Community Update for Week of 6/19/2023

Update to residents on 6/20/2023

Wednesday—Don’t miss the Community Foundation of Lorain County’s Annual Meeting

Kendal is pleased to host the Community Foundation’s annual meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 21 from 11 am until 2 pm in the Auditorium and Heiser Lounge. Kendal Residents are welcome to sit in on the meeting and presentations. NOTE: To help with “traffic flow” lunch for residents will be available in the Langston; the Fox & Fell will be closed during this event.

COVID Booster Shots

Friendly reminder that COVID Booster shots will be provided to residents living in the Stephens Care Center on June 23. Independent Living residents are encouraged to get a COVID bivalent booster vaccine from your healthcare provider or local pharmacy. If you are an IL resident and don’t have a way to get to a local pharmacy, we have limited capacity to include you in the SCC COVID booster clinic on June 23. Please contact Stacy Terrell at or at 440-775-9811. 

Recorded Resident Meetings

In case you missed these meetings, you can still view them by using the in-house only links for access:

            KORA Council Meeting, June 15 at

Dining Update with Christian Ramsey, June 9 at

Afternoon Exchange

The next Afternoon Exchange will be next week on Tuesday, June 27, at 4 pm in the Auditorium and on KOTV. For your awareness, starting in July and going through August and September we will have Jay Shrewsbury, of Cable Co-Op present a series of topics for those using their services and their overall plans for Kendal.  They are also arranging for a vendor to help dispose of any e- waste our residents/staff have. Stay tuned.

Safe Summer Walking Around Kendal

Now that the weather is warmer as we enter the summer season, it is pleasant to walk the perimeter path around Kendal, often in the company of friends and coworkers.  Please pay attention when enjoying conversations while you stroll so you don’t step off the asphalt path, trip, lose your balance, and fall. We enjoy our naturalized grounds, but they are not perfectly flat, and stones can get scattered onto the walk, causing a hazard.  A final tip is to ensure you wear sturdy footwear for walking.  Summer sandals may be fashionable, but they will not necessarily provide the support your feet need to keep you balanced and injury-free during your walks. Enjoy—and please don’t walk in the roadways—so we all have a safe KaO summer! –Toni Merleno, Risk Manager

Dining Update

I am pleased to report a strong applicant response (16) to our online postings for the open Director of Hospitality Services.  Interviews are beginning this week with the applicants who are best qualified (about 6) to lead Kendal’s culinary and environmental operations.  I will keep you updated as our process continues.

–Toni Merleno, Director of HR & Operational Services

CandooTech lesson about “iCloud Backup”

Last Wednesday, June 14th, CandooTech provided the second group lesson to our residents – iCloud Backup.  The recording/YouTube video has been received and you can access the training using the following link:

The next lesson, Windows 10 Basics, will take place July 5 from 1:00-2:00.  Once again, for those residents who would like to gather together for the lesson, come on over to the Education Center Training Room.  You can also join the zoom meeting,  Meeting ID: 886 4016 4622.  Any questions, please contact Don Mulica (440-775-9875) or Judy Miller (440-776-5011).

The Rescue of John Price

A play dramatizing the rescue of John Price, a fugitive from slavery in 1858, will be performed in the Wurtzel Theater (Oberlin College campus) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (June 23-25) at 7 PM. Oberlin citizens seized John Price from a slave-catcher and U.S. Marshals in Wellington, spiriting him safely to Canada and triggering Fugitive Slave Act arrests, trials, and a cause celebrate that advanced Abolitionism and the path to U.S. Civil War.  Epic theater with outstanding playwright, director, actors, and community support. Kendal bus sign up for Friday performance. Contact Phyllis Gorfain for a reserved seat for any of the nights.

Reminder about Pride events

Please check out the KaO Community Pride Bulletin Board (near the Early Learning Center) for the latest LGBTQ+ info, weekly movies, and events. Register in advance for Thursday, June 22 dinner table conversations that follow the Gender and Sexual Identities in the 21rst Century presentation. Also please register in advance for the SafeZone training (learn how to be an effective ally) that will happen Friday, June 23 from 9am-noon.

Oberlin Chalk Walk

This Saturday, June 24. It is not too late to contact Dina Schoonmaker if you can sit at a table for 2 hours and help hand out chalk to artists young and old. Help is still needed! If you are new, don’t miss an opportunity to walk the downtown area while art is in the making!

Putting Tournament & Bocce Tournament

Both are looking for players! Reach out to Jack Secrist and Betsy Baumbach, respectively. A team can be arranged for you. Don’t miss the fun.

Employee Appreciation Week at Kendal at Oberlin

Employee Appreciation Week kicks off 6/26. Keep an eye out for two bulletin boards that will be located outside the Langston and near the Stephens Care Center desk. Residents will have the opportunity to “shout out” and write positive comments/words of appreciation to Kendal employees throughout the week on these boards.  Let the fun begin….

Health News/ Statistics

KaO COVID STATISTICS as of 6/20/2023 
KENDAL AT OBERLIN – COVID CASESIncrease since last weekCumulative since start of pandemic
Independent Living Resident Cases098
Stephens Care Center – Residential Care042
Stephens Care Center – Skilled Nursing04
   Residents Subtotal144
SCC Staff and Volunteer Cases0121
Other Staff Cases084
   Staff Subtotal205
Total Residents + Staff0349
Current # in Isolation, COVID Positive0
Total # of COVID, Beyond Isolation 388

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Contact Information

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