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COVID-19 Prevention: Community Updates Week of 5/10/2020

May 16, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.

Maya Angelou

“New Normal” Planning Advisory Committee

The committee representatives have now met three times and have worked hard to have a listening ear for all residents while also keeping up with a great deal of reading on COVID-19. They are taking very seriously the needs of this campus while keeping uppermost the science of COVID. Today, we are providing Part One of a two-part report, the outcome of a brainstorming session held today. The group is exploring how we are moving forward in the most responsible way possible to proceed with the new normal way of re-opening, “The Kendal Way”. The many items listed on Friday will be reprinted here again following a listing of new areas being explored by the “New Normal” Planning Committee.

couple walking in 4th July parade

The items below are now viewed as priority areas of evaluation with an assigned leader from the committee. They will work with others from the community (staff and or residents) to bring thoughtful evaluation for implementation and to report back recommendations to the Committee.

  • An Illumination Night Kendal-Style, Nancy Lombardi;
  • Sourcing Local Fruit/Vegetables for residents (i.e. Grobe’s), Don Parker and Greg Zehe;
  • Fourth of July Celebration at Heiser Circle, Robert Taylor;
  • Added Outdoor Seating Spaces, Rey Carrion;
  • Expanding on Auditorium Options using new Cameras, Joyce Benjamin;
  • “Air Scrubber” for Sanitizing Internal Ventilation, Rey Carrion;
  • Anti-Social Ice Cream Social, Greg Zehe;
  • Reopening of the Resale Shop, Maggie Stark;
  • Pools and Fitness Center Use with New Necessary Restrictions, Carol Bojanowski;
  • Reopening Kendal Hair Salon, Nancy Lombardi;
  • Evaluating the “Bubble” Concept (expanding solo households by 1), Mary Behm;
  • Security of all External Community Building Doors using Key Fobs, Rey Carrion

One of the important discussions of the committee was recognizing that expanding campus options and privileges also brings added responsibility and discipline. There must be intentional efforts to use masks, social distancing and in general to be even more careful. If not successful, it likely will bring unintended outcomes necessitating us to pull back these much-needed added opportunities. Can we as a community, each one of us hold true to these responsibilities? That’s what is being asked of us.

REPEATING Part I — What Has Been Happening since the Pandemic Started:

Emphasis on communication using tools such as redesigned bulletin boards, Zooming sessions, TV Slides etc.; Kendal Library features to enjoy; Oberlin Public Library books coming to Kendal; unlimited walking on campus using social distancing and masks; unlimited biking and running; pizza parties; delivered nutritious mid-day meals with special needs still met; dining on your patio; groups meeting outside with social distancing and masks; Eureka publication at the printer and soon to be delivered; assistance for new residents to hang art; art exhibits remain on display; multiple medical specialists now scheduled on campus; medical passes granted as needed; groceries’ availability by on-site and off-site systems; newly added TV channels including one dedicated to the Stephens Care Center; package delivery by resident volunteers; newspaper delivery by resident volunteers; neighborhood traditions developing by meeting outdoors regularly; Zoom happy hour; Quaker meeting by Zoom; specialty shopping such as Johnny’s and Drug Mart; landscape help arranged for personal gardening; personal assistance with technology by request; e-Cards developed for SCC residents; Essential drop-offs at main entrance with authorization; driving on campus for battery charging; song swaps via Zoom; craft room and wood shop spaces used with social distancing practices; flower arranging in Heiser by volunteers; puzzles in Heiser; piano and yodeling practice in Heiser; small art groups meeting outside; plants ordered and delivered for summer gardens; gas offered at cost for emergency need; language tables meeting by Zoom; luminaria; weekly Zoom Exchanges with Barbara and guests; art therapy sessions for solo residents; Zooming with psychologist Indira Palekar; and video exercises both scheduled and on demand by fitness staff; Night watching for celestial viewing using apps, I.e. space weather; Essential Car services with pick up arrangements; education signage for social distancing; Kendalight; WKAO; continuation of New Neighbors by Zoom; Oberlin market shopping; telehealth promoted and funded; on-site PT; ability to conduct business with city by Zoom; pipeline for marketing still active and connecting; participation in outside organizations by Zoom; access to museums and other cultural online events for free; people can access church services; book clubs by Zoom; IT assistance with volunteers or staff socially distanced; priority work orders of all sorts; fishing at ponds; security at entrance to assure quarantine safety 24/7; ATM banking available with deposits; opting in or out of housekeeping and meal services; quiet room accessible for SCC; new website for Kendal to be explored by all; two new negative pressure rooms for a COVID wing; daily report to keep up communication; maintained all staff with no layoffs; Heiser rooms can be reserved for private time; essential veterinarian visit; nail trimming for cats; pet procedures at vets as authorized.

This itemized list (easier to read) is posted on the Heiser bulletin board.

Members: Judi Bachrach, 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

Next Week’s Exercise Videos on WKAO:

  • Monday, May 18       Chair with Saun
  • Wednesday, May 20   Balance with Saun
  • Friday, May 22       Yoga with Danna

Marketing Update

The Marketing Team is discussing innovative ways we can engage prospects. We are working on a series of “coffee hours” via Zoom to familiarize people with Kendal, with staff, and with the town of Oberlin. More to come…

Resident Landscape Assistance: 15 Residents Have Signed Up So Far!

As shared on May 13, Kendal has approved Paul Ardo to be on campus to perform landscape clean-ups. Paul has been doing landscape work for several residents on campus over the years and is highly recommended. He will have a flat fee of $23.00 an hour for this work.

There will be request forms at the Heiser Front Desk that you can fill out and return to Facility Services to request landscape work. This work must be kept simple like weeding, mulching and bed maintenance. A completed form is required for each landscape job requested. If you would like weeding throughout the season, please submit one as needed. Kendal will put this service on your monthly bill–do not pay Paul directly. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact Ryan Stalzkowski at 440-775-9869 or Kara Phillips in Facility Services, 440-775-9899.  

Good Reads

Summer Weather Could Help Fight Coronavirus Spread but Won’t Halt the Pandemic, National Public Radio

New research has bolstered the hypothesis that summer’s heat, humidity, abundant sunshine and opportunities for people to get outside should combine to inhibit—though certainly not halt—the spread of the coronavirus.

Five USS Roosevelt Sailors Test Positive For COVID-19, Again -The Washington Post

The U.S. Navy says five sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt who had apparently recovered from the coronavirus have tested positive for a second time after initially receiving negative test results.

More about Car Batteries: Thanks to Joe Colucci


Mother goose with goslings

Mother and goslings on Center Pond 2020,

Photo by Rebecca Cardozo


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 Yesterday2
Total Cases, age range 16-100592
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 3451
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings updated weekly on Wednesdays27

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday520
Total Cases27,474
Age Range all Cases<1-108
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,870 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs79
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,300 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,217 or 16%*
Total Tested in Ohio24,4577*
Median Age of Deaths 80
Total Deaths  1,610 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings updated weekly on Wednesdays674
Not updated today at ODH’s website at press time

May 15, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi

Ice Orchids for Every Staff

orchid plants

Green Circle Growers in Oberlin made a gift to every staff member today in the most beautiful colors of orchids. You may have read about their gifting hospitals across the country who were in COVID hot zones. The news reported the value of the flowers at over half a million dollars!

“New Normal” Planning Advisory Committee

The committee representatives have now met three times and have worked hard to have a listening ear for all residents while also keeping up with a great deal of reading on COVID-19. They are taking very seriously the needs of this campus while keeping uppermost the science of COVID. Today, we are providing Part One of a two-part report, the outcome of a brainstorming session held today. The group is exploring how we are moving forward in the most responsible way possible to proceed with the new normal way of re-opening, “The Kendal Way.”

Our first discussion focused on what has developed over the past nine weeks or so keeping residents going. There is MUCH GOING ON! Also explored were many things that are starting to be developed or planned but are not yet fully detailed to be operational. For today’s bulletin, here is a summary of the many things we identified that are currently happening, even under a difficult pandemic quarantine. These are not in any particular order and likely you can think of others to add:

Emphasis on communication using tools such as redesigned bulletin boards, Zooming sessions, TV Slides etc.; Kendal Library features to enjoy; Oberlin Public Library books coming to Kendal; unlimited walking on campus using social distancing and masks; unlimited biking and running; pizza parties; delivered nutritious mid-day meals with special needs still met; dining on your patio; groups meeting outside with social distancing and masks; Eureka publication at the printer and soon to be delivered; assistance for new residents to hang art; art exhibits remain on display; multiple medical specialists now scheduled on campus; medical passes granted as needed; groceries’ availability by on-site and off-site systems; newly added TV channels including one dedicated to the Stephens Care Center; package delivery by resident volunteers; newspaper delivery by resident volunteers; neighborhood traditions developing by meeting outdoors regularly; Zoom happy hour; Quaker meeting by zoom; specialty shopping such as Johnny’s and Drug Mart; landscape help arranged for personal gardening; personal assistance with technology by request; e-Cards developed for SCC residents; Essential drop-offs at main entrance with authorization; driving on campus for battery charging; song swaps via Zoom; craft room and wood shop spaces used with social distancing practices; flower arranging in Heiser by volunteers; puzzles in Heiser; piano and yodeling practice in Heiser; small art groups meeting outside; plants ordered and delivered for summer gardens; gas offered at cost for emergency need; language tables meeting by Zoom; luminaria; weekly Zoom Exchanges with Barbara and guests; art therapy sessions for solo residents; Zooming with psychologist Indira Palekar; and video exercises both scheduled and on demand by fitness staff; Night watching for celestial viewing using apps, I.e. space weather; Essential Car services with pick up arrangements; education signage for social distancing; Kendalight; WKAO; continuation of New Neighbors by Zoom; Oberlin market shopping; telehealth promoted and funded; on-site PT; ability to conduct business with city by Zoom; pipeline for marketing still active and connecting; participation in outside organizations by Zoom; access to museums and other cultural online events for free; people can access church services; book clubs by Zoom; IT assistance with volunteers or staff socially distanced; priority work orders of all sorts; fishing at ponds; security at entrance to assure quarantine safety 24/7; ATM banking available with deposits; opting in or out of housekeeping and meal services; quiet room accessible for SCC; new website for Kendal to be explored by all; two new negative pressure rooms for a COVID wing; daily report to keep up communication; maintained all staff with no layoffs; Heiser rooms can be reserved for private time; essential veterinarian visit; nail trimming for cats; pet procedures at vets as authorized. 

Tomorrow, the bulletin will share Part Two with a listing of items now under development with an assigned leader to bring engagement from others on campus. Stay tuned.

Members: Judi Bachrach, 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

Girls Scout Cookies

Is your mouth watering for your favorite Girl Scout cookie such as Peanut Butter Tagalongs or Thin Mints? Ann Francis has located a local troop with an Early Learning Center “graduate”. Look forward for more details how you can place an order soon. This is all part of bringing good things in and keeping COVID out!

Would You Like More Veggies?

If you would like to swap an item for vegetables in your daily delivered meal, please call Stephanie Sutton around 8am Monday-Friday at 440-775-9805 and she will pass on your request to Scott Stonestreet and Andrew Miller. We are trying to accommodate what we can during this time of preparing and delivering daily meals for all. Remember to share your suggestions and concerns by emailing Greg Zehe or call him at 440-775-9806.

Grounds Team at Work

cutting down a tree

Arborist Rachel Duncan directed the Grounds team to take a tree down whose fungus is harming many of our campus evergreens. What a delight to watch this crew go about their work teaming up and benefitting from Rachel’s skills and knowledge.

Good Reads

Since we have heard this is happening on campus, here are The Six Do’s and Don’ts of Zoom Happy Hours – Lonely Americans who had never heard of Zoom before the country got into social distancing two months ago—let alone held a Zoom business meeting—are navigating the video conferencing platform, drink in hand.

Missouri Penguins Enjoy ‘Morning Of Fine Art’ At Local Museum, –National Public Radio

First, a group of the flightless birds were recently allowed to roam around the halls of Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium — a through-the-looking-glass moment if there ever was one. Now, penguins visited a museum for a “morning of fine art and culture.” The outing was arranged by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, and the Kansas City Zoo.

Quick Updates

  • Geese – “Goose harassing,” as permitted by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, has resumed. The Grounds team will use multiple strategies as methods of managing the goose population on campus.
  • Virtual Tour –The Marketing and Admissions Department is creating a virtual tour of a one-bedroom apartment…the pandemic is bringing lots of new and creative processes to all departments.

In Loving Memory

Red roseMary Beth McCalla – May 15, 2020

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
KaO Staff Total 0
Kendal at Oberlin Total 0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday 9
Total Cases, age range 16-100 590
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 34 51
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wednesday) 27

State of Ohio (as of 11PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday 597
Total Cases 26,954
Age Range all Cases <1-108
Median Age of all Cases 50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative) 4,791 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs 73
Median Age of all Hospitalized 64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative) 1,277 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,217 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio 244,577
Median Age of Deaths 80
Total Deaths 1,581 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings (updated every Wedsnesday) 674

May 14, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Governor Announces the Reopening of Fitness Centers and Public Pools

Governor Mike DeWine announced today that Gymnasiums, Fitness Centers, and Pools may reopen on May 26, following specific State requirements. This is welcome news!  Stay tuned as plans are made for the safe use of these spaces.

Off-Campus Medical Appointments: 72-Hour Advance Notice Needed

In order to facilitate requests for off-campus medical appointments, please provide a 72-hour advance notice to afford the time to process the request. As shared previously, we are contacting requested destination providers to ensure appropriate infection control protocols are being followed for the safety of each resident and the entire campus. This is labor-intensive for each request! We are receiving a number of last-minute requests. Thank you in advance for providing at minimum, a 72-hour advance notice for off-campus medical appointment requests. 

We will again reiterate, as shared earlier this week…

We have heard that some residents may be cancelling or postponing necessary medical appointments with physicians and specialists off campus. When the appointment can be done remotely through telehealth, we can provide guidance; however, if it must be done in person, we want to ensure you get the necessary care.  Cancelling necessary medical appointments or diagnostic testing may put a resident at medical risk.  Please, if you do have a necessary medical appointment or diagnostic testing as a follow-up or out of a medical concern, do not postpone it or cancel it. Reach out to Shenell Hinton or Julie Carpenter 440-775-9807 for a medical leave pass, at least 72 hours in advance of your appointment. We do not want anyone to hesitate getting necessary medical care.

CORRECTION on Dental Services Return to Kendal

tooth and toothbrush cartoon

Bruce Weitz, DDS, will be returning soon to Kendal. He will be following up first with any residents who had canceled appointments at the beginning of the pandemic. To schedule a time to see Bruce Weitz, DDS, please call Patty Johnson, Medical Secretary, at 440-775-9800.

Good Reads

Amid the Coronavirus Crisis: A Regimen for Reentry – This community loved reading Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Resident Kari Inglis shared a just-published article from Atul Gawande that you will want to read. Five pillars support the New Normal: Distance; Hygiene, Masking, Screening, and Culture. As we take steps to open up here on this campus, they all apply.

The Last Coronavirus Taboo – The Interpreter, NYTimes – Robert Taylor reflected on his read of this article: “If you’ve felt isolated up to now- here is what a REAL quarantine looks like.”

In South Korea And China, Loosening Restrictions Brings Coronavirus Resurgence, –National Public Radio – For months South Korea has been praised as a model and a beacon of hope for the world in its desperate fight to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Despite reporting its first confirmed case the same day as the U.S., the country has reported less than 300 deaths linked to COVID-19 — and since its peak in February, South Korea’s intensive response had reduced its tally of new cases to a trickle. In recent days, though, that hope and reassurance have given way to alarm.

The Airborne Lifetime of Small Speech Droplets and their Potential Importance in SARS-CoV-2 Transmission, –The National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America – The droplets from simply talking can be enough to spread the coronavirus, researchers say.

By using lasers, scientists found that one minute of talking loudly can produce more than 1,000 virus-containing droplets that could linger in the air for more than eight minutes.

This is an appropriate time to remind you if you have ducked into a Kendal meeting room to visit with a friend, please do use social distancing of 6 feet or more and wear a mask our room ventilation of circulating air puts you at risk.

Quick Updates

  • Lorenzo’s Pizza – There are a few tweaks for the May Lorenzo Pizza Party. All orders will be delivered over two (2) days, May 27 and 28, but order slips must be submitted by May 20 for their planning. They are adding an option for you to consider a frozen Margherita or Pepperoni Pizza for $8.00. This is a pizza soon to be marketed in area stores. Directions for cooking are on the packaging. Based on Anne Helm’s suggestion, you may also choose to add to your order as many frozen pizzas ($8) you’d like that will be donated to Oberlin Community Services for their families. Executive Director Margie Flood was delighted to hear of this planning. Wouldn’t it be great to come up with 100 donated pizzas? Order slips will be available Friday on the Heiser table. Billing for pizzas will once again go on your monthly bill.
  • Outdoor Seating – Kendal is working on acquiring more outdoor seating and determining the best locations to allow for informal small groups to converse in socially-distanced ways. Thank you for your suggestions of where to locate the seating.  Outdoors is the BEST way for non-related parties to visit, not in small home spaces where spacing is difficult and droplets can easily transfer by conversation, laughing, sneezing and coughing. Stay safe.

For Your Calendar

  • Zoom Exchange for Thursday, May 21, 4pmMaggie Stark and Terry Kovach (Marketing Planning & New Web Page)

Join Meeting URL – Telephone # 646-558-8656  Meeting ID: 936 0145 3149

  • Psychologist Indira Palekar – continues to get rave reviews for her weekly Zoom sessions. Her sessions will now be under Kendal’s Zoom Enterprise license and will be taped. At her request she needs to move her timeframe to 11:00am on Monday’s. More information to come.

Today’s Statistics

New statistics have been added indicating the number of Long Term Care facility deaths for Lorain County and the State of Ohio. These are updated weekly by the Ohio Department of Health and highlight the vulnerability of older adults to the COVID-19 virus. These have been added not for fear, but for empowerment and a reminder for all residents and all staff members to remain extremely vigilant in keeping Kendal at Oberlin, our community, safe.

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday7
Total Cases, age range 16-100581
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 3350
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings updated weekly on Wednesdays27

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday
(Higher number attributed to increased testing.)
636
Total Cases26,357
Age Range all Cases<1-108
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,718 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs100
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,268 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,121 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio231,795
Median Age of Deaths 80
Total Deaths  1,534 or 6%
Total Deaths in Long Term Care Settings, updated weekly on Wednesdays674

May 13, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

I like to think of life as an adventure, like a roller coaster. It helps with the ups and downs.”


comedian Eddie Izzard

Exercise Video Was Late Today

Due to an unplanned Windows Update, the exercise video with Saun did not play at 4pm. The video played after the Windows Update was complete, about 30 minutes late. We apologize for this inconvenience.


Ice Cream Anti-Social

many scoops of ice cream

Plans are underway for a Kendal at Oberlin Ice Cream Anti-Social and will be announced soon! Yummy ice cream enjoyed in a “socially-distanced” way.


Dental Services Return to Kendal

Bruce Weitz, DDS, will be returning soon to Kendal. He will be following up first with any residents who had canceled appointments at the beginning of the pandemic. To schedule a time to see Bruce Weitz, DDS, please call Natasha Miller, Health and Wellness Clinic Receptionist, at 440-775-9819.


Resident Landscape Assistance

We have had several requests on how residents can have their personal landscapes maintained with the campus not accessible. Since many residents have formerly used an outside party to do their gardening work at the start of the season, Kendal has arranged to use Paul Ardo under Kendal’s oversight for landscape clean-ups. He will follow all the same screening requirements as other vendors. Paul has been doing landscape work for a fairly large number of residents on campus over the years and is highly recommended. He will have a flat fee of $23.00 an hour for this work. We are pleased to be able to offer you this program.

Under Kendal’s oversight and planning, you may request services by first completing a form on the Heiser Round Table. Return to Facility Services. Requests for work must be kept simple like weeding, mulching, and bed maintenance. Facility Services will then schedule this work with Paul. You will need to complete a form for each landscape job requested. If you would like weeding throughout the season, please submit one as needed. Kendal will put this service on your monthly bill. NO payment under any circumstance is to be made directly to Paul. Paul will maintain a log for the time spent on each job and any needed materials. Kendal will confirm his work when completed. Kendal will also provide bulk materials as needed like mulch or soil which will be billed to each resident directly.

wheelbarrow - pitchfork - mulch

Under Kendal’s oversight and planning, you may request services by first completing a form on the Heiser Round Table. Return to Facility Services. Requests for work must be kept simple like weeding, mulching, and bed maintenance. Facility Services will then schedule this work with Paul. You will need to complete a form for each landscape job requested. If you would like weeding throughout the season, please submit one as needed. Kendal will put this service on your monthly bill. NO payment under any circumstance is to be made directly to Paul. Paul will maintain a log for the time spent on each job and any needed materials. Kendal will confirm his work when completed. Kendal will also provide bulk materials as needed like mulch or soil which will be billed to each resident directly.

If you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact Ryan Stalzkowski at 440-775-9869, or Kara Phillips or Facility Services at 775-9899.


Good Read

Doctors Express Glimmers of Hope as they Try Out New Approaches Against Coronavirus, –The Washington Post


Community Engagement for Musicians

Louise Zeitlin invites you to the final presentation of her class on Thursday from 4:30-6:00pm on Zoom.  HERE is a link to the Zoom presentation


Quick Updates

  • Master Planning – Staff members are beginning to think about and consider how we undertake next steps of Master Planning for the campus post-pandemic, realizing what we will plan now will be reflective of a post-pandemic world. This will continue to engage residents for input and naturally go to the Board for approval.
  • Negative Airflow Room – We now have two negative airflow rooms in the Stephens Care Center in addition to three other isolation rooms. These rooms are prepared and ready should there be a COVID case in the SCC.
  • Marketing News – Marketing has contracted cottage #135 and will be hosting another Zoom Admissions Interview meeting tomorrow and Friday. Great job Marketing Team!
  • Lorenzo’s Pizza- There are a few tweaks for the May Lorenzo Pizza Party. All orders will be delivered over two (2) days, May 27 and 28, but order slips must be submitted by May 20 for their planning. They are adding an option of a frozen Margherita or Pepperoni Pizza for $8.00. This is a pizza that will soon be marketed in area stores. Directions for cooking are part of the packaging. Based on the suggestion of Anne Helm, you may choose to order as many of the frozen pizzas (($8) that you’d like that will be donated to Oberlin Community Services for their families. Executive Director Margie Flood was delighted to hear of this planning. Wouldn’t it be great to come up with 100 donated pizzas? Order slips will be available on Friday on the Heiser table. Billing for your orders will once again go on your monthly bill.
  • Trash Rooms – Arrangements are underway to put sanitizer in each trash room. We did discover that only about 40% of the bins were filled. Likely, residents who were unwilling to lift the trash lid just put their food contains on top of the lid and others followed, even leaving them on the floor, assuming the container was full. The lids will remain UP from now on to allow you to dump your trash. Pickup will continue to be each evening.
  • Perimeter Walkway – There are a couple of new signs up today reminding perimeter walkers to keep 6 feet of distance with the 6 feet measured out with nice white paint.

walkway sign 6 ft apart

Pandemic Humor shared by Mack Peel

  • Ontario has banned groups larger than 5. If you’re a family of 6, you’re about to find out who’s the least favorite!
  • The longer this goes on, the harder it will be to return to a society where pants and bras are required.
  • Happy Hour is starting earlier and earlier. If this keeps up, I’ll be pouring wine in my cereal!
  • 30 days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have 31…except March which had 8,000.

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 Yesterday8
Total Cases, age range 16-100574
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 3047

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday
(Higher number attributed to increased testing.)
471
Total Cases25,721
Age Range all Cases<1-108
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,618 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs79
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,248 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 4,029 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio224,378
Total Deaths1,483 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths80

May 12, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future.”

Virgil.

Dining News

Soup

Soup of the Day

During this extraordinary time, we have had occasional comments and complaints about our soups being “different”. This is true. We wanted the daily soups to meet the nutritional preferences for as many residents as possible.  To accomplish this we changed the recipes so each soup is Low-Sodium, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free. This does result in a soup that may benefit from some of your own creative seasoning or added ingredients!

Hospitality Services is offering residents several options for meal plans:

We want to remind everyone the current meal plan opt-out period ends Friday, 5/15.  There is a change effective with this two-week period.  If you wish to continue on the plan you have already selected, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO ANYTHING.  If you have decided to opt-out from the meal delivery service, please sign up on the list by the mailboxes. There is also a list there to opt-in for the two-meal-a-day plan for an additional charge of $61.50 for each additional two-week period. 

Remember: If you do not sign up for these, you will automatically be included in the daily meal delivery program. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Stephanie Sutton, 775-9805.

Good Reads

How a Spanish Doctor Joined the Race for a COVID-19 Treatment, –The World Health Organization

How US Olympians Are Training at Home, –The Washington Post

The Garden has Lessons for Us in this Quarantine, if We are Willing to Stop and Listen, –The Washington Post

Quick Updates

  • Employee Benefit Time – Human Resources is drafting policies related to staff benefit time that aim to clarify the seriousness of the pandemic and offer possible options to assure protection of our campus and staff members for any time away from Kendal.
  • Perimeter Walkway Signs – 6 Feet Social Distancing Signs are being installed along the perimeter walkway, 6 feet distance lines will be painted on specific sections of walkway, weather permitting on Wednesday. We thank our resident volunteers who have offered to help our Grounds team to accomplish this project.
  • Resident Gardening Assistance – Kendal is working on an arrangement for residents wanting with their gardening projects, please stay tuned.
  • Zooming Today with Rey and Ryan- Today’s meeting was enlightening to both staff and residents with shared observations throughout our Q&A. More attention will be put on the trash rooms, ensuring adequate containers and/or more frequent emptying of containers. We will also get a sanitizer of some sort for use when you exit the trash room. This area is “high touch”.

Governor’s Press Conference

  • We are at a plateaued state and we have to “double-down” on our efforts. We are all responsible for maintaining social distance of 6 feet, wearing masks, keeping high touch surfaces sanitized, and washing hands frequently. 

Today’s 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 16-100566
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 2744

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday
(Higher number attributed to increased testing)
473
Total Cases25,250
Age Range all Cases<1-108
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,539 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs126
Median Age of all Hospitalized64
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,232 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,957 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio216,290
Total Deaths1,436 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths80

Recorded Zoom Exercise Videos on Demand

  • Look for the link for “Exercises” on either the Calendar or Menu page of the resident website – kaores.net. You must be on the resident WiFi network or logged into the resident website to see the link and access the YouTube playlist.

May 11, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness

“Every calamity is to be overcome by endurance”

Virgil.

Art Therapy Student Engaged at Kendal

floral art

Kristin Shufelt, a final semester Masters Art Therapy student at Ursuline College, will be working with a number of Kendal residents on therapeutic art therapy projects.  Kristin is also an employee in the Creative Arts Therapy Department. These are sessions by appointment and are necessary for psycho-social support. You may notice Kristin working with residents in the Green Room. Be assured all protective protocols will be practiced and maintained during these sessions.  Kristin will be finishing her course work this month.  Congratulations Kristin!

Outside Medical Appointments

We have heard that some residents may be cancelling or postponing necessary medical appointments with physicians and specialists off campus. When the appointment can be done remotely through telehealth, we can provide guidance, if it must be done in person, we want to make sure you get the necessary care. Cancelling of necessary medical appointments or diagnostic testing may put a resident at medical risk. Please, if you do have a necessary medical appointment or diagnostic testing as a follow up or out of a medical concern, do not postpone it or cancel it. Reach out to Shenell Hinton or Julie Carpenter, 440-775-9807, for a medical leave pass. We do not want anyone to hesitate getting necessary medical care.

Quick Updates

  • Milk Substitutes – On the Sysco order we were shorted the following; Lactose-Free milk in half gallons (We do have it in half pints.) and Almond Milk (No substitutes, we will try another vendor). Our normal soymilk was subbed for a different brand so packaging is not the same.

During the Pandemic, we were reduced from 3 to 2 Sysco deliveries making it challenging to keep all inventory up to par. Please understand at times if you have a bit of a wait. Your patience is appreciated, thank you.

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – As Ohio’s economy reopens, we are preparing for a tight market on PPE stock again. Kendal is working proactively to keep an adequate supply of PPE.
  • Stephens Care Center (SCC) Courtyard Garden –The pin oak tree will be removed tomorrow as part of a Master Landscape plan for the Courtyard Garden. Thank you David Benzing for your dedicated and tireless efforts on creating a beautifully landscaped oasis within the SCC!
  • New Flower Orders- Flower orders are due back to Kara Phillips by this Thursday, May 14. The order will be given to the wholesaler by next week with delivery expected in late May.
  • Upcoming Zoom Exchange Schedule
    • Tuesday, May 12 at 4pm- with Barbara, Rey, and Ryan (Facility Services)
    • Or Telephone 1-646-558-8656 (NY, no 800 number) Meeting number: 936 014 3149. Note: If using the phone, check if you have unlimited calling or you might get a whopping bill.
  • Thursday, May 21- 4pm- with Barbara, Maggie, and Terry (Marketing)
  • Thursday, May 28- 4pm- with Barbara, Judy, and Don (Information Technology)
  • Thursday, June 4- 4pm- with Barbara and the New Normal Committee

Good Reads

Doctors Keep Discovering New Ways the Coronavirus Attacks the Body–The Washington Post

“We don’t know why there are so many disease presentations,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. “Bottom line, this is just so new that there’s a lot we don’t know.” 

Commemorating the Smallpox Vaccination, A Legacy of Hope –The World Health Organization

The Novel Coronavirus is a Master of Disguise: Here is How it Works –The Washington Post

The novel coronavirus uses a number of tools to infect our cells and replicate. What we’ve learned from SARS and MERS can help fight COVID-19.

It Takes a Village

Kathy Reichard is a Blessing! If you receive this News Update in your inhouse mailbox, know that Kathy has been a gem to come every evening and distribute copies to all the residents who ask for paper copies. Three cheers for our post-dinner volunteer!

Today’s Statistics

Kendal at Oberlin (KaO)

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

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday6
Total Cases, age range 16-100559
Total Deaths, age ranges 30-39 • 1; 50-59 • 1; 60-69 • 5; 70-79 • 10, 80+ • 2643

State of Ohio (as of 11AM)

New Cases Since Yesterday
(Higher number attributed to increased testing.)
696
Total Cases24,777
Age Range all Cases<1-108
Median Age of all Cases50
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,413 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs62
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,217 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,841 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio209,151
Total Deaths1,357 or 5%
Median Age of Deaths80

May 10, 2020: Update to Residents

Calm, Proactive Preparedness


“You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through. ”

Rosalynn Carter

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mothers Day from Kendal at Oberlin

Today we honor the memory of all women who have cared for, encouraged, and instructed us throughout our lives, and celebrate all women everywhere for the courage, compassion, wisdom and hope they have passed on to future generations.  Thank you Women, one and all, for all the good you bring to each and every one of us!

Geraniums

In honor of all women, all residents, women and men alike, were gifted a geranium from Kendal.  If we inadvertently missed your cottage or apartment, please let us know.  We have a few remaining.

May its blossoms throughout the summer infuse all of us with hope, and its resiliency with each new petal, give to each of us the determination we need.  Happy Mother’s Day All!

Good Reads

The Risks—-Know Them-Avoid ThemShared by Marvin Gordon-Lickey and Kari Inglis, article by Erin Bombage, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Quick Updates:  Repeated to catch your attention for your calendar

  • 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 (Deliveries on Tuesday-Wed-Thursday). An idea was floated by Anne Helm and was discussed with Michael of Lorenzo’s:  If you would like to add one 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 Meetings

This week’s Zoom Exchange: Tuesday, May 12- 4pm- with Barbara, Rey, and Ryan (Facility Services). Or Telephone 1-646558-8656 (NY, no 800 number) Meeting number: 936 0145-3149 (NOTE: If using the phone, check if you have unlimited calling or you might get a whopping bill.)

  • Thursday, May 21- 4pm- with Barbara, Maggie, and Terry (Marketing)
  • Thursday, May 28- 4pm- with Barbara, Judy, and Don (Information Technology)
  • Significant Challenges at Entrance- A bulletin later this week will address help we need from you (and your family) on understanding the challenges of a quarantined campus with increasing, unplanned deliveries showing up. Today though is Mother’s Day and we want you to enjoy every bit of it that you can. Hoping you found some brief moments of sun to entice you out for a lovely walk today before storm clouds were brewing.

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
     KaO Other Staff Cases 0
KaO Staff Total0
Kendal at Oberlin Total0

Lorain County (as of 2PM)

New Cases Since Yesterday9
Total Cases, age range 16-100553
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 Yesterday384
Total Cases24,081
Age Range all Cases<1-108
Median Age of all Cases51
Total Hospitalizations (cumulative)4,351 or 18%
Total Hospitalizations last 24 hrs51
Median Age of all Hospitalized65
Total ICU Admissions (cumulative)1,205 or 5%
Total Health Care Workers Diagnosed 3,753 or 16%
Total Tested in Ohio203,672
Total Deaths1,341 or 6%
Median Age of Deaths80

Contact Information


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