NewsLetter

February – 2021

 

Community Involvement

Donations of

Time, Talents, & Treasures.

Thank You !!

As of Wednesday (3/11/2020), regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19, Wuhan China Virus) Precautions, we are not allowing any visitors into the facility until further notice.  We are following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC 24/7: Saving Lives, Protecting People Guidelines) Precautions.  Activities have been cancelled until further notice, by order of the Director of Nursing, Administrator, Medical Doctor, and the CDC.

We understand and know how difficult this is, but please remember, that we are doing our best to protect the health and well-being of our residents and tenants, your loved ones.  We will keep you posted of any further changes.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  We appreciate your cooperation with this.  Thank You!

In-house Individualized Activities with the residents and tenants resume, as able.  We want to thank all our dedicated staff for caring for all the residents and tenants.  And, we want to thank all our dedicated volunteers, our community, our schools and area churches, who were planning to visit and assist with Activities during the past four weeks.  We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, as God May Bless.

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

Individualized in-room daily Catholic Services & Rosary prayers were held on the local cable Channel-32 for the Catholics during the last four weeks and on Sundays.

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

Individualized in-room “Exercises” were held with the residents during the last four weeks.

Individualized in-room “Manicures” were held for the residents at Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and the tenants at Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) during the last four weeks.

Individualized “Games of Choice” were available for the residents and tenants during the afternoon, Monday – Thursday.

“Card Games” were available for/with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesdays of the last four weeks.

Individualized “Card Games – Solitaire” were available for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesdays.

“Something Homemade – Easy Cracker Cookies” was available individually with the residents (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) with Joy during the afternoon on Tuesday.

“Treat with Chef Chad” was held by individually visiting “room to room” with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on four Mondays.

Chef Chad Myers (staff) for assisting Activities with “Music” being played on his stereo system during the evening time on four Mondays and on Friday.

Chef Chad (staff) for hosting “New Year’s Eve with Chef Chad”, that was held by individually visiting “room to room” with the residents/tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) with during the afternoon on Thursday.

Chef Chad (staff) for hosting “Happy Hour with Chef Chad”, that was held by individually visiting “room to room” with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Friday.

MaryJo Konrardy (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities, hosting “Games” that was held with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the afternoon on two Mondays.

Mary Jo Konrardy (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities, hosting “Building A Gingerbread House” that was held individually with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the weekend.

Kayla Griebel, Mary Jo Konrardy, and Brittany Knouse.(staff, volunteers) for assisting Activities, hosting “Building A Gingerbread House” that was held individually with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the weekend.

Kayla Griebel, Mary Jo Konrardy, and Brittany Knouse. (staff, volunteers) for assisting Activities, hosting “Games” that was available individually with the tenants (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) at the SVAL during the past two weekends.

Kayla Griebel (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities, hosting “Games” held with the tenants at the SVAL (using appropriate social distancing and following the CDC Guidelines) during the afternoon on Monday.

Brittany Knouse (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities with the Christmas Decorations and with the tenants disassembling the SVAL Christmas Tree on Monday.

Other fun activities for/with the residents included:  “Daily Chronicle”, “The Nutcracker Wordsearch & The Nutcracker Suite Crossword”, “Searching for December Trivia”, “Fun with Idioms Wordsearch”, “Classic Toys Puzzle”, “New Year’s Eve Crossword”, “January Easy Does It Trivia”, “ EZ Does It Trivia”, “Searching the Fabulous 40s”, “Decoding Chicken Noodle Soup”, “Which Word Doesn’t Belong Game”, “January IQ Quiz”, “Famous January Birthdays”, “Old Fashioned Oatmeal Wordsearch”, “100 Year Birth Anniversaries in 2021 Wordsearch”, “Bowl” Me Over Mind Game”, “A-Mazing Radio Puzzle – Mind Game Exercise”, “A-Mazing Hot Tea Puzzle Exercise”, “Things From 1940s & Wordsearch & Reminisce”, “1940s Slang Mind Exercises – Fitness”, “Bowling Word Crossword Puzzle”, “Connecting with the Families” and “Music”; and the residents and tenants were treated with ice cream bars, lemonade, cookies, popsicles, and other food treat items (or “goodies”) throughout the weeks.

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” and “Piano Music Box” for/with the residents during the noontime and the evening on Wednesday and three Thursdays.

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities with “Connecting with the families”, “Music” and “Piano Music Box” for/with the residents during the evening on Wednesday.

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities with “Connecting with the families”, “Music” and “Piano Music Box” for/with the residents during the morning on two Saturdays.

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities with “Music Box” and “Piano Music Box” for/with the residents during the noontime on a Thursday and two Fridays.

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for assisting Activities and for removing and storing the “Christmas Decorations and Christmas Tree” during Wednesday.

Staff/volunteers:  Theresa Schwger and Nicole Weis for assisting Activities on Monday through Wednesday.

Staff/volunteers:  Theresa Schwager, Amy Neblung-Roth, Chef Chad Myers, Nicole Weis, Allie Lemke, and other unnamed staff for their assistance in Activities during the past week.

Staff/volunteers:  Theresa Schwager, Amy Neblung-Roth, Chef Chad Myers, Nicole Weis, Allie Lemke, Missy Wilson, Kelly O’Donnell, and other unnamed staff for their assistance in Activities during the past two weeks.

Staff/volunteers:  Theresa Schwager, Chef Chad Myers, Nicole Weis, Susan Eversole, Emma Whitmore, Amber Olson, and other unnamed staff for their assistance in Activities during the past week.

Staff/volunteers:  Amy Neblung-Roth (Administrative Assistant), April Minear (RN, Director of Nursing), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Nicole Weis (Environmental Services staff), 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 for assisting Activities during the past three weeks.

Staff/volunteers:  April Minear (RN, Director of Nursing), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Nicole Weis (Environmental Services staff), 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 for assisting Activities during the past week.

Thanks to everyone who assisted with the Christmas Star Program for the residents and tenants; “Bellevue Helping Hands”, staff and the “Bellevue & Maquoketa Areas”.  Thanks to our “Santa’s Helpers” staff:  Theresa Schwager, Joy Marchiando, Allie Lemke, and Nicole Weis for (labeling, marking, and organizing the items), singing Christmas songs while delivering the packages to the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Thursday.

Christmas Activity staff participation for the residents and tenants listed in no particular order:  Mary List, Kelsey Medinger, Ashley Stroyan, Virginia Valant, Diane Dempewolf, Nicole Weis, Paige Miller, Teresa Davis, Theresa Samuel, James Harkness (Administrator), Anonymous, Theresa Schwager, and Joy Marchiando.

Congratulations to Mildred Hoff (tenant at the SVAL) for being a KMAQ Radio Bingo player winner during the afternoon on Tuesday.  The winner of the KMAQ 92.5 FM (Bellevue Frequency) Radio Bingo won a Chicken Dinner and $15.00 for just playing!

Benita Dobson (resident) and Family for sharing her birthday cake with us.

Eleanor Gerlach (resident) and Family for sharing her birthday cake with us.

Family of Catherine James for their donation of items.

Family of Rita Daugherty for their donations of items.

Family of Rita Daugherty for the boxes of Assorted Cookies from Carousel Corner for the staff.

David Eischeid for providing Assorted boxes of Chocolates and mints for the staff.

Tina Stecklein (staff) for providing 64 “Jersey Mike’s” Sub-sandwiches for the staff.

“The Bellevue Iowa Rocks” – Karen Jess, Mickala Jess, Lori Portz, & Raquel for the assorted painted rocks gifted to the residents and tenants during the Christmas week.

“Helping Hands” [Paulette Wagner, Grace Griffin, Emily Medinger, Mark (video of the lights) and Denise Forney (songs)] for providing some Christmas videos via the Bellevue Cable Channel for the residents and tenants.

“Helping Hands” for providing assorted handmade Christmas cards for the residents and tenants this past week.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church – Helping Hands – (friends) for providing items for the residents and tenants.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church – Helping Hands – (friends) for providing Christmas items for the residents and tenants.

Pastor Shannon Witt (Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) for the Christmas video for the Presbyterian residents and tenants.

Our friends at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for the hand-crafted “Happy New Year” Greeting Cards for the residents and tenants.

Pastor Shannon Witt (Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) with Presbyterian volunteers, Kim Moore, Holly Feuling, and other unnamed volunteers who were kind enough to send out cards with return addresses to our residents / tenants, and thereby becoming instant “Pen-Pals” with us.

Bellevue Middle School (Bellevue Community School) Student Council had a fundraiser and was going to have Cookies made from Carousel Corner (Bellevue, Iowa) for the staff.

Sharen Kueter for donating assorted Greeting cards and walker bag for the residents/tenants.

“Helping Hands” for the freshly baked “Peanut Butter M&Ms & Chocolate Chip Cookies”, made by Sharen Kueter and Janell Daugherty for the staff.

Ray & Doris Theisen for their donations of a variety of year 2021 calendars and items.

Sandy Bowman for donating many handcrafted quilts for residents and tenants.

Anonymous for providing boxes of fresh donuts for the staff.

Leonard Manders for his donations of year 2021 calendars.

Season Kutsch for the dozens of fresh doughnuts and eggs for the staff.

Joy Marchiando (staff) for the assorted cookies for the staff and cake for the residents and tenants during this past week.

Residents, tenants, and staff received the first of two vaccinations on Saturday, January 16th.  The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was made available through Walgreens.  The second vaccination is scheduled to be given on Saturday, February 6th .  All went smoothly thanks to all of the Nursing staff present, April Minear (RN, Director Of Nursing), Emily Hingtgen (RN, MDS Coordinator & Assistant Director of Nursing), Season Kutsch (RN/BSN, Nurse Manager & Restorative Nurse), and Walgreen’s Nurses and Staff; and all staff involved during the mid-morning and afternoon on Saturday.

Thanks to all the volunteers for being awesome.

Thanks to all the involved staff 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), outside closed window 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.