Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,
Today we began using telehealth for our weekly physician visits. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has asked facilities to transition to using telehealth during the pandemic. Long-term Care Facilities often visit multiple facilities. Telehealth helps to protect our residents from germs that could be transmitted from another environment. Our residents responded well to the telehealth visit from Dr. Hurley. We used Facetime. Zelma and I went room to room with the Ipad. I am grateful for the many ways that we can use technology to connect during this pandemic.
This week we also began having exercise through our in-house tv station. Residents in both Residential and Health Care have been tuning into channel 41 to participate. We also pray the rosary on channel 41 at 11:00 am. We continue to have daily video chats and hallway activities. Our Certified Nursing Assistants have requested supplies form the beauty shop and we have begun fixing hair as best we can in the residents’ rooms. I proud of our staff for the ways that the continue to find creative and meaningful activities for our residents while they are social distancing.
Indiana’s stay at home order has been extended through April 30. We are mindful that this means that we will still be under visitation restriction on Easter Sunday. Each year we purchase beautiful Easter Flowers from Heidenreich Greenhouse for our chapel. This year I am planning on increasing our order so that we can give each resident an Easter flower for their room or apartment. I will deliver them on Easter morning. Please let me know if your loved one has any floral allergies and I will arrange for a different treat. We are planning to order Azaleas. I think this will bring great joy to our residents. I have had many of you ask if you can do anything to help. If anyone can donate to our Easter Flower Fund, we would appreciate it.
I pray for each of you and count on your prayers for us.
Sr. Heather Jean