COVID-19 Information at Northern Lakes Nursing Home
We are in full compliance with all Standards in Prevention of COVID-19
Free (optional) Rapid COVID Test available -- results back in 15 minutes
Open visits 7 days per week from 7 am - 7 pm. Families no longer need to make an appointment. Our visitor guidelines are as follows:
1) Must be screened before visiting.
2) Only enter through the front and go straight to resident room
3) Must stay at least 6 foot from other residents and employees
4) Must have a surgical mask (we provide) no cloth mask.
5) Must sanitize hands before entering and before leaving
6) Only two visitors per room
7) If visitor needs to talk with staff, they must turn the call light on, visitor cannot go searching for a staff member.
8) Public restrooms are not available at this time.
Indiana State Department of Health Mandates
The Indiana State Department of Health is requiring daily updates to all of our resident family representatives about our current status with COVID for all nursing homes. See our current status of
COVID -19 cases at the top of the web page. In addition, key information can be found on this web page, on our "public" Facebook business page or our "private" Facebook Group (open to our residents and residents' families).
Connect on Our "Private Group" Facebook Page
- for residents & families
Be informed and stay connected with our public Facebook business page, Northern Lakes Nursing & Rehabilitation Center; Our private Facebook Family Group is called Northern Lakes COVID-19 Watch Dogs; This private Group is open to our residents and residents' families. Invitations will be sent to all of our family members to join this private Facebook Group for relevant information and communal posts.
What is NLNR Doing to Prevent Coronavirus Spread?
This is not an all inclusive weekly or monthly list of steps we have taken, but it gives you an idea of the many changes we have made to prevent the entry of COVID-19 into the facility. Even with all of the steps that we have taken, we still cannot give any guarantees that we can prevent this virus from entering our facility.
Year - 2021
March 30, 2021
Open visits from 7 am - 7 pm.
No appointment needed. Safety guidelines in effect. If you have not been vaccinated, now is the time to consider it for your protection. We also want to encourage visitations to take place outside when the weather is nice, much safer than indoor visitations.
March 15, 2021
Monday - Friday visit schedule:
8:30 AM - 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Saturday & Sunday Visit Schedule8:30 AM - 10:45 AM & 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Visits will be 30 minutes.
2 Visitors at a time.
Resident can have daily family visits.
Children are allowed to visit with an adult as long as they can wear a mask, stay 6-foot away from the resident, and stay within the visitation area.
March 8, 2021
We will expand our visitations for residents. Instead of twice a week visits, you can now have 3 times a week visits.
Feb 02, 2021
The good news... we were able to close our COVID Unit, get residents back to their original rooms and get things back to our "new normal."
We are currently COVID-free.
COVID VACCINE: We have started resident vaccinations in Feb. 2021, with our second vaccination clinic scheduled for February 12, 2021 with almost 100% of our residents consenting to vaccination.
Visitations: Lounge visits will be offered 7 days a week. Call ahead for scheduling a visit,
(260) 668-0172 or call main office phone.
Past year 2020
March 5, 2020
We began screening & educating employees, visitors, vendors, volunteers on COVID-19. Environmental services staff also increased cleaning & sanitizing routines within the facility.
Noble county had its first case and we took further action by limiting visiting hours and not allowing anyone under the age of 18 into the facility, this is also the time that Governor Holcomb declared Indiana in a State of Emergency. At this point we informed staff they could not work at other places and this facility because of the increased risk of bringing the virus into the facility.
We stopped all outside groups from coming into the facility. We also cancelled all outside events that we sponsored and initiated our “No Visitation Policy” this included not only families but others such as hospice nurses, physicians other than medical director, lab tech (we draw and deliver now) and any other non-essential person.
We stopped all communal dining and group activities and on March 15th initiated our new activity plan for hallway room door activities. And employees required to have mask on when at work. Strict screening initiated for any new admissions before accepting. This is when we also initiated at a minimum weekly Emergency Planning Meetings, some weeks we have met three times a week.
We initiated a plan to test any resident or employee that had a medical change of any kind for COVID, even residents sent to hospital we will request that the hospital test them. If an employee is tested they are are off work until the test results are back, if residents are tested, they are placed in strict isolation until test results are back.
We began seeing signs of mood changes & depression so the management team initiated Support Visits for residents to increase monitoring.
We initiated weekly report to our families and friends.
We stopped allowing deliveries of supplies and equipment into the facility until sanitized. We also restricted new admissions and if an admission was accepted from the hospital or community they were placed in two private rooms that were set-up for COVID monitoring for 14 days.
April 2nd 2020
We stopped all outside food deliveries and other deliveries from family members to residents.
We contacted all residents and resident family members about developing “Advance Care Plans” should a resident contract this virus.
We began daily updates to families on media outlets.
May 1st 2020
We setup a Private Group on Facebook for our families called “Northern Lakes COVID-19 Watch Dogs.”
We began posting Nursing Home COVID Stats as provided by the Indiana State Department of Health and we opened up rooms that can be utilized for any positive cases of COVID-19 in an attempt to keep the virus from spreading to others should we need it.
June 11th 2020
Today, the Indiana State Department of Health came in to inspect the facility for COVID-19 & Infection Control Practices.
They found that our facility is in full compliance with all standards in the Prevention of COVID-19, and had no deficiencies cited and no further recommendations for changes. We have a wonderful staff and nursing facility. We are very proud.
July 22nd 2020
Outdoor visitation policy is cancelled due to substantial increase of COVID-19 positive cases reported in Steuben County area; NLNR remains at zero (0) cases of COVID-19 at our nursing home.
AUG 4th 2020
Outdoor visitation policy is now open starting Aug 4th, 2020. Visits are scheduled Monday – Friday only from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. You must call the day before to schedule a visit, we cannot take reservations the day of, as we spend a great deal of time assigning staff to cover these visits, so we must know the day before. Thank you.
We tested all 124 employees and results are all back: all employees were negative for COVID. That is great news for them and our residents.
We remain COVID-free, no (zero) positive cases!
Sept 3rd 2020
Outdoor Visitations to Stop Immediately.
We remain COVID-Free, no (zero) positive cases at Northern Lakes to date.
Oct 2nd 2020
Indoor Visitations Resume
Effective October 2, 2020, we will start having indoor visits. Resident can have two (2) visitors at a time and two visits a week. Visits will still be for 20 minutes. The visits will take place in the front lounge only (with the exception of end of life visits & those will continue in private rooms).
We have a barrier in the middle of the lounge that will help protect our residents. Family members cannot go to any other location but the front area.
November 1st 2020
No indoor or outdoor visits till further notice.
Virtual visits are available. Schedule in advance.
December 26th 2020
We still only have window, virtual, phone visitations, that will not change for a long time due to COVID.