Dear St. Paul Hermitage Family and Friends,
Tomorrow, our city will begin to live Governor Holcomb’s executive orders to stay at home. I was asked if family members would need a letter stating that they have a loved one in our facility if they come to drop something off. At this time, I do not believe that you will need a letter to deliver items to someone who needs it. I watched the Governor’s press conference today. He indicated that they won’t be pulling people over to check papers. I have given our staff letters in case they need them. If we find that families need a letter, I will be more then happy to provide one. We continue to have video chats daily and our residents are really enjoying them. We are grateful to Holy Name Catholic School for loaning additional iPads to us. It allows us to have multiply video chats going at the same time. I have had a few families send videos to me to show their loved ones. If you would like to make a video message, please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our residents who have received video messages and pictures really enjoy them. It is also something we can play over again that sparks joy. I am trying to share new ideas as we have them to stay connected while we are all following the Governor’s orders to stay at home. You can also send pictures to me via my e-mail address. I will print them and share them with your loved one.
At the end of this week, we will have our first personal assistant training class. We have partnered with our friends at Suburban Health to make this training happen. Our employees who complete it will be certified personal care assistants through the State of Indiana for the duration of this State of Emergency. Afterwards, the hours they put train can go towards a CNA license if they decide to continue in the longer program. We have a group of eight employees who will be going through this course. After they complete the course and pass the skill check offs, they will be ready to provide direct care activities along with our CNA's to our residents. It is a great way to have additional hands on deck to assist. Please let me know if you have any questions of concerns.
I am ending my letter tonight with another song from Taizé. The Taizé community is ecumenical community located in France. This song reminds me of the need to offer thanks to God at all times. It reminds me that God is near in all things and in all times. May we continue to feel God's presence in our lives as we face this global pandemic. During this time of uncertainty our days can be filled with many different emotions. It is hard not to see and touch the people we love most in this world. It is hard to leave or hang up Facetime when we do have opportunities to connect. Through all our emotions God is near and drawing us closer to one another. Please know that I am here to journey with you, listen to you and provide updates on your loved ones. Do not hesitate to call or e-mail me with questions. May we continue to connect with each other in prayer and in hope.
In the Lord I'll be ever thankful,
In the Lord I'll rejoice.
Look to God, do not be afraid,
Lift up your voices, the Lord is near;
Lift up your voices the Lord is near.
Sr. Heather Jean Foltz, OSB