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Family Updates


We know many people are concerned and wondering about the spread of COVID-19 and how that impacts Lakewood Health System; in particular, our care center and residents.

To keep the families and friends of our residents up-to-date on our residents’ activities, we will be adding weekly family updates to this page. Please check back often! (Click on Documents to the right to view our weekly Chronicles.)

We are also working to find other methods for communicating with your loved ones. If you’d like to set up a virtual face-to-face visit with your loved ones, click to email.

February 17, 2021: Due to a positive case of COVID-19 in our care center, we will be suspending in-person visits for care center residents per the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We hope to resume visits again in two weeks if we have no more positive cases. Please remember essential care/compassionate care visits are available for those who meet the criteria as determined by our care center staff. We also have virtual visit options available.

February 12, 2021: The COVID-19 prevalence rates in both our care center and the county have decreased to the point where we can once again offer indoor visits for residents and their loved ones. To help keep our residents safe, please do not visit if you are ill, have a recent known COVID-19 exposure, or cannot comply with our masking and social distancing regulations. ALL visits must be scheduled ahead to ensure we have openings and space available. Visits will begin on Monday, February 15. If you have questions or would like to schedule a visit, please call our Activities department at 218-894-8341.

October 21, 2020: Effective immediately, Lakewood Care Center, Lakewood Pines and Lakewood Manor are suspending indoor visitation per guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). This guidance comes from increasing COVID-19 positivity rates in Wadena and Todd counties, with CMS data showing Todd county as over the 10% threshold. We will continue to offer virtual visits, compassionate care visits, and essential care visits, per regulation.

October 19, 2020: Starting today, Lakewood Care Center outdoor visits will be moved inside. All other visit criteria remains the same, including the need to pre-schedule the visits. Call our Activities department at 218-894-8340 to schedule.

October 13, 2020: New guidance from the MDH has come out regarding long-term care visits. Lakewood Care Center is working to align our visitor policy with this guidance. Please continue to check our website for details. To read the updated guidance, click here.

July 15, 2020: The Minnesota Dept of Health (MDH) recently released guidance that allows facilities the option to implement a program to allow Essential Caregivers (EC) to come into the facility to visit and/or care for residents. This may include family, friends, volunteers, or other community contacts. There are multiple requirements that need to be followed in order to ensure safety and oversight of these visits. Lakewood Health System Care Center and Senior Housing are working on a possible implementation plan, using guidance from MDH and Care Providers of MN. We anticipate more information will be released from our facility next week. Thank you for your patience as we work through this new guidance!