COVID-19 Chart: July 10th

COVID-19 Update: July 6th, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

We want to provide you with an update regarding the guidance that was released last week related to:  Beauty Salons; Outdoor Visitation; and Essential Family Caregivers.

  1. Beauty Salons – the Skilled Health Center Beauty Shop will begin seeing residents tomorrow, Tuesday July 7th, 2020. The Residential Beauty Shop will begin seeing residents on Friday July 10th, 2020.  We will abide by previous schedules, with accommodations made as time and space allows.  Again, we must adhere to strict regulations set forth by the state, and we ask for your patience’s as we venture into these adaptations.
  2. Outdoor Visitations – Outdoor visitation is currently allowed at Westminster Village.  We do ask that all abide by the visitation guidelines….Please check the Westminster Village website; Facebook or refer to the July 3rd guidelines for visitation procedures.
  3. Essential Family Caregivers – If you have been contacted by a facility representative, and have completed the requirements set forth by the state and the facility, then you may begin your caregiver functions on Wednesday July 8th, 2020.  Again, we ask that you abide by the guidelines.
  4.  Outdoor Excursions – will be permitted, however limited based upon individual circumstances.

As always, our goal is to protect the residents and staff from this virus.  These guidelines are in place to protect each resident entrusted to our care.  We anticipate and appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation.

Additional information and guidance will be presented in our Groupcast and on our Website wvmuncie.com on Friday July 10th, 2020.

We wish you blessings beyond measure.  Be safe, be kind and be informed….

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

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol XI

“Cleanliness is Next to Godliness”

That declaration typically appears in Top 10 lists of statements people wrongly assume are in the Bible. It was actually coined by John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church in a 1787 sermon. Wesley, interestingly, wasn’t talking about hygiene. He was encouraging the habit of wearing clean clothes. It can only be said that the idea of keeping one’s body scrubbed and smelling clean took a very long time to catch on.

Historically, Europeans were anxious about getting wet and were strangely leery of soap. Bill Bryson in his documented book, “At Home”, reports that Christians came to the odd conclusion that holiness should be equated with dirtiness.

When Thomas a Becket died in 1170, those who laid him out approvingly noted that his undergarments were seething with lice. Throughout the medieval period, an almost sure-fire way to earn lasting honor was to take a vow not to wash.

Most of us have become at least semi-willing to wash our hands during this pandemic. Things were different, however, when the plague swept through Europe in the 13th century. The brightest minds concluded that the most effective way to prevent a communicable disease from entering one’s body was to keep it coated with dirt and grime. For the next 600 years a majority of people avoided bathing, often as a way of honoring God.

When European explorers began visiting the New World, indigenous tribes, most of whom kept themselves fastidiously clean, could smell the conquistadors long before they came ashore.

Henry Drinker, a prominent resident of Philadelphia, installed a shower in his garden in 1798 and it took his wife Elizabeth more than a year to summon the courage to give it a try. She explained that she “had not been wet all over at once for 28 years past.”

How in the world did people deal with the grime and the odor? One strategy was to cover it with perfume. This accounts for the invention of nosegay, a sweet – smelling bouquet of flowers tied to one’s neck or sleeve. Most people however, simply ignored the unpleasantness. After all, if everybody looked and smelled like Charlie Brown’s friend Pig Pen, then nobody was Pig Pen.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to roll out all the Bible verses on personal hygiene? Unsurprisingly, perhaps there are none. There was no sweeping early church vision for soap and water. That’s not to say the Bible’s authors were silent on the subject of cleanliness.

Take John, for instance, who wrote that “when we walk in the light as God is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:7) The word translated “cleanse” is the Greek verb catharizo, from which we derive the English word “catharsis.” Healthy spirituality is essentially a deep-cleaning of the soul.

King David, in anguish, after the most tragic relationship blunders his life, begged God for a fresh start: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Addicts dream of “getting clean.” People stumbling through life realize they need to “clean up their act.”

A clean body is a wonderful thing, and no doubt a gift that we give everyone around us. But the clean-up that matters most happens when we give God permission to power-wash the rocks and crannies of our inner world.

Perhaps that can become our prayer every time we reach for the shampoo.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

COVID-19 Update: July 2, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has released new guidance regarding Beauty Salons, Outdoor Family Visitations and Essential Family Caregivers.    

  1. Beauty Salons – the Westminster Village Beauty Salons will be opening the

     week of July 6th.  This will be a gradual re-opening so safety precautions can be observed.

  1. Outdoor Visitations – ISDH is now permitting scheduled visitation under the following conditions:
    • Visitors outdoors must bring their own mask and wear properly at all times during the visit.
    • Resident and Visitors MUST maintain appropriate social distance of at least 6 feet apart at all times during the visit.
    • Visitors must not have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Visitors may provide food and beverages to the resident consistent with dietary considerations, but food should not be shared between residents and visitors. Individual meals are permitted, but sharing a pizza would not be permitted.
    • All visits are subject to weather conditions. If a weather warning should occur that would put either visitors or residents at risk, the visit would be immediately canceled.
    • No admittance into the building will be permitted, therefore, no restroom facilities will be available during your visit.
    • Smoking is not permitted during outdoor visitations.
    • Window visits with at least six feet of social distancing are still permitted and may be a better choice for some residents.
  1. Essential Family Caregivers- each facility approved caregiver has been contacted this week and may begin the week of July 6th with evidence of a COVID-19 negative result test. There will be more guidance to follow next week.
  2. Outdoor Excursions – will be permitted, however limited based upon individual circumstances.

As always, our goal is to protect the residents and staff from this virus.  These guidelines are in place to protect each resident entrusted to our care.  We anticipate everyone’s patience, cooperation and respect as we begin our Back on Track Indiana guidance.  Additional information and guidance will be presented in our Groupcast and on our Website wvmuncie.com on Monday, July 6, 2020.

We wish you a sparkling 4th of July filled with pride and honor.  Please stay safe and “Mask Up Hoosiers”.

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

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol X

“Beauty is Only Skin Deep”

This familiar proverb is attributed to Sir Thomas Overby, who coined it in 1613 as a way of describing his wife. Mrs. Overby’s response was not recorded. But we may presume Thomas ate leftovers by himself that evening.

As it turns out, a number of things that people seem to care about a great deal are only skin deep.

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. And it’s the only organ that will not fail you. Your heart may stop, your lungs may keep you from taking a breath, and your liver may malfunction. But your skin will keep growing and flexing as long as you live.

Human skin is essentially a two-layer cake composed of the dermis, which is interior and the epidermis or outer layer. The outermost layer of epidermis is entirely composed of dead cells. It’s a bit unnerving to grasp that the “you” that everyone sees is essentially deceased tissue. Researchers estimate that the average person sheds almost a million fragments of dead skin every hour-most of which ends up on that fine layer of dust on your flat screen TV.

When popular non-fiction writer Bill Bryson was researching his 2019 book, “The Body, A Guide for Occupants”, he described his encounter with British surgeon Ben Ollivere as one of the most unexpected events. Dr. Ollivere gently peeled back a “sliver of skin” about a millimeter thick from the arm of a cadaver. It was thin as to be translucent. Then the surgeon said, “That is where all your skin color is. That’s all race is—a sliver of epidermis.”

It’s extraordinary that such a small facet of our composition is given so much importance. Yet many people have been enslaved or hated or lynched or deprived of fundamental rights through history because of the color of their skin.

When it comes to race, history is a debris field of bad science. And that has led some to incredibly bad consequences.

Some American preachers (thankfully not all of them) taught their congregations that Africans brought to our shores by slave traders were morally and spiritually flawed.

The O.T. sage Samuel, when called to anoint the next king of Israel was almost waylaid by first impressions. God set him straight.

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearances but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7). The King Samuel ultimately anointed that day was David, whose royal line led to Jesus.

Racism is skin deep. Character is heart-deep.

By God’s grace our call in every area of life is to look beyond the epidermis.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

COVID-19 Update: June 26th, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

Based upon this week’s recent guidelines, there have been 37,000 health care workers COVID-19 tested in the state of Indiana in the month of June. This has been a monumental task for the Indiana State Department of Health and long term care facilities.

Regarding Westminster Village individually, all employees have been tested in an appropriate and timely fashion. Out of the 226 employee tests, we have received 222 results. Please visit wvmuncie.com for the new chart recently posted. Each employee has been very responsive to being tested and in compliance with the state mandate. Our employees have done an outstanding job in accomplishing this Indiana State Department of Health required testing.

Upon receiving all final results, we will then be in the process of re-opening our Beauty Salons, initiating the Essential Family Caregiver Program, in addition to establishing an Outdoor Visitation Policy.

During this period of time, we are very thankful to announce we have been through an Indiana State Department of Health Infection Control review, as well as an Infection Control Survey and have had no issues and we are in full compliance with the regulations.

Westminster Village continues to remain COVID-19 free in our Resident population. We are truly thankful and grateful for those who have diligently worked with us, for us and beside us to maintain a safe and secure environment. We appreciate your thoughts, your understanding and your prayers as we journey through this territory of uncertainty. Hopefully you find comfort with regard to our transparency of information and our commitment and dedication to the elders we serve.

Many blessings,

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol IX

“The Power of Words”

The power of touch has always been a significant part of human relationships. It appears, however, that we’ve entered a season in which the three H’s (handshakes, hugs and high-fives) will need to recede at least for a while in our connections with those beyond our own families.

But it opens a new door; suddenly we have a fresh opportunity to discover the power of words. Words have the power to build up and tear down. We all have known this from experience. When you were a child, no one had the ability to make or break your day like one of your parents. All it took was a word.

Those who know us best have inside information. They know exactly the right words and when to lift an eyebrow in a certain manner to push our buttons.

But it is also wonderful to entrust your heart to someone. At those moments when we’ve made a fool of ourselves there’s nothing more healing than to hear, “I still believe in you” from a lover or a friend.

A few years ago I opened a meeting by asking those present to recall the most memorable comment they had ever received. I wasn’t prepared for the outpouring of emotion. Some broke down and wept. They had gone 10, 20, 30 years resolutely drawing strength from a single memorable word of blessing.

Human souls long to be blessed. We long to know someone truly knows us and our hopes, our fears, our secrets and still loves us. God loves us like that. And the Bible provides a paradigm by which we can receive his blessing on a regular basis.

Aaron, Israel’s first high priest was commanded to turn toward God’s people and speak these words: “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Think of the six gifts embodied in those three sentences:

  • God yearns to bless you-to provide for your needs.
  • God promises to keep you-to watch over you.
  • God will cause his face to shine upon you. In the ancient world, citizens had no higher hope than to look into the face of the King and to see a smile, an expression of welcome and acceptance.
  • God longs to be gracious to you-there is nothing you can do to make him love you more.
  • He will lift up his countenance upon you-to give you his full attention.
  • God promises you his peace-not the absence of chaos or trouble, but his own shalom that can see you through the darkest day.

These are God’s life-giving words and these are words by which we can bless others and by God’s grace transform all of their tomorrows for the better.

Faithfully,

Ron Naylor, Chaplain

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol VIII

“FOG”

A bank of fog can be intimidating. Familiar landmarks seem to vanish. Progress slows. We may even seem to lose our way.

The science of fog is well known when super-saturated warm air hovers over cooler ground water vapor that precipitates into small droplets of condensation. Those droplets are suspended into the air via the same process that forms clouds. Fog is essentially a cloud in close contact with the earth’s surface.

Fog may seem to be little more than a mist but it contains a serious amount of liquid. A cubic mile of dense fog can hold up to 56,000 gallons of water which weighs about 225 tons. That’s a lot of water!

This is all very interesting of course, but most people tend to respond more emotionally than academically to the presence of fog. That’s why it’s featured in so many scary movies which is precisely how most of us feel when emotional spiritual fog seems to settle over our lives.

We don’t know what to do. We’re not sure how to go forward. The one thing we do know is that we now have two choices. We can worry or we can pray. Somebody is in charge of what’s happening to me. Either I’m in charge (in which case I have a lot of worrying to do) or God’s in charge.

Worry is a conversation I have with myself. “How did I get into this mess?” “What am I going to do now?”

Prayer is a conversation I have with God. “Lord, I can’t see you and I can’t see more than a few steps ahead. “What do you want me to do next?”

I feel fogged in. I don’t know how I am going to make it through the next 24 hours let alone this COVID-19 crisis. But I’m so glad you’re in charge.

It is also worth knowing something else. Fog is no match for the sun. Even though it’s often declared that sunlight has the power to “burn off” a thick morning fog, it’s more accurate to say that when the sun-heated air and ground become sufficiently warm, the droplets simply evaporate. They vanish literally into thin air.

That brings to mind a vivid image presented by one of the Hebrew prophets: “But to you who revere The Lord’s name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.” (Malachi 4:2)

We may think we’re facing a 225 ton tsunami, a giant wave that is threatening to break over us. But the sunshine of God’s healing, love and grace always shines through, revealing our worries to be the imposters they truly are.

Every day the choice is ours. We can talk to ourselves or we can talk to God.

Let’s talk to God.

Faithfully,
Ron Naylor, Chaplain

COVID-19 Update: June 10, 2020

Dear Westminster Residents and Families,

Per the Indiana State Department of Health mandate, all 220 Westminster Village employees will begin the COVID-19 testing process tomorrow June 11th and will continue until the morning of June 12th. This is a precautionary guidance.

We are working with the Indiana State Department of Health along with the Indiana National Guard.

Once again, there is no emergency with Westminster Village. We are simply complying with the guidance. Therefore, Residents will see the National Guard on site and employees coming in and out all day tomorrow.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Please understand we are merely abiding by the guidelines.

Please check wvmuncie.com for any updates.

Administration, Supervisors and the Management Team

COVID-19 Update: June 5th, 2020

Dear Residents and Families,

We are very thankful for the trust and confidence you have placed with us in caring for your loved one.

We continue to stay focused to the guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Delaware County Department of Health. Please understand that we are very actively engaged in complying with all noted agencies.

There are several mandates related to COVID-19 testing of all long term care facility employees by June 30, 2020. We are currently working on a process of which to accomplish this for all 220 of Westminster Village employees within the time frame allowed.

There have also been some guidelines for beginning to allow very structured “outdoor visitations”. However, we have chosen to complete our employee testing prior to opening any outdoor visitation sites in an effort to provide as much protection as possible. There has also been a mandate that we would have to cancel any outdoor visitations if any employee tests asymptomatic positive or positive for COVID-19. Therefore, our no visitation, including outdoors, policy is still in effect. We understand the human side of personal visits; however, we must be safe and secure in this journey.

Please continue to utilize other forms of communication including phone calls, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and other forms of social media and proper window visits to stay connected with your loved ones.

Our website at wvmuncie.com is updated daily with any changes of information as well.

Thank you again for your cooperation and understanding through this challenging time.

Be Safe, Be Smart & Informed, and always, always, Be Kind.

Have a safe and blessed weekend.

The Administration, Supervisors and Managers of Westminster Village