May 24, 2020
Dear Family and Friends,
I am late with my weekly letter; please forgive my delay. Life became even busier this week with a few of our staff out sick as well as a few of the Sisters not feeling up to par. To be cautious we had the Sisters tested and they were all negative once again! Four employees who are out sick tested positive and 1 negative, who is, nevertheless, not feeling well and has not returned to work yet. Another employee who tested “inconclusive” is very sick in the hospital. Please keep her in your prayers.
In regard to our Residents, we have one more Resident who tested positive this week, but is asymptomatic. Along with the 3 others who were already positive, a total of 4 Residents have tested positive for Covid-19 on our skilled nursing unit. But we also have a total of 5 Residents who are off precautions and have returned to their normal health.
As you can see, the shortage of staff has become a serious issue. If you know of any nurses or certified nursing assistants who are willing to come on board to help us, please let them know of our need and send them our way! Today we have a volunteer R.N. who came to help us on our skilled nursing unit. What a dynamic nurse she is and it is inspiring to watch her in action! She has a full-time job, but when she got word of our need, she said: “When I heard it was you guys, I just had to do it!” So, on a holiday weekend, instead of relaxing at home, she is here to help care for our dear Residents. We are also blessed to welcome a Little Sister who was sent to help us during this time. She arrived yesterday evening. Blessed be God!
We did well with last week’s “on-site audit” by a representative from the Department of Health who came to assess how well we are handling this Covid crisis. We are working untiringly for the safety of your loved one and all of our Residents.
Many of you have faithfully brought treats of all kinds— ice-cream, homemade cookies, pies, candy, nice greeting cards AND even PPE! I never thought I’d be thanking people for face masks! One Resident told me how nice I looked when I appeared in the PPE and another told me to “take that silly thing off your face!”
Students from Fairfield University designed face shields and sent us a carton of them! Students from Thomas Aquinas College sent homemade cards to the Residents to cheer them up and many of our friends from the Order of Malta have been writing to the Residents whom they know from their monthly visits. All these kind gestures do not go unnoticed, especially by the Lord, and He will shower you with His abundant blessings. Whether you send something or faithfully speak with your special Resident, you are bringing them much comfort and joy. We only hope that before too long they will be able to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.
God bless you! Enjoy Memorial Day as best as you can and have a wonderful week!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Mother Maureen and all your Little Sisters
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