As of 3/17/2021, family/church visits with residents at the Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and with the tenants at the Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) have resumed, as conditions / precautions permit.  The number of visitors in the building is limited, and all visits are to be scheduled in advance.  On 4/22/2021 entertainers and volunteers were allowed following the CDC Guidelines and mask wearing; with updates occurring almost daily as of 7/12/2021.  Due to the recent raise in the Jackson County rate, masks and eyewear are to be worn by the visitors, volunteers, and staff following the 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 for scheduling their visiting times with their loved ones and following the recommended guidelines for social distancing and mask wearing, when “Connecting” with their families during the weekdays and weekends.

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

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

Individualized in-room visits or monthly visits are being scheduled for the Presbyterian Church Service (with Pastor Shannon Witt) 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 for/with the residents (at the MVCC) during the past four weeks.

“Games” were/are available for/with the tenants (at the SVAL) in their own rooms or at the dining tables during the afternoon on Monday through Friday.

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

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

“Manicures” was available for/with the residents (at the MVCC) and the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on past four Fridays.

Judy Moran (volunteer) for her assistance in the afternoon from 1 pm to 3pm. on three Tuesdays, and in the morning to noon on Wednesday.

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

Rev. Dennis Miller (Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the MVCC/SVAL during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laura & Jr. Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to/with the residents and tenants.  Rev. Dennis Miller for spending time (1:1) with other tenants.

Rev. David Ambrosy (Associate Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the MVCC/SVAL during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laura & Jr. Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to/with the residents and tenants.  Rev. David Ambrosy for spending time (1:1) with other residents/tenants.

Rev. David Ambrosy (Associate Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the SVAL during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laura & Jr. Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to/with the residents and tenants.  Rev. David Ambrosy for spending time (1:1) with other residents/tenants.

Rev. Dennis Miller (Pastor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Mass and Communion Service at the MVCC during the midmorning on Wednesday.  Laura & Jr. Steines (volunteers) for assisting with reciting the Rosary prayers.  Laura Steines (volunteer) for assisting the distribution of Communion to/with the residents and tenants.  Rev. Dennis Miller for spending time (1:1) with other residents/tenants.

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

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the residents (at the MVCC) and the tenants (at the SVAL) during the noontime on four Fridays and during the evening-time on two Sundays and one Monday and one Wednesday.

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

Kelby Mueller (volunteer) for providing musical entertainment for/with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on Sunday.

Bea Hansen and Lois Kramer (volunteers) for hosting “Crafts with Bea” with the tenants (at the SVAL) and with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on two Fridays.

Laura McCool (avid volunteer and Knitting Instructor, now from Waynesville, Missouri) for visiting her contacts in Bellevue, including her former students (residents, tenants, and staff) at the MVCC, presenting to them hand-knitted gifts during midmorning on Tuesday.

Makaela O’Donnell (volunteer) for hosting “Pet Appreciation”, visiting us with her (2 year old Corgi Breed) dog named “Sam”, making “one-on-one” room visits to the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Tuesday.  [Special Thanks to volunteers Makaela O’Donnell, Kelly O’Donnell, and dog “Sam” (dog) their visit and assistance in this Activity event.]

“Pet Appreciation” was held with the residents and tenants preparing items for the pets at the Jackson County Humane Society during the afternoon on Tuesday.

“Pet Appreciation” was held with the residents and tenants (preparing “Homemade Goodies” for the staff with pets) during the afternoon on Tuesday.

“Pet Appreciation” was held with the residents (gift wrapping/bagging some “dog treats” for the staff with pets) during the afternoon on Thursday.  Thanks to volunteer Karen Osar for her assistance in Activities.

James Tredway (volunteer) for visiting us with his puppy (a 4 months old, male German Shepherd) and hosting “Pet Therapy”, both spending (1:1) time with the residents during the late afternoon and early evening-time (4-6 pm.) on Tuesday.

Staff/Volunteers:  Missy Wilson (Physical Therapy) and Kelly O’Donnell (Occupational Therapy) for hosting an activity celebrating “National Physical Therapy Month with Occupational & Speech Therapies” with a “Noodle Toss Game” with the residents during the afternoon on Thursday.  (Tokens of Appreciation were given to the Therapy Ladies.)

Eric Flatjord of “Grandpa’s Parlor” for hosting/serving “Ice Cream Sundaes” as a celebration, serving the residents, tenants, and staff during the afternoon on Thursday.  Jill Huling (Dietary Supervisor) for her assistance in Activities with Joy M. (staff).  Vincent S. (tenant) for providing the “Ice Cream Sundaes from Grandpa’s Parlor” in honor of his birthday for the tenants at the SVAL.

In celebration of Pastor Appreciation Week (October 18-24, 2021), the residents and tenants gave a box of assorted chocolates with a note of appreciation to the following churches:  The Presbyterian Church (with Pastor Shannon Witt and staff); St. John’s Lutheran Church (with Pastor Paul Gammelin and staff); and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (with Pastor Dennis Miller, Associate Pastor David Ambrosy, and staff) with deliveries made throughout the day on Thursday.

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for hosting “Bingo” games held with “Ice Cream Refreshments” for/with the residents during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Richard Helbing (resident, volunteer) for assisting Activities with the “Bingo games with Ice Cream Refreshments” held with the residents (at the MVCC) during the afternoon on four Wednesdays.

Richard Helbing (resident, volunteer) for hosting “Card Games” during the morning on two Mondays.

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

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

Judi Daniels (volunteer) with Joy M. (staff) for hosting Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday.

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

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

Vincent S. and Harlan Wilslef (tenants, volunteers) with Joy M. (staff) for hosting Bingo games held with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Vincent S. (tenant, volunteer) for hosting the “Playing of Dice Games” with the tenants (at the SVAL) during the afternoon on two Mondays.  Marie Berthel (tenant, volunteer) for her assistance during the “Dice Games”.

Vincent S. (tenant, volunteer) for hosting the game of “Dominoes” at the SVAL during the afternoon on four Thursdays.

Staff/volunteers: Pam Reedy (Administrative Assistant), Jill Huling (Dietary Supervisor), Theresa Schwager (Environmental Services Supervisor), Susan Eversole, Deb Fultner, Megan Meier, 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/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.

David Mausser (resident) & Family for sharing his birthday cake with us.

Lucille Deppe (tenant) & Family for sharing her birthday cake with ice cream with us.

Richard Osar (resident) & Family for sharing his birthday pies with us.

James Cloos (resident) & Family for sharing his birthday with us.

Harlan Wilslef (tenant) & Family for sharing his birthday donuts with us.

R.B. (resident) for sharing her birthday cupcakes with us.

Leonard Manders for his donation of calendars, items, and notebooks.

Carolyn Liddle for her donations of two tubs of flowers and gourds for the SVAL.

The Family of Rita Daugherty for bringing in the many 32+ bunches of hand-tied bouquets for the residents, tenants, and staff.

Anonymous for donating two baskets of ripe garden tomatoes for the residents and tenants to enjoy.

Chuck Prada for donating items from the late Portia Holloway.

Leonard Manders for his donations of calendars, notebooks, and items.

The Family of Tommy McCutcheon for their donations of items.

Marian Stecklein for donating a tub full of books for the residents and tenants to enjoy.

Dan Eggers for his donation of fresh flowers.

Marian Vaughn (volunteer) for her donations of 10 walker bags, and 8 Utility Bags for the residents and tenants.

Roger Berthel for his donation of fresh oranges for the tenants at the SVAL.

Anonymous for the donations of books and 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 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.