- Thank you all for your prayers and support! Many of you have participated in window visits, parades, etc.
- Covid has been devastating to our residents, our mission, and our model of hospitality.
- Nursing homes are not the cause of Covid-19; nursing homes are the canary in the coal mine of our communities. If there is Covid in the community, it will attack the most vulnerable seniors. That is who we serve!
- Shockingly, LSC senior communities as still Covid-free! It is hard to believe since it is all around us! And we are more vulnerable now since people are not being as safe or careful. We have had a number of staff affected, but no residents, so far. We have had three clients in a S.C. group home, thankfully, asymptomatic.
- Nursing homes may have 12-18 months of this, until a vaccine is created and distributed! We have a long row ahead of us still.
- We are beginning to slightly open up our Independent living apartments; residents can now come and go. We are strongly encouraging them and everyone to practice the 3 Ws: wear mask, wash hands, wait 6 feet apart!
- How can pastors and congregations help? There is a nursing home or assisted living near you, doesn’t have to be a Lutheran home. You can: organize or participate in a car parade, window visit whether you know the residents or not, make cards for residents. Call your local nursing home or assisted living and offer.
- LSC is assuming 15% ownership in PACE of the Triad on June 1, 2020, giving LSC a larger presence in the Greensboro area! LSC is assuming 50% ownership of another PACE program this summer, but cannot announce publicly until federal approval is received. Exciting growth of the LSC mission. Learn more about PACE at www.npaonline.org.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
NC Lutheran Synod and LSC Update
I was invited to join a Zoom call with Lutheran Bishop Tim Smith & 40 Lutheran pastors & deacons this morning, 5-27-20. They invited me to share a update on LSC, specifically Covid-19 information. I was throwing my notes in the trash, when it dawned on me these notes would be a good update for anyone interested. My talking points are appropriate for any reader:
A number of questions were discussed around immigration (halted), foster care (great need but no families being approved during shutdown), nursing homes in S.C. (about the same story as NC), can we deliver food (if you are family/friend for residents, yes to feed teammates), financial impact (difficult, massive expenses, but we are getting some additional funding), etc.
Tammy Jones West led the group in prayer for all of LSC, for residents/clients and teammates/heroes. Participants were invited to add names or prayers in the Chat feature and Tammy read those off too! Very powerful! It is nice to know that we have so many people praying for us and supporting us! We Are The Church Together!
And to all of you, thank you for your prayers and support!