Assisted Living

South Dakota Department of Health

The South Dakota Department of Health is organizing mass COVID-19 testing of all nursing home and assisted-living residents and employees. Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon says that’s the first of several vulnerable populations the state is targeting over the next several weeks. 

Malsam-Rysdon says the mass testing will start next week with nursing homes and attached assisted living facilities in communities with significant spread of COVID-19. She admits it’s a tall order.

Stephanie Rissler Previews South Dakota Focus

May 30, 2019
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If you're not thinking about nursing homes you might want to catch tonight's South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV at 8:00 p.m. Central. Stephanie Rissler leads the discussion on the changing culture within our long term care, independent and assisted living facilities.

The merger between Sanford Health and the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society is now set to start two months before initially scheduled. But joining two of the area’s largest employers signals a change in the healthcare industry both at home and around the country. 

Sanford Health Chief Administrative Officer Randy Bury says healthcare is an evolving industry. He says it used to be that clinics were separate from hospitals, and long-term facilities like nursing homes were separate from acute-care providers.

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Some patients with medical needs who don’t require the rigorous attention of hospitals have another option for discharge. Avera in Sioux Falls is now operating a transitional unit to serve people who can leave the hospital but can’t go straight to a nursing home, rehab, or back home.

The State of South Dakota doesn’t allow health providers to add beds for more people in nursing homes, but leaders are making an exception for transitional care.