Focus on prevention of COVID-19 virus establishes new procedures.   COVID-19 Updates

Community Updates Week of 6/8/2020

June 12, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

COVID-19 Testing

Today we learned from the LeadingAge Ohio newsletter that the Ohio Department of Health is looking for Nursing Homes in “Zone 2” to volunteer to be tested. This was good news and we have put our hand up. While it will only be for our Stephens Care Center staff and Nursing Home residents, this testing will give us a more accurate baseline on the status of COVID at Kendal. When we learn how this will proceed in the next week, we’ll be reporting to all. We hope to arrange all residents to have this opportunity before the end of June. This would likely mean the tests will be given here at Kendal and then sent off to an approved lab designated by the State of Ohio.

Family Visitation for Assisted Living in the Stephens Care Center- DELAYED

This week Kendal at Oberlin began a phased approach to outdoor visitation with residents living in the Assisted Living portion of the Stephens Care Center. This week we began scheduling outdoor visitation with spouses living on the Kendal at Oberlin campus. This went relatively smoothly and was certainly welcomed.

We were hopeful to begin family visitation during the week of June 15th; unfortunately with other COVID-related concerns requiring our focused attention this week, we find we need to delay this one more week so the careful and intentional planning needed for the success of this next phase of visitation can be properly orchestrated. We sincerely apologize! We know this is disappointing and frustrating. Everyone was getting hopeful for an in-person outside visit next week, but we also know all will agree that taking this next step needs to be done with the greatest of care and preparation. With sincere apologies we must delay this next phase of outdoor visitation until the week of June 22nd. Please know when we do enter the next phase of outdoor visitation with our Stephens Care Center residents, we will begin scheduling those families who live locally followed by those living further away and out of state.

Please know that all other means of visitation for families remains available, including telephone, FaceTime, Zoom, and others. If you need assistance connecting to a loved one in the Stephens Care Center through the use of technology, please reach out to Michele Tarsitano-Amato, Director of Creative Arts Therapy. We encourage you to continue to visit your family member in multiple remote ways.

COVID-19 Survey Completed at Kendal at Oberlin

This week the Ohio Department of Health conducted an unannounced survey of our Skilled Nursing Facility specifically focused on infection control, preparation, and response to COVID-19. Most of the survey was conducted remotely with review of policies and procedures, infection control logs, health screening, monitoring and surveillance protocols, use of personal protective equipment (PPE), PPE supplies, contingency staffing plans, and more. The surveyor also spent time interviewing staff members and residents.  Yesterday the surveyor came briefly to observe our Health Screening Station and our infection control protocols in action.    

We are pleased to share that Kendal at Oberlin was found in full compliance with all Federal and State requirements related to infection control and all new standards related to COVID-19. 

This is certainly a reflection of all the hard work everyone has been doing every day throughout this pandemic! We thank each and every staff member and resident for your dedication to the health and safety of each other and for the countless sacrifices we know YOU and YOUR FAMILIES have made throughout this pandemic on behalf of Kendal. Words will never begin to express the depth of our gratitude to each of you for all that you have done and are doing throughout this crisis. Thank you!

Pass those hours while sheltering in place: launch your own satellite, shared by Alan Lockwood

woman in mask at library

Some “New Normal” Spotted in Heiser Today


Where would Kendal be without our ever-present books and talented musicians?

musicians in Auditorium

Quick Updates

  • Sharing Wine Outside – Kudos to Mary Behm and Dorothy Luciano, obviously experienced hostesses, who answered the riddle of how to serve wine and still be 6 feet away within 15 minutes of the bulletin being published:

“Everyone drinking wine could put the glass they have brought from home onto a common table while maintaining 6′ distances from each other. Then they step back, still 6′ away from each other, and now 6′ away from the table, too. The wine pourer steps up and fills all the glasses and then steps away from the table. Each resident in turn steps up to the table and retrieves his or her own glass.”

  • Exercise videos will run at 9:30am and 4:00pm on WKAO TV channel for next week as follows:
    • Monday, June 15th – Strength
    • Wednesday, June 17th – Balance
    • Friday, June 19th – Intermediate/Advanced Chair
  • Time-slots are still available for Fitness Room and Pool sign-ups. Please sign up using SignUp Genius. The pool slots are the most popular to be taken but there are spots in both open. 

Zoom Exchange with Barbara

  • Thursday, June 18, 4pmTopic: Zoom Exchange with Barbara
  • Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 994 3460 7167
  • One tap mobile: +13126266799,,99434607167# US (Chicago)

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday)6
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103781
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3958
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)34

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases (since yesterday)420
Total Cases40,424
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,814 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs61
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,745 or
4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,967 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio520,814
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,508 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,272

June 11, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Breaking News!

We want to thank the community for their cooperation! The new daily serve menus begin on Monday, and we had asked to have all the menus turned in by today at Noon. Late this afternoon, we verified that we have menu selections from everyone. Now we can start planning our production!!

Housekeeping News

We do want to remind residents they may easily change their current housekeeping preferences to any of the three plans (standard, express, opt-out) by contacting Crystal Hall at 775-9199. Residents who choose to remain in their cottage while housekeeping is providing services are requested to stay in one room, perhaps the bedroom, while the rest is being cleaned and then vacate that space for cleaning at the end. We do miss all of you, but we are committed to your safety and this is a BEST PRACTICE recommended for effective social distancing and infection control.

Oberlin College

College President Carmen Twillie Ambar issued a letter yesterday that every resident is encouraged to read. It is SO WELL done. It lays out an excellent strategy and will be informative for what Oberlin citizens have been anxiously awaiting even with many questions still to be answered. The College has so much in common with Kendal’s planning. The clarity on so many issues will also be evident in Kendal’s written Phased Reopening Plan.

KaO Reopening Strategies

Communication is underway with various staff and resident leaders to detail in writing the stipulations for safe use of various building spaces like the library, craft rooms, and other Heiser building rooms. All of this will be part of a detailed Phased Reopening Plan shared with all residents and detailing the stipulations to move to a less restricted phase. Some of these areas have a much more detailed operating plan behind the simplified document such as the Resale Shop and Fitness Center. Kendal affiliates are working from a good template shared by Kendal at Oberlin that is a good guide for Oberlin. Hanover has not had any COVID cases, just like Oberlin. There is much in common.

Fitness Center

REPEATING: Sign-ups will begin on Friday morning, June 12, at 9:00am for the Fitness Center appointments. We will start with a two-week period where you can sign up for one timeslot per week. This will ensure everyone is able to use the exercise spaces at least once a week at first. We hope to be able to expand hours after we evaluate how the first session goes to be sure we remain safe in our new measures.  We look forward to seeing you soon! Jill, Saun, Danna, Laurie

women with communicator face masks
Communicator Face Masks

Amanda Hooley, Jameson House Life Coordinator, left and Michele Tarsitano-Amato, Director of Creative Arts Therapy, right, don their new “Communicator” face masks to help our SCC residents who depend on reading lips.

Good Reads 

Shenell Hinton - Director of Nursing

Shenell Hinton: Compassion in Action

Our Director of Clinical Services is featured on the Kendal at Oberlin website. 

COVID Testing FAQ, From Reinfection to Persistent Positives – We Continue to Learn More, from Medscape, shared by Don Parker

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since yesterday)7
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103775
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3857
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)34

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases (since yesterday)429
Total Cases40,004
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,753 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs60
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,732 or 4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,903 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio509,699
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,490 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,272

June 10, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Love at First Sight!

Many of you have asked how the first visits went today for our SCC resident  couples. Despite the heat (and no fans allowed), the 45-minute separately scheduled visits on the outdoor Whittier Lounge porch were wonderful. Five couples were reunited with more visits to come in the future. Coordinating and scheduling these SCC visits will be a significant challenge as we move to many more families and friends in the weeks ahead. Those that are more distant will continue with our new technology options. We are adding more resources to help and places to visit to assure a manageable plan.

Oberlin Market

Orders arrive on Thursday, June 11, at about 10:45am at Heiser.  Be sure to have your check for your order to the receptionist by 10am Thursday.  If you use a credit card there is a service charge.

Oberlin Food Hub

The roll-out of our local produce purchasing option is getting off to a good start with a few wrinkles that need to be ironed out, including our residents’ understanding of how it works.  Our partner in this venture is the Oberlin Food Hub, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local farmers and increasing local food access in Northeast Ohio. The Food Hub website uses software in cooperation with Farm Fare. The Hub has a full-time staff of three very dedicated, environmentally savvy people.  Delivery is with independently owned vehicles.  Our support of this valuable local effort includes a fee for delivery (which has been lowered to $3.00 as a gesture of appreciation for the relationship between Kendal and the Food Hub).  I’m sure we all are glad for fresh produce, locally grown, using an environmentally conscious, local and regional non-profit organization.

“Winking of You”

If you want to see a cute video of our Jameson House friends, check out this video which in a short time has had over 4,000 viewers. This is a silver lining of the 2020 pandemic.

If you love it, SHARE IT. This is Amanda Hooley’s work and was uplifting to the spirits of residents, family and friends. 

Curbside Pick-Up Meals

An important distinction between curbside meal pick-up and drive-thru meal pick-up will allow you to pay online or via telephone and your order is placed in the backseat or trunk/rear hatch of your vehicle. With curbside service, there is no contact with anyone else. Drive-thru service has the risk of multiple contacts when paying for the meal and its being passed through the window. In order to mitigate risk and help keep our entire community safe, passes are only available for curbside meal service at this time.  Please verity when you phone-order meals off-campus that they do provide “curbside” service.

Off-Campus Passes Continue and Will Evolve as it is Safe

When this pandemic was in its early stages, Governor Mike DeWine issued a “Safe at Home” order, restricting Ohioans to their homes, permitting to leave only for essential reasons. At that point, Kendal approved passes for off-campus only for “essential” medical appointments. Much has evolved since then and is continuing to evolve. Currently we have passes available for “essential” as well as routine medical appointments, scenic drives, bicycle rides, curbside pick-ups of groceries and meals and more.  We acknowledge how difficult it is to request a pass, that it might feel childlike to request permission. Please know we have needed to use this request system to assist us with contact tracing, and for that it has been extremely effective, winning the accolades of providers outside Kendal for how quickly we can identify people who have been in places where COVID became a concern after residents have been there. This has allowed us to quantine when appropriate to prevent potential community spread.

Our overarching community goal remains the same today as when this pandemic began, to keep our community and those most vulnerable safe.  This continues to guide as in all we do.  Living through a pandemic is new for all of us.  We are learning together as we go, while being vigilant in keeping our community safe.  As we move forward toward a new normal, our passes will evolve to your simply informing us where you are going from an approved list of destinations. On return you will be asked if any additional stops were made. This will be in a 2nd or possibly 3rd stage of a 4-Phase Recovery Plan. Currently we are in Phase 1 and will remain there until our community is completely tested for COVID. This will start first with the Stephens Care Center staff and residents conducted by the National Guard. We are told that the Guard are testing about 20+ nursing home sites per day in a multi-county effort that includes Lorain County. They are moving quickly, but we have not been given a date as yet. Testing results for the whole campus will help us better identify our phases moving forward with fewer restrictions.

Card Games: a Difficult Restriction

Due to the close proximity required and the sharing of playing cards being held by multiple players during a game, and the nearness of people playing and conversing (with droplets being exchanged), card playing is is a high risk activitiy that cannot be done unless the players are part of a bubble household. We sympathize with all our card players as this is a much-loved social activity. There are numerous card- playing options online that can be done as a group using Zoom. We highly encourage you to consider such options during this phase of the pandemic. One game option a lot of families are using and enjoying is jackbox.tv. played using Zoom.

New Russia Township Reserve

Those walking to the New Russia Township Park may enjoy not only the park but also the entire reserve including the cemetery and other areas of the park.   If the footpath to the New Russia Township Park is difficult for you to manever, please use the sidewalk along Route 58/Main Street with the archway dedicated to Bill Cobb, our former neighbor and previous owner of the “Windmill Property”. This is  acceptable and the most flat, safe way to reach your destination.

Outside Socials

While small gatherings (10 or less) can gather in large enough spaces, you do need to have the necessary protections of social distance, masks when not nibbling, and limiting time together for the least amount of risk. What about sharing an unopened bottle of wine?  First, you should only be drinking out of your own glassware. The challenge of sharing a new bottle of wine is the multiple hands that have to handle it to pour. If the owner does all the pouring, how do you do it without getting closer than 6 feet?  Seems like a riddle that needs an answer!

We need your menu selections by tomorrow at Noon!

On Monday you would have received your new weekly menu order form either electronically or on paper. The choices you make this week are for next week’s menu.  If you have an email address on file, you would have gotten it electronically. Otherwise you received a paper menu.  On either form, the weekly menu is divided into days, and each day is divided into categories.  The number of selections you can make in each category is listed on the form.  You should complete your choices

for the entire week. If you wish to Opt-Out, that option is there also. When you are finished with your electronic form, click on submit.  If you are using the paper form, the collection box is on the table next to the grocery order box.

All the nutritional information for the menu is available to you in the usual place at kaores.net.

All completed menus need to be returned by Noon on Thursday each week.

We are happy to answer any questions, please contact Stephanie Sutton at 775-9805.

Fitness/Pool Users

The fitness and pool areas will be open again starting Monday, June 15th for residents only at this time. We will be following all of the new CDC mandates and will begin with modified schedules to ensure all safety measures are being followed.  A memo will be sent out tomorrow morning via email from Jill Tvaroha as well as hard copies placed in open mailboxes for those that do not have a computer.  The memo will explain the new requirements and procedures as well as how to sign up to use the fitness areas. We ask that you please read the memo in its entirety to be sure you are prepared when you come to exercise. 

Sign-ups will begin on Friday morning, June 12, at 9:00am via SignupGenius.com (instructions will be listed on the memo you will receive) or by phone if you do not have a computer (the phone number and instructions on when to call will be listed on the memo.). We will start with a two-week period where you can sign up for one time-slot per week.  This will ensure everyone is able to use the exercise spaces at least once a week at first.  We hope to be able to expand hours after we evaluate how the first session goes to be sure we still remain safe in our new measures. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!  Jill, Saun, Danna, Laurie

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Friday, June 6th9
Total Cases, age range 3 months-103768
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3857
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)34

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday413
Total Cases39,575
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,693 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs73
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,714 or4 %
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,858 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio499,019
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,457 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wedsnesday)1,272

June 9, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Focused Survey

As shared yesterday, the Ohio Department of Health began a COVID-19 Focused Survey for our Stephens Care Center yesterday at Kendal at Oberlin. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has mandated that state departments of health throughout the country conduct and complete these surveys for every nursing home in the country by the end of July 2020. Ohio has over 960 nursing homes statewide. These surveys are focused on infection prevention and control protocols, quality of resident care during the pandemic, surveillance plans, visitor and facility screening, staff education, staff monitoring, and staff training, as well as staffing strategies if there is a staffing shortage. Most of the survey is being conducted remotely with staff providing policies, logs, and other documentation. The surveyor is also interviewing staff, families, and residents via telephone as part of this review. Some aspects of this survey will be handled in person by the surveyor, while maintaining all necessary precautions. The survey should be concluded by the end of the week.

In Memory of Joyce Dugan, Founder, Who Passed Today, Tuesday, June 9th

Red roseSome of you may recall when Joyce turned 100 at Kendal a few years ago, there was quite a celebration. To remember the occasion, her family made up clever bookmarks that held seeds to be sown as well as a printed favorite chicken recipe from the family. Sometimes, it is the very simple things that remain with us to cherish those we have met at Kendal. Rest in peace Joyce, who came to Kendal from Perry, Ohio in December 1993.

Heiser Auditorium

The auditorium is ready to re-open as part of Kendal’s Phase 1 activities. This is for events that do not require AV, broadcasting, or setup support. Two such activities that have been cleared are chair exercises for 10 people or less that have traditionally met Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Another example is a small group of musicians of 6 or less. Other activities, due to higher risk, cannot be approved such as indoor table tennis. The approved protocols for each type of event can be found in a binder at the Front Desk. If no protocol exists, contact safety@kaores.net. The new version of the Blue Sheet is on file at the Front Desk for use to book events that need support like publicity, AV operators, broadcast personnel, or other arrangements. For more details, please see the “Heiser Auditorium Re-opens” document at the Front Desk. Questions for now could be referred to Joyce Benjamin who has put the most effort into this plan.

Food Safety with Grocery Deliveries

We would like to remind residents that groceries will be delivered between the hours of 10am and 12pm. With the warmer days upon us, it is best to not allow your items to sit outside too long. To assist with this, we will ring your bell or knock when we drop your items off.  If there are perishables in your order, we can delay your delivery for a day if you contact us and request this service. Please contact us at the Dining Service Line 775-9801.

Wednesday: Oh Happy Day…

Outdoor, scheduled visits are now set for our IL residents who have a spouse in the Stephens Care Center. The visits are being planned for this group on the Whittier Covered Patio, offering some protection from the sun.

Behind the Scenes of Kendal Cable TV

With the expansion of 2 new Kendal TV channels, KOTV and  WSCC, a working Ad Hoc Group was created of residents and staff to develop the necessary policies and procedures to guide the planning and decisions about programming, events, and general communication while recognizing the needs and priorities for all.

This work is not COVID-related but operationally is required due to the added enhancements in the Auditorium. WKAO will continue to be used primarily for slides of activities and announcements. KOTV programming will come through the Heiser Auditorium AV console computer.

KOTV broadcasts will be handled by members of the AV Committee primarily made up of volunteer residents but may include Kendal staff periodically. Undoubtedly, more volunteers will help provide more programming to be broadcasted. Some of the most significant work has gone into redesigning a “blue sheet” that puts into motion the commitment to use the Auditorium for an event.

The policy also references Health and Safety Concerns to assure safety for the volunteers, audience, speakers, performers, etc. as steps to sanitize equipment like the AV Console and microphones. A copy of the full report may be found in the Library on one of the tables. Appreciation is extended to members of this committee: Judy Miller and Bruce Richards, co-chairs, Joyce Benjamin, Dennis Cook, Teresa Maynard, Dina Schoonmaker, and Shirley Taylor.

Good Reads

Cesspools of Disease

National Geographic shares an interesting look at cities in the 19th Century and why they were considered cesspools of disease. Crowding people into small spaces is always going to be a recipe for disaster when it comes to infectious diseases. Thanks to Joe Colucci for sharing.

5 Rules to Live By During a Pandemic

Great minds think alike – This was sent to Barbara by 4 different people today. THANKS TO ALL!

Blood Type and Coronavirus, from NY Times, June 5, 2020

A study by European scientists is the first to document a strong statistical link between genetic variations and COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Having type A blood was linked to a 50 percent increase in the likelihood that a patient would need to get oxygen or to go on a ventilator, according to the new study. 

Genes May Leave Some People More Vulnerable to Severe COVID-19

Thanks to Ruth Ann Clark for sharing.

Curbside Service by Oberlin Restaurants?

For those who have done the research, you probably know both the Corner Joint and Aladdin’s will take your order and payment by phone and deliver to your car’s backseat or trunk.  Oberlin businesses seem to be doing everything they can to keep your business. Kendal is allowing passes for curbside orders (those placed in a trunk like groceries or in the back seat) but not drive-throughs where there is more handling from person to person and closer proximity. Thank you for cooperating and staying within this Phased Recovery Plan.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Friday, June 6th5
Total Cases, age range 16-100759
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3857
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)33

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday325
Total Cases39,162
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,620 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs70
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,708 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,814 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio487,583
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,421 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,073

June 8, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

ZOOM Afternoon Exchange with Barbara: Fitness with Jill

Tuesday, June 9, at 4pm – Hear the plans for the pool and fitness spaces to get underway to start next week: Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 980 4375 4584

One tap mobile: +13017158592,,98043754584# US (Germantown)

Ohio Dept. of Health Survey

A four-day COVID Survey for the skilled nursing center (12 beds)  has begun. This is in addition to our standard SNF survey and standard RCF survey which are also scheduled in this time frame. Please know our Health Services staff have to make this a high priority for their time this week.  All nursing homes are having this survey (an extra) due to COVID-19.

Maltz Performing Arts Center

Located in University Circle, the Maltz Center is the place to check out for past music concerts under their archived files. You can learn more by going to their website, or look for them on YouTube for some fabulous concert options.

In Case of Emergency for IL Residents

If you feel you have a serious emergency, know you always have the option to call 911 for help. If you would like medical guidance, please call the Health and Wellness Clinic at 775-9819 during working hours (Monday-Friday 8-4:30) or the Nurse Manager in the SCC at 775-9800 during times when the clinic is closed. If you feel you do not have time for medical guidance and need to leave campus immediately to drive to an Emergency Room, you do NOT need a pass to exit Kendal at our front entrance.  The staff at the front entrance will record your name along with date and time of departure and a nurse manager will follow up with you upon your return.  Any further questions may be directed to Julie Carpenter, RN, Manager for the Health and Wellness Clinic.

Drug Mart Requests – Reminders

We are fortunate to still have a temporary hire and kind helper to do Drug Mart shopping for essential items.  Items requested are straying off the “essential “drug-store” focused items we intended when this was started, stopped, and then restarted. We remind you—please—do not order any food items, (nor wine) or even cleaning products which mostly are not on shelves. Please limit your requests to 3 items per week. Lori will reduce her trips to 2 per week, starting next week. Our shopper realizes all these purchases then have to be handled by Kendal’s Billing Specialist Deb Brown, whose workload has significantly increased during this period.  We know curbside pick-up and online order options are being used now, and this will cut down on Kendal’s extra expense.

Dining Begins Daily Serve Menu Options

Each week you will receive weekly menu selections for the following week. The menu choices you make this week are for next week’s meals. If you have an email address on file, you will receive these electronically; otherwise you will get a paper menu. On either form, the weekly menu is divided into days, and each day is divided into categories.  The number of selections you can make in each category is listed on the form.  You should complete your choices for the entire week.  If you wish to opt out, that option is there also.  When you are finished with your electronic form, click on submit.  If you are using the paper form, the collection box is on the table next to the grocery order box. All the nutritional information for the menu will be available to you in the usual place at kaores.net.

All completed menus need to be returned by 12 Noon on Thursday each week.

We are happy to answer any questions. Please contact Stephanie Sutton at 775-9805 or email ssutton@kao.kendal.org. 

Keeping Fit? Back Pain?  

Saun Howard continues to offer options for your fitness routine at home, as well as encouraging you to use the 24/7 YouTube classes led by Danna Mitchell and Saun that can be accessed on KORA’s website. There are lots of choices today online for fitness:  

Outside Garden Help

wheelbarrow - pitchfork - mulchKendal is pursuing additional helpers for gardening assistance to supplement the orders that our summer contractor, Paul, is filling on campus. He is doing a good job keeping up with the requests, but new requests have now increased significantly with the arrival of flowers arranged by our Grounds Team. Please be patient while this arrangement is expanded. The need to limit outsiders on campus at this time has to be managed in this pandemic.

Indira Palekar, Kendal’s Psychologist

If you have been attending Indira’s Zoom sessions on Monday at 11:00am, you are being treated to a really special person and resource.  Today she passed along  this information from her session:

The story – “The Gates of Shambala”, from the book of Ichigo Ichie, by Horace Garcia and Francesco Miralles; The poem – “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Residential Care Visits in Stephens Care

This process will be phased in and we will soon begin to contact those involved for Outdoor Visitation of Residential Care Facility residents (RCF).

  • This week: Spouses and Significant Others will be scheduled for Wednesday.
  • Week of June 15: Families living off-campus will be able to schedule a visit.
  • Tentatively week of June 22: Friends living in Independent Living will be able to schedule an outdoor visit with a Stephens Care Center resident.
  • Tentatively week of June 29: Friends outside of Kendal will be able to schedule an outdoor visit.

This process will be monitored very closely to ensure all precautions are in place and followed.  Any concern of COVID spread at Kendal or the surrounding community will result in a review of this process.  Thank you everyone for understanding as we finalize this protocol over this weekend, including outdoor seating areas, scheduling, and necessary support to monitor.

Reminder about TV Channels   

 

 

Cable Box

No Cable Box*

 

1ST CH

WKAO

919

19-1  or  95-100

 

2ND CH

KOTV

920

19-2  or  95-101

 

*If you have no cable box, your TV may need to ‘RE-SCAN’ for available channels.
Each TV Brand is different, but this SET-UP option is usually found in ‘Tools’ or ‘Menu’. Oberlin Cable Co-op is familiar with many TV types and happy to help: (440) 775-4001

KENDAL Life Enrichment and Engagement Webpage

Have you visited this webpage set up by Kendal at the start of the pandemic? The Kendal Life Enrichment and Engagement webpage has additional ideas and information on various topic areas. Join the Kendal’s Life Enrichment and Engagement Email List to receive future emails directly. Look for the pop-up box in the bottom right corner of the webpage.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases0
          Residential Care Facility 0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0
KaO Residents Total0
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0
     KaO Other Staff Cases0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Friday, June 6th23
Total Cases, age range 16-100754
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3857
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)33

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday361
Total Cases38,837
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,550 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs53
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,668 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,752 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio473,988
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,404 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,073

Contact Information


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