As of 3/17/2021, family/church visits with residents at the Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and with the tenants at the Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) have resumed, as conditions / precautions permit.  The number of visitors in the building is limited, and all visits ought to be scheduled in advance.  On 4/22/2021 entertainers and volunteers were allowed following the appropriate social distancing and mask wearing.  Please call/phone before visiting, as conditions may change.

Thanks to all the families of the residents and tenants for contacting staff for scheduling their visiting times with their loved ones and following the recommended guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing, when “Connecting” with their families during the weekdays and weekends.

In house Activities have resumed; individualized Activities, Small Group Activities, and or visits with the residents and tenants have resumed, as able, following the appropriate social distancing, mask wearing, and CDC Guidelines.

Residents, tenants, and their families are encouraged to connect with loved ones via scheduled visits, phone calls, and/or video chats are available throughout the day.

Individualized in-room visits or monthly visits are being scheduled for the Presbyterian Church Service (with Pastor Shannon Witt) and for the Lutheran Church Service (with Pastor Paul Gammelin) have resumed.  Catholic Church Services (with Pastor Dennis Miller or Associate Pastor David Ambrosy) have resumed being held weekly on Wednesday or on the local cable Channel-32 and on Sundays.

Lutheran Service on local cable Channel-26 were/are held on Sundays.

Individualized in-room “Exercises” or “Small Group” Activities were held with the residents during the past five weeks, as able.

Individualized in-room “Manicures” or “Small Group” Activities were held with the residents (at the MVCC) and the tenants (at the SVAL) during the past five weeks, as able.

Individualized “Games of Choice” were available for the residents/tenants Monday – Thursday.

“Games” were available with the tenants in their own room or at the dining tables at the SVAL during the afternoon on Monday through Friday.

Marlyce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) for leading the Rosary prayers at the SVAL for the Catholics on the past fie Sundays.

Rev. David Ambrosy (Associate Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the SVAL during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Marlyce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for distributing Communion for/to the residents during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Rev. David Ambrosy for spending time (1:1) with other tenants.

Rev. Dennis Miller (Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the SVAL during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Marlyce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for distributing Communion for/to the residents during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Rev. Dennis Miller for spending time (1:1) with other tenants.

Rev. David Ambrosy (Associate Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the SVAL during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Marlyce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Joy M. (staff, volunteer) for distributing Communion for/to the residents during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Rev. David Ambrosy for spending time (1:1) with other tenants.

Rev. Dennis Miller (Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the SVAL during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laura & Jr. Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for distributing Communion for/to the residents during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Rev. Dennis Miller for spending time (1:1) with other tenants.

Rev. David Ambrosy (Associate Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the MVCC/SVAL during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laura & Jr. Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting with the distribution of Communion with the residents and tenants.  Rev. David Ambrosy for spending time (1:1) with other tenants.

Bea Hansen and Lois Kramer (volunteers) for hosting “Crafts with Bea”, that featured making a “Leaf Craft” with the tenants (at the SVAL) and with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on Friday.

Jason & Carrie Rowan (volunteers) for hosting “Pet Therapy”, sharing a very obedient and friendly female dog named Ally with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Wednesday.  (Ally is the “Therapy Dog” from Carson’s Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Jason Rowan is an ABC certified dog trainer with K-9 Comfort in Bellevue, Iowa.)

Jr. Steines (volunteer) for hosting “Euchre Club” with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on two Mondays.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday and the evening-time on Wednesday.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the tenants (at the SVAL) and the residents (at the MVCC) during the noontime on Friday and the evening-time on Sunday.

“Music Box” with Joy M. (staff, disc jockey) was held with the residents and tenants during the noontime on Saturday and Sunday, and during the evening-time on Wednesday.

Marlyce Tebbe and Marie Berthel (tenants, volunteers) for assisting Activities with hosting the Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) with Joy M. (staff) during the afternoon on four Tuesdays.

Vincent S. (tenant, volunteer bingo caller) for assisting Activities with hosting the Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) with Joy M. (staff) during the afternoon on three Tuesdays.

Vincent S. (tenant, volunteer) for hosting “Dominoes” with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on three Thursdays.

Vincent S. (tenant) for his gift of fresh apples for the tenants.

Richard Helbing (resident, volunteer) for assisting Activities with hosting the Bingo games held with “Ice Cream Refreshments” with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on five Wednesdays.

Karen Parramore (Dietary staff) for hosting the “Ice Cream Sundaes” to the winners from Resident Council during the afternoon on Thursday with Joy M. (staff).

Kelly O’Donnell (Millennium Occupational Therapist staff, volunteer) for her assistance with the activity “Lifelong Learning with Assembling a Nature Scene Picture Puzzle” conducted with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on Thursday.

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for her assistance throughout the day on four Wednesdays.

Judy Moran (volunteer) for her assistance from morning through noon on Tuesday.

Nancy Ploessl and Mary Kubik (volunteers) for hosting Bingo games held with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Kayla Griebel (staff, volunteer) (at the SVAL) for her assistance during this past four weeks and weekends.

Mary Jo Konrardy (staff, volunteer) (at the SVAL) for her assistance during this past five weeks and weekends.

Ashley Stroyan (RN, Nurse Manager at SVAL & Restorative Nurse) for her assistance during the past week and weekend.

Staff/volunteers: Pam Reedy (Administrative Assistant), Jill Huling (Dietary Supervisor), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Susan Eversole, Deb Fultner, Megan Meier, Joy Marchiando (Recreation Program Director), and other unnamed involved staff for their assistance in connecting the residents, tenants, and families together via phone calls, video-chats (Apple FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.), i.e., “Connecting with the Families”, and/or assisting family visits with the residents (at MVCC) and/or the tenants (at SVAL), and for assisting Activities during the past five weeks.

Lisa Till for bringing in beautiful bouquets of fresh flowers for the residents to enjoy.

Karen Osar for providing food treats or “goodies” for the staff.

Virginia Valant (staff) for her donation of paperbacks books for the residents/tenants.

Judy Hueneke-Kremer [daughter of Marie Berthel (tenant)] for her gift of fresh garden tomatoes for the tenants.

Anonymous for bringing in fresh bouquets of flowers for the residents and tenants to enjoy.

Danielle Guidebeck (staff) for providing an assortment of cookies for the staff.

Kate Brooks for her donation of items.

Betty Gonner (resident) and Family for sharing his birthday cake with all the residents, tenants, and staff.

Allen Kilburg (resident) and Family for sharing his birthday cake with all the residents, tenants, and staff.

Marilyn Meier (tenant) and Family for sharing her birthday cake with all the residents, tenants, and staff.

“Community Outreach” [Bellevue Food Pantry, Bellevue Community Schools, St. Joseph’s Catholic Schools, KMAQ Radio Station, and Hachmann Funeral Home (Mark Meier)] with Ice Cream refreshments was held with the residents during afternoon on Tuesday.

“Community Outreach” to KMAQ Radio Station (Maquoketa, Iowa) for their 24/7 service and dedication to the Bellevue Community and the surrounding areas was expressed by delivering to them a Thank You note and tokens of appreciation on Wednesday.

“Gift of Caring – to the Jackson County Alzheimer’s” – “Lifelong Learning” and “Compassion, Community, Caring” was held with the residents (at the MVCC) and tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Thursday.

“Lifelong Learning” – “Painting & Drawing” was held with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Thursday.

“Lifelong Learning” with “Nature & Wildlife Livestream” was conducted with the residents during the afternoon on Thursday.

“Compassion, Community, Caring" was/is this year's theme for National Assisted Living Week (NALW) (September 12-18, 2021).  (Thanks to the official sponsor “First Quality” for their role in promoting NALW.)  NALW provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding comm​​unities to recognize the role of assisted living communities in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.  The annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about this distinctive aspect of long term care.​​​

Observance of NALW started on Sunday with “Happy Grandparent’s Day”!  (“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.  Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Unknown.)  Tenants and residents were served “doughnuts and coffee” during the morning on Sunday.  Residents and tenants received red boutonnieres and corsages with bouquets of fresh flowers during the morning of Sunday.  Special Grandparent’s Day meal was served with mealtime music [disc-jockey Joy M. (staff)] during the noontime meal on Sunday.

On Monday, staff at the SVAL received a red rose corsage to celebrate NALW.

On Monday, tenants had “Lunch with the Ambulance Guests” (Thanks to Lynn Medinger) who were invited to a noontime meal sharing “Compassion, Community, & Caring” at the SVAL.

On Tuesday, tenants had “Breakfast with the City Hall Guests” [Thanks to Abby Skrivseth (City Administrator / City Clerk)] who were invited to a noontime meal sharing “Compassion, Community, & Caring” at the SVAL.

On Wednesday, tenants had “Banana Splits with the Medical Associates Guests” (Thanks to Alison Nachtman and Keisha Ploger) who were invited to an afternoon of sharing “Compassion, Community, & Caring” at the SVAL.

On Thursday, tenants were treated to a “Grill-Out” (Grilled Chicken Breast, Hamburger/Hotdog, or Brats; Potato Chips, Watermelon Slice and Berry Dessert) during the noontime meal at the SVAL.

Jill Huling (Dietary Supervisor) for providing and serving the special food events (Activities) for the tenants (at the SVAL) during the NALW events.

Brandy Feller (RN, LNHA, Administrator) and Danielle Guidebeck (RN, BSN, Director of Nursing) for their assistance during the NALW events with Joy M. (staff).

Hospice of Jackson County for their donation of Doughnut Holes for the staff in honor of NALW.

Thanks to all the volunteers for being awesome.

Thanks to all the involved staff and volunteers for their assistance in Activities and support in/with all the “individualized” activities/events during the past five weeks.

Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who communicated [via letters, phone calls, video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype), outside closed/open window visits, inside visits, etc.] with the residents / tenants to help uplift their days.  Thanks to all the residents, tenants, families, friends, school children and teachers, volunteers, staff (Administrative, Nursing, Dietary, Housekeeping, Laundry, Maintenance, and Activity-Recreation Departments), local area (Bellevue, Maquoketa, Preston, Andrew, St. Donatus, Springbrook, etc.) businesses, churches, organizations, and other unnamed individuals for their kindnesses, assistance, and support with all our activities / events / donations / cards / posters during the past month.