Stories of love, friendship, and teamwork.
Being together and helping each other has made us stronger and safer.
A note from our CEO, Nadia Geigler..
Celebrating our amazing team of nurses.
Honoring Each Other
Notes, letters, and emails our resident have sent expressing how our team has responded.
“We are so happy that we live here.”
“It has been impossible to express to every member of The Admiral staff our appreciation for the outstanding job you all are doing for us in this very frightening time. We have communicated the praise we have for everyone here to all our family and our many friends who do not live here.
The dedication you have all demonstrated cannot be matched any place. We are so happy that we live here. Kudos to the Culinary staff for our delicious meals and the prompt delivery. Thank you to all of you.”
Nancy and Don
“I absolutely want to extend my DEEPEST GRATITUDE all the staff at the Admiral. It seems like months have passed since I called the Admiral around 3/10 when my brother and I were talking about visiting my mom and dad on the weekend. I am so grateful that you were proactive in your response to this crisis. We know you are taking the best care of them as always.
While we worry about our mom and dad and miss seeing them, it is comforting to know that the dedicated nurses, care partners, and all the other staff are there for them every day.”
“Do not forget we love you.”
“I would like to give a big shout out to our staff, which is totally engaged in making sure that we are well fed and safe! Do not forget, we love you, each and every one!! I especially miss not being able to tell each of you thank you for how much better you are making my day. I can’t wait to see your smiles, hear about your day, how your kids are, or how school is going!! It is an essential part of why I love living here. Consider yourselves all hugged, thanked and mightily appreciated!!
YOU ARE WHAT MAKES THE ADMIRAL THE BEST!!!”
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“We’re so grateful for you!”
“What a team you all are! We are encouraged and calmed by your greetings and smiles … and the wave when we respond to the doorbell ring that announces dinner; and the communications that keep us informed!
And a thank you to you to the staff we do not see either because you are “behind the scenes” or because we are “hanging out” in our apartment and can’t see you through our peephole!
We are grateful to be in this community and grateful to you and your families (for sharing you) for your individual contributions that make this community special.
To the tune of “Happy Birthday”
We’re so grateful for you
Without you what would we do?
You’re our friends and our helpers
We’re so grateful for you!
We’re so glad you are here
Trying to bring us good cheer
Please accept our true thank you
We’re so grateful to you!”
-Gerry and Linda
“A person who is admired for having done something very brave. You are our heroes every day! Each person at the Admiral is a hero to our family. We cannot thank you enough for taking care of our mother and all of her friends.
You are fighting for the well being of our loved ones, no doubt sacrificing time with your loved ones. You are in our thoughts and prayers, our heads and our hearts each day.”
-Cynthia & Tom
“Thank you all from our hearts ”
“What you all do just boggles my mind!
In the midst of the dangers we find
There with shields and with masks
You are doing your tasks
Putting fear to the rear, well behind.
You are probably so awfully tired!
Every minute all day, you’re just wired!
Thank you all from our hearts
We may never meet, but I’ll say
Even if we can’t rightly display
Our great gratitude
Here’s a gold star, ‘cause you’d
Be a winner to us any day!
“May you feel our love and gratitude.”
“Dear wonderful staff, Thank you for all that you are doing for us the residents.
May you know that you are deeply appreciated
May you be safe and protected
May you be happy and free from suffering
May you feel our love and gratitude.”
“Valor above and beyond the call of duty!”
“I’d like to do a shout out to the residents. First and foremost perhaps the residents who set a goal of making 500 face masks so that staff could have extras and are now into making gowns. Also to all the residents (some who are sheltering in different states) who are contributing funny videos and graphics to brighten everyone’s days.
And finally to the whole community of Independent Living residents who are abiding by the rules, staying home, and supporting their friends and neighbors through phone calls and emails.”
Stories of how all of us are using every possible resources to provide the best response.
Using Technology to Help
With the recent school closures and onset of tele-learning for students, we asked staff if they need a laptop for their kids. We were able to loan out 10 laptops and now their kids can complete their school work for the rest of the year.
Our internal TV network has been invaluable. We are constantly sharing up to date health and prevention information so residents stay informed from the comfort of their sofa. And our CEO Nadia records updates regularly so everyone is connected and part of our planning and approach.
Many resident programs are shifting to TV. Our instructors are live streaming exercise and wellness programs so residents can join in and stay healthy. And we are adding more content all the time, sharing activities and fun ways to stay engaged including a new take on Bingo, which starts next week.
Our menus are broadcast so entrees can be chosen for delivery to their residence. And a lot of this content can be called up by voice with the Amazon Echo equipped with our Admiral Skill available to all residents.
Our residents are working together from their residences. They are sourcing the best materials and creating patterns to sew face masks and gowns. Friends from Oak Park to Keokuk Iowa are participating. They are planning each day to find new ways to help.
A resident’s family member who works with a battery company in Iowa, cut through red tape, and donated face shields that were received in days. And many resident families are helping across our response efforts.
Residents, family, friends, and staff are all doing the big and small things that help all of us
It takes a coordinated team to keep everything running and everyone healthy. Each morning there is a 16 team member Zoom video meeting which brings together Nursing, Social Work, Physical Therapy, Facilities, Housekeeping, Life Enrichment, Wellness, Skilled Nursing, Marketing, and leadership. It is a check-in, run-down of the day, and an update on new strategies.
Our IT group had been developing a new app for our staff called Connect Team. It was fast tracked and just launched. It expedites communication connecting staff to important updates with a direct link to our CEO. It engages all team members, they share information, photos, and videos to keep everyone informed and up to date.
Technology is being leveraged at every opportunity to ensure our response is coordinated and effective.
Help When You Need It
Ordering groceries online, how do I do that? Being sure I have what I need, where can I find it? Not sure if I’m safe, how can I tell? It doesn’t matter the topic or need, our support and wellness staff are making sure questions are answered, there’s help with safe solutions, and residents have peace of mind.
No one has to worry, or be faced with figuring things out on their own. They have care, a kind voice, and support for anything they need.
Culinary Deliciousness on the Move
Our culinary team’s reaction makes us all proud. They have shifted our restaurant service to in-residence dining. Residents select from options presented on our internal TV, then fresh and delicious meals are delivered each day.
Deliveries are left at their door, with a “ring and retreat” approach. One of our staff even waited at a safe distance and sang an Italian song when their meatballs were delivered. Everyone is staying safe, getting some extra cheer, and uninterrupted culinary services.
Resident to Resident Touchless
The residents run an internal website where they share all kinds of information and stay connected to each other. This touchless way to share information, insights, and stories, keeps everyone safe while they’re being informed.
Connecting in this way, sharing their experiences and insights, is allowing everyone to care for each other as they feel cared for. And they share the same support in safe ways for the less techy amongst us. Working together they feel and are safer.
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