January 2021 Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,

Happy New Year!  I am not sure if I am excited for 2021 to begin, or for 2020 to be over with. Either way, I find this week to be full of positive energy for the future.

This year immediately brings us to the opportunity for vaccination against COVID-19. You all should have received a consent form from RCS. Please complete your form and return it to the nurses’ office. As I understand the procedure there will not be a whole lot of lead time once our vaccination date is scheduled. Time is of the essence. This is clearly our best path forward to end the pandemic and I encourage everyone to be vaccinated. I will be there with you “Rolling Up My Sleeve”!

I also want to pass on to you how much my music group enjoyed playing for you at the Christmas party. It wasn’t easy creating a safe environment to plan a party within the governmental limitations that we are all living with, but I think we have laid the ground work for future events. I hope your New Year’s Eve party is equally as successful.

Sincerely,

Scott and Jan

December Administrator’s Letter

Hello Everyone,

As we go into the holiday season it gives us an opportunity to reflect on things. This year has been full of many challenges for everyone. Life as we know it changed in a matter of minutes. Here at St. Ann’s COVID can’t stop our goodwill and we will continue to rise to meet all the difficulties and challenges. This Christmas and New Years may be unlike any other in the history of St. Ann’s but we will continue to do our best to bring you a festive holiday season.

It is a tradition here to spend this time of year reflecting on the bright spots and finding reasons to celebrate.

This year despite of everything, we witnessed incredible and inspiring acts of bravery and acts of kindness. We saw the absolute good in you the residents and dedication from our staff coming in and working in very difficult condition. The support from the community, your families and friends asking “What can we do to help?” has been amazing and inspiring.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

May we all find peace and joy this Christmas Season,

Sincerely,

Scott and Jan

NOT EVERYTHING IS CANCELLED

Sunshine is not cancelled, love is not cancelled, reading is not cancelled, devotion is not cancelled, friendships are not cancelled, gratitude is not cancelled, kindness is not cancelled, hope is not cancelled.

 

 

Wishing you a blessed and safe Thanksgiving

To Family and Friends:

This is to inform you due to the surge in Covid-19 in St. Louis County we have closed the social hall indoor visits at this time. We are doing our best to make a festive Thanksgiving for your loved ones.

On behalf of all of St. Ann’s have a blessed and safe Thanksgiving.

Jan Lappy and Scott Johnson

Administrator’s Letter November 2020

Hello Everyone,

If there is anything these last eight months have taught us is that all the normal activities and freedoms that we took for granted can change in a heartbeat. Family and friend visits, outings to a store or restaurant, things that were so simple and just a part of our daily lives are now so complex. We want to thank you for all your efforts to comply to all the guidelines and restrictions even when it is not very easy to do!

We hope that you are finding the indoor visiting in the Social Hall comfortable and that you feel safe. We know it is not a perfect solution and the personal hugs and interactions will have to wait a little longer. There is the essential caregiver option also. If you feel like you are struggling with your day to day cares or mental health please contact myself Jan Lappy-Assistant Administrator or Lynn Shepard our Director of Nursing to discuss having your essential caregiver to come in safely and help you. We understand that COVID restrictions are getting long for everyone, with the winter months and holidays coming we want to connect you with your loved ones and caregivers as much as possible.

Several months ago our Board of Directors donated money to purchase the most up to date Smart TV/Zoom system so that residents will be able to have zoom meetings in private. It will be in our conference room on the third floor. Like many products it is on back order, but as soon as it comes in we will get it set up and let you know. Hopefully this will help you connect with your family from out of town or folks that cannot come here to visit.

Food Service is preparing to open the dining rooms for the dinner hour also. We will send more information soon.

Although it will be a very different Thanksgiving than we are used to, we wish you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving,

Sincerely,

Scott and Jan