COVID-19 Chart: Aug 7th

Chaplain’s Corner: XVI

“Seeing With the Eyes of Jesus”

Who’s the greatest hero in American literature? Author and scholar Elliot Engel believes we shouldn’t be surprised to discover it’s a black slave. But what should amaze us is that this heroic character was invented by a white Southerner in 1885–just 20 years after the end of The Civil War.

The Southerner whose parents were from Virginia and Kentucky was Mark Twain. The character from “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is named Jim. Twain is widely regarded as the father of two American literary innovations. First characters in Twain’s novels actually talked like real Americans complete with twangs, ain’ts and y’alls- instead of sounding like stuffy Londoners. Second, his books were actually funny. It’s hard to believe, but for about 250 years from 1620-1870 “serious literature” in our country meant the reader should never encounter a reason to crack a smile.

“Huckleberry Finn” is the story of two runaways: Jim, the fugitive slave and his friend Huck, the white son of an alcoholic father who had attempted to kill him.

It landed on the American literary scene with a thud. Nobody bought the book. People spread the word that it was loathsome. Louisa May Alcott of Massachusetts, famous for her book “Little Women”, was basically the Oprah Winfrey of her day. If she read a book everyone had to have it. Alcott got through about half of “Huckleberry Finn” before deciding she couldn’t bear another word. She wrote what became an infamous letter to the author:

“Dear Mr. Twain, I have tried to read your novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but I find the characters and incidents in this book so common, so vulgar, and so dirty that I say to you Mr. Twain, that if you can’t write a book better for our young people better than Huckleberry Finn you should not write in the future.”

This was not the kind of publicity Twain had been hoping for. But Lisa May Alcott didn’t stop there. She spearheaded legislation in her home state that banned the book because of its “dirty incidents.”

Twain promptly took out ads across the country in which he proclaimed that his latest book had been banned in Massachusetts “for all of its dirty incidents.” Sales immediately skyrocketed. People couldn’t wait to read what made Louisa Mae so anxious. Readers never found any dirty incidents, because there weren’t any. But they did discover the uplifting story of a young boy with a tender conscience, one who was told that he was risking going to hell with his friend Jim.

The novel ultimately became so famous Twain was a celebrity for the rest of his life. As Engel wrote, he occasionally received notes like this one:

“Dear Mr. Twain, I liked your book, but did you realize that you made the hero of the book the most kind, decent, loving person in your novel–the black slave, Jim? You can’t make a former black slave the hero of a novel! What do blacks have to do with good society?”

Twain always gave the same answer: “The reason I made the black slave Jim the greatest character in Huckleberry Finn is because since blacks are not taken into good society, they are the only persons in this country who have not been warped and ruined by the good society of which they are not a part.” Then he added: “Because blacks aren’t good enough to be taken into good society, they have to be foolish enough to live by the dictates of Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount. They foolishly think that the last shall one day be the first. And because they are so ill treated by white society today, not only must they survive by any means they can, but they survive today with a dignity that most white people cannot imagine.”

This summer we find ourselves in the midst of our nation’s ongoing struggle to determine whose lives really matter and why.

Mark Twain voiced his convictions 135 years ago: “Those who are seeking great character, great hearts and great lives will be served if they are utterly colorblind.”

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

COVID-19 Update: August 5th

Dear Westminster Residents, Families and Staff:

As a clarification of information we are issuing an update regarding our employees.

Previously we have had one (1) employee case that had tested positive which is now resolved and negative and had not worked prior to being exposed. We now also have one (1) current additional positive employee. The employee was not exposed to COVID in our Westminster Village community. Due to HIPAA Guidelines we have contacted all employees who potentially may have worked in the same area. We have reported it to the Indiana State Department of Health and all other required agencies.

Per conversations with the Indiana State Department of Health, Westminster Village is following proper procedures and have no known Residents with signs and symptoms on the healthcare unit where the employee had worked.

We are taking all necessary precautions to minimize any exposure. We currently remain open to indoor visitation as per set hours and set number of visitors, outdoor visitations and admissions. We continue to encourage washing your hands, masking up and safe social distancing.

This month is a state mandate for all Indiana long term care healthcare workers to once again be re-tested as a precautionary measure. We will be keeping the staff informed of specific upcoming dates and times. However, at any time employees may go to the Optum testing site (National Guard Armory) or their own physician before August 21, 2020.

We continue to post any changes Monday through Friday on our website and encourage you to view all information at wvmuncie.com.

Once again, we maintain a safe and secure environment as is humanly possible. We continue to request your thoughts, positive support, encouragement and prayers in whatever way you express your care for our mission.

Be Safe, Be Informed, Be Well and always, always show Kindness to others!

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

COVID-19 Update: August 4th

Dear Westminster Residents, Families and Staff:

We continue to appreciate your cooperation through our unchartered territory of COVID-19.

As we enter into a new month, we have been keeping up with the ever-changing guidelines of the Indiana State Department of Health, CDC, CMS and our local health department, which can change on a daily basis.

This month is a state mandate for all long term care healthcare workers to once again be re-tested as a precautionary measure. The number involves approximately 37,000 healthcare workers statewide. We will be keeping the staff informed of specific dates and times upcoming.

At the present time, we have had one (1) employee case that has tested positive. We have reported it to the Indiana State Department of Health. The employee was not exposed to COVID in our Westminster Village community.

We are taking all necessary precautions to minimize any exposure. We remain currently open to indoor visitation as per set hours, outdoor visitations, admissions, etc. We continue to encourage washing your hands, masking up and safe social distancing.

We continue to post any changes Monday through Friday on our website and encourage you to view all information.

Once again, we maintain as safe and secure environment as humanly possible. We continue to request your thoughts, positive support, encouragement and prayers in whatever way you express your care for our mission.

Be Safe, Be Informed, Be Well and always, always show Kindness to others!

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

COVID-19: Update July 31st

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

We are very grateful and thankful for the overall cooperation we have experienced during this journey of uncertainty related to COVID-19.

We remain cautiously optimistic that we have no COVID cases to report.  We continue to request your thoughts, positive support, encouragement and prayers in whatever way you express your continued care for our mission.

To simply re-cap the month of July:

  • Outdoor Visitations began on July 4th and continues.
  • Open Transportation to all resident appointments began on July 6th.
  • Westminster Village Beauty Salons re-opened on July 8th.
  • July 8th we opened our facility to approved Essential Caregivers of whom were required to have a COVID test on file.
  • July 17th we opened to indoor visitation in apartments or resident rooms from 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. which we continue to follow.
  • We accepted outside admissions to our residential area as of July 17th also with the additional requirement of COVID testing.
  • On July 27th, the Governor of Indiana mandated a “Mask Up Indiana” order of which we have remained in full compliance for several months.
  • We have also continued to focus on numerous other items.

As you can see, July has been a month of major changes following guidance yet making effort to reunite families and residents.

We are wishing everyone a Safe and Blessed weekend as we enter August 2020.

Be Safe, Be Informed, Be Well and always, always show Kindness to others!

Dale E. Lindley, HFA, President
Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA, Vice President
Jennifer Peterson, RN, DON

Chaplain’s Corner: XV

“Humility”

From time to time people debate which sin or character defect is the worst of the worst. For British author and theologian C.S. Lewis it was no contest.

“The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison. It was through Pride that the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every other vice. It is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

Calling out pride in other people is an enjoyable spectator sport. Boxing promoter Don King once said, “I never cease to amaze my own self. I say that humbly.” Of course you do.

A woman submitted this personal ad some years ago to New York magazine:

“Strikingly beautiful. Ivy League graduate. Playful, passionate, perceptive, elegant, bright articulate, original in mind, unique in spirit. I possess a rare balance of beauty and depth, sophistication and earthiness, seriousness and a love of fun. Professionally successful, perfectly capable of being self-sufficient and independent, but I won’t be truly content until we find each other. Please reply with a substantial letter describing your background and who you are. Photo essential.”

What were Union General John Sedwick’s last words, which were uttered from his command post at the Battle of Spotsylvania? “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist—“.

Then of course there is Bruce Ismay of the White Star Line, who proudly announced: “God himself couldn’t sink this ship.” The ship he had in mind was the Titanic.

It’s fun to spot pride in other people. But the disturbing realization that gradually dawns on us is that pride is not “somebody else’s problem.” Pride, more than anything else, separates us from God and alienates us from other people. Pride turns out to be a neck problem. Pride is what makes us look down on other people and what they bring to the table. If and when our necks become frozen in this position, we’re in real trouble.

In order to see God–to look into the face of the One who is infinitely superior to us in every imaginable category–we need to look up. And that will require humility.

As Lewis points out, “Humility is not thinking less of ourselves. It is thinking of ourselves less and less.”

Where do we start? We can begin to think and believe-and to say aloud-four powerful words:

I might be wrong!

N.T. Wright, the Bishop of Durham, and one of the greatest living Bible scholars, opened one of his theological masterpieces by admitting that he was pretty sure 10% of his book was wrong. The problem was he didn’t know which 10% it was.

What would happen if we let humility permeate our lives?

Pride makes everything worse. Humility makes everything better.

That’s a good thing to know, because there’s one thing we know for sure:
In every area of life, there are always icebergs dead ahead.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XIV

“Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow”

When people respond to God’s call to ministry, they may inevitably wonder where they’ll be led to serve.

Thomas Ken, born just outside London in 1637, couldn’t have imagined he would one day become Chaplain to the King of England. And that he would consider it the most thankless job in Christendom.

King Charles II was not what one would call a paragon of spiritual virtue. It’s not for nothing he became known as England’s Merry Monarch. Charles fathered 14 children by means of at least seven mistresses. His favorite paramour-whom he identified as his official mistress-was pretty, witty Nell Gwynne. When the King suggested that Ken move out of his Chaplain’s residence so she could move in, the clergyman had had enough.

In an era in which saying “no” to royalty could amount to terminal vocational choice, Ken stood up to the King. The King backed down. Sometime later, when the King needed to appoint a new Bishop, he remembered his Chaplain. “Where is the good man who refused his lodging to poor Nell?”

Becoming a Bishop, however, didn’t protect Thomas Ken for long. When James II rose to the English throne in a few years later, theological sparks flew. For speaking his mind, Ken was charged with “high misdemeanor” and imprisoned in The Tower of London. Fortunately, he was acquitted before ending up on the chopping block.

Having stood up to the next monarch as well-King William of “William and Mary”-Ken finally retired in his 70’s to enjoy several years of quiet contemplation in the English countryside.

Looking back over his eventful life, Ken can be forgiven for not realizing that, unintentionally, he had written what would become the most widely-sung lyric in church history. It happened early in his ministry, when he was Chaplain at Westminster College–a school for young men.

English church music in the 17th century obeyed an absolute rule: tunes could vary, but only words permitted in congregational singing had to come more from the Old Testament psalms. Hoping to encourage the devotional habits of his students, Ken composed three short hymns-one to sing at breakfast, one at bedtime, and one to sing at midnight in case a student was staring sleeplessly at the ceiling.

Since none of the hymns lyrics were taken from the psalms, Ken encouraged the boys to sing them only in their rooms, The words have become familiar to millions:

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him all creatures here below;
Praise him above ye, heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost”

Those four simple lines have become known as the Doxology (from the Greek word doxa, “glory”, and logia, “saying”). They are a declaration of God’s Glory, an expression of praise for the tri-personal God. When God’s Spirit leads us along unexpected and difficult paths, we can always be sure of one thing:

His blessings, even when we don’t see them at first, will always be flowing.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol XIII

“God the Artist”

Around the mid-1800’s at a Scottish seaside inn, there was an accident.

A serving maid was carrying a pot of tea past a table of fisherman just as one of the men gestured enthusiastically to show the size of the fish he claimed to have caught. He snagged the teapot and down it went splashing the tea into a whitewashed wall. Even after earnest cleanup efforts, a large and irregular brown spot remained. The innkeeper fumed. “That stain will never come out. I’ll have to re-paint the wall.”

“Perhaps not,” said the stranger sitting at a nearby table. “Let me work with the stain. “If you like what I do, you won’t have to re-paint.”

The stranger produced pencils, brushes, pigments, and linseed oil. He sketched lines and added dabs of color. A picture began to emerge. The random splashes of tea became a stag with a magnificent rack of antlers. At the bottom of the picture he scrawled his name, paid for his meal, and walked away. The innkeeper examined the wall. The signature read, “E.H. Landseer.”

Edwin H. Landseer was the most celebrated wildlife painter of Britain’s Victorian Era. Several like stags hang in London museums. He also sculpted the four giant lions that dominate the city’s famous Trafalgar Square. With a few strokes, Landseer transformed an accident at an ordinary inn into its centerpiece. But that’s nothing.

God, the Artist, is able to transform our most forgettable moments: the relational disaster, the cruel remark, the mind-boggling lapse in judgment into things that reflect his glory. And when we go back and re-visit the mistakes of our past, we often see something we had never seen before—-Hope.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol XII

“Good News-Bad News”

You need to deliver some good news and some bad news. Which news should you pass along first?

Daniel Pink, author of “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing”, reports that most doctors, teachers and personnel managers prefer to lead with the positive. Their conviction is that good news is a great way to cushion people to receive bad news. Recent studies, however, suggest that such an approach has it backwards. When on the receiving end of news roughly four out of five people prefer to start with a downer and morph into something happier.

We want the good news to wrap things up. Pink calls it the Principle of Endings. We like sequences that use the rise whether than the fall, that lift us rather than leave us dangling.

They asked students at The University of Michigan to rate on a scale of zero to ten some new varieties of Hershey Kisses. Which tasted best? Each of the students was given five Kisses, one at a time. When receiving the fifth Kiss, half the students were told, “Here is your next chocolate.” Those participants didn’t know this was their last option. Was it the best? 22% said yes. The other half of the students were told, “Here is your last chocolate.” Was it the best one? A whopping 64% gave it a thumbs up. Those who were sure they were eating the final chocolate were sure it was the best.

What’s going on here? Human beings prefer happy endings. More specifically, people hunger for endings in which a significant journey has been completed, a serious challenge has been overcome or a profound lesson learned.

Whatever bad news has been confronted along the way is worth facing. We can make it through the wilderness as long as we know The Promised Land awaits.

When this formula is disturbed–when the possibility of hope vanishes–people feel jarred.

According to Ernest Hemmingway in his masterpiece, “A Farewell to Arms”, life will break your heart. That’s the bad news. And there is no good news that can tie everything up with a bow.

Let’s examine the last lines of another masterpiece, The Bible. “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen, Come Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20-21)

The bad news according to Scripture is that you and I are far more broken and self-deceived than we can possibly imagine.

The good news is that we are more loved than we have ever dared to dream. If we take the bad news but then believe that the Grace of God is the final word, we can make it through the wilderness.

Even the one we are in right now.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

COVID-19 Update: July 14th, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

First and foremost we want to thank you for everyone’s kindness, support and cooperation during these uncharted times. We are blessed to have an amazing staff that have provided care and services for your very special loved ones.  We are also thankful that we remain COVID-19 free at the present time.  Please remember to keep Westminster in your thoughts, your meditations, and your prayers as we continue on this journey in safety for all.

As a reminder, these are the current processes in place, adhering to state guidelines:

  • Beauty Salons –The Skilled Health Center Beauty Shop began seeing residents on Tuesday July 7th, 2020. The Residential Beauty Shop began seeing residents on Friday July 10th, 2020. 
  • Outdoor Visitations – Outdoor visitation continues, and is encouraged. Again, we do ask that all abide by the visitation guidelines.  Please check wvmuncie.com, Facebook or refer to state guidelines for visitation procedures.

***Window visits are still allowed and encouraged by guidelines***

  • Essential Family Caregivers- This process began on Wednesday July 8th, 2020.  If you were contacted by the facility, and completed the requirements, then you may begin your caregiver functions.  Again, we ask that you abide by the guidelines.
  • Outdoor Excursions – are permitted, however limited based upon individual circumstances.  We ask that you take into consideration the safety and wellbeing of yourself, and/or your loved one.

Beginning July 17th, 2020, Indoor Visitation will begin under Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.  Westminster Village has set forth the following guidelines:

  • Visitation will be: 9:00 am – 11:00am and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    7 days a week.  We ask that you abide by these set times.
  • All visitors must enter through the Main entrance and be screened. We ask that you not visit if you have any signs or symptoms of illness, or have had contact with anyone that is ill.  Visitation may be declined if it is observed that the visitation could pose an infection control threat to the community.
  • All visitors must properly wear a mask at all times during their visit. We do ask that you bring your own mask.
  • All visitors must maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet during the visit.
  • All visitors must hand wash or utilize alcohol-based hand rub upon visit.
  • We encourage no more than 2 visitors at a time, but a MAXIUM of 3.
  • All visits must be in the prospective resident’s apartment or room.
  • Traveling throughout the building must be directly from the main entrance to the resident’s apartment or room. We ask that you maintain to the right of the hallways when entering and exiting the building.
  • All visitors must utilize the main elevators during visitation times. We ask that residents and staff, if able, use alternate elevators during visitation times.
  • Residents, if they choose to do so, may visit with one another if all parties agree-during visitation times. We ask that you follow infection control guidelines.

Please note that the facility may cease visitation if a new facility-onset COVID-19 resident or staff case is confirmed, or if there has been potential exposure.

Again, we must adhere to strict regulations set forth by the state, and we ask for your understanding as we continue to venture into these adaptations within our Westminster family. 

It is our goal to serve and protect the residents and staff.  We are thankful that we have remained COVID free; and that we are a 5 Star facility.

We are truly blessed to be part of something so special!

Dale E. Lindley, HFA, President
Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA, Vice President
Jennifer Peterson, RN, DON