Evansville Manor: Skilled Healthcare & Rehabilitation

From the Administrator

March 2016

It's March with spring just around the corner.  I understand that this year calendars will list spring beginning on March 20, a day earlier than the traditional March 21st because of the timing of the Vernal Equinox.  However, it is also my understanding that Alaska, Hawaii, and those in the Pacific, Mountain, and Central Time zones, the first day of spring will actually be March 19th.  In 2020, it will be March 19th for the entire United States.  All this astronomy is a little beyond me, but the earlier the better, right?

In addition to the above, of course, and possibly more importantly, you might recall that last month we discussed Sun Prairie's Ground Hog's Day, which resulted in their finding a legally acceptable ground hog who predicted an early spring as he did not see his shadow.  No matter what, he was correct as Ground Hog's Day will come earlier than it did last year.

Easter as well, comes early this year, on March 27th so let be the first to wish you a Happy Easter.  And, of course for you basketball fans, March is here!

The incidence of influenza has so far been low this year but it is reported that there has been a slight "uptick" in reported cases of late.  So it pays to be careful.  In keeping with the continuing influenza "season" that began about October – November but not ending until about May, we want to continue with our preventative measures.  We have vaccinated all residents and staff.  We do have a couple of staff members who are not vaccinated so they are required to wear masks when in resident areas during appropriate times, or if any staff member becomes symptomatic.  During these times we similarly will ask that any unvaccinated visitors mask, covering both the mouth and nose, when in the building.  We will post signs whenever appropriate due to the reported incidence of influenza in our geographic area and appreciate everyone's assistance in following their guidance.

Of course, we encourage EVERYONE to be vaccinated but we also understand there are a few who cannot be vaccinated due to medical conditions.  As it takes a couple of weeks after vaccination to become effective, it's important to obtain the vaccination now or as soon as possible.  Please remember to wash hands often, use hand sanitizers frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, etc., both for one's own safety but also for our residents, most of whom have compromised health issues.  Your cooperation is very much appreciated.

Again, "welcome to spring" and have a happy Easter.

Cliff