Community Update for week of 11/14/2022

Update to residents on 11/15/2022

CARF Results

The CARF Accreditation Survey visit that occurs every 5 years was onsite Nov. 7-9. After 2.5 days of interviews and the CARF team reviewing more than 1,600 uploaded documents, the Surveyors provided a verbal Exit Report to a full auditorium and KOTV audience. Their report will now be forwarded to CA+RF International. We should receive a final written report in about a month. Their preliminary report rated 1,942 Standards spread over 20 distinct categories. All 20 categories were rated in conformance (No Recommendations).  This is an exceptional outcome (matching our 2007 Report) and the result of the full community contributing to this effort. This Standards Manual is provided in the library where you can see the full detail of all 20 CARF sections. In addition, KaO did a self-study for each section, contributed to by many staff, residents and board in preparation. We are humbled by the kind words of the survey team. It took all of us, residents, staff, board and community partners working together to achieve this result. This collaboration is on-going.

Thank you for YOUR part in making our community the unique place it is.   A YouTube link to the video report is provided here. It was a full 45 minutes.

On Monday staff were treated to favorite foods from Lorenzo’s  to celebrate not only CARF but also the two deficiency-free Department of Health Annual Surveys this year. Plans are underway with a small resident committee to offer a Lorenzo’s Order Day at Kendal in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned.

Staff Anniversary Recognition Event

You are cordially invited to the Staff Anniversary Recognition Event. Wednesday, Nov 16 at 1:15 PM in the Heiser Auditorium (and on KOTV) followed by a reception for fellowship and refreshments. We’ll be recognizing and celebrating staff who have reached milestone anniversaries (5, 10, 15, 20 years, etc.)

Final Budget 2023 Presentation

Please join us for important updates about the 2023 budget on Thursday, Nov 17 at 4:00 PM in the Auditorium and on Zoom. To join the Zoom Meeting:  Meeting ID: 890 7281 5351.

Afternoon Exchange

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 23, the day before Thanksgiving. While some folks will already be away for the holiday, we’ll still hold the meeting. We also will welcome a farewell visit by Rep. Joe Miller, District 56 to express his appreciation to his Kendal constituents and a chance for us to thank him for his service to District 56. We plan to recognize at least one Pandemic Hero from the larger community as well.

We will continue to provide this meeting using KOTV too.

Shop at AmazonSmile to support Kendal at Oberlin

Please consider shopping at Amazon Smile and support Kendal at Oberlin at the same time. Amazon Smile has the same products and prices as Amazon with an added bonus: a portion of eligible purchases will be donated back to Kendal. You have to designate Kendal at Oberlin as the charity you wish to support. Try it!

Veterans Day Program

A big shout out to our Veterans. This past Friday Kendal had a bus full of residents participate in the Oberlin Program coordinated by the Oberlin Schools, City and Oberlin College. Kendal contributors included Rich Kish who created a PowerPoint featuring photos from Rich, Bob Randle and Tom Morgan’s service days. In addition, on display was Roger Cooper’s Navy uniform and a model plane from the Air Force flown by Bob Randel. It was heartwarming to see the response from citizens recognizing Veteran’s Day. 

Our Marketing Department previously produced a podcast series called “Memories of WWII”  with four residents recollecting their experience during the war. You can listen to it here:

Year End Tax Tips

A video recording was made of Vance DeBouter’s excellent program, in which he discussed year-end tax advice – especially for seniors. It is available to Kendal people via a private link: Thank you Grace Tompos and Tom Konkoly for arranging this presentation. Thank you Joyce Benjamin for editing the recording.

Voter Turnout

On Election Day, 223 people voted at Kendal at Oberlin. We are pleased to be a polling station and an active part of the greater community.

Citizen Input Requested

The City of Oberlin is looking for input from community members on their comprehensive planning process. The City has commissioned the Downtown Strategies group to develop a 5-year strategic plan for Oberlin’s downtown as a part of the Community Action Plan. They are asking for the community to complete a survey to help guide their work.

Dining Update

Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Assoc. Administrator

Thanksgiving Meal Service

Thursday, November 24,2022. Please join us for a Thanksgiving Buffet in the Fox and Fell Dining room. This is our first Holiday Buffet since before the pandemic and we are excited to bring this experience back. The pricing, $24.95 for residents and guests, $14.95 for children under 12, is all inclusive for the all-you-can-eat buffet, salad bar, dessert(s) and drinks.

Reservations are required. Please arrive promptly so we may best serve everyone. 

Seating times will be in 15-minute intervals. Please choose 11:45, 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45, 1:00, 1:15, 1:30, 1:45, 2pm.

The Thanksgiving meal is open for limited guest seating (50). Each residence (Cottage/Apartment) may have no more than 4 outside guests.

All guests must be fully vaccinated for COVID; proof will be requested at the door.

Invited guests will be charged under your account as guests.  These charges cannot be applied to your meal plan.

Carry-out orders will be served from the Langston Dining Room from the hours of 11:00am-1:00pm. We will be offering the complete Thanksgiving Buffet for carryout. The price for the carry-out buffet is the same ($24.95) as the dine-in buffet.

Please respond promptly to guarantee your desired time. If your requested time is not available, we will notify you. 

Please complete the online form if you will be dining in for the holiday meal by Friday, November 18th, 2022. Use this link:

The Fox & Fell and Langston will both be closed for evening dinner service on Thanksgiving. 

Please contact Lisa Wilken at 440-775-9801 or with any questions. 

Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner in your Home?

Dining Services has the work taken care of for you! Family style heat and eat Thanksgiving meals are available. Please see special order forms in the Fox and Fell at the grocery station. All completed bulk forms should be returned to the Dining Services Host/Hostess by Friday, November 18.

Other Announcements

Lorain County Racial Equity Center Community Forum

Join Us! The first community review of the Lorain County Racial Equity Agenda developed by the Lorain County Racial Equity Center will take place Thursday, Nov 17, 5:00 – 6:30 PM at the Lorain County Public Health Dept.: 880 Murray Ridge Road Elyria, OH 44035. For tickets and further information please go to  (Shared by Ann Francis)

COVID News/ Statistics

Governor Mike DeWine’s regular COVID Press Conferences:

COVID STATISTICS as of 11/15/2022  
VACCINATIONS# VaccinatedPopulation% of Pop
Kendal at Oberlin vaccinations 
Residents Vaccinated338338100.0%
Staff Vaccinated (some have Medical or Religious Exemption)21922298.6%
Total Residents + Staff vaccinated55756099.5%
Lorain County (Vaccinations Started)212,29868.5%
Ohio (Vaccinations Started)7,518,21964.3%
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASES (Cumulative)11/15/2022Increase 
Independent Living Resident Cases514 
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care180 
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing40 
   Residents Subtotal73 
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases1011 
Other Staff Cases742 
   Staff Subtotal175 
Total Residents + Staff248 
Current # in Isolation, COVID Positive5 
Total # of COVID, Beyond Isolation246 
LORAIN COUNTY – COVID CASES (Cumulative)11/14/2022Increase 
Total in Zip Code 440742,60327 
Total Lorain County83,425403 
Current CDC Lorain County Positivity Rate6.8%HIGH
Total Lorain County9612 
Age Range Breakdown:  20-29: 5.  30-39: 7.  40-49: 23.  50-59: 73.  60-69: 190.  70-79: 272.  80+: 391
Note: Cumulative = since start of pandemic. Increase = since last week.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns,  please contact Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer, at 440-775-9811