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Community Updates Week of 8/3/2020

August 7, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Phase 2 of our Phased Re-Opening is Beginning as of this Weekend.  

In order for Kendal at Oberlin to meet criteria to move to Phase 2, all staff will have been tested by the National Guard and no new cases of COVID-19 will be present by residents or staff. Fact: We had a total of 2 staff cases identified from the National Guard Testing, no spread, and quarantine completed without further incident. Should cases emerge, a new 3-4-week cycle will begin again. In addition, consultation and analysis of factors at the beginning of the plan will determine whether protective measures go back to Phase 1 with a 3-4 week period passing with no new cases along with an analysis of next steps. The Plan must remain flexible given what is being discovered about COVID as time passes. At all times, external factors will be part of the analysis for decision-making. Lorain County remains at a Level 2 as of 8/07/2020. Cases are still noted to be higher in the county than in previous months and indicating constant vigilance. 

Unless otherwise specified, all guidelines for activities and services noted in Phase 1 carry over to Phase 2. All universal precautions, physical distancing, and face-mask guidelines remain in place when using the spaces or participating in programs as outlined below. All participants should refer to “key reminders” (see page 3) for additional safeguards in disease prevention. Handwashing is a must prior to entering any communal spaces, and do not touch your face. 

  • Dining will likely need to keep in place a mid-day delivery well into the Phase 2. No changes at this time. At some point during Phase 2, Dining Services will begin to offer take-out services and likely stop offering mid-day delivery. As of August 7, this is not feasible. It will be announced when Langston hours can be set with pick-up around lunch time and later take-out through the dinner hours to avoid crowding. Dining does not believe they will be able to accomplish both take-out from Langston AND mid-day delivery which is dependent on available staffing levels. Residents will still have choice for opting out of dining meals for this phase. Kendal has chosen new software able to look at options for a longer-term dining program.
  • Car Passes for all exits from Kendal will soon cease. Please continue to do what you are doing for now. We are in the process of implementing new AccuShield software to be used at the entrance for screening including taking vendor and resident visitor temperatures. When this software is ready, we will also document residents’ time of exit and entrance times and discontinue the passes. Please keep a log with you in your car for travel outside Kendal if needed for contact tracing purposes.
  • Curbside pick-ups will continue to be encouraged for shopping needs; however, residents will be permitted to use Senior Only Hours for those stores that offer it (i.e. IGA, Trader Joe’s, Heinen’s are just few.) Some stores like Drug Mart offer “Senior Hours” but let anyone enter and do not give scrutiny to non-seniors during these times.
  • Outside group activities are encouraged over inside activities. Masks and physical distancing will remain in place. Activities such as neighborhood walks or even a visit to a park for a hike where you can be assured of fewer people around is acceptable. Other specific activities where you can be sure of almost no interaction such as kayaking or golfing with a household member is permissible. All precautions should be taken using masks, distancing, and sanitizing as needed along the way. Be prepared with necessary supplies at all times.
  • Visits by Kendal residents to one another’s home will be offered sometime in Phase 2, but not yet. With good weather (as of August 7) only outside visits are permitted. Bubble household visits continue with the same one-other household.
  • At a later period in Phase 2 to be announced, visits will be permitted not to exceed 4 persons in any one unit as long as physical distancing and masking takes place. Masks must be worn by all if non-bubble members are present among those that have a bubble family relationship. Whenever possible, open windows for natural air circulation. Each of these activities bring added risk and should be seriously thought about for the risk it brings you or others. You may continue to refrain from any activity for your own level or risk or tolerance, knowing these are very personal decisions. Please take care to think about others in the community and keeping Kendal safe for one another. 

Exercises Classes

Beginning the week of August 17, there will be the start of outdoor classes limited to 10 for Independent Living residents, Monday through Friday. Chair exercises Monday and Wednesday will be held in the Stephens Care Center and small group and one-on-one sessions in Jameson House. The delay of this schedule until mid-August is due to needing staff back from vacations. 

More information will be coming out with the details using original class participants. Contact will come from Fitness Staff.

Danna

  • Yoga/Balance/Stretch mix—10:15-11am M/F
  • Low Impact Aerobics/Body Weight Strength Training—11:30am-12:15pm M/F
  • Multi-Level Chair—2:15-3:15pm M/F

Saun

  • AB Class: Aerobic/Body Weight Class—10:15-11am, T/Th
  • Stretch/Balance Combo—11:30am-12:15pm T/Th
  • Multi-Level Chair—2:15-3:15pm T/Th         

Pool will open for one more day (Saturday) starting the week of August 17.

 P.S. Salon – SIGN UP GENIUS Changes! 

There are some exciting changes happening in the salon. There has been a delay in the installation of the exhaust fan due to a necessary part but once complete, Kayla and Tasha will be ready in no more than 2 weeks to add services: Shampooing, Color, and Perms. This also means that manicures and pedicures can be serviced at any time–not just Tuesdays or at the end of the day. The SignUp Genius has some changes as well: Kayla will be starting at 8:15am. Look for this early appointment on the list.  

Also, Sign Up Genius will now have a WAITING LIST option. You can now sign up to be on a waiting list. This does NOT guarantee you will receive service that day, but if all the appointments are full and someone cancels, you will be next in line. Kayla or Tasha can call you to schedule an appointment. If you don’t get called, then an appointment was not available. 

If you need assistance to make an appointment, you can call the Front Desk and Sue or Veronica can help you. As always you can schedule yourself with Sign Up Genius (this link for PS Salon only).

Appointments have been made available now through Thanksgiving. We will evaluate services and options every month and will add more appointments for December and the new year as we get closer in time. Kayla and Tasha truly appreciate your continued support!

Ohio continues to have no Level 4, Purple Counties. Lorain County remains Level 2, Orange.

Pet Visits

Pets are a joyful part of our lives and are permitted during Independent Living visits at this time. Please be sure that any pet is managed and on a leash and controlled so as to not move to a neighbor’s yard by way of a long leash. Pets are currently restricted for Stephens Care Center visits; however, please watch for updates as this will be changing.

Live Coronavirus Updates from the Washington Post (available to all)

Johnny Comes Calling Again

Next week we will have beverage delivery by Johnny’s. You may place orders with Terry or his staff (440-775-8215) on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Delivery will now be on Thursday at 10am in front of Heiser. Please make a note to be there on time so your deliveries are not left unattended.


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 Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Wednesday 8/5/20, 2 day average: 28.5)57
Total Lorain County Cases1,741
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 3; 60-69 • 9; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4573
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/29/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)9,078
Cleveland Cases4,953
Total Cuyahoga County Cases14,031
Combined New Cases (since Wednesday 8/5/2020, 2 day average: 182.5)365
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 488
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/7/2020)234

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,204
21 Day Average of New Cases1,257
Total Cases98,675
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)11,447 or 12%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs81
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 95
Median Age of all Hospitalized63
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,641 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours14
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 16
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 11,124 11%
Total Tested in Ohio1,617,822
Total Deaths  3,652 or 4%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 34
21 Day Average of Deaths 26
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 8/7/2020)2,060

August 5, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Quoting a scientist to Governor Mike DeWine, “This virus does not work on our schedule”.

Flowers on Center Pond Island are about at their peak this week.

He invites you on Thursday and Friday, 9-11am each day. For safety no assistive devices.  Reminders: wear masks and social distancing, disinfectant on hand to wipe the raft’s handrail.Shared by Don Reeves

Thursday Zoom with Oberlin College – Submit your Questions in Advance

Oberlin College has graciously agreed to zoom THIS WEEK with some slight adjustments. We are rescheduling for 5pm on Thursday instead of our usual 4pm. (I have rescheduled Sean Kelly for another week in August.) So get ready for Zooming on Thursday at 5pm (or on KOTV). You can even relax and have dinner during the session. We couldn’t have done this if our dining rooms were serving you dinner! With us on Thursday will be:

  • Carmen Twillie Ambar, President
  • David Kamitsuka, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences
  • William Quillen, Dean of the Music Conservatory
  • David Hertz, Chief of Staff (newly appointed)

We encourage you to submit your questions in advance, so please email me directly and I’ll organize them for the session. We will also use chat, but it would be nice to see the questions in advance for their benefit and planning. Questions to: bthomas@kao.kendal.org

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958, One tap mobile:+13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago) or +16465588656,,92143927958# US (New York) 

Grobe’s Farm Market Event in the Fox & Fell

Friday, 8/07, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Residents who wish to purchase local produce are invited to come to the Fox & Fell any time between 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Everyone will need to wear a mask, and the room will be organized to maintain social distancing. Staff will be able to fill out an order form (from Stephanie) and drop it by dining with pick up no later than 3 pm from the Langston. 

Cracked: A New Light on Dementia

Much of our best staff education comes from engagement with residents. Each year, Kendal staff commit to taking a minimum two hours of dementia training and if working in the SCC staff, an additional two training hours for a total of four. This year’s curriculum includes an hour-long video, “Cracked: A New Light into Dementia” followed by a discussion. The video follows two families as they experience living with dementia. We have found that the subsequent staff/resident discussion can be very powerful and mutually enlightening as staff and residents share their experiences and perspectives.

At this time, we are seeking interested residents to share in this experience for mutual learning. If you are interested, please contact Michele Tarsitano-Amato or Elizabeth Hole. Thank you! —Michele and Elizabeth

Good Reads

What Can You Expect from the New Normal? Contributed by Lal Arora

Washington Post Live COVID-19 Updates, Free

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 Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Wednesday, 8/5/20, 2 day average: 9.5)19
Total Lorain County Cases1,684
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 3; 60-69 • 8; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4572
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/29/2020)38

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)8,778
Cleveland Cases4,888
Total Cuyahoga County Cases13,666
Combined New Cases (since Wednesday 8/5/20, 2 day average: 174.5)349
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 471
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/29/2020)221

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-hours 1,199
21 Day Average of New Cases1,285
Total Cases96,305
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)11,231 or 12%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs112
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 96
Median Age of all Hospitalized63
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,609 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours16
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 17
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 10,585 11%
Total Tested in Ohio1,569,479
Total Deaths  3,596 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 26
21 Day Average of Deaths 25
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/29/2020)1,966

August 3, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Staff Testing Reveals Second Staff Member as COVID-19-Positive

Kendal at Oberlin was notified that a second staff member that was part of our campus-wide staff testing has tested positive for COVID-19. The reason for the lag in this report was due to an inconclusive test result when tested by the National Guard. This staff member is part of the Independent Living Dining program and has been off the work schedule since the initial inconclusive report. Working with Lorain County Public Health on contact tracing, it has been determined that no resident or staff member was put at risk. This staff member will be off the work schedule until cleared by Lorain County Public Health.

The overall test results for all staff testing in July was 99.2% negative!

Kendal at Oberlin will continue to educate and inform the community on appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions on and off campus, including but not limited to 6’ social distancing, the wearing of face coverings, frequent hand hygiene, and the health screening of all staff and visitors to campus.  Additionally, Kendal at Oberlin is developing a plan for every-two-week COVID-19 testing of staff members. New cases in Lorain County are still high compared to previous months. While the newest positive case at Kendal does not appear impacting residents (and hopefully staff) we will be extra cautious by delaying a move to Phase 2 at least through this week.

Menu Ordering for August 10-16

All completed menus need to be returned before Noon on Thursday, August 6.

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

Anti-Social Ice Cream Event in the Langston

Wednesday, 8/05, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Residents who wish to purchase Toft’s ice cream are invited to come to the Langston any time between 1:30pm and 3:00pm. The pints are $2.25 each, and please limit your purchases to 2 pints to ensure we have enough for everyone. There will be NSA (no sugar added) ice cream and frozen yogurt available also. Everyone will need to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Important Shared Documents Sent by Kendal as PDF’s

If you are sent an electronic document (and you are not on the hard copy list) that won’t print for you, please be in touch with the front desk so we can assist you. We’ll help you with a solution or offer a hard copy. 

Available Open Hair Appointments for This Week

Starting this week we can add shampooing as a service. If you would like to add this service, please note in the COMMENTS. You can either contact the front desk for an appointment or make your appointment online. Wednesday at 4:15pm; Thursday at 4:00pm

Good Stuff

The Longest Time,” one of the cutest songs coming out of the Pandemic. This is a social-distance sing project by The Phoenix Chamber Choir, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Don’t miss these fun songs. Thanks to Ron Price for sharing. 

A List for Aging Wisely No doubt you’ll found some advice in this worthwhile, anytime, pandemic or not! —Shared by Joe Colucci

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 Cases1
     KaO Other Staff Cases2
KaO Staff Total3
Kendal at Oberlin Total3

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases (since Friday, 7/31/20, 3 day average: 19)57
Total Lorain County Cases1,665
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 8; 70-79 • 15, 80+ • 4571
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/29/2020)38

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland)8,478
Cleveland Cases4,839
Total Cuyahoga County Cases13,317
Combined New Cases (since Friday, 7/31/20, 3 day average 70)210
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths 455
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/29/2020)221

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 932
21 Day Average of New Cases1,291
Total Cases93,963
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases42
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)10,992 or 12%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs92
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 99
Median Age of all Hospitalized63
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)2,570 or 3 %
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours10
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 18
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 10,585 11%
Total Tested in Ohio1,530,577
Total Deaths  3,539 or 4%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 10
21 Day Average of Deaths 23
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 7/29/2020)1,966

Contact Information


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