April 27, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

We are still waiting on the final guidance for the Essential Family Caregiver program. The bill has still not been passed into law, but it is expected to be this Friday.  We will have two weeks to initiate our program.  This week we will have forms available at the sign in desk for POA’s to fill out.  They will need to select who will be the designated “Essential Caregiver.”  This individual will be able to visit with the resident in their room during a federally declared health emergency. Each resident or POA can select one person from each family to be an “Essential Caregiver.”  That caregiver would be allowed to visit even during times of visitation restrictions.  The wording in the law puts preference to the essential caregiver being someone who has been legally appointed as the elder’s representative such as their Power of Attorney or Health Care Representative.  Each family will need to decide who will be their appointed Essential Caregiver.  Our leadership team is working out a policy that we will get to you.  We are asking that you stop by St. Paul Hermitage on or before Friday April 30, 2021 if your loved one lives in Health Care to sign the Essential Care Giver form.  Residential Residents will sign their own form.  We would like to have a designation prior to May 1.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the above information.  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 5.5%.

 

May God bless you during this coming week.

 

Peace,

April 20, 2021

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

This week our positivity rate went above 5% again.  Please see below for reminders regarding changes when we are above 5%.  

 

  • Staff PPE: Staff will wear an N95 mask and goggles or a shield. 

 

  • Visitor PPE:  If the positivity rate is between 5%-10% visitors will wear a surgical mask provided by the facility.  

 

  • Management Onsite:  If the positivity rate is between 5%-10%, management will be onsite 3 nights per week.  I will be staying overnight Monday- Wednesday while the positivity rate is above 5%.

 

 

During our conference call this week, we were given information regarding a new law that will go into effect on May 1, 2021.  It is a law that requires facilities to create an “Essential Caregiver Program for long-term care and residential living.”  This law is about designating one person from each family to be an “essential caregiver.”  That caregiver would be allowed to visit even during times of visitation restrictions.  This week we will be contacting the POA from each family regarding this new program.  The wording in the law puts preference to the essential caregiver being someone who has been legally appointed as the elder’s representative such as their Power of Attorney or Health Care Representative.  Each family will need to decide who will be their appointed Essential Caregiver.  Our leadership team is working out a policy that we will get to you. 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the above information.  I can be reached at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-78

6-2261 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 6.0%.

 

May God bless you during this coming week.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

April 12, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

This week IDH changed their visitation policy to include overnight visits for individuals who are fully vaccinated without a need to quarantine upon return.  Fully vaccinated is defined as someone who is two weeks past their second vaccination in a two-shot series or two weeks past their vaccination if it is a single dose vaccine.  This includes overnight stays with friends and family, hospitalizations, and rehab stays.  If a resident is not fully vaccinated, they are able to stay out overnight for excursions, but they will need to quarantine for 14 days.  If you are planning to take your loved one out overnight, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can have their medical information and medications ready for you when you pick them up.  

 

We have been anticipating that the positivity rate in Marion County would continue to climb due to March Madness, Easter, and Spring Break.  Today the positivity rate is 5.1 %.  I will be staying in the building this week Monday-Wednesday since the positivity rate is above 5%. Please see below for reminders regarding changes that occur once the positivity rate reaches 5% or above.

 

  • Staff PPE: Our staff will wear surgical masks throughout their shift when the positivity rate is below 5%.  Staff will wear an N95 mask and goggles or a shield when the positivity is above 5%.

 

  • Visitor PPE:  Visitors may wear a well-fitting cloth mask when the positivity rate is below 5%.  Surgical masks will be available at the check in if you prefer to wear a surgical mask when it is below 5%. If the positivity rate is between 5%-10% visitors will wear a surgical mask provided by the facility.  If the positivity rate is above 10% visitors will wear an N95 mask and face shield provided by the facility.

 

  • Management Onsite:  If the positivity rate is below 5%, we will not have management onsite 24 hours a day.  If the positivity rate is between 5%-10%, management will be onsite 3 nights per week.  If the positivity rate is above 10% management will be onsite 7 days a week.  Even though I will be staying at the monastery now that the positivity rate is lower, I am still at the monastery on the property and can get to St. Paul Hermitage quickly if needed.  I look forward to more time with my community this year.  

 

 

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 5.1%.

 

Our staff is starting to take vacation time.   This week Dena Elbracht, Social Services and Susan Harden, DON, are out on vacation.  I am filling in for both.  If you have a question or concern that you would take to Social Services or the Director of Nursing, please reach out to me.   I can be reached at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-786-2261 ex. 248.  My extension is different this week as I will be working out of the Health Care Center.

 

Blessings on your week ahead.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

April 5, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

This week IDH updated some of the guidance and we have updated our policies.  A lot of it is based on positivity rate.  I want to share some of the updates below.  We will post the positivity rate at our front door each day.

 

  • Staff PPE: Our staff will wear surgical masks throughout their shift when the positivity rate is below 5%.  Staff will wear an N95 mask and goggles or a shield when the positivity is above 5%.

 

  • Visitor PPE:  Visitors may wear a well-fitting cloth mask when the positivity rate is below 5%.  Surgical masks will be available at the check in if you prefer to wear a surgical mask when it is below 5%. If the positivity rate is between 5%-10% visitors will wear a surgical mask provided by the facility.  If the positivity rate is above 10% visitors will wear an N95 mask and face shield provided by the facility.

 

  • Management Onsite:  If the positivity rate is below 5%, we will not have management onsite 24 hours a day.  If the positivity rate is between 5%-10%, management will be onsite 3 nights per week.  If the positivity rate is above 10% management will be onsite 7 days a week.  Even though I will be staying at the monastery now that the positivity rate is lower, I am still at the monastery on the property and can get to St. Paul Hermitage quickly if needed.  I look forward to more time with my community this year.  

 

 

There is a good chance that the positivity rate may fluctuate some in the coming weeks due to March Madness, Easter and Spring Break.  It is still important that we continue to do our part to reduce the positivity rate by social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, mask wearing and getting vaccinated.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of the above information.  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 4.1%.

 

Happy Easter!  May you know the joy and peace of the Risen Lord.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean