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 volunteers 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 “Exercises” or “Small Group” were held with the residents during the past three 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 three weeks, as able.

Individualized “Games of Choice” were 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.

Individualized in-room visits or monthly visits are being scheduled for the Presbyterian Church Service (with Interim 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 three weeks and on Sundays.

Lutheran Service on local cable Channel-26 was held for the Lutherans on 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.  Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to the tenants (at the SVAL) and to the residents (at the MVCC).  Theresa Schwager, Kayla Griebel, and Paula Moeller (staff, volunteers for assisting this event.  Rev. David Ambrosy for spending time (1:1) with other tenants/residents.

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.  Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to the tenants (at the SVAL) and to the residents (at the MVCC).  Theresa Schwager, Kayla Griebel, and Paula Moeller (staff, volunteers) for assisting this event.  Rev. David Ambrosy for spending time (1:1) with other tenants/residents.

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 Wednesday.  Jr. & Laura Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to the tenants (at the SVAL) and to the residents (at the MVCC).

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

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

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the noontime on two Fridays.

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.

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

Ray and Doris Theisen (volunteers) for hosting “Euchre Club with Ray & Doris” was held with the residents during the afternoon on Tuesday.

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

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for her assistance during the day on three Wednesdays.

Patricia Ries, Joan Jess and Jane Ernst (volunteers) for hosting “Bingo Games with the American Legion Auxiliary Ladies” that was held for/with the residents during the afternoon on Thursday.

Marlene & Mark Cloos and Pat Roling (volunteers) for hosting Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for her assistance with hosting “Music Box Entertainment” held for/with the residents during the noontime on Friday.

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for providing “music” for/with the residents during the noontime on two Wednesdays.

Theresa Schwager (staff, volunteer) for her assistance hosting “Back Rubs and Hand Massage Therapy” held with the residents while following the CDC Guidelines during the afternoon on Friday.

Theresa Schwager, Susan Eversole, Jill Huling (staff, volunteers) and other unnamed staff for assisting Activities during the past three weeks.

Jill Huling (staff, volunteer) for hosting the Bingo games held for/with the residents during the afternoon on Wednesday.

The staff who participated in “Sharing a Favorite Recipe” as part of a “National Fun At Work Day” held with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Friday.

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 three weeks.

Mrs. Tracy Weber (FBLA Advisor, Bellevue Community High School) with students:  Kayla Bruggenwirth, Alex Caughron, Alyssa Kilburg, Adyson Ellingson, Arianna Roeder, Rayna Kilburg, Aunika Hager, Callie Recker, and Olivia Carter for hosting a “Post-Christmas Tree & Christmas Decorations Storage” activity (to help pack away the Christmas decorations for the next Christmas season, i.e., December 2022), that was held during the afternoon on Thursday.  Mrs. Tracy Weber and her students for assisting and sharing with the residents/tenants this camaraderie while making a difference in the lives of our residents, tenants, and staff.

Mrs. Tracy Weber (FBLA Advisor, Bellevue Community High School) and BHS student Kayla Bruggenwirth for hosting an “Exercise” activity (to help the residents with strengthening while enjoying themselves at the same time), that was held during the afternoon on Monday – Thursday.

Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapist, volunteer) for being a guest speaker focusing on “Exercise” activity (to help the residents with strengthening while enjoying themselves at the same time), accompanied by Kayla Bruggenwirth (Bellevue High School work-based learning student), held during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapist, volunteer) for hosting “Bingo games” with Kayla Bruggenwirth (BHS work-based learning student) held during the afternoon on Wednesday.

The Family of Raymond Hickson (resident) for providing and sharing Raymond’s Birthday Cake with us and for providing Cake for Saturday on New Year’s Day.

The Family of Benita Dobson (resident) (Sam Dobson and Family) for sharing Benita’s 100th celebration birthday cake with us, and for providing Cake for Christmas Eve.

The Family of Eleanor Gerlach (resident) for providing and sharing Eleanor’s Birthday Cake with us.

Family of Alvin Kilburg (Ann Tuegel, Velma Miller, and Family) for their donations of an electric shaver, headphones, assorted easy listening music CDs, and video DVDs.

St. Joseph, Sts. Peter & Paul, St. Donatus, and St. Catherine Catholic Middle School EPIC Youth Group for delivering the hand-crafted paper “Angels”.

Anonymous for the donation of books, cards, and items.

Virginia Valant for her donations of assorted books and items.

The Randy Hoffmann Family for their donation of food treats/goodies for the staff.

Phyllis & William Reistroffer for their donation in Memory of Constance Drummond toward the Activity Fund.

Paul B. & Sandy J. Roling for their donation in Memory of Rita Brown toward the Activity Fund.

Beth Rogge (daughter of the late Donald Beseman) for her donations of assorted cards and year 2022 calendars.

Penny Meyer for providing the donations of both board games of “PO.KE.NO” and “POKER TILES”.

Shawn Mohr for the donations of items.

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 three 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.