COVID-19 Information and Precautions
Executive Director Update, August 20, 2020
I am pleased to report that we have not had any cases of COVID-19 among the Residents and Staff for well over a month and that the last two residents that tested positive for COVID were asymptomatic and never showed any ill-effects from their exposure. While that is exciting and positive news, within it is a challenging aspect of the virus. Some people show no ill-effects, and others get critically ill from it. Therefore even if we feel good, we need to conduct ourselves as if we have the virus, so that we protect those who will suffer if exposed.
With respect to “returning to normal” or at least relaxing some restrictions, the Illinois Department of Public Health has issued some new guidelines under which a Community like the Pointe can relax restrictions such as indoor visits, dining and beauty shop services. We are studying the rules and unless something changes you are likely to see some developments aimed at improving the quality of life for the Residents, Staff, and Loved ones.
Setting Covid-19 aside for a moment, I want to make everyone aware of some exciting staff changes that are taking place. Donna left the Pointe as Director of Nursing, and currently, Diana Jones is our Acting DoN. Diana is our Regional Nurse and has an incredible resume, work ethic, and skill-set.
I’m pleased to announce that Roxanne Hall will be joining our Team as the New Day Manager. Roxanne comes with a great deal of experience, and an incredible passion and enthusiasm for the Memory Care environment.
With mixed emotions, I want to announce that Colleen Pratl will be leaving the Pointe as Business Office Manager. Sad because Colleen is a great professional and has put her Heart and Soul into her position here for several years. I’m happy for her, because she is getting married in October, and leaves here to embark on a new Journey or phase of life that is full of promise for her.
Kelly Pavlik will be taking over for Colleen as Business Office Manager. Kelly has been our Assistant to the Director of Nursing and has been instrumental in recruiting and supporting the phenomenal group of Certified Nursing Assistants assembled here at the Pointe. Kimberly Jones-Ware will be taking over in Kelly’s role and will continue to build on the momentum Kelly has created in this critical part of our overall Team. Congratulations to Kim and Kelly on their new and important positions!
Because we can no longer do large Resident Council Meetings, Angie and I did a series of hallway meetings this week to try to improve communication with the Residents. We will do that on a monthly basis at least. I am so impressed with the way the Residents here are enduring this pandemic, and are out-performing the general public when it comes to wearing masks and social distancing. We all know it’s very hard on them, and we worry about the effects on their quality of life and vitality. I’m happy to report that I’m seeing way more strength than frailty among this group and that is so reassuring.
The Staff too are holding up extremely well. Let’s face it, this pandemic and the sacrifices we all have to make for the Common Good, is getting old. I try to never lose sight of the fact that beyond being employees at the Pointe, each of us are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers, etc, and each has unique home situations to navigate. Many of our employees have school-aged children who are having to deal with great uncertainty about the short and long-term future of education and child care. Just like we worry about the effect of isolation on our Residents, I worry about the impact all this is having on the employees. I remain extremely impressed with their endurance and dedication, and while we are all living with much uncertainty, I feel blessed to be working alongside such a high-quality and high-character group of employees.
I hope everyone is enjoying what’s left of the Summer, and even more so that by next Summer the World will be “COVID Free!” I can’t wait to celebrate the closing of this difficult chapter.