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Visitation Letter

 

March 22, 2021

You may have heard because it is all over the news, CDC released “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.” This is very exciting! However, the updated guidance related to not wearing masks when interacting with others who are fully vaccinated, does NOT apply to healthcare settings. As such, our Senior Living operations and field-based Home Health, Hospice, Home Care and Physician Group need to continue to wear masks as per prior guidance until such time the CDC and your local health department provider further guidance specific to your business line. Read more

COVID-19 Testing Update

 

December 23, 2020

 

Residents, Families and Partners:

We wanted to update you about the results of our latest round of mass testing on staff and residents.

We did find two more residents that tested positive for the virus.  Both residents remain in the building in isolation, receiving care by dedicated staff members using heightened infection control procedures. Read more

COVID-19 Virus Update

 

December 17, 2020

 

Residents, Families and Partners:

As I am sure many of you are aware, Wisconsin is experiencing an increase in the reported COVID cases.  We still have no residents that are showing signs or symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19.

However, we have recently learned that one of our employees has tested positive for the virus.  This individual has not been in the building since 12/15/20 and was not showing signs or symptoms of the virus while at work.  When the staff member was in the building, all appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) was used and good social distance was practiced when not providing care.  Given these factors, the CDC guidelines indicate the risk to our residents is lower.  The staff member’s return-to-work date will be determined following local health department and CDC guidance.

As a result of learning of this positive employee test result, we immediately did rapid testing on all staff and diagnostic testing on all residents.  All results came back negative for the virus.

We continue to follow all CDC and local health department guidelines in both determining the employee’s possible return to work date and any additional precautions that will be taken upon the employee’s return to work.  We also will continue:

  • Strongly encourage all residents (and ask families to encourage residents) when outside of their room to wear masks, practice good hand hygiene and engage in social distancing;
  • Requiring that all staff wear masks and practice social distancing when in the facility and encourage staff to do so while off duty outside of the facility;
  • Assess and check temperatures of all staff and essential visitors (external healthcare providers, end-of-life visitors) upon entry into the building;
  • Monitor all staff and residents for any signs and symptoms of the virus; and
  • More frequent cleaning of all high touch surfaces in common areas throughout the building.

As is usual, we will notify residents’ primary physicians and designated family members of any changes in their loved one’s condition, whether potentially related to COVID-19 or not.

We will keep you updated as any changes at the facility occur.  Please reach out with questions, concerns, or requests for assistance.

 

Christina Meseberg
Executive Director

 

 

Visitation Information Update

 

September 29, 2020

Dear Residents and Families:

Meadow View is committed to keeping you updated about our response to COVID-19. We’re providing this update to describe our practices relating to COVID-positive patients.

As I am sure many of you are aware, Wisconsin is experiencing an increase in the reported COVID cases.  Given this surge, we are reimplementing certain restrictions to prevent or mitigate the spread of the virus into our facility given that our residents have a higher vulnerability to COVID-19.  These changes include:

  • Outside visitation will be stopped effective Tuesday, October 6th, but closed window visits and virtual visitation are still available.
  • All resident group activities within the facility will be suspended.
  • Residents will not be transported into the community for reasons other than necessary doctor appointments.

We will, of course, continue to practice the measures that were put in place to mitigate or prevent the spread of the virus.  These include, but are not limited to:

  • Staying up-to-date and implementing local health department and CDC guidance;
  • Following recommended infection control measures, including more frequent hand hygiene, more frequent environmental cleaning on high touch surfaces, and use of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Indoor visitation remains restricted to essential external healthcare providers or compassionate end-of-life visitation;
  • All staff and essential visitors are assessed and screen upon entry into the building;
  • Encourage residents to practice more frequent hand hygiene and wear masks and practice social distancing when outside of their rooms;
  • Communal dining will not resume and meals will continue to be delivered to residents;
  • Any new residents or residents leaving our campus for treatment at an external healthcare provider for any reason will be required to be quarantined upon his/her arrival or return.

We will notify resident physicians and responsible parties on any changes of condition, whether COVID related or not.

While we share the community’s great concern about this pandemic and the rising cases in Wisconsin, as a result of our efforts, we feel confident in our ability to provide uninterrupted care in a way that will minimize exposure to others. We hope that you will use us as a resource to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We will provide you updates as things change in the community.  As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Christina Meseberg                                                      Aseli Gadzinski
Executive Director                                                        Wellness Director

 

 

Visitation Restrictions Continue

 

May 18, 2020

Residents and Families,

We appreciate your cooperation and support during these unprecedented times. Social distancing and other virus-related restrictions have been difficult for all of us during this pandemic. As some states begin to “reopen,” our family members and residents understandably want to know when community restrictions (e.g., visitation, communal activities, leaving the community) may be lifted. Read more

Information Regarding Visitation

Dear Residents, Family and Friends:

On March 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services advised of a nationwide restriction on visitation for certain health facilities, due to the coronavirus. Though these restrictions were drafted for skilled nursing facilities, they address risks similar to those posed to other senior living communities. CMS has directed that only health care workers or end-of life visitors be allowed to visit the community during this time. Until further notice, we will follow this direction, and will not permit non-essential visitors. We continue to encourage virtual visitation by phone, FaceTime, Skype, etc. It is important for you to remain connected with your loved one, and we will be happy to work with you to accomplish this in the absence of an in-person visit. Read more