COVID-19 Update: May 11

May 11, 2020

Dear Westminster Village Staff,

Now, as we look at long-term care communities across the country we are thinking not only of the Residents, but also of our Staff. These are very challenging, stressful and unprecedented times for you as well.

We know our Staff isn’t struggling with the same battles that other nurses and doctors are fighting against in the hospitals with COVID-19. Our challenge looks a lot different. We are protecting our Residents from the outside world. We are assisting against loneliness, depression, boredom and confusion. We are dealing with frustrations of family members not being able to visit and families who feel disconnected and simply miss their loved ones.

So, until this crisis is over, we will give our Residents comforting words and do our best to create meaningful activities that can be done safely. We will hold the I-pads and phones so families can see their loved ones and reassure them everything is ok. We visit residents daily to provide reassurance, pray, sing, or just be there to comfort them and lift their spirits. Under our masks, we put on smiles even when we are consumed by all the new regulations and added documentation, all the while facing challenges in our own families and personal lives. We will do all that we can to make sure the outside world stays “outside” and our Residents stay safe inside.

So we simply say, We are grateful for YOU. We applaud YOU. We thank YOU and look upon YOU with our respect. We say our prayers for YOU that God will strengthen you, protect you and your families, and keep you well physically and mentally. May He encourage you as you encourage residents and family members while serving a higher calling of taking care of our Residents.

With Appreciation,

Dale E. Lindley, HFA
President

Mary Jo Crutcher, HFA
Vice President

Covid-19 Update: May 8th

Dear Residents, Families and Staff,

We understand this is a very challenging time for all.  As we continue to follow the Regulatory Guidelines to keep all safe and protected…our hearts understand your concerns of the lack of physical/emotional connections during this time of special moments with family including Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and our future uncertainty of formal ISDH issued guidance.

We want to remind you that our No Visitation policy remains in effect throughout the building, inside and outside, this Mother’s Day weekend.

Travel outside of Westminster Village is still restricted to medically necessary appointments only.  All other travel outside of Westminster Village must be avoided.

Our Beauty Shops remain closed under guidelines provided by the Indiana State Department of Health.

Travel to outside beauty shops is not considered medically necessary and must be avoided, even as they begin to reopen next week outside of Westminster Village.

Our transportation driver will continue to provide trips for medically necessary appointments only.

Flowers and gifts will be accepted at the front desk main entry.  We do not recommend bringing in any food gifts that require maintaining any food at a safe temperature – either hot or cold.

A reminder – the front desk drop off area is not set up as a visitation area.  Please refrain from visiting your loved ones in this area when you drop off items.

Please understand that we remain diligent to care for those entrusted to us.  Thank you for trusting our staff to provide safety and protection for the ones you love, especially during this time of appreciation of healthcare workers.

We want to remind you to be Smart.  Be Informed.  And always be Kind.

We wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day.

Thank you.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol III

GOD IS THE AUTHOR!

John Tyler became America’s 10th President 179 years ago.  He was born in 1790 and died in 1862.  Historians have never considered Tyler one of the brighter lights in America’s Presidential chandelier.  But there is something that might grab your attention.

Two of Tyler’s grandsons are still alive!  At first blush that seems impossible.

How can a man born in the 18th century and who died in the middle of the 19th century have living grandchildren two decades into the 21st century?  As you might guess, the dominoes of Tyler’s life had to fall just the right way.  And they did.

Tyler fathered 15 children.  His second wife Julia was 30 years younger than Tyler.  One of Tyler’s sons, Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853-1935) the President’s 13th child when he was 75 married a woman 35 years old and they had three children.  Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born in 1924 and Harrison Ruffin Tyler was born in 1928 and both are still with us.  They are the living grandsons of the 10th President of the United States.

When you think about it, some pretty incredible things had to happen for you and me to be here today.  Our grandparents had to make it out of childhood alive, something not guaranteed 100 to 130 years ago.  Those who came before you had to survive the Flu Pandemic of 1918, the scourge of Polio and the possibility of becoming a casualty of one of America’s great wars.

Against all odds, you had to win the most important competitive battle of your life.  The one which half your genetic material outraced at least 10 million other sperm.  Your mother had to decide to bring you into the world and care for you when you were sick, love you and feed you.  All those things had to happen.  And they did!

The Hebrew Psalmists were pretty sure there was more to the story.  “In Your Book O Lord were written all the days that were formed for me when none of them yet existed”  (Psalm 139:16)

God, in other words is the ultimate author of our stories.  God is the superintendent of the details of our lives both big and small.  “I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Those plans may not include grandchildren who may carry on your legacy two centuries from now.  But they are remarkable enough to give every one of us the grounds to say every morning:  “Thank you, Father, for the privilege of waking up one more time in your good creation.”

Faithfully,

Chaplain Ron Naylor

COVID-19 Update: May 4th

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

On Friday, May 1st, 2020 Governor Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-26 as a roadmap to reopen Indiana for Hoosiers, businesses and state government.  This roadmap is a five stage approach that may allow for the opening of additional businesses and entities and, at each stage, provide further lifting of restrictions and limitations on certain businesses currently open and operating.

  • Stage 1: 5-1-2020 to 5-4-2020 11:59 pm
  • Stage 2: 5-4-2020 11:59 pm to 5-23-2020 11:59 pm

This Executive Order provides the following guidance for staying at home during Stage 2:

People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including those 65 and above and those who are sick or have underlying medical issues, are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible, except as necessary to seek medical care.

Additional Guidance for Healthcare, Assisted Living & Nursing Homes for Stage 2:

  • Assisted Living & Nursing Homes remain closed to visitors;
  • Congregate settings remained closed through at least May 31st;
  • Wear face coverings in public settings;
  • Continue to practice social distancing;
  • Continue to practice good hand hygiene

The following questions have been asked that we need to address:

  • Can I go for a drive with my family in their car?
  • Can my family take me to my doctor appointments and hair appointments soon?
  • Can my family visit with me outside if we stay 6 feet apart?
  • Can my family pick me up and take me to their house?
  • Can my family come and take walks with me outside or push me in a wheelchair outside?
  • Can I sit in the car or outside with my family and visit or eat food they brought me?
  • Can I sit on the bench outside and visit with my family?
  • My family will be here to pick up or drop off some items at the front entrance—can I go give them a kiss or a hug while they are here?
  • Can I have a visit with my family at the front entrance when they deliver something for me at the front desk?
  • Can I take my screen out of my window during a window visit to have closer family contact?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow these actions at this time.  In order to keep yourself safe, as well as other residents of Westminster Village, we must require that you continue to follow our No Visitation Policy.  According to Back on Track Indiana, “Data has shown COVID-19 disproportionally impacts individuals over 65 years old worldwide, and sadly, Indiana is no different.  Over 80% of Hoosiers who have died from the virus are over 65.  As we begin to get back on track, we must do so in a way that protect the most vulnerable citizens.”

Again, please know that our NO VISITATION POLICY has been in effect since March 13th and will continue to be effective until we receive guidance from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) that allows us to change this policy.  We understand that this is an unusual and stressful time, but we are all in this together and must do what we can to protect everyone around us.

We strongly encourage you to utilize other forms of communication including phone calls, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and other forms of social media to stay connected with family and friends.  If you need assistance with these various forms of social media, please contact a member of our Activity Department – Lauren, Abby or Abrianna.  They can assist you with these new forms of communication.

We also need to remind you that, as was stated in our letter dated 3-23-2020, we must strongly discourage all Residents from leaving the building for any reason other than absolutely necessary medical appointments.

Even though outside Beauty and Barber Shops may reopen next week, according to the ISDH guidance, the restrictions for Long-Term Care has not loosened up yet and we should limit resident/patient contact to only essential direct care providers.  Therefore, we are not yet permitted to reopen the Westminster Village Beauty Shops.  ISDH has also indicated to us that residents should not be leaving the building for outside hair or nail appointments.

At any time you may speak with a Nurse in the Health Center and Assisted Living or in the Supportive Care office for a complementary wellness check.

Remember that each day we are updating our COVID-19 status on our website at wvmuncie.com and on our in house digital signs.  Our website also contains various communications shared during this crisis.

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 an Administrator or the Director of Nursing.

Thank you.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

 

 

 

Chaplain’s Corner: Hope In Troubled Times

Hope In Troubled Times

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol II

“With God Anything is Possible”

I love the story of Abraham and Sarah in the book of Genesis. The strangers who drop in on this elderly couple in their desert tent bring them the outrageous news that they are to have a baby. Scripture tells us that Sarah just laughs.

Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? Is anything impossible with God? Barrenness is not the last word for Abraham and Sarah for scripture tells us God is capable of what may seem impossible to become possible.

Centuries later, another improbable announcement of a birth came from the angel Gabriel to Mary. But Mary didn’t laugh. “How can this be?” she asks Gabriel, the messenger from God. “With God”, says the angel, “nothing is impossible”.

On Easter, the angel proclaims to the women who have come to the tomb that Jesus (that baby born of Mary now become a man) God has raised from the dead. Death no longer has the final word. With God even the impossible is possible.

What the angel knows is this: Earth has no power to thwart the will of God.

God’s will for our life and our wholeness is always loving even in the face of disease and death even when disease and death seem to have the final word. The Resurrection assures us, we can live and die; we can face the future even in the midst of great tribulation because God never abandons us.

Great tribulation! We have seen that in recent weeks. We have laid awake at night worried about our loved ones and if the coronavirus will come to our door. We have daily witnessed the nursing staff, the food service and dietary staff, housekeeping, maintenance, transportation, activities and the administration staff that come each day to minister to the needs of this home we know as Westminster Village. They too are among the Heroes.

We will come through this crisis. But if scripture and especially Easter tells us anything it is that with God all things are possible. The power of love that God loosed in the world on that first Easter is alive to bring healing and wholeness, joy, hope and love even in the face of this tribulation we call coronavirus. Let us never forget that.

Faithfully, Chaplain Ron Naylor

COVID-19 Update: April 28th

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

This is a reminder that each day we are updating our COVID-19 status on our website at wvmuncie.com and on our in house digital signs.  In accordance with ISDH guidelines, we are providing additional data related to any New Positive Cases in the last 24 hours and Total Recoveries.

Our website also contains all communications shared during this crisis that includes information about how we are handling this COVID-19 situation including:

  • General COVID-19 information
  • What you can do to reduce your exposure to the virus
  • Actions we have implemented to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission

Our Visitation Policy continues as follows:

No Visitors are allowed in the building.  This includes resident visitations to the health center as well as visitations from friends and family from the outside.  We encourage families and friends to stay connected by telephone calls, cards, letters, texts, Facebook, Skype, FaceTime and other forms of social media.

We continue to screen and check temperatures of all employees upon entrance into the building before the start of their shift.  Residents are also screened daily for signs and symptoms as well as a temperature check.  All employees and residents are wearing face masks.

Also included is a Fact Sheet – COVID-19 AND NURSING HOMES – What Residents and Family Need to Know.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may call 765-288-2155 or contact the front desk so you can be connected with an Administrator or the Director of Nursing.  If you feel you have not been able to get your questions or concerns addressed by the facility, you may also contact the Local Ombudsman, Maureen Walby at 800-589-1121 or 765-759-1121 or Maureen.Walby@ilsi.net

Additional information and resources for COVID-19 are available at the links below:

CDC COVID-19 webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

ISDH COVID-19 webpage: https://coronavirus.in.gov/

https://theconsumervoice.org/uploads/files/general/covid-19-consumer-fact-sheet.pdf

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff

COVID-19 Update: April 27th

Dear Residents and Families and Staff,

As an informational update we are providing you the latest data regarding
COVID-19.

At this time we have NO pending or positive cases for Residents and No pending cases for Employees. We have had only one positive case for Employees which the employee has not been to work since exposure and was treated and released from the hospital. The employee is now home recovering and is in a self-quarantined lifestyle.

We continue to be diligent with our safety procedures including all Residents and Employees wearing masks, all are screened daily for signs and symptoms with temperatures taken and frequent reminders of washing your hands.

Be Safe, Be Smart, Be Informed and Always, Always Be Kind!

The Administration, Supervisors and Managers

COVID-19 Update: April 24th

We are thankful to partner with the Indiana State Department of Health to continue our focus regarding our COVID-19 protocol and practices. As a continued follow-up, the Indiana State Department of Health did complete a review and assessment of our process on Friday, April 24th 2020. We are pleased with the communication and transparency that occurs on a regular basis. As a reminder, any data regarding the facility will be updated in the afternoon, on a regular weekday; and may be accessed on our website. Thank you for your continued trust and support as we journey through this process together. Be safe, be smart, be informed, and always, always be kind. Remember, we are all in this together!