(July 29, 2020)
"Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy, and Members of Congress:Dear President Trump, Vice President Pence, Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McCarthy, and Members of Congress:
"The coronavirus crisis has been terrifying for all Americans—especially for older adults and the people who care for, serve, and love them. On behalf of over 5,000 faith-based and mission-driven aging and disability service providers across the country, we implore you to immediately deliver the leadership, resources, and support needed to ensure the health and wellbeing of millions of people facing special danger from the pandemic. ..."
Read the entire letter from national faith-based aging services leaders imploring government officials to act for our seniors' well-being in the midst of the pandemic. You may also wish to address supportive comments to your national and state leaders.
Originally scheduled for May 15, 2020, due to the restrictions and safety requirements of Covid-19 the Annual Golf Play Date has been rescheduled for Friday, August 7. Please join us in support of the Good Samaritan Fund, which helps us fulfill our commitment to provide a safe and caring place for residents to call home even when their personal financial resources run out.
Applications are now being received through April 30, 2020 for the James E. Renz Pinecrest Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000.00 scholarship strives to honor and recognize a graduating high school senior who, through unselfish acts and future plans, has demonstrated a commitment to healthcare, social work, or ministry studies.
Eligible seniors will either be a member of a congregation within the northern region of the Illinois and Wisconsin District Church of the Brethren, or an Oregon High School senior, or a Pinecrest employee or dependent, or a home schooled or private school student from within the Oregon school district.
The Pinecrest Board of Directors established the scholarship, first awarded in 2014, to recognize the lifetime contributions of Mr. Renz, which include 40 years on the board, 24 years as secretary.
Posted 3/22/2020 (updated 3/24/2020)
Pinecrest Village Stay-At-Home Guidance
The Governor of Illinois has issued a Stay-At-Home order effective today, 3/21/20, at 5 pm through April 7th. For details visit this FAQ document at Illinois.gov.
Please refrain from having anyone in the congregate apartment building unless they are here for medically necessary reasons. If you have someone helping you with medicines, personal care, laundry, etc., they can continue to do so.
You should avoid going out of the building unless it is for medically necessary reasons or for essential items such as grocery, pharmacy or gas.
Beauty/barber services have been temporarily suspended during this time.
Pinecrest Cottage residents and Pinecrest Grove residents should use their best judgment regarding visitors to their homes. We recommend that you limit visits to a very small number of family members and remain in your homes unless you need to leave for a medically necessary reason or for essential items such as grocery, pharmacy or gas.
If you would like me to help you connect with your Pinecrest Village family member through a video chat, please contact Lili in the Village during regular office hours and she will work to help set a time for that to happen. Please call 815-734-4103 to schedule your chat or if you have questions.
Are you looking for a way to help Pinecrest while visits are prohibited? Here are a few ideas:
- Write or design cards for residents. Address them to "Any Resident," Pinecrest Community, 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054
- Do you sew? There is an urgent need for backup surgical facemasks for staff and residents. Completed masks can be dropped off at Pinecrest (please call 815-734-4103 for drop-off guidelines) or mailed to the above address. Follow these links for instructions and patterns.
- Continue to support Pinecrest through your donations. Donations can be made by sending a check payable to "Brethren Home" (our legal name) and mailed to 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054 or online through PayPal through the button that says "donate to our cause" on the right side of this page and then scrolling down to click the big yellow "Donate" button.
Connect via video call with your loved one! We'd love to help you! Call the front office at 815-734-4103 between 8 am and 4 pm, answer a few questions and we'll get a call arranged for you.
New information - 3/15/2020:
The CDC has recommended no communal dining or group activities in long term care. Pinecrest has moved meal service to resident rooms/apartments for Pinecrest Manor and Village. For the safety of our residents, Pinecrest Terrace will not change meal service due to the nature of the unit. Chapel and group activities have been canceled until this restriction is lifted by CDC.
As you can imagine, these requirements are very isolating for our residents. Our staff will be offering individual activities and visits in resident rooms and our chaplain will be visiting and providing spiritual care for residents as well. We'd love your help! If you're looking for ways to keep your children busy while they are off school, would you consider having them make a card or a picture for our residents? You could mail them to "Any Resident", Pinecrest Manor, 414 S. Wesley Ave., Mt. Morris, IL 61054 or drop them off during our regular office hours Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. Our doors are locked, but there is a lobby phone that will dial our receptionist and she will gladly meet you at the door to pick them up.
The restrictions we are experiencing are unprecedented and we want to thank our staff, residents and families for the flexibility and understanding they have shown. Our staff go above and beyond every day, but situations like this shine a light on the excellent work that they do.
We are thankful to God for keeping our residents and staff safe and healthy. Please continue to pray for our residents and staff! We promise we are loving your residents until you can get back in to see them!