March 29, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Things are going well with visitation and excursions.  We are thrilled to have been able to open things up a little bit more.  We did want to give you some reminders.

 

  • It is important that even if you are vaccinated that you were a facemask the entire visit and that your loved one also wears their mask.  This is a requirement for visitation in long-term care and assisted living from both the federal and state licensing agencies.  We do not have wiggle room. You must wear your facemask over your nose throughout your visit.

 

 

  • Residential visitation will take place in your loved one’s apartment and only your loved one’s apartment.  Once you are screened please go directly to the apartment of the person you are visiting.  Residential Residents can have up to two visitors at a time.  Residential visitors do not need to sign up in advance.  You can come to visit daily between the hours 8:00 am- 8:30 pm.  

 

 

  • If you are not vaccinated and need to be tested, you may have to wait in line to be tested.  With things opening back up and residential visitors being able to come at anytime between 8:00 am- 8:30 pm, we may have multiple people needing to be tested at a time.  Please be patient with our staff.  

 

 

  • Health Care residents can go on excursions.  Please call the Health Center at least 30 minutes prior to when you are planning to pick up your loved one so that we can have them ready to leave when you arrive.  

 

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the visitation or excursion policies.  I can be reached at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex. 224.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 3.2%.

 

 

I am back after a week off.  It was a wonderful week of rest and relaxation.  I am grateful for the time away and for all the staff who helped make it possible for me to take some time off.  Blessings on your week ahead.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 18,  2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Yesterday was spent updating our visitation policies.  We now have two separate visitation policies for Health Care and Residential.  Please carefully read the policy for the side your loved one lives on.  These changes will begin on 3/22/2021.  I will share some of the highlights below.

 

  • Visitors will no longer wear N95 masks and goggles.  They will wear surgical masks provided by St. Paul Hermitage.  You must wear your facemask throughout your visit.

 

  • Visitors will be able to hug, hold hands and have close contact with their loved ones for up to fifteen minutes of their visit.  

 

  • Health Center Visits will take place in the lobby, recreation room and outdoors.  Families may choose where they would like to visit from those three options.

 

  • Residential visitation will take place in your loved one’s apartment.  Residential Residents can have up to two visitors at a time.  Residential visitors do not need to sign up in advance.  You can come to visit daily between the hours 8:00 am- 8:30 pm.  

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 2.8%.

 

 

I will be taking some vacation time from March 19-28.  While I am away our Director of Nursing, Susan Harden will serve as the acting Administrator.    Susan will be in contact with me if anything emergent arises.  I am grateful for Susan’s leadership and know all will be left in very capable hands while I am away.  

 

 

IDH has updated the communication guidance.  Updates no longer need to be given daily unless we are in an outbreak situation.  Otherwise, IDH recommends weekly updates.  Since I will be on vacation, I will begin sending weekly e-mails on Monday March 29.  

 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the upcoming changes to the visitation policy.  I can be reached at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex. 224.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 17, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received updated guidance surrounding visitation.  Our Infection Prevention team will get together to update our policy tomorrow.  We will implement some of the changes immediately.  On Thursday morning, I will send you our updated visitation guidance and our timeline for implementation.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to update policies and procedures as IDH and CMS update guidance.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 2.6%.

 

 

I will be taking some vacation time from March 19-28.  While I am away our Director of Nursing, Susan Harden will serve as the acting Administrator.    Susan will be in contact with me if anything emergent arises.  I am grateful for Susan’s leadership and know all will be left in very capable hands while I am away.

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  St. Patrick’s Day kicks off a worldwide celebration that is also known as the Feast of St. Patrick. On March 17th, many will wear green in honor of the Irish and decorate with shamrocks. In fact, the wearing of the green is a tradition that dates to a story written about St. Patrick in 1726.  St. Patrick (c. AD 385–461) was known to use the shamrock to illustrate the Holy Trinity and to have worn green clothing. They will revel in the Irish heritage and eat traditional Irish fare, too.   Blessings to each of you as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

 

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 16, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

We have been offering 8 hours of visitation for a week.  Things seem to be going well.  We did want to remind you of a few things that help to make the visitation run smoothly.

 

  • All visitors are to enter and exit through the main entrance.  Screening will take place right inside the front door.

 

  • Masks must be worn throughout your whole visit.  I know that N95 masks are not comfortable, but the regulation requires that all visitors have tightly fitting masks throughout their visit.

 

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your visit time if you need to be tested.  Testing is required for all visitors who are not two weeks past their second vaccination.

 

 

Today our residents were able to begin going on outings.  Many residents enjoyed being able to go out with family today.  I continue to receive many questions surrounding what is and what is not an excursion.  An excursion is the language IDH uses.  It is any activity that occurs outside our building and is less than 24 hours in length.  Excursions need to include COVID 19 infection control measures (social distancing, mask wearing and hand hygiene).  Residents are reminded of these core principles and sign that they understand every time they leave on an excursion.  Residents will be asked to list where they have gone for contact tracing purposes and if they followed the COVID 19 core principles.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 2.5%.

 

Today is World Social Work Day, recognizing the hard work and dedication of social workers. Social workers serve many roles in their communities. They assess their clients’ needs and challenges. As advocates, they speak for their clients, getting them access to the resources they need to improve their lives. Social workers also respond to crisis situations.  Today we give thanks for our Social Service Director, Dena.  If you speak with Dena, today let her know how vital her work is as she is an important advocate for our residents.  We are blessed to have her on our team.

 

 

If you have any questions regarding excursions or visitation, do not hesitate to contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex. 244.  

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

 

 

 

March 15, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today our residents can once again go on outings.  Our Excursion Policy has been submitted to IDH and we are still waiting on approval.  I hope to send it to you in the coming days.  See below for some excursion reminders.

 

  • Health Care and Residential Residents may go out on excursions. While out residents are to wear a surgical mask, social distance, and practice good hand hygiene.  Residents who need assistance can go on excursions.  If you take your loved one out and they 

need assistance, you must be able to only be closer than 6 feet for less than 15 minutes.

 

  • Residents can go on excursions between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:30 pm.  If someone has an excursion need that takes place prior to 8:00 am or after 8:30 pm, it must be approved by the Director of Nursing or the Health Facility Administrator.  This will allow for an alternative arrangement to be made.

 

  • Residents will sign out at the desk by the front door. They will sign in at the front desk when they return.  Residents will be asked to list where they have gone for contact tracing purposes.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 2.6%.

 

CMS updated their guidance late last week.  We had our weekly meeting with IDH on Thursday afternoon.  They will be putting out new visitation guidance surrounding visitation early this week.  We will be updating our policies.  We will be changing a couple of things starting today. The first is that you can sign your loved one out during your visit and sit on the back patio or walk our beautiful grounds. Finally, and most importantly, you can hug your loved one.  

 

If you have any questions regarding excursions or visitation, do not hesitate to contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex. 244.  Blessings to you as we begin a new week.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 11, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Monday our residents can once again go on outings.  Our Excursion Policy has been submitted to IDH.  Once it has been accepted, we will send it to you, in-service staff, and residents.  Today, I received several questions that I will answer below.

 

  • Health Care and Residential Residents may go out on excursions. While out residents are to wear a surgical mask, social distance, and practice good hand hygiene.  Residents who need assistance can go on excursions.  If you take your loved one out and they 

need assistance, you must be able to only be closer than 6 feet for less than 15 minutes.

 

  • An Excursion is defined as any trip that requires the resident to leave the property and is less than 24 hours in length of time.

 

  • Excursions include doctors’ appointments, ER visits that are less than 8 hours and procedures that take place outside of the hospital.  ER visits that are longer than 8 hours, overnight stays in the hospital or out of the building and procedures that take place in the hospital still require 14 days of quarantine.

 

  • Residents can go on excursions between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:30 pm.  If someone has an excursion need that takes place prior to 8:00 am or after 8:30 pm, it must be approved by the Director of Nursing or the Health Facility Administrator.  This will allow for an alternative arrangement to be made.

 

  • Residents will sign out at the desk by the front door. They will sign in at the front desk when they return.  Residents will be asked to list where they have gone for contact tracing purposes.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 2.8%.

 

Late yesterday afternoon, CMS updated their guidance on visitation.  Our Infection Prevention Team is reading through this updated guidance.  We will provide updated policies next week.  This guidance does include therapeutic touch for residents and families who have been vaccinated.  We will let you know more after our weekly IDH meeting.  We will send any updates regarding policy change early next week.

 

If you have any questions regarding excursions or visitation, do not hesitate to contact me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex. 244.  Blessings on your evening and know of my prayers.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 10, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Next Monday our residents can once again go on outings.  Our Excursion Policy has been submitted to IDH.  Once it has been accepted, we will send it to you, in-service staff, and residents.  I wanted to share some of the information from our Excursion Policy with you this evening.

 

  • Beginning Monday residents can leave the facility for outings.  If the resident is out for less than 24 hours they do not need to quarantine when the return.  

  • While out residents are to wear a surgical mask, social distance, and practice good hand hygiene.

  • Residents can go on excursions between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:30 pm.  If someone has an excursion need that takes place prior to 8:00 am or after 8:30 pm, it must be approved by the Director of Nursing or the Health Facility Administrator.

  • Residents will sign out at the desk by the front door. They will sign in at the front desk when they return.  Residents will be asked to list where they have gone for contact tracing purposes.

  • Residents who need assistance can go on excursions.  If you take your loved one out and they need assistance, you must be able to only be closer than 6 feet for less than 15 minutes.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 2.9%.

 

Today is National Oreo Cookie Day.  Who of us has not indulged in unscrewing the cookies to eat the creamy middle first, or dunked the cookie into a nice cold glass of milk?  Oreo’s commercial jingle says, “Ice cold milk and an Oreo cookie, they forever go together, they’re a classic combination.”  Enjoy an Oreo Cookie today.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 9,  2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Yesterday we began offering 8 hours of visitation.  You can sign up for visitation by calling the front desk.  Please remember to sign up by noon the day before your visit.  This allows us to prepare for your visit and notify your loved one.  Visitation will continue to take place in common areas except in compassionate care situations.   Below are our new visitation times.  Please let me know if you have additional questions. 

 

Visitation Hours

9:30 am-10:30 am

10:45 am- 11:45 am

12:45 pm-1:45 pm

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

5:45 pm- 6:45 pm

7:00 pm- 8:00 pm

 

Our Excursion Policy has been submitted to IDH.  Once it has been accepted, we will send it to you, in-service staff, and residents.  We will begin allowing excursions on Monday March 15, 2021.

 

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 2.9%.

 

 

This weekend our community elected our next prioress, Sr. Julie Sewell.  She will officially become our 9th Prioress upon her installation on June 5, 2021.  She will succeed our current prioress, Sr. Jennifer Horner.  We are grateful for Sr. Jennifer’s continued service to our community as prioress.  She has done a remarkable job of leading us safely through the pandemic and has been a great support to us at St. Paul Hermitage.  We wish Sr. Jennifer many blessings as she finishes up her term as Prioress.  Let us pray for Sr. Julie as she prepares to be installed as next prioress.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 3, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Monday we will begin offering 8 hours of visitation.  You can begin signing up for visitation on Sunday.  Please remember to sign up by noon the day before your visit.  This allows us to prepare for your visit and notify your loved one.  Visitation will continue to take place in common areas except in compassionate care situations.   I am attaching our updated policy to this e-mail.  Below are our new visitation times.  Please let me know if you have additional questions. Our residents will also be receiving a copy of this policy tomorrow.

 

Visitation Hours

9:30 am-10:30 am

10:45 am- 11:45 am

12:45 pm-1:45 pm

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

5:45 pm- 6:45 pm

7:00 pm- 8:00 pm

 

We are currently finishing up our Excursion Policy.  I am planning on submitting it to IDH tomorrow afternoon.  Once it has been submitted, we will send it to you, in-service staff, and residents.  We will begin allowing excursions on Monday March 15, 2021.

 

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 3.0%.

 

 

Tomorrow evening our community will gather to begin the process to elect our next prioress.  Our prioress is the head of our community and she serves as the head of our corporate ministries St. Paul Hermitage and Benedict Inn.  All our sisters who serve at St. Paul Hermitage will be away Thursday afternoon - Sunday for our Election Chapter.  Tonight will be my last nightly letter until Monday March 8, 2021.  While I am away, Susan Harden, DON will serve as acting Administrator.  Please hold our community in prayer during this important weekend.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 2, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today our updated visitation policy was approved by IDH.  We will begin offering 8 hours of visitation beginning on Monday March 8, 2021.  Residential and Health Care will now have visitation every day.  Visitation will continue to take place in common areas except in compassionate care situations.   I am attaching our updated policy to this e-mail.  Below are our new visitation times.  Please let me know if you have additional questions. Our residents will also be receiving a copy of this policy tomorrow.

 

Visitation Hours

9:30 am-10:30 am

10:45 am- 11:45 am

12:45 pm-1:45 pm

2:00 pm- 3:00 pm

3:15 pm- 4:15 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

5:45 pm- 6:45 pm

7:00 pm- 8:00 pm

 

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 3.2%.

 

 

On Thursday evening our community will be gathering to elect our next prioress.  Our prioress is the head of our community and she serves as the head of our corporate ministries St. Paul Hermitage and Benedict Inn.  All our sisters who serve at St. Paul Hermitage will be away Thursday afternoon - Sunday for our Election Chapter.  Tomorrow will be my last nightly letter until Monday March 8, 2021.  While I am away, Susan Harden, DON will serve as acting Administrator.  Please hold our community in prayer during this important weekend.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

March 1, 2021

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today the new guidance for visitation and excursions came out.  We will be increasing our indoor visitation to eight hours a day for residential and healthcare.  I have updated our current policy.  I hope to have it approved soon.  Once it is approved, I will send a copy of the policy and implementation timeline in the nightly update.  Please read the coming updates carefully and share with other family members who may not be on our e-mail list.  

 

 

Friday is our final Covid 19 vaccination clinic with CVS.  Our clinic will be small, but we are grateful to have more individuals receiving their second shot.  After this final clinic, our long-term care pharmacy In-Touch will begin offering new staff and residents COVID 19 vaccinations.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 3.5%.

 

 

Tomorrow we celebrate the birth of a great poet here on earth.  You have surely heard of Dr. Seuss, who turned imaginations loose! In his honor, it is also “read Across America” Day.  I am grateful for Dr. Seuss contributions to children’s literature.  My favorite Dr. Seuss book is Horten Hears a Who. What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Let us give thanks for the gifts and contributions Dr. Seuss made in our world.  May we strive to share our gifts with the world in our own way.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean