Minnesota Veterans Home - Fergus Falls are being touted this week for the high quality and compassionate care they continue to provide during the COVID-19 pandemic

Minnesota Veterans Home - Fergus Falls are being touted this week for the high quality and compassionate care they continue to provide during the COVID-19 pandemic Click to Enlarge

Almost 200 staff at the Minnesota Veterans Home - Fergus Falls are being touted this week for the high quality and compassionate care they continue to provide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This week is Minnesota Veterans Homes Week when the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) recognizes more than 1,250 staff who care for over 700 Residents in five Veterans Homes’ locations across the state including Hastings, Luverne, Minneapolis and Silver Bay in addition to Fergus Falls. The Fergus Falls Home has 195 staff caring for 96 Residents.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has issued a proclamation commending “the quality care delivered by the … Veterans Homes (that) is rooted in hiring and retaining a skilled, compassionate, and well-trained staff at every level. The care teams at MDVA seek to not just meet but to exceed the expectations of residents and their families…”

The MDVA healthcare team has demonstrated that they don’t just meet Resident needs, they exceed expectations. With a 2019 Pinnacle Satisfaction Rating of 99%, exceeding the national average, MDVA facilities remain the caring choice of Veterans and their families all across Minnesota. This is a direct reflection of the dedicated staff who provide the highest quality of care. And through the most challenging of times, staff have continued to rise up and ensure that Resident Veterans and their families receive the respect, care and compassion they deserve.

This week, Veterans organizations and local communities have been invited to recognize the Veterans Homes staff with expressions of gratitude that model social distancing such as outdoor signs, food trucks and thank you notes.

Nationally known as National Skilled Nursing Care Week, MDVA chooses to celebrate this special week as Minnesota Veterans Homes Week as an annual opportunity to recognize our valued Veterans Healthcare staff for their hard work and dedication to caring for our Residents. “Typically, it is a celebration for staff and Residents alike, with a week full of activities, food and fun,” says Douglas Hughes, MDVA Deputy Commissioner - Veterans Healthcare. “Because of current COVID-related restrictions, this year we had to get creative in how we celebrate.”

Regardless, all five of the Minnesota Veterans Homes will receive a variety of recognition over the next week. For example, each Home will be displaying a “Gratitude Wall” to showcase notes and letters of appreciation.

MDVA says “thank you” to all our Minnesota Veterans Homes staff!

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