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COVID-19 Prevention: Community Updates Week of 5/31/2020

June 5, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

REMINDER: Update to Residents Goes to Weekdays-Only (Unless Urgent News)

Beginning this weekend, unless there is news of an urgent matter that needs to be shared with the Kendal at Oberlin Community, the nightly update will be distributed Monday-Friday only. Be assured, any critical information, including any change at all in our own Kendal at Oberlin COVID statistics, will be shared on weekends if there are any changes. This is one more step towards our New Normal. When it comes to paper, less is better!

Stephens Care Center Outdoor Visitation (Residential Care Facility Residents ONLY)

We acknowledge how difficult and hard this “shelter in place” has been for everyone, residents, spouses, families, and friends alike. Everyone in the Stephens Care Center and those close to them are anxious to find out when we will be able to make Outdoor Visitation available here at Kendal at Oberlin. We thank you for your patience as we continue to formulate our process for this. This is what we do know, per the Ohio Department of Health:

  • Nursing Home Resident Visits are still strictly prohibited by the State of Ohio.
  • Residential Care Facility Visitation will be outside ONLY.
  • All visitors will be required to be health-screened with a questionnaire and temperature check before each visit.
  • Visitors will need to sign-in and provide contact information.
  • The visitor and the resident being visited will both need to wear a face mask.
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet will need to be maintained throughout the visit.
  • Visits will need to be scheduled–this element will be finalized very early next week.

Kendal at Oberlin will be phasing-in this process; please watch for more detailed information on Monday for Outdoor Visitation of Residential Care Facility residents (RCF).

  • The week of June 8: exact date to be announced June 8, spouses and significant others living on the Kendal at Oberlin campus will be permitted to schedule a visit.
  • The week of June 15: Family living off-campus will be able to schedule a visit.
  • The week of June 22: Friends living in Independent Living will be able to schedule an outdoor visit with a Stephens Care Center resident.
  • The week of June 29: Friends outside of Kendal will be able to schedule an outdoor visit.

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

Ice Cream and Strawberries

ripe strawberriesToday’s Anti-Social Ice Cream Event was well attended.We distributed more than 180 pints of Toft’s ice cream and 88 quarts of Polter’s fresh strawberries. 

As you may recall, last night we shared that we did not know when the strawberries would be here. So, we did not originally plan on having them at this event until we had 160 quarts arrive at our dock this morning! The shelf life on freshly picked strawberries is very short, and we needed to get them out quickly. If you missed the strawberries this afternoon, do not despair. We saved some of them for grocery orders; simply write “fresh strawberries” on your Kendal grocery form and we will deliver some to you…while supplies last!

Social Distancing

Some of you may have experienced another resident showing a 6ft distance with a tape measure as they needed to wait for a package at the front desk. It may have come as a shock how many approached the area, perhaps on the way to get mail, or ice cream how many were well within 6 feet and not socially-distanced by 6 feet. We all can do better. Practice measuring out that 6 feet as you go about your day. Not looking too good at Kendal in hallways, corridors, even outside (covered walkways). Please work on this, all of us!

Kendal at Oberlin is inviting you to a Memorial Service for Mary Beth McCalla via Zoom and the Kendal KOTV Channel

Please note that Zoom has recently updated its application. “After May 30, 2020, all Zoom applications on older versions will receive a forced upgrade when trying to join meetings as GCM Encryption will be fully enabled across the Zoom platform.” If you are using an older version of the application, you should update it at least a few hours before joining the service. Here are instructions for the update.

Zoom Memorial Service for Mary Beth McCalla

Time: Saturday, Jun 6, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Join Zoom Meeting  No password is required. Or Dial  +1 646 558 8656 US, Meeting ID: 934 0796 4257

Reminder about TV Channels

 

 

Cable Box

No Cable Box*

 

1ST CH

WKAO

919

19-1  or  95-100

 

2ND CH

KOTV

920

19-2  or  95-101

 

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

Quick Updates

  • Master Planning Sprint Group meets next week virtually–more evidence we are beginning the journey of moving forward.
  • Finance – Ann O’Malley is working on projections for the remainder of 2020. This will be helpful for us to be able to use for scenario planning based on different assumptions.
  • Reaching Out a Helping Hand – As has been a necessity, occasionally residents have been quarantined based on circumstances. A shout-out of appreciation for those who have been asked to help by picking up and delivering their mail. Housekeeping staff in that zone are picking up the trash. If something gets overlooked, don’t hesitate to call the receptionist so she can get word to the right department. This has been a terrific period where generous hearts and hands have been evident. Thank you.
  • Resale Shop New Hours – Starting on MONDAY, the Resale Shop has revised its hours to be open 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm.
  • Kendal Early Learning Center to Reopen – KELC will reopen with shortened hours and days of operation beginning Tuesday, June 16. Children will be confined to the classroom and adjoining play yard. At this time we are not having grand-friend visits or exploring on campus. Parents are also required to do curbside drop-offs where a teacher will check the child’s temperature and walk the child into the building to the center.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday 8
Total Cases, age range 16-100 731
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 2; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 38 57
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 33

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday 476
Total Cases 37,758
Age Range all Cases <1-109
Median Age of all Cases 49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 6,385 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 73
Median Age of all Hospitalized 64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 1,632 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,636 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio 443,533
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths 2,355 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 1,073

June 4, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Harriet Tubman

Today’s Solidarity and Standing in Silence for 5 Minutes

people standing in silenceMost public gatherings remain suspended at Kendal at Oberlin. But today (June 4, 2020), approximately 125 residents and staff gathered six feet apart in a silent protest, standing quietly around the Heiser Circle for five minutes. More gathered near their workplaces. Some carried posters with phrases like “Racism Kills,” “Justice,” and “Black and White: ONE United States.” They joined Kendal affiliates across the system, standing together in peace related to our shared values. As an organization, Kendal at Oberlin supports peace and unity for all.

Coming Soon…

A major upgrade to the delivered meal program.  Please be aware that you will soon receive a copy of our new weekly order form.  If you have an email address in the directory, you will get the electronic version, all others will get the paper version. You will be able to make your meal selections from each of the Daily Serve Menus for that week.  More instructions will come to you with the order form.

Strawberry Season is STILL Coming to Kendal!

We were expecting the first batch of fresh strawberries from Polter’s Berry Farm to arrive tomorrow.  However, we learned late today that they will be slightly delayed and we should receive them next week.  This is in addition to Oberlin Food Hub. Details on that went out Thursday by email and in-house mailboxes.

Curbside Orders from Walmart

If you plan to request a pass (from Barbara or Stacy) to pick up your own curbside order from Walmart, then do NOT use your special ‘Kendal Name’ account to place that order. Either edit your ‘Full Name’ (in Account Settings), to your real first and last name, or use a separate Walmart.com account. 

If you are creating a separate account (to keep your ‘Kendal’ account handy), then you must use a different email address. Walmart’s system can’t create two accounts with the same email address. (It’s possible you may need to use a different credit card, but I’m not sure on that point.)

Thanks, and happy shopping!

Reminders

Anti-Social Ice Cream Event in the Langston on Friday 6/05 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm

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

calendar image - tax day reminder
Remember! Tax Day is July 15.

Zoom Discussion of ‘The Tempest’ with Phyllis Gorfain

Friday, June 5, 2020, 4:00pm EDT – Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 963 1849 0337, One tap mobile  +16465588656,,96318490337# US (New York)

TO VIEW THE TEMPEST, GO TO THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL WEBSITE AND CLICK ON ‘FILM FESTIVAL.’ THEN CLICK ON ‘THE TEMPEST’ AND WATCH AT YOUR LEISURE.

–a message from the LIFELONG LEARNING COMMITTEE 

Kendal Tennis Courts Open 

The courts are opening for singles play. Nets will be up by Friday and have been given the usual professional preparation. Thank you to Grounds for moving along the process.  Larry Porter, our long standing Tennis Coordinator has organized play to start on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8am-10am. The period is lengthened due to singles play, and more frequents rest periods.  If you have questions, just contact Larry. 

Bike Passes 

For anyone using bikes for exercise and now having a bike pass for more riding off campus, PLEASE stop your bike if you need to adjust or pull up a face mask. You could have an accident trying to do so while riding.  Stay safe; take the time and do it right.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday13
Total Cases, age range 16-100723
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3856
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)33

State of Ohio

New Cases Since Yesterday490
Total Cases37,282
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,312 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs61
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,623 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,555 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio434,608
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,339 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,073

June 3, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

Henry David Thoreau

Solidarity and Standing in Silence for 5 Minutes

Come at NOON on THURSDAY- Heiser Circle – Posters welcome on the path to Peace and Justice.

NEW GUIDELINES FOR LEAVING THE KENDAL CAMPUS

The New Normal Planning Committee who serves Administration in an advisory role was given the green light to release this document, signed off today by Administration. 

After 11-plus weeks of our highly successful, 0-case “hard closure,” the Kendal at Oberlin Administration, in consultation with the New Normal Planning Committee, has decided that the time has come to ease some of the restrictions that have been in place regarding how and when residents are permitted to leave our campus. These new guidelines will allow residents to take trips for a variety of purposes, as outlined here:

  • WALKING: New Russia Township has opened its park for limited activities. Kendal residents may now walk into the park, while continuing to observe the restrictions of wearing masks and staying six feet from any other person. Walking only; no stopping for conversations. No arrangements should be made to meet friends/family in the park. Residents are still not allowed to walk off-campus in any other direction, not south on Pleasant Street toward downtown Oberlin nor west onto Route 58.
  • DRIVING TO MEDICAL, DENTAL, OR VETERINARY APPOINTMENTS: Beginning Monday, June 8th, to receive a pass for a medical, dental, or veterinary appointment, submit a request by email that states time, date, purpose, and destination. The approval back via email is your pass which will simply stated “approver name and date.” Give 72 hours’ notice whenever possible. Kendal staff will no longer call the provider to determine the degree of safety being observed there; residents are expected to take these precautions themselves. All transportation requests will need to be called to Ed Harder by the resident directly. Any resident without access to email will be able to pick up a request from the front desk receptionist to complete. These will be returned to their mailbox after approved. While there, residents will wear a mask and stay six feet away from all other non-medical persons. Residents will agree to go only to the place of the appointment and to return directly home, with no other stops along the way.
  • TRIPS FOR OTHER PURPOSES: Residents with cars can now take them out for up to a two-hour drive to recharge batteries or just to enjoy a trip off-campus. They will agree to do nothing more than drive around without stopping anywhere for any reason and therefore not leaving their car. Residents can request a pass by email from Barbara Thomas or Stacy Terrell each time they would like to leave the campus. Please make these requests at least 24-48 hours in advance, since the level of emails to the Administration is extremely high. The response will serve as a pass that residents must show to the person at the entrance as they leave and return. Residents who have formed an official two-household bubble will be able to take this kind of trip together.
  • BUYING GAS: Residents who need to buy gas will agree to either wear disposable gloves or take a hand sanitizer that they will use both before they touch the gas pump handle and afterward. Again, residents will request a pass by email from Barbara Thomas or Stacy Terrell each time they need to go for gas with 24 hours’ notice if possible.
  • GROCERY PICK-UPS: To facilitate the ordering of groceries, residents may email Barbara Thomas or Stacy Terrell to request a two-hour pass for Curb-Side Grocery Pick-Up offered at Walmart and Target, two nearby stores. (Costco does not.) If you are aware of other grocery chains that do where you would like to shop, let us know so we can verify. Residents agree to go directly to the store, pick up the groceries, and return without making any other stops along the way. Orders from IGA and Walmart will still be delivered as before and only adjusted to be less if orders decrease. Be prepared to show your online curbside order and time for pick-up at the time of exit. 
  • CYCLING: Bicyclists will now be able to ride off-campus for limited periods of up to two hours daily. They will agree not to stop anywhere along the way. They will also agree to have a mask with them at all times, which they do not need to have over their face as they ride when no other people are around, but, using common sense, will put it on whenever another person is passing by. These bicyclists will email Barbara Thomas or Stacy Terrell to receive a “permanent” pass, good for multiple trips, which they will show at the main entrance as they leave on their bicycle and return.

New High in Independent Living Commitment Level

Thank you card with color swashMarketing/Admissions has hit a new HIGH! For the month of May we ended at a 99% commitment level. This is the highest level we have ever reached using the factor of 223 independent living spaces. In January of 2002, we also hit a 99% commitment level but that was using the factor of 192 accommodations – prior to Phases I, II, III. Our occupancy for the month of May was 96%! Thank you residents and staff, for we could not have accomplished this without all of your hard work, help, and support. It’s moments like these when we see the importance of community. With heartfelt thanks from the Marketing/Admissions Department

REMINDER! Anti-Social Ice Cream Event in the Langston

Friday, 6/05 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Please note the adjusted times. After reviewing the previous event, it was clear we can handle the number of interested residents more efficiently in a shorter time.

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

Strawberry Season is Coming to Kendal!

ripe strawberriesThe season is delayed this year due to the cold wet spring. As part of the New Normal Committee, we have a resident group working with the Oberlin Food Hub to bring locally grown strawberries to campus through an ordering system like the IGA grocery program. As another option to make the most of this short season, the Dining team is also working with our produce suppliers to source locally grown strawberries, too. 

New Normal Planning Advisory Committee Update

The New Normal Planning Advisory Committee comprised of Residents: Judi Bachrach, Joyce Benjamin, Carol Bojanowski, Nancy Lombardi, Charlotte McGowan, Gary Olin, Don Parker, Robert Taylor, and Staff: Rey Carrion, Director of Facility Services; Maggie Stark, Director of Marketing & Admissions; Stacy Terrell, CHSO, Shenell Hinton, Director of Clinical Services, Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Associate Administrator will be guests on Thursday’s ZOOM Exchange at 4pm (information below). They will share their work of bringing about the New Normal at Kendal and phases to keep Kendal safe:

Afternoon Exchange with Barbara and the New Normal Planning Committee

Thursday, June 4 at 4pm

Join Zoom Meeting – By Phone: 1-301-715-8592, Meeting ID: 936 0145 3149

Contact Tracing

As Ohio opens up and more and more residents leave campus for various medical appointments and other essential activities, there will be times when Kendal at Oberlin will be contacted because the COVID virus has been confirmed at a location where a resident(s) or staff member(s) has/have been. When that happens, you (resident or staff member) may be asked to “self-quarantine” pending further investigation of the spread of the virus. This did happen today with a handful of residents that had been to a common medical provider off campus where a potential for COVID spread was detected.

The risk is extremely low. Further testing is happening to determine what our next steps will be. When we are able and can clear residents under “self-quarantine”, we will let them know individually. Obviously, this is a privacy concern. Please do not ask your neighbors if they have been included in this proactive preventive measure. Rest assured that all appropriate measures are being taken and there is no cause for alarm. Again, despite the risk being extremely low, we are simply taking the most cautionary direction for everyone’s protection, and we will do the same in similar instances in the future.

More Zoom Events 

Please note that Zoom has recently updated its application. “After May 30, 2020, all Zoom applications on older versions will receive a forced upgrade when trying to join meetings as GCM Encryption will be fully enabled across the Zoom platform.” If you are using an older version of the application, you should update it at least a few hours before joining the service. Read here for instructions. 

Zoom Memorial Service for Mary Beth McCalla – Jun 6, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 934 0796 4257 No password is required. Or Dial +1 646 558 8656 US, Meeting ID: 934 0796 4257

Zoom Discussion of ‘The Tempest’ with Phyllis Gorfain, Friday, June 5, 2020, 4:00 PM EDT

Join Zoom Meeting – Meeting ID: 963 1849 0337 – One tap mobile +16465588656,,96318490337# US (New York)

TO VIEW THE TEMPEST, GO TO WWW.STRATFORDFESTIVAL.CA AND CLICK ON ‘FILM FESTIVAL.’ THEN CLICK ON ‘THE TEMPEST’ AND WATCH AT YOUR LEISURE.

–a message from the LIFELONG LEARNING COMMITTEE

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday12
Total Cases, age range 16-100710
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3856
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)33

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday442
Total Cases36,792
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,251 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs75
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,604 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,483 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio423,521
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,299 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)1,073

June 2, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing…You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”

Mahatma Ghandi

2 people holding a bannerWith Gratitude to All Our Hard-working Staff!

This banner will be placed at the Maple Street Entrance.

Nightly Update to Go to Weekdays Only – Unless Urgent News

Our nightly update provided to the community on Coronavirus, COVID-19 Calm Proactive Preparation has been crafted and distributed 7 days a week since March 16 with several weekday editions prior to that date. Beginning this weekend, unless there is news of an urgent matter that needs to be shared with the Kendal at Oberlin Community, the nightly update will be distributed Monday-Friday only. Be assured, any critical information, including any change at all in our own Kendal at Oberlin COVID statistics, will be shared on weekends if there are any changes. This is one more step towards our New Normal. When it comes to paper, less is better!

Personal Strategies for Navigating Changing Times

We received the link from KCorp on the presentation Judy Sorum Brown made last week to marketing prospects. The title of program is “Personal Strategies for Navigating Changing Times.” Many of you have asked for it. The blog written about it, includes links to several of the resources Judy mentions in the webinar.

Northwest Bank Plans Reopening

We have confirmed with Northwest Bank their reopening plan for the Kendal Bank Branch as follows:

  • Reopening date confirmed for Monday, June 22.
  • It will be “By Appointment Only” – please call 440-989-5033 to make an appointment or go online at northwest.com and schedule your appointment with Amanda Brown. 
  • The Bank will wipe down all surfaces between each and every appointment.
  • Hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 10am until 2pm.
  • A plexiglass divider between the Banker and the Resident will be installed prior to opening. COVID questions will be asked before each appointment and you will be asked to sign-in for your appointment.

New Normal Planning Advisory Committee Update

The New Normal Planning Advisory Committee comprised of Residents: Judi Bachrach, Joyce Benjamin, Carol Bojanowski, Nancy Lombardi, Charlotte McGowan, Gary Olin, Don Parker, and Staff: Rey Carrion, Director of Facility Services; Maggie Stark, Director of Marketing & Admissions; Stacy Terrell, Chief Health Services Officer; Barbara Thomas, CEO, Shenell Hinton, Director of Clinical Services, Greg Zehe, Director of Hospitality Services & Associate Administrator will be guests on Thursday’s ZOOM Exchange at 4pm (information below).

They will share their work on bringing about the New Normal at Kendal and Phases to Keep Kendal Safe:

  • musicians play outdoorsWhy a Phased Approach for Spaces and Places
  • A New Look at Auditorium Use
  • Musicians Gathering and Playing
  • Status on the Two-Household Bubble Program
  • Reopening of the Resale Shop on Friday, June 5
  • Reopening of the Pool and Fitness Centers on June 16
  • 4th of July Festivities
  • Ordering Local Fruits/Vegetables for Delivery to Kendal
  • Visitation Plans and More

Afternoon Exchange with Barbara and the New Normal Planning Committee

Thursday, June 4 at 4pm – Join Zoom Meeting, meeting ID: 936 0145 3149 – by phone: 1- 301-715-8592

Anti-Social Ice Cream Event at the Langston

Friday, 6/05 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm – Please note the adjusted times. After reviewing the previous event, it was clear we can handle the number of interested residents more efficiently in a shorter time.

Residents who are interested in purchasing Toft’s ice cream are invited to come to the Langston any time between 1:30pm-3:00pm. The pints are $2.25 each and we are asking residents to limit their purchases to 2 pints to ensure we have enough for everyone. There will be NSA (no sugar added) ice cream and frozen yogurt available, too. To make this a success, everyone will need to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

Helpful Information

People Are Aching for More Social Contact. Here’s How to Minimize the Risk, Consumer Reports

After months of isolation amid the pandemic, here are some expert tips to safely interact with people outside your household

For Older Adults, COVID-19 Sets Off a Pandemic of Despair, from Annals of Long Term Care, shared by Lal Arora

Our situation at Kendal has been difficult in many ways. Loneliness, sense of loss, and hopelessness are just some of the emotions many have experienced. Please remember, you are not alone if you are in despair. Please reach out if you are hurting in any way.

Help is available by calling Kendal RN Nurse Manager at 440-775-9800, Kim Peters in Social Services 440-776-5016, Kim Preston Social Services 440-775-9813 or

OHIO’S MENTAL HEALTH HELP LINE 1-800-273-TALK (8255) OR TEXT “4HOPE” TO 741 741

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

Independent Living Resident Cases   0
Stephens Care Center (SCC) Resident Cases
     Residential Care Facility
     Skilled Nursing Facility
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 6
Total Cases, age range 16-100 698
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 38 56
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 32

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday 366
Total Cases 36,350
Age Range all Cases <1-109
Median Age of all Cases 49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 6,176 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 64
Median Age of all Hospitalized 64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 1,583 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,398 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio 407,450
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths 2,258 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 877

June 1, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

A riot is the language of the unheard,” and

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?‘”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail

A fresh read in today’s troubled environment will recognize some progress made in nearly 57 years, but so much further to go…this letter is just as inspiring and motivating today. Many of our staff who have attended the Kendal and LeadingAge Leadership Academies know this letter is part of the curriculum studied and discussed under facilitator Judy S. Brown. 

Thoughts in Reflection of the Weekend Events Across the U.S.

–Ann O’Malley with Barbara Thomas, Toni Merleno, and Stacy Terrell

There was much discussion and feelings of sadness and unrest regarding the events across the U.S., including in Cleveland. It made us turn to our Values and Practices. How do we respond to the pain and suffering so evident in these events? We could focus on many of our Values but particularly, Supporting the Spirit of Inclusion – Kendal strives to create and support an environment for community members, board, staff and volunteers that is welcoming to all cultures, backgrounds, and differences – an environment that promotes mutual respect, acceptance, cooperation, and teamwork.

Ann O’Malley noted she had the opportunity to listen to Face the Nation where they interviewed one of her son’s college roommates who was with the Washington Post and has won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on Black Lives Matter – Wesley Lowery. One of his main points during the interview yesterday was “We aren’t listening as a nation and there hasn’t been real action taken in response to the numerous injustices that have played out across the nation.” He was not endorsing the violence but was acknowledging the pent-up frustration that has been felt through the demonstrations.

Our Quaker Roots focus on the following principles (SPLICES):

  • Simplicity;
  • Peace;
  • Love;
  • Integrity;
  • Community;
  • Equality;
  • Stewardship & Sustainability

Also noteworthy, the principle of peace opposes violence in all its forms—physical, emotional, or verbal. The peaceful “passive” protests this racial injustice warranted have turned radically destructive, creating more injustice as small business owners and people have been injured and destroyed. Will history remember the horrible crime that sparked the protests or the mindless violence it created? Will leaders blame the violence on this pandemic and its disruption as the cause of rising anger and frustration or the cancerous growth of bias against Black Americans?

As we acknowledge this latest crisis, it is equally important we acknowledge ALL the many prejudicial (racially, religious, sexual, cultural, etc.) targeted murders, filmed or not. So many didn’t get the notoriety of something caught on film and were ignored. Many are still feeling fear and hurt from the synagogue and church murders in the last years. 

May our troubled nation and our community resolve to listen intently and be resolved to action that digs deep to create systemic remedies to the injustices and prejudices that plague our land. What will each one of us do individually and collectively, is the question.

Kendal Quaker Meeting on Sunday

Judi Bachrach wrote to say there were a couple of messages about broken trust in the Quaker meeting yesterday. Not only was it applicable to the protests raging in our country, but it is applicable to the concerns we have in our own community. I thought the following two paragraphs by Dennis Jaffe to be helpful considering our roles at Kendal. Listening carefully and responding as promptly as we have been doing certainly goes a long way to maintaining trust as we move forward in the New Normal. In case you are in a hurry, she offered italics if you can’t read it all. Judi B.

Trust is hard to define, but we do know when it’s lost. When that happens, we withdraw our energy and level of engagement. We go on an internal strike, not wanting to be sympathetic to the person who we feel has hurt us or treated us wrongly. We may not show it outwardly, but we are less likely to tell the formerly trusted person that we are upset, to share what is important to us or to follow through on commitments. As a result, we pull back from that person and no longer feel part of their world. This loss of trust can be obvious or somewhat hidden — especially if we pretend to be present but inwardly disengage. And those who have done something to lose our trust may not even know it.

On the positive side, trust makes people feel eager to be part of a relationship or group, with a shared purpose and a willingness to depend on each other. When trust is intact, we will willingly contribute what is needed, not just by offering our presence, but also by sharing our dedication, talent, energy and honest thoughts on how the relationship or group is working. 

Follow Up from Saturday’s Update

On Saturday, it was reported that a Kendalite had been witnessed without a mask in the New Russia Township Park while in close proximity to a masked townsperson and taking a selfie. The resident who was observed wrote promptly upon seeing the news update and immediately “owned” the situation, and expressed an apology about their misjudgement. The resident provided more details about the encounter, including having worn a mask for the walk although it was initially misplaced in their pocket. The resident agreed on the need for everyone to continue to be extremely vigilant in maintaining protocols at all times. The lesson learned is for everyone: we cannot let our guard down, even if only for a moment.

ZOOM Gatherings

Afternoon Exchange with Barbara and the New Normal Planning Committee, Thursday at 4pm

June 4 at 4pm – Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 936 0145 3149. By Phone: 1-301-715-8592  

Memorial Service via Zoom for Mary Beth McCalla, Saturday at 4pm

You are invited to join a scheduled Zoom meeting for the Memorial Service for Mary Beth McCalla.
Topic: Virtual Memorial Service for Mary Beth McCalla – Time: Jun 6, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). ZOOM link will be posted in the Tuesday and Friday News Update. (This link will be a Zoom meeting set up by Joyce Benjamin since the Friends Zoom has a limit of 100 persons.)

Deliveries by Instacart, Costco

As a reminder, our campus is not set up for deliveries by stores that use Instacart or direct service by Costco. Again, please make your purchases that can be delivered by way of US Mail, UPS, and Fed Ex who are cleared to make daily deliveries using protocols set up with Kendal. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

COVID Testing

We continue to learn from Kendal affiliates of their experiences having the National Guard assist with campus testing of staff and residents in the nursing home. Kendal Crosslands has completed their testing as has Kendal at Ithaca and Collington. As they begin testing (and prioritizing) for Ohio’s nursing homes, we hope to find out where Kendal at Oberlin will fit into the picture. Upon learning that Kendal at Granville has volunteered to be a site, we will explore the same in Lorain County. The testing scope for Granville is their health center residents and staff, both clinical and ancillary.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday10
Total Cases, age range 16-100692
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3856
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)32

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday471
Total Cases35,984
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6,112 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs63
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,569 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,343 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio398,066
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,206 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)877

May 31, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

What I do is based on powers we all have inside us; the ability to endure; the ability to love, to carry on, to make the best of what we have — and you don’t have to be a ‘Superman’ to do it.

Christopher Reeve, Actor – “Superman”

Courtyard Garden

It was perfect weather this weekend for IL residents to see the progress being made by David Benzing. After seeing the transformation, Nancy MacRae wanted to share a proverb that was printed on Earth Day in the calendar “Gardening with the Old Farmer’s Almanac”:

“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.”

Indira Palekar

Kendal’s Psychologist sent this along, from beliefnet.com

If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap; for a day – go fishing (some activity); for a month – get married (!); for a year – inherit a fortune; for a lifetime – help others.

For our purpose, if you want to be joyous forever, “Know Thyself.”

Daily Gratitude Practice:

  1. Gratitude to all the natural forces – sun, moon, water, fire, soil, etc. – for providing sustenance and nurturance
  2. Gratitude to all of creation (trees, rocks, animals, etc.) and all creatures big and small – earthworms, bees, birds, etc.
  3. Gratitude to thousands/millions of human brothers and sisters – who make it possible for us to live and function
  4. Gratitude to our foremothers and forefathers – our lineage without whom we would not be here today
  5. Gratitude to all our teachers, our knowledge-givers and teachers of skills – in all walks of life (from birth to today and into the future).

Thank you. And Praying for peace.  Indira

Car Batteries

From the beginning of our quarantine, there has been periodic advice on the best ways to address your cars, especially the batteries used in hybrids. Despite the best efforts and advice from the pro’s, the last week or so it’s been clear that success has been mixed. As outside medical appointments have picked up, a couple residents had outside AAA authorized businesses this past week unable to address their battery problems. We have allowed a few residents to take their car for a short purposeful “exercise” with the battery, returning in much improved condition. If you have such a concern and would want such a pass for just this purpose (or gas), we can offer such a pass for this short kind of trip out. Two months is a long time for any battery to be tested, no matter how new a car battery is.

Reminders for All of Us (Residents and Staff Alike)

  • It is imperative that all staff members and residents protect themselves and those they share their home with AT ALL TIMES in order to protect the Kendal at Oberlin community.
  • The coronvavirus, COVID-19, is still out in the community. There is confirmed community spread in Oberlin and Lorain County.
  • It is very easy for each and every one of us, since we have been COVID-19-free, to let down our guard and not consider the COVID-19 virus to be the real threat it remains. It is too easy for us to have a false sense of security
  • COVID-19 can have deadly effects. In Lorain County there have been 56 deaths attributed to COVID-19; 49 of those deaths were individuals age 70 and over, and 32 of those deaths–over half–have taken place in Long Term Care Communities.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.

Simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Coronavirus warning symbol
    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, using the bathroom, and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Staff members–Stay home when you are sick. 

Avoid close contact

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.

  • staff members wearing face masksYou could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Wear a cloth face cover whenever you go out in public. (We do have residents by necessity going out in public.)
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.

Monitor Your Health

  • Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Take your temperature.
    • Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature like acetaminophen.

Report Any Signs or Symptoms Immediately to:

  • Residents report symptoms immediately to Julie Carpenter, RN in the Health and Wellness Clinic at 440-775-9807 during business hours or the RN Nurse Manager at all other times at 440-775-9800.
  • Staff Members report symptoms immediately to the RN Nurse Manager at 440-775-9800.

Sunday Pandemic Humor

–Psychology Today

Part 2:  …in the spirit of amusing and immune-ing ourselves…

  • I just tried to make my own hand sanitizer and it came out as a rum and coke.
  • How long is this social distancing supposed to last? My husband keeps trying to get into the house.
  • The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract COVID-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. Just to be clear, WHO let the dogs out.
  • In an unsettling reversal of my teenage years, I’m now yelling at my parents for going out. 
  • I went to the chemist today and asked the assistant, “What kills the coronavirus?” She replied, “Ammonia Cleaner.” I said, “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you worked here.”
  • Let’s not forget that Rapunzel was quarantined and met her future husband, so let’s think positively here.

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday4
Total Cases, age range 16-100682
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 11, 80+ • 3856
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)32

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday479
Total Cases35,513
Age Range all Cases<1-109
Median Age of all Cases49
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)6049 or 17%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs38
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,556 or 4%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 5,298 or 15%
Total Tested in Ohio388,468
Median Age of Deaths 81
Total Deaths  2,155 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday)877

Contact Information


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