October 31, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

We received many of our staff test results back today.  All of them are negative.  We are still waiting on 28 staff test results.  We continue to give thanks for the negative test results.  Please continue to pray all those who are ill with COVID 19.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 26 resident and 28 staff tests pending.

 

Tomorrow we begin indoor visitation for our Residential Residents.  Please remember to come 15 minutes prior to your visitation time to have your COVID testing completed.  We will meet you in the North parking lot and test you in your car.  Once the test comes back, if you are negative, you will be invited in to complete the sign in process.  As we look at the weather for the week ahead, we will be having visitation outdoors on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday if it is above 65 degrees.  The state prefers that we have outdoor visitation whenever possible.   

 

Tomorrow the Church celebrates All Saints Day, a tradition dating back to 609 and Pope Boniface IV.  In 2003, Pope John Paul II marked the day by saying, “We celebrate today the solemnity of All Saints. This invites us to turn our gaze to the immense multitude of those who have already reached the blessed land and points us on the path that will lead us to that destination." The Saints are good models to look to as we seek to grow in holiness.   Let us pray for one another as we each strive to seek God.

 

 If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

October 30, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

I have some good news to share.  We received the results from the Health Care resident tests, and they all came back negative.  We will test them again on Monday.  We also received 25 of our staff tests, and they all came back negative.  Today we tested the residential residents and finished the staff testing.  All the tests have gone to the lab.  I will let you know when I receive the results.  Let us pray for the health of our residents.  

 

Today we met virtually with the platoon leader of the National Guard.  We made plans for the work that they will be doing in our facility.  They will be in our building from 5:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. each day.  They will help with screening staff, medical personnel and visitors as well as taking inventory and stocking PPE.  We received a shipment of PPE from the Indiana Department of Health.  We look forward to building our relationship with the National Guard as we continue to care for our residents.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 26 resident and 70 staff tests pending.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org. 

 

It is hard to believe that tomorrow marks the last day of October.  It is also Halloween.  Let us pray for the safety of all children this weekend as many of them will be out trick-or-treating.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  Know of my prayers for you.   

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

October 29, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Today we tested our staff with the extended PCR test.  We were able to test 77 staff members today.  We will finish the remaining 20 tomorrow.  This is a precautionary measure to make sure that we do not have any staff members working who are asymptomatic.  We will be testing our residential residents tomorrow.  The Indiana Department of Health wants them to be tested prior to staring Mass again.  We hoped to be able to start Mass on November 2.  We will only be able to begin having Mass when the tests come back and are negative.  Sr. Susan Marie will be going around to share with our residential residents our Mass and In-door visitation policy.  Originally, we were going to have a meeting, but the Indiana Department of Health did not want us to have a large group of residents gathering until they are all tested again.  

 

We also need to wait to begin excursions for our residential residents until the positivity rate in our county is lower.  Today our Area Supervisor from Indiana Department of Health, said that our county positivity is at 7.2 % and we need to wait to begin excursions until it is closer to 5 %.  Of course, it will take everyone in Marion county doing their part to help lower that rate.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  We have 34 pending resident and 77 staff tests pending.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org. 

 

Let us continue to pray for all who have COVID 19 in our community, nation and worldwide.  Let us continue to rely on the hope that a vaccine is coming soon.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

October 28, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Today we had a Health Center resident who experienced a change in condition.  Dr. Hurley assessed the individual and they were tested for COVID 19.  It was decided in consultation with Dr. Hurley and the Indiana Department of Health to move that resident to the COVID Unit as a presumed positive.  That individual has many of the COVID symptoms.  The decision to move them prior to the test confirmation was done to help minimize the spread of COVID 19 within our facility.  This means we now have four residents on the COVID unit.  Three of them are stable.  One is quite ill.  They are all being monitored very closely.  Please continue to pray for our residents who have COVID 19.

 

We tested our Health Center residents today.  We will be testing our staff again tomorrow.  This is a precautionary measure to make sure that we do not have any staff members working who are asymptomatic.  We will be using the extended tests instead of the rapid test.  We will also test our residential residents on Friday.  The Indiana Department of Health wants them to be tested prior to Mass on Sunday.  We will only be able to begin having Mass when the tests come back and are negative.  I will be meeting with our Residential Residents on Friday to review some of the changes to our policies and procedures including our COVID 19 Mass procedures.  This meeting will take place at 10 am in the chapel.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have one presumed positive case.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

As you might have heard on the news, the Governor is sending the National Guard to help in Nursing Homes. On Monday, the Indiana National Guard will begin assisting in our facility.  They will be here every day from 8:00 am - 10:00 pm.  They will report to me.  They will be helping with organizing, doing inventory and stocking PPE.  They will help screen staff, visitors, and other medical personnel.  They will also help with cleaning our visitation areas and signing in visitors during assigned visitation times.  They will be with us through the end of the year.  We look forward to having the Guard assist us during this time.  It will help us to continue to focus on that which is most important, resident care.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

I know that things are difficult right now.  I, too, have cried because this pandemic is so unpredictable.  I thank you for your patience, the creative ways that you find to connect and for the gift that you have given us through allowing us to care for your loved one.  Know of my prayers for each of you.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean                

 

 

October 27, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

 

Today we did the weekly testing of the staff.  All the tests came back negative.       It is always a full and long day.  Each staff member received a Halloween goodie bag to thank them for all they are doing.  This weekly testing is not easy on them, but they always participate with a willing and generous spirit. 

 

 

Our Health Center Resident tests have begun coming back.  We have 31 Negative tests.  One test came back positive.  We have two tests still pending.  As a reminder, I will contact you immediately if your loved one is positive for COVID 19.  We will test all residents again on Thursday.  We will also be testing all Health Center staff on Thursday afternoon again with the extended test.  Let us continue to pray for an end to COVID on our Health Care wing.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have two active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

 

Autumn is upon us.  We can feel the chill in the air.  Even though this is not an easy time in each of our lives, let us be sure to take notice each day of the beauty of God’s creation all around us.  

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org

 

 

Count on my prayers for each of you and know that I count on your prayers for me.

 

 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean.                   

October 26, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Today we received a new ISDH guidance for indoor visitation. I am attaching our updated indoor visitation policy.  We are now required to test visitors prior to their visit.  Testing will take place in the North Parking lot.  You will need to have a negative test to visit.  Please plan to arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled visit time.  With cases so prevalent in our community this is an important safety precaution to help keep our COVID 19 numbers low.  Please let me know if you have any questions about our indoor visitation policy.

 

As you know we had a resident test come back positive in Health Care yesterday. We tested all our Health Care residents yesterday as a precautionary measure with a rapid and extended test.  The extended tests will be returned to us in 48-72 hours.  We had one rapid test come back positive.  Both positive residents were moved to the COVID unit.  I know that this is very disappointing news.  We will need to cancel outdoor and indoor visitation for Health Center residents until we go 14 days without a positive test result.   COVID is so prevalent in our city, which is part of the reason we now will need to test visitors.  

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have two active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

Yesterday was a hard and disappointing day for our whole St. Paul Hermitage Community.  I, too, grieve the fact that I had to shut things down again.  Let us continue to pray for one another and hold each other close even as we are apart.  I know with God’s help we will make it through this time.  Thank you for the gift of entrusting us with your loved one’s care.  We do not take that for granted. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean.                   

                

                               

 

October 24, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

This weekend many early voting centers opened.  The pandemic has caused many of us to rethink our voting plan.  Our Activity Directors helped the residents who wanted to vote to apply for an absentee ballot.  These ballots arrived in early September.   Our residents have filled them out.  They have been delivered to the Election Board or mailed per each resident’s request.  I am grateful that our Activity Directors have helped our residents who are able to exercise their right to vote. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

I am enjoying spending time with my community and will return to work early tomorrow.   If you need anything Susan Harden, DON is On Call this weekend.  Her work cell phone number is 317-809-0894.  She will contact me if something urgently needs my attention.

 

Today it was chilly outside.  We did have some Health Center residents enjoy time outside visiting and others chose to remain indoors.  We helped our residents bundle up so they could enjoy their time outdoors.  For the next week with the temperatures being in the 50’s, our residents will decide if they want to go out.  November 1 will be here before we know it.  It will be wonderful to visit inside.

 

May God bless you today and always.

 

Blessings, 

Sr. Heather Jean

October 23, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

This weekend, we look forward to our last full weekend of outdoor visitation.  We look forward to moving inside on November 1, 2020.  Indiana continues to see an increase number in positive COVID 19 tests.  When visiting, please remember to wear mask and maintain six to eight feet from your loved ones throughout your visit.  I know that it is hard to maintain social distance.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

I will be going home to the monastery tonight and will return late Saturday night.  I am looking forward to spending time with my community.   If you need anything Susan Harden, DON is On Call this weekend.  Her work cell phone number is 317-809-0894.  She will contact me if something urgently needs my attention.

 

Blessings on your weekend.  Take some time to enjoy the outdoors.

 

Blessings, 

Sr. Heather Jean

October 22, 2020

Today has been a great day at St. Paul Hermitage.  Our Health Center Residents had a busy day.  They visited the beauty shop and many of our residents enjoyed time outside with their loved ones.  Susan Harden, DON and I enjoyed walking around and visiting with those of you who were here this afternoon.  It was wonderful to be together once again.  Our residential residents enjoyed playing bingo together this afternoon.  

 

Our policies for indoor visitation and Mass were approved by ISDH.  We will begin having Mass on November 1.  Visitation will move indoors on November 1.  I am attaching both policies to this e-mail.  Please review them and let me know if you have any questions.  We are having indoor visitation daily for four hours.  Health Care residents have one more day of visitation.  We made this decision since we have a greater number of residents on Health Care.  Please call or e-mail me with any questions.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

Blessings on your Friday.  Know of my prayers for you.

 

Blessings, 

Sr. Heather Jean

COVID 19 Indoor Visitation

Policy Statement

To prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities, CMS and CDC issued guidance restricting visitation. Following this guidance, St. Paul Hermitage has restricted family members and friends from visiting residents in our facility, except at end of life. These restrictions, however, are not without consequences. We recognize that isolation has serious impacts on the health and wellbeing of our residents.  St. Paul Hermitage has had outdoor visitation and will begin to allow indoor family visitation to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.

 

Visitation Criteria

  1. Indoor visitation will begin November 1, 2020.  Outdoor visitation is the safest form of visitation during the pandemic.  Indoor visitation will occur during the fall and winter months.  If the pandemic continues into the spring of 2021, we will return to outdoor visitation.

  2. There must be no new COVID cases that originated within the facility within the last 14 days. 

  3. Adequate staff must be present to allow for personnel to help with the transportation of residents, monitoring of visitation, and wiping down visitation areas after each visit.

  4. There must be adequate PPE to permit residents, if they are able to comply, to wear a face mask during visitation.

  5. Residents who are on droplet precaution isolation may not have visitors for the duration of their isolation.

  6. Visitation is limited to adult family members or friends 18 years of age and older.

  7. Holiday visitation hours may change due to staffing levels.

Visitation will be cancelled if any of the above criteria is not met.  Families and residents will be notified when visitation needs to be cancelled.  

 

COVID 19 Mass Policy

Policy Statement

St. Paul Hermitage in consultation with ISDH and the resources of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis has created this policy to help facilitate a safe way for residents to participate once again in the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.  Gathering as a community for daily Mass is an important part of religious tradition at St. Paul Hermitage and important to the overall well being of our residents.   

Policy Interpretation and Implementation

1.     A variety of spiritual and religious activities are available and scheduled.  Please see your Activity Director for a list of all religious activities.

2.     Residents are encouraged to attend religious activities of their choice.

3.     Residents are given freedom of choice in attending Mass and religious activities. They are not required to attend such activities.

4.     Mass will take place daily at 10 am in the chapel for residential residents and in our Health Care Center through our in-house television channel.

 

 

Safety Precautions

1.     Residents are to use the hand sanitizer station before and after Mass.

2.     Masks are to be worn throughout the duration of Mass.  Masks are only to be removed when receiving Eucharist.

3.     The Priest who is celebrating Mass may remove his mask if he is 6 feet away from everyone.  Concelebration will not occur during the pandemic

4.     Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers are to wear their mask while performing their liturgical role.

5.     Eucharistic Ministers will wear N95 Masks and Face shields or goggles.

6.     In the Chapel, pews will be marked indicating where a resident can sit to allow for social distancing.

7.     Social distancing must be maintained throughout Mass.

8.     The Missalettes will be put away.  Disposable worship aides will be used when needed.

9.     Markers will be placed on the floor in the chapel to indicate where to stand while waiting to receive Eucharist.

10.  Residents are encouraged to receive Eucharist in their hand rather than their mouth.

11.  The same staff Eucharist Ministers will distribute communion throughout the pandemic.

12.  Hosts for assembly will be placed on a separate patten from the priest’s patten.

13.  Pews, ambo and altar spaces will be wiped down in-between religious activities.

14.  The Chapel will be deep cleaned daily per CDC guidelines.

October 21, 2020

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Tomorrow our residents will be receiving a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine.   The pneumonia vaccine will only be given if they are due for it.  Since we are in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic, It is very important that all residents receive the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine.  We must report our vaccination records to the CDC.  We will be in touch with any families who have declined the flu shot in the past.  We will also have to verify allergies.  We must report to the CDC if someone is not receiving one due to an allergy.  It is extremely important this year that we vaccinate our residents.  If you have any questions about flu and pneumonia vaccinations, please call me at 317-213-8430.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

ISDH has updated and issued new guidance in many areas.  I am in the process of updating our policies and procedures.  I will continue to share information on the changes as things are finalized.  We have a meeting with residential residents next Wednesday to review some of these changes with them.  I have received a lot of calls regarding the Governor’s Press Conference.  At this time, Health Facility Administrators have not been given any details regard the five-step plan for long-term care and residential facilities that he spoke about.  As I receive more information, I will share it with you.  

 

Please know of my continued prayers for each of you.  

 

Blessings, 

Sr. Heather Jean

October 20, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested our employees.  All employee tests came back negative!  We are thrilled to have outdoor visitation once again for both residential and health care families.   The weather looks beautiful for Thursday.  Our residents and staff are looking forward to this upcoming reunion.  

 

 

In my last couple of letters, I shared information about post COVID pneumonia.  It is with great sadness that I share tonight that one of our residents died from post COVID pneumonia.  Per CDC and ISDH regulations we are to include this death in our COVID numbers.    Please continue to pray for our residents who have had COVID.  Let us pray for this resident’s family and for all those who have died from COVID 19.  

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had two resident deaths.  

 

 

This Thursday our residents will be receiving a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine.   The pneumonia vaccine will only be given if they are due for it.  Since we are in the middle of the COVID 19 pandemic, It is very important that all residents receive the flu shot and pneumonia vaccine.  We must report our vaccination records to the CDC.  We will be in touch with any families who have declined the flu shot in the past.  We will also have to verify allergies.  We must report to the CDC if someone is not receiving one due to an allergy.  It is extremely important this year that we vaccinate our residents.  If you have any questions about flu and pneumonia vaccinations, please call me at 317-213-8430.

 

 

Please know of my continued prayers for each of you.  It is a blessing to be entrusted with the care of your loved ones.

 

Peace, 

Sr. Heather Jean

October 19, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

I spoke with the Infection Preventionist from ISDH.  They have approved for us to begin communal dining and activities in the Health Center starting tomorrow morning.  They approved us to begin outdoor visitation on Thursday.  I know we were hoping to begin outdoor visitation for the Health Care Center tomorrow, but they want us to start after our weekly staff testing since the numbers in Indiana are high right now.  You can begin to sign up for Thursday visitation tomorrow.  See below for our updated times for Health Center Outdoor Visitation Hours.  

 

Afternoon Hours:

A Hall 1:15 pm-2:15 pm

B Hall 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm

 

Evening Hours:

A Hall 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm

B Hall 6:15 pm- 7:15 pm

 

Please continue to pray for our residents who have had COVID.   All of them returned to the Health Care Center following CDC guidelines.  The CDC guidance is that a positive COVID resident is to be quarantined for 14 days and must be 72 hours fever free before retuning to the general population.  At this time, they are not considered contagious.  Sometimes elderly and compromised COVID 19 patients can get a secondary pneumonia.  We do have one of our residents who had COVID 19 that began showing symptoms of a secondary pneumonia today.  We are watching all recovered residents for signs of secondary pneumonia.  Please continue to pray for all those who have recovered from COVID who have secondary illnesses and for all who are ill with COVID at this time.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and five residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

I know the weather is starting to get cooler.  We will begin indoor visitation on Sunday November 1.  I will be sending out more information in the coming days.  We will visit on the ground floor in the party room and rec room.  

 

Peace, 

Sr. Heather Jean

October 18, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

We have received all our resident tests back.  They were all negative!!! I am grateful to be able to say that our building is now COVID free!!!  I will be in touch with ISDH early tomorrow morning to work on our plans to reopen the Health Care Center for communal dining, activities, and outdoor visitation.  Our hope is that we will get approval to reopen on Tuesday.   I will send out an e-mail early tomorrow if we do get approval to begin visitation again.  We will allow you to sign up on Tuesday for Tuesday visits.  Please do not begin calling in for visits until I send out an e-mail letting you know that we have received ISDH approval.

 

Please continue to pray for our residents who have had COVID.   All of them returned to the Health Care Center following CDC guidelines.  The CDC guidance is that a positive COVID resident is to be quarantined for 14 days and must be 72 hours fever free before retuning to the general population.  At this time they are not considered contagious.  Sometimes elderly and compromised COVID 19 patients can get a secondary pneumonia.  We do have one of our residents who had COVID 19 that began showing symptoms of a secondary pneumonia today.  We are watching all recovered residents for signs of secondary pneumonia.  Please continue to pray for all those who have recovered from COVID who have secondary illnesses and for all who are ill with COVID at this time.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and five residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Today our residential residents enjoyed outdoor visitation.  We look forward to opening visitation once again to our Health Center Residents.  Blessings on your week ahead.

 

Peace, 

Sr. Heather Jean

October 17, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Tomorrow is the feast of St. Luke, patron saint of doctors and artists.   St. Luke is also the author of both the Gospel of St. Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. If you have the opportunity, why not read one of his most well-known stories, the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25-37)  It is a good message to remember in these days of turmoil and unrest in so much of our nation.  

 

We received 59 of our resident tests back.  They were all negative!!! We give thanks for the good news.  We have four tests that are still processing.  Let us continue to pray for good health and for all those who currently are ill with COVID 19 in our state, country and world

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and five residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All of our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  We have 4 resident tests pending.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

As we look to the week ahead, may we seek to show kindness to all those we encounter this week.  May we each find a way to be a good Samaritan.

 

Peace, 

Sr. Heather Jean

October 16, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Autumn teaches us how beautiful it can be to let things go.  Today on this beautiful day we are grateful at St. Paul Hermitage to be letting go of our COVID Unit.  Today our one remaining COVID positive resident was able to return to the Health Care Center.  We pray that our COVID Unit will remain closed.  We are still waiting on our test results from Thursday’s facility wide testing.  Once they are back, we will be able to open back up our Health Care Center.  We will also be able to begin family visitation.  I hope to have that clearance from ISDH on Monday.  Please continue to pray for good results and continued good health for our St. Paul Hermitage community.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have no active COVID positive residents and five residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. All of our employees have recovered.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  We have 63 resident tests pending.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”  Enjoy the crisp autumn weather this weekend.  God speaks to us in every season.  What is God teaching you this fall?  What is God teaching our Community this fall?

 

Autumn Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 15, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was a rainy fall day.  Our residential residents enjoyed working on puzzles, watching the movie Wonder and hallway bingo.  The weather may have been cold outside, but our residents enjoyed some time together at socially distanced activities.  We look forward to our Health Center residents being able to have activities once again in the early part of next week.

 

I am grateful that all resident tests from Monday came back negative.  We completed building wide testing today.  We should get the results back over the weekend.  If they all come back negative, we will be COVID free!  Please continue to pray for good results and continued good health for our St. Paul Hermitage community.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have one active COVID positive resident and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  We have 63 resident tests pending.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Praying for you as another week ends.  Blessing on your weekend ahead.

 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 14, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Tomorrow the Church celebrated the feast of Teresa of Avila, a Carmelite sister from the mid 1500’s who was an administrator, a writer, and above all a visionary. Pope Paul VI proclaimed Teresa the first female Doctor of the Church in recognition of her centuries-long spiritual legacy. Here is one of her reflections:

 

            Let nothing disturb you; Let nothing frighten you.

            All things are passing. God never changes.

            Patience obtains all things.

            Nothing is wanting to the one who possesses God.

            God alone suffices.

 

Today the residential residents enjoyed time outside. It was a breezy day but still a beautiful fall day.  Tomorrow it is supposed to be a little cooler. It is going to be jacket weather pretty soon.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have one active COVID positive resident and four residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  We have 36 resident tests pending.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

As we continue to journey through this time, let us remember the words of St. Teresa of Avila – Nothing is wanting to the one who possesses God.  God alone suffices.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 13, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

We were blessed with a beautiful fall day today.  Our grounds are beautiful and it so enjoyable to look out and see the gorgeous colors of the trees.  I love this time of the year.  It has always been my favorite season.   

 

 Today we tested all the staff.   Yesterday we received our rapid tests that were back ordered.  We were grateful to be able to test our staff so quickly.  All 92 tests came back negative.  We also gave flu shots to all the staff that still needed one.  If you haven’t got your flu shot yet, I encourage you to get one.  We will do testing of all our residents in Health Care and Residential on Thursday.  We will be using the PCR tests on our residents.  The PCR tests have a lower rate of false positives.  That is why we will continue to use the PCR testing on residents.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have two active COVID positive residents and three residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  We have 36 resident tests pending.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

I hope that you had a good day.  Let us take time each day to say a prayer for everyone that is a part of the St. Paul Hermitage community.  Together in Christ we are one.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 12, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested all the residents in health care.  Please pray for each resident who was tested today.  We are praying that we will receive negative results again!  The staff is working tirelessly to do everything they can to stop the spread of COVID 19.  I am very thankful for our staff and the gift they are to our community.

 

October is Clergy appreciation month!  Think of all the ministers you have known and listened to and offer a prayer of thanks for their willingness to answer God’s call to serve God’s people. If you see any of our resident priests (Fr. Wilmoth, Fr. Stan, Fr. Mike, Fr. Lutz, Fr. Hosey), take time to thank them for their ministry.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have two active COVID positive residents and three residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  We have 36 resident tests pending.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

As we begin this new week, let us keep our hearts and minds focused on Christ. It is Christ who brings us peace and anchors us in hope.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 11, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today is the Feast Day of Saint Pope John XXIII.  He is one of my favorite saints.  When I became a novice in 2010, I chose him to be my patron saint.  Jean is a derivative of John.  His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of the opening of Vatican II.  Pope John XXIII led the church during uncertain times in our world and church.  He was instrumental in negotiating peace between the United States and Russia during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  His leadership and wisdom can help us through our current times.  One of my favorite quotes from Pope John XXIII is, “Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”  This quote has continued to guide me throughout this pandemic.  Sometimes I can get lost in the stress and fear that comes with leading during the pandemic and forget to see the potential and the possibility that each day offers.  As we move into a new week, may we seek to live into our hopes and dreams and to do what we can to make a difference in the lives of others. 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have two active COVID positive residents and three residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

We will again be testing our Health Center residents on Monday and Thursday for COVID 19.  Let us continue to pray for good health in our community, our country, and the world.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 10, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

I have wonderful news to share with you.  All our resident tests came back negative.  I am grateful for the continued good health of our residents and staff.  Our residents on the COVID Unit continue to make good progress.  Let us continue to pray for all in our world, country and community who are sick with COVID 19 at this time.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have two active COVID positive residents and three residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 9, 2020

 

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was a beautiful fall day.  Our residents enjoyed time on the patio.  In Health Care we had residents outside one at a time most of the day.  They seemed to enjoy the beautiful weather.  Our residential residents enjoyed time with their loved ones during outdoor visitation.  

 

I received some exciting news this evening.  ISDH approved our plan for having daily Mass.  We can begin having daily Mass on Sunday November 1st.  ISDH wants us to wait until the beginning of November.  This will give us time to reopen communal dining and activities for our Health Care Residents.  It will give us time without COVID in our building prior to distributing communion.  We will be moving our daily Mass time to 10:00 am.  For safety reasons we need to have St. Paul Hermitage staff serve as Eucharistic Ministers.  Our Benedictine Sisters on staff will take turns serving as the Eucharistic Minister.  We are changing Mass to 10:00 am so that our sisters are able to attend Morning Prayer and Mass with our monastic community. This is an important part of our daily horarium and I have missed it over the past seven months.  We look forward to being able to gather once again to celebrate Holy Eucharist together.

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have two active COVID positive residents and three residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  We have 2 staff and 45 resident tests pending.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings on your weekend.  It is supposed to be lovely outside.  I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. 

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 8, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we tested the health care residents again.  We are testing each Monday and Thursday until we go 14 days without another COVID 19 case.  This is a very important part of stopping the spread.  

 

Today we received our staff tests back.  All our staff tests came back negative.  Two leaked in transit and they were unable to process the tests.  

 

Today was a beautiful day.  The residents enjoyed window visits and virtual chats.  The residential residents were able to get outside.  We opened windows to let the fresh air in.  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have two active COVID positive residents and three residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations.  We have had one resident death.  We have 2 staff and  45 resident tests pending.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

As we live through each day, let us take our emotions and fear to God.  Placing our hope in God, we trust that we are never alone.  This has been a very hard week.  I want you to know of my prayers for each of you and ask that you hold me and all of our staff in your prayers.  Each resident is such a blessing an integral part of our community.  I thank God for the gift of each of you.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 6, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Tomorrow is the Feast of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary. The rosary appeals to many. It is simple. The constant repetition of words helps create an atmosphere in which to contemplate the mysteries of God. We sense that Jesus and Mary are with us in the joys and sorrows of life. As we journey through this time, let us ask Mary to intercede for us.  May we know the presence of Jesus through it all.  

 

Today we tested all of the employees as we do each Tuesday. As soon as I receive the results, I will let you know.    

 

We continue to offer video chats Tuesday through Saturday.  If you would like to set up at time to chat please contact Mist Ballard at healthcare.activities@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have four active COVID positive residents and two residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We have 79 staff and 40 resident tests pending.  

 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Let us join our voices in prayer for those who suffer from COVID 19 in our community, in our country and around the world.   Let us also pray for the end of this pandemic.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 
 

October 5, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today was a beautiful day.  It is such a gift when the sun shines all day.  The sun and the blue sky certainly lifted the spirits of the residents and the staff.  Life just feels different when the sun shines in.  It looks like we are going to have great weather this week. It is nice to be able to go outside or at least be able to open the windows.  Let us thank God for the gift of good weather.

 

Today we tested the health care residents again. I will let you know as soon as I receive any results.  Tomorrow we will test all of the staff as we do each Tuesday.  Please pray for our health care residents and all of the staff as they go through this weekly testing.  

  

We continue to offer video chats Tuesday through Saturday.  If you would like to set up at time to chat please contact Mist Ballard at healthcare.activities@stpaulhermitage.org.

  

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have four active COVID positive residents and two residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We have 3 staff tests and 40 residents pending.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

 

There is so much to hold in prayer at this time.  We are blessed that we have a God who hears us and loves us.  Let us continue to entrust our cares to God.  It is with God and one another that we will make it through this.  

 

 

Blessings,

 

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 4, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families,

 

Today we received all our remaining Health Care resident tests back.  They were all negative.  I am grateful for this wonderful news.  Please continue to pray for those in our community who have COVID 19 and for all our health care residents.  We will test our Health Care residents again tomorrow.

 

 

Our residents are looking forward to the Colts game this afternoon.  Our residential residents are enjoying time with their family members on the patio.  We will continue to have outdoor visitation for our residential residents on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  After we go 14 days without a new case of COVID 19 in our building, we look forward to having our health care families visit once again.  We continue to offer video chats Tuesday through Saturday.  If you would like to set up at time to chat please contact Mist Ballard at healthcare.activities@stpaulhermitage.org.

  

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have four active COVID positive residents and two residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We have 3 staff tests pending.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents and assisting with testing.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 3, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage, Families:

 

The past few weeks have been difficult on our community.  We went seven months without a resident case of COVID 19.  We are now entering our fourth week of our Health Care outbreak.  I want to provide you with an update on the number of confirmed cases.  We have been testing residents every Monday and Thursday.  We test our staff every Tuesday.  We have received all, but three of our employee tests back.  They were all negative.  Twelve of our health care resident tests have come back so far. Eleven were negative.  One is positive.  We immediately transferred them to our COVID 19 unit.  When a resident test positive, we notify the resident and their representative of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. During each shift, the nurse updates the family regarding their loved ones. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing everything that we can to minimize the spread of COVID 19 in our community.

 

I remain in very close communication with Dr. Hurley and ISDH to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

·       Enhanced infection control precautions

·       Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for symptoms

·       Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building

·       Frequently testing staff and residents for COVID-19 

·       Canceling Health Care communal dining and activities

·       Restricting therapy to individual resident rooms instead of our therapy gym

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have four active COVID positive residents and two residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We have 3 staff tests pending and 28 resident tests pending.  

 

I understand that connecting with your loved ones is very important.  We continue to offer video chats Tuesday through Saturday.  If you would like to set up at time to chat please contact Mist Ballard at healthcare.activities@stpaulhermitage.org.  

 

Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns during this difficult time.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.

 

Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  One often sees statues of St. Francis with animals around him, or a bird perched on his finger.  St. Francis was known for his love of all creation.  I would like to close our letter this evening with the prayer of St. Francis.  May it help to bring us peace during this time when COVID 19 has become personal to our community.  May God make each of us instruments of peace.

 

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:

where there is hatred, let me sow love;

where there is injury, pardon;

where there is doubt, faith;

where there is despair, hope;

where there is darkness, light;

where there is sadness, joy.

 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

to be consoled as to console,

to be understood as to understand,

to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Amen.

 

 

Blessings,

Sr. Heather Jean 

October 2, 2020

Dear St. Paul Hermitage Families, 

 

Today we received 78 of our staff tests back.  They were all negative.  We are testing them every Monday and Thursday.  Our residents who have tested positive continue to have minimal symptoms.  Please continue to pray for all our residents and staff that are ill currently.   

 

 

Our current COVID 19 status is that we have three active COVID positive residents and two residents have recovered.  We have had thirteen COVID positive employees and fourteen total COVID 19 cases. Twelve of our employees have recovered.  We have one employee on quarantine.  We have had no COVID 19 related hospitalizations or deaths for both employees and residents.  We have 3 staff tests pending and 40 resident tests pending. 

 

Today our residential and health center residents enjoyed exercise and rosary through our in-house TV station.  Our residential residents enjoyed time outside on the patio and visiting with family during outdoor visitation.  We also have a few of our residents who enjoy working on puzzles.  They are set up in the library to work on puzzles individually at their own tables.  It is a great way for them to socialize with each other at a distance and still work on puzzles.  I enjoy passing the daily puzzle parties as I head to and from my apartment.

 

Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns during this difficult time.  If you need to get a hold of me during the coming days, please call my cell phone or send me an e-mail.  I will be in and out of my office as I will need to assist in caring for our residents.  You can reach me at 317-213-8430 or administrator@stpaulhermitage.org.  

 

Blessings on your weekend.  I will keep you updated as our tests come in.

 

Peace,

Sr. Heather Jean

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