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COVID-19 Prevention: Community Updates Week of 5/2/2020

May 9, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller

Judy Sorum Brown

Some of you may have participated in the Zoom Webinar session a few weeks ago that featured Judy Sorum Brown and hosted by Kendal at Home.

A Quaker, Poet and Leadership Mentor Considers Spiritual Practices During the Pandemic

Judy Sorum Brown is an educator, speaker, facilitator, poet and writer whose work in organizations revolves around themes of leadership, change, learning, dialogue and creativity. She holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and teaches leadership for the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. Many of Kendal’s leadership members have had the pleasure of being mentored by Judy through the various leadership academies. The following is a response to a question by a Life Plan Community CEO seeking ways to meet the spiritual needs of residents during the pandemic:

…As many of you know I am Quaker by practice and while my Quaker Meeting now gathers over Zoom (yes, sitting in silence), I’m aware of other spiritual practices that seem helpful.  Many are practices I’ve adopted. And like so many of your residents, I am an elder living alone in this season of lockdown.  It’s helpful to remember that many people who are not religious nor members of a particular faith tradition, may be quite spiritual.  And they may benefit from various practices that support their spiritual wellbeing. 

A practice might be to write about what has given their life meaning. Or to detail the steppingstones in their life. Or to experiment with art forms like sketching or working with pastels. 

I find a great comfort in a single page in my journal entitled “people who draw my best energies” The names I’ve written there represent a kind of spiritual council. Sometimes I reach out to them. Other times just thinking about them gives me strength and joy. (They would probably be surprised to find they are serving on a spiritual council.)

For those for whom prayer isn’t a usual practice, meditation may be steadying.  For those who don’t think of reading the Bible or other holy books, poetry or philosophical readings may be a guide. Favorites of mine are Rumi’s Open Secret and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet—the wisdom of other cultures. The poetry of Native American Joy Harjo our current poet laureate is a grounding in that culture. The poetry of Lucille Clifton offers a path into African American experience.  

Two of the questions on my list of Quarantine Questions open onto spiritual territory: What am I grateful for today?  And what beauty am I either creating, cultivating or inviting in today?

Take good care,

Judy   www.judysorumbrown.com


Observing Campus Walk-ons?  

There have been some questions about how well we can control people just walking onto our quarantined campus from various areas around our borders. This is a job for all of us!  There are signs nearby the New Russia Park Preserve and the Rt. 58 gated entrance that Kendal is quarantined and not to enter. We will evaluate if we need more. In the meantime, if you see anyone that appears to be a “neighborhood visitor”, likely wearing no masks, please politely alert them our campus is closed to visitors. Staff ALWAYS are to be wearing a mask on walkways.  You can call Facility Services at 440-775-9899 during the day or during the evening to our Security FS staff from 3:30pm – 7am on their cell at 440-370-5926. Thank you for reporting unauthorized or suspicious visitors. If we have any such neighbors entering on foot from various entry points, we will stop such practices with your help and calls.

Dining Services- Listening to our Customers

We do occasionally hear about food quality issues which are likely the result of how the meals are being warmed. Yesterday we reminded everyone not to warm the food in the packaging containers. Today, I want to share the address of two articles I read on the Food Network website:

We appreciate the partnership we have with all of you in maintaining food quality, thanks! –Greg Zehe

Drug Mart Shopping

Orders are increasing, Wow! This past week, all orders had been filled and in just 2 days, 22 more orders were submitted. These orders are processed through Kendal’s billing, so it takes multiple parties handling before they can be organized to get on your bill. Please do think “essential”. Our hired shopper has needed from 4 hours per visit to now 5.5 hours. Unless an item was purchased by mistake (i.e. Spring Water for Distilled Water) we cannot accept returns. This is standard practice now in most stores. Thanks for your cooperation.

For Your Listening and Viewing Enjoyment

Bolero Juilliard, shared by Tom Morgan. Plus, read about the making of Bolero Juilliard.

Why Soap is Our Best Weapon Against Coronavirus – an excellent Video by PBS Digital Studio’s It’s Okay to Be Smart:

Mother’s Day Reminder

Happy Mothers Day flowers pen cookies

We know this weekend, traditionally so special to many of you, will be difficult at best. We hope you will find ways to make it memorable just the same through calls and other technology. LeadingAge Ohio has pulled together a list of resources to honor and celebrate the important women in our lives. We hope that our families who are reading our bulletin on the web will consider some of these.

World Health Organization COVID-19 Myth Busters

Some humorous, some informative, some are downright scary that they are believed.

Quick Updates

  • Johnny’s – Next order date will be May 18 with delivery on May 20.
  • Lorenzo’s and a Plan to include Oberlin Community Services – We will do another Pizza Week during the week of May 25. An idea was floated by Anne Helm and was discussed with Michael of Lorenzo’s. If you would like to add 1 extra pizza to your order, we will make an additional order as a contribution for the families served by Oberlin Community Services. Lorenzo’s will arrange for the delivery on another day, and it will be worked out with the Director of OCS (Margie Flood). Think what it would mean to the families with children! More details to come.
  • Upcoming Zoom Exchange Schedule:
    • Tuesday, May 12- 4pm- with Barbara, Rey, and Ryan (Facility Services)
    • Thursday, May 21- 4pm- with Barbara, Maggie, and Terry (Marketing)
    • Thursday, May 28- 4pm- with Barbara, Judy, and Don (Information Technology)

Today’s COVID-19 Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday7
Total Cases, age range 16-100544
Total Deaths: age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 2542

State of Ohio ( as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday
(Higher number attributed to increased testing.)
681
Total Cases23,697
Age Range all Cases<1-106
Median Age of all Cases51
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,300 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs82
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,200 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,683 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio195,533
Total Deaths1,331 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths80


May 8, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

I was taught the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.

Marie Curie

Tracking New Cases in Ohio

The tracking of new cases in Lorain County provides reassurance of a flattened curve.  We will all be watching closely over the next several weeks as Ohio restarts economic activity. Data can be found at Lorain County Public Health. (Shared by Alan Lockwood)

Walks Along the Perimeter Walkway

Yesterday we announced as Ohio restarts economic activity, it is even more important that we step up our efforts to stay protected. Just as you were looking to be comfortable, we made it harder! This is hard for us too taking ANYTHING away, but always done with consultation. Each of you must continue to take precautions to the best of your ability while at the same time managing to cope through all this. Your mental health is equally important. Your perimeter walks have been one of your most cherished, allowed activities. We know some folks are extremely compromised wearing a mask while getting the best exercise you can. The last thing we want is for you to stop those walks! We suggest you wear your face mask secured around your neck so you can easily pull it up by the strings to cover your face when passing others, while at the same time keeping the expected social distance of 6 feet or more.  You may keep your mask around your neck and off your face when you are walking alone on the walkway.  Remember: Pull your face mask up by the strings so you do not contaminate it. You are our cherished residents and we appreciate your efforts to do the best you can.

Mother’s Day

We know this weekend, traditionally so special to many of you, will be difficult at best. We hope you will find ways to make it memorable just the same through calls and other technology. LeadingAge Ohio has pulled together a list of resources to honor and celebrate the important women in our lives. We hope that our families who are reading our bulletin on the web will consider some of these.

To all the moms and special women in our lives, we celebrate you!

For your Laughing Pleasure

Jim Walsh reports that one of his most favorite Oberlin College students wrote and produced a documentary tribute to Garry Marshall that will be aired this coming Tuesday on ABC from 8-10pm. “The Happy Days of Garry Marshall”  is the perfect antidote to COVID-19 and sheltering at home. It will make you laugh, it will touch your heart, and you will turn off the TV feeling good. Check out the promo.

Tuesday, May 12, Zoom Exchange

This is your advance notice of Tuesday’s Exchange information to note on your busy calendar. Barbara has scheduled  Rey Carrion and Ryan Stalzkowski, Director and Assistant Director of Facility Services. Your participation has been terrific! Your questions throughout have also been most appreciated, allowing a true exchange. If you encounter the message that you need to be let in by the host, it is because our Zoom meeting appointments are running together and this prevents early-birds from entering into Barbara’s meeting prematurely. She will let you in promptly, promise!

Exercises on Demand!

Next week we will continue to have exercise sessions with Saun or Danna at 9:30am and 4pm Monday-Wednesday-Friday as usual. Coming, however, is the chance for you to access these exercise sessions at the times of your choice by accessing them on KORA’s website that links you to YouTube. Just think: You can exercise 24/7!  No please, don’t do that! Stay tuned for next week’s information for your scheduling pleasure.

Good Reads… and a Good Video

The Coronavirus Is Mutating. That’s Normal. Does That Mean It’s More Dangerous? – from National Public Radio

Vinceremo!  Enjoy this YouTube Video-Get Lost Corona! Shared by Tom Morgan

Revised University of Washington Pandemic Modeling -Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Quick Updates

  • Kendal Early Learning Center’s designation as an Ohio Healthy Program for young children has been renewed through April 30, 2021.
  • Open Your Windows! With the warming weather (after this weekend), now is a great time to open your windows and get fresh air often in your homes.
  • Do Not Microwave Food in Carryout Containers – 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 vessel 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.
  • Yearning for a Girl Scout Cookie? – we don’t allow solicitation at Kendal, but there are yearnings for the annual Girl Scout cookies. We are seeking a local troop to see if we can get information to place a collective order for those interested. Those troops will be hurt without their annual sales, too.
Books on shelves

Tom Morgan has shared this widely but for those that have not seen it:

Sanitizing Counters and more

This is just a reminder Kendal has a Clorox solution using a CDC- suggested mixture. If your spray bottles are getting low, just drop it off at Heiser and we’ll refill it and place in your mailbox. Ed Wolner also reminds us of this good recipe to make your own

Today’s COVID-19 Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday 1
Total Cases, age range 16-100 537
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 25 42

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday
( Higher number attributed to increased testing.)
885
Total Cases 23,016
Age Range all Cases <1-106
Median Age of all Cases 51
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 4,218 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 78
Median Age of all Hospitalized 65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 1,188 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,566 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio 183,269
Total Deaths 1,306 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths 80
Kendal main entrance - screening area

You’ve Noticed!

While our Entrance remains covered by staff, we have removed the speed bump since vehicles entering have now been entering slowly and safely.  Thank you!


May 7, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.”

Peter Marshall

Oberlin Market Delivery on Friday

Orders may be picked up about 10:45 a.m. at Heiser. Elizabeth, the owner was emailing residents late Thursday afternoon (5 pm) amount owed.  You can pay by credit card or drop a check at the receptionist on Friday no later than 10 a.m. please.

Grocery Orders to Walmart

Due to many orders being placed Thurs-Saturday, we have been getting too many for pick up on a Monday. Do your best to place orders for pick-up toward the middle of the week. And please remember to contact Donna Baznik when you place an order.

IGA News

All Orders for IGA must be placed by 1 pm the day before pick-up. Leo Braido and Sheri Chavez are very pleased with the help they have from Crystal, a dining service worker paid by Kendal to help with our orders. They can now work in more customers. If you would like to be added to the IGA rotation, be in touch with Donna Baznik (see above contact information).

Outside Small Gatherings Permitted

The New Normal Planning Committee recommended and received approval for small outside gatherings   of Kendal residents.  Following State of Ohio mandates, no gathering shall be larger than 10 people, all keeping socially distanced while wearing face masks.

Ideas being sought on where those gatherings might be, beside the Buttonbush Bridge, with chairs arranged making it easier. Sue Palmieri suggested set times/locations.  How about around Heiser or using some of the parking lots where it’s easier to walk? 

We recognize we are stepping backwards asking you to now wear masks on the perimeter walk. With Ohio opening, our risk is now rising again. Please, we ask you to wear your masks (unless biking or running) anywhere outside your home until otherwise changed again. You may want to try other styles of masks. Ohio opens but Kendal remains cautious.

Podiatry and Optometry Services Return to KaO!

We are pleased to announce Kimberly Nicholson, DPM, and Corrie Weitzel, OD, are returning to Kendal at Oberlin. Kimberly Nicholson will be available to podiatry services beginning May 19 and Corrie Weitzel will resume optometry services beginning May 13. To make an appointment with either provider, please call Natasha Miller in the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9819.

The “New Normal” Planning Committee  

Discovering the New Normal at Kendal at Oberlin

The “New Normal” Planning Committee had their first meeting today.  Their charge as an advisory committee under the Administration is to effectively balance and weigh the many concerns surfacing while finding and discovering ways for Kendal to move forward as an engaged community without the devasting effects of COVID on even one resident or staff member. This committee will meet weekly at this time. Each member was enthusiastic to be a good listener and contributor as they hear suggestions and concerns.  Members are:

Residents: Joyce Benjamin, Carol Bojanowski, Nancy Lombardi, Charlotte McGowan, Gary Olin, Don Parker, Robert Taylor

Staff: Rey Carrion, Shenell Hinton, Maggie Stark, Stacy Terrell, Barbara Thomas, Greg Zehe.

Governor’s Press Conference

  • May 15 – Hair Salons and Barber Shops are permitted to reopen. Please stay tuned for news on PS Salon here at Kendal at Oberlin, including their “new normal” operating process.
  • May 15 – Restaurants and Bars reopen with outside dining–indoor dining will be permitted after May 21. Kendal will be watching what happens in the greater community as restaurants reopen under defined guidelines. Kendal at Oberlin has no plans to reopen our dining venues during this phase of our “hard close”.
  • State of Ohio’s Plan to “Box It In” – 1. Test widely; 2. Isolate all infected people; 3. Find everyone that has been with the infected person; 4. Quarantine all contacts; and self-isolate for 14 days.

Friday Exercise Video

leading chair exercise

The exercise video for Friday, May 8, will be the intermediate-advanced chair routine with Saun Howard. It is 46 minutes long, and you will need a sturdy chair and some weights (if you have them at home).  You can also use food cans or water bottles if you like. Make sure you drink plenty of water before, during, and after your exercise.  Please do not overdo it!  Stay fit, but don’t hurt yourself.

Quick Updates

Payroll Protection Program – Kendal at Oberlin received the Payroll Protection Program Loan funding in our account yesterday evening, May 6, which sets the timeframe for the eight-week period the funds must be utilized.


Today’s COVID-19 Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday17
Total Cases, age range 16-100536
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39=1; 50-59=1; 60-69=5; 70-79=10, 80+ =24 41

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday
(Higher number attributed to increased testing)
555
Total Cases22,131
Age Range all Cases<1-106
Median Age of all Cases51
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,140 or 19%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs88
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,167 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,482 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio175,060
Total Deaths1,271 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths80

May 6, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Christopher Reeve

Kendal at Oberlin Staff Members are Everyday Heroes!

We're in this TOGETHER. Just a little further apart.

Kendal at Oberlin recognizes the valiant work and efforts by ALL staff members working in every department, every shift, and every position.  Every member is valued and appreciated.  Today begins the FIRST of multiple weeks of staff appreciation with a focus on all departments. We begin with next week’s national recognition of nurses during which Shenell Hinton has planned special ways to recognize our nursing staff at Kendal.  So to all staff:  THANK YOU for all you do every day to make Kendal at Oberlin the very special place it is. Every staff member is a HERO, and we are grateful for the determination and dedication you bring to Kendal daily.

Marketing Updates

  • Another Contract– More good news – we are writing another contract on a cottage!
  • April96% occupied. We had three new move-ins and no transfers to the SCC. NEVER, have we had all our Kendal family at home at the same time! No one is away.😊 
  • Terry Kovach is getting a lot of good comments about the new web site. Please remember, it is a work in progress. Visit our new website at https://kao.kendal.org
  • Zoom for New Residents– A reminder for New Residents: We have scheduled a Zoom Meeting for the New Neighbors Coffee Hour for next Tuesday, May 12th @ 10:00am, speakers will be Fitness Coordinator Jill Tvaroha and Joyce Benjamin.

Kendal Early Learning Center

We have recently become aware that a member of Ohio’s Congress, Senator Matt Huffman, Senate District 12, will introduce legislation to defund Step Up to Quality. Kendal’s Early Learning Center is a Five-Star, Step-Up-to-Quality Program recipient. Senator Huffman is presently seeking co-sponsors for his bill. If this were to pass, not only would Step Up to Quality go away, but it would defund child care in Ohio by approximately 25% because it includes a steep reduction in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) funding for childcare covering our most vulnerable families. Step Up to Quality is the basic foundation upon which Ohio’s childcare system rests, ensuring quality care for our youngest citizens. Write our legislators to let them know the loss of Step Up to Quality will negatively impact the quality measures now in place that have taken years of effort to implement.

Stephens Care Center Quiet Room Reopens

Kendal is reopening the Quiet Room on the Patterson Wing. The Quiet Room will remain open for one-person use by our SCC residents as long as there are no COVID-19 cases in the Stephens Care Center. This space allows an alternative “getaway” for those residents who have felt so restricted during this quarantine.

Reminder: Next ZOOM Afternoon Exchange

ZOOM Exchange on Thursday with Barbara and guests Chief Health Services Officer Stacy Terrell and Director of Clinical Services Shenell Hinton. Join Meeting URL – Or call directly by Telephone Number: 1-646-558-8656, Meeting Number:  936-0145-3149#

Thursday, May 7, at 7:15pm on WKAO:  Oberlin Remembers Kent State
Gregory Ristow ’01 and Helen Paxton ’73 reflect on the 1970 Kent State shootings, followed by the archival performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass performance at Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral.

Hybrid Car Batteries

It is coming to light that the instructions provided by manufacturers for keeping some hybrid vehicles charged may not be working as hoped during this extended period.  Kendal is exploring options to assist with this.  More to come.

Quick Updates

  • Paycheck Protection Program – Kendal has completed all documentation required for the Paycheck Protection Program through the Small Business Administration.
  • Perimeter Walkway – 6-feet social distancing lines will be painted in specific sections of the perimeter walkway next week, weather permitting.

Today’s COVID-19 Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases 
          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 2:00 PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday6
Total Cases, age range 16-100519
Total Deaths: age ranges 50-69, 6 deaths; 70-79, 10 deaths; 80+,  23 deaths39

State of Ohio (as of 11:00 AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday (Higher number attributed to increased testing)607
Total Cases21,576
Age Range all Cases<1-106
Median Age of all Cases51
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,052 or 19%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs96
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,151 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,378 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio167,978
Total Deaths1,225 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths80

May 5, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”


Søren Kierkegaard

New Web Address for COVID Updates

Kendal at Oberlin has a new business website! And with this transition you will now find COVID-19 news updates at  https://kao.kendal.org/COVID-19-updates. If your friends and family are keeping up with our news, please let them know about this change.

New Website for Kendal Premiers

Drum Roll Please – tatatatatatatatatatatat!  Many of us never thought this day would come, especially Terry Kovach, but we are pleased to share that the Kendal System’s new websites are live! We owe great thanks and appreciation to Terry’s hard work, dedication, talent and determination to get Oberlin’s site completed. No easy task. BRAVO, Terry!

Visit our new website at https://kao.kendal.org/ and you can cruise the other Kendal websites from there as well.


Music to Lift Our Spirits

Tiffin University Choir singing Zoom style, “World on Our Shoulders – Up in the Air” – A Global Song for our Planet:


New Exercise Video

The next exercise video will be on WKAO Wednesday, May 6 and will be a 15-minute stretch with Danna Mitchell.  You will need a sturdy chair for this video.  It will run at 9:30am and again at 4:00pm on WKAO, Kendal’s in-house channel.


Next ZOOM Afternoon Exchange

ZOOM Exchange on Thursday with Barbara and guests Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer and Shenell Hinton, Director of Clinical Services

Join the meeting URL. Or call directly by Telephone Number: 1-646-558-8656, Meeting Number:  936-0145-3149#


Imagine A New Way to Visit SCC Residents at Kendal – Where there is a will, there is a way!

Read this inspirational story and consider how it could happen at Kendal, beginning with our on-campus residents! (Sent by Barbara’s daughter Megan from her CCRC in Colorado.)


Ten Podcasts for Listening

As recommended by the Radio Advisory Team of the Advisory Board (Advisory Board helps leaders and future leaders in the health care industry work smarter and faster by providing provocative insights, actionable strategies, and practical tools to support execution):


Help Us Manage Packages

When ordering items online, if given a choice, please select the “ship” option rather than the “delivery” option. Today we had packages arrive that were “delivered” directly to Kendal rather than “shipped” to a specific Kendal address.  The items were “delivered” loose, not packaged, and with scant delivery information.  Online items need to be ordered “shipped” to your Kendal address. 


Ohio’s Practices and Leadership Recognized

Today’s New York Times did a good job of analyzing the effectiveness of our Ohio’s Own Director of Health, Dr. Amy Acton. She is quite the inspiration to help us sacrifice a while longer while saving lives. While Kendal has been extremely fortunate due to safe practices, COVID-19 is very much still with our population at risk.


Unusual COVID Symptoms in Elderly –

This article describes how several elderly patients presented without the usual COVID symptomsBy Judith Graham, shared by John Elder


Oberlin Remembers Kent State

Thursday, May 7, at 7:15am on WKAO – Gregory Ristow ’01 and Helen Paxton ’73 reflect on the 1970 Kent State shootings, followed by the archival performance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass performance at Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral.


Still Unsure About Zooming?  

Check out this helpful tutorial.


Governor’s Press Conference Brief Notes

  • State fiscal year revenues are now estimated to be below by $776.9 million for the fiscal year compared to budget.  The State of Ohio is taking proactive steps in the face of this budget crisis.  We are in the 11th month of a 24-month cycle.  Ohio is required by law to balance the State budget. The Governor is enacting a $775 million reduction for the remainder of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.  This will impact Medicaid, all levels of education, and all state agencies.

Looking back 500 Years

A response from Martin Luther to a plague in the 1500s: “I shall ask God to mercifully protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.”  Sounds like good advice coming from the CDC nearly 500 years later. Submitted by Tom Morgan


Today’s COVID-19 Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)   State of Ohio (as of 11am) 
Independent Living Resident Cases0  New Cases Since Yesterday
(Higher number attributed to increased testing.)
495
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases   Total Cases20,969
          Residential Care Facility 0    
          Skilled Nursing Facility0  Age Range all Cases<1-106
KaO Residents Total 0 Median Age of all Cases51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0  Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)3,956 or 19%
     KaO Other Staff Cases0  Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs147
KaO Staff Total 0 Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Kendal at Oberlin Total 0 Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,123 or 5%
Lorain County (as of 2pm)   Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,284 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday 7 Total Tested in Ohio159,838
Total Cases, age range 16-100 513 Total Deaths1,135 or 5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 50-69, 6 deaths; 70-79, 9 deaths; 80+, 23 deaths 38 Median Age of Deaths80

May 4, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

COVID-19 under microscope

On a harsh expedition, there’s no space for anyone who does not intend to finish.”

― Tahir ShahHouse of the Tiger King: The Quest for a Lost City

Mother’s Day, May 10th

Many have asked if flowers may be delivered to Kendal for Mother’s Day. If as many come as in previous years, it will be quite a challenge to address it at the front entrance. We are agreeing to get your flowers to you but please have your family or friends be directed to use one of our two Oberlin florists for delivery, as they understand our requirements and protocols.  The two closest Oberlin florists include:

  • Carlyle Flower Shop, 440-775-3871, limited hours 10am-12noon
  • Puffer’s Floral, 440-323-5421

A Goodnight Story to End Your Day

This is a lovely five-minute story, The Great Realisation.  I promise you will be delighted. Shared by Kathy Hazelton.


Kendal Library Features Display on 75th Anniversary for End of WW II

In addition to Kent State’s 50th Anniversary of May 4, this week marks 75 years since Germany surrendered, ending World War II in Europe. Mary Clare Beck reported that this month’s display is very special because it includes memorabilia from two of our veterans, Jim Sunshine, who served as a medic from D-Day to war’s end, and Bob Randel, a crew member on a B-17 in bombing runs over Germany and then humanitarian missions in 1945. Our third veteran, Bill Rice, has on display a photo of his Purple Heart and Bronze Star. We also have a book of the wartime letters of the late John Shaw, whose wife Julie is still with us, and the transcript of a program of the recollections of residents who were in Europe during the war (Betty O’Connor, Marie Evans, Dina Schoonmaker, Vera Cooke, Agnes Bacon).


Another Call 😊 We Need More Face Masks

Calling all volunteer sewers: we are in need of more face masks. Some designs have not held up with the daily washing. We have plenty of soft white sheets and will secure more elastic as needed. A design pattern that is proving the best and most appreciated by staff with the best face coverage and least slippage can be found with this link: 


May Wildflowers at Kendal

Have you spotted laminated pages identifying Kendal’s wildflowers? Anne Helm reported kudos to another Kendal team effort: Kathy Caldwell for designing the laminated pages and May Zitani named the flowers pictured, gave encouragement and helped decide where to mount the posters. Carl and Barbara Whitehouse got them secured to withstand the wind. Carol Groo helped with the lamination and enlarging. These were spotted near the east entrance of the Apartment Building near Buttonbush Bridge.

Wildflowers sign at Kendal
Native Habitat Restoration sign

Governor’s Update Today

  • Flags at State House and all State Buildings at half-staff today at 12:24pm in remembrance of the 1970 Kent State tragedy.
  • Many State statistics now include 21-day trending. Watching these trends will be important as Ohio businesses begin to open back up.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles – All deadlines for DMV requirements, such as Driver License renewals and car license plate registrations, are extended until DMV offices reopen, date to be announced,  A new online system is being developed prior to DMV sites’ reopening, that will include “getting in line online.” Simple license plate renewals without Ohio E-Check can be easily completed online now.

The ability to provide COVID-19 testing is improving in Ohio. In recent weeks we have increased the amount of daily testing from about 3,000 per day to 6,000 per day and aim to get it to about 22,000 per day by the end of May. At this point about 1.3% of all Ohioans have been tested.  “Expanded testing will give us the better ability to determine who is sick and how to respond.”  With improved ability to test, Governor Mike DeWine provided updated testing priorities:

  • Priority One
    • Ohioans with symptoms that are hospitalized and health care workers, including those working in Congregate Settings, such as Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.
      • The provided definition of Congregate Settings – where more than 6 persons live and there is propensity for rapid person-to-person spread of an infectious disease. This definition has included our Stephens Care Center, but it has not included our Independent Living cottages and apartments and is interpreted by proximity. 
  • Priority Two
    • Ohioans with symptoms who are residents of long-term care/congregate living settings or 65 and older or living with underlying conditions.
    • Ohioans without symptoms who are residents or staff who have been directly exposed during an outbreak in long-term care/congregate settings.
    • Other Ohioans designated by public health officials to evaluate/manage community outbreaks.
  • Priority Three
    • Ohioans with or without symptoms who are receiving essential surgeries or medical procedures.
    • Ohioans with or without symptoms receiving other medically necessary procedures not requiring an overnight stay or hospital admission.

Quick Updates

  • Look for your Summer Flower Form from Kara Phillips. You can also order vegetables, herbs, fertilizer and potting soil. 
  • Water is On! in the Kendal at Oberlin community garden.
  • Admissions Interviews continue with another Zoom interview being planned by the Admissions and Marketing team!

Today’s COVID-19 Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)   State of Ohio
(as of 11am)
 
Independent Living Resident Cases0  New Cases Since Yesterday
Higher number attributed to increased testing
560
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases   Total Cases20,474
          Residential Care Facility 0    
          Skilled Nursing Facility0  Age Range all Cases<1-106
KaO Residents Total 0 Median Age of all Cases51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0  Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)3,809 or 19%
     KaO Other Staff Cases0  Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs40
KaO Staff Total 0 Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Kendal at Oberlin Total 0 Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,090 or 5%
Lorain County (as of 2pm)   Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,203 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday 18 Total Tested in Ohio154,290
Total Cases, age range 16-100 506 Total Deaths1,056 or 5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 50-69 6 deaths;       70-79 8 deaths, 80+  23 deaths 37 Median Age of Deaths80

May 3, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options,” —Simon Sinek.


Who doesn’t appreciate Peanuts?

Peanuts” first debuted in 1950 in seven newspapers under the United Features Syndicate. Developed by Charles M. Schulz, who was raised Lutheran in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, “Peanuts” ran for nearly 50 years and was published in 2,600 newspapers, 75 countries and 21 languages.

The “New Normal” Planning Committee 

The “New Normal” Planning Committee is set to begin meeting this week. There are many requests being made that remain problematic with a quarantined campus that is still in the thick of COVID-19 concerns. Please know this committee will do their best to weigh the many concerns surfacing while finding ways to begin to relax the campus while still holding dear the importance of health and safety. I am grateful for the persons who have agreed to serve and have appreciated recommendations that would bring us the needed balance to address what is ahead in the coming months to see Kendal return to its vibrant living. Members are:

Residents: Joyce Benjamin, Carol Bojanowski, Nancy Lombardi, Charlotte McGowan, Gary Olin, Don Parker and Robert Taylor.

Staff: Rey Carrion, Shenell Hinton, Maggie Stark,  Stacy Terrell, Barbara Thomas and Greg Zehe.

Discovering the New Normal at Kendal at Oberlin


Annual Duckling Birthing in Kendal’s Courtyard Garden

Watch the departure of the ducklings born in the Courtyard Garden this past week.  Thank you Jill Tvaroha for capturing this on video!


Good Reading

Eight Popular Pantry-Friendly Recipes to Simplify your Home Cooking from The Washington Post


Today’s COVID-19 Statistics

3-May-20
Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)State of Ohio (as of 11am)
Independent Living Resident Cases0New Cases Since Yesterday
Higher number attributed to increased testing
579
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident CasesTotal Cases19,914
          Residential Care Facility0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0Age Range all Cases<1-106
KaO Residents Total0Median Age of all Cases51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)3,769 or 19%
     KaO Other Staff Cases0Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs57
KaO Staff Total0Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Kendal at Oberlin Total0Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,078 or 5%
Lorain County (as of 2pm)Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed3,155 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday10Total Tested in Ohio149,346
Total Cases, age range 16-100488Total Deaths1,038 or 5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 50-69, 6 deaths; 70-79, 8 deaths; 80+, 23 deaths37Median Age of Deaths80

The Pandemic Puts Things in Perspective

Here are lessons COVID-19 has taught us, from Scientific America


May 2, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved,” Mattie Stepanek


The Kendal System Review

Periodically in 2019, we were reporting regularly on the System Review that occurs every five years and was expected to wrap up about mid-2020. By necessity, discussions took a pause the last couple of months during COVID-19. While it is expected to restart sometime in the undetermined future (during 2020), The Kendal Corporation and affiliates thought this is a good time to collect feedback on how the System has functioned during this pandemic period. Department heads from each affiliate and corporate staff will be contributing to a survey that will be compiled in May for later discussions. There is an expectation this could lead to fresh discussions and an evolution of the “core services” listed in the Affiliation Agreement with some fresh perspectives on how we can work most effectively. This has truly proven to be an amazing period of collaboration for affiliates and The Kendal Corporation. More to come!

“Together, transforming the experience of aging.”©


No Better Time for Innovation

The Friends Foundation for the Aging has undertaken a discernment process to identify how they can best respond to the COVID-19 crisis. They have established an Innovation Fund for organizations which have (or will) implement creative and innovative solutions to problems created by the coronavirus in which ideas came from front-line employees. They know the best ideas come from direct service staff—culinary and hospitality services, nurses and care partners, facility services and transportation, receptionists and more—who are faced with problems and trying to solve them every day, sometimes putting themselves at risk. They have invited submissions from Quaker-related organizations that have helped staff and  residents feel safer, less anxious, and more connected. Sometimes, the best ideas are ones that result from a collaborative process of one person suggesting and others building on it so that it is difficult to know the origin of what is implemented in the end. That’s often Kendal!

The Foundation wants to recognize, celebrate, and share these ideas. Kendal will be submitting a couple of the best ideas implemented for consideration of a $1000 innovation grant. This grant may be used to implement or expand the idea and to recognize employees for the efforts made in these challenging times. Ten (10) grants will be selected and shared widely by FFA. If you recognize something being done at Kendal that you would like to see considered that fits this description, please share it with Chris Kish  at ckish@kao.kendal.org so we can be sure it has been considered before we make our decision what to submit by May 15.


Good Reading

If The Trees Can Keep Dancing, So Can I – A Community poem to cope in crisis, from NPR

This was presented on NPR yesterday. You can listen to the poem or read it. Thirty-three contributors of which one is from Dayton, Ohio. Thanks to Kathy Hazelton for passing along.

What’s So Funny about the Pandemic – Laughter may not be a vaccine, but it’s still good medicine. From Psychology Today

It’s a curious thing. We’re in the midst of the worst global health crisis in over 100 years, and yet we’re overflowing with jokes, memes, parodies, cartoons, gag videos, and GIFs from cabin-fevered pet owners putting pajamas on their dogs for fun.

The sheer gross tonnage of it surely has something to do with all those comedians being out of work, and the number of people worldwide who are personally affected by the pandemic—thus more people weighing in on the subject. Plus, it’s just human nature. We can’t help ourselves. In the face of crises, as we often say, if we didn’t laugh we’d cry.

This Year April Was…(review of April and the Coronavirus) – from The Washington Post

Pandemics that Changed History – from History.com


Statistics

2-May-20
Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)State of Ohio (as of 11am)
Independent Living Resident Cases0New Cases Since Yesterday592
Higher number attributed to increased testing
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident CasesTotal Cases19,335
          Residential Care Facility0
          Skilled Nursing Facility0Age Range all Cases<1-106
KaO Residents Total0Median Age of all Cases51
     KaO SCC Staff Cases0Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)3,712 or 19%
     KaO Other Staff Cases0Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs78
KaO Staff Total0Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Kendal at Oberlin Total0Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,066 or 6%
Lorain County (as of 2pm)Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed3,082 or 16%
New Cases Since Yesterday11Total Tested in Ohio145,021
Total Cases, age range 16-100478Total Deaths1,021 or 5%
Total Deaths, age ranges 50-69, 6 deaths; 70-79, 6 deaths; 80+,  22 deaths34Median Age of Deaths80

Contact Information


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