February 28, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

As I shared in my last letter, we were expecting new guidance on Friday February 26 from IDH on visitation and excursions.  Unfortunately, we have not received that guidance.  I am hoping that IDH will send it out in the coming days.  Once we receive the guidance, we must write a policy, get it approved, educate our staff, get the policy out to you and in-service our residents on the new guidance.  It will not be possible to implement them on Monday March 8, 2021 as originally anticipated because we have not received what we need to begin the process.  

 

 

I will let you know the timeline of implementation as I get the policies out to you.  Please read the coming updates carefully and share with other family members who may not be on our e-mail list.  

 

 

This weekend we received our staff PCR tests back.  They were all negative.  We are grateful for the continued good health of our residents and staff.  

 

 

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 begins the month of March.  It is hard to believe it is already March.  March is National Women’s History month, recognizing the contributions of women in all fields of life.  We are grateful for the many women who contribute to the fields of long-term care, nursing, and the medical profession.  

 

Blessings on your week ahead.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 25, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was our weekly meeting with IDH.  We were informed that we will be receiving an update to the visitation and excursion guidance tomorrow.  I will be working on policy updates over the weekend.  Next week I will update you on the changes and send out the policies once they are approved.  We will be increasing the number of hours we have visitation.  Health Care and Residential will have daily visitation hours.  All changes will be implemented Monday March 8, 2021.  Please read the coming updates carefully and share with other family members who may not be on our e-mail list.  

 

 

Today was our weekly staff testing using the extended test.  We will receive results over the weekend.  We have 73 tests pending. We will continue to test weekly while the positivity rate remains low.

 

 

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 3.8%.

 

 

Blessing on your weekend.  

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 24, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

Tomorrow is our weekly staff testing using the extended test.  We will receive results over the weekend.  We will continue to test weekly while the positivity rate remains low.

 

We will have our third Vaccination Clinic next Friday.  We have several staff and a couple of new residents who will receive their second shots.  We also will be giving first shot to some employees and new residents.  After this third clinic, our pharmacy will begin to give COVID 19 vaccinations once a month as needed.  We are excited about this transition and the ability to offer shots monthly if they are needed.

 

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 3.7%.

 

Tomorrow is our weekly meeting with IDH.  We are grateful for this weekly connection that allows us to receive updates, ask questions and advocate on our residents’ behalf.  It is important that we have input into these regulations.

 

Know of my prayers and support.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

 

February 23, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

Today our residents enjoyed visitation, virtual chats, and window visits.  We are grateful for the variety of ways that you continue to connect with your loved ones.  Please remember to sign up for visitation prior to noon the day before your visit as this allows our staff to prepare for your visit.  See below for a reminder of our visitation dates and times.

 

Health Care Indoor Family Visitation will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

 

Afternoon Hours:

1:15 pm-2:15 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:15 pm- 7:15 pm

 

Residential Indoor Family Visitation will take place Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

 

Afternoon Hours:

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 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 3.8%.

 

 

This week the United States reached 500,000 lives lost to COVID 19.  This size of loss seems incomprehensible.  This pandemic has gone on longer than any of us ever imagined and all of us are grieving.  Many of us have lost people that we love.  We grieve the loss of our normal routine and being able to visit those that we love.  We continue to anxiously await the day that we can give our loved ones a hug.  During the grief there is also hope.  Hope that the vaccine will help bring an end to the pandemic.  Hope in the knowledge that we do not journey alone.  Let us continue to pray for all those who lost their lives and for those who love them.  May we continue to have the strength to do our part by social distancing, mask wearing and getting the vaccination when we are able.  

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 22, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

A new week is upon us.  We are looking forward to the week ahead.  I wanted to remind you that we are still required to test all visitors.  If you have had both of your vaccinations and are two weeks past your second vaccination, you do not need to be tested.  This is the guidance from the Marion County Health Department.  You must bring in a copy of your vaccination card for our records.  If we do not have your vaccination card on record, you will be asked to have a rapid test prior to your visitation.  We are grateful that many of you are getting vaccinated as you are able.  It is an important part of ending this pandemic.

 

 

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 3.6%.

 

 

Tomorrow is Banana Bread day.  In Hawaii during World War I, a surplus of bananas resulted from very few ships available to export the fruit.  To prevent waste, alternative uses for bananas were developed. For example, bakeries started incorporating the fruit into their bread.  Enjoy some banana bread or if you have some overly ripe bananas consider turning it into banana bread.  

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 21, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

This weekend all our staff tests came back negative.  We are grateful for the continued good health of our employees.  Most of our residents are now 14 days past their second vaccination.  They are now able to go to doctors’ appointments without quarantining for 14 days if they go straight there and back.  The Indiana Department of Health and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare services still have not lifted the regulations surrounding other types of excursions.  The IDH excursion policy says “The State Department of Health strongly recommends

against residents leaving facilities for excursions, including funeral and weddings currently. Individuals who leave the facility for these types of visits should be placed in Transmission Base Precautions quarantine for 14 days when returning.”   We will let you know when this is updated.   Thank you for your patience.  

 

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%.

 

 

Today we begin the second week of Lent.  Blessings to each of you during this time of fasting and preparation for Easter.  May we continue to grow in love and service to one another as we enter the week ahead.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

 

 

 

February 18,  2021

Today we completed our staff testing.  We should receive the tests make over the weekend.  We have 72 staff tests pending.  We will continue to test weekly until the positivity rate is lower than 5% for two weeks.  I have had questions regarding visitor testing.  We are still required to test visitors every 72 hours per Marion County Health Department.  If you have had both vaccinations and are 14 days past your second shot, you do not need to be tested unless you are symptomatic.  I need a copy of your vaccination card for our records.  Thank you for continuing to help keep our residents safe by taking a rapid test every 72 hours.  We are grateful.

 

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 4.4%.

 

 

Tomorrow is National Caregivers Day which honors the health care professionals across the country providing long-term and hospice care.  Around the nation dedicated health care professionals serve those who require long-term or hospice care. They provide vital services, reassuring patients and families who care about them. Caregivers deliver a variety of duties from personal care to medical services with compassion and professionalism.  Their days may be long and demanding, but they provide support to those who need it most.  Tomorrow we celebrate all our staff who have worked tirelessly during this pandemic.  They go above and beyond every day to provide quality care to your loved ones.  If you have the chance to thank someone on our staff tomorrow, please do so.  Let us pray for all health care professionals serving in long-term care and hospice.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 17, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Tomorrow is our weekly staff testing.  We are once again using the extended PCR test.  It is the most accurate test. We should have the results back this weekend.  We are testing once a week because the positivity rate is below 10%.  We are no longer required to test residents unless they have had an exposure or are symptomatic.  This is due to the positivity rate being below 10%.  We are thrilled that the positivity rate continues to decrease each day.  

 

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 4.6%.

 

Today marked the beginning of lent.  Many of our residents attended Mass. Lent is a special time in our liturgical year.  Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebration of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, almsgiving and prayer.  May God bless each of us as we enter into this Lenten season.  

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 16, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today our residents enjoyed celebrating Fat Tuesday.  Sr. Susan Marie made our residential residents Fat Tuesday cupcakes. They were served in individual Mardi Gras themed boxes.  Our residents loved them.  I am very grateful for the creative way that our activity departments continue to find ways to celebrate amid the pandemic.  Our residents also enjoy indoor visitation, virtual chats and talking about the snow.  This snowy Tuesday turned out to be a great day.

 

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 4.8%.

 

Lent begins tomorrow with the distribution of ashes and a reminder of the penitential nature of the season. Usually, following a service or mass, the pastor or priest will invite their congregation to receive the ashes on their forehead. A cross pattern or other similar mark is made. This solemn day begins a time of meditation, reflection, self-examination, study, and contemplation when Christians consider their own mortality and sinfulness in preparation for Easter.  Blessings to you as we enter this season of Lent.  We began this pandemic journey during last lent.  May we take time this lent to continue to pray for an end to this pandemic, for all Health Care workers and for the graces we need to continue this pandemic journey.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 15, 2021

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today our residents enjoyed indoor visits, virtual chats and watching the snow fall.  Our residents in the Health Center were trying to guess if it is snowman making snow or not.  Susan went out to check for them.  We learned it is not snowman making snow.  It is pretty to watch from the warmth of indoors.

 

 

I am grateful for our staff who continue to go above and beyond to care for our residents here.  Many of our staff stayed overnight last night and are staying overnight tonight to help to make sure that our staffing remains good during this winter storm.  We are truly blessed by the caregivers we have on our team.

 

 

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 5.2%.

 

 

Tomorrow is “Fat Tuesday,” a day of feasting and festivity before the Lenten season begins.  The roots of the celebration have been woven together for centuries from medieval spring festivals and feasts that were based on the Christian calendar.  Fat Tuesday is celebrated around the world in its various forms all of which harken back to these roots of spring festivals and religious fasting in preparation for the Holy day of Easter.  Blessings on your Fat Tuesday!

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 14, 2021

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

Today is Valentine’s Day.  Our residents enjoyed visits, treats, flowers and virtual chats.  Thank you for making their Valentine’s Day Special.  Our residents are well loved!

 

 

This weekend we received our staff tests back.  All of them were negative.  This week, since we remain under 10%, we will again be testing staff only on Thursday.  We will use the extended PCR tests as it is more accurate.  Our residents will not be tested unless they have an exposure or are symptomatic.  We are grateful that our county positivity rate continues to drop.

 

 

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%.

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day began as St. Valentine’s Day, a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus.  February 14th first became associated with romantic love during the High Middle Ages as the tradition of courtly love was then flourishing. During 18th century England, this day evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery and sending Valentine cards.   I hope your Valentine’s Day was filled with many blessings and that you were able to share your love with those most important to you.  Blessings on your week ahead.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 11, 2021

Today was our weekly meeting with IDH.  We learned a few new things today. Health and Human Services has extended the current Public Health Emergency until the end of 2021.  This is not surprising as they will not end the Health Emergency until we reach herd immunity.  To reach herd immunity we need 80% of the population to have immunity through either natural anti-bodies or through the COVID 19 vaccination.  That is why it is important to get vaccinated when you are eligible for it.

 

 

The second update that we received is regarding visitor testing.  We are still required to test all visitors unless you have received both vaccinations and are 14 days past your second vaccine.  Once you are 14 days past your second vaccination, you are considered to have immunity.  Once you have completed your COVID Vaccination series, please turn a copy of your vaccination card to us.  You will no longer need to be tested when you come for visitation unless you are symptomatic.  We will still screen you for symptoms prior to each visit.

 

 

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.  Today was staff testing and we have 82 staff tests pending.   Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 5.6%.

 

 

Today, “Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day,” promotes a positive attitude even when things might not be going your way. It is a day for looking on the bright side of things and then carrying that feeling with you every day after. Do not worry and do not stress over the little things. Life is too short to let the little things bother us.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 10, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

Today we had indoor visitation for our Residential Residents.  We are grateful to be able to visit indoors once again when the weather is cold and snowy.  Our residents enjoy our times of visitation.  I wanted to remind you to please sign up prior to noon the day before your visit.  This gives us time to communicate your visit with our staff and your loves one.  Please see below for visitation times.

Health Care Indoor Family Visitation will take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Afternoon Hours:

1:15 pm-2:15 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:15 pm- 7:15 pm

 

Residential Indoor Family Visitation will take place Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

Afternoon Hours:

1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

6:30 pm- 7:30 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 5.8%.

 

 

Today is the feast of St. Scholastica.  I am grateful that I was able to get home to the monastery for prayer and Mass.  It is always great to be with my religious community.  Know of my prayers for each of you and my gratitude that you have chosen to entrust with your loved one’s care. 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 9, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Now that the positivity rate is lower and our second vaccination clinic is done, we are now receiving many questions about changes to current COVID 19 protocols.  Susan Harden, DON and I attend weekly meetings with IDH.  I will let you know when regulatory changes occur (excursions, visitation, quarantine), what the changes are and when they will be implemented.  We can not make any changes on our own.  It comes from federal, state and county regulators.  

 

 

Tonight, I received an e-mail from IDH regarding a change to doctor’s appointments.  Residents are now able to go to a doctor’s appointments without needing to quarantine if they go straight there and back.  They will also need to wear an N95 mask.  If a resident chooses to do something along the way, IDH is requiring 14 days of quarantine.  This is for office visits only.  If your loved one’s appointment is at the hospital or if the go to the ER, they will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.  I know that we desire many more changes, but this is the first step.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

 

 

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 6.2%.

 

 

Tomorrow is the feast of St. Scholastica, twin sister of St. Benedict.   As a youth, Scholastica consecrated her life to God, and in her later life founded and governed a monastery of nuns.  The Benedictine values of prayer, work, study, community, reverence, and hospitality are hallmarks of the life of St. Scholastica. She is indeed a role model to all of us who are part of the Benedictine Charism.  The sisters of Our Lady of Grace Monastery, who own and work here at the Hermitage, invite you to pray and celebrate with them and Benedictines throughout the world!

 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 4, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Tomorrow is our vaccination clinic.  We are very excited to receive our second shots tomorrow. The vaccination clinics continue to give us hope that we are one step closer to ending this time of pandemic in our world.  

 

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 7.3%.

 

 

Tomorrow we will have visitation in the garage.  We will not have any visitation this weekend due to the probability of side effects after the second vaccination.  Dr. Hurley recommended that we allow our residents to rest over the weekend.  Since many may feel fatigued and achy after their vaccination.  We will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020. 

 

Today on our call with IDH we learned that we are now required to not only test our visitors, but we will need to have you wear an N95 mask and face shield during your indoor visits.  This again is a preventative measure that IDH is asking us to implement to help keep COVID out of our facility.  We will also provide information to you as to what to do if you feel ill while you are visiting.  I thank you in advance for continuing to remain patient in this time of everchanging guidance from IDH and CMS.

 

Blessings to you this evening and know of prayers for each of you.  

 

 

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 3, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

As you know on Monday, we had six of our rapid tests come back positive.  Late last evening we received word that they are all false positives.  Today we received all resident tests back and they are all negative.  We are grateful for this good news as we look forward to our second vaccination clinic.

 

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 7.4%.

 

Tomorrow and Friday we will have visitation in the garage.  We will not have any visitation this weekend due to the probability of side effects after the second vaccination.  Dr. Hurley recommended that we allow our residents to rest over the weekend.  Since many may feel fatigued and achy after their vaccination.  We will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020.

 

Tomorrow is National Homemade Soup Day.  Many soups also offer medicinal properties. What was once considered a wives’ tale, chicken soup now has the backing of the scientific community. Yes, chicken soup helps relieve the symptoms of the common cold. How? Well, scientists believe that a bowl of the soup may reduce inflammation of the lungs. It is thought that chicken soup slows down the activity of white blood cells that can cause inflammation.  Enjoy a warm bowl of soup today.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 2, 2021

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our residents.  We used the PCR test.  This will be our last week to test our residents since the positivity rate has remained below 10%.  While the positivity rate is below 10% , we only need to do exposure testing if an exposure occurs.  Let us continue to pray for the health of our community and for all who have COVID 19.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have six presumed positives that are awaiting confirmatory PCR tests. We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have six pending PCR tests.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 7.6%.

 

 

Visitation this week will need to be altered some do to our vaccination clinic.  We will have indoor visitation Monday through Wednesday.  We will have visitation in the garage on Thursday and Friday.  We will not have any visitation this weekend due to the probability of side effects after the second vaccination.  Dr. Hurley recommended that we allow our residents to rest over the weekend.  Since many may feel fatigued and achy after their vaccination.  We will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020.

 

Tomorrow is National Women Physicians Day This day marks the birthday of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who in 1849 was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States. Dr. Blackwell initiated the movement that helped women gain entry and equality in the field of medicine.  We are grateful for the many woman who continue to make an impact in the medical field during this pandemic.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

February 1, 2021

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our staff.  We administered 70 rapid tests.  Sixty-four tests came back negative and six came back positive.  None of our positives were symptomatic.  They all were in the same 1-hour period of testing.  We believe that these are probably false positives.  We have completed PCR tests on the six of them.  I have been in contact with Dr. Hurley and IDH.  Our staff will remain at home isolating until their PCR tests come back.  We will not isolate any residents at this time.   We were told that many facilities are dealing with false positives with the rapid tests.  Let us continue to pray for the health of our community and for all who have COVID 19.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have 9 recovered residents.  We have 20 recovered employees.  We have six presumed positives that are awaiting confirmatory PCR tests. We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have six pending PCR tests.  Marion county’s positivity rate is currently 7.9%.

 

 

Visitation this week will need to be altered some do to our vaccination clinic.  We will have indoor visitation Monday through Wednesday.  We will have visitation in the garage on Thursday and Friday.  We will not have any visitation this weekend due to the probability of side effects after the second vaccination.  Dr. Hurley recommended that we allow our residents to rest over the weekend.  Since many may feel fatigued and achy after their vaccination.  We will resume our normal indoor visitation schedule on Monday February 8, 2020.

 

 

Tomorrow is Groundhog Day!  Tomorrow the groundhog awakens from his nap and goes outside to see if he can see his shadow. It is believed by many that if the groundhog sees his shadow that there will then be six more weeks of winter.  Let us hope that the groundhog does not see his shadow 😊.  

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

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