Kendal at Oberlin Prepares for Coronavirus

UPDATED 3/16/2020 – Kendal at Oberlin, located in Oberlin, Ohio, is focused on calm preparation and prevention regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). While 2 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Lorain County (as of 3/15), no cases have been suspected in our community.  Much about the virus is still unknown, but we do know that the population we serve – older persons with underlying medical conditions – are at greater risk for the most serious forms of infection associated with this new disease.

Our Goal: Calm Preparedness

Our preparation theme has been Calm Preparedness.  We are taking a systematic, methodical and calm approach to all COVID-19 preparation tasks at Kendal at Oberlin.  The health and wellness of our residents and our staff members and volunteers who support them is our highest priority,” said Stacy Scott Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer. “We are staying current with the latest information from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Lorain County Health Department and we are working with state and local public health and emergency preparedness officials to strengthen our preparation for a possible outbreak of COVID-19.”

Visitation is Suspended for the Stephens Care Center

Based upon revised recommendations of the CDC, Kendal at Oberlin will not allow visitors into our Stephens Care Center to combat the spread of the disease and protect the health and welfare of our residents residing in our Nursing Home and Assisted Living.  “We encourage friends and loved ones to communicate with our residents in ways, other than in-person visits, such as video chat, telephone, or social media,” said Stacy Scott Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer.  “These precautions are vital to helping us avoid and minimize the possible spread of this virus.”

Kendal at Oberlin is also educating staff and residents and families on symptom awareness for COVID-19 and infection control best practices and have clear protocols for staff to stay home and not come to work if they are ill or symptomatic. All staff and being screened daily, including temperature checks, as they enter the building.

All programs and group meetings are cancelled until further notice. As of 3/15, all restaurants in the state of Ohio are closed for in-house dining. This includes the dining rooms of Kendal at Oberlin. We will continue to provide meals to residents, but they will be delivered to cottages and apartments.

Detailed and specific plans are already in place for a wide range of emergencies and are being updated and evaluated as new information becomes available, and we are working closely with other health care providers in our community to help ensure the health and safety of all.

As we navigate this challenge, we remain focused on providing excellence in care and services to our residents. Daily updates for residents, family members, staff and the public are being posted on this website. Click on the link at the top of this page for the most up-to-date information.

About Kendal at Oberlin

Kendal at Oberlin is a community of 340 vibrant older adults, serving the community since 1993.  Located within one mile of Oberlin College and near Cleveland, Ohio, Kendal at Oberlin is a nonprofit life plan community that offers a wellness-focused, resident-driven lifestyle for independent living. When needed, Kendal’s Stephens Care Center provides person-centered care for memory support, assisted living and nursing care.

Contact:  Stacy Scott Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer

March 11, 2020: 440-775-9811  sterrell@kao.kendal.org

Updated March 16, 2020