March 27, 2020

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Today began with an anticipated visit from the Indiana State Board of Health (ISDH).  They are making daily visits to facilities in Marion County and across our state to meet with Health Facility Administrators to review their COVID 19 policies and procedures.  We received very positive feedback on what we have implemented.  The Surveyor felt that should we have a positive case here, the plan we have in place is a good one.  I am proud of the good work our staff is doing to ensure the safety of our residents. 

I did receive word from ISDH that they will be sending out further guidance regarding social distancing during this time when we all are being asked to stay at home.  I was instructed that we should begin asking residents to stay in their rooms except for hallway activities.  We have asked residents not to walk in the halls.  We have stopped having daily Mass because everyone including our priest need to stay in their rooms.  Sr. Anna Marie is praying the rosary at 11 am in place of Mass currently.  We are helping residents to watch mass on EWTN.  I know this is hard, but it is necessary to try and keep everyone healthy.  We did have some hall activities today.  Our residents had exercise, bingo and a sing along in their doorways.  They continue to enjoy these times of connection.  We also continue 1:1 visits and video chats with family.  Our residents remain healthy.  

We have one nurse that woke up this morning with a temperature and respiratory symptoms.  She contacted me right away and we are following the appropriate next steps.  She has been in contact with her primary care physician. I have contacted Indiana State Board of Health to get her tested.  I will continue to update you about the situation as I receive more information.  Let us continue to hold our world and each other in prayer.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

Administrator

March 29, 2020

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

I have had some questions regarding our procedure for staff and residents if they have a fever.  If a staff member has a fever, they have been instructed to use IU Health’s virtual screen for Health Care Providers per the Indiana State Board of Health.  The nurse practitioner then sends me her diagnosis or other tests she is ordering.  The nurse advises if they need to call their primary care physician to get an order to be tested for COVID 19.  If they need to be tested, I call the State Board of Health to notify them that a screening is taking place and help our employees set up the test at Eli Lilly.  It takes 1-4 days to get the COVID 19 test back.  Any Staff member with a fever cannot return to work until they are released by a medical professional.  They are required to turn in to me a return to work note.

 

If our residents have a fever.  We notify Dr. Hurley.  We move them to an isolation room if they are in a shared room.  Dr. Hurley then orders tests to check to see if the person has a Urinary Tract infection, flu, pneumonia and finally for COVID 19.  All these tests take 24-96 hours to get back.  We treat symptoms until we have a firm diagnosis.  We limit the amount of people in the room to nursing management, nurses and CNA’S and practice standard infection control practices such as wearing masks, gowns and gloves.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions.  We currently do not have testing back yet for our resident or our staff member who are ill.  I will update you as I know more.

 

Today we had many window visitors, deliveries and video chats.  I enjoy seeing you when you come.  We will continue to have hallway activities throughout the coming week.  Know that I am holding each of you in my prayers as we continue to journey through this time together. 

 

Peace, 

Sr. Heather Jean

 

 

 

March 30, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Today as I spent some time in the book I am reading for Lent about gratitude, I was inspired by a quote from Edward Everett Hale.  “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” -Edward Everett Hale 

 

During this current pandemic, things can feel overwhelming.  Many of you are working from home.  We have visitation restrictions here and you are unable to be as close to your loved ones as you want to be.  It can feel like there is a lot we can’t do, but really there is a lot that we can still do.  Your window visits bring so much joy to your loved ones and our staff.  I know when I see you out there it brings joy to my heart.  We miss each of you around here.  Our staff are heroes.  I walk around our building and see everyone pitching in to continue to provide quality care during uncertain times.  We are truly blessed.  This Friday I want to do something special for our staff.  I am seeking your help.  I am going to get our staff donuts to thank them for their great work.  I am going to decorate the break room and would really appreciate if you could send us your words of gratitude. I will post them with a sign that says, “Donut ever forget how much we appreciate you.”  I know our staff will appreciate hearing from you.  If you want to participate, please send me you or your family’s words of appreciation to our staff to administrator@stpaulhemitage.org.  Together we can shower them with our love and gratitude.  

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2020

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

We have very good news to share with you tonight.  Our resident who was ill is doing much better.  He does not have COVID 19.  The test came back negative.  Thank you for your prayers.  His family also expressed gratitude for your support and prayers.  We still do not have any information on our nurse, but I have been in contact with the Board of Health.  They are helping us with this process.  I will update you as I have more information.

Our residents enjoyed playing hallway trivia this evening.  Our staff also helped to paint nails and curled hair for our residents who are missing the beauty shop.  Our leadership team is working on planning a special doorway party for our residents on April 17.  We already have decorations, centerpieces and flowers for prom.  We decided to use them and have a Formal Friday Luncheon.  We are going to get all our residents dressed up and decorate the hallways like we would for our prom.  We will serve a fancier meal. We will also play some swing music over our PA system.  It is something fun that we can do during our time of social distancing.

I also wanted to thank all of you who have submitted words of gratitude to our staff.  I think they will really enjoy our celebration on Friday.  If you still would like to send me your words of thanks, please e-mail me atadministrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

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