September 17, 2020
Dear Families and Friends of our Residents,
Greetings from all at St. Joseph’s! We continue to be healthy and are happy to report that the results of our weekly COVID testing among the Staff and Sisters remain negative, thank God. The Residents are still being tested monthly. As of this date no Resident has tested positive.
The days of summer seemed to fly by, even during this year we will never forget! As the days become cooler we are trying to accommodate indoor visits. At the moment, if the weather does not permit an outdoor visit we can use the former gift shop, right off the lobby. Please feel free to request this.
Hopefully, we will soon be permitted to have normal, in-house visits. But we’re not there yet.
We’ve been working on virtual ways to fundraise and recently had a video filmed that we will use at our Golf outing and online. Many of the Residents participated in this and, although we haven’t seen the finished product yet, the filming turned into a fun activity for them. The film crew found them to be a charming bunch! By October you will be able to view it on our website.
A few of us recently participated in an online 3-day seminar with Pioneer Network, an organization that is dedicated to culture change in long term care. We are members of this group and have always appreciated their forward thinking, resident centered ideas. There were many excellent presentations. One, in particular, made me think of you: “Envisioning the Future: through the Eyes of Family Members.” The moderator and panelists all had loved ones living in long term care facilities. They shared stories, including what it is like to be a family member as we all face COVID-19, and what makes a difference. One woman actually took a job as an evening dishwasher at the home where her mother was, so that she could visit her every day!
Our hearts do ache for you when visitation rules seem so stringent. You are very understanding and we do appreciate it. If you have any suggestions or concerns, please never hesitate to call or email me.
Thanks for your support and understanding. Stay well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
God bless you.
Mother Margaret Charles, lsp
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