Wish you had never heard of the above term? So do we!!! But it is here, and we must comply with federal and state regulations regarding it. Some of you have already received communication from us with details about new regulations as they came out, but we thought it would be good to post something on our website too. If you click on the Education tab at the top of the page, you will see a link entitled “COVID-19 Latest CMS Release. I will attempt to keep that link updated for the near future. These are the regulations we MUST follow. Everything written in red is new. Right now, that link will take you to the latest CMS release that came out last night. And it was a big one. No visitors except in end-of-life situations. No communal dining. No volunteers. No group activities. There were other things, but those were some of the most momentous. Whew!! Each of those items will greatly disrupt our resident’s enjoyment of daily life. During a 45-minute long conference call at around 10:45 pm last night, a workable plan was developed. Two dining times. Two persons per table (6 ft apart) in the dining rooms, with the option to eat in their rooms. More one-on one activities. The difficult message to be given spouses who normally spend hours here each day.

BUT! Not everything is negative. It is quieter here today, but as I sit and type this in my office, I can hear laughter and conversation. Chairs scooting back from tables after a good meal. Friendly staff caring for our elders in their usual kind way. The devotions this morning were inspiring. The beautiful singing afterward by some of our employees, uplifting. I see Karla, striding around like Joan of Arc, meeting each challenge bravely. Travis (I think I’ll start calling him Superman), Sharon S, Pam, Deb, Jana, Chris – all here on a Saturday, helping out. Some of them have been here since 5 am, just doing what needs to be done. I see the regular weekend staff going the extra mile; housekeepers wiping down rails, nursing staff taking everyone’s temperatures, being extra careful about germs, making sure residents clean their hands well, kitchen workers dealing with the curve-ball that has been thrown at them, laundry, maintenance, activities – all chipping in on the effort to keep our residents safe. So, in spite of the turmoil around us, we have much to be thankful for! A great team. No cases of the virus here. An awesome God who we can turn to in times like these.

So, what can you do to help? Remember us all in your prayers! We are all going to need it! 🙂 Since you can’t visit, reach out to your resident in other ways. Email, text, call, or video chat. If you are interested in the latter, we have ipads that are available for our resident’s use. If you also have an Apple product, Facetime is probably the easiest to set up, but we can download another app if needed, for you Android users out there. Call and talk to Pam or myself if interested in that option. You are also welcome to use the Email a Resident form on this website. Another idea that has occurred to us to help entertain our residents during this time, is calling in singing! If you are getting together with a small group of friends, your family, or whomever, and plan to spend some time singing, our residents would love to hear it! Call us at 620-345-6364 and arrange a time. No special equipment needed on your part, and you could do it from the comfort of your own home! Thank you for your support and understanding! ~Angela

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