Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) Update

Wednesday, August 4, 2020

Past 14 days data:  7/22/20-8/05/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 0
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began:  March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 16
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

Covid Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.   These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are.  Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have no new Covid-19 cases to report today.

Outdoor Visitation Success and Expanded Visitation Options

The cooler weather and increased awareness have made our outdoor family visitation program enjoyable for so many!  We have many families scheduling their time and helped the COVID crisis not be as much a crisis of the heart for residents!

Increased demand and requests for more times for working families has resulted in the following schedule enhancements:

ASSISTED LIVING

  • Monday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Friday 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

HEALTHCARE

  • Tuesday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m.

LIVING WISDOM CENTER

  • Tuesday 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday 5:30-7:00 p.m.

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

We have also had inquiries regarding the use of face shields in lieu of face masks. The regulatory directive is no—this is not possible. From Kathy Gonsalves, Director of Nursing: 

Face shields are to be worn over the mask for eye protection. They aren’t meant to wear alone. They do not stop respiratory droplets from spreading as they are open on all sides except the forehead.”

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32

Monday, August 2, 2020

Past 14 days data:  7/20/20-8/03/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 0
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began:  March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 16
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

Covid Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.   These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are.  Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have no new Covid-19 cases to report today.

I’m safe…he thought.  A story worth telling.

Today I was discharged from the hospital after spending a week battling Covid-19.  This was after progressively getting sicker and sicker the prior week at home.  I had high fevers (about 103), a cough, congestion, diarrhea, shortness of breath, consistently low oxygen levels (sometimes dropping into the low 80s) and generally felt very sick.  My eyes hurt, I lost my sense of smell and I just generally felt terrible.  When I was admitted they took an x-ray of my chest and I had the classic Covid “ground glass” appearance in my lungs, similar to pneumonia. I had trouble sleeping due to the cough, the constant fevers (and subsequent breaking of my fever where I would wake up in a pool of sweat). It came on super quickly– the day before my symptoms appeared two weeks ago, I had set a new personal record on the Peloton (stationary bike).  Now I sometimes have trouble getting a breath just walking up the stairs and I’ve lost about seven pounds in the past week.

There was a point in time after my first night at the hospital where it was indicated I may have to go to the ICU, which was very worrisome.  Fortunately, it never came to that.  I required supplemental oxygen nightly and occasionally during the day.  I was put a new drug, which is taken over a five-day course intravenously and had I gotten any worse they had planned to put me on a steroid which has proven effective in studies as well.  Thankfully, they believe in science at Northwestern.  I am feeling considerably better over the past few days as my fever has largely subsided and my oxygen levels have improved.  I’m starting to get a little stronger but still have fatigue and a cough and they expect these to linger for a few weeks.  I am looking to be one of the lucky ones.  

My wife and our children all have Covid-19 as well. Fortunately, they have all had few if any symptoms besides loss of smell and a runny nose and a little fatigue.   Things would have gotten very complicated if my wife’s condition had deteriorated so thankfully it did not.  We do not think we infected anyone outside of our immediate family despite coming into contact with some family members and a couple of friends in the week prior to symptoms appearing.  Fortunately, we were fairly careful about being outside and keeping distanced from those we were in contact with.  

We have no idea where we caught the virus and generally were pretty careful with the wearing of masks and limiting public interactions.  We of course do not know if there will be any long-term consequences from having Covid but at least it doesn’t appear to have caused any deaths or serious illness in the short run to anyone we know outside of my hospitalization, and for that we are very thankful.  We would have a very hard time forgiving ourselves if we had gotten anyone else sick.  

 I believe I had about 15 different nurses and three doctors and a P.A. who cared for me and who selflessly put themselves at risk every day and whose research into the best treatments has helped bring the death rate down considerably.  

Lastly, I just want to emphasize for any doubters out there- this virus is very real, it doesn’t discriminate, and we are all vulnerable to it.  Please wear a mask at all times in settings where others are present, don’t needlessly gather with others, particularly in close settings and don’t think you won’t get it because you certainly can.  Please listen to the legitimate experts such as Dr. Fauci and do not listen to things you read on the internet from unverified sources. We don’t know anyone who has had this and hardly anyone in the town we live in has had it and we still got it.  I feel like we let our guard down just a tiny bit and we ended up with the disease and who knows what the long-term consequences will be because of it.

A firsthand experience written by a friend of Hubbard.

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

Lord, You made us for good works. You gave us the desire to always learn and grow in our ability to love You and our neighbors. Help us to make progress each day and not to worry about the conclusion that you may bring out of that obedience. Remind us regularly that your conclusions of every matter will always bring fruit even though the conclusion may be different than we were thinking. Your ways are above our ways.

 In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Past 14 days data:  7/17/20/20-7/31/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 0
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began:  March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 16
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

Covid Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.   These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are.  Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have no new Covid-19 cases to report today.

The reality of the situation is…

We try through this column to strike a balance of information, education, hope, trust, inspiration, and  faith, that this too, shall pass.

The recent news has not been especially positive locally or nationally.  Even so, we diligently focus on managing those factors and situations which are under our control-and leave the rest to God.

Case in point.  While we certainly have been blessed to have mitigated and contained the virus over recent weeks, we still have occasional cases where staff members and were exposed to someone who was COVID-19 positive after leaving Hubbard- sometimes by others living in their home! Vigilant?  Yes.  Compliant?  Yes.  Able to control all environmental factors. No.  Able to control everything in the world around them?  No.  Exposure to this insidious virus happens.

We share this so you are aware of our course of action when this occurs, and you may learn how to respond in your household.  First and foremost, staff members self-report this situation to us without fear of retribution, suspension of pay, or any other punitive measures.  It is simply an acknowledgment we do the best we can.  We do not control others.  The preventative measure taken for that staff member is to remain quarantined at home for 14 days when it is determined they are asymptomatic.  At that time, they may return to work.  Per our standard operating procedure-this is per CDC and ISDH guidelines and directives.   Again, this is the protocol for staff members.

If you should discover or suspect you have been exposed to someone who may be COVID-19 positive, your first course of action should be to call your primary care physician and/or the COVID-19 Hotline. They will answer any questions and provide the necessary course of action for you and those around you to remain safe.  The Elkhart County COVID-19 hotline phone number is 877-826-0011.

We are immensely proud of our staff members who have done an extraordinary job remaining vigilant and protecting our precious residents from exposure and/or contracting the virus.  That’s here at Hubbard.  Each one of us leaves here and goes into a totally unpredictable environment.  Even so, we relentlessly remind each other every day to view the person standing in front of you as though they are COVID-19 positive and behave accordingly.  Even your most loved ones.  That is our commitment to you and your loved ones.  Sustained, uncompromising vigilance.

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

Lord, You made us for good works. You gave us the desire to always learn and grow in our ability to love You and our neighbors. Help us to make progress each day and not to worry about the conclusion that you may bring out of that obedience. Remind us regularly that your conclusions of every matter will always bring fruit even though the conclusion may be different than we were thinking. Your ways are above our ways.

 In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Past 14 days data:  7/15/20/20-7/29/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 1
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began:  March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 16
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

Covid Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.   These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are.  Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have no new Covid-19 cases to report today.

Self-explanatory, it is not getting any better…

21 States Now in Federal ‘Red Zone’ For Serious Coronavirus Outbreaks.

Twenty-one U.S. states are currently in the “red zone” for coronavirus outbreaks under federal criteria, reporting more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week, according to a new federal report. Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

And closer to home… the foremost authority on the COVID-19 virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated today, “My concern is that states including Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are showing signs of impending danger.  Based on the number of positive coronavirus tests in those states, they “are starting to have that very early indication” of a surge, he said. “That’s a surefire sign that you’ve got to be really careful.  What you see today is NOT an indication of what you will see in two weeks’ time.”

And here in Elkhart County, the surge is of sufficient magnitude the Indiana Department of Health has mandated that ALL employees in all senior living facilities in Elkhart County be tested again, and be prepared to be tested as necessary to help trace the source of the surge in Elkhart County. 

We share this information for so many reasons, but in hopes that everyone will be able with God’s grace to bring patience, understanding, trust, and support to each other as we progress through this journey together. We don’t want to go backwards in the journey and we need everyone doing their part to ensure that doesn’t happen!!!

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

Lord, You made us for good works. You gave us the desire to always learn and grow in our ability to love You and our neighbors. Help us to make progress each day and not to worry about the conclusion that you may bring out of that obedience. Remind us regularly that your conclusions of every matter will always bring fruit even though the conclusion may be different than we were thinking. Your ways are above our ways.

 In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Past 14 days data:  7/15/20/20-7/29/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 1
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began:  March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 16
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

Covid Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.   These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are.  Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have no new Covid-19 cases to report today.

Self-explanatory, it is not getting any better…

21 States Now in Federal ‘Red Zone’ For Serious Coronavirus Outbreaks.

Twenty-one U.S. states are currently in the “red zone” for coronavirus outbreaks under federal criteria, reporting more than 100 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week, according to a new federal report. Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

And closer to home… the foremost authority on the COVID-19 virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated today, “My concern is that states including Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky are showing signs of impending danger.  Based on the number of positive coronavirus tests in those states, they “are starting to have that very early indication” of a surge, he said. “That’s a surefire sign that you’ve got to be really careful.  What you see today is NOT an indication of what you will see in two weeks’ time.”

And here in Elkhart County, the surge is of sufficient magnitude the Indiana Department of Health has mandated that ALL employees in all senior living facilities in Elkhart County be tested again, and be prepared to be tested as necessary to help trace the source of the surge in Elkhart County. 

We share this information for so many reasons, but in hopes that everyone will be able with God’s grace to bring patience, understanding, trust, and support to each other as we progress through this journey together. We don’t want to go backwards in the journey and we need everyone doing their part to ensure that doesn’t happen!!!

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

Lord, You made us for good works. You gave us the desire to always learn and grow in our ability to love You and our neighbors. Help us to make progress each day and not to worry about the conclusion that you may bring out of that obedience. Remind us regularly that your conclusions of every matter will always bring fruit even though the conclusion may be different than we were thinking. Your ways are above our ways.

 In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Thursday, July 22, 2020

Past 14 days data: 7/8/20/20-7/22/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 1
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began: March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 15
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

Covid Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March. These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are. Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have no new Covid-19 cases to report today.

And on we go…. from the Governor…and in Elkhart County

Governor Eric Holcomb today announced an Executive Order for all Hoosiers to wear a mask when in public effective July 27th. The executive order will require face coverings for anyone 8 years old or older in the following places:

  • Public indoor spaces and commercial entities
  • While using public transportation or other vehicle services such as a taxi or rideshare
  • Outdoor public spaces when it is not possible to socially distance from people not in the same household
  • Additionally, face coverings will be required in schools for students in the third grade and above, faculty, staff, volunteers, and anyone else in schools. Mask are also required for co-curricular and extra-curricular activities with exceptions for strenuous physical activity.
  • The state will approach enforcement of the face covering requirement with an emphasis on education. The executive order states a penalty can be levied under the authority of state law. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

This is serious friends…Governor Holcomb is exercising appropriate caution, so he does NOT have to close our state once again. If we all remain compliant with masks and social distancing, we have a chance to mitigate the spread of this virus. Lest we become compliant at Hubbard Hill, what we have also heard today has now become our reality.

Our precious residents are and will continue to be our top priority with stewardship of their health safety paramount given the deadly impact COVID-19 can have on our population.

HOWEVER, look below at the Elkhart County demographic profile of the virus spread. This is not your Grandma’s COVID-19 only any longer!! The profile in Elkhart County has shifted decidedly younger-which does not mean we are off the hook! While COVID may not have the same health consequences to younger people, they represent a significant risk to increased spread and our population. To moms, dads, grandparents, teachers, siblings…anyone they are encountering. We need to educate this younger population on this very real risk. Please share this with your families, neighbors, and others so we may ALL help to contain this virus sooner rather than later. Your entire household needs to be vigilant and compliant!

Elkhart County Demographics for Positive Coronavirus Cases

The implications expand the risk to Hubbard as well. We have just begun our wonderful journey in outdoor visitation! Everyone has been so happy to be “present” with their loved ones. Let us remind you so we may continue with this program to PLEASE: 1) limit your family visit to TWO family members only; and 2) wear YOUR mask. Given the Governor’s mandate, this is a given.

We have said this from the beginning: we are in this together! Let us ALL, young, and old, lean in together as one to put a stop to this insidious pandemic. We ask your help once again Lord, let us keep our eye on the prize.

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

“I have told you all this so
that you may have peace
with me. Here on earth,
you will have many
trials and sorrows. But
take heart because I
have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Past 14 days data: 7/1/20/20-7/15/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 3
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began: March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 15
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

Covid Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.  These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are. Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have ZERO Covid-19 cases to report today!

More progress…!!

Medical transportation opens!

This week we have received and finalized our details of medical transportation changes! All intended to better our resident’s and family member’s quality of life by limiting unnecessary quarantine periods when possible!

Regarding trips to medical appointments

Specifically, residents may attend medical appointments outside of the facility. Should residents go outside for doctor’s, ER visits, or dialysis the following are recommendations for infection control:

  • Hubbard Hill will take infection control precautions to minimize risk of transmission of COVID-19 (e.g. providing the resident a surgical mask to wear while attending the appointment and performing hand hygiene before and after the appointment.)
  • These infection control precautions provided for the resident’s transport, as well as the infection control precautions in place in the physician offices, ER and Dialysis centers , enable Hubbard Hill to NO LONGER REQUIRE residents to be placed in quarantine for 14 days upon return to the facility. Nursing will continue to monitor these residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 per protocol.
    • Residents may select free transportation to and from appointments via Hubbard Hill staff trained transportation with the following stipulations:
      • Resident currently COVID-19 negative tests
      • N95 mask worn
      • And assurance the medical facility is COVID-19 compliant
    • Alternatively, residents may use resident and/or paid professional medical transportation. Hubbard Hill may supply names of reputable companies to residents.
    • If resident chooses to have family members transport them to appointments, they will be placed in 14 quarantine upon return due to the proximity and exposure to family members.
  • For more detailed information, contact the Hubbard Hill front desk at 574-295-6260.

Sometimes, baby steps of progress have the greatest impact!!

Hump Day on the Hill with Chaplain, Dave Severance

So yesterday afternoon I took advantage of the glorious low humidity and mowed some of the piece of property on which we hope to build a new home. I was intentional about enjoying the northerly breeze, in contrast to the stifling dew points we have had recently. Enjoyable work, if you can imagine that.

It reminded me of my days as a youngster living on the farm. We had no a/c then. The kitchen screen door was our ticket to freedom. We would push it open, let it slam shut… and the day was ours, only returning for lunch and supper. By porch light, my brother Steve and I would play catch, honing our craft… not wanting to waste one moment of those summer days. My baseball glove became my second companion.

The poet David wrote this about Mother Nature:

 “The heavens declare the glory of God,
The skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
Night after night they reveal knowledge.”
(Psalm 19:1-2)

So how is it that we come to “knowledge?” If you stand above today’s political fray… take in the 30K-foot view… you know that sometimes loyalties determine how one looks at truth. What is true for one side, is decidedly untrue for the other.

Loyalty determines perspective. Jesus put it this way, “Whoever has ears, let them hear…” Meaning that “hearing” or “knowledge” comes by faith, by our commitment to something.

Centuries ago, Anselm framed it like this, “faith seeking understanding.” The spiritual awakening happens when we give ourselves over to God in faith… that is when we have “ears to hear.”

Republicans, Independents and Democrats, those on the right and left, and in between… all of us… can lean into nature’s arms and be enveloped by God’s whisper of knowledge. It is no accident that Hubbard Hill’s values include “Beauty,” the commitment to “foster aesthetic beauty in all environments.” The Angel Garden, every single blade of grass, each flower petal… are part and whole of God’s tapestry of knowledge. Healing comes when we tap into this stream.

So, listen to the wind and the rush of the waterfall, feel the sun on your face… and be upheld by the soulfulness of the world around us.

Dave

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

“I have told you all this so
that you may have peace
with me. Here on earth,
you will have many
trials and sorrows. But
take heart because I
have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

Monday, July 13, 2020

Past 14 days data: 6/29/20-7/13/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 4
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began: March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 15
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

Covid Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.  These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are. Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have ZERO Covid-19 cases to report today!

It Could Be Worse…

Of course, we always try and keep you abreast of what is going on in our state, our region, our country, and HERE at Hubbard Hill.

Our intention is always to inform with solutions. To offer hope where there is fear, optimism where there is frustration, and actin steps when you don’t know what to do. Today, we want to report important facts for “the rest of the country” and let you know, it is significantly better here at Hubbard Hill!

Recent data regarding nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the country:

Around the country, nursing homes and assisted living facilities have not had predictable access to rapid-results testing-and the results of this shortage have been devastating. There are frequent shortages and inadequate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care providers because they are not on the same priority tiers as hospitals. The government announced phased guidance for reopening nursing homes that hinge on resources that many do not have and cannot get on a timely basis.

Leading Age reports that in many parts of the country improper PPE’s are being sent to nursing homes resulting in staff wearing gowns and other PPE’s over again jeopardizing their own health and that of residents. As the spread races across the country it is expected that more workers will contract the illness as communities are less compliant. Leaving residents exposed. (ELKHART is currently a hotbed)

Today, 40% of all COVID-19 deaths in America have been in nursing homes. One in five facilities of the 130,000 around the country have had at least one COVID-19 death. Although COVID-19 deaths had been in a downward trajectory (recently shifted upwards again) the downward trend was generally due to younger than average persons who fell ill after towns and cities opened. Moving forward it is likely the disease will spill from the young to the old, from restaurants into nursing homes.

We felt it important for you to understand the hard realities that exist today! THIS is why we are SO vigilant when it comes to resident and staff compliance! Indiana has gone from a lower tier outbreak state to on par with Illinois, Ohio and Michigan! The good news is IT can be prevented!! Hong Kong, with a population of 7.5 million people reports no deaths in its nursing homes! They suffered so significantly in the SARS outbreak in 2003 they were ready for COVID! Their standards are extremely high and check every COVID checkbox-and it is working.

How has Hubbard Hill suffered only one COVID death?
Because we responded in real-time to the changing landscape and stayed closely connected to other Leading Age members experiences. We shared ideas and learned together how to fight this virus in similar settings. We paused family visits, community meals, made mask-wearing mandatory, sent vendors and deliveries to separate entrances, rigorously trained the staff on social distancing, screened regularly for temperatures and symptoms, and educated staff on the critical importance of vigilance in social activities. We ordered extra PPE early to assure we had sufficient supplies.

Yet, with all these actions, we still contracted 14 resident cases! With extraordinary efforts and commitment, we were able to contain the virus and return residents to Health! (Which is where we are now-0 resident cases!)

So just when you think you just can’t stand one more reminder to put on your mask, or move six feet away from your fellow residents from our staff, swallow hard, close your eyes, and say to yourself, “it could be worse!” 😉

God bless you us all as we lean in together with renewed resolve to do everything in our power to safeguard the health and safety of our loved ones

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

“I have told you all this so
that you may have peace
with me. Here on earth,
you will have many
trials and sorrows. But
take heart because I
have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

Friday, July 10, 2020

Past 14 days data: 6/26/20-7/10/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 4
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began: March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 15
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

COVID Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.  These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are. Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We give thanks…while making a plea

As we slowly and methodically add quality of life initiatives back into our mix, we want to thank all families and caregivers for intentionally and faithfully implementing our compliance measures!!  This is the best gift you can give your loved one in this escalating COVID-19 environment. It is game changing and lifesaving!

Given the critical situation in Elkhart County, we are making the plea for you to take it a step further and encourage and support your friends, loved ones, coworkers, neighbors, and families to remain compliant-or begin doing so. Wash your hands, keep social distancing in place (6 feet) and PLEASE wear a mask. In a world where little is in our control, these efforts CAN and DO make a difference!

Elkhart County is in crisis, and as previously mentioned , “a hot spot” in both the state and nation. You may have heard in the media it has now reached a level where the Indiana State Department of Health has called in Center for Disease Control representatives from Atlanta and remotely.  Their task: Get at the heart of the spread:  identify the source of the spread, understand how it is spreading, and answer the question where: cultures, age groups, communities, and industries. The goal: STOP the spread. They will be present in Elkhart County until July 23rd at minimum.

Whether you live or work in Elkhart County, St. Joseph County, Lagrange County, Laporte County, Starke County, Marshall, Kosciusko, or Noble County in Indiana, or Cass County, Berrien County, or Saint Joseph County in Michigan…please remain compliant so we may continue, sustain and increase our momentum towards the new normal. Not just when you come to Hubbard, but in your everyday lives.  Compliance = Opportunities.  All these counties have impact on Hubbard Hill.  But the virus does not recognize county lines.

The most recent Elkhart County data reports 21 new cases on Monday and five new deaths during the July 4th holiday. Totals cases: 3470. Hubbard Hill also had two staff members test positive today and may be directly traced to July 4th gatherings and spread. Spikes are occurring in the county and now increasing in younger age groups for the same reasons.

Hubbard is a microcosm of the county, and Elkhart County is a microcosm of the country. Pray for us all, lean in, keep up the good work and remember the only thing we ask you to SPREAD is the WORD!

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend! It is possible! 😉

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

“I have told you all this so
that you may have peace
with me. Here on earth,
you will have many
trials and sorrows. But
take heart because I
have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Past 14 days data:  6/24/20-7/8/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 3
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began:  March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 13
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

COVID Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.   These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are.  Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

On our COVID website, we are headlining resident COVID-19 incidence.  However, we also report in the update staff COVID-19 incidence as part of the total campus status.  As a reminder, when staff members receive a positive COVID-19 test result, they are immediately quarantined in their homes for 14 days and may not return to work without two negative test results.

Looking into our crystal ball

As we try to move from moment by moment planning and dare to look 30 days out, we felt it important to share what we envision with the understanding that the situation is always subject to change.  We ALL know change occurs rapidly at this point in the journey together? ☹

We are so pleased to share how successful the outdoor family visitation is going!  There is absolutely NOTHING like sitting even 6 feet away in real life and looking into your family’s eyes, hear their voice and feel their love.  We are certainly learning together as we go, making improvements, modifying approach, and trying to make the experience a quality one for all!

Moving forward, outdoor visitation will be staged in front of the main building at the outdoor Bistro patio under tents for both Assisted Living residents and Healthcare residents.  Residents of the Living Wisdom Center will visit in the outdoor courtyard of the Living Wisdom Center.

How and what we do moving forward is unquestionably impacted by the status of Elkhart County due to the alarmingly high COVID-19 incidence.  The governor has identified Elkhart County as a “hot spot” of the virus and has slowed down activities in the county.   So far, it has not impacted our ability to continue outdoor family visitation if we (the global we: you and us) remain compliant.  Our hope is to expand the program slowly as we continue to experience success thus far.

Looking to the next 30 days, our hope is again to increase the visitation program to enable you to see your loved ones more frequently.  We are also placing rigorous screening mechanisms in place enabling us to accept new residents.  This screening is significantly more detailed than when we began.  We are also increasing our activity schedule, both indoors and outdoors to keep everyone moving and provide a wider array of options!

In the world of the new normal, we are exploring many new and different ways of continuing to restore a quality of life our residents so richly deserve. 

HUMP DAY ON THE HILL, with Chaplain Dave Severance

In Jesus’ last meal with his followers, he tells them some of the things that are going to happen to both him and them.

Then he says this,

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV)

That word for “trouble” caught my eye, because I know that it is translated differently in various versions as “persecution” or “tribulation.”  I wondered if it was particularly related to persecution, or was it more general, as in “trouble?”

I was surprised to find an area of meaning that applies to today!  The Greek word is thlipsis, and it can mean persecution or tribulation, but it can also mean distress, anguish, affliction, or trouble.  Then get this…

“properly, pressure (what constricts or rubs together), used of a narrow place that ‘hems someone in’; tribulation, especially internal pressure that causes someone to feel confined (restricted, ‘without options’).

(‘compression, tribulation’) carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is ‘no way of escape’ (‘hemmed in’).

[By contrast, stenoxoria focuses on the external pressure exerted by circumstances.]”

(Quotes, italics and brackets theirs!  HELPS Word-studies)

Whether it is the isolation of quarantine, or some other trouble that comes our way… it is our internal response that makes a difference.  Wouldn’t it be such a huge gift to have a peace that transcends our circumstances… that helps us release the pressure, the rub… the feeling of being hemmed in?

That is the “peace” that Jesus offers when we’re “in” him.  Let me have some of that.  COVID or otherwise.

Dave

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

From the fullness of his grace
We have all received one
Blessing
After another
John 1:16

Monday, July 6, 2020

Past 14 days data: 6/22/20-7/6/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 2
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began: March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 12
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

COVID Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.  These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are. Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

God “Blessed” America!

This message is timeless from our beloved Chaplain, Dave Severance.

A few weeks ago (June 3rd update), I wrote about Gladys, who told a WWII story about nylons. Gladys had an indomitable spirit of joy that carried her through tough times. Each time I visited her, I came away inspired… so I took a closer look why this was so.

The answer I found was that she had learned to “count her blessings” despite loss and challenges. This might seem trite, but it is not. She had either learned or intuitively knew that remaining in her grief was not helpful. And focusing on the good that remained in her life brought joy… positive energy.

This energy attracted others to her; it was like a self-fulfilling “prophecy” that others would want to be part of her life… to give to and receive from her. So, her life was full of others who wanted to “bless” her.

Friends, I believe this is one of the “secrets” to living vibrantly! Yet… it is an age-old “secret.”

Psalm 103 speaks of renewing one’s youth “like the eagle’s.” It speaks of the Lord “who satisfies your desires with good things.” All this flows from a life of praise, to “not forget all his benefits.”

Counting our blessings… is the fountain of youth! The secret to living life fully. Perhaps there is never a better time than in our COVID-19 challenge to practice this time-honored bit of wisdom.  Dave

Thank you for that timely reminder, Dave! And let us all count our blessings! We are grateful to return to communal dining, to open our beauty salon, to be COVID FREE, to have a team of Heroic staff, to have supportive & understanding families, to begin outdoor family visitation, a beautiful facility & lovely grounds, a heritage of Faith and service, and to live in the wonderful country we do. During the storm, it remains timeless that we should sing praises and gratefully pray God continues to bless and guide America.

We hope you had a wonderful weekend and we look forward to beginning the next phase of our “new normal” this week as we start outdoor family visitation…another reason to count our blessings!!

**** Call the front desk to reserve your time to visit outdoors with your loved one!!***

From the fullness of his grace
We have all received one
Blessing
After another
John 1:16

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Past 14 days data: 6/17/20-7/1/20

  • Staff positive cases as of this posting:
    • New staff members testing positive: 2
  • Resident positive cases as of this posting:
    • New residents testing positive: 0

Total Positive Cases/Deaths Since Covid-19 Reporting Began: March 2020

  • Total staff positive cases: 12
  • Total resident positive cases: 14
  • Total deaths: 1

COVID Cases

We are reporting new positive cases over the past 14 days followed by the aggregate total of positive cases since we began reporting in March.  These are the figures of most interest as it reflects where we have been and where we are. Also, what is required by the CDC relative to reporting.

We have received the complete testing data from the Indiana State Department of Health and our entire staff came back negative! Praise the Lord!  A vigilant and dedicated staff! However, independent of that testing, another staff member self-reported the risk of being close to a family member who tested positive. So, we have one additional staff member who tested positive and is quarantined for 14 days.

Is Change Inevitable?

The news is flooded with new COVID-19 metrics, increases, risks, projections for the future. The fact of the matter is COVID-19 is flying around everywhere. The risk is simply increasing daily and higher than it has been in many weeks. We are aware.

So, our response? What do we need to change? At this point, we believe in what we have learned and put in to practice-and it has worked! We ARE COVID free!  So, in the world of managing risk, we see no reason to change course at this time.

We will continue to move forward with our plans for outdoor family visitation. We are “rolling out” this program in a very controlled and measured way. Our intent is to learn what works and what does not, adapt and apply, and move forward.  We envision expanding the frequency and timeslot options of visits moving forward with the always underlying assumption EVERYONE WILL REMAIN COMPLIANT.

That is a must.  We will remain vigilant in protecting our most vulnerable at every turn.

The goal of this program is simple: to provide a low risk connection with your loved one. The response from family members and caregivers has been overwhelmingly positive and pure joy. We join them in our feelings of joy for this opportunity to restore “connections”.

We are exploring additional steps to monitor our staff with facial recognition, temperature, and data collection scanning technology to ensure we accurately capture and reflect what occurs daily. This should be valuable to us as we bolster our efforts to contain transmission from staff members and their social tracing.

So, in the face of increasing incidence of the COVID-19 virus, for today, we are staying the course. Lets pray our outside communities can slow the spread!

BEAUTY ABOUNDS

There are some stunning women and handsome men walking the hallways this week-LOOKING GOOD! Thank you to Cindy and Donna for remaining COVID free enabling them to return to their valued positions caring for the outward beauty of our residents. Communal dining, outdoor visits, and hair styling…that makes for a good time!! The beauty/barber shops in both buildings are up and running!! 😊

“God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1