Village Updates

Wednesday, Jan. 20 Update

Dear Residents and Staff,

Yesterday was a great day at JKV!

We successfully vaccinated nearly 800 Residents and Staff with the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

We cannot thank the Staff enough who graciously volunteered throughout the day to help process everyone through—and to you, dear Residents, for your patience and understanding during that massive, logistical undertaking.

As you may know, this is a two-shot vaccination process, so the Walgreens medical team will be back on campus Feb. 9th providing the second (booster) shots to everyone who received their shots yesterday.

For those who missed the opportunity for their first shot yesterday, now is the time to sign up for the Feb. 9th vaccination day! 

The Walgreens health care people are requiring another Consent Form be filled out prior to receiving the next vaccination.

This revised consent form is asking for:

  • Sections A through C to be completed (yes, even the Screening Questions in Section B)
  • Sign your name and date the form, under Section B2
  • Driver’s License Number
  • For verification purposes, bring a copy of your Medicare Insurance Card to the Feb. 9th vaccination or make a copy—it can be stapled to your Consent Form. If not, you can provide your Social Security number in the space provided on the Consent Form
  • Residents: For the address portion of the Consent Form, use the address for Gardens West, which is 840 Lakeside Circle, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 (The U.S. agency rolling out this vaccination program is asking all Residents to use the Assisted Living Facility’s address.
  • Staff: Use your home address (not JKV address)
  • Residents: please drop off your completed Consent Forms to any of the 4 Apartment Building Front Lobbies—Cassels Tower, Heritage Tower, Village Towers and East Lake. DEADLINE is Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.
  • Staff: Please give your forms to your Director of Supervisor who will deliver them to Corporate Compliance at CT-208. DEADLINE is Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.

A copy of the Consent Form will be delivered to very Villa resident and stacks of the Consent Forms will be at each Apartment Building Lobby. Should additional copies be needed, the Concierges should contact Rob Seitz, Communications Manager at (954) 784-4741 or rseitz@jkvfl.com

–Bill Pickhardt, COO; Fran Murphy, Corporate Compliance Officer; Leslie Schlienger, Home Health Agency Administrator

Wednesday, Jan. 13 Update

Dear Residents and Staff,

We are in the throes of the post-holiday uptick in COVID-19 cases as predicted and expected by the medical and scientific communities.

BUT as has been reported since last Friday, John Knox Village has been scheduled by Walgreens to receive the Pfizer BioNTech vaccinations beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19.

JKV Administrators and Health Care Professionals are currently drafting a scheduling plan for the Tuesday roll-out—following JKV’s strict preventive measures, as well as those protocols required by Walgreens.

At this moment in time, it has been determined that the inside and outside areas of the Village Centre will used for the day.

Here is a tentative step-by-step of the process:

  • Pre-sign ins by JKV Staff—for Residents and Staff—will take place under the Porte cochere, at which time Residents and Staff will be handed back the Consent Forms they have submitted (or will submit by the deadline of 3PM Thursday, Jan. 14th).
  • Walgreens personnel will cross-check the Consent Forms for any missing information.
  • Residents and Staff will be sent to the Hibiscus Room for their vaccinations.
  • Residents then will be asked to wait in the Auditorium to be observed for any possible side effects.
  • Staff will be asked to wait in the Glades Grill to be observed for any possible side effects.
  • Once cleared, Residents will then leave the Auditorium and exit the building on its east-end.
  • Once cleared, Staff will then leave through the west-end of the Glades Grill.
  • For those Residents and Staff who miss the Thursday 3PM deadline, your name will be added to the list for vaccination when Walgreens returns to campus on Feb. 9th.

PLEASE NOTE: Any privately hired personal service provider currently registered as working with a JKV Resident is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on-site at JKV on Jan. 19. In order to be eligible for the vaccine, the personal service provider MUST obtain a Vaccination Consent Form from one of the front desk concierges and complete it. Completed Consent Forms are to be returned to the front desk concierges. Deadline to return the form is 3:00 PM on Thursday, Jan. 14.  NO CONSENT FORM, NO VACCINE!!!!!!

RESIDENTS: A reminder about the Thursday 3PM deadline to complete and submit the Walgreens Consent Form was sent earlier today, however the same Consent Form is also attached in this Email.

PLEASE NOTE: The goal of the entire JKV Staff is to make this as seamless and comfortable for everyone, however delays should be anticipated, and attitudes of gratitude will certainly be welcome.

–Bill Pickhardt, COO; Fran Murphy, Corporate Compliance Officer; Leslie Schlienger, Home Health Agency Administrator

Wednesday, Jan. 6 Update

Dear Residents and Staff,

There has been some movement in the state’s COVID-19 vaccination plan since our last Update.

In addition to CVS and Walgreens, the State of Florida—which is handling the vaccination distribution—has contracted with a third company, CDR Maguire, to start scheduling and administering vaccines to Assisted Living Facilities, such as Gardens West for the Elders who have not yet received their first doses.

What this means is that if CVS does not have Gardens West on a schedule for vaccinations by Friday, Jan. 8th we will begin the scheduling process with CDR Maguire.

We have consistently been receiving two questions from Residents, which we would like to address here:

  1. Have CVS and/or Walgreens been communicating regularly for the plans for the rest of the campus? They have been in contact and provided the consent forms and educational materials, but they have not assigned dates and claim they do not know the dates when the vaccines will be available.
  2. We are aware of vaccine clinics for people over 65 years of age who are not in a health care setting that are taking place, why is JKV not doing the same thing? It is our understanding the clinics that have been set up received their vaccine supplies through the distribution to hospitals. The supply of vaccines is still limited a situation that was discussed between JKV Administrators and a representative from the Governor’s Office.

An item from today’s meeting with LeadingAge Florida, one of our advocacy groups, is a scenario where life plan continuing care communities with all levels of care, such as JKV, are given the vaccinations and our health care professionals would then administer the vaccinations to Independent Living Residents and Staff.

This is a solution JKV is pursuing and we will keep you posted as more develops.

Thursday, Dec. 31 Update

Dear Residents and Staff,

We have received and heard from many Residents and Staff asking for an update on when the rest of the campus will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The truth is that we, like many other life-plan continuing care retirement communities, are in a queue waiting to hear when vaccines will be available to us.

We are also staying abreast of the local and national news, which in some cases can be a bit misleading. We have heard of some senior communities, such as Kings Point in Delray Beach, having received the vaccines for independent residents. Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke from there on Wednesday with a clear message that vaccines will be forthcoming.

We also heard Broward Health’s advertisement that they have the ability to vaccinate the general public over age 65. Likewise, we heard the phone number published to schedule an appointment was overloaded and created frustration among those folks attempting to make an appointment to receive the vaccine.

In case you may not have learned, CVS and Walgreens have been contracted by the government to be the two large national pharmacies to distribute and administer the vaccines.

Here are the Vaccine Facts:

  • The Department of Health required registration and then assigned either CVS or Walgreens to health care providers like JKV.
  • CVS was assigned to us for The Woodlands, Seaside Cove and Gardens West Elders and Staff. We were assigned Walgreens for Independent Living Residents and the balance of Staffers.
  • JKV has heard from pharmacy representatives from both CVS and Walgreens, acknowledging we are in their queues, but without any definitive timeline for inoculations.
  • JKV, along with LeadingAge Florida, has long been advocating to have all Residents and Staff vaccinated at one time to minimize the possible spread of COVID-19 across campus, however that request was denied (vaccine distribution started with healthcare workers and those living in skilled nursing).
  • We do not yet know when vaccines will be available for Assisted Living and Independent Living.
  • We do not expect a long lead time between notification of vaccination dates and the actual vaccinations taking place.
  • Providers, such as JKV, do not have a choice of the vaccines they receive (Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or Astra Zeneca are several of the options).
  • The Department of Health will return on Jan. 6, 2021 for the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccinations for those Elders and Staff in The Woodlands and Seaside Cove who received their first inoculations on Dec. 16, 2020. The inoculators will also vaccinate Elders and Staff in The Woodlands and Seaside Cove who did not receive the vaccine the first time. This is part of Operation Warp Speed, a government program that is different from the distribution and vaccination roll-out through CVS and Walgreens.
  • Along with providing the vaccinations, Operation Warp Speed was created so governmental officials can study the distribution logistics, response to the vaccine, and collaborate with health providers around the country.
  • JKV is proud to have been one of the first communities in line for the vaccines for our most vulnerable Elders in our skilled nursing center settings.
  • Any Resident or Staff member who is able to obtain a COVID vaccine quicker through another source is encouraged to do so.
  • Look for a survey in the very near future, so we can provide CVS and Walgreens with a proper headcount of Residents and Staff interested in receiving the vaccination.

We realize it is disappointing and frustrating to hear that we do not yet know when the majority of our Residents and Staff will receive the vaccine, however please know that—from a local, county, regional, state and national level—we are doing everything we can to influence the vaccination timeline in our favor.

Things are expected to change rapidly (and positively) over the next four to six weeks as the supply of vaccines increases.

Additionally, we are doing everything we can to keep the virus to a minimum on campus, while operating the community 24/7 and advocating for vaccines.

For that reason, we will not be able to respond to every inquiry about vaccines and will provide updates weekly or as new information becomes available through our communication channels: JKVConnect, in-house tv Channel 8001, E-blast distribution, and flyers.

JKV’s commitment to our Residents and Staff is to communicate vaccine information as soon it is available. We will continue to participate on LeadingAge Florida’s COVID-19 thrice-weekly conference calls and advocate for our John Knox Family.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year!  We look forward to 2020 being behind us and the possibilities ahead. 2021 will be a better year for the world as we continue to fight this terrible pandemic.

Regards,

Bill Pickhardt

JKV Chief Operating Officer

Wednesday, Dec. 30 Update

Dear Residents and Staff, as many of you have no doubt read, watched or heard in newspapers, on television or the radio, COVID-19 vaccinations are being given at several locations in Broward County.

Please know the JKV Administration team is working tirelessly behind the scenes with staff at AHCA (the Agency for Health Care Administration), the Governor’s office and our advocacy partner LeadingAge Florida to secure on-campus vaccinations for ALL JKV Residents, Elders and Staff as quickly as possible.

JKV is working closely with our assigned care partners—Walgreens and CVS—on near-future timelines and logistics to receive the two-part series vaccine, HOWEVER the roll-out program to communities such as JKV has not been finalized. As soon as we receive direction from the State of Florida and our two care partners that information will be communicated to all Residents and Staff.

In the meantime, Broward County and the Florida Department of Health have designated 3 off-campus locations to begin providing vaccinations, as of Jan. 3, 2021, for Residents and Staff over the age of 65.

Vaccinations are by appointment only and will be administered at drive-thru vaccinations sites. Visit https://browardcovidvaccine.com to make your appointment. To go to the website click on the link by putting your cursor on the link, hold down your CTRL button (on the lower left of your computer keyboard) and clicking the left button on your mouse. (Note: the website is experiencing intermittent outages due to overwhelming response for the VODI-19 vaccine. Please check the site periodically for updates.)

The closest site to JKV is Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066. It will provide vaccinations from 8AM to 4PM, Sunday through Thursday.

Below is an article from the John Knox Home Health Agency on the importance of vaccinations:

The Immune System—The Body’s Defense Against Infection

To understand how COVID-19 vaccines work, it helps to first look at how our bodies fight illnesses. When germs, such as the virus that causes COVID-19, invade our bodies they attack and multiply. This invasion, called an infection, is what causes illness. Our immune system uses several tools to fight infection. Blood contains red cells, which carry oxygen to tissues and organs, and white or immune cells, which fight infection. Different types of white blood cells fight infection in different ways:

The first time a person is infected, such as with the virus that causes COVID-19, it can take several days or even weeks for their body to make and use all the germ-fighting tools needed to get over the infection. After the infection, the person’s immune system remembers what it learned about how to protect the body against that disease.

How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection, but with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” T-lymphocytes as well as B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to produce T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes after a vaccination. Therefore, it is possible that a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and then get sick because the vaccine did not have enough time to provide protection.

Sometimes after a vaccination, the process of building immunity can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

The Pfizer vaccine being offered is an mRNA vaccine.

  • mRNA vaccines contain material from the virus that causes COVID-19 that gives our cells instructions for how to make a harmless protein that is unique to the virus. After our cells make copies of the protein, they destroy the genetic material from the vaccine. Our bodies recognize that the protein should not be there and build T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes that will remember how to fight the virus that causes COVID-19 if we are infected in the future.

The Bottom Line

Getting vaccinated is one of many steps you can take to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.  Protection from COVID-19 is critically important because, for some people, it can cause severe illness or death.

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like masks, 6-foot physical distancing and frequent hand washing, help reduce your chances of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, the COVID-19 vaccination and following the CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.

Wednesday, Dec. 23 Update

Unless there is urgent news that needs to be reported sooner, the next Update will be published Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021

Since the Thanksgiving holiday, and the social gatherings that took place then, Broward County has experienced a 34,000+ spike in new COVID-19 cases, bringing our total to 129,897 cases, with 7,283 people hospitalized and 1,826 deaths.

That said, there is good news on the horizon. The Florida Department of Health tweeted TODAY that “more than 68,133 people have received the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida.”

As has been previously reported here:

The state’s priorities in terms of vaccinations are (in order): Nursing home elders and staff; assisted living elders and staff; followed by independent living residents, however the state is currently not providing a timeline for vaccinations of those next two groups.

Below are recommendations from the JKV Administration in advance of the celebration for Christmas on Friday and New Year’s next week:

  • Leaving Campus: Residents are Strongly Discouraged from leaving the campus.
  • General Campus Visitation: We Strongly Discourage visitation to JKV. If residents do host visitors, after screening they are permitted to visit resident units. They are not permitted at events or in public gathering spaces.
  • TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS, POLICIES & PROCEDURES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS
Travel increases the risk of getting and spreading COVID-19.
·         Persons may feel well and still be infected
·         Do not travel if you are sick or have been around someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days
  • Prior to travel, consider the following:
    • Consider the risk versus benefit of travel
    • Check the destination prior to travel regarding spread of COVID-19 and any restrictions (state or country)
    • If you live with someone who might be at increased risk for severe illness, you may wish to reconsider
    • Are you at increased risk for severe illness due to COVID-19?
    • Does your destination have any restrictions related to travel, such as isolation requirements, wearing of masks, etc.?
    • What type of travel is best for the situation such as air travel, bus, or car travel? Each have unique challenges regarding the ability to protect yourself
  • During your trip, please take steps to protect yourself including:
    • Wear an N-95 or KN-95 mask
    • Avoid close contact-stay at least 6 feet from anyone not in your household
    • Avoid large crowds and/or social gatherings
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Avoid contact with those that are sick
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • When you return:
    • Stay home as much as possible, especially if you were in large crowds during your travel feel you may have been exposed.
    • Stay at least 6 feet from others
    • Avoid being around those at increased risk of severe illness
    • Wear an N-95 or KN-95 mask on campus for 14 days
    • Monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days including temperature
    • Notify Wellness nursing if symptomatic or have questions regarding your situation
    • You are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 (subject to availability)
  • GARDENS WEST VISITATION BY INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS
    • Gardens West has noted an increased number of independent living residents coming to GW unannounced to meet with a resident.
    • IL residents recently seen at GW are sometimes wearing a mask, and sometimes NOT!
    • Gardens West visitation guidelines follow the same policies as The Woodlands and Seaside Cove –
      • All visitors to GW must be scheduled in advance with the front desk
      • Visitors are required to go through COVID-19 screening assessment before being allowed into building
      • Unannounced visits, whether they are inside or outside, are not permitted at this time.
      • For questions regarding Gardens West, please call Gardens West, please call 954-783-4050
    • WOODLANDS, SEASIDE COVE & GARDENS WEST RESIDENTS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED TO LEAVE CAMPUS
      • Because of the ongoing high risk of exposure, we are strongly discouraging any Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Elder from leaving the campus for the Christmas or New Year’s holidays.
      • Anyone with possible exposure by leaving the campus, will potentially be placed on a 14-day in-room Quarantine.
      • However, we do recognize the desire to spend time with loved ones. We will provide additional visitation time slots for the holidays. Please call Concierge number below for additional times.
      • A maximum of three visitors at any given time will be allowed.
      • Full Christmas and New Year’s meals are being served in all the homes; therefore, we are asking visitors not to bring food to campus.
      • Any questions regarding the Woodlands or Seaside Cove please contact the JKV Woodlands Concierge at 954-247-5800
      • For questions regarding Gardens West, please call 954-783-4050

CONTINUE TO WEAR A FACE COVERING OVER YOUR NOSE AND MOUTH; MAINTAIN 6-FOOT PHYSICAL DISTANCE FROM OTHERS AND WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS EVERY TIME.

Wednesday, Dec. 16 Update

JKV Is First In Nation For Vaccinations

There is great news today at John Knox Village in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic!

John Knox Village’s The Woodlands and Seaside Cove skilled nursing centers were the first nursing homes in the country to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for on-campus distribution.

Strike teams from the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida’s National Guard arrived at the campus first thing this morning to begin inoculating Elders and front-line health-care professionals.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew into town today and came onto campus early in the afternoon, gave a press conference under The Woodlands’ Porte cochere and then watched as Woodlands Elder Vera Leip received her vaccination in front of a myriad of local, regional, state and national media teams.

Gov. DeSantis was flanked by President Gerry Stryker and Health Services Director Mark Rayner, who was also asked to talk to the significance of today to the press gallery.

“It is so gratifying and significant when you consider that we were selected as the first nursing home in the country to receive the vaccinations,” Rayner told the group. “Additionally, when you consider there are 650 skilled nursing homes in Florida, John Knox Village is pleased to be the test-pilot site for the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccinations.”

By time the strike teams left campus 90 of our frailest Elders and 80 of our staff members received their shots.

The state’s priorities are (in order): Nursing home elders and staff; assisted living elders and staff; followed by independent living residents, however the state is currently not providing a timeline for vaccinations of those next two groups.

Follow these Updates, as well as periodically log-in to JKVConnect. You can find COVID-related Updates and other information at COVID19 INFO tab, then click on the COVID-19 Resources & Links tab.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 Update

Dear Residents and Staff, as communicated in our Dec. 3rd Update, beginning with today’s communication we are reverting to a COVID-19 Virus Update, with all information geared around and towards providing the latest news on the COVID-19 front.

This, and subsequent Updates, will be E-blasted to all Residents and Staff with email addresses in our databases. A printed version will be posted as a flyer in all building lobbies and on the Villa bulletin boards. COVID-19 Updates (which will not include Resident programming) will be posted on the JKV website (www.johnknoxvillage.com).

The JKV Administration STRONGLY recommends following your local news outlets for late-breaking news, as well as proactively reading through links from various local, national and international health agencies, whose links are included here as well as on the new COVID-19 Resource Tab on JKVConnect.

  • To sign up for JKVConnect, contact Technology Coordinator Nick Sconiers: (954) 895-0452 or nsconiers@jkvfl.com

 Here the State of Florida’s vaccination plan, as reported by the Home Care Association of Florida:

DESANTIS OUTLINES VACCINATION PLAN

TALLAHASSEE — Participating in a White House vaccine summit on Tuesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined what appeared to be the state’s final COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

DeSantis said the state’s proposal calls for vaccinating seniors in nursing homes before the end of December, while also getting vaccines into the hands of “high-contact” front line health-care workers in five urban areas by the end of next week.

“Then, we think, based on the numbers, at the end of December we can start getting it out into the broader senior population,” DeSantis said during a panel discussion with three other governors and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. “And then [in] January, really focus on vaccinating as many elderly people as we can.”

DeSantis offered few insights into how the state would ensure that vaccines are distributed to medically underserved people, and, instead, pivoted and criticized what he called bad information.

DeSantis initially said, “communication is important” and that hospitals would conduct outreach but then shifted gears.

“This was the first vaccine that’s really been politicized, unfortunately…and that’s going to be something that people are going to have to deal with,” DeSantis said.

The Florida governor, a close ally of President Donald Trump, criticized what he labeled as “unscientific” shutdowns and said he hoped there would be evidence-based science that people could support.

“I hope we can get on the same page here [and] take politics out of it,” he said.

DeSantis was the only governor on the panel who did not directly address how the state would distribute vaccines to medically underserved and minority populations.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Lee and Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards answered the question. The governors were invited to speak on the panel because their vaccination distribution plans were considered some of the best in the nation.

Meanwhile, Florida was required to submit a final copy of its COVID-19 distribution plan to the federal government by last Friday. The News Service of Florida’s requests for the document have gone unanswered.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve Pfizer Inc.’s request for emergency use authorization of its vaccine candidate this week after the FDA meets with a scientific advisory council Thursday.

At Tuesday’s summit—meant to highlight the success of the Trump’s administration’s Operation Warp Speed program—officials said vaccines would ship within 24 hours of approval.

A second vaccine candidate by Moderna is expected to also receive approval this month, and the FDA meets with its advisory council for that vaccine Dec. 17.

Both vaccines require two doses to be effective.

Long-term care residents and staff members will receive free vaccinations under agreements the federal government reached with CVS and Walgreens. The pharmacies will provide vaccinations to residents and long-term care staff at facilities that signed up for the program.

Separately, the federal government will ship vaccines to five Florida hospitals: Jackson Memorial in Miami, Advent Health in Orlando, Tampa General Hospital, the Memorial Healthcare System in Broward County and UF Health Jacksonville. Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida Chief Executive Officer Justin Senior said the hospitals are preparing for the vaccines, but that the facilities did not know how many doses would be delivered.

DeSantis said the state plans on directing another vaccine being worked on by Johnson & Johnson to teachers and law enforcement. Johnson & Johnson said it hopes to have approval of its vaccine candidate in February.

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There are several ways to read information from the links below: Either at the JKV COVID-19 Resource link on JKVConnect or below. For this email, hit the Ctrl button on the left side of your keyboard and click the blue link. You will also find a COVID-19 Q&A PowerPoint on JKVConnect.

VACCINE RELATED:

LeadingAge FAQs and Resources on COVID-19 Vaccines

https://www.leadingage.org/sites/default/files/FAQs%20and%20Resources%20on%20COVID-19%20Vaccines%20.pdf

 COVID-19 Vaccine: Answer to your Questions: The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (American Medical Director Association

Find PowerPoint on JKVConnect

Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/7275796-Florida-Vaccination-Plan-10-16.html#document/p1

TESTING:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 and Flu Combination Test for use with home-collected Samples

https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-first-covid-19-and-flu-combination-test-use-home

Thursday, Dec. 3 Update

Dear Residents and Staff,

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which started to affect South Florida in mid-February, the JKV Administration has been working diligently to be as transparent as possible in reporting the myriad of ever-changing efforts, measures and protocols put in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

During this 10-month span, the Update has morphed from a COVID-19 specific document to one that currently includes communication for all departments campus-wide.

Beginning Wednesday, December 9th, we will provide a COVID-19 Weekly Update. Should news warrant extra Updates during the course of any given week, we will share that info as expeditiously as possible. If there are no updates, we will forgo publishing the Update for that week.

The weekly Update will be emailed to all Residents and Staff. A printed version will be posted as a flyer in all building lobbies and on the Villa bulletin boards. COVID-19 Updates (which will not include Resident programming) will be posted on the JKV website (www.johnknoxvillage.com).

All Updates are always posted on JKVConnect.

  • To sign up for JKVConnect, contact Technology Coordinator Nick Sconiers: (954) 895-0452 or nsconiers@jkvfl.com

Depending on the level of urgency, we may provide communication via JKV ALERT (JKV’s Robo-Call system).

  • If you have not yet signed up for JKV ALERT, please contact Risk Manager Kirsten Whiting: (954) 783-4077 or kwhiting@jkvfl.com

General Resident updates and announcements can be found on:

  • JKVConnect
  • Month-At-A-Glance
  • The Weekly
  • The Village Voice
  • Channel 8001
  • SPIRITUAL LIFE SERMON
    • Dr. Bridgette Sullenger’s Sunday worship sermon will be a live Zoom service at 10:45AM. It will then be available for “On Demand” viewing on JKVConnect and the John Knox Village YouTube channel later next week.
    • Reminder: To attend Sunday worship in-person (maximum 10 people), Residents must have registered, so we maintain the COVID-19 preventive mandates. In addition, anyone coming to the service without a mask, not adhering to 6-foot physical distancing nor having their temperature taken prior to worship, will not be allowed to participate.
    • Please register on JKVConnect or by calling Life Enrichment (954) 783-4039.
    • To join Zoom meeting login https://jkvfl.zoom.us/j/98049574778. The Meeting ID: is 980 4957 4778
    • PLEASE NOTE ZOOM IS NOW REQUIRING THE ADDITIONAL STEP OF PUTTING IN A PASSWORD—FOR JKV ZOOM MEETINGS THAT PASSWORD IS 4039.
    • To dial in use +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099, then use your number pad for the Meeting ID numbers, followed by the # key. Meeting ID: 980 4957 4778.
    • This Sunday will be communion. To obtain elements contact residents Ann Archard, Doris Christian, Sandy Sprague, Ava Janes, Barbara Rowell. Their contact information is in the Resident Directory. To register go to JKVConnect or call Life Enrichment at (954) 783-4039.
    • Saturday Catholic Mass is on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.
    • Presbyterian Worship and Episcopal Worship Services are on hold until further notice due to COVID-19.
  • VILLAGE TOWERS EXTERIOR PAINT PROJECT
    • Pressure cleaning and painting will take place in the northwest section of Village Towers, forcing the closure of that area from Friday, Dec. 4 through Monday, Dec. 7th. The area will be open over the weekend.
  • RESIDENT SENATE MEETING FOR ALL RESIDENTS
    • The bi-monthly Resident Senate Meeting for All Residents is set for Monday, Dec. 14 at 1PM. It will be conducted “Virtually.”
    • Reports from each of the 12 Resident Committee Chairpersons will be videotaped in advance of the meeting.
    • Residents who have questions are asked to submit to Mary Sue McDermott, JKV’s Executive Assistant, by end of day Dec. 4. Hand-written questions can be dropped off in the West Wing of Cassels Tower or emailed to Mary Sue at msmcdermott@jkvfl.com
    • Look for log-in information and specifics on this meeting in a future Update.
  • NANETTE OLSON RETIREMENT EVENT
    • JKV Foundation Executive Director Nanette Olson is retiring at the end of this month.
    • Please join us as we honor her years of service with a drive-through event (due to COVID-19 protocols) on 10th from 3:30-5PM under the Village Centre Auditorium Porte cochere.
    • Look for a flyer in Wednesday’s The Weekly with more details.
  • CATERING DEPARTMENT BREAKFAST SELECTIONS
    • The Catering Department has created four new frozen breakfast selections—Blueberry Blintz Crepes; Chicken & Waffles; Quiche Lorraine and Raspberry Crepes. Prices range from $9.99 to $10.99.
    • Call Catering Manager Susanne Russell Monday through Friday from 8AM to 4PM to place your order. Her contact number is (954) 783-4063 or email srussell@jkvfl.com
  • FITNESS STUDIO UPDATE
  • To Reserve Group Classes, Independent Access, or Supervised Exercise Sessions for the week of Dec. 14 Please Follow the Steps Below:
    • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions AFTER 5pm on Friday, Dec. 4.
    • If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, Dec. 4 after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of Dec. 14.
    • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001. If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full.
  • SATURDAY FITNESS:
    • Saturday fitness is scheduled for Dec. 5. Sessions are available at 9AM, 10AM and 11AM. Sign up on JKVConnect or call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 for assistance.
  • SUNDAY FITNESS:
    • Sunday fitness is scheduled for Dec. 6. Sessions are available at 9AM, 10AM and 11AM. Sign up on JKVConnect or call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 for assistance.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 Update

WHAT:            On-Campus COVID-19 Testing for JKV INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS

                        ANOTHER DAY HAS BEEN ADDED:

WHEN:            Wed., Dec. 2, 2020—from 9AM to 2PM & Thurs, Dec. 3, 2020 from 9AM to 2PM

WHERE:           The Village Centre Auditorium

  • Reservations Required. Basic Paperwork should be completed prior to arrival.
  • Testing is being coordinated for the convenience of our JKV independent living residents.
  • Mobile Med Testing is the company performing the tests. They are part of Broward Medical and Urgent Care in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Mobile Med Testing will bill Medicare or your insurance carrier for these tests.
  • Results will be sent directly to your email.
  • If you do not have an email account, you can sign a HIPAA Waiver and the results will be sent to John Knox Village. We will then contact you via phone.
  • If your results are positive, contact Wellness Nursing at (954) 247-5836 for more detailed instructions.
  • Please do not show up any earlier than five minutes prior to your appointment time to help with 6-foot physical distancing.
  • For those without computer accessibility, please call 954-978-8442 to make an appointment.
  • The link to paperwork to be completed prior to your appointment can be accessed at:
  • REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO BRING THE DAY OF TESTING:
  1. ID (Florida Driver’s License is preferred)
  2. Insurance Card (to copy this for the lab)
  3. Completed Paperwork (link above)
  • The testing process will include:
  1. Sharing your completed paperwork, ID, and insurance card with a Mobile Med representative. Medicare is accepted.
  2. Your vitals will be taken.
  3. PCR Nasal Swab will be administered.
  • Please wear a mask and plan to arrive as close to your appt. time as possible. As you already know, incomplete paperwork and/or insufficient documentation could create delays.
  • Thank you for your patience as the testing proceeds.
  • RESULTS
    • Residents can expect to receive results via email the next business day from: (contact@mobilemedtesting.com)
    • If you do not have an email, please refer to the item above in red.
    • Mobile Med Testing kindly reminds that some of their emails end up in the Spam/Junk folder. It is important that Residents monitor that folder the next business day as you anticipate results.
  • VILLAGE TOWERS EXTERIOR PAINT PROJECT
    • Residents in the northwest section of VT with apartment numbers ending in #01 and #05 can start moving personal items plants and or patio furniture back on to balconies Wednesday Dec. 2nd. For apartment units with numbers ending in #07 through #09, they can start moving personal items plants and or patio furniture back on to balconies Friday, Dec. 4th.
    • Residents who need assistance may contact the Maintenance Office at (954) 783-4030.
    • The vendor will be contacting owners starting next week to schedule the screen replacement work.
  • VILLAGE TOWERS & SEASIDE COVE GAS METER REPLACEMENTS
    • Gas Meter replacement work by the utility company, TECO Gas, will take place Friday, Dec. 4th from 9AM to 1PM in both Village Towers and Seaside Cove.
    • Gas will be shut down for a maximum of four hours affecting water heaters, however kitchen areas will NOT be affected—only water heaters.
  • FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE
    • Channel 8001 has been repaired! The three videos that were scheduled to air last weekend are available for viewing on Channel 8001 as listed below:
      • Service of Remembrance, Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 3PM
      • Interfaith Thanksgiving, Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10AM and 2PM
      • Venetian Arts Society ULTRA 21st, Friday, Dec. 4 at 10AM and 2PM
    • These videos are also are currently running “On Demand” on JKVConnect.
  • RESIDENT SENATE MEETING FOR ALL RESIDENTS
    • The bi-monthly Resident Senate Meeting for All Residents is set for Monday, Dec. 14 at 1PM. It will be conducted “Virtually.”
    • Reports from each of the 12 Resident Committee Chairpersons will be videotaped in advance of the meeting.
    • Residents who have questions are asked to submit to Mary Sue McDermott, JKV’s Executive Assistant, by end of day Dec. 4. Hand-written questions can be dropped off in the West Wing of Cassels Tower or emailed to Mary Sue at msmcdermott@jkvfl.com
    • Look for log-in information and specifics on this meeting in a future Update.
  • NANETTE OLSON RETIREMENT EVENT
    • JKV Foundation Executive Director Nanette Olson is retiring at the end of this month.
    • Please join us as we honor her years of service with a drive-through event (due to COVID-19 protocols) on 10th from 3:30-5PM under the Village Centre Auditorium Porte cochere.
    • Look for a flyer in Wednesday’s The Weekly with more details.

Tuesday, Nov. 24 Update

FOR RESIDENTS–Unless there is some significant news that needs to be shared, the next Update will be published Tuesday, December 1st.

WHAT:                 On-Campus COVID-19 Testing for JKV INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS

WHEN:                 Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020—from 9AM to 2PM

WHERE:               The Village Centre

  • Reservations Required AND Basic Paperwork should be completed upon arrival.
  • This testing is being coordinated for the convenience of our JKV independent living residents.
  • Mobile Med Testing is the company that will be performing the tests and they are part of Broward Medical and Urgent Care in Fort Lauderdale.
  • They will be bill Medicare or your insurance carrier for these tests. Results will be sent directly to your email.
  • If you do not have an email account, you can sign a HIPPA Waiver and the results will be sent to John Knox Village and we will contact you via phone.
  • If your results are positive, please contact Wellness Nursing at (954) 247-5836 for more detailed instructions.
  • Please do not show up any earlier than five minutes before your time to help with 6-foot physical distancing. If you do not have an email account, you will need to call to schedule your appointment.
    • We request that appointments be made via the following link for an appointment:
    • https://www.mobilemedtesting.com/john-knox-village-bookings
    • For those without computer accessibility, appointments can be manually created via phone call to their office: (954) 978-8442 and they can advise on timing and availability.
  • Here is a link to Paperwork to be Printed and Filled Out for our Office’s Records:
  1.   ID (Florida Driver’s License is preferred)
  2.   Insurance Card

We will be photocopying these for the lab.

  1.   Completed patient intake paperwork (as linked-to above)
  • We will plan to organize the testing as follows:
    • – Part 1: People being tested will bring completed paperwork (in the link above and copies to be delivered in advance) and their ID’s/insurance cards (Medicare is accepted) to be reviewed and processed.
    • –  Part 2: Lab Test Requisition Forms completed.
    • –  Part 3: Recording of basic vitals.
    • –  Part 4: PCR Nasal Swab
  • Please wear a mask and to arrive as close to their scheduled time as possible. As you already know, incomplete paperwork and/or insufficient documentation could create delays (in addition to people simply showing up early) so we will simply be asking people to wait patiently if this happens.
  • People can expect to receive their results via email from Mobile Med Testing (contact@mobilemedtesting.com) the next business day, so the company will need a functional email address from each person being tested. Mobile Med Testing would kindly remind them that some emails end up in the Spam/Junk folder – if this is the case it is important that they monitor that folder the day after as they anticipate their results.
  • FITNESS STUDIO UPDATES
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day: The Fitness Studio will be closed this Thursday, Nov. 26 in observance of Thanksgiving. From our family to yours, have a wonderful and safe holiday.
  • Class changes for Friday, Nov. 27: Please refer to the fitness calendar for changes to class schedule. Free feel to call the Fitness Studio with questions regarding your schedule.
  • To Reserve Group Classes, Independent Access, or Supervised Exercise Sessions for the week of Dec. 7 Please Follow the Steps Below:
    • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions on Friday, Nov. 27 after 5PM
    • If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, Nov. 27 after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of December 7th.
    • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001.
    • If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full.
  • SATURDAY FITNESS:
    • This week’s Saturday Fitness Schedule Revised: Saturday fitness is scheduled for Nov. 28. Sessions are available at 9AM, 10AM and 11AM. Sign up on JKVConnect or call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 for assistance.
  • SUNDAY FITNESS:
    • No Sunday fitness scheduled for Sunday, November 29th.
      • All meals are home delivery and take-out only. There is NO dining in the dining room, until further notice.
      • For menus and free home delivery, visit JKVConnect, call (954) 783-4061 or email Dining@jkvfl.com
        • Thanksgiving Day: is a One Meal Holiday Dining option with turkey, ham, stuffed sole & more.

Thursday, Nov. 19 Update

  • MANAGEMENT WANTS TO SHARE WE COMMUNICATED WITH ALL JKV STAFF THE RISK OF TRAVEL DURING HOLIDAYS INCLUDING:
§  Travel increases the risk of getting and spreading Covid-19
  • As we get closer to a Covid-19 vaccine, it is important to stay the course and use extra caution, especially over the holidays.
  • Staff are expected to do everything possible to protect our Residents and our coworkers.
  • We are asking that employees not travel over the holidays.
  • If traveling cannot be avoided, refer to restrictions as you may be asked to test or quarantine at your destination.
  • If an Employee Travels Out of State, the Employee is Required to be Tested Before Returning to Campus at His/her Own Expense
  • They will also be required to wear a KN95 for 14 days following their travel.
  • This link shows testing sites for Broward County:
  • TRANSPORATION CLARIFICATION
    • Tuesday’s update shared that only essential off campus transportation will be provided. We have also temporarily suspected transportation to grocery stores, pharmacies, and other shopping until further notice.
    • Thank you for your understanding. This is all done to protect residents and mitigate the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

JKV GENERAL UPDATES, 11/17/2020

  • SPIRITUAL LIFE
    • Sunday Worship in Person, Maximum 20 People
      • 10 in Auditorium and 10 in Hibiscus Room
      • Service will be Live and On-Demand
      • Register on JKVConnect or by calling Life Enrichment at (954) 783-4039
    • Catholic Mass
      • Has been suspended until further notice
  • LIFE ENRICHMENT
  • GroovyTek “Getting Social” Presentation, Friday, November 20th at 3pm
  • Due to the limited capacities in effect in the common areas, this class will now be given live virtually through YouTube Live.
  • It is as easy as clicking on this link: https://www.groovytek.com/jkv/live from your computer, tablet, or smartphone from the comfort of your own home.
  • We recommend clicking on the link a few minutes before 3 PM to give yourself enough time to get situated
  • If you have signed up for this event and would still like to view it in-person, a Life Enrichment Coordinator will be reaching out to you to let you know what your options are. We have limited space available in several locations.
  • If you have already signed up and are not able to make it to the class tomorrow and still interested in this information, please contact
    • GroovyTek at (561) 560-0123 and they will set up a time for you to virtually meet with Jeff Waterhouse in a one-on-one setting to learn this material.
  • Venetian Arts Society- November Newsletter LIVE, Tuesday, November 24th at 2:00 PM and 3:15 PM
    • This event will now be held twice at 2 and 3:15 PM.
    • You can sign-up to see this event in-person on JKV Connect or by calling Life Enrichment (954) 783-4039.
    • You can also join in from home by connecting via Zoom with this link: https://jkvfl.zoom.us/j/99141731665 or by phone by calling (929) 205-6099. The meeting ID is 991 4173 1665.
  • Other Reminders:
  • All Resident Run events that exceed 10 guests or include any shared material are discontinued at this time.
  • Due to the limited capacities and the courtesy of fellow residents if you sign up for an event and are not able to attend please call Life Enrichment to cancel.
  • FITNESS
  • In observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26th, Saturday, Nov. 28th and Sunday, Nov.29th. The From our family to yours, have a wonderful and safe holiday.
  • Class changes for Friday, November 27th: Great opportunity to work out after your feast! Please refer to the fitness calendar for changes to class schedule. Free feel to call the Fitness Studio with questions regarding your schedule.
  • To Reserve Group Classes, Independent Access, or Supervised Exercise Sessions for the week of November 30th Please Follow the Steps Below:
    • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions on Friday, November 20th after 5PM
    • If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, November 20th after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of November 30th.
    • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001.
    • If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full.
  • SUNDAY FITNESS:
    • Sunday fitness is scheduled for this Sunday on November 22nd. Sessions available are 9am, 10am or 11am. Sign up on JKVConnect or call the Fitness Studio at 954-7894-4730.
  • THANKSGIVING DAY IS A ONE-DAY MEAL FROM DINING
    • With options of Turkey, Ham, and Stuffed Sole from Dining Services
  • CATERING IS OFFERING CLASSIC THANKSGIVING MEALS
    • Catering is offering Thanksgiving Meals for Two for delivery on

Wednesday, Nov. 25th. Orders will be taken from now until Tuesday, Nov. 24th.

  • Items will be delivered in containers that can go in the oven for easy heating.
  • Instructions will be included on each item.
  • Please call or email Susanne to order, 954-783-4063, srussell@jkvfl.com
  • The cost $49.95 Dinner for Two and includes:
    • Oven Roasted Turkey with Gravy
    • Sage & Onion Stuffing
    • Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
    • Green Bean Casserole
    • Sweet Potato Souffle
    • Cranberry Relish
    • Fresh Baked Bread
    • Choice of Apple, or Pumpkin Pie

Tuesday, Nov. 17 Update

  • DUE TO THE RISE OF COVID CASES IN BROWARD, EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, JKV WILL LIMIT AND TEMPORARILY SUSPEND SERVICES
    • Broward County has 95,735 confirmed COVID-19 cases and has reported 5,576 (7.6% positive) new cases as of yesterday, 11/16/2020.
    • We Strongly Discourage Any JKV Resident from leaving the campus as the busy holiday season is upon us.
    • Due to this spike and with the approaching Thanksgiving holiday on 11/26/2020, JKV Management has instituted the following Updates regarding limited or suspended services beginning Friday, 11/20/2020:
      • Programming: The maximum capacity for all programs/gatherings will be 10 residents. This applies to Life Enrichment and Resident run events. We are also suspending any resident activities/games that have shared materials.
      • Fitness: Will be reduced from 10 residents at one time to 10 residents at a time in the Fitness Studio. Classes will remain the same at a maximum of 10. All fitness sessions must be reserved on JKVConnect or by calling Fitness at 954-784-4730.
      • Dining: Home delivery and take-out only. No dining in the dining room. For menus and free home delivery, visit JKVConnect, call 954-783-4061 or email Dining@jkvfl.com
      • Thanksgiving Day: There are 2 options:
        • One Meal Holiday Dining option with turkey, ham, stuffed sole & more.
        • Classic Thanksgiving Meal for two from Catering, details below under General Updates.
      • Transportation: Essential Medical transportation will be provided during the same hours off-campus that transportation generally provides. For reservations call between 8 AM and 4 PM Monday-Friday, 954-783-4000. Thursday’s Update will provide specific details regarding limited on-campus transportation.
      • Guest Unit Accommodations: We will be suspending reservations and on-campus guest accommodations.  Guest will be contacted by Resident Services to provide an update.
      • General Campus Visitation: We Strongly Discourage visitation to JKV. If residents do host visitors, after screening they are permitted to visit resident units. They are not permitted at events or in public gathering spaces.
    • WOODLANDS, SEASIDE COVE & GARDENS WEST RESIDENTS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED TO LEAVE CAMPUS
      • Because of this fact and the ongoing high risk of exposure, we are strongly discouraging any Assisted Living or Skilled Nursing Elders from leaving the campus on the Thanksgiving Holiday.
      • Anyone with possible exposure by leaving the campus, will potentially be placed on a 14-day in-room Quarantine.
      • However, we do recognize the desire to spend time with loved ones.  We will provide additional visitation time slots for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Please call Concierge number below for additional times.
      • A maximum of three visitors at any given time will be allowed.
      • A full Thanksgiving meal is being served in all the homes; therefore, we are asking visitors not to bring food to campus.
      • Any questions regarding the Woodlands or Seaside Cove please contact the JKV Woodlands Concierge at 954-247-5800
      • For questions regarding Gardens West, please call 954-783-4050
  • TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS, POLICIES & PROCEDURES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS
§  Travel increases the risk of getting and spreading Covid-19.
·      Persons may feel well and still be infected
·      Do not travel if you are sick or have been around someone with Covid-19 within the last 14 days
  • Prior to travel, consider the following:
    • Consider the risk versus benefit of travel
    • Check the destination prior to travel regarding spread of Covid-19 and any restrictions (state or country)
    • If you live with someone who might be at increased risk for severe illness, you may wish to reconsider
    • Are you at increased risk for severe illness due to Covid-19?
    • Does your destination have any restrictions related to travel, such as isolation requirements, wearing of masks, etc.?
    • What type of travel is best for the situation such as air travel, bus, or car travel? Each have unique challenges regarding the ability to protect yourself
  • During your trip, please take steps to protect yourself including:
    • Wear an N-95 or KN-95 mask
    • Avoid close contact-stay at least 6 feet from anyone not in your household
    • Avoid large crowds and/or social gatherings
    • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
    • Avoid contact with those that are sick
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • When you return:
    • Stay home as much as possible, especially if you were in large crowds during your travel feel you may have been exposed.
    • Stay at least 6 feet from others
    • Avoid being around those at increased risk of severe illness
    • Wear an N-95 or KN-95 mask on campus for 14 days
    • Monitor for signs and symptoms of Covid-19 for 14 days including temperature
    • Notify Wellness nursing if symptomatic or have questions regarding your situation
    • You are encouraged to get tested for Covid-19 (subject to availability)
  • GARDENS WEST VISITATION BY INDEPENDENT LIVING RESIDENTS
    • Gardens West has noted an increased number of independent living residents coming to GW unannounced to meet with a resident.
    • IL residents recently seen at GW are sometimes wearing a mask, and sometimes NOT!
    • Gardens West visitation guidelines follow the same policies as The Woodlands and Seaside Cove –
      • All visitors to GW must be scheduled in advance with the front desk
      • Visitors are required to go through COVID-19 screening assessment before being allowed into building
      • Unannounced visits, whether they are inside or outside, are not permitted at this time.
  • For questions regarding Gardens West, please call Gardens West, please call 954-783-4050

JKV GENERAL UPDATES, 11/17/2020

  • RESIDENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16th
  • For those who would like to see yesterday’s Zoom Resident Board of Directors meeting, please click here: https://youtu.be/VNNOo2NEUQk
  • This video will be shown on JKV’s In-House Channel 8001 on:
    • Wednesday, November 18th at 10AM and 2 PM
  • It is also posted on JKVConnect in the “Video” section
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 Update
  • RESIDENTS & STAFF PLEASE REMAIN COVID VIGILANT AS HOLIDAY SEASON APPROACHES
    • With the holidays fast approaching, it is important for all residents and staff to not let our guard down as the number of newly identified COVID-19 infections is soaring across the country.
    • The new infection rate is the highest it has been in months and there are predictions that we will reach a peak greater than previously at the height of infections.
    • JKV has avoided such spikes, in large part, because of its screening measures and other preventive protocols, however, please continue to:
      • Wear a face covering—over the nose and mouth
      • Maintain 6-foot physical distancing
      • Wash your hands frequently
      • Avoid crowds
      • Limit time off campus
      • Be mindful of the number of asymptomatic carriers, remain cautious even around family and friends
    • Call Wellness Nursing at (954) 783-4004 to schedule your FREE flu shot.
  • TRAVEL POLICIES & PROCEDURES FOR WOODLANDS, SEASIDE COVE & GARDENS WEST RESIDENTS
    • Residents and families wishing to have elders leave campus for family visits will be instructed regarding risks and need for maintaining appropriate infection control practices including use of surgical masks or KN-95 masks, face coverings, use of hand sanitizer, handwashing and social distancing as well as process upon return.
    • Residents will be subject to Covid-19 screening upon return from visit, no matter how long the visit lasts.
    • Residents will be monitored for symptoms of Covid-19 ongoingly and isolated upon return for fourteen days due to unknown nature of Covid-19 status and community increase in levels.
    • Residents will be subject to Covid-19 testing upon return if screening determines need or symptoms develop.
    • Residents will also be tested for Covid-19 approximately 5-7 days after leaving the facility for the visit or upon return if visit longer than a week subject to test availability.
    • Appropriate policies and notifications will be put into place for all Residents testing positive for Covid-19 upon return.
  • FITNESS UPDATES
    • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions on Friday, November 13th after 5PM
    • If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, November 13th after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of November 23rd.
    • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001.
    • If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full.
    • SUNDAY FITNESS: Sunday fitness is scheduled for next Sunday on November 22nd. Sessions available are 9am, 10am or 11am.
  • GETTING SOCIAL WITH GROOVYTEK, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20th, 3 PM @AUDITORIUM
  • Join us for our first GroovyTek Class called “Getting Social” with Jeff Waterhouse, Personal Technology Trainer
  • This class will teach you about everything you wanted to know about social media platforms.  Just in time for the holidays – learn about different kinds of social media to help you connect with friends and family.
  • Sign up on JKVConnect or by calling Life Enrichment at 954.783.4039
  • VETERAN’S DAY PROGRAM
  • Veteran’s Day was Wednesday, November 11th and JKV honored all resident and staff veterans with a beautiful ceremony that is currently posted on JKVConnect and will be shown on Channel 8001 on:
    • Friday, Nov. 13th at 10 am & 2 pm, Saturday, Nov. 14th at 10 am & 2 pm and Sunday Nov. 15th at 10 am & 2 pm
  • “VIRTUAL” BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ REPORT TO ALL RESIDENTS MEETING

Tuesday, Nov. 10 Update

  • RESIDENT & STAFF PLEASE REMAIN COVID CAREFUL
    • Even with Tropical Storm Eta forcing many testing sites to close last week, Florida is showing no signs of letting up on a three-week trend of rising virus cases and hospitalizations—with a Tuesday report from the Department of Health that another 4,353 people have tested positive in the state.
    • The state also reported another 69 deaths today, bringing the total to a grim 17,460.
    • South Florida continues to be the state’s hot spot with the tri-county reporting 40.2% of all positive cases.
    • JKV has avoided such spikes, in large part, because of its screening measures and other preventive protocols, however, please continue to:
      • Wear a face covering—over the nose and mouth
      • Maintain 6-foot physical distancing
      • Wash your hands frequently
    • Call Wellness Nursing at (954) 783-4004 to schedule your FREE flu shot.
  • SPIRITUAL LIFE SERVICE RECORDING GLITCH
    • The Spiritual Life and Production Teams apologize for the partial recording of Sunday’s Nov. 8 service. We have worked on improving our procedures and protocols, in an effort to avoid this occurring in the future.
  • NEW PNC HOURS
    • Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Broward County, the JKV PNC branch is adjusting its hours to 10AM to 2PM Monday through Friday.
    • Located on the west-side on the first floor of Cassels Tower, bank officials will continue to monitor the situation and adjust, as necessary.
    • To contact PNC call (954) 781-0816.

TROPICAL STORM ETA UPDATE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8—11:30AM

Based on the National Hurricane Center’s 10AM advisory, Tropical Storm Eta should be leaving Cuba this morning, and by this afternoon or evening, tropical storm conditions are expected to begin being

felt in our area. (See graphic below). Coastal Broward County (east of I-95) is under a hurricane watch.

The JKV Emergency Operations Team will continue to closely monitor Eta, which has strengthened to 65MPH sustained winds. As Eta enters the Florida Straits it is expected to begin taking a significant

western path, leaving our area out of most of the danger—except for winds and rain.

It is HIGHLY recommended that Residents and Staff avoid going outside unless absolutely necessary.

  • One-Meal Sunday will be served, per usual, from 11AM to 3PM. It is recommended that Residents purchase an extra meal or a freshly frozen entrée in the event Dining Services is closed for part of Monday. We also ask that Residents exercise patience when waiting for their home-delivered meals, due to the
    • For the safety of Staff and Residents, the Dixie Gate will be closed once heavy winds and rains are being experienced. When the gate is closed Residents and Staff will receive a JKVAlert robocall or email communicating that.
  • Should you have a weekend work order, Residents are asked to call the Dispatch Office, which will get in contact with Plant Operations. The Dispatch number is (954) 783-4054.
  • Cart transportation will stop once the campus is

impacted by sustained winds of 39MPH (matching the mini- mum tropical storm wind threshold).

TROPICAL STORM ETA UPDATE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7—11:00AM

The JKV Emergency Operations Team continues closely monitoring (now) Tropical Storm Eta. As of the National Hurricane Center’s 10AM advisory, South Florida is now under a tropical storm warning, with tropical storm conditions expected to be felt Sunday evening. (Please see the graph below from the NHC).

Eta currently has maximum sustained winds of 40MPH and is traveling northeast at 17MPH.

  • Sunday Worship Service remains scheduled for 10:45AM
  • One-Meal Sunday will be served, per usual, from 11AM to
  • Sandbags have been placed near doorways and other areas that could see flooding. To avoid a tripping hazard, the Maintenance Team will not put them in place until
  • Should you have a weekend work order, Residents are asked to call the Dispatch Office, which will get in contact with Plant Operations. The Dispatch number is (954) 783-4054.
  • For the safety of Staff and Residents, the Dixie Gate will be closed once heavy winds and rains

are being experienced.

  • Cart transportation will stop once the campus is

impacted by sustained winds of 39MPH (matching the

minimum tropical storm wind threshold).

  • The JKV team will be

meeting tomorrow morning

to determine next steps.

  • Today would be a good day to finish your storm preparations.

STAY SAFE KEEP DRY

TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA UPDATE

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6—5:00PM

Tropical Depression Eta has re-entered the Caribbean Sea and is forecast to pass over Cuba as a Tropical Storm (sustained winds of 39 to 73MPH) Saturday and southern

Florida should begin feeling winds and rain mid-morning Sunday, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 4PM advisory today. (Please see NHC graphic below).

Eta is moving on a northeast track at 7MPH, with sustained winds of 35MPH.

The JKV Emergency Operations Team will be meeting tomorrow morning, after the NHC’s 8 AM advisory is released, to determine next steps and a communication will be sent

out to Residents and Staff shortly thereafter. Tonight and tomorrow will be good times to finish up your storm preparations. On the back of this flyer is a handy checklist.

PLEASE NOTE: For Resident and Staff safety, Village Transportation ceases once the campus is impacted by sustained winds over 35 MPH.

 RESIDENTS WITH HEALTH CONCERNS

Residents with health care concerns, who may need ad- ditional services (i.e. oxygen, dialysis), should contact our Wellness Nursing team at

(954) 783-4009.

 LEAVING CAMPUS

Residents wishing to leave the JKV campus in anticipation of the storm’s possible arrival should contact Security at (954) 784-4795 PLEASE FIND AN

IMPORTANT HURRICANE PREPARATION CHECKLIST

 

Hurricane Preparation Checklist

The Time To Prepare Is Now

This is a good time to review the Hurricane Preparedness Guides that were distributed in May.

To assist in your preparation, please know Individual Services are available through

our Home Health Agency. For information please contact them at (954) 783-4009.

As a reminder, now is the time to make sure you have a two-week supply of prescription medicines and you are stocked up with the following items:

 Suggested Items for Your Hurricane Kit:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for five days
  • Two flashlights with batteries and spares (Use of candles, oil lamps or sterno is prohibited)
  • A five-day supply of non-perishable food that can be eaten without

heating/cooking

  • A manually operated can opener
  • A 14-day supply of medications
  • Battery operated radio with extra batteries

 Items Should You Need to Evacuate:

  • A three-day supply of food ready to take with you
  • Pillow, blanket, towels and wash cloths
  • Change of clothing
  • Three-day supply of personal medication
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Three gallons of drinking water per person
  • Manual can opener
  • Keys to your apartment or villa and automobile

Stay Tuned!

TROPICAL DEPRESSION ETA UPDATE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5—5:30PM

The John Knox Village Hurricane Emergency Operations Team continues to closely monitor the activity of Tropical Depression Eta. As of the National Hurricane Center’s 2PM advisory it is moving off Honduras, heading in a NNW path at 8 MPH, with sustained winds of 35 MH and the Cayman Islands are under a tropical storm watch.

While it remains too soon to make solid predictions, many models project that storm effects will begin to be felt over the coming weekend.

Some models also project Eta reorganizing in the Caribbean waters, with some modest restrengthening to tropical storm levels (sustained winds between 39 and 73 MPH).

PLEASE NOTE: Campus Transportation stops once winds of 35 MPH are sustained

The JKV Emergency Operations Team will be meeting tomorrow morning, after the National Hurricane Center’s 8 AM

advisory, to determine next steps.

As a resource, JKV offers a Campus Shopper Service and Instacart training and ordering. Here is that information, as well as other important related information.

·          CAMPUS SHOPPER SERVICE

Take advantage of JKV ‘s shopping assistance program, through the John Knox Home Health Agency. For more information about this custom, personalized shopping service, or to make an appointment, call

Ivy Smith at HHA at (954) 783-4009.

·          SIGN-UP FOR INSTACART

The Life Enrichment Team is AVAILABLE to assist Residents in learning how to use Instacart for online grocery ordering. Here is what you need to set-up and manage your own Instacart Account:

  • Email address
  • Credit/debit card
  • Smartphone/tablet/laptop/computer

For more information call Life Enrichment at (954) 783-4039. There are also Instacart “How To” Manuals available in each lobby and Village Centre.

·          RESIDENTS WITH HEALTH CONCERNS

Residents with health care concerns, who may need additional services (i.e. oxygen, dialysis), should contact our Wellness Nursing team at (954) 783-4009.

·          LEAVING CAMPUS

Residents wishing to leave the JKV campus in anticipation of the storm’s possible arrival should contact Security at (954) 784-4795

PLEASE FIND AN IMPORTANT HURRICANE PREPARATION CHECKLIST ON THE OTHER PAGE

Hurricane Preparation Checklist

 The Time To Prepare Is Now

This is a good time to review the Hurricane Preparedness Guides that were distributed in May.

 To assist in your preparation, please know Individual Services are available through

our Home Health Agency. For information please contact them at (954) 783-4009.

As a reminder, now is the time to make sure you have a two-week supply of prescrip- tion medicines and you are stocked up with the following items:

 Suggested Items for Your Hurricane Kit:

 One gallon of water per person per day for five days

  • Two flashlights with batteries and spares (Use of candles, oil lamps or sterno is prohibited)
  • A five-day supply of non-perishable food that can be eaten without

heating/cooking

  • A manually operated can opener
  • A 14-day supply of medications
  • Battery operated radio with extra batteries

 Items Should You Need to Evacuate:

 A three-day supply of food ready to take with you

  • Pillow, blanket, towels and wash cloths
  • Change of clothing
  • Three-day supply of personal medication
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Three gallons of drinking water per person
  • Manual can opener
  • Keys to your apartment or villa and automobile

 

Stay Tuned!

Thursday, Oct. 29 Update

  • FREE BUS TRANSPORTATION CONFUSION
    • There has been some confusion over the free bus transportation. Attached and below please find the handy transportation reference guide for your convenience. It can also be found on JKVConnect.
  • LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS FOR RESIDENT-BOARD MEETING
    • The next “Virtual” Board of Directors’ Report to All Residents meeting will be Monday, Nov. 9 at 3PM.
    • Questions will not be able to be asked during the “Virtual” meeting, so Residents wishing to submit a question—to be answered during the Meeting—are asked to send them to Mary Sue McDermott, Executive Assistant to the President, by end of day Friday, Oct. 30.
    • Hand-written questions can be delivered to her office on the first floor of Cassels Tower or she can be emailed at msmcdermott@jkvfl.com
    • President Gerry Stryker, Chairman of the Board Paul Simpson and Resident Senate President Pete Audet are expected to provide campus updates, which will then be followed by the Question & Answer session.
    • More specific information, with easy-to-use log-in directions, will be forthcoming.
  • CALLING ALL VETERANS
    • Due to COVID-19 and following JKV’s 6-foot physical distancing and wearing of facial covering protocols, the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. will look much different this year.
    • We are asking, if you are a Veteran, to please register at one of the Concierge (Main Lobby) Desks in Cassels Tower, Heritage Tower, East Lake, Village Towers, Gardens West, or the Village Centre Lobby. Sign-up sheets will be available at all those locations until the deadline of Thursday, Nov. 5.
    • Look for the resident Veteran sign-up sheet and make sure to include your name, branch of service, rank at discharge, and your JKV Apartment or Villa unit number.
    • Once the list of Veterans has been compiled, commemorative Veterans Day pins will be delivered to each Veterans’ campus mailbox. Then, on Nov. 11th a Zoom ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., along with a maximum of 40 people allowed in-person in the Auditorium. A local high school Color Guard is being recruited to open the ceremony and during the ceremony a “virtual” roll call will be given by Rev. Jamie Champion, followed by a video rendition of the Armed Forces Medley.
    • Call the Life Enrichment Department at (954) 783-4039 for more information and thank you for your service!
    • PLEASE NOTE: On Nov. 9 members of the Life Enrichment team will be going door to door to provide a Veterans Day pin to all Resident Veterans. If they do not get to everyone on the 9th, Tuesday, Nov. 10th will also be used.
  • MACY’S POP UP SHOP FOR RESIDENTS-STAFF
    • Macy’s is coming to JKV on Nov. 18 from 10AM to 7PM in the Village Centre Auditorium for Residents and Nov. 19 at the same time and location for Staff.
    • The Life Enrichment team is happy to announce a new amenity being offered to JKV Residents – personal shopping. To kick off this partnership, come by to meet Personal Stylist Mindy Kahn from Macy’s at Galleria Mall, who will be providing personal shopping services for JKV residents free of charge as a benefit to you, beginning with this event.  Mindy will be on site on for two shopping days as the Auditorium gets transformed into a mini Macy’s – a “Pop-Up Shop”.
    • Come get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping or treat yourself to something new. Mindy will be on hand to assist you as you browse (and if you wish, purchase) cosmetics, fragrances, handbags, watches and jewelry, holiday décor, and home goods. Shop brands like Estee Lauder, Dior, Clinique, Lancôme, Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Chanel, Polo, Gucci, Prada, Tiffany, Nespresso, and much more.  Macy’s will also be bringing “Backstage” to the event – some luxury items at their lowest prices.
    • All major credit cards and Macy’s gift cards are welcome. No cash, please.  Returns after the event can be made by contacting Mindy or bringing them back to Macy’s.  After this event, you’ll be able to contact Mindy directly any time you’d like to utilize her personal shopper services.
    • For this Pop-Up Store event, reservations are required for one-hour shopping experiences. To sign up for this kickoff event, please sign up on JKV Connect, or by calling Life Enrichment at (954) 783-4039.
    • Due to COVID guidelines, a maximum of 20 people will be able to shop at once to allow for social distancing.
  • DINING SERVICES’ LUNCH TIME CHANGES
    • Due to noise related to construction work that will be taking place on the Westlake Pavilion project, the Dine-In Lunch Hours will change, beginning Monday, Nov. 2.
    • The new hours will be for two seatings—11:30AM to 12:30PM and 12:30PM to 1:30PM. As a REMINDER lunch is available Monday through Saturday, NOT on Sundays.
    • This change will be in effect for probably two weeks (depending on how weather affects the work) from Oct. 26 through Nov. 6.
    • Home Delivery and Take Out WILL NOT be affected.
    • Call (954) 783-4061 to place your meal orders for Home Delivery or Take-Out.
  • FITNESS STUDIO UPDATE
    • To reserve group classes, independent access, or supervised exercise sessions for the week of November 9th, please follow the steps below:
      • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions on Friday, Oct. 30th after 5PM
      • If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, Oct. 30th after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of Nov. 9.
      • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001.
      • If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full.
      • SUNDAY FITNESS SCHEDULE: No Sunday fitness session this week. The next Sunday availability is Nov. 8 at 9am, 10am or 11am.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 Update

  • ON VERGE OF COVID-19 RESURGENCE
    • Most health officials, and news outlets, are reporting our area is on the verge of a COVID-19 resurgence and backed by today’s news that Florida’s COVID-19 cases topped 4,000 for the third time in six days.
    • To date Broward has reported 83,593 cases and 1,520 deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health.
    • JKV has enjoyed good results in part because of its screening measures and other preventive protocols that have been put in place, however, please continue to:
      • Wear a face covering
      • Maintain 6-foot -physical distancing
      • Wash your hands frequently
    • Call Wellness Nursing at (954) 783-4004 to schedule your FREE flu shot.
  • 2021 BUDGET PRESENTATION LETTER AND VIDEO
    • Letters explaining the 2021 budget will be in Resident mailboxes by Nov. 1 and a video from President Gerry Stryker, CFO Bruce Chittenden, Controller Doug Folsom and Fiscal Committee Chairman Terry Colli will be available Thursday for “On Demand” viewing on JKVConnect and the John Knox Village YouTube Channel.
    • The videos will also be shown on Channel 8001 on Thursday at 11:30AM and 5PM and at 10AM and 2PM on Friday.
    • Look for the YouTube link in Thursday’s Update.
  • SUBMIT QUESTIONS FOR RESIDENT-BOARD MEETING
    • The next “Virtual” Board of Directors’ Report to All Residents meeting will be Monday, Nov. 9 at 3PM.
    • Questions will not be able to be asked during the “Virtual” meeting, so Residents wishing to submit a question—to be answered during the Meeting—are asked to send them to Mary Sue McDermott, Executive Assistant to the President, by end of day Friday, Oct. 30.
    • Hand-written questions can be delivered to her office on the first floor of Cassels Tower or she can be emailed at msmcdermott@jkvfl.com
    • President Gerry Stryker, Chairman of the Board Paul Simpson and Resident Senate President Pete Audet are expected to provide campus updates, which will then be followed by the Question & Answer session.
    • More specific information, with easy-to-use log-in directions, will be forthcoming.
  • CALLING ALL VETERANS
    • Due to COVID-19 and following JKV’s 6-foot physical distancing and wearing of facial covering protocols, the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. will look much different this year.
    • We are asking, if you are a Veteran, to please register at one of the Concierge (Main Lobby) Desks in Cassels Tower, Heritage Tower, East Lake, Village Towers, Gardens West, or the Village Centre Lobby. Sign-up sheets will be available at all those locations until the deadline of Thursday, Nov. 5.
    • Look for the resident Veteran sign-up sheet and make sure to include your name, branch of service, rank at discharge, and your JKV Apartment or Villa unit number.
    • Once the list of Veterans has been compiled, commemorative Veterans Day pins will be delivered to each Veterans’ campus mailbox. Then, on Nov. 11th a Zoom ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., along with a maximum of 40 people allowed in-person in the Auditorium. A local high school Color Guard is being recruited to open the ceremony and during the ceremony a “virtual” roll call will be given by Rev. Jamie Champion, followed by a video rendition of the Armed Forces Medley.
    • Call the Life Enrichment Department at (954) 783-4039 for more information and thank you for your service!
    • PLEASE NOTE: On Nov. 9 members of the Life Enrichment team will be going door to door to provide a Veterans Day pin to all Resident Veterans. If they do not get to everyone on the 9th, Tuesday, Nov. 10th will also be used.
  • MACY’S POP UP SHOP
    • Macy’s is coming to JKV on Nov. 18 from 10AM to 7PM in the Village Centre Auditorium.
    • The Life Enrichment team is pleased to announce a new amenity being offered to Residents–personal shopping.
    • To kick off this partnership, come by to meet Personal Stylist Mindy Kahn from Macy’s, who will provide personal shopping services for Residents.
    • This is a chance to get jump on your holiday shopping, or treat yourself to something new. Mindy will be on hand to assist as you browse (and if you wish, purchase) clothing, housewares and home goods.
    • For more information contact the Life Enrichment Department at (954) 783-4039.
    • Reservations are required for one-hour shopping experiences.  More details to come on a future flyer.
  • CATERING OFFERING “STEAK NIGHT”-NOV. 5
    • The JKV Catering Department will be holding a Steak Night on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 5PM to 8PM in the Village Centre Auditorium.
    • A maximum of 40 guests will be admitted to make reservations, due to JKV spacing protocols.
    • Along with filet mignons that will be grilled outside of the Auditorium, there will be a scallop appetizer, a bacon pear salad and a choice of dessert.
    • Catering Manager Susanne Russell will take reservations from 9AM to 3PM beginning Friday, Oct. 30 by calling her at (954) 783-4063.
    • Look for a flyer with more details in the next several days.

Thursday, Oct. 22 Update

  • MOST POSITIVE CASES SINCE AUGUST
    • The Florida Department of Health reported 5,557 new positive cases for COVID-19—the most since 6,352 were tallied on Aug. 15.
    • In Kansas—where wearing face coverings is not mandatory—all 62 nursing home residents have tested positive and 10 have died. While that state’s governor issued an executive order mandating masks, 90 of Kansas’ 105 counties have opted out. Yes, only 15 counties have mask mandates, and Norton County where this nursing home is located, has ignored the executive order.
    • Those two reminders have the JKV Administration again URGING the wearing of face coverings, maintaining 6-foot physical distancing, frequent hand washing and calling Wellness Nursing at (954) 783-4004 to schedule your FREE flu shot.
  • JKV SUPPLIES OF PPE
    • John Knox Village has adequate supplies of all Personal Protective Equipment and test kits—for testing Staff and Elders in The Woodlands, Seaside Cove and Gardens West.
    • As a point of information testing for staff, in the higher levels of care, is based on the positivity rate in Florida counties. For us, if Broward County has a greater than 5% positivity rate Staff have to be tested once a week, versus once a month if the rate is less than 5%–which the Village has to pay for.
    • It benefits EVERYONE, not just physically but financially, by being COVID-careful.
  • SUBMIT QUESTIONS FOR RESIDENT-BOARD MEETING
    • The next “Virtual” Board of Directors’ Report to All Residents meeting will be Monday, Nov. 9 at 3PM.
    • Questions will not be able to be asked during the “Virtual” meeting, so Residents wishing to submit a question—to be answered during the Meeting—are asked to send them to Mary Sue McDermott, Executive Assistant to the President, by end of day Friday, Oct. 30.
    • Hand-written questions can be delivered to her office on the first floor of Cassels Tower or she can be emailed at msmcdermott@jkvfl.com
    • President Gerry Stryker, Chairman of the Board Paul Simpson and Resident Senate President Pete Audet are expected to provide campus updates, which will then be followed by the Question & Answer session.
    • More specific information, with easy-to-use log-in directions, will be forthcoming.
  • FITNESS STUDIO UPDATE
    • To reserve group classes, independent access, or supervised exercise sessions for the week of Nov. 2nd, please follow the steps below:
      • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions on Friday, Oct. 23rd after 5PM
      • If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, Oct. 23rd after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of Nov. 2.
      • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001.
      • If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full.
    • EPISCOPAL SERVICES START OCT. 25
      • Episcopal Worship Services, with Mother Leslie Hague of All Saints Episcopal Church, will be held the fourth Sunday of every month beginning this Sunday at 1:30PM in the Village Centre Auditorium.
      • To reserve a seat for the COVID-careful 40-person-maximum in-person worship service, please register on JKVConnect. For more information, please contact Northeast Villa #607 resident Barbara Rowell at (954) 946-339

 DINING SERVICES’ LUNCH TIME CHANGE REMINDER

    • Due to noise related to construction work that will be taking place on the Westlake Pavilion project, the Dine-In Lunch Hours will change, beginning Monday, Oct. 26. (See related flyer).
    • The new hours will be for two seatings—11:30AM to 12:30PM and 12:30PM to 1:30PM. As a REMINDER lunch is available Monday through Saturday, NOT on Sundays.
    • This change will be in effect for probably two weeks (depending on how weather affects the work) from Oct. 26 through Nov. 6.
    • Home Delivery and Take Out WILL NOT be affected.
    • Call (954) 783-4061 to place your meal orders for Home Delivery or Take-Out.

 Tuesday, Oct. 20 Update

  • SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES
    • Heading into Fall and with the reopening of businesses, we are seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases, as many health officials predicted.
    • According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida reported 3,662 new COVID-19 cases today—more than double Monday’s 1,707—with the state passing more than 750,000 positive cases. Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach County account for 307,697 cases, nearly 41% of Florida’s total.
    • This spike is beginning to worry hospital officials about the availability of beds.
  • CONTINUE BEING COVID-CAREFUL
    • Residents, Family, Friends, Staff and Vendors, we MUST remain united in our attempt to keep the COVID-19 virus out of our homes and work areas.
    • Now is not the time to let your guard down.
      • Continue to use a face covering or KN-95 mask
      • Maintain 6-foot physical distancing
      • Use excellent hand hygiene—washing them frequently for 20 seconds with soap and warm water, or hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol or greater
      • RESIDENTS & STAFF, please make sure to get your free flu shot. Call Village Nursing at (954) 783-4004 to schedule your appointment
    • When you use a cloth face covering you protect others.
    • When you maintain 6-foot physical distance and diligently wash your hands, you protect yourself.
    • Call Wellness Nursing (954) 783-4009 if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
      • Trouble breathing
      • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
      • Bluish lips or face
      • Vomiting
      • Loss of taste and smell
      • Fever over 100-degrees Fahrenheit
    • It is a good thing that we are less stressed out by this, but that does not mean we should not continue to take it very seriously. Now that we are thoughtfully figuring out how to live in a pandemic, we must practice good judgment every time we leave our homes and workspaces. It only takes one inadvertent, careless encounter to be exposed. So, keep those masks and hand sanitizers handy.

–Leslie Schlienger, John Knox Village Home Health Agency Administrator

  • GET YOUR GROOVYTEK ON WEDNESDAY
    • Representatives from GroovyTek—JKV’s new technology partner—will be on campus, Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 10AM to 3PM in the Village Centre Lobby.
    • The GroovyTek Winnebago will be strategically parked just outside the Village Centre and trainers will have information and gifts. Come see the Groovy Tek Bar in the lobby. Residents can learn about their services with all types of personal technology—from personal computers and Smartphones to tablets and how to download apps.
    • A raffle will be held for a free one-hour session, a $75 value. Residents do not to be present to win. Pastries will be served in the morning and hot dogs and ice cream in the afternoon.
    • For more information call Life Enrichment at (954) 783-4039.
  • DINING SERVICES’ LUNCH TIME CHANGES
    • Due to noise related to construction work that will be taking place on the Westlake Pavilion project, the Dine-In Lunch Hours will change, beginning Monday, Oct. 26.
    • The new hours will be for two seatings—11:30AM to 12:30PM and 12:30PM to 1:30PM. As a REMINDER lunch is available Monday through Saturday, NOT on Sundays.
    • This change will be in effect for probably two weeks (depending on how weather affects the work) from Oct. 26 through Nov. 6.
    • Home Delivery and Take Out WILL NOT be affected.
    • Call (954) 783-4061 to place your meal orders for Home Delivery or Take-Out.
  • CALLING ALL VETERANS
    • Due to COVID-19 and following JKV’s 6-foot physical distancing and wearing of facial covering protocols, the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. will look much different this year.
    • We are asking, if you are a Veteran, to please register at one of the Concierge (Main Lobby) Desks in Cassels Tower, Heritage Tower, East Lake, Village Towers, Gardens West, or the Village Centre Lobby. Sign-up sheets will be available at all those locations until the deadline of Thursday, Nov. 5.
    • Look for the resident Veteran sign-up sheet and make sure to include your name, branch of service, rank at discharge, and your JKV Apartment or Villa unit number.
    • Once the list of Veterans has been compiled, commemorative Veterans Day pins will be delivered to each Veterans’ campus mailbox. Then, on Nov. 11th a Zoom ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., along with a maximum of 40 people allowed in-person in the Auditorium. A local high school Color Guard is being recruited to open the ceremony and during the ceremony a “virtual” roll call will be given by Rev. Jamie Champion, followed by a video rendition of the Armed Forces Medley.
    • Call the Life Enrichment Department at (954) 783-4039 for more information and thank you for your service!
  • EPISCOPAL SERVICES START OCT. 25
    • Episcopal Worship Services, with Mother Leslie Hague of All Saints Episcopal Church, will be held the fourth Sunday of every month beginning this Sunday at 1:30PM in the Village Centre Auditorium.
    • To reserve a seat for the COVID-careful 40-person-maximum in-person worship service, please register on JKVConnect. For more information, please contact Northeast Villa #607 resident Barbara Rowell at (954) 946-339

Thursday, Oct. 15 Update

  • GET YOUR GROOVYTEK ON, OCT. 21
    • GroovyTek—JKV’s new technology partner—is holding a meet and greet, Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 10AM to 3PM in the Village Centre Auditorium.
    • GroovyTek trainers will be offering complimentary consultations to help Residents learn to use all types of personal technology—from personal computers and Smartphones to tablets and how to download apps.
    • A raffle will be held for a free one-hour session, a $75 value. Need not be present to win. Pastries will be served in the morning and hot dogs and ice cream in the afternoon.
    • Look for the GroovyTek Winnebago in front of the Village Centre. For more information call Life Enrichment at (954) 783-4039.
  • CT AC SHUTDOWN OCT. 21 OR 22
    • Air conditioning for the entire Cassels Tower building will be shutdown either next Wednesday or Thursday, Oct. 21 or 22.
    • Some new underground piping needs to be connected as part of the Westlake project.
    • The shutdown will begin at 8AM on the selected day and be off for 8 hours. This will not affect using water in kitchens and bathrooms.
    • Look for a notice on Monday, Oct. 19 announcing which day the shutoff will occur.DINING BILLING UPDATE
      • Dining Services has been made aware that some Residents may have discrepancies on their September monthly statement, regarding “Extra Charges.
      • We are working closely with the Accounting Department to resolve these issues quickly. Should any Residents need further support or clarification regarding charges on their statement, they can contact Stacia Wells, Assistant Dining Room Manager, at (954) 783-4064, or email her at swells@jkvfl.com.
  • FITNESS UPDATE
    • To reserve group classes, independent access, or supervised exercise sessions for the week of Oct. 26, please follow the steps below:
      • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions on Friday, Oct. 15 after 5PM
      • If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, Oct. 16 after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of Oct. 26.
      • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001.
      • If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full.
    • SPIRITUAL LIFE SERMON
      • Dr. Bridgette Sullenger’s Sunday worship sermon will be a live Zoom service at 10:45AM. It will then be available for “On Demand” viewing on JKVConnect and the John Knox Village YouTube channel later next week.
      • Reminder: To attend Sunday worship in person, Residents must have registered, so we maintain the COVID-19 preventive mandates. In addition, anyone coming to the service without a mask, not adhering to social distancing nor having their temperature taken prior to worship, will not be allowed to participate. 
      • To join Zoom meeting login https://jkvfl.zoom.us/j/98049574778. The Meeting ID: is 980 4957 4778
      • PLEASE NOTE ZOOM IS NOW REQUIRING THE ADDITIONAL STEP OF PUTTING IN A PASSWORD—FOR JKV ZOOM MEETINGS THAT PASSWORD IS 4039.
      • To dial in use +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099, then use your number pad for the Meeting ID numbers, followed by the # key. Meeting ID: 980 4957 4778.
  • CALLING ALL VETERANS
    • Due to COVID-19 and following JKV’s 6-foot physical distancing and wearing of facial covering protocols, the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. will look much different this year.
    • We are asking, if you are a Veteran, to please register at one of the Concierge (Main Lobby) Desks in Cassels Tower, Heritage Tower, East Lake, Village Towers, Gardens West, or the Village Centre Lobby. Sign-up sheets will be available at all those locations until the deadline of Thursday, Nov. 5.
    • Look for the resident Veteran sign-up sheet and make sure to include your name, branch of service, rank at discharge, and your JKV Apartment or Villa unit number.
    • Once the list of Veterans has been compiled, commemorative Veterans Day pins will be delivered to each Veterans’ campus mailbox. Then, on Nov. 11th a Zoom ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., along with a maximum of 40 people allowed in-person in the Auditorium. A local high school Color Guard is being recruited to open the ceremony and during the ceremony a “virtual” roll call will be given by Rev. Jamie Champion, followed by a video rendition of the Armed Forces Medley.
    • Call the Life Enrichment Department at (954) 783-4039 for more information and thank you for your service!

–Bill Pickhardt, COO and Leslie Schlienger, Home Health Agency Administrator

Tuesday, Oct. 13 Update

  • NEW COMPANY PROVIDING LAB DRAWS STARTING MONDAY
    • Beginning Oct. 19 JKV will be working with a laboratory company called Molecular Stat Labs. They will provide Residents with a notification call the night before the lab draw. The Molecular Stat Labs representative will be visiting the doctors who are prevalent among JKV Residents to instruct the office in how to order lab work directly from the lab.
    • JKV will also be providing residents with wallet cards that they can hand to the doctor’s office. As always, if you have a hand-written prescription for labs, you can get it to the Village Nurse by means of the Wellness Nurses
  • TRANSPORTATION UPDATE
    • Since the Oct. 5 rollout of the new Publix bus transportation schedule JKV Transportation has been listening to everyone’s positive feedback and suggestions.
    • Since the Publix pharmacy does not open until 9AM and there is usually a line of customers waiting for service, this makes it difficult for Cassels Tower residents to make the 9:30AM return trip every Tuesday and Friday.
    • Transportation has decided to alter the pick-up times for Tuesdays. There are no changes to the current Friday schedule. Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 20, the new schedule will be:
    • Tuesdays Only
      • East Lake, Northeast, & Heritage Towers 8AM-10AM
      • Departure from Heritage Tower 8AM Return trip 9:30AM
      • Village Towers & Lakeside Villas (no changes) 10am-12pm
      • Departure from Village Towers 10AM Return trip 11:30AM
      • Cassels Tower and South Garden Villas 12NOON-2PM
      • Departure from Cassels Tower 12NOON Return trip 1:30pm
  • CALLING ALL VETERANS
    • Due to COVID-19 and following JKV’s 6-foot physical distancing and wearing of facial covering protocols, the Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11th at 11 a.m. will look much different this year.
    • We are asking, if you are a Veteran, to please register at one of the Concierge (Main Lobby) Desks in Cassels Tower, Heritage Tower, East Lake, Village Towers, Gardens West, or the Village Centre Lobby. Sign-up sheets will be available at all those locations until the deadline of Thursday, Nov. 5.
    • Look for the resident Veteran sign-up sheet and make sure to include your name, branch of service, rank at discharge, and your JKV Apartment or Villa unit number.
    • Once the list of Veterans has been compiled, commemorative Veterans Day pins will be delivered to each Veterans’ campus mailbox. Then, on Nov. 11th a Zoom ceremony will begin at 11 a.m., along with a maximum of 40 people allowed in-person in the Auditorium. A local high school Color Guard is being recruited to open the ceremony and during the ceremony a “virtual” roll call will be given by Rev. Jamie Champion, followed by a video rendition of the Armed Forces Medley.
    • Call the Life Enrichment Department at (954) 783-4039 for more information and thank you for your service!
  • SPIRITUAL LIFE UPDATE
    • Residents wishing to register for Sunday worship are asked to do so on JKVConnect beginning with this coming Sunday’s service.
    • Residents wishing to sign up to use JKVConnect should contact JKV Technology Coordinator Nick Sconiers at (954) 784-4739 or email him at nsconiers@jkvfl.com
    • For more information on Sunday services contact the Spiritual Life offices are 9954) 784-4748.
  • WIC SNEAK PEEK TOURS
    • Sneak Peek Tours of the new Welcome & Innovation Center for Residents will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 10AM to 2PM. They will be with groups of no more than 8 Residents at one time.
    • Tour times will be: 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 1PM, 1:30PM and 2PM.
    • Register by calling the Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040.

–Bill Pickhardt, COO and Leslie Schlienger, Home Health Agency Administrator

Thursday, Oct. 8 Update

  • MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION UPDATE
    • Starting Monday, Oct. 12, Transportation has made a few changes to the free medical Transportation Bus hour schedule. When first offered, the free medical transportation was originally a shuttle bus and  the volume of residents requesting the service was low.
    • Transportation began tracking the ridership and the data indicates an increase. All free medical transportation will now be provided on a shuttle bus. The bus will pick up on the hour.
    • If you are unable to ride the shuttle bus, you may request a personalized vehicle for a fee. Please continue to call (954) 783-4000 from 8:30AM to 4PM to make transportation reservations. All reservations require at least 24 hours’ notice.
      • Overview of the Free Medical Transportation
        • Monday /Thursday 8am-1pm Zone 1 North
        • Tuesday/Friday going 8am-1pm Zone 1 South
      • JKV OUTPATIENT THERAPY OPEN
        • The Outpatient Therapy Department is OPEN for all JKV Residents in The Woodlands’ 1st Floor Wellness Studio. To schedule your appointment, you can call (954) 247-5816.
      • STAFF VISITING EMPLOYEE BREAKROOM
        • Staff wishing to access the Employee Breakroom should continue accessing it through the Seaside Cove Service corridor and NOT use the exit door coming out of the Dining area, except for emergencies
        • PLEASE be aware of all the construction activities in the area.
      • PNC BANK OFFERING FULL-SERVICE NOW
        • The PNC branch bank is now offering full services WITHOUT MAKING APPOINTMENTS. All Residents and Staff going into the branch, located in the west wing on the first floor of Cassels Tower, MUST wear face coverings and maintain 6-foot physical distancing.
      • CATERING DIY MEALS
        • Beginning Friday, Oct. 9, the Catering Department will be offering 3 different DIY (Do It Yourself) meals. Look for a flyer with the selection, prices and ordering information. The flyer will also be available on JKVConnect.
          • Fire Grilled Chicken Salad with Roasted Vegetables & Pepitas – $22.95 Serves Two
          • Grilled Salmon & Cilantro Lime Riced Cauliflower Bowls – $22.95 Serves Two
          • Fire Grilled Steak Naanwich – $22.95 Serves Two
        • WIC SNEAK PEEK TOURS
          • Sneak Peek Tours of the new Welcome & Innovation Center for Residents will be held on Oct. 15 from 10AM to 2PM. They will be with groups of no more than 8 Residents at one time.
          • Tour times will be: 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 1PM, 1:30PM and 2PM.
          • Register by calling the Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040.
        • RESIDENT SENATE MEETING FOR ALL RESIDENTS
          • The bi-monthly Resident Senate Meeting for All Residents has been rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 19 at 1PM. It will be conducted “Virtually.”
          • No Resident questions will be taken during the meeting, however, feel free to submit questions to Mary Sue McDermott, JKV’s Executive Assistant by end of day tomorrow, Oct. 9. Hand-written questions can be dropped off in the West Wing of Cassels Tower or emailed to Mary Sue at msmcdermott@jkvfl.com
          • Look for more information on specifics around this meeting in a future Update.
        • BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WALK OCT. 22
          • Residents and Employees are invited to wear pink and participate in JKV’s 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Walk on Thursday, Oct. 22 to benefit Gilda’s Club South Florida. Registration begins at 2PM and the walk will begin at 2:30 pm.
          • This year, we will be starting from different locations around campus and walking in small groups. The required donation to participate is $5, or a donation of $10 for a Wish Balloon Bouquet to be released during the walk. Please bring your check made payable to Gilda’s Club South Florida to the registration table at your starting location the day of the event. The first 50 people to sign up and commit to a donation will receive a swag bag.
          • For more information and to register, call the Fitness Studio at 954-784-4730 and RSVP with your preferred starting location and the amount you wish to donate.
          • If you are not participating in the walk and would like to donate to Gilda’s Club, you can donate at gildasclubsouthflorida.org, or text GILDASFL to 44-321.  All donations are greatly appreciated.
        • FITNESS UPDATE
          • To reserve group classes, independent access, or supervised exercise sessions for the week of October19th, please follow the steps below:
            • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions on Friday, Oct. 9 after 5PM
            • If you do not have access to a computer, smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, Oct. 9 after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of Oct. 19.
            • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001.
            • If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full

–Gerry Stryker, President & CEO, Bill Pickhardt, COO & Leslie Schlienger, Home Health Agency Administrator

Tuesday, Oct. 6 Update

  • PHASE 3 LIFE ENRICHMENT RESIDENT-RUN PROGRAMS REGULATION
    • The Phase 3 Resident Run Programs that can resume are including, but not limited to:
      • Clubs: Computer Club, Rotary, Book Club, Garden Club, FLiCRA, Village Investment, French Connection, etc.
      • Games: Bingo, Board Games, Bridge, Bridge Lessons, Dominoes, Duplicate Bridge, Mex Train Dominoes, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Wii Bowling, Wii Bowling Night, Military Whist, Mahjong, etc.
      • Social Gatherings: LGBT Mix & Mingle, Trivia Night, Movie Nights, Bible Studies, Choral Groups, etc.
      • Support Groups: Al-Anon, Diabetic Support Group, Parkinson’s Support Group, Caregiver Support Group, Grief and Bereavement, Visual Independence, etc.
      • Meetings: All Committees, Senate, Clusters, etc.
    • The following regulations are required for all gatherings on campus:
      • A Blue Reservation form must be submitted and approved to reserve space for the activity. These forms can be found at the Village Centre or any tower lobby front desk.
      • The maximum capacity of residents in the Village Centre Auditorium is 40 guests.
      • The maximum capacity of residents in all Party Rooms, Hibiscus Room, and other public spaces is 10 guests.
      • Face masks/coverings are required at all times at all programs.
      • For activities that require sharing materials (i.e. cards, tiles, or chips), it is the responsibility of the players to ensure those materials are sanitized before and after every use.
      • The Life Enrichment/Production team will set up all spaces to follow required 6-foot physical distancing and will have final authority on set-ups.
    • PLEASE NOTE: If you use an available common space without completing the reservation process you are still required to follow the above stated regulations at all times.
      • If you have any question, please contact Life Enrichment at (954) 783-4039.
    • PNC BANK OFFERING FULL-SERVICE NOW
      • The PNC branch bank is now offering full services WITHOUT MAKING APPOINTMENTS. All Residents and Staff going into the branch, located in the west wing on the first floor of Cassels Tower, MUST wear face coverings and maintain 6-foot physical distancing.
    • TAKE-OUT MEALS START WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7
      • Dining Services is excited to announce that starting Wednesday Oct. 7, Take-Out Service for Residents will be offered on a limited basis for LUNCH and DINNER ONLY. Take-Out Service is just another option; Home Delivery and in-person Dining in the Dining Room continue to be available. To ensure control of the number of Residents at any time in the Dining Room Lobby, NO EMAIL ORDERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR TAKE OUT FOODS!
    • Here is how it works:
      • Residents call the main line (954) 783-4061 just like they do for Home Delivery
      • Lunch call from 11AM to 1PM
      • Dinner call from 2:30PM to 6:30PM
      • Sunday call 10:30AM to 2:30PM
      • Residents please tell our phone staff that YOU want to place a TAKE-OUT order, which YOU (the Resident) will pick up in the Dining Room Lobby.
      • Our staff will assign a time for Residents to pick up their food. For example, Staff will say “Your lunch will be ready for pick up at 12:30PM.”
      • To avoid over-crowding at the pick-up area in the front lobby, Dining Services will be spacing out the pick-up times in 10-minute increments.
      • The goal is to have no more than 2 Residents at a time in the pick-up area
      • Lunch will have 16 slots available for pick up from 11:30AM to 2PM
      • Dinner will have 22 slots available for pick up from 3:30PM to 7PM
      • Sunday will have 22 slots available for pick up from 11:30AM to 3PM
      • A manager will be assigned to this area to resolve any issues quickly
    • We hope this TAKE-OUT option for dining provides our Residents flexibility with their meals, more control over the timing, and keeps everyone safe at the same time.
    • CATERING DIY MEALS
      • Beginning Friday, Oct. 9, the Catering Department will be offering 3 different DIY (Do It Yourself) meals. Look for a flyer with the selection, prices and ordering information. The flyer will also be available on JKVConnect
    • WIC SNEAK PEEK TOURS
      • Sneak Peek Tours of the new Welcome & Innovation Center for Residents will be held on Oct. 15 from 10AM to 2PM. They will be with groups of no more than 8 Residents at one time.
      • Tour times will be: 10AM, 10:30AM, 11AM, 11:30AM, 12PM, 1PM, 1:30PM and 2PM.
      • Register by calling the Marketing Department at (954) 783-4040.
    • RESIDENT SENATE MEETING FOR ALL RESIDENTS
      • The bi-monthly Resident Senate Meeting for All Residents has been rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 19 at 1PM. It will be conducted “Virtually.”
      • No Resident questions will be taken during the meeting, however, feel free to submit questions to Mary Sue McDermott, JKV’s Executive Assistant by end of day Oct. 9. Hand-written questions can be dropped off in the West Wing of Cassels Tower or emailed to Mary Sue at msmcdermott@jkvfl.com
      • Look for more information on specifics around this meeting in a future Update.
    • FITNESS STUDIO UPDATE
    • Extended workout hours at the Fitness Studio: Starting Oct. 6, the Fitness Studio will offer extended hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and alternating Sundays to allow for more flexibility to your workout schedule.
      • Weekday hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8AM to 4:45PM
      • Weekly Saturday hours: 9AM to 12Noon
      • New extended weekday hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8AM to 6:45PM
      • Alternating Sunday hours: 9AM to 12Noon. The first Sunday begins Oct. 18.
      • Sign up on JKVConnect or call the Fitness Studio for your desired session.

Thursday, Oct. 1 Update

  • JKV’s PHASE 3 REOPENING
    • Look for a letter as part of this Update from John Knox Village COO Bill Pickhardt on the Village’s Phase 3 reopening.
  • FITNESS STUDIO UPDATES
    • Schedule change to the Group Fitness Classes during Active Aging Week:  Group Fitness Classes in the VT, CT, and HT party rooms have been canceled in order to fully support programming planned during Active Aging Week beginning Monday, Oct. 5. The Oct. 5 weekly Fitness Calendar will be posted on JKVConnect and shown on Channel 8001. Please call the Fitness Studio if you need assistance with scheduling your classes.
  • New Group Fitness Class at East Lake: Each Thursday, starting Oct. 15 at 11:15AM, a new chair exercise class will be featured inside the East Lake Party Room. This 30-minute class will combine seated aerobics, strength and balance exercises to keep you energized. Seating is limited! Log onto JKVConnect or call the Fitness Studio this Friday to secure your seat.
  • Extended workout hours at the Fitness Studio: Starting next week, the Fitness Studio will offer extended hours to allow for more flexibility to your schedule.
    • New extended hours are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8AM – 6:45PM
    • Alternating Sundays from 9AM – 12NOON. The first Sunday begins Oct. 18.
    • Sign up on JKVConnect or call the Fitness Studio for your desired session.

 To reserve group classes, independent access, or supervised exercise sessions for the week of October 5th, please follow the steps below:

    • Log on to JKVConnect to select your sessions on Friday, Oct. 2 after 5PM
    • If you do not have access to a computer, Smartphone, or the internet, you may also call the Fitness Studio at (954) 784-4730 Friday, Oct. 2 after 5PM. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, along with the name, date, time, and location of the class you wish to attend for the week of Oct. 12.
    • Fitness Calendars can be found on JKVConnect under FITNESS CLASS OUTLINE and on Channel 8001.
    • If your desired class time or location has reached capacity, please select another session with open availability. The Waitlist option does not guarantee your reservation if the class is full.
  • RESIDENT SENATE MEETING FOR ALL RESIDENTS
    • The bi-monthly Resident Senate Meeting for All Residents has been rescheduled to Monday, Oct. 19 at 1PM. It will be conducted “Virtually.”
    • Reports from each of the 12 Resident Committee Chairpersons will be videotaped in advance of the meeting.
    • No Resident questions will be taken during the meeting, however feel free to submit questions to Mary Sue McDermott, JKV’s Executive Assistant by end of day Oct. 9. Hand-written questions can be dropped off in the West Wing of Cassels Tower or emailed to Mary Sue at msmcdermott@jkvfl.com
    • Look for more information on specifics around this meeting in a future Update.
  • VIEWING SCHEDULE FOR CANDIDATE VIDEOS
    • Here is the viewing schedule for Residents and Staff wishing to learn more about local candidates running in the Nov. 3 General Election.
    • PLEASE NOTE: The video can NOW be viewed “On Demand” on the JKVConnect resident engagement portal, beginning Oct. 6.
    • The Channel 8001 schedule is:
      • Tuesdays and Thursdays from Oct. 6 through Oct. 29 at 10AM, 2PM and 7PM.
    • PASSWORD REQUIRED TO ACCESS LE ZOOM EVENTS
      • Please note that due to changes implemented by Zoom, all Zoom events will now either require a passcode, or will have a Waiting Room feature.  The passcode for all Life Enrichment, Spiritual Life, and Fitness events is 4039.
      • For Active Aging Week events, upon connecting to a Zoom meeting, you will see a message that the host will be letting you in shortly.  A member of the Life Enrichment team will monitor the Waiting Room and will automatically grant you access into the meeting.
      • For the remainder of October’s events, by using the link provided, you will automatically enter the meeting.  In the event you are asked for a passcode, please use 4039.
      • If you see the message that the host will let you in shortly, be assured that a Life Enrichment team member will grant you access.
      • Contact Life Enrichment for more information at (954) 783-4039.
    • In honor and celebration of St. Francis of Assisi’s love of animals and the environment Residents and Staff are invited to a “Blessing of the Pets” service Sunday at 7PM in the Wellness (Doggy) Park.
    • This service is ecumenical and all inclusive. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved to the Village Centre porte-cochere and lobby.
  • FREE FLU VACCINES ARE IN
    • Complimentary flu vaccines are available for Residents and Staff through JKV’s Wellness Nursing. To provide appropriate physical distancing and maintain other strict JKV COVID-19 preventive protocols, while offering the Vaccine this year, flu stations will be set-up in each apartment tower building.
    • Residents and Staff can call the Village Nursing at (954) 783-4004 to schedule an appointment.
    • THIS IS A FLU VACCINATION, NOT A COVID-19 VACCINATION.
  • GATE SCREENING FOR EVERY ENTRY TO CAMPUS
    • As an added precaution against COVID-19, the Gate Screeners will now be screening and re-screening every Resident, Staff Member, Guest and Vendor for every entry onto the campus.

–Gerry Stryker, President & CEO, Bill Pickhardt, COO & Leslie Schlienger, Home Health Agency Administrator

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John Knox Village Phase 3 Reopening

Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an Executive Order moving the State of Florida to Phase 3 recovery, which includes, as examples, no capacity restrictions for dining and bars. John Knox Village’s leadership is committed to providing a safe environment through a thoughtful plan of resuming programming and services.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, we will begin methodically phasing in additional programming and monitor new infections for our campus, Broward County, Florida and the U.S.

As many know, there still is no vaccine and we continue to pride ourselves in the low infection rate we have experienced to date during this international pandemic, due in great measure to our strict measures.

Changes Beginning Oct. 5

  • Additional capacity—50 percent—for in-person dining in the dining room
  • Fitness will extend hours by adding 2 hours Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Sunday.
  • Events will be planned with up to 40 participants in the Village Centre Auditorium and outdoors
  • Off-campus shopping will resume

Continuation Of Precautions

  • We will continue to screen all residents, employees, visitors, and vendors each time they enter the campus
  • We will continue to conduct large scale meetings via Zoom (any gathering or meeting over 40 participants)
  • We will continue to require masks/face coverings to be worn on campus while outside of your home, except when enjoying your meal in the dining room
  • Reservations will continue to be required for dining and fitness

We are cautiously optimistic with this (cautious) Phase 3 reopening for Residents and Staff. Look for additional details on each service change in the Tuesday/Thursday COVID-19 updates.

–Bill Pickhardt, JKV Chief Operating Officer

 

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