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Community Updates Week of 9/7/2020

September 11, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

September 11, 2001 Remembered…

In sorrow and in honor of all lost lives through acts of terror, may all peoples on earth seek the ways of peace, where light is greater than darkness, love is greater than hate, justice is greater than revenge, hope is greater than despair, and united we can dream and create a bright and harmonious future for all. 

Lorain County Remains Level 1, Yellow

Level 1 is the lowest ranking during a health advisory emergency in the State of Ohio. Level 1 indicates active exposure and spread. 

High Dosage Flu Vaccinations

Kendal at Oberlin has partnered with Oberlin Discount Drug Mart to provide High Dosage Flu Vaccinations for those who have expressed interest in this option.  In order to ensure you have good immunity through the flu season, well into April 2021, we are planning to administer these vaccinations beginning the 2nd week of October. These dosages will be sent over in batches to the Kendal at Oberlin Health and Wellness Clinic. Julie Carpenter, RN Manager of the Health and Wellness Clinic (HWC), or Natasha Miller, HWC Administrative Assistant, will contact you when the batch with your dosage has been received to schedule an appointment for you in the HWC.  

For those participating, please stop by the HWC sometime over the next couple of weeks with your current insurance card. We will then ensure we have your most current information to share with Discount Drug Mart. This will prevent any delay in payment from outdated insurance information.

We anticipate the Standard Dosage Vaccinations should be received about that same time from our supplier. These were ordered back in the Spring. We will announce when they have been received and will be contacting those that will be receiving the standard flu vaccination in the same manner in order to schedule an appointment in the Health and Wellness Clinic.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Carpenter at 775-9807. 

Budget Forum at Monday at 10am

Zoom or KOTV – details on notice sent to all residents and on the KORA calendar.

League of Women Voters of Ohio

Two more important programs on voting will be presented by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition on Zoom this month. 

  • September 14 — Panel Discussion on Understanding Ohio Elections: How to Vote – Access, Challenges, Rights. Register for this event here.
  • September 21 — Panel Discussion on Equitable Voter Access: The Long Road to Access – Are We There Yet? Register for this event here.

Gather to See the Harvest Moonrise and Celebrate Kendal

SAVE THE DATE – OCTOBER 1 at 7:15pm: Let’s join together around Heiser Pond to show our gratitude for what we, as a CommUnity, have accomplished while sheltering in place. Details to follow!

people drawing outdoors
En Plein Air

Exercise Videos for Next Week

  • Monday, September 14 – strength
  • Wednesday, September 16 – balance
  • Friday, September 18 – chair

Videos run at 9:30am and 4:00pm. 

Kendal Enrichment: BindysVerses.com – a Kendal resident’s collection of “poems” and limericks

Merriam-Webster’s definition of a limerick is “a light or humorous verse form of five chiefly anapestic verses of which lines 1, 2, and 5 are of three feet and lines 3 and 4 are of two feet with a rhyme scheme of aabba.”  

The “Limerick Laureate” of The Admiral at the Lake, Ms. Bindy, sat down with me for a Zoom interview to share her story and her love of writing limericks, the role they’ve played in bringing her joy throughout her life, and to do a reading of one of her “pomes” she wrote specifically about COVID-19. When I asked her how long she had been writing limerick “pomes” her response was quick and without hesitation – “All my life!” Bindy shared with me that all her young life she wrote limericks, right up until the day she was married, became the mother to her husband’s three young children plus one they later had together, worked at running her antique shop for 35 years, modeled the jewelry her husband designed, and “just got too busy doing other things.” It wasn’t until she came to live at a Kendal community that her love and passion for limerick writing was rekindled. 

Bindy spoke of meeting a gentleman after moving into The Admiral (he lived at another community) who also wrote limericks; how they would email each other every night with new limericks and that’s what got her back into the groove of limerick writing. She shared how a retired librarian reached out to her as a result of a newspaper article written about her works, how they became good friends and partnered to bring limerick writing to children in Poland as part of a summer camp program to help them learn English. The children all wrote limericks and her librarian friend took their limericks and combined them with the limericks Bindy had written for the children to learn with and created a book that she gave to Bindy as a gift. This partnership, summer camp program, and book were the impetus for her website – bindysverses.com. You can see the entire book online, as well as many more of Bindy’s verses.

Accushield

New technology is being used currently at the front entrance enabling us to screen all vendors including doing a separate temperature check. Staff are checked upon entry in Heiser. Starting in October, it will be used for all resident visitors at the North Pleasant/Maple entrance as people drive in. We have been working out any potential glitches since it depends on wi-fi and a battery source. Soon all visitors will have a paper badge to wear indicating their name, date, and time of entry for the day.

Tracey Lind, Virtual Gallery Show

The Very Rev. Tracey Lind, former dean of Cleveland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for more than 20 years, will be hosting a Zoom virtual gallery tour and artist talk on September 16, at 5:00pm. Just click on the link to join at the time designated. Ten percent of the proceeds from art sold during this exhibit will benefit the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD.org).

Dining Service Hotline

If you have a question about/or a problem with a meal or delivery, you should call us at 440-775-9801. This phone is monitored during business hours by on-duty staff every day. This is your best method to have your issue solved quickly!  

Anti-Social Ice Cream Sale

Please mark your calendars for this upcoming event, next Wednesday, 9/16, from 1:30–3:00pm!

An 80-mile Walk

Kendal at Oberlin resident, Jim Walsh, was interviewed for an article in the Chronicle Telegram, describing his plan to walk 80 miles in 8 days to celebrate his 80th birthday.

Other Updates

From Facility Services –

  • Backflow testing of the main buildings and cottages with sprinkler systems is now complete.
  • New signs are up at the main entrance to direct traffic.
  • Stephens Care Center visitation parking signs are up in the Heiser Circle.

From Marketing and Admissions –

  • Finalized new cultural ads for the Cleveland Orchestra and Apollo’s Fire programs. Links have been requested to digital content to share with residents.
  • Finalizing Fall issue of The Reed

Finance –


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, 9/9/2020 – 2 day average: 10.0)20
Total Lorain County Cases 2,264
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 19, 80+ • 4378
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland) – not updated since 9/411,224
Cleveland Cases5,730
Total Cuyahoga County Cases16,954
Combined New Cases (since Wednesday, 9/9/2020 – 2 day average: 17.5) – Cuyahoga County not updated since 9/4                 35
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths641
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)292

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the Last 24-Hours 1,240
21 Day Average of New Cases1,061
Total Cases 135,326
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)14,236 or 11%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 72
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 72
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,081 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 11
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 10
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 14,681 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio2,512,184
Total Deaths  4,403 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 49
21 Day Average of Deaths 21
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020)2,428

September 9, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Third Round of Staff COVID-19 Testing is ALL Negative!

Our Third Round of COVID-19 testing conducted on September 2, 2020 included all Stephens Care Center staff members and associated support departments. All test results came back over the weekend and all test results were found negative for COVID-19.  Many staff members self-administered the nasal swap themselves this time, conserving our Personal Protective Equipment Supply of gloves, masks and gowns…our supply of these items remains strong.

GREAT JOB Kendal at Oberlin Staff! Keeping yourselves, your families, your homes, and Kendal safe from the coronavirus!! 

Our next COVID-19 Testing Day for our Stephens Care Center staff and associated support departments will be on Wednesday, September 16, 7am-11:30am, in the Heiser Auditorium. 

Lee and Bob - anniversary dinner

Special Anniversary Wishes

Lee and Bob Hefner celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary with a Red Lobster dinner here at Kendal (take-out of course)!

ZOOM Exchange on Thursday- or use KOTV

Hear the highlights from Maggie Stark of the recent marketing survey done for Kendal affiliates; updates from the New Normal Planning Committee; and the start of reviewing information with residents as a CARF-accredited community. Learn about some opportunities for you to contribute.

Join ZOOM Meeting – Meeting ID: 921 4392 7958 – One tap mobile – +13126266799,,92143927958# US (Chicago)

Johnny’s Comes Calling

Beverage delivery by Johnny’s will be Thursday at 10am in front of Heiser. Please make a note to be there on time so your deliveries are not left unattended.

Safety First in the Employee Parking Lot!

With more bikers and walkers on campus than ever,  we continue to hear concern for the safety of residents walking or biking in the staff parking lot. In some cases residents are using the lot for added exercise/steps. Others are on their way to the garden. Most concerning is during the early morning hours when a walker or biker appears out of nowhere! If possible, please consider wearing clothing that will be more visible in the early or later hours. Second, if at all possible, try to avoid using the lot for your own safety. 

League of Women Voters

Two more important programs on voting will be presented by the League of Women Voters and the Ohio Voter Rights Coalition on Zoom this month. All are at 7 pm, and all require registration.

  • September 14 — Panel Discussion on Understanding Ohio Elections: How to Vote – Access, Challenges, Rights.  Register for this event here.
  • September 21 — Panel Discussion on Equitable Voter Access: The Long Road to Access – Are We There Yet?      Register for this event here.

Front Gate Reminder: Please Turn in Your Medical Pass

We have had some reports from our front entrance staff that some residents returning to Kendal have tried going around the traffic cone and hitting the curb or partially driving over the cone, or going around the cone and then stopping.  This is a friendly reminder to please stop at the traffic cone when you return to Kendal. If you have a Medical Pass, please be sure to turn it in at the Gate. After you have stopped at the cone, please wait for the staff to move the cone out of the way to proceed into Kendal.

Tracey Lind Virtual Gallery Show

Rev Tracey Lind - vignetteThe Very Rev. Tracey Lind, former dean of Cleveland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral for more than 20 years, kicked off our 25th anniversary year as the keynote speaker by sharing her journey of coping with dementia. She spent this past spring organizing and reflecting on her three decades of digital photos. “I began to see the story of COVID unfold…contemplating the erosion of the frontotemporal lobes of my brain, the destruction of the familiar and the secure, and the birthing and creation of some yet unknown. Perhaps you will see something very different in my photographs, and I look forward to hearing what these images mean to you. She will be  hosting a Zoom virtual gallery tour and artist talk on September 16, at 5:00pm. Just click on the link to join at the time designated. Ten percent of the proceeds from art sold during this exhibit will benefit the Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD.org).

Farmer’s Market on Friday, 9/11, from 1:30pm-3pm

Happy to announce we were able to source enough fresh local produce to continue the market this Friday, 9/11, from 1:30pm-3pm. We will also have some offerings from the Blue Rooster Bakery.  Please come!

How do I find the Visitor Packet on KORA’s Website?

We ask you to send your visitor the packet so they can fully understand what to expect when they have a visit with you at Kendal. You can download the pdf packet to your own files and then email a copy to your visitor.

KORA Website Tip from Dennis Cook

If you can’t find a file on KORA’s website, click on ARCHIVES; scroll down to “Find Documents”. Put in the word “Visitor” and it will bring up the document. Voila!

Red rose

In remembrance of Bill Hole, who passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2020


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 9/4/2020, 5 day average: 7.0) 35
Total Lorain County Cases 2,244
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 4; 60-69 • 11; 70-79 • 19, 80+ • 4378
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020) 39

Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County (excluding Cleveland – not updated since 9/4)            11,224
Cleveland Cases5,695
Total Cuyahoga County Cases16,919
Combined New Cases (since Friday, 9/4/2020, 5 day average: 16.4 – Cuyahoga County has not been updated since 9/4)                  82
Total Cuyahoga County Deaths640
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020) 292

State of Ohio (as of 2PM)

New Cases in the last 24-hours 973
21 Day Average of New Cases1,052
Total Cases 132,965
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases41
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)14,083 or 11%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 116
21 Day Average of Hospitalizations 74
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)3,045 or 2%
Total ICU Admissions last 24 hours 12
21 Day Average of ICU Admissions 11
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 14,471 or 11%
Total Tested in Ohio2,463,645
Total Deaths  4,324 or 3%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Deaths in Last 24 hours 26
21 Day Average of Deaths 20
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated weekly, last 9/9/2020) 2,428

Contact Information


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