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COVID-19 Prevention: Community Updates Week of 4/19/2020

April 25, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”― Maya Angelou

Today’s Good News Moment

Senior Banner Program Looks to Celebrate Graduates’ Achievements Without the Gathering Elyria Chronicle-Telegram – Spearheaded by our own Rey Carrion, Director of Facility Services

Pizza wins the Prize

Good Price & Good Value – Thanks for all the orders, deadline Sunday evening. So far, we have about 175 pizzas ordered. You will be alerted on which day your delivery will occur to your door. We are using the same system of unit #’s that was created for IGA.

Stopping the Spread – Key to Success as Ohio Slowly Begins to “Reopen”

View the slide presentation from the Governor’s Press Conference on Thursday, April 23rd. 

Governor to Begin to Announce Plan Forward After May 1

Governor Mike DeWine will begin to unveil the slow methodical plan to “reopen” Ohio after May 1 during his press conferences next week. Kendal will be listening intently to how that will impact congregate living communities as well as assisted living and nursing home settings. Kendal is also taking into account the experiences of other life plan communities that have experienced COVID-19 on their campuses and/or outbreaks in their region. Kendal’s focus continues to be on “Calm Preparedness”.  As Kendal considers next steps, Lorain County Public Health/Ohio Department of Health, The Kendal Corporation, LeadingAge, KORA Leadership, and others will be consulted and involved.

When Is It Safe to Ease Social Distancing?

Here’s What One Model Says for Each State –National Public Radio World Health Organization Dashboard Write it Down. Keep a Pandemic Journal from the Washington Post

Quick Updates

  • NEWNail Pampering for CATS – Cats who are used to regular nail clipping are now putting some of our residents at risk unintentionally scratching their owners. Arrangements have been made with Kerry Trent to offer nail trimming on Friday morning at the Kendal entrance. To secure your 15-minute appointment call Priscilla Steinberg, 440-774-7423. Cost is $10 and you must have your cat in a carrier to be handed over to Kerry who will do the trimming in a vehicle at the entrance. Human nail pampering will have to wait, so sorry.
  • Marketing and AdmissionsIt was asked at our last Zoom session if our marketing efforts are stalled and the pipeline dried up. Not at all! Staff are continuing to stay in touch with our Priority Members and are now conducting interviews by Zoom. The marketing staff are creating video tours of empty units to use as needed. Partnering with Facility Services, Ryan will soon be taped doing introductions for new residents demonstrating how appliances, heating and cooling thermostats, and other technology is used. With every necessary caution, we are working towards how to continue the necessary renovations so our occupancy does not suffer. Residents know better than anyone that planning for a move can take up to a year. Time is of the essence to keep moves steadily progressing toward the next move to Kendal.
  • Room Reservations for Instrument Practice and Yodeling The offer to make one-hour room reservations for individuals needing a little space for their practices was not a tease for “groups” that want to practice. At this time, we still cannot allow group activities of any sort. The time will come but we are not there, even with social distancing. We expect in the coming weeks Kendal will have more direction how to allow to begin this sort of small group presence. We’re not there yet and we don’t expect our peak in Lorain County until mid-May. Thank you for your patience.
  • Exercise on WKAO on Monday 9:30am and 4:00pm- Be assured we will be running various exercise videos every Monday-Wednesday-Friday. We are pleased how much you have liked what we have been creating and they will repeat. Monday’s is the same video we showed on Friday by Saun Howard featuring Beginner-Intermediate Chair Exercise. It lasts just a few minutes over 40 minutes so you’ll get a good workout.

Statistics

25-Apr-20          

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

     

State of Ohio (as of 11am)

 
Independent Living Resident Cases 0     New Cases Since Yesterday 418
Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases       Total Cases 15,587
          Residential Care Facility  0        
          Skilled Nursing Facility 0     Age Range all Cases <1-106
KaO Residents Total   0   Median Age of all Cases 51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 3,115 or 20%
     KaO Other Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 62
KaO Staff Total   0   Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Kendal at Oberlin Total   0   Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 938 or 6%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

      Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed  2,523 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday   9   Total Tested in Ohio 111,379
Total Cases, age range 16-100   374   Total Deaths 711 or 5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 50-79 7 deaths;       80+ 16 deaths   23   Median Age of Deaths 78


April 24, 2020: Update to Residents

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Arbor Day logoHappy Arbor Day!


Governor’s Press Conference Today

  • Testing for COVID-19 – Ohio is making progress with securing swabs and reagents for testing, predicting an ability to increase testing to 22,000 per day by May 2.
  • Priorities will be nursing homes and congregate living communities, identified hotspots, food/grocery stores, and essential manufacturing staff.
  • This will allow for “robust contact tracing in Ohio” for those who had “close contact” with probable or confirmed cases.  Ohio will utilize 1,750 people to assist with this tracing.

Exercise on WKAO on Monday 9:30am and 4:00pm

We will run the same exercise program on Monday that was programmed on Friday. It is a video by Saun Howard featuring Beginner-Intermediate Chair Exercise. It lasts just a few minutes over 40 minutes so you’ll get a good workout.

Nightly 8pm HOWL Ritual Sweeps America

from Time Magazine When my daughters in Colorado stepped outside interrupting a phone call the other night and started to howl, it was 8pm,” –Barbara Thomas. Kendal – step outside for a stress-relieving howl at 8pm!

Circle the City with Love

Charlotte McGowan and Kathy Hazelton Circle the Cities with Love logoThe night before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in 2016, when things were quite tense and police from around the country came to help keep peace in Cleveland, people gathered in Cleveland and around the world to silently meditate for 30 minutes to “harness the power of love, peace, and justice.” The “Circle the City with Love” movement was born that day and has continued since.  Its founder, Sr. Rita Petruziello, CSJ, has invited us to participate in a similar event this Sunday, April 26, at 2pm to bring the healing power of love to those suffering during this pandemic. Since the forecast is for 100% rain on Sunday, I invite you simply to stand (or sit) in silence wherever convenient—outside your cottage, on your balcony or in your room—for 10 minutes starting at 2pm and silently send the power of love to Kendal residents and staff, our state, our country, and the world.  

Room Reservations Available for the Next Two Weeks

We really do understand you are feeling cooped up after 6 weeks of sheltering-in-place. We are making available the Heiser Lounge (piano), Crossroads, and Green Room for some getaway time from “home” if you’d like to practice alone your favorite musical instrument, do some writing, yodel, etc., but have felt restrained with the neighbors’ being home more than usual. Keep in mind sound acoustics have made for challenging situations during this pandemic. Just connect with the front desk and they will accept reservations for one-hour periods. The space is yours to use and practice (Social distancing must still be practiced.).

April is National Library Month, including recognition of KaO’s Library.

Three Cheers to our resident volunteers who have kept the library humming despite other libraries closing down. Give a shout out to Mary Clare Beck, Caroline Brandenberger, Barbara Bruer, Terry Carlton, Sheila Eckstein, Barbara Green, Barbara Groseclose, Kari Inglis, Linda Koco, Joan Long, Betty O’Connor, Gayle Sherry, Jim Sunshine, Judy Tandy, Andy Unger!  Due to the special circumstances, some of our volunteers have been unable to do their normal library work: Jeanne Berger, Joe Luciano, and the bookmobile group, Enid Cleary, Mary Lee Orr, Janet Smith, Shirley Taylor, Barbara Whitehouse, and Betsy Young. National Library Week is an annual appreciation of libraries in April. With so many libraries closed this year, there hasn’t been much mention of it. Feel free to make a donation to Kendal’s Library Fund or to our local Oberlin library. Oberlin Public Library, 65 South Main Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074

Centering Programs with Indira Palekar

Our psychologist, Indira Palekar, has agreed to continue her Centering programs at 3:30pm on Mondays through May 11. Everyone is welcome to join through Zoom.  No need to register ahead.  Topic: Indira Palekar’s Zoom Meeting Time: April 27, 2020, 3:30pm Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 268 461 3365
Grief Support If you are grieving a loss in your life you are welcome to join our Grief Support Group. The group will now happen every week on Tuesday mornings at 10:30am.  Please email Kim Peters if you have not attended before and want to be part of the conference call on Tuesday, April 28.   

Quick Updates

  • Grocery Orders- Today a resident  commented on the”2 days for ordering at Walmart”. Things have changed and we realize things have changed every week (day) in some way. We now have grocery orders each weekday from Walmart as well as IGA. Walmart is based on any day you can get in a Kendal order before 5pm.  IGA is based on rotation of Kendal parking lots for those who signed up about a month ago. 
  • ZOOM Exchange on Wednesday with Barbara and guests Greg Zehe and Toni Merleno
Join Zoom meeting. URL: https://zoom.us/j/99770222640 Call In:  1-646-558-8656  – meeting number 997-7022-2640 

Caring for Staff

Our staff ended their week on a very “cared for” note. First, Dining Services has been treating staff a couple of times a week with treats from our Oberlin restaurants that can offset what food is brought from home (We ALL miss the Langston!) Second, Friday’s paycheck included “hero pay.” a very temporary kick in their pay rate to assure them how much they are valued. This has been done at most of the Kendal affiliates. This did not include executive staff but did include department heads. Third, staff is now eligible to enroll in a new program called Health Advocate that offers opportunities to engage in health and fitness activities, earning points and discounts off premiums for the coming year. No doubt some of the first programs to be accessed will be stress-relieving options. 

Statistics

24-Apr-20          

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

     

State of Ohio (as of 11am)

 
Independent Living Resident Cases 0     New Cases Since Yesterday 475
Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases       Total Cases 15,169
          Residential Care Facility  0        
          Skilled Nursing Facility 0     Age Range all Cases <1-106
KaO Residents Total   0   Median Age of all Cases 51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 3,053 or 20%
     KaO Other Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 93
KaO Staff Total   0   Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Kendal at Oberlin Total   0   Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 920 or 6%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

      Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed  2,455 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday   25   Total Tested in Ohio 107,109
Total Cases, age range 16-100   365   Total Deaths 690 or 5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 50-79 4 deaths;       80+ 16 deaths   20   Median Age of Deaths 78


April 23, 2020: Update to Residents

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Mask Musings

from Toni Merleno This morning I was called to the front desk to see a resident who was donating disposable face masks for Kendal staff.  While there I saw another resident wrapped against the cold morning in a hooded jacket and mask, making it hard to recognize her as she greeted me by name. Then I saw her eyes and I knew her right away because her eyes were smiling. Wearing face masks during this pandemic transforms our demeanors almost to being expressionless. The remaining facial feature we can show—of necessity—is our eyes.  Our eyes are “the windows to our soul”: A smile isn’t genuine unless the eyes smile too, and words mean nothing unless the eyes speak them as well.  Remember this when you walk around the community. Use your eyes to smile and spread positivity. When we do this with each other, I believe we will feel a connection that will do us all good! And wear your name tags as it also helps.

Webinar Topic “HOPE” hosted by Kendal at Home

on Friday, April 24, at 11am The guest this week is Dr. Alan Kolp and the topic is HOPE. Dr. Alan Kolp is holder of the Baldwin Wallace Chair in Faith and Life and Professor of Religion. He earned degrees from Guilford College and Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate from Harvard University. Kolp is a co-author with his business colleagues Peter Rea and Pierre Everaert on a recent book, “Igniting Innovation With Integrity: Following the B.R.I.C. Road.” Kolp also co-authored with Rea the 2006 book, “Integrity is a Growth Market: Character-Based Leadership.” Or join by Telephone: +1 312 626 6799  Webinar ID: 595 711 392 You can add Kendal at Home’s Weekly Coffee Hour to your calendar. 

Join Us for the Premier of our New Exercise Video!

The next recorded exercise video from the Fitness Team will run on Friday, April 24, on WKAO at 9:30am and 4pm. This video is a chair exercise with Saun Howard.  No other equipment is needed except a handy sturdy chair.  This is a beginner-intermediate exercise routine and lasts approximately 44 minutes.

Kendal Staff Ears are SavedA big “Thank You” to Kyle Michalak

face mask comfort holderOur creative friend Kyle Michalak (son of former resident Joyce Michalak) has come through again. Kendal staff were having trouble with some cloth face masks not fitting tightly enough or they were too tight on their ears.  Kyle went to work with his 3D printer again and created the perfect “ear- saving” device. Quoting Shenell Hinton, “A wonderful addition to the mask collection!!  Relieves all pressure from the ears. Kyle does amazing work!”  Thank you Kyle!

Package Heroes

For more than a couple of weeks now we have had the consistent resident team of 8 individuals who make sure your packages are delivered each afternoon. Many thanks to Ron and Chris Price who stepped up to organize this using the same delivery zones and carts that our Dining team use daily. Working day in and day out without fail and joining the Prices are Dennis and Judy Cook; Barbara Groseclose; Randy Matthews; Sandy McClennen; and Bill Washburn. Thank you!

Quick Update from Dining Services

  • As a reminder:  For your own safety, please do not microwave your food in any of the carryout containers. The best practice is to transfer the food to a microwave-safe dish in your home before reheating. Although you may see different containers, this is a result of the current supply chain challenges for these products and not an intentional strategy to provide you with microwave-safe packaging. 

Lorenzo’s Pizza

Forms are now on the Heiser Round Table – please pick up an original form for each pizza ordered and leave it with the receptionist. Billing will be done by Kendal.  Note:  Orders are not being taken for the Stephens Care Center residents, but all meals are provided and the residents have Kendal pizza EVERY Thursday.

Afternoon Exchange by Zoom or Call-in

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 4:00pm Join Barbara and guest Greg Zehe to learn how our dining operations have changed; Toni Merleno will describe how workforce issues have been impacted during the quarantine.           ID 997-7022-2640 Personal Meeting ID 518-961-5499 To call in use 1-646-558-8656  ID 997-7022-2640

Statistics

23-Apr-20          

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

     

State of Ohio (as of 11am)

 
Independent Living Resident Cases 0     New Cases Since Yesterday 577
Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases       Total Cases 14,694
          Residential Care Facility  0        
          Skilled Nursing Facility 0     Age Range all Cases <1-106
KaO Residents Total   0   Median Age of all Cases 51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 2,960 or 20%
     KaO Other Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 78
KaO Staff Total   0   Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Kendal at Oberlin Total   0   Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 900 or 6%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

      Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed  2.370 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday   10   Total Tested in Ohio 102,325
Total Cases, age range 16-100   340   Total Deaths 656 or 4%
Total Deaths Age ranges 50-79, 4 deaths;80+, 16 deaths   20   Median Age of Deaths 79
 

April 22, 2020: Update to Residents

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Earth Day 2020 logoEarth Day at 50 Years in Ohio

Watch first 10 minutes of the Governor’s Press Conference from today. Good Reading Three Lessons for Earth Day from the Coronavirus Pandemic from Forbes.com

Update from Governor’s Press Conference

  • Amy Acton, MD, MPH will be issuing an order permitting hospitals and outpatient surgery centers to review with their patients regarding delayed diagnostic testing and elective surgeries. This review will include an assessment of the patient’s current condition and need as well as a measure of the patient’s quality of life. Soon these procedures will be allowed again. With most hospitals  running a census of 50% of usual, ramping back up is important for their survival.
  • The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has opened a COVID-19 specific Mental Health Help Line, 1-800-720-9616.  Please use this line to connect with a licensed counselor if you are in need of any emotional or mental health support.  This line is staffed 8am-8pm seven days a week.  At night this line will be answered by a national counseling hotline service so that is always available.

ZOOM  Exchange with Barbara and Ann on Thursday

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23rd at 4 pm “Speaking Financially in Light of COVID-19If you would rather just call in and listen use this phone number: 646-558-8656  Meeting number: 963-7070-1026

Prescription Refills

Many residents have asked what to do when they are out of prescription refills. The “best practice” is to contact your pharmacy and request the pharmacy send an electronic request for a refill to the physician who ordered the prescription. This is the quickest and easiest way for you and your physician. Kendal’s Nurse Practitioner, Doris Jankovits, CNP, also can assist in an emergency situation if you need a prescription refilled with these parameters:
  1. Please give a two-week notice when you are requesting a prescription refill. 
  2. The Kendal Nurse Practitioner can only write for prescriptions for chronic conditions if you have a Kendal Primary Care Physician (PCP).  If you do not have a Kendal PCP, please contact your own PCP directly to manage your chronic condition medications.
  3. The Kendal Nurse Practitioner must have an appointment with you in order to write more than a 30-day “emergency” prescription. This appointment can be in-person or virtual, depending upon the situation.
  4. The Kendal Nurse Practitioner cannot write prescriptions for controlled substances.
  5. Your annual wellness physical must be within the last 365 days for the Kendal Nurse Practitioner to write prescriptions. We must also have the necessary lab work results that pertain to the medication you are requesting.
Writing a prescription is always up to the professional discretion and judgement of the Kendal Nurse Practitioner.

Oberlin Public Library

Kudos to OPL Director Darren McDonough who has worked with resident Joe Colucci arranging for books and DVD’s from OPL. So far 12 residents have been served with over 17 books delivered and a bonus of books now returned with the closing of the library.  How is that for your tax dollars exceeding expectations?

Johnny’s Delivery

It was deemed a success with all parties using social distancing and patience as their orders were called.

Lorenzo’s Pizza Week

On Thursday afternoon there will be an order form available at the front desk should you be interested in placing an order for a 9”,  6-piece Lorenzo pizza(s) with various toppings. The form may also be submitted electronically and will be printed as part of the emailed news update on Thursday. You may order up to 3 pizzas per household at $7 per pizza (toppings included). A small side salad and dressing is $2. A form must be completed for each pizza ordered. This will make the billing to your account by Kendal pretty easy. A gluten-free crust will be available, but they need orders to be finalized much farther ahead so changes will not be considered once any order is submitted. We ask you to submit your order by no later than Sunday evening. Deliveries will be done in two waves, one at 2pm and one at 3:30pm based on unit #.
  •           Tuesday- for units 1-75
  •           Wednesday- for units 76-57
  •           Thursday- for units 158-223
Choices include a Spinnato Pizza (garlic butter and sautéed spinach) Build your own: choices of pepperoni, sausage, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, black olives and yellow peppers. Salad with choice of dressing: Italian, Ranch or Balsamic Vinegar.

Quick Updates

  • Stephens Care Center Resident Council – Met today successfully through Zoom!  Thank you to everyone that participated.
  • WKAO Exercise Videos – The 35-minute video on strength training worked well and residents reported being pleased. We will schedule the exercise videos again on Friday at 9:30am and 4:00pm. We are working toward putting it out on the website via YouTube so you can use at your leisure. Perhaps KORA’s website can also post these as they are made. 
  • Advocacy for COVID-19 Testing – A press release and op-ed letters were sent today regarding the need to prioritize aging services for testing resources. These have been sent to local media outlets and legislators, including Amy Acton’s office. 
  • Advanced Directives Day – Approximately 30 Kendal households participated in Social Services’ Annual Advanced Directives Day yesterday. Valuable information and discussions took place. Included in the discussion was use of a Medical Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST). If there is interest in the future, Social Services is willing to repeat or offer a different version with Georgia Newman, MD and Shenell and Stacy in a Health Forum-type style.

Statistics

22-Apr-20          

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

     

State of Ohio (as of 11am)

 
Independent Living Resident Cases 0     New Cases Since Yesterday 392
Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases       Total Cases 14,117
          Residential Care Facility 0        
          Skilled Nursing Facility 0     Age Range all Cases <1-106
KaO Residents Total   0   Median Age of all Cases 51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations 2,882 or 20%
     KaO Other Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 103
KaO Staff Total   0   Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Kendal at Oberlin Total   0   Total ICU Admissions 880 or 6%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

      Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 2,279 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday   10   Total Tested in Ohio 97,998
Total Cases, age range 16-100   330   Total Deaths 610 or 4%
Total Deaths, age range 50+   20   Median Age of Deaths 79

“We now face a series of moguls, perhaps until we have a vaccine. This could be the path we will be working through for the long term.”

Governor Mike DeWine’s meeting with Hospitals and Congregate settings on April 20,2020.



April 21, 2020: Update to Residents

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Ambitious Effort Underway – LORENZO’S

With frequent requests from many residents, we know Kendal’s Pizza Day on Thursday has been sorely missed. We are working out with Lorenzo’s, a Kendal Pizza Week by inviting orders over three days and dividing the campus into thirds using unit numbers/parking areas. This is a win-win for supporting a town business by a one-time limited “event”.  We have agreed to do this NEXT week. We will let you know the ordering parameters by Thursday so you can turn in your order form based on options created by Lorenzo’s. Pizzas would be delivered on a scheduled day based on unit # (Tuesday- Wednesday-Thursday) and delivery would likely be mid-afternoon in two stages. You would be able to heat up your pizza for your preferred mealtime. We are estimating 50-70 pizzas per day,  but your interest will determine #’s. We are also working out charging arrangements to make this manageable for Lorenzo’s with consideration for a charge on your Kendal bill. Staff will be invited to place orders to take home if our numbers are lower than estimated.

Johnny’s

Delivery occurs on Wednesday in front of Heiser at 10:00am. Orders will be in a paper bag with charge slips attached, so bring something more secure to hold your purchase to get home. It was a manageable order with just over 20 persons placing orders.

Housekeeping Update

Recently there has been confusion about the use of masks by our housekeeping staff while they are cleaning in your cottage. It is vital for your safety that the staff keep their masks on for their entire visit, and it is even better if you can avoid being in the same space as they are while they clean. Our staff know you appreciate them and they want to keep you safe. Help us by doing everything possible to avoid any exposure to this insidious virus.

Facility Services Update

Likewise, when Facility Services staff are in your home, they will be wearing masks. As a courtesy, please maintain your 6 feet+ of social distancing while Facility Services works on their projects.  Being in a different room improves the safety for you and our staff members. “Thanks” is extended to the volunteers who offered to help get 6’ markings on our Perimeter Path for walking while keeping social distance.

“Coronavirus- A Survival’s Guide”

Webinar from SCIENCE (AAAS) The American Association for the Advancement of Science has made available a webinar done last week, lasting just over one hour. The coronavirus outbreak has made us completely change our modern behaviors. We are reinventing family relationships, work practices, exercise regimens, and socialization. This webinar uses the best scientific advice to guide you into this new life. The webinar examined the current conditions in which we find ourselves, putting our fears into context. Discussed was how to adapt to the new normal: spending more time with family, altered personal freedom, and potential changes in jobs. How can we become more mentally resilient? What will things look like on the other side of the infection peak, biologically and psychologically? There is a growing appreciation for the value of science. Use this link to register and you will be able to access the webinar that was taped last Thursday. Thanks to Louise Luckenbill who has shared links and articles for Administration.   

More Mask Thank Yous

We are so blessed and abundantly thankful for these community friends, staff, and residents who have added to our mask supply. They are being used every day! If you need one, let the front desk know by note, phone, email, or just stopping by. Anne and Lou Box; Sue Angell; Joe Delgado; Carla Cuson; Michelle Hall; Jeffrey Hogan; Amanda Hooley; Diane Kasper; Jan Larsen; Melanie Lee; Ann Linden; Sarah Lockard; Brittany Luttman; Scott Markel; Lynn Miller; Cate Schwaegerle; Pat Serio; Julie Smith; Lisa Stewart; Michele Tarsitano-Amato. We also recently received face shields from students at Oberlin College using a 3D printer.

Good Reading

COVID or No COVID, It’s Important to Plan, from The New York Times COVID-19: NASA Science Keeps the Lights On, from the NASA Global Climate Change page

Statistics

(Kendal detail added to meet State of Ohio reporting requirements)

21-Apr-20          

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

     

State of Ohio (as of 11am)

 
Independent Living Resident Cases 0     New Cases Since Yesterday 806
      Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases       Total Cases 13,725
          Residential Care Facility 0        
          Skilled Nursing Facility 0     Age Range all Cases <1-106
KaO Residents Total   0   Median Age of all Cases 50
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations 2,779 or 20%
     KaO Other Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 126
KaO Staff Total   0   Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Kendal at Oberlin Total   0   Total ICU Admissions 838 or 6%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

      Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 2,169 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday   18   Total Tested in Ohio 94,239
Total Cases, age range 16-100   320   Total Deaths 557 or 4%
Total Deaths, age range 50+   19   Median Age of Deaths 79


April 20, 2020: Update to Residents

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Next Phase of Ohio’s Response will Include Concentrated Collaboration Between Hospital Systems and their Communities

The State of Ohio is taking proactive steps to increase the collaboration between hospital systems and congregate living settings including stand-alone Skilled Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Communities and Life Plan Communities such as Kendal at Oberlin.  Key components:
  • Priorities- Target necessary resources such as ample testing, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), specific COVID-19 infection control techniques, specific training, identification and containment techniques, consultation, and staffing to congregate living settings that experience a COVID-19 case.
  • Data– and fact-driven.
  • Hospitals– Recognized as the health system backbone.
  • Create a “web of support” to congregate settings with the Hospitals and Local Health Districts.
  • Ensure system of rapid communication and response should there be any flare-up or hot spot.
  • Take lessons learned from hospitals systems like University Hospitals that has worked with a number of Skilled Nursing Facility hotspots,
  • Create congregate standardized approaches to improve clinical efficiencies and results.
Kendal has maintained good working relationships with all three local hospital systems. Kendal will be working with our Local Health District and local hospitals in next phase with three steps:  Pre-planning, Intercept (if necessary) and Management.

Exercise Video Available

  • Residents can follow along with this week’s exercise video from Saun Howard which is a power- walking video that can be done indoors.  It is a great variety and low impact, good for ALL levels.

Please Maintain 6-Feet Social Distancing with Daily Meal Delivery

  • We are still having issues with residents requesting Dining staff to bring their meals into their cottage or apartment.  To ensure proper social distancing, we want to remind residents that we have trained staff not to enter your home with any meal delivery.  Also, if you see staff approaching with your meal, please stay inside until staff members are 6 feet away from your home before opening your door.

Good Advice for Walkers and Runners with Face Masks


Remember to Wear Your Masks

  • This is a kind reminder to everyone to wear your face masks when on campus at Kendal at Oberlin. The exceptions where a face mask is optional remain those walking on the perimeter walkway and those bicycling while maintaining a least 6-feet social distancing or more if running as shared in the previous video.  Please wear your mask even outdoors if it is likely you will pass someone within 6 feet or if you plan to talk with someone while maintaining 6 feet, such as on the covered walkways and parking areas.  Please do not enter the Apartment Building or the Heiser Community Center without wearing a face mask. Visitors to the Facility Services Building are not permitted at this time.

Quick Updates

  • Inhouse Kendal Groceries– To better serve your grocery needs, we are introducing an expanded Kendal Grocery List with some additional frequently requested items.  The new list will be available online or at the round table by the front desk.
  • Staffing Support offered by The Kendal Corporation – Kendal has entered into a national contract for all affiliates  should there be a need for backup clinical and support staffing. At this time Kendal is adequately covered but is grateful for the Kendal planning.
  • COVID19 Testing- Kendal continues to explore a partnership to consider access to testing for COVID-19. Until recently, Ohio and some other Kendal states would not allow testing to be done except under the State’s direction. This is loosening up in Ohio as long as the lab is able to do a 24-hour turnaround.

Statistics

(Kendal detail added to meet State of Ohio reporting requirements)
20-Apr-20          

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

     

State of Ohio (as of 11am)

 
Independent Living Resident Cases 0     New Cases Since Yesterday 1,317
      Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases       Total Cases 12,919
          Residential Care Facility 0        
          Skilled Nursing Facility 0     Age Range all Cases <1-106
KaO Residents Total   0   Median Age of all Cases 51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations 2,653 or 21%
     KaO Other Staff Cases 0     Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 88
KaO Staff Total   0   Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Kendal at Oberlin Total   0   Total ICU Admissions 798 or 6%

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

      Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 2,081 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday   6   Total Tested in Ohio 90,839
Total Cases, age range 16-100   302   Total Deaths 509 or 4%
Total Deaths, age range 50+   19   Median Age of Deaths 79


April 19, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Our Continued Pursuit of Learning about Masks

From the New York Times, A User’s Guide to Masks

Governor Mike DeWine’s Saturday Interview on NPR’s Weekend Edition

Reopening State Demands a “Nuanced Balance”

Johnny Come Lately

Order Monday and Delivery on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Heiser Terry at Johnny’s has indicated he gets frequent calls asking for a delivery to the Kendal entrance. He has been firm; he would not do that without an arrangement by Kendal.  What a team player during this quarantine. To avoid an ongoing stream of requests, it is in our mutual benefit to arrange an occasional delivery every few weeks. Monday is their slowest day so residents who would like to place an order may call in up to 3 items maximum. If you need assistance, please arrange for a friend to do the pick-up. The order is to be paid for by credit card.  440.774.8215 and Walmart and IGA continue to have beer and wine for purchase.

ZOOM  Exchange with Barbara and Ann on Thursday

Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 23rd at 4 pm “Speaking Financially in Light of COVID-19If you would rather just call in and listen use this phone number: 646-558-8656  Meeting number: 963-7070-1026

Meal Subscription Kits

With approximately 55 residents currently not on a meal plan, and irregular grocery shopping (let’s be honest, not on whim), this might be a fun time to try the very popular meal subscription kits. Barbara will attest to her delight and pleasure in both cooking and eating them. (Her husband thinks she is a great cook but she attributes it to the delightful recipes of her kits.)  She uses both Green Chef and Hello Fresh. This is not a paid endorsement : – ) The Plain Dealer had a great article last Sunday on the top 10 to consider trying.

Breakdown on Ohio’s COVID-19 Cases

Mapping Ohio’s 10,222 coronavirus cases, Saturday’s updates and trends, from Cleveland.com

Statistics

(Kendal detail added to meet State of Ohio reporting requirements) 

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

    |

State of Ohio (as of 11am)

 
Independent Living Resident Cases 0   | New Cases Since Yesterday Higher number attributed to increased testing 1,380
Stephens Care Center Resident Cases     | Total Cases 11,602
                  Residential Care Facility 0   |    
                  Skilled Nursing Facility 0   | Age Range all Cases <1-106
KaO Residents Total   0 | Median Age of all Cases 52
      |    
KaO Stephens Care Center Staff Cases 0   | Total Hospitalizations 2,565 or 22%
KaO Other Staff Cases 0   | Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 46
KaO Staff Total   0 | Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Kendal at Oberlin Total   0 | Total ICU Admissions 765 or 7%
      |    

Lorain County (as of 2pm)

    | Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 1,999 or 17%
New Cases Since Yesterday   18 | Total Tested in Ohio 86,989
Total Casesage range 16-100   296 | Total Deaths 471 or 4%
Total Deaths, age range 50+   18 | Median Age of Deaths 79
For more information: Lorain County Public Health and Ohio Department of Health Note: Content that appears on this website may differ from what is distributed in print and email.