COVID-19 Chart: January 15, 2021

January 12, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

Excitement was in the air at Westminster Village yesterday when 232 residents and staff members received their first vaccination for COVID-19. CVS will return in 28 days (February 8th) to provide the second of the two doses required for the vaccine, as well as to give the first dose to those who missed their chance Monday.

Everyone has been looking forward to this day for quite some time. We are thankful and blessed that, as a resident or healthcare worker, we are some of the first to receive this opportunity to be vaccinated. We want residents and their families to be able to return back to a sense of normalcy with shared meals, life events, and daily moments of physical connection, for staff and residents alike.  We know we still have a journey ahead of us before we get there, however yesterday was a giant step toward that goal.  We have been living with infection control restrictions since March of last year. We now have a vaccine that is providing hope for the future.

Yesterday 93% of residents were vaccinated and 37% of the employees have been vaccinated.  In the days ahead we will continue to track as others also get vaccinated.

Even with our first vaccination clinic now behind us, the pandemic still exists.  Therefore, we must all still remember to continue observing the following protocols:

  • Always wear your mask properly – over your nose and mouth
  • Social distance appropriately – at least six feet apart
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Travel only to medically necessary appointments
  • Continue window visits, phone calls and social media interaction
  • Continue daily screening for signs and symptoms of COVID
  • Notify the nurse on your unit if you feel ill
  • Protect those near you at home and at work
  • Employees & Essential Family Caregivers continue regularly scheduled testing

Remember that we continue to update our COVID-19 status on our website at wvmuncie.com and on our in house digital signs.  Information is also available on our GroupCast Message System for those residents, families and employees who have chosen to receive those messages.

Please continue to do everything you can to stay safe and healthy by following the policies as stated above.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 765-288-2155 and ask for Administration or the Director of Nursing.

 

Thank you,

 

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

Chaplain’s Corner: XXXII

“Our Refuge and Our Strength”

One of the charms of The Golden Gate Bridge is that it almost seems fragile. That’s astonishing-especially since it sits along the San Andreas Fault, one of the most active geological features of North America.

But engineers are convinced that the bridge is probably one of the safest places to be the next time San Francisco is rocked by a major earthquake. That’s because it’s two gigantic support towers, or piers, plunge deep into the underlying bedrock of the Golden Gate.

Every aspect of the bridge-it’s span, its cables, every nut and every bolt-is ultimately preoccupied with the underlying bedrock. Everything in an earthquake will be subject to jarring horizontal earth movement. But not the bridge.

After the events of last week, it feels like the ground beneath us has been shaken.
But God has not moved. Trusting him we have a place we can trust in the midst of chaos and fear.

Here are the words that inspired Martin Luther to write “A Mighty Fortress is Our God:”

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear; though the earth should change,
Though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the Most High.

 

God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved.
God will help her as morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar; the kingdoms totter;
God utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Come, behold the works of the Lord;
See what desolations God has brought to the earth.
God makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.
Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations of the earth.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

PSALM 46: “May the Lord bless you this day and in the days ahead with great support, love and hope. All other ground is sinking sand.”

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

COVID-19 Update: December 28th

December 28, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

We hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and we wish that the upcoming new year will bring everyone health, wealth and happiness!

As of noon today we have had one (1) new positive COVID-19 Staff case to report. We had three (3) new positive COVID-19 Residents to report—all from Devon Court that are currently in the Red Zone on CooperVista. All Staff and all Skilled Nursing Residents were tested today and will be re-tested on Thursday per guidelines.

We continue to be hands on daily in communicating with the Indiana State Department of Health, our ISDH Area Supervisor, the ISDH Infection Control Preventionist and the Delaware County Health Department. We continue to follow the proper protocol per our Infection Control guidelines.

Please continue to send positive thoughts and prayers as they are greatly appreciated. Jennifer Peterson, Director of Nursing, is still in the hospital in stable condition and will hopefully get to go home in the next few days.

We are anxiously awaiting our scheduled date for the COVID vaccine to be administered to all Staff and all Residents. We will keep you updated as soon as we know any more information. Copies of health insurance and Medicare cards will be needed to attach to consents for the vaccine. More information coming soon.

Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com for any further updates.

In the spirit of the season, we are wishing you a Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

 

COVID 19 Update: November 20, 2020

COVID 19 Update: November 13, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

As of noon today, Westminster Village has NO COVID-19 positive Residents—all have recovered!!!  We are thankful and grateful for this blessing and the amazing Staff who provide compassionate care that all Residents are receiving.

According to the Indiana State Department of Health guidelines, if the CMS positivity rate for Delaware County is 10% or greater, that indoor and outdoor visitations are not permitted.

As of today, the CMS positivity rate for Delaware County is at 11%.  Therefore we must follow the ISDH guidelines along with recommendations from the Delaware County Health Officer and our Medical Director of no indoor or outdoor visitations at the present time.  However, window visits are encouraged and essential caregivers are permitted with a current COVID negative test on file.

Due to the high positivity rate in the State and Counties, it is strongly recommended to attend medically necessary appointments only—the risk is too high.

We encourage our families and friends to continue connecting with our Residents and your loved ones through phone calls, social media, FaceTime and window visits.

Next week we will be providing an update with guidelines regarding holiday family gatherings.

Once again, Staff, Thank You for the amazing job you are doing and Residents for your cooperation in this journey.

Please remember to wash your hands frequently, social distance appropriately and wear your masks properly—over your nose and your mouth.

Be thankful, have hope and know our actions are the best gift we can give one another.  We are in this together!  Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

COVID-19 Chart: October 16th

COVID-19 Update: October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020

Dear Residents, Family and Staff:

Westminster Village has been diligent in following all of the CMS and ISDH guidelines regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please know that maintaining the health, wellness and safety of our Residents and Staff is our number one priority.

Effective immediately, Westminster Village Muncie will restrict all visitation to our community as recommended by the Indiana State Department of Health due to two (2) Residents and one (1) Staff testing positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

For the health and safety of all Residents and Staff, at this time NO individual, regardless of reason, will be allowed to enter our community for indoor or outdoor visitations except under certain and very specific circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. We understand that communication with your loved ones is incredibly important and encourage you to communicate with them in other ways, including window visits.

Please know that the news about the Delaware County spread of this particular virus is concerning for all of us. At this time due to the increasing Delaware County spread of the virus and persons over 60 years old are of greatest risk to this deadly virus, we strongly discourage all residents from leaving the building other than for medically necessary appointments only.

Again, thank you for your anticipated cooperation. These guidelines are set to protect the overall wellbeing of your loved ones’ health and that of the staff. This is a priority very close to our hearts. Please check our website at www.wvmuncie.com.

Sincerely,

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

Chaplain's Corner XXV

Chaplain’s Corner XXV

“Spiritual Hunger”

What are the most memorable meals you have ever eaten?

Years ago when I was in high school our Pastor took us on a mission trip to rural Maine where we worked in a camp for handicapped children. It was quite an experience for a young man from northern Indiana to see a part of the country that I had never visited. One afternoon we went to a lobster cookout in the small village where we were located. I had never eaten lobster but to this day I can still remember the delicious lobster which we could eat all we wanted that day. I still enjoy an occasional visit to Red Lobster.

Just a few years ago I was in Croatia after their war with Serbia. I was with a group from my denomination visiting church leaders in Eastern Europe. In this small village which still showed the signs of war on almost every house, we were met by about 10 people who had gathered together a small lunch which obviously took much of their resources since they were very poor. I still remember their sandwich of egg salad which was made with love for these fellow Christians who had come so far. I remember praying with them and only after a few hours listening to their stories with the help of a translator we felt we had known one another for years.

Over my 28 years as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Muncie, we made over 25 mission trips to a small village in the Yucatan of Mexico. At the end of every week the people of the village of Xocenpich would throw a fiesta with all kinds of Mexican treats.

Without question, most of the meals I have eaten in my life I can’t remember at all. It’s challenging–in fact for me to remember a good deal of anything I have eaten within the past seven days. But I have the distinct impression, however, that if I hadn’t eaten some good meals over the duration of my life, I wouldn’t be here right now.

What are your most memorable spiritual experiences?

One could be joyful while another traumatic. One might happen in a quiet chapel while you were alone, while another might be with hundreds of other people at Vatican Square in Rome or in a gospel sing at your church. Sometimes God’s Spirit comes into our lives as a lightning bolt while for others it felt more like waking up to the realization that you are deeply loved by a God that will never let you go.

Truly memorable spiritual experiences are wonderful. But for many people they are few and far between.

What keeps us spiritually alive? Daily prayer, moments of silent meditation are essential. Reading the Bible even when it feels like we aren’t learning anything new will often bring new insights when we least expect it.

It’s challenging to remember specific discoveries from most of our most memorable feedings. But we get the distinct impression that unless we make time day by day to feed our inner spiritual world we would have starved a long time ago.

Throughout this fall season, our bodies will faithfully remind us every day that we need to eat.

May we also heed the more subtle pangs of spiritual hunger that God faithfully sends our way.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XXIV

“Divine Fraud Detector”

A few years ago I got a call from the fraud department that supports my VISA card.
“Mr. Naylor, we’d like you to confirm a couple of expenses that were recently charged to your account.” Whenever I hear those words I take a deep breath. I wonder what grabbed their attention.

Did you have lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s on McGalliard in Muncie last Friday? “Yes, I did.” I answered, remembering the salad bar and chicken sandwich I ordered. “Good,” said the nice lady from the fraud department. “Later that day did you purchase two first class tickets on Delta Airlines from New York City to Paris?” It did not take long for me to respond, “Definitely not!”

Somewhere in the digital cloud there was a computer algorithm that discerned that I was a Ruby Tuesday kind of guy who liked salad bars and chicken sandwiches but not the kind of guy who flies first class to Paris. I was immensely grateful that the fraud division of my bank brought this issue to my attention.

We all need fraud detectors in today’s wired world.

We also need a fraud detector in our personal lives. In particular we need someone close enough to us to say: “How can you even think about doing what you’re thinking of doing?”

We need at least one person who knows us well enough to call us out. The leadership landscape is littered with top drawer CEO’s, coaches, politicians and high-profile Pastors who didn’t have such a person to confront them when they knew they were in need of being confronted when tempted to cross the line.

These cataclysmic falls from grace are a continuing reminder that perhaps, far more than we imagine, we often do not see our own behavior or discern the limitations of our own thinking unless a mentor is there to tell the truth. I am convinced we all need someone in our lives who will be such a trusted friend that will speak the truth to us when we need to see what we don’t want to see about our actions.

Proverbs 24:26 states: “An honest answer is sweet to the lips.” In other word, honesty is the key to friendship.

VISA hates fraud because it hurts the bottom line.

We need to despise our own moral, ethical and spiritual phoniness that has the capacity to damage not just our own lives but everyone else.

Ask God to provide you with one of life’s greatest treasures–a friend who is not afraid to love you enough to call out “fraud” when they see you going the dishonest direction.

We all need that kind of loving friend.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XXIII

“Champions”

On a wintry morning in 1956 a riding instructor named Harry de Leyer drove from his farm in Long Island four hours to Pennsylvania to a horse auction. Every Monday as many as 300 horses were auctioned at this auction. Harry had hoped to purchase a gentle horse that could become a training horse for his students.

The auction attracted a plethora of horses. Some of the horses were purebreds. They fetched the big bucks. Some were animals that needed to be trained. Others simply needed to be loved. By mid-day the auction would be over and every horse would be sold.

The last bidder was always the Kill Buyer. He would pay bottom dollar for animals no one wanted. They would be crowded into a truck and sent to the slaughterhouse where they would become pet food or boiled into glue.

On his way to Pennsylvania, Harry’s old car struggled through the snow and blew a tire. By the time he arrived the auction was over. The only horses left were being loaded into the truck to head for the slaughterhouse.

Harry still hoped his long ride was not in vain. Maybe there was a horse he could find in the Kill Truck. The driver was in a hurry but Harry was drawn to an underfed, overworked plow horse covered with mud and manure. He was a grey horse with kind eyes but was missing a shoe, had cuts on his knee and he had been rubbed on his back by a harness.

How much for the grey horse in your truck? “$80 and he’s yours,” said the Kill Truck driver.

When the neglected horse arrived at the de Leyer farm, Harry was captivated by the grey coat against the background of falling snow. He looked like a snowman and Snowman became his name.

Snowman proved to be gentle, especially around children. But he wouldn’t stay in the fence. He jumped numerous fences. Even after building a high fence they thought could corral Snowman, he proved he was capable of real talent for jumping. Gradually, it dawned on the Dutch horse trainer that this might be an extraordinary animal. The horse never again left Harry’s side. He began to train him for jumper events.

People laughed out loud when the old grey plow horse walked alongside the best of the best at the Open Jump Championships in 1958-just two years from being rescued from the Kill Truck. He was named the American Horse Jump Association Horse of the Year in both 1958 and 1959.

Snowman became a celebrity. He was featured in Life Magazine and was on The Tonight Show with Jonny Carson. Along the way he never lost his love for children.

Who knew that for a mere $80 Harry de Leyer had rescued one of the greatest jumpers in equestrian history?

In a similar way God has rescued us from the slaughterhouse. The Apostle Paul minces no words: “God rescued us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption of sin.”
(Colossians 1:13-14)

Many of us are put off by the notion we need to be rescued. But once we have spent some time living under God’s leadership, our lives reflect hope instead of cynicism, grace instead of exasperation, and peace instead of trying to control everything-only then will we grasp the understanding that when God looked at us covered with spiritual mud and scars He didn’t turn us away.

Instead, He saw in us what we were always meant to be: Champions.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain