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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • OUR MOST RECENT LETTER | read on

    Staying in touch on a regular basis with our Miravida community is a priority. Please enjoy our most recent message and feel free to browse our past messages throughout this journey.​

  • NOVEMBER 24, 2020 UPDATE

    This week, 3 employees at Gabriel’s Villa tested positive and are recovering at home. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 6,616 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 13,599 cases, Fond du Lac 8,220 cases, and Outagamie 13,753 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties are assessed as extremely high. The community positivity rate of 16.1% precludes offering visits.

  • OSHKOSH COMMUNITY COVID TESTING | learn more

    There are multiple COVID testing sites throughout the Fox Valley. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been exposed to COVID-19 should get tested. You can find a list of the sites by clicking LEARN MORE in the heading.

  • BETHEL HOME WINDOW VISITS

    The Bethel Home 1 East outside window area is winter-ready. The modified tent offers a windbreak and the outside heater can be turned on and off from the inside. The area is also outfitted with an echo dot - which is set up so that the inside person can call the outside person and then use the echo dot as a speakerphone. The volume is improved and your loved one won't need to hold anything. Enjoy!

OUR TEAM IS AVAILABLE TO TALK

Our team is available to speak with you and offer support.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We have received test kits to test residents at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows and Elijah’s Place. There are also kits available for the Miravida Living team. We are testing all staff this week. On a national call with leaders regarding COVID-19 developments, a speaker was discussing testing and indicated “when you look for the virus you find it.” We need to be prepared there may be more cases identified as a result of the testing.​

While there is excitement in the air about abandoning restrictions, Miravida Living is staying the course. We are asking all of our residents, loved ones and staff to continue following the Safer-at Home guidelines.

Yes! We simply ask that you please be sure to honor the intent of the Safer at Home requirements, visitor restrictions and social distancing while visiting with your loved one through their window. Their window should remain closed.​ If your loved one needs assistance for the visit, click here to schedule a time so we can ensure our team is available to assist.

Based on guidance from the Health Department, we are accepting mail and deliveries. They are accepted at the front door of our buildings. From there, staff will deliver items to residents.​

We are graciously accepting homemade masks. They can be dropped off at the entrance of Bethel Home (a table is provided for drop-offs). Thank you for continuing to support our efforts through your generosity, prayers, and love.

OUR MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION

November 24, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5

For many, the last several months have been shrouded in darkness. Remembering those who have died, and for the grieving loved ones they left behind, it is agonizing. For those who have suffered with COVID and are recovering, it is challenging. Whether employment concerns, food or housing insecurity, families with children dealing with virtual learning, etc., we have all experienced our routines upended. The separation from loved ones and stresses of the pandemic are all too real.

Yet, the light shines.

God shines a light on our residents, their loved ones and our team. Throughout the hardships and stresses, the beacon of light has gathered generous donors, volunteers who made masks, restaurants that prepared meals for our heroic team, and many people who lift our residents and staff up in daily prayer. Every step of the way has been filled with kindness and generosity.

Looking back, I remember getting up in the middle of the night many times to research and fully understand best approaches to deliver care and keep our residents and staff safe. We had to be prepared and the stakes were so high, everyone stepped up. Prayers started and ended our days. When fears emerged, we turned to our faith, called on our leadership to pivot, dig deep and do whatever was necessary to combat the virus. We never wavered from our focus. Staff were present to our residents holding hands with those having COVID and reassuring others. One nurse asked residents “what would make you smile today?” and proceeded to fulfill their requests of chocolate, flowers, plants, hair rollers, crafts, etc. Leaders swept the floors and moved furniture, the human resources team folded laundry, the spiritual services team held worship outdoors, the transportation team took on additional duties including deep cleaning carpets, etc. Many of us worked long days, seven days a week to make sure we were prepared and able to do whatever it took to battle COVID.

Ideas emerged from every direction. Our website became a hub of communications for the community and our team. Facebook posts have provided glimpses into our community at its best. We have worked on ways to connect residents and their loved ones. Outdoor tents were designed for visits. Tablets and stands were purchased to provide Zoom visits. Hospitality carts were purchased to deliver drinks and snacks in a festive way. We made and continue to make every effort to support and recognize our heroic team and their loved ones.

We have a lot to be grateful for – starting with each other. Thank you to our residents, their loved ones, our team and their families, and the greater community. We wish you meaning, connectedness, and joy on Thanksgiving and every day.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Heavenly Father, we are grateful you are never overcome by darkness. Your light surrounds us and your love enfolds and protects us. Your presence makes us stronger. Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives. You bring hope through the toughest times, strengthening us for your purposes. Continue to renew our spirits and fill us with your peace and joy. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.

This week, 3 employees at Gabriel’s Villa tested positive and are recovering at home. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 6,616 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 13,599 cases, Fond du Lac 8,220 cases and Outagamie 13,753 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties are assessed as extremely high. The community positivity rate of 16.1% precludes offering visits.

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

A Message from the Miravida Chaplaincy Department

Dear Friends,

In many ways, the greatest impact of this pandemic has been on our spiritual welfare. The months of this pandemic have assaulted our sense of self and our connections to others in ways that have left many feeling isolated, abandoned, and purposeless. Many of us feel we have lost essential resources we relied on to deal with the daily challenges of life. If this is you, please know firstly that we are concerned about you.

As we enter these holiday months, we are seeking to offer several opportunities we hope will strengthen our sense of connectedness and revitalize our sense of purpose as we look deeper for the meaning we seek for our lives.

Most recently, we have begun live-streaming weekly devotions, worship, and activities on our YouTube channel. This means you can join us from your computer, tablet, or mobile phone. Our Sunday worship service is live-streamed at 10:00 am. We are also offering a weekly sing-along on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. A complete schedule and links needed to access those events can be found on the Family and Friends Calendar (under Family Resources) on the Miravida website www.MiravidaLiving.com.

We have also started a weekly support group via Zoom. The primary focus of this group will be to support each other as members of the Miravida Living community dealing with the impact of the pandemic on ourselves and our relationships. The Zoom meeting is also listed with a link in the Community Calendar. You will need to download the app onto your device, this is free, and the link will guide you through that process. To respect the privacy of the group, each member will be admitted into the meeting.

This week we launched our newest communication resource, News from Home. It is a bi-weekly broadcast for our residents, designed to strengthen the connections between family and friends of the elders living on our campus. The broadcast will feature messages and short video clips compiled into a video broadcast, News from Home. While you can continue to type a message and attach a photo directly to your loved ones – this program is a way for us to build community and to invite others to share in our lives. You can contribute videos and messages using the Message A Resident page on our website www.MiravidaLiving.com, found under Family Resources.

On the website, if you browse through the Community Calendars of Bethel Home, Eden Meadows or other buildings on campus, you’ll notice that our residents are active with opportunities. Going forward we will be live streaming many more events and adding them to our YouTube station. By checking the Family and Friends or specific building calendar you’ll be guaranteed to enjoy these Miravida moments with us.

Since last spring we have been building a telephone ministry. We have chaplains who are making regular phone calls to residents who would like to talk with someone, or if someone was referred to us. If you would like for a chaplain to call on you or to reach out to your loved one, please pass along the name and phone number to Chaplain David (232-5242).

Over these months we have discovered exciting new ways to connect and to be together. We have enjoyed getting to know many new people and experimenting with new approaches for connection. While we look forward to the day when we can gather again, we hope to support you and share our lives with you through these efforts and the other possibilities we have not yet imagined. We pray God’s Love and Peace be yours as we continue to battle the COVID virus.

Sincerely,

The Chaplaincy Team

David, Cathie, Nancy, Mimi, Meredith, Norm and Fred

November 17, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

This week, our focus is on hope. Hope is not a strategy. Hope by its nature is future-focused. Yet, hope is an infusion of resilience. Hope means being in the opportunity business. Every day, we dream about possibilities for a different tomorrow while pursuing opportunities to be hopeful, create belonging and happiness. Bringing opportunities to fruition is about acting on what we can control. At Miravida Living, we are hopeful. It is this moment that matters. So, each day, we reset our pandemic fears, witness the resilience and grace of our residents, loved ones and team, and embrace our work with hope and gratitude regardless of what the day brings. We encourage you to find ways to be hopeful and seek belonging and happiness today.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Heavenly Father, we know you are with us in the midst of our thoughts and actions. Your words strengthen us. Your presence refreshes our spirits and causes hope to rise above fear. Help us discern and act on your plan. May we find purpose and meaning in doing your will. Amen.

This week, 1 resident at Bethel Home (Serenity Garden) tested positive for COVID and is currently asymptomatic. Two employees at Gabriel’s Villa also tested positive and are recovering at home.

Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 6,859 new cases of COVID-19 per day or an increase of 48% from the average two weeks earlier. In Winnebago County, there are 12,571 cases, Fond du Lac 7,275 cases and Outagamie 12,632 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties are assessed as extremely high. The community positivity rate of 17.1% precludes offering visits.

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

November 10, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 5,784 new cases of COVID-19 per day or a 22% increase in cases over the past two weeks. In Winnebago County, there are 11,043 cases, Fond du Lac 6,308 cases and Outagamie 11,466 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties are assessed as extremely high.

This week, 1 resident, 1 employee and 1 health care worker at Eden Meadows, 1 resident and 1 employee at Bethel Home, and 1 employee at Gabriel’s Villa tested positive for COVID. The community positivity rate of 17.3% precludes offering visits.

Testing frequency is dictated by a combination of factors including the community positivity rate and facility outbreaks. Based on the data, residents at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows and Gabriel’s Villa are currently being tested weekly. Employees at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows are being tested twice a week and Gabriel’s Villa employees, the Simeanna Housing Services Coordinator and maintenance men working at the apartments are being tested once a week.

Last week, I mentioned we are a community in the same storm. With the Biden camp elated over their victory and 71 million Trump voters disappointed, the elections of this past week confirmed the fractious nature of our society.

As individuals and citizens, we have a choice – critique or construct, divide or unite. In the midst of COVID, contentious elections or the many other collective concerns, Miravida Living will continue creating opportunities to belong and be happy. It’s a timeless truth resonating more deeply in this challenging storm. Happiness is not given to us. It is recognized by us. Happiness is not tomorrow’s promise, but rather comes from appreciating today. We are grateful for our residents, their loved ones, our heroic team and the many blessings we experience day-in and day-out in our lives together.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Dear Heavenly Father, when evil darkens our world, give us light. When despair numbs our souls, give us hope. When we stumble and fall, lift us up. When doubts assail us, give us faith. When nothing seems sure, give us trust. When ideals fade, give us vision. When we lose our way, be our guide, that we may find serenity in Your presence, and purpose in doing Your will. Amen. `John D. Rayner

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

November 3, 2020

Residents, loved ones and team,

Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 4,644 new cases of COVID-19 per day or an 89% increase in cases over the past two weeks. In Winnebago County, there are 9,927 cases, Fond du Lac 5,271 cases and Outagamie 10,269 cases. Activity levels in all 3 counties are assessed as extremely high.

This week, 1 resident, 2 employees and 1 health care worker at Eden Meadows and 1 employee at Bethel Home tested positive for COVID. Three residents have tested positive at the Simeannas and sadly, one of the residents passed away from COVID while in the hospital. The community positivity rate of 16.6% precludes offering visits.

Testing frequency is dictated by a combination of factors including the community positivity rate and facility outbreaks. Based on the data, residents at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows and Gabriel’s Villa are currently being tested weekly. Employees at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows are being tested twice a week and Gabriel’s Villa employees, the Simeanna Housing Services Coordinator and maintenance men working at the apartments are being tested once a week.

The surge in cases has strained the hospitals in the Oshkosh area, filling some to near capacity. As patients recover and are ready to discharge, it is challenging to find skilled nursing beds. Hospitals are discharging patients outside of our community as far away as Milwaukee. To address the crisis, we are accepting patients including those diagnosed with COVID-19 after they have ended their course of treatment with the hospital and are in need of physical therapy to be able to return home. Many factors were considered.

First and foremost, it is critical we maintain the safety of all our residents and staff. We have learned a lot about preventing the transmission of COVID-19 and safely caring for residents who have tested positive for the virus. Based on our experience, we are confident we can safely and effectively assist and serve our community by admitting patients from the hospital, while at the same time taking care of the residents we currently serve.

New admissions will be placed in a separate area and in isolation for 14 days. Nursing staff will be dedicated to this unit and provided necessary and enhanced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as N95 masks and protective gowns. Equipment is assigned to this unit as well. Strict sanitation schedules will continue to be followed. Of course, we will continue to follow guidance from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and Winnebago County Department of Health.

The large-scale disruptions to our individual lives and routines force us to slow down, to look at our lives and the things we consider most important. Pope Francis compared the situation in the world with what the disciples experienced during the storm on the sea as recounted in Mark’s Gospel. Like the disciples, it might feel as if we are surrounded by darkness and chaos, unsure of where we should turn or what we should do. Nevertheless, the first thing the Pope invites us to do is to recall that “we’re all in the same boat.” This crisis, he went on to say, “reveals our belonging as brothers and sisters” in one global family. While recognizing we are not necessarily in the same boat, we are certainly a community in the same storm.

We pray you and yours are healthy and stay safe.

Dear Heavenly Father, we are indeed a community of brothers and sisters in the COVID-19 storm. Help us choose to see and be the light for others. We ask that your guiding hand be at the tiller of our work. Bless and hold us close as we face our fears and serve your people. Amen.

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

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