From the Desk of the Administrator

Jim Harkness



Hello Friends,

As we edge closer to the end of the year, I wonder how we will navigate through COVID during the cold and flu season.  Not only is it a concern for our residents and tenants but for our staff and their families as well.  Jackson County continues to have a high positivity rate.  The current rate is 11.6% and that puts us in the red zone for the CMS monitoring.  There are three zones, green, yellow and red.  Red being the counties with the highest and most concerning positivity rates.  My hope is that our rate will gradually go down, but it takes everyone to act responsibly and wear a mask when in public, especially our young people who put their parents at risk.  As this pandemic continues, we are still forced to keep our residents and tenants isolated from their families.  This has been very difficult for them, and we are trying to figure out ways to make communication better even if they still cannot embrace one another.  We recently purchased a couple of Alexis communication devices that allow the resident and their loved one to speak to one another through a window without having to use phones.  We are continuing to refine its use, but it does seem to be better than them having to hold a phone.  We also have purchased five new iPads so that residents and their families can FaceTime.  This way they can be on the device longer if they choose, since staff had been using their phones previously.  I want to thank everyone for their support of Mill Valley Care Center.  One of the things I miss the most is not seeing all our volunteers.  It does not seem like Mill Valley without them.  They provide such great support to us, we really miss their presence in our facility.  I hope and pray that next year we can have them back so that they can once again spread joy and happiness into the lives of our residents.

Thank you.