passes. These changes reflect guidance provided by CDC and CMS and an aggressive strategy of containment and contagion control in our Homes. These protect our vulnerable Residents and allow us to maintain the integrity of our mission to care for and protect the health of our Veterans, Residents and staff.

We will be restricting admissions in both our four Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and our two Domiciliary (DOMS) locations. SNF admissions will be limited to Veterans who have a critical need for support without the availability of care or resources to maintain their health and welfare for any reason. DOMS admissions will be limited to Veterans who have no emergency resources and are at imminent risk to life, health and welfare, including the homeless Veteran.

All new admissions will be carefully screened to avoid introducing any infectious diseases, including COVID-19, to the Homes.

In addition, Resident leaves or passes will be postponed to limit exposure to the Resident, other Residents and staff who may be affected.

The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs appreciates your understanding as we navigate this challenging situation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the staff at the facility or if of such a nature, please contact me, Deputy Commissioner of MDVA at douglas.hughes@state.mn.us or Senior Direction of Veterans Healthcare, MDVA, Simone Hogan at simone.hogan@state.mn.us.

Heroes at Home

Despite this challenging time, there are many positive and uplifting things happening every day in our Minnesota Veterans Homes. MDVA is pleased to introduce the “Heroes at Home” campaign to share powerful stories of support for our Healthcare division staff. We have seen this support coming from Residents, families, businesses and the community, and we want to share this to both acknowledge our staff working on the front lines, and to provide a source of encouragement to all MDVA employees.


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