COVID-19 Test Update

ONE EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE

After beginning our facility-wide testing, we were informed this morning that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19 (following the positive resident test). This specific employee was asymptomatic and is now quarantined at home. We will be conducting the remaining tests through Friday and will keep you updated as we receive results. At this time, the facility is still entered into a full quarantine with residents quarantined to their individual rooms.

Window visits are still allowed at this time. However, the window must remain closed at all times and under no circumstances should the window be opened.

More details are to come as we receive further guidance from the Adams County Health Department. The health and safety of our residents and staff remain our top priority as we continue to follow proper COVID-19 guidelines and procedures regarding both residents and staff.

For any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s designated social service aide. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and support.

COVID-19 Facility Update

RESIDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

After informing our residents and their families, we are releasing the following news:

GSH was notified today that one of our residents tested positive for COVID-19. In response, we are working on obtaining test kits through IDPH, and collaborating with the Adams County Health Department to implement a mandatory facility-wide testing. At this time, our facility has entered into a full quarantine with residents quarantined to their rooms.

We stand by our commitment to the health and safety of our residents and staff. We continue to take precautions, which include:

• Continued screening of all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19.
• Continued screening of all residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.
• Resident meals delivered to their rooms.
• Activities held in resident rooms and doorways.
• Beauty shop closure.
• Continued disinfecting of resident rooms, common areas, and high-traffic areas multiple times daily.
• All staff will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene.

Currently, we are in the process of performing another deep clean of the entire facility. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Adams County Health Department.

We will communicate new information with families, residents, staff, and the community as it becomes available to us. For any questions or concerns, please contact your loved one’s designated social service aide.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

The Patter July 26

News & Views from Campus: July 26  – August 1, 2020       

Outdoor Visit Update

Due to a recent advisement from the Adams County Health Department and a rise in positive cases of COVID-19 in the surrounding area, Good Samaritan Home will be suspending outdoor visitations until further notice.

We understand that this news is disheartening for everyone involved and we greatly appreciate everyone’s understanding and support during these unprecedented times.

At this time, Good Samaritan Home does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the safety of our residents and staff remains our top priority. We will continue to assist families and residents with scheduled window and virtual visits. Please do not hesitate to contact your loved one’s designated social service aide with any questions or concerns you may have.

Activity Calendar

Sunday, July 26 
9:00   Worship Service – Chapel
2:00   Trivia Surprise, Play a Fun Trivia Game – Eastbrook Lane

Monday, July 27
9:00   Devotions – Chapel
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
1:30   Rosary – Social Room

Tuesday, July 28
9:00   Devotions – Chapel
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
1:00   The Truman Presidency, Visit the Presidential Library – Social Room
2:00  Resident Council – Social Room

Wednesday, July 29
9:00   Devotions – Chapel
10:00 Virtual Entertainment – Social Room
11:30 Exercise – Social Room

Thursday, July 30
 9:00  Devotions – Chapel
10:00 Virtual Mass – Social Room
11:30 Exercise – Social Room

Friday, July 31
9:00   Devotions – Chapel
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
2:00   Bingo – Social Room

Saturday, August 1
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
2:00   Bingo – Social Room

McReynold’s Center has a separate activity schedule which can be found posted in the neighborhood.
***All schedules are subject to change without notice***

Van Rides
We are going on van rides!  Check with your neighborhood Activity Aide for the van ride schedule for your area.

Weekly Inspiration

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” – Bethany Hamilton

Prayer Request & Scripture

Isaiah 30:15
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”

THIS WEEK PRAY FOR:
Residents: Eber Gardens
Staff: Activities – Sally, Jessica B., Ashley, Sande, Sarah, Tammy, Micah, Jessica L., Shelby, Taylor, Rachel

Outdoor Visitation Update

HEALTH DEPARTMENT ADVISES POSTPONING OUTDOOR VISITS

GSH is continuing our best efforts to keep your loved ones safe.

Due to a recent advisement from the Adams County Health Department and a rise in positive cases of COVID-19 in the surrounding area, Good Samaritan Home will be suspending outdoor visitations until further notice. We understand that this news is disheartening for everyone involved and we greatly appreciate everyone’s understanding and support during these unprecedented times. At this time, Good Samaritan Home does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the safety of our residents and staff remains our top priority. We will continue to assist families and residents with scheduled window and virtual visits. 

Please do not hesitate to contact your loved one’s designated social service aide with any questions or concerns you may have. 

The Patter July 19

Cottage Meal Deliveries

Cottage meal deliveries will resume on Monday, July 20th.  Please call in your orders on Friday, July 17th.

COVID-19 Test Update

In regards to the tests that followed our positive GSH employee, we have received word from the health department that all of our residents and staff have tested negative for COVID-19.  Due to the  14-day exposure window expiring and the fantastic outcome of our facility-wide testing, GSH lessened some of our internal restrictions beginning 7/14/20.

We will also begin our outdoor visitations on July 28th.  Please view our website post (www.gshq.org) from 6/30 for the policy on outdoor visitation and the instructions on the process of scheduling an outdoor visit.

We are happy to announce that there are some changes to the policy/procedures effective 7/14/20.  They include: lifted resident quarantine, general store access, resumed group activity and chapel services, van rides, beauty shop access, and resumed private pool therapy sessions (for internal residents only).

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time!

Activity Calendar

Sunday, July 19
9:00   Worship Service – Chapel
2:00   Dice Games with Micah – Eber Dining Room

Monday, July 20
9:00   Devotions – Chapel
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
1:30   Rosary – Social Room

Tuesday, July 21
9:00   Devotions – Chapel
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
1:00   Rocky Mountain High with Rocky Mountain National Park – Social Room

Wednesday, July 22
9:00   Devotions – Chapel
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
2:00   Flame and Embers – Social Room, Live Performance on the Big Screen!

Thursday, July 23
9:00  Devotions – Chapel
10:00 Virtual Mass – Social Room
11:30 Exercise – Social Room

Friday, July 24
9:00   Devotions – Chapel
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
2:00   Bingo – Social Room

Saturday, July 25
11:30 Exercise – Social Room
2:00   Bingo – Social Room

McReynold’s Center has a separate activity schedule which can be found posted in the neighborhood.

***All schedules are subject to change without notice***

Van Rides
We are going on van rides!  Check with your neighborhood Activity Aide for the van ride schedule for your area.

Education
Join a Park Ranger on a tour of Rocky Mountain National Park on Tuesday, July 21st at 1:00 PM.

Weekly Inspiration

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
                                                                                – Dolly Parton

Prayer Request & Scripture

Galatians 5:22
“But the fruit of The Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control.”

THIS WEEK PRAY FOR:
Residents: Eastbrook Lane
Staff: Accounting – Aaron, Barb, Brenda, Christine, Elisha

The Patter July 12

A Farmer’s Prayer

A while back I read a story of a visiting pastor who attended a men’s breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country.

The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast.

“Lord, I hate buttermilk”, the farmer began. The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wonder where this was going. The farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.” Now the pastor was growing concerned. Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, “And Lord, you know I don’t much care for raw white flour”. The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn’t the only one to feel uncomfortable.

Then the farmer added, “But Lord, when you mix them all together and bake them, I do love warm fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up that we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we don’t understand what you’re saying to us, help us to just relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits Amen. “

Within that prayer there is great wisdom for all when it comes to complicated situations like we are experiencing in the world today.

Stay strong, my friends, because our Lord is mixing several things that we don’t really care for, but something even better is going to come when HE is done with it. AMEN

Activity Calendar

Please see signs/notices in your neighborhood for the Activity Schedule. Schedules are subject to suddenly change without notice.

Devotions: (Mon – Fri)
8:45 am – Foose Center

9:00 am – Eber Gardens  9:15 am – Southern Court
10:30 am – Eastbrook Lane
10:45 am – Anna Brown Vista
11:00 am – Sunny Dale
11:15 am – Sheltering Grove
11:30 am – Stevenson Manor
11:45 am – McReynolds Center 

Sunday Worship
8:45 am – Foose Center
9:00 am – Eber Gardens
9:15 am – Southern Court
9:30 am – Eastbrook Lane
9:45 am – Anna Brown Vista
10:00 am – Sunny Dale
10:15 am – Sheltering Grove
10:30 am – Stevenson Manor
10:45 am – McReynolds Center   

Upcoming Learning Opportunities
Tuesday, July 14th at 1pm:
America Goes to War, Industrial Production Key to Victory from the National Museum of the Pacific War

Thursday, July 16th at 1pm:
George Washington & the French & Indian War from Fort Necessity National Battlefield

Weekly Inspiration

“When life brings big winds of change that almost blow you over, close your eyes, hold on tight, and believe.”
                                                         – Lisa Lieberman-Wang

Prayer Request & Scripture

Malachi 4:2
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like cows let out to pasture.”

THIS WEEK PRAY FOR:
Residents: ANNA BROWN VISTA
Staff: COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS – Physician’s assistants, doctors, nurses, and all their staff

All COVID-19 Tests Returned

AWAITED EMPLOYEE TEST RETURNED NEGATIVE

The test result for our one remaining employee test has been returned as negative. This confirms that all tests from both residents and employees (following the confirmed positive employee from 6/30) are negative.

COVID-19 Test Results

ALL RESIDENTS TEST NEGATIVE

We have received word from the health department that all residents have tested negative for COVID-19. With the exception of waiting for one staff test result, all staff have tested negative for COVID-19. Due to the 14-day exposure window expiring and the fantastic outcome of our facility-wide testing, GSH will be lessening some of our internal restrictions beginning 7/14/20.

We will also be beginning our outdoor visitations on July 28th. You will be allowed to call in starting Wednesday July 15th to schedule an appointment. Please view our website or previous communication email from 6/30 for the policy on outdoor visitation and the instructions on the process of scheduling an outdoor visit.

We are happy to announce that there are some changes to the policy/procedures effective 7/14/20. They include: lifted resident quarantine, general store access, resumed group activity and chapel services, van rides, beauty shop access, and resumed private pool therapy sessions for internal residents.

If you have any questions regarding our current procedures, please feel free to contact your designated social service aide. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time! 

Facility-Wide COVID-19 Test Update

TEST RESULTS RETURNED IN RESPONSE TO POSITIVE EMPLOYEE

GSH is continuing our best efforts to keep your loved ones safe. 

All COVID-19 testing was completed on Friday, 7/3, and we are still awaiting some of the results from Illinois Department of Public Health(IDPH). The results that we have received are negative.  We are waiting on approximately 34 more resident results and 23 staff results. At this time, all current restrictions and policies will remain in place until further notice. We will keep you updated as we know more. 

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time! 

COVID-19 Follow Up

FACILITY-WIDE TESTING

As a follow up to the recent notification of a GSH employee testing positive for COVID-19, we would like to assure everyone that the health and safety of our staff and residents are our highest priority. We will continue to screen all staff members and other essential persons entering our facility for symptoms related to COVID-19. We will also continue to screen our residents several times a day with vital signs and temperature checks.

Within an hour of Tuesday evening’s notification, several staff members worked into the late hours to facilitate a deep cleaning of the entire facility including resident rooms and common areas. Disinfecting all of these areas will continue multiple times on a daily basis. All staff members will continue to wear masks and practice good hand hygiene. We are continuing to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Adams County Health Department (ACHD).

As an extra precaution, we will be performing a facility-wide testing this week of all of our staff and residents to determine if there has been transmission within the facility. We are coordinating our efforts with the ACHD throughout this process. We will be communicating new information with families, residents, and staff as it becomes available to us.