May 1, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

In recent days, there have been concerns brought up in the news regarding communication difficulties in long-term and residential care facilities regarding sharing the facilities COVID 19 status and information. My goal from the beginning has been to provide with updates daily.  I have been sending out mass e-mails and providing my contact information.  I am our facilities communication point of contact.  I can be reached at administrator@stpaulhermitage.or or 317-213-8430.  I also wanted to provide you with other contacts in the long-term care community should you have concerns with how we have been communicating information.  Since I would want to be able to work out any communication difficulties that might arise, I would ask that you address your concerns to me directly prior to contacting any of the entities below. 

 

Another important person in the long-term care community is the Ombudsman.  We have both a state and local Ombudsman.  Their role is to act as advocates for our residents and families.  They facilitate meetings to try to help solve concerns on behalf of residents that are brought to them by families.  They investigate concerns and act as intermediaries to help resolve issues. I have listed our state and local Ombudsman’s information.    

Area 8 Marion County

Robin Kimp (Long-Term Care)

317-631-9410, ext 2253 or 317-829-3077

Email: Robin.Kimp@ilsi.net

 

Marcia Greene (Assisted Living)

317-829-3078 

Email: Marcia.Greene@ilsi.net

 

Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman

402 West Washington Street, Room W451

Post Office Box 7083, MS 27

Indianapolis, Indiana 46207-7083

Information/complaint line: 800-622-4484 or 317-232-7134

Fax number: 317-972-3285

Email: LongTermCareOmbudsman@ombudsman.IN.gov

 

 

The Indiana State Department of Health has also created an e-mail address that families can use if they feel they are not receiving information in a timely manner.  The Family Outreach email, familyoutreach@isdh.in.gov , is now available on the COVID-19 Public Resource and Professional Resource websites.  This email is for an individual to report any problems getting COVID-19 information about a loved one in a nursing home or residential facility.  Information received in the email will be reviewed by an LTC surveyor. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had five COVID positive employees. Three have are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We are still waiting for this week’s tests to be processed. 

 

Our residents enjoyed time outside today.  It was beautiful.  They also participated in exercise, rosary and video chats.  They embrace each day with faith and grace.  We are taking good care of them.

 

Thanks,

Sr. Heather Jean

May 2, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Yesterday Governor Holcomb announced his plan for beginning to open back up our state.  I have had many questions regarding visitation restrictions at St. Paul Hermitage.  Residential and Long-Term Care Facilities are not opening back up for visitation until the final phase of the current plan.  We were notified that we will be under visitation restrictions until at least July.  I know that this is difficult news to hear.  It is hard for me too.  I have been connecting with my community through window visits, phone calls, virtual chats and letter writing instead of living among them. Although these are great ways to stay connected during this pandemic, it is not the same as hugging, sharing a meal or a cup of coffee with those that we love most. I know what it feels like to really miss those you love.  We will get through this and in the end, we will celebrate the gift of being able to be gathered as community again. My commitment to you is that we will continue to help find ways for you to connect with your loved ones.  I applied for a grant through ISDH for funding to get a few more iPads and some amazon echoes to help us virtually connect with you.  We are also working on setting up an area on residential for residents who live on the second and third floor to window visit with loved ones. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had five COVID positive employees. Three have are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We are still waiting for this week’s tests to be processed. 

 

Our residents participated in exercise, rosary, window visits and video chats.  The Health Care residents enjoyed playing hallway Pokeno and colored spring pictures.  Many of our residents also participated in patio time.  

 

Please know of my continued prayers and love.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

May 3, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received some wonderful news.  None of our residents on A Hall tested positive for COVID 19.  We did have three direct caregivers test positive.  All other staff who were tested came back negative.  We are grateful to God for the negative tests.   Let us continue to pray for our ill staff members at this time. I am in dialogue with Dr. Hurley about what steps need to be taken in regard to precautions and additional testing. 

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. Three have are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

We currently have five Health Care employees out ill, four from COVID 19.  We are addressing this staffing concern in several ways.  Many of us have been trained to be Personal Care Attendants.  Administrative staff have been working either Sunday - Thursday or Tuesday - Saturday.  In addition, for the next two weeks we are splitting our team with half of nursing administration working days and half working evenings.  I will be working evenings this week.  I will try to get my update out before I start assisting in the Health Center.  I also will need to do my resident updates through letters instead of on our television station. I will begin this tomorrow.  We are actively recruiting additional team members through leading age, zip recruiter and ISDH’s volunteer network. 

 

One of our activity staff members will be out for the next two weeks.  We will only have activity staff on the Health Care Center from 10 am- 4 pm daily.  If you would like to set up a video chat in the Health Center please e-mail me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org by 9 pm the night before.   We will use this procedure until May 18.  

 

Our residents participated in exercise, rosary, window visits and video chats.  The enjoyed watching the spring rain and birds out the windows today.

 

Please know of my continued prayers and love.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

May 4, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Today is another beautiful day. The sun always adds brightness to the day.  I hope your day is going well. 

 

As I said in my update last night, I am in dialogue with Dr. Hurley and ISDH about what steps need to be taken in regard to precautions and additional testing.  Dr. Hurley feels that each resident needs to be tested since the caregivers that tested positive were from both hallways.  They will also test two employees.   We contacted ISDH to set up testing.  They got back to us late this afternoon and want to come tomorrow.  We will be calling each Health Care Representative in the morning prior to the testing.  I would have called you this evening but I am working the floor in healthcare.    

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees.  Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Three of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. We continue to monitor residents for symptoms of COVID 19 each shift.  Staff are screened at the beginning of their shift.  The employees who have tested positive for COVID 19 are quarantined at home. We have notified public health officials as required and are following procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.  We are working closely with our Medical Director, Dr. Daniel Hurley.  We are taking every step as recommended by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services to contain any spread. We want to make residents, their families, and our dedicated staff aware of this situation and reassure everyone that we continue to work hard to limit the spread of the virus in our community. Let us continue to pray for the health of our community and the world.

 

Currently, we are short staffed in our housekeeping department.  To help us during this time, some of the sisters from the monastery will be cleaning apartments in residential.  They will clean each Wednesday starting this week.  They will begin at 8:45 am. The sisters will go through the same screening process that the staff goes through.  We have notified the residential resident of this change.   I know that this will be a change from their usual time.  If you have a loved one in residential, please help them understand that this change is necessary so that we can get all the apartments cleaned each week.

 

Thank you all for your support.  If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean Foltz, HFA

Administrator 

May 5, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Today we tested all the healthcare residents as a precautionary measure.  At this time no resident is symptomatic.  It will take 48 - 72 hours to receive the results.  When we receive the results, we will notify the health care representative of each resident with the result.

 

As you know, we have additional staff out ill right now.  ISDH has approved the use of Nurse and CNA volunteers.  If you know of anyone who is a licensed Nurse or CNA, who would be willing to volunteer a few hours a week, please have them contact Megan Zapfe at human.resources@stpaulhermitage.org.  She will help them through the process of becoming a volunteer. 

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees.  Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Three of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

I appreciate all your support and the many ways you reach out to us.  If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean Foltz, HFA

Administrator

May 6, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

We are thankful for this beautiful day. It is amazing what the sun can do for our spirits.  It also gives the residents an opportunity to get outside if they wish.

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.   We have had eight COVID positive employees.  Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Four of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. 

 

Each day I try to reflect on the blessings we have received.  Even in this time of pandemic, we cannot lose sight of the many ways that God blesses our lives.  Along the way, I want to share those blessings with you.  Today I would like to share the blessing of a partnership that we have. It has proven to be a great gift to us. In November of 2019, we entered into an Intergovernmental Transfer (IGT) program with Hancock Regional Hospital.  Since we are the only not-for-profit stand-alone long-term care facility in Indiana, we needed to find a way to secure additional resources for St. Paul Hermitage.  These resources include programs such as in-services for our healthcare staff, CPR recertifications along with other recertifications needed in healthcare. We will also receive financial reimbursement each quarter that will allow us to pay for capital projects that will benefit the residents and staff.   The first such project we did was the new call bell system in Health Care. 

 

During this time of the pandemic, we have been extremely grateful for this partnership with Hancock Regional Hospital.  They were able to help secure some Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that we needed greatly.  They also helped secure the person who trained some of our staff to be Personal Care Attendants.  Our contact through Hancock Regional Hospital is always on hand to help if we have a question or need. They are a great blessing to us.  

 

We also belong to the Indiana Health Care Association.  This, too, has been a great blessing to us as we navigate our way through this time of pandemic.  Each day I receive an email from IHCA giving us information from ISDH, CMS and the CDC. As you can imagine, this information is always changing as more is learned about COVID 19.  We are very thankful for the way they help us navigate the complexity of this time.

 

I thank you for all of your support and the many ways that you are supporting our staff.  It means so much to all of us.  We are all part of the same community and we are thankful for your love.  If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean Foltz

May 7, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Waking up to another day of sunshine is such a gift.  The handiwork of God is on great display.  I hope you had the opportunity to soak up a little of it today.  

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.   We have had eight COVID positive employees.  Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Four of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

We are still waiting on the results from the testing done on Tuesday. They told us it would take 48 to 72 hours so we should have the results by the end of the day on Friday.

 

Yesterday I shared the blessing of some of our partnerships.  Today I would like to share the blessing of our staff.  Day in and day out our staff cares lovingly for our residents.  They do so in different ways but always with love and care. Everyone helps where they can, and they are always willing to fill in a gap when needed. Shifts can get long and staff can get tired but what never wavers is their commitment and love for the residents. I am so thankful for the many ways you have reached out to them as work during this time of pandemic.  It lightens their hearts and reminds them of your presence even though they don’t get to see you as they usually would. 

  

I also thank you for the way you support me. I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate it. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at or 317-213-8430.

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean Foltz

May 8, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

We look forward to having many visitors this weekend as we celebrate Mother’s Day.  We have additional staff coming in on Sunday in anticipation that many of our moms will be getting phone calls, window visits, and gifts. We will have a table set up in our lobby as we anticipate many care packages and flower deliveries.  We have an additional receptionist coming in to run deliveries to residents.  Thank you in advance for the creative ways you will celebrate your mom during this time of visitation restrictions.  Our residents look forward to the many ways you are reaching out to them.  It truly adds joy to their days.

 

We are still waiting on the results of the testing.  I did receive results for five of our Health Care residents.  All of them are negative.  We give thanks to God for the blessing of good health. We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Four of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

As I continue to count my blessings this week, I want you to know that I count each of you as a blessing in my life.  Each of you holds an important place in our community.  I am grateful for the creative ways you show love to your loved ones, our staff and for the way that you have supported me during this pandemic.  Know that I thank God for the blessing of YOU!  If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

May 9, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

 

Today was another beautiful spring day.  Our residents enjoyed patio time, window visits and virtual chats.  We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to enjoy the spring weather. Next week we will begin allowing residential residents to spend some time walking outdoors during patio times.  They can exit and enter through the patio doors.  We are asking that they stay on the back path of our grounds and the monastery grounds.  We look forward to getting some recreational walking in again.  We are asking that they take their masks with them in case they encounter others during their walk.

 

I have wonderful news to share! We have received 44 out of 52 of our Health Center tests back.  They were all negative for COVID 19.  We thank God for the continued gift of good health.  Unfortunately, ISDH informed us today that the lab lost eight of our COVID 19 tests.  Needless to say, we are very disappointed. We will need to retest seveb residents and one employee early next week.  We continue to pray for an end to COVID 19 and for continued good health for our residents.   

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees.  Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Four of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for continued healing for our caregivers.  

 

Blessings to each of you as you celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow.  May it be filled with the gifts of love, peace, joy, and many memories of those who loved us into being. 

 

If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean Foltz

May 10, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

 

 

It looks like the weather will change each hour of this day.  I am hoping that you will have the opportunity to stop by and see your mother in the midst of it all.  

 

As I reflect on Mother’s Day, I think of my own mom and the way she has blessed my life.  I also think of others who have mothered me into life. There are many who have served as wisdom figures in my life and I am certainly the better for it.  As you remember your mother today, give thanks to God for the blessing of her in your life.  Also take time to reflect on the wisdom figures in your life that have also been a mother to you and give God thanks.  

 

Today I will be working the floor for the evening shift.  In fact, I will be working this shift today through Thursday.  Because of this, I am sending this letter earlier today.  We will be testing the seven residents and one employee that needs to be retested.  As soon as I hear from the ISDH, I will let you know what day that will be.  

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 8 tests pending – seven residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Four of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for continued healing for our caregivers. 

 

May today be filled with many blessings as you celebrate Mother’s Day. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 11, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

 

I want you to know that I have not heard back from the ISDH Strike Team that will set up our time for testing.  I contacted them on Saturday when I found out that 8 of our tests had been lost.  I thought they would contact me today.  Since I have not heard from them, I contacted them again this afternoon.  As soon as I hear from them and have a date and time for the testing of seven of our residents and one employee, I will let you know.

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 8 tests pending – seven residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Four of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for continued healing for our caregivers. 

 

It looks like we will have a cooler start to the week but by Thursday it should be in the 70’s and then start climbing into the 80’s by next week. While there is some rain forecast, it looks like there will also be a lot of sun.  This makes me happy as it allows our residents more patio time. With the warm weather coming on, so does the chance of a sunburn.  If your loved one enjoys being outside, please make sure that they have some sunscreen to protect them from the sun. 

 

As we journey through each day, we are not alone but always connected in the Spirit. I pray for all of you and ask God to give you the grace you need to get through this challenging time.  If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 12, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

 

I have been reflecting a lot during this pandemic about St. Benedict’s call that we “receive each person as Christ.”  I am so aware that as we care for each resident we are doing just that.  Each resident offers us a glimpse of Christ.  What a privilege and a gift it is to serve them.  As Janet and I work the floor in health care this week, we have the opportunity to pray with and for each resident as we put them to bed.  What a gift!  I am so thankful for each of them.

 

We found out today that the county will be dropping off more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for us on Thursday.  We are very happy about this news.  This will help us so that we don’t run short.  

 

The COVID 19 update is the same.  We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 8 tests pending – seven residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Five of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for continued healing for our caregivers. 

 

We are blessed with good health.  Please continue to join us in praying for continued good health for each resident.  If you have any questions, please let me know. You can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 13, 2020

Dear Family and Friends,

 

In a homily that Pope Francis gave yesterday on International Nurses Day, he said of nurses, “You are an image of the Church as a ‘field hospital’ that continues to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ, who drew near to and healed people with all kinds of sickness and who stooped down to wash the feet of his disciples.”  I was deeply touched by these words and would extend them to all our staff and those around the world who are doing their best to care for the sick and the elderly.  I am so thankful for our staff who, called to serve the elderly, love this ministry, and do all that they can to make each day the best it can be for each resident. 

 

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 8 tests pending – seven residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Six of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work. We are so thankful that they have recovered and are back with our community. We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray the two caregivers who are still recovering.

 

 

I am sorry to say that I still have not heard back from the Strike Team.  I emailed them on Saturday, Monday and Tuesday and still have not heard back.  As soon as I do, I will let you know the day that they will be coming to do the testing.

 

 

I hope you had a good day and tomorrow is filled with many blessings. Each day we have is a gift of from God. Let us make the most of each one of them. If you have any questions, you can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 14, 2020

Dear Families and Friends,

 

Today was an interesting weather day.  The rain this morning made me think we were in for a rainy day.  God had another idea and sent the sun out to shine in all her glory.  Of course, the downpour at the end of the day was another surprise.  Spring is really something in Indiana.

 

I finally heard back from ISDH about the testing.  They said that they need to investigate how the lab lost the tests.  They want to do this before retesting.  This was frustrating news as we have waited five days already. I called Dr. Hurley and will work with him to decide what needs to happen next.  As soon as I know something, I will let you know.  The residents who need to be retested are not symptomatic at this time.  

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 8 tests pending – seven residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Six of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for the two employees who are still healing.  

 

May your day be filled with many blessings.  Just as the rain saturates the earth, may God’s grace rain on us as we keep surrendering to God’s love during this pandemic.  If you have any questions, you can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 15, 2020

Dear Families,

 

Last night was a difficult night for me and my community.  Sr. Jennifer Mechtild, the prioress of our community, has asked me to let you know that Sr. Theresine Will died in the early hours of the morning.  Sr. Theresine has been a resident at the Hermitage for the past four years.  You might not know this but Sr. Theresine taught Dr. Hurley in kindergarten.  She has been on hospice since late January. On Holy Saturday, May 11, she took a turn for the worse and had been declining ever since.  While we rejoice that she is now with God, we will miss her presence greatly.   Please hold my community, the staff and residents in your prayers as we mourn the loss of Sr. Theresine.  

 

This Indiana weather really makes patio time hard. We keep hoping for gaps in the rain so that the residents can enjoy patio time.  Pray that the rain will cooperate with us. 

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 8 tests pending – seven residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Six of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for the two employees who are still healing. 

 

There is a lot of loss on so many levels at this time in our world. Let us pray for one another as we experience such loss hat this time. May we have the grace we need to make it through this very difficult time.   If you have any questions, you can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 16, 2020

Dear Families and Friends,

 

Earlier today a resident was assessed using our change in condition assessment form from the Indiana State Department of Health.  In consultation with Dr. Daniel Hurley, our Medical Director, it was decided that a COVID 19 test should be ordered in addition to other tests. Of course, there can be many causes for the symptoms the resident is having.  This resident was moved into an isolation room until testing is complete. This is a precautionary measure to make sure that we catch any case of COVID 19 early to prevent the spread of it in our community. The resident tested negative for COVID 19 during the last screening process.

 

Please know that we have followed, and will continue to do so, all guidance set forth for privacy, patient care, employee safety, and efforts to stop the spread of COVID 19 as provided by the Indiana Department of Health and the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

 

I have been in touch with the Strike Team about the seven residents and one employee who need to be re-tested because their tests were lost.  I received an email this morning that they need to move it up to their supervisor since none of them are symptomatic at this time. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 9 tests pending – eight residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Six of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for the two employees who are still healing.  

 

Please continue to join us in prayer as we pray for the health of all of our residents and employees.    If you have any questions, you can reach me by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430. 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 17, 2020

Dear Families and Friends,

 

“Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another.” Laudate Si – Pope Francis

We are DEFINITELY connected to each other, and COVID has made us realize that even more as we await the time when we can again gather with our family and friends. 

 

When doing our routine shift checks, we found a resident that had a temperature.  This resident had no other COVID 19 symptoms.  We are requesting that he be retested as a precautionary measure.  The resident is on isolation precautions and is in a private room.  

 

We currently have had no residents ill with COVID 19 and no residents who are symptomatic at this time.   Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 10 tests pending – nine residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Six of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for the two employees who are still healing. 

 

Yesterday some of the sisters came over to weed some of our flower beds. They worked for a couple of hours and got quite a bit done.  

 

With all that is going on in our world, let us take some time to reflect on all the good that is happening.  I am always amazed by how, at a time of crisis, so many people step forward to help.  If you have any questions, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 18, 2020

Dear Families and Friends,

 

Yesterday afternoon I received word that the ISDH Strike Team would be coming on Monday to do the testing.  They came this morning and were able to get the testing done.  It will take 24 – 72 hours to get the results.  We were able to get the seven residents and one employee whose tests were lost re-tested.  We also tested the two residents I told you about this past weekend.  Last evening there was another resident who felt under the weather, so we had that resident tested as well since the Strike Team was coming out.  I will let you know as soon as I receive the testing results.  

 

I want you to know that when I was working in Health Care last evening, I injured my back while helping a resident.  The doctor said that I need to rest on a heating pad to let it begin to heal. I am in my apartment resting but want you to know I am still accessible by phone and by email.  I am also checking in with the staff regularly.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have 11 tests pending – ten residents and one employee. Four of our staff who are ill are direct care staff on the Health Care Center.  Six of the eight staff have recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents. Let us pray for the two employees who are still healing.  

 

Some of the sisters from the monastery will be cleaning the windows (that they can reach) of the Hermitage.  They want the windows to be nice for your window visits.  They hope to do so later this week since there is supposed to be several days of dry weather.  

 

I was glad to see a few good days in the forecast.  It was amazing what a little sun and warmth can do for a person.  If you have any questions, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

May 19, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Alleluia!!! Today I thank God for continued blessings of good health for our St. Paul Hermitage Community! All our tests that ISDH completed yesterday came back negative. All our employees have also been cleared to return to work.  What a gift that is for our residents.  They miss our staff when they are away.  That is one of the gifts of having consistent care givers.  It helps our residents, families and caregivers form a special bond.  Let us continue to pray for those in our world who are sick with COVID 19. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

Today our residents enjoyed exercise and rosary. It was another rainy day outside, but our residents still enjoyed some window visits.  We appreciate your dedication to visiting rain or shine.  Our residents also enjoyed virtual chats.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  I am still resting my back at this time but will return calls and e-mails as I am able. Know of my prayers for each of you. 

 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

May 20, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

It is with a joyful heart I share with you that Kathy Vanderslice began training this week for her position as Director of Nursing.  Kathy comes to us with 35 years of nursing experience.  She has served as Director of Nursing in Long Term and Skilled Nursing Facilities for over 15 years.  She has a passion for serving the elderly.  Kathy is looking forward to getting to know each of you.  Once we are back open to visitors, we will have a formal meet and greet. 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sr. Margaret Ann Dailey for serving as our interim Director of Nursing.  She has done a great job of leading our nursing services.  She will be staying on for a short time as a part-time evening shift nurse.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

I am in the process of planning another employee appreciation event on Friday, June 5 from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm.  I will be serving Italian Ice to our employees and offering my gratitude for all they are doing.  I want to invite you again to offer your appreciation by writing some words of gratitude on the paper attached to this e-mail.  Please consider creating a “heart felt hug” for our staff.  Your words and creativity will do so much to encourage our staff to continue their good work.  Please put it in an envelope and drop it off or mail it to me prior to June 5.  Thank you for your participation in this act of love.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean           

May 21, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

One of our residents was assessed after letting the nurse know that she was not feeling well. It was decided in consultation Dr. Daniel Hurley, our Medical Director, that a COVID 19 test should be ordered in addition to other tests. Currently, this resident is in isolation. This is a precautionary measure to make sure that we catch any case of COVID 19 early to prevent the spread of it in our community. The Strike Team was notified about our request to have this resident tested. I will update you once the testing has been scheduled.  Let us pray for our resident who is under the weather and for all in our world who are ill at this time.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

Just a reminder that I am collecting “heart felt hugs” for our next employee event.  I want to invite you again to offer your appreciation by writing some words of gratitude on the paper attached to this e-mail.  Your words and creativity will do so much to encourage our staff to continue their good work.  Please put it in an envelope and drop it off or mail it to me prior to June 5.  Thank you for your participation in this act of love.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean          

May 22, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

The Strike Team came out today to test our resident.  The nurse who performed the test let me know that the Governor has given them the weekend and Monday off for Memorial Day.  This means we will not find out about results until Tuesday or later.  

 

I also had a staff member call me this afternoon to let me know that they were not feeling well.  They were tested this afternoon.  This staff member is a direct caregiver who last worked last evening.  Let us pray for the sick in our community and for all in our world who are ill at this time.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have two tests pending.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  

 

Today we were blessed by our window washing team from Our Lady of Grace Monastery.  The residents enjoyed having their windows cleaned on the outside by our sisters.  They enjoyed waving and blowing kisses.  This was a beautiful act of love.  We are grateful that they are helping to clean your window into our community.  I hope you able to come by and visit this weekend.  It is supposed to be beautiful.  We are looking forward to spending time outdoors.   

 

Just a reminder that I am collecting “heart felt hugs” for our next employee event.  I want to invite you again to offer your appreciation by writing some words of gratitude on the paper attached to this e-mail.  Your words and creativity will do so much to encourage our staff as they continue to do their good work.  Please put it in an envelope and drop it off or mail it to me prior to June 5.  Thank you for your participation in this act of love.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean           

May 23, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

The Strike Team came out today to test our resident.  The nurse who performed the test let me know that the Governor has given them the weekend and Monday off for Memorial Day.  This means we will not find out about results until Tuesday or later.  

 

I also had a staff member call me this afternoon to let me know that they were not feeling well.  They were tested this afternoon.  This staff member is a direct caregiver who last worked last evening.  Let us pray for the sick in our community and for all in our world who are ill at this time.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have two tests pending.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  

 

Today we were blessed by our window washing team from Our Lady of Grace Monastery.  The residents enjoyed having their windows cleaned on the outside by our sisters.  They enjoyed waving and blowing kisses.  This was a beautiful act of love.  We are grateful that they are helping to clean your window into our community.  I hope you able to come by and visit this weekend.  It is supposed to be beautiful.  We are looking forward to spending time outdoors.   

 

Just a reminder that I am collecting “heart felt hugs” for our next employee event.  I want to invite you again to offer your appreciation by writing some words of gratitude on the paper attached to this e-mail.  Your words and creativity will do so much to encourage our staff as they continue to do their good work.  Please put it in an envelope and drop it off or mail it to me prior to June 5.  Thank you for your participation in this act of love.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean           

May 24, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

I have wonderful news to share with you this evening.  ISDH was able to process our pending test before taking the weekend off.  The results came back negative.  What a blessing.  The resident was thrilled as they are now able to enjoy the beautiful weather that this weekend has in store.  We are still waiting on the results from the test done on our employee as it was done at a different site. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have one test pending.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  

 

Our residents enjoyed time outdoors.  We were able to get some patio time in prior to the afternoon thunderstorm.  Our residents also enjoyed video chats and window visits with family.  I want to let you know that you can once again schedule your virtual chats through the activity directors.  Our Health Care Activity Director has returned to work.  You no longer need to schedule it through me. You can schedule your virtual chats by e-mailing Misti at healthcare.activities@stpaulhermitage.org. 

 

Just a reminder that I am collecting “heart felt hugs” for our next employee event.  I want to invite you again to offer your appreciation by writing some words of gratitude on the paper attached to this e-mail.  Your words and creativity will do so much to encourage our staff as they continue to do their good work.  Please put it in an envelope and drop it off or mail it to me prior to June 5.  Thank you for your participation in this act of love.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean      

May 25, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

As we celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow, let us remember all the men and women who died while serving the United States Armed Forces. I invite you to join me in prayer this prayer:

 

Loving God,

As our nation pauses today 

to remember those in the military who have given their lives

for freedoms we enjoy, 

we pray you would have us all look to you for strength, 

comfort and guidance.

Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. 

Bless them and their families.
Grant your loving protection. 

Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. 

 

Especially let your mercy rest upon our land, 

even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving 

your past goodness on this country.

Preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform 

as they defend our citizenry.

Most of all, we pray that you would turn the hearts of all 

- military and civilian – to

your holy Word where we find the true peace for our souls 

that surpasses all understanding. 

Keep us repentant of sin. 

Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace.

In this peace and hope for eternity, we pray through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Author Unknown

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have one test pending.  All of our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

I am excited about celebrating the staff with our “heart felt hugs” on Friday,    June 5. It would be wonderful if you could fill one out and email, mail or drop it by.  I have attached a copy of the form to this email so that you can fill out. If you are having trouble downloading the attached document, you can email me with what you want to say, and I will transfer your message to the attached document.   I know it will make our staff happy as they receive your support and love.    Thank you for your participation in this act of love.

 

Blessings as you celebrate Memorial Day tomorrow.   May it be filled with the graces you need. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 26, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day!  We were blessed with great weather.  It was a nice day for window chats.

 

Last night a resident was assessed using our change in condition assessment form from the Indiana State Department of Health.  In consultation with Dr. Daniel Hurley, our Medical Director, it was decided that a COVID 19 test should be ordered in addition to other tests. The COVID 19 test is scheduled for tomorrow morning at 10:00 am. This resident was moved into an isolation room until testing is complete. Of course, there can be many causes for the symptoms the resident is having.   This is a precautionary measure to make sure that we catch any case of COVID 19 early to prevent the spread of it in our community.     

 

It is always hard to share this kind of news because I know that it very stressful to receive.  The roller coaster of emotions we have been living through these past months does not seem to end.  And, yet, in the midst of it all, we are called to lean into Jesus’ love and trust that we are not alone.  He is walking with us through it all and will never abandon us.  Let us hold onto the gift of Jesus’ presence and know that we are held in His embrace. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. We have two tests pending.  All of our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 27, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Our pending COVID 19 test came back negative!!!  What a blessing.  Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  

 

Today was another beautiful day, our residents love the sunshine.  It allows our residents some time out in the sunshine.  I know that they are grateful for the time outdoors.  The weather tomorrow will probably keep us indoors.  

 

With summer coming, I need to remind you that the ISDH guidelines currently remain strict.  We are only allowed to have visitors in our building if we have clinical documentation that it could be an end of life situation.  All other visiting at this time must be done through glass windows.  We are not allowed to open the windows.  We are not able to have families visit while residents are out on the patio.  I know this is very difficult.  I want nothing more than to be able to see the smiling faces of our residents visiting with family on the breezeway.  This is always a sign of summer to me.  I look forward to the day we can have you visit in person again.  For now, we still must follow the guidelines for window visits with shut windows and no visiting outdoors.  Let us continue to pray for an end to this pandemic.

 

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  I have been working a few night shifts a week, which means I need to sleep the following day.  If you leave a message, I will return your call as soon as I am able.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean           

May 28, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

One of our employees went home sick today.  They previously tested positive for COVID-19.  They were off for fifteen days following the positive test and showed no symptom at any time.  They returned to work 12 days ago.  This morning they started to feel sick and so called their doctor.   He said that they need to be tested again.  We will let you know when we hear the result of this test.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  

 

Today our residents enjoyed window visits, video chat and time outside.  We are grateful that the rain only stayed a short time and all who wanted to be outside were able to enjoy this sunny afternoon.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach me at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org or 317-213-8430.  

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean           

May 29, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

As we come closer to the end of the month of May, it is important that we look back for the many blessings God has showered upon us.  It certainly is a difficult and challenging time but it is also a time that God has been very near to us.  Let us thank God for protecting us and holding us close.

 

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful.  The sun will be out and it won’t be too hot.  A wonderful combination for sure!  

 

Once again I would like to ask you to call on anyone you know who makes cloth masks.  We are in need of a few more.  Wearing them day in and day out causes a lot of wear and tear.  If you are able to get any, please drop them off and ask the receptionist to give them to me.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees.  All of our staff are recovered and have returned to work. We have one test pending.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.

 

Blessings on your weekend. May it be filled with joy and peace.   Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or by e-mail at administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean

May 30, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Today was another beautiful spring day.  Our residents enjoyed time outdoors and many of them had window visitors.  It is always good to see you as participate in window visits and virtual chats.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We currently have one test pending.

 

I have had a few questions about what our facility is going to do regarding routine COVID 19 testing.  It has been on the news that CMS is asking facilities to do routine testing of facility staff and residents.  Currently, ISDH is working on coming out with guidelines to meet this federal mandate.  Since testing is very costly and resources are limited, ISDH is figuring out how to handle the new regulations. I have set up a few virtual meetings for next week with lab companies that we can partner with to begin to do routine testing.  We are hoping to`q1 do the first set of routine testing in the next two weeks.  I will let you know in the coming days what St. Paul Hermitage’s plan will be.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Know that I hold each of you in my daily prayers.

 

In Christ’s Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean  

 

 

May 31, 2020

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families and Friends,

 

Happy Pentecost!  May the Holy Spirit bless you with abundant gifts, and may they bear fruit in your life.  I am including a prayer for Pentecost.  It is adapted from the New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book.

 

Spirit of wisdom and understanding,

Enlighten our minds to perceive the mysteries of the universe

in relation to eternity.

 

Spirit of right judgement and courage,

guide us and make us firm in our baptismal decision

to follow Jesus’ way of love.

 

Spirit of knowledge and reverence,

help us to see the lasting value of justice and mercy

in our everyday dealings with one another.

 

May we respect life as we work to solve problems

Of family and nation, the pandemic, economy, and ecology.

 

Spirit of God, spark our faith, hope and love

into new action each day.

 

Fill our lives with wonder and awe in your presence 

which penetrates all creation.

 

Through Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have had no COVID 19 positive residents.  We have had eight COVID positive employees. All our staff are recovered and have returned to work.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We currently have one test pending.

 

May this day of Pentecost be filled with many graces for you and all your loved ones.  Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org. 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean           

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