Depending upon the Jackson County COVID positivity rate, masks and eyewear are required for all visitors, volunteers, and staff at the Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and the Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL).  This is per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines, with updates occurring almost daily as of 9/30/2021.  Please call/phone before visiting, as conditions may change.

Thanks to all the families of the residents and tenants for contacting staff regarding their visiting times with their loved ones and following the CDC Guidelines and mask wearing, when “Connecting” with their families during the weekdays and weekends.

In house Activities have resumed; individualized and very small group Activities with the residents and tenants, and volunteer visits have resumed, as able; following the CDC Guidelines, with staff, visitors and volunteers wearing masks and protective eyewear.

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

Individualized in-room visits or monthly visits are being scheduled for the Presbyterian Church Service (with “temporary” Pastor John Armstrong) 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 for the Catholics during the past four weeks and on Sundays.

Lutheran Service on local cable Channel-26 was held for the Lutherans on Sundays.

Individualized in-room “Exercises” or “Small Group” were held with the residents during the past four weeks.

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

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

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

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 four Fridays.

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

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 evening-time on three Tuesdays.

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

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “St. Patrick’s Day Irish Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the tenants (at the SVAL) and the residents (at the MVCC) during the noontime and during the “St. Patrick’s Day Party” during the afternoon on Thursday.

Ray & Doris Theisen (volunteers) for hosting “Euchre with Ray & Doris” for/with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on four Tuesdays.

Dale Meier (volunteer) for hosting the game of “Dominoes” and providing “snacks” during the afternoon on four Fridays.

Jr. Steines (volunteer) for hosting the “Euchre Club” at the MVCC during the afternoon on three Mondays.

Mary Jo Konrardy and/or Kayla Griebel (staff, volunteers) at the SVAL for their assistance during the past two weeks and weekends.

Kayla Griebel and/ or Emma Whitmore (staff, volunteers) at the SVAL for their assistance during the past week and weekend.

Ashley Stroyan (RN, Nurse Manager at the SVAL), Kayla Griebel and/ or Emma Whitmore (staff, volunteers) at the SVAL for their assistance during the past week and weekend.

Vincent S. (tenant, volunteer) for hosting the game of “Dominoes” or “Dice” with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on four Mondays, four Tuesdays, and three Thursdays.

Vincent S. (tenant, volunteer) for hosting Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday with Joy M. (staff).

Jill Huling (Dietary Supervisor) and the Dietary Department for providing the “Mardi Gras Dinner” with Mardi Gras decorations for the dining experience during the noontime on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).

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

Rev. Dennis Miller (Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service (at the MVCC) during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to the residents (at the MVCC) and to the tenants (at the SVAL).

“Temporary” Pastor John Armstrong (First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting a church service and visiting “one on one” with the residents (at the MVCC) and tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Thursday.

Pat Roling and Peggy Althaus (volunteers) for hosting “Bingo” games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Molly Ploessl with Haisley Williams and Mary Kubik (volunteers) for hosting “Bingo” games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Anthony and Peggy Althaus (volunteers) for hosting “Bingo” games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Pat Roling, Judy Moran, and Lois Kramer (volunteers) for hosting Bingo games with the “Catholic Ladies” with Karen Osar (Lutheran volunteer) held with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on Wednesday.  Karen Osar for assisting with the Bingo games.

Diane Dempewolf and Karen Osar (volunteers) with the Lutheran Ladies for hosting “Bingo” games held with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Karen Osar, Ruth Putman, Linda Michels, and Rosie Williams (volunteers from St. John’s Lutheran Church; Bellevue, Iowa) for hosting the “Bingo” games held with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Laurie Anderson, Vivian Pitlo, and Dianne Strickler (volunteers) from the “American Legion Auxiliary Ladies” for hosting “Bingo” games with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on Thursday.

Alice Kilburg (volunteer) and the residents and tenants who played “Euchre” games during the afternoon on Wednesday.

The residents and tenants who participated in the Euchre games during the afternoon on Thursday.

David Eischeid (volunteer art instructor) and Mary Kubik (volunteer assisting Dave Eischeid) for visiting and hosting “Artwork with David and Mary” (an artwork class) during the morning on three Thursdays and helping our small group of resident art students unlock their art talents.

The Bellevue Community High School (BCHS) – Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) – student Kayla Bruggenwirth and allowing Kayla to grow in work experience by being introduced to (discovering and “job shadowing”) other departments during the past two weeks:
Week 1:  Tuesday with Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy) and Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy); Wednesday with Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor); Thursday with Ashley Stroyan (RN, Nurse Manager at the SVAL) and Kayla Griebel (Universal Worker at the SVAL).
Week 2:  Tuesday with Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy) and Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy); Wednesday with Jill Huling (Dietary Supervisor); Thursday with Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy) and Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy).
And, for assisting Activities during the afternoons as noted above. 
Thanks also to Mrs. Tracy Weber (FBLA Advisor, BCHS).

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

Staff/volunteers: Theresa Schwager, Susan Eversole, Jill Huling, and other unnamed staff for assisting Activities during the past four weeks.

Staff/volunteers: Pam Reedy (Administrative Assistant), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Susan Eversole, Deb Fultner, Joy Marchiando (Recreation Program Director); and other unnamed involved staff for their assistance in connecting the residents, tenants, and families together with family visits or 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 the MVCC) and/or the tenants (at the SVAL), and for assisting Activities during the past four weeks.

Jamie Sprank and family for providing 5-plus dozens of homemade Cookies for the staff.

Marie Rossman for providing dozens of Daffodils to be displayed at the MVCC and the SVAL.

Peggy & Tony Althaus for the Carousel Corner Assorted St. Patrick’s Day Cookies and St. Patrick’s Day items – for the Nurses and Staff – “In Memory of Rita Daugherty”.

Sheila Hunter for the gifts of assorted St. Patrick’s Day candies for the staff and for the hand-signed and decorated St. Patrick’s Day Greeting cards to and for the residents (at the MVCC) and the tenants (at the SVAL) this past week.

The Family of Beverly McNally for providing and sharing Beverly’s Birthday Cake with us.

The Family of Mildred “Millie” Hoff for providing and sharing Mildred’s Birthday (96 years young and counting) Cake with us.

Family of Phyllis “Jean” Hueneke for their donations of clothes, shoes, adult art coloring books, artwork supply items, books, and other items.

Susan Williams for her donation of assorted magazines.

Peggy & Tony Althaus for their assistance in Activities.

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 four weeks.

Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who communicated [via letters, phone calls, video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.), 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.