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!

Chaplain’s Corner: Vol I

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1

As we are all going through this dark valley of Coronavirus, I want to share every week a message of hope and spiritual encouragement.

Back in 1980, a man named Bill Rittenhouse was driving through Kansas when he was passed by a loaded station wagon. Suddenly, a suitcase strapped to the top of the car worked itself loose. It fell to the asphalt and bounced to the shoulder.

Bill tried to signal the driver but failed. He drove back and recovered the suitcase hoping there would be some identification inside. He found clothing and a small white box with a rubber band around it. Inside was a $20 gold piece. On one side it said: “Twenty years loyal and faithful service.” On the other side were stamped the words: “Presented to Otis Sampson by the Northwestern States Portland Cement Company.”

After some difficulty, Bill found the address for Otis Sampson. He returned the $20 gold piece with a personal letter. It described his adventures during WWII, his escape from a Romanian prison and calling out to God for help. In fact, he wrote, “I can say that my relationship with Jesus Christ is my most prized possession.

More than a year went by. Bill assumed he would never again hear from Otis Sampson. But at Christmas he received a small box in the mail. Inside was the same $20 gold piece and a personal note. “Last Sunday, my wife and I were baptized…we want to tell you to have the gold piece to carry with you always. Our relationship with Christ is our most prized possession.

In the midst of major changes—like the ones that have been thrust upon us all this spring—we have the rare opportunity to think about what matters most.

What is the ultimate prize in your life? What is the one thing you hope and expect will always be there? The Psalmist reminds us God will always be there through all the changes in our life experience.

Some things we cherish may not end up one way or another on the shoulder of a rural highway, but many things we treasure will slip through our fingers.

What makes trusting God the real treasure? In poverty and abundance and in health and sickness we can never slip through God’s fingers. Not even in this scary time of Coronavirus.

God is our refuge and our strength! Let us never forget that.

Faithfully,

Chaplain Ron Naylor

COVID-19 Update: April 23

We wanted to let you know that we are now posting information on our website providing a regular update on Westminster Village COVID-19 Resident and Employee testing and test results.  Please be assured that any employee who has exhibited signs and symptoms of a respiratory illness has not been permitted to work while ill.  If any resident would exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as is our preplanned protocol, the resident would be restricted to their room and the nursing staff would provide care with the proper Personal Protective Equipment.  ISDH and the Delaware County Health Department would be notified of any concerns.

We plan to provide updated information in the afternoon each weekday.  Please check out our website for the most current information.

We also wanted to let you know that Chaplain Ron Naylor plans to be available to residents and employees by phone beginning Monday, April 27.  More information will be provided next week through the Activity Department regarding ways to connect with Chaplain Ron as well as other area pastors.

Again, please watch our website for updates and other happenings around Westminster Village Muncie.

Thank you from the Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff.

COVID-19 Update: April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020

Dear Residents, Families and Staff:

As you know, in compliance with CDC and CMS guidelines, we have been actively screening all residents and employees for symptoms of upper respiratory illnesses.  In addition to following all CDC and CMS guidelines for infection control and preventions, during the last six weeks we have included enhanced sanitization of community spaces, modification of activities and dining to promote social distancing, and providing personal protective equipment for staff and masks for residents.

On April 8th we notified you through our Group Cast messaging system that one employee had tested positive for COVID-19.  This employee’s last date to work was prior to the known exposure to the virus.  Therefore, the Indiana State Department of Health determined that the employee did not pose an exposure risk to residents or staff at Westminster Village.  As required, public health officials were properly notified.

As an update, this employee was hospitalized, but now has returned home.

We want to make residents, their families and our dedicated staff aware of this and reassure everyone that we remain focused and proactive.  To date, we are not aware of any additional positive COVID-19 cases regarding the employees or residents of Westminster Village.

We thank you for your cooperation and compliance with basic preventative measures we can all practice, such as good hand hygiene, social distancing and staying home when sick.  We are all in this together.  Together we can help everyone we care for stay healthy and well.  Thank you also to all our staff members for your dedication, hard work, and commitment today and every day.

If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.

The Administration, Supervisors and Management Staff