COVID-19 Chart: March 5, 2021

March 3, 2021

Dear Residents, Families and Employees:

Beginning Thursday, March 4th, Indoor Visitation hours will be increased under Indiana State Department of Health guidelines.  Westminster Village has set forth the following guidelines:

  • Visitation will be: 8:00 am to 11:00 am, 1:00 pm to 3 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm seven days a week. We ask that you abide by these set times.
  • No more than 2 visitors per visitation time per Resident.
  • Visits are allowed in the Green Zone areas only. No visits in the Red or Yellow Zone or CooperVista will be permitted.
  • 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 over the age of two and the Resident must properly wear a mask at all times during the visit. We do ask that visitors 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.
  • All visits must be in the resident’s apartment or room only. No common areas.
  • 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.
  • Window visits and outdoor visitations are still available and recommended.
  • Limited Bus Transportation is now available by appointment for resident excursions. Essential medical appointments will take precedence over non-medical appointments.
  • Excursions of less than 24 hours are permitted without quarantining. If you stay overnight or travel overnight you must quarantine for 14 days upon return.

Please note that we may cease visitation if a new facility-onset COVID-19 Resident or Staff positive case is confirmed, if there has been potential exposure or if the county positivity rate exceeds 10%.

As we move to re-opening, it is expected that COVID-19 infection prevention guidelines remain in place as the virus is still present and we are still in a pandemic.  Even if the Resident, or the visitor or staff member has been vaccinated, we all must still adhere to wearing a mask, socially distancing and washing our hands.

It is our continued goal to serve and protect the residents and staff.  Visit www.wvmuncie.com for further updates as needed.

Wishing you a very safe and blessed rest of your week.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

 

Chaplain’s Corner: XLVI

“Wrestling With God”

The more time you spend with God, the more likely it is that you will wrestle with God.  Spoiler alert!  You will lose that wrestling match.

But there’s a good chance you will end up with a souvenir that will be worth keeping.  The prototypical divine-human wrestling match is reported in Genesis 32:22-32 which has long been regarded as one of the Bible’s most mysterious passages.  Jacob, the grandson of Abraham, is preparing for an anxiety filled reunion with his brother Esau.  This would be the same Esau from whom he had stolen, years earlier, both the family’s birthright and their father’s blessing.

As if that isn’t a sufficient formula for losing sleep, he is getting ready to wrestle with someone described as “a man.”  The text implies it is The Lord, who represents God himself.

Light begins to appear on the eastern horizon, it is just before daybreak.  But Jacob replied, “I will not let go.”  The man asked him, “What is your name?”  ‘Jacob,’ he answered.

Now this may seem a strange thing to ask.  Is the angel afflicted with amnesia?

How did he answer the last time he was asked his name?  “Father, it is I, Esau.”  Jacob had lied about his identity and received a blessing.  God will have none of that this time.

For most of his adult life, Jacob has refused to face the truth and he runs for his life.  But this time is different.  This time he hangs on to the angel and says he will not let go “unless you bless me.”

Are you in a wrestling match with God?  Are you full of anger or disappointment because God has taken something precious from your life?  Have you asked for guidance only to hear silence?  Don’t let go.

Way too many people break their clinch with God and say, “Well, I guess that’s that.”  It’s true that wrestling with God’s presence and God’s will in heart to heart grappling appears to be one of the factors shaping our lives.

That was certainly true for Jacob.  He emerges with a limp but held on.  He has a new name (Grabber) will now be known as Israel.  He wrestled with God and prevailed.  The people of Israel, to this day carry his new name across the millennia.

Jacob leaves us with something else:  “As the sun rose above him, he was limping…”  (Genesis 32:31)  We shouldn’t be surprised that wrestling with God leaves a mark on our lives.

For years I have looked back on a particularly difficult time in my life and winced.  The spiritual growth that sprang from that encounter in many ways has been a blessing even though the memories are painful.

When it comes to memories, I still limp from time to time but the memory is accompanied by God’s reminder:  “Don’t forget that during that long, dark night I am with you and that I have blessed you.”

Are you wrestling with God?  Don’t let go.  Life’s hardest moments may leave us with a limp but in the end we will stand straighter and taller.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XXXVIII

“Finish Strong”

In the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, runner John Stephen Akhwari of Tanzania finished last. But there’s more to the story.

Akhwari was one of the world’s best long distance runners. But having never trained at high altitudes, several miles into the race he began to cramp. Then approaching the halfway point, he became entangled with some other runners and fell hard to the pavement. The impact dislocated his right knee and jammed his right shoulder.

Akhwari, now battling back pain, gathered himself and continued running far behind the pack.

Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia won the race in 2:20:26. The crowd cheered. The medals were awarded.

More than an hour later after the sun had set and most fans had already departed, Akhwari staggered through the tunnel into the stadium. ABC quickly powered up the cameras. The small crowd stood and applauded as Akhwari summoned the strength to complete the closing lap around the track-then crossed the finish line.

A few minutes later, an interviewer asked the Tanzanian why he had kept going. Akhwari answered: “My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race. They sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.” More than half a century later, people remember only two competitors from that marathon, Wolde and Akhwari.

It’s not how you start that matters. What matters is how you finish.

Perhaps one of the most famous passages of scripture is 2 Timothy 4:7, which the Apostle Paul apparently wrote within sight of his personal finish line. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race and I have kept the faith.”

God did not send us into the world to be spectators. God has not called us to drop out of the race when life gets hard.
It’s been a tough year. You may have suffered a fall or maybe even had COVID or some other illness. I know it’s been a long year not seeing loved ones except through the window of your room.

But the race isn’t over. Get back up.

FINISH STRONG!

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XXXVII

“Can You Imagine?”

C.S. Lewis once imagined what it would be like to grow up in a prison. In a sermon that was ultimately published as “The Weight of Glory”, the British author and theologian crafted a table in which a woman is incarcerated. She’s expecting a child. Her son arrives and then grows up in that dark and limited space.

But she’s an artist and she’s been able to secure pencils and a sketchpad. She draws pictures of the world “out there” doing her best to reveal to her little boy the wonders of forests, rivers, fields and mountains. He dreams of personally experiencing those realities one day.

He knows something of the world beyond the prison bars, but only by means of a three-dimensional sketchpad. He cannot comprehend the fragrance of hyacinths, the roar of breaking waves or the icy coolness of snowflakes on his skin. He can only discern the barest outlines of such a world.

So it is with the way we picture Heaven.

Lewis points out that most cultures historically, have imagined the next world to be far less real than this world. The ancient Greeks pictured Hades, the place of the dead, as a shadowy realm where men and women exist as mere shadows or shapes of their former selves. They are drained of energy, joy and hope. The Hebrews of Old Testament times described Sheol in similar terms.

Even contemporary Western civilization has managed to transform Heaven into a comparatively boring place. Can you imagine floating on clouds, strumming on harps?

There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. Few of them have anything to say about Heaven. Scripture is surprisingly shy about depicting Paradise.

Where does that leave us? Trying to imagine Heaven by extrapolating from a handful of verses is like attempting to experience the tastes, sounds and colors of a three-dimensional world by studying some pencil lines on a flat sheet of paper.

Here’s what we know. Heaven will not turn out to be less than our present experience. It will be infinitely more. Where did we get this idea?

N.T. scholar, N.T. Wright suggests that trying to perceive the future is like peering into a thick fog. We cannot see what lies ahead. All of a sudden, someone steps out of the fog and greets us. It’s Jesus. This is the meaning of resurrection. A real flesh and blood person, someone who truly died, left this world and entered the next. All of us will take that trip someday.

What was Jesus like when he reappeared to his disciples? He was himself. His memories, identity and relationships were intact. More importantly he was whole.

People may live as if money, status and beauty are supremely important. That means all we have are a few years in this world to attain them.

But humanity’s deepest dreams have always been related to the possibility of a next world. Can anyone survive the grave? Will we still be conscious? Will people retain the capacity to think, work and experience joy? Will there be reunions with those we love?

Right now, all we have are sketches of a reality we cannot possibly comprehend. But followers of Jesus have every reason to believe that the fullness of life doesn’t come to a screeching halt in a cemetery.

What else would you expect from a God who raises the dead?

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XXXVI

“The Legacy of Transformed Lives”

Ramses II was the most remarkable of the Egyptian Pharaohs. After taking the throne in 1279 B.C. he lived to be 90 and ruled for 66 years. He fathered more than 100 children. Most famous rulers become known as “The Great” only after they leave the scene. However, Ramses, wouldn’t have hesitated to put those words on his business card.

During the height of his powers he was worshipped as a God and left behind a massive number of works. Even today, 3000 years later, you can see them scattered across the Egyptian landscape.

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, points out, “He was a consummate self-publicist. He had no scruples.”

Ramses ordered the creation of two massive temples of Abu Simbel. The larger of the two, The Great Temple, is like an ancient Mt. Rushmore with four 60 ft. statues. All four depict Ramses.

According to his scribes, he won every battle. Every victory was a knockout. MacGregor declares: “His purpose was to create a legacy to speak to all generations of people.” That’s why everything about Ramses was HUGE!

Maybe there is an ancient Egyptian hieroglyph somewhere that has the motto: “Make Egypt Great Again.”

But the irony is that everything we see and know that Ramses today is in ruins. After his reign, Egyptian culture entered a decline from which it never recovered.

What other great leader lived out his years in this ancient part of the world?

Jesus left no statues of himself. We don’t know what he looked like. As far as we know, he wrote nothing. He never commissioned a temple or led an army.

Jesus died in weakness, abandoned by his own apprentices. So what is his legacy?

All Jesus left was the changed hearts of his followers.

You don’t have to visit a museum or travel to a distant location to see what Jesus accomplished.

His legacy is transformed lives. His legacy is us.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: XXXV

“There’s Room for Everyone on the Island”

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to vote someone out of your community?

Once long ago there was a city where that happened every year. About four centuries before Christ, the citizens of Athens, Greece had an open-air assembly meeting where they could vote on matters of interest to the city. Every year at that assembly citizens voted on whether to have an OSTRACISM.

If the majority said yes, everyone present took an OSTRACON (a broken piece of pottery, which was the ancient world equivalent of a scrap of paper) and wrote down the name of the person that they thought the city could most do without.

The name written on the potsherds was declared to be OSTRACIZED. It was a bit like being voted off the island in the reality show “Survivor”-except in this case it really was reality. The winner (that is, loser) was banished from Athens for a period of four years when he could again return to his property.

Historian Thomas Cahill writes, “In this way people who were nuisances were eliminated.” If at first this shocks you, consider for a moment what benefits it provided.

OSTRACISM as a civic practice is long gone. But the function of ostracism and dysfunction is alive and well.

Human beings seem to have a never-ending struggle with who’s in and who’s out. Through a variety of tactics-shunning, refusing to make eye contact, and withholding love and attention, we ostracize people whom we deem outsiders.

No vote is actually taken. But our behavior betrays our true feelings.

OSTRACISM was part of the Athenian vision for a healthy community but our vision as Christians for healthy relationships is fundamentally different.

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:16: “Live in harmony with one another. Don’t be proud, but willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” Then he adds in verse 21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

In other words, don’t be a passive observer of ostracism right in front of you. Be proactive. With your words and your behavior let others back in.

It’s time to acknowledge that by God’s grace, there’s room for everyone on the island.

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