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 activities for the residents and tenants were/are individualized and/or self-directed, as able, as of (2/16/2020), and will be so until further notice. 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 this past week. We look forward to seeing you all again in the future, as God May Bless.
Residents, tenants, and families were/are encouraged to connect with their loved ones via phone calls and/or video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.) that are available all day.
National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2020) was celebrated by giving Thank-You notes and Tokens of Appreciation (candies, decorated hand towels, meal, and flowers, etc.) to our devoted staff nurses throughout the week. We salute all healthcare Nurses with a “Happy Nurses Week” for each and every day that they step forward embracing new technologies, resolving emerging issues, and accepting ever-changing roles in their profession. This is done in honor of their caring attitude, compassion, kindness, integrity, teamwork, and commitment to excellence. We thank them for the quality work they provide all year round.
National Skilled Nursing Care Week (formerly called, National Nursing Home Week) (May 10-16) featured the theme of “Sharing Our Wisdom”. We honored/recognized our nurses with Thank-You cards and gifts (Tokens of Appreciation) during the week. Residents and tenants were encouraged to share a laugh/memory/story with us, in accord with the “Sharing-Our-Wisdom” theme. This theme motivated us to fashion a ribbon-adorned lighted “Wisdom Tree” display, where the attached leaves contained handwritten words/notes of “wisdom” from the residents/tenants. Other activities included: “Happy Hour with Chef Chad”, “Connecting with the Families”, and “Music”; and the residents and tenants were treated with ice cream bars/cones/drumsticks/sandwiches/sundaes, root beer floats, lemonade, and other “goodies” throughout the week.
Individualized in-room daily Catholic Services & Rosary prayers were held on the local cable Channel-32 for the Catholics this past month and on four Sundays.
Individualized in-room Lutheran Services on local cable Channel-26 were held for the Lutherans on four Sundays.
Individualized in-room “Exercises” were held with the residents during each of the past 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 each of the past four weeks.
Staff/volunteers: Amy Neblung-Roth (Administrative Assistant), April Minear (RN, Nurse Manager at SVAL), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Anonymous staff (with Ryan Erickson, RN), Jill Herrig (LPN), Joy Marchiando (Recreation Program Director), and other involved staff for assisting with Activities and “Connecting the Families” [connecting the residents, tenants and families together via phone calls, video-chats (Apple FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, etc.)] during each of the past four weeks.
Chef Chad for providing the “Soft Pretzels and Cheese” while visiting “room to room” with Joy M. during the afternoon on Friday.
Chef Chad for providing the “Happy Hour Milkshakes” while visiting “room to room” with Joy M. during the afternoon on Friday.
Chef Chad for providing the “Happy Hour” while visiting “room to room” with Joy M. during the afternoon on Friday.
Chef Chad for hosting the “Happy Hour” on Friday, where non-alcoholic Margaritas and Strawberry Daiquiris were served with appetizers in celebration of Raymond Lawson’s 100th birthday.
Therapy Ladies: Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy), Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy), and Allie Limke (Speech Therapy) for assisting Activities and Joy M. with “Hallway Bingo” during the afternoon on four Tuesdays. Staff/volunteer Alecia Kueter for her assistance in Activities.
Therapy Ladies: Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy), Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy), and Allie Limke (Speech Therapy) for assisting Activities and Joy M. during the afternoon with: “Hallway Noodle Toss” on two Wednesdays, “Hallway Tennis/Balloon Toss” on one Wednesday, and “Hallway Velcro Dart Toss Game” on one Wednesday.
Therapy Ladies: Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy), Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy), and Allie Limke (Speech Therapy) for assisting Activities and Joy M. with the “Happy Hour”, while visiting “room to room” during the afternoon on Friday.
Staff/volunteers: Emma Whitmore, Kayla Griebel, and Mary Jo Konrardy at SVAL for their assistance in Activities during the past four weeks.
Staff/volunteers: Theresa Schwager, Nicole Weis, Deb Fultner, Diane Dempewolf, Susan Eversole, Kimberly Reeg, Heather Yackle, Paige Miller, Erin Mohr, and other Anonymous staff for their assistance in Activities during the past four weeks.
Theresa Schwager (staff) for assisting Activities with “Connecting with the families” and “Music” during the afternoon on two Saturdays and during the evening on Friday and Thursday.
Nancy from Genesis Home Health for providing assorted cards for the residents and tenants.
Sheila Hargrave (The Bookworm) for her donations of various (14+) paperback books for the residents and tenants,
Hospice of Jackson County for providing a large platter of cookies and fruit for the staff, “Happy Nurses Week”.
Donna Medinger for donating several items and a wheelchair.
The Grace Nemmers family for providing cupcakes for the staff.
Lucille Bormann (resident) and Family for sharing her birthday cake with us.
J.K. for providing ice cream bars for the staff.
J.K. & Family for sharing pizza on Wednesday evening and birthday cake with ice cream with us on Thursday.
R.S. & Family for sharing her birthday goody with us.
A.B. & Family for sharing birthday cake and ice cream with us.
The Allen Kilburg. family for providing many assorted cookies for the entire staff at all the shifts.
Missy & Scott Wilson for their donation of 40# of birdseed and filled the bird feeders at both MVCC and SVAL to help the residents and tenants enjoy viewing the feeding/visiting birds.
Hospice of Jackson County for providing a basket full of assorted fruit for the staff in honor of “Skilled Nursing Care Week”.
Theresa Weber for providing “Mary Kay Lotion” for the staff in honor of “Skilled Nursing Care Week”.
An Anonymous youth for providing beautiful live plants for MVCC and SVAL.
Virginia Valant for providing an assortment of books for the residents/tenants..
Marilyn & Dale Meiers for providing 12-plus dozens of assorted boxes of cookies for the staff.
The 67th Wedding Anniversary (and still going strong) of an anonymous couple was celebrated with a special cake and dinner in their honor on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
Congratulations to our employee high school seniors: Madison Budde, Ian O’Donnell, and Jadyn Bartels (Bellevue Community High School); and Delaney Bormann and Kierra Messerich (Eastern Valley Community High School).
Congratulations to the winners of this week’s Staff Work Shift Drawing on Friday: Shirley Black (first shift), Ryan Helmle (second shift), and Jennifer Manders (third shift).
Thanks to all the involved staff for their assistance and support with all the “individualized” activities/events during these past weeks/months.
Thanks to all our volunteers for being awesome.
Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who communicated [via letters, phone calls, video chats (FaceTime, Facebook, Skype, 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) 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.
A note to our precious volunteers regarding National Volunteer Week (April 19-25, 2020). Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19, Wuhan China virus) outbreak pandemic, the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later time. This notice has been posted on our Facebook page. Also posted is a heartfelt note of appreciation and recognition for their/your positive, considerate, dedicated service to Mill Valley Care Center and Sunrise Villa Assisted Living.