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COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • MASKS WORK. REALLY. WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW.

    We felt this interactive article was particularly helpful (click on the headline to link). Take a look and see what you think. According to Joseph G. Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard, the public health debate on masks is settled, said. When you wear a mask, “you protect yourself, you protect others, you prevent yourself from touching your face,” he said. And you signal that wearing a mask is the right thing to do.

  • 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.​

  • VISITING HOURS

    We are excited to welcome visitors without appointments seven days a week, at any time during our designated visiting hours: Bethel Home 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Eden Meadows 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Gabriel’s Villa 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Elijah’s Place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, we continue to offer video, safe space, and window visits, all of which can be scheduled on our website. We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION

    We know there are many questions surrounding the COVID-19 Vaccine. We have collected the most common questions we've been asked and put them into a "Frequently Asked Questions" section on this page. Please take a look and learn more about what this vaccine has to offer and why Miravida Living is in support of it.

VACCINATION DAY AT MIRAVIDA

OUR TEAM IS AVAILABLE TO TALK

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

OUR MOST RECENT COMMUNICATION

June 8, 2021

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

Over the last fifteen months, our focus has been on providing excellent care, a great place to live, and purposeful work while trying to keep everyone safe. Stress has been high – the stakes, a matter of life and death.

Today, we are focused on vaccinations. Most residents and many staff are vaccinated. Ongoing research on vaccination effectiveness clearly evidences being vaccinated is much safer than the ongoing exposure to COVID. In fact, a spring 2021 study by the Veteran’s Administration found nearly 20 times the rate of COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated healthcare staff, plus signs that transmission clusters were linked to those workers.

As a community, we are not sufficiently vaccinated to prevent an outbreak or address the possible consequences of COVID including hospitalizations and death. If you are not already vaccinated or abandoned your second dose, we urge you to consider getting vaccinated. You will be better protected from severe symptoms, hospitalization or death and your selfless act will protect others.

Our pharmacy is prepared to offer vaccinations to Miravida Living patients, residents, spouses, and families. We are focused on offering Pfizer because it is available in units of six doses reducing waste. If you prefer Moderna or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, we will work with you to obtain them. With all vaccinations, there are benefits and risks. For full documentation by the CDC on the Pfizer vaccine, click here.

To schedule a vaccination, please call our pharmacy at (920) 966-1345 or send an email to Kerri Schueler, Director of the Pharmacy, at kschueler@miravidaliving.com. While an appointment is preferred, she will also accommodate walk-ins. The pharmacy is open from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. It is located in the basement of Bethel Home at 225 North Eagle Street.

For patients and residents unable to come to the pharmacy, arrangements will be made for the pharmacist to come to you. We are also able to vaccinate spouses or family. An insurance card is required at the time of vaccination.

Consideration will be given to offering a vaccination clinic at the Simeannas and Carmel. Please contact Sue Hammerseng or Jason Meyer to express your interest.

Finally, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services permits vaccinated residents and vaccinated staff to be together without socially distancing or wearing a mask. To take this next step, everyone must be vaccinated. We strongly urge residents and team members who are not vaccinated to do so.

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the modern-day miracles of science. We have vaccines that protect us from the most serious consequences of COVID. Grant us your spirit of love and self-discipline so we may come together and work to control and eliminate the virus. Continue to strengthen our hearts and minds. Hold us in your gentle embrace. Amen.

Sending you a warm embrace and wishing you good health,

Theresa M. Bertram

Chief Executive Officer

May 4, 2021

Dear residents, loved ones and team,

It has been a few weeks so, there is lots of news to share.

There are a few noteworthy changes in leadership. Dave Merkley, Administrator at Bethel Home, has returned to work for his former employer. We wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his career.

Kelly Fitzpatrick has been promoted from Eden Meadows to Bethel Home to become its new administrator. Kelly has been a leader on the Miravida Living team since 2012, serving as administrator at Gabriel’s Villa, then, as administrator at Eden and now at Bethel Home. We are blessed by her presence, steady leadership, and genuine care for residents, loved ones and our team. Welcome, Kelly!

As we search for a licensed administrator for Eden Meadows, I will serve as the interim administrator allowing me to provide leadership as we continue our search, which began in March, and work with the team throughout the recruitment and onboarding process. This morning, I met with the Eden team and learned more about their dedication to our residents, their loved ones, and one another. We are certainly blessed by their caring approach and unwavering commitment to excellence.

We are one step closer to being able to offer vaccinations through our in-house pharmacy. Watch the website for news on when appointments for vaccinations will be available. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services now permits vaccinated residents and vaccinated staff to be together without socially distancing or wearing a mask. In order for us to take this next step, we need everyone to be vaccinated. We strongly encourage residents and team members who are not vaccinated to do so. You will be safer, our residents and other team members will be safer, and our time together would reflect the heart of Miravida Living – embracing friendships and togetherness without social distancing or masks.

We are preparing to launch this year’s Cycling Without Age season. Wheel & Sprocket has agreed to be our partner for providing safety checks and maintaining our rickshaws. The safety checks are scheduled for later this week. Once the weather is consistently warmer, our seven rickshaws will be out and about. Make sure to share a wave with our residents and volunteer pilots when you see them.

Finally, Sunday is Mother’s Day. It is a special day for the mothers that live with us. In years past, we offered buffets and reservations for lunch. We are unable to do so this year. We know you understand and will make the day special for your loved ones in your own unique way.

Heavenly Father, thank you for our increased awareness of the importance of community and the ability to be with one another. We are filled with anticipation and excitement as we move away from the isolation we experienced last year. We are grateful for the possibilities and opportunities ahead. We pray for your presence in all that we think and do. Amen.

For all the wonderful women in our lives who love with a mother’s heart, we wish you a wonderful Mother’s Day. We remember too all the women who cared for us, have passed away, and remain in our hearts.

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

April 13, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

The transitions continue …

We are excited to welcome visitors without appointments seven-days-a-week, at any time during our designated visiting hours:

• Bethel Home – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Eden Meadows – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Gabriel’s Villa – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Elijah’s Place – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We no longer offer testing but require visitors to follow infection control practices. Therefore, if you are experiencing any symptoms, signs of infection or your temperature is 100.4 degrees, please do not visit. All visitors are required to complete the trace log. When visiting, please remember to wear a mask, stay 6 feet away from others, go directly to and from your loved one’s room, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water.

While visits are still limited to 2 visitors, children over two years old are able to visit provided they can comply with the core principles of infection prevention including wearing a mask. For ease in compliance, we recommend families consider taking advantage of one of our other visiting options. We continue to offer video, safe space, and window visits, all of which can be scheduled on our website.

This exciting news needs to be tempered by the rising positivity rate which is now 4.2%. If you have not already done so, we strongly urge you to get vaccinated when eligible to do so. You will be safer and so, will those around you.

Heavenly Father, show us who is thirsty. Give us the strength to lift up the cup of your love and do all we do in remembrance of you and the way you were when you walked this earth. Amen.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 across the Miravida Living campus. On April 11, there were 897 new cases which is a 33 percent increase from the average two weeks ago. In Winnebago County, there have been 20,698 cases, Fond du Lac 13,355 cases and Outagamie 22,965 cases. The community positivity rate is 4.2%.

Wishing you a Blessed Holy Week and Easter,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

March 30, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

This Holy Week, let us receive His mercy and grace.

We are in a transitional time – opening up for in-person visits while still keeping people protected from a deadly virus. In-person visits are currently permitted in resident rooms at Bethel Home and Eden Meadows and in the sunroom at Elijah’s Place. We are also offering communal dining and activities with some restrictions. With an employee testing positive at Gabriel’s Villa, in-room visits have been suspended and we are offering safe space visits. Communal dining and activities have also been suspended. Today, residents and staff of Gabriel’s Villa will be tested again. We are hopeful the test results are negative allowing us to restore visits, communal dining and activities. If negative, residents would be able to go out for Easter. If not, we discourage making plans to be together.

Residents leaving campus to join in these gatherings can be picked up at the front door of their building. Please wait for a Miravida Team Member as they will assist your loved one to the doors to meet you, this will minimize traffic and the possibility of increased exposure to COVID throughout our buildings. If possible, contact your loved one and their care team a few days in advance so they may plan accordingly.

For families and friends making plans to get together, guidance for having safer visits includes wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowded indoor spaces, and washing your hands frequently with soap and water.

Just as the snow melts and the promise of spring unfolds, we are experiencing a new energy across campus. This week, we are reopening the dining room at Carmel Residence with some restrictions. We are awaiting guidance on reopening the common areas at Carmel and Simeannas. To support the momentum, if you have not already done so, we strongly urge you to get vaccinated when you are eligible to do so. You will be safer and so, will those around you.

Heavenly Father, you have loved us with unstoppable love. Help us to grow in trust, to be more courageous in love, and live boldly in the face of the many demands and challenges yet to come. Let us not yearn to return to the times and ways you have liberated us from, and may we forge ahead with the enthusiasm of adventures beginning a new expedition. Lead on Lord and let us discover together what lies ahead. Amen.   `Chaplain David Rumbold

Last week, an employee at Gabriel’s Villa tested positive. GV residents and employees were tested last week and will be tested again this week. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 673 new cases of COVID-19 per day which is a 21 percent increase from the average two weeks ago. In Winnebago County, there are 20,344 cases, Fond du Lac 13,259 cases and Outagamie 22,473 cases. The community positivity rate is 2.3%.

Wishing you a Blessed Holy Week and Easter,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

March 2, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

We are writing today with exciting news. By next week, we will be moving from our Safe Space visits to in-person visits at Bethel Home, Eden Meadows, Gabriel’s Villa and Elijah’s Place. As you might guess, there are lots of conditions directed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the State Department of Health Services. The community positivity rate must continue to be below 10% and we cannot be in an active outbreak. Core principles are provided on the back of this letter.

Preparing for In-Room visits:

  • A maximum of 2 visitors per visit. Must be 16 years old or older.
  • Children continue to be able to visit by scheduling a Safe Space visit. Pets are not permitted.
  • Food is not permitted.
  • A reservation is required and can be made online at https://www.miravidaliving.com/schedule-a-resident-visit/ or by calling the building where your loved one lives.
  • Proof of a recent COVID test (within 24 hours) or taking a rapid anti-gen test before entering the facility. Anti-gen test results take about 15-minutes.
  • Have no symptoms.
  • Complete the trace log.
  • Complete COVID-19 training (first visit).
  • Complete covenant agreement. This required agreement is included as part of the scheduling process.
  • Wear a mask. Socially distance. Disinfect as needed.
  • Staff will accompany you directly to and from your loved one’s room with the exception of Elijah’s Place where visits will be in the sunroom. While you may be interested in visiting residents or staff you miss, this is not the time to do so.

We want to begin the visits by offering 1-hour time blocks. For loved ones traveling a long distance, we will try to accommodate a longer visit. Please contact the Life Enrichment Coordinator where your loved one resides.

For residents of Carmel and the Simeannas, we will seek guidance from the health department regarding reopening the common spaces once vaccinations are complete and 14-days have elapsed to provide for full protection.

Heavenly Father, we call on you to pour out your spirit upon us. Fill us with your love, cause us to be worthy ambassadors of your kingdom, faithful in prayer, speaking truth and loving those who are in need. Amen

This week, there were no positive test results. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 734 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 19,738 cases, Fond du Lac 13,046 cases and Outagamie 21,610 cases. The community positivity rate is 3%.

Sending you a warm embrace and wishing you good health,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

February 16, 2021

Residents, loved ones and team,

For nearly a year, I have started writing a letter to you on Sunday evening or Monday morning. The letter is built around clear information on COVID, its presence in our community, and our response. In order to make certain the statistics are current, I wait for their release on Monday. Staff review the letter for correctness and completeness. It is finalized, proofread, and printed. A team of Bethel Home residents cheerfully fold and stuff the letters. The letters are stamped, sealed, and sent.

In response, we have received letters, notes, voice mail, thoughtful cards, and even, Christmas cards. Occasionally, a letter or note was critical of our work. Overwhelmingly, the messages supported our strategies and expressed gratitude for all that we are doing. Some notes came at our low points and lifted our spirits. All of your communications are appreciated.

As the virus eases and vaccinations are underway, there is less and less to write about. With this letter, we plan to move away from a weekly letter to an occasional communication. The latest information is always available on our website and Facebook posts. Specific information about future vaccination clinics will be provided as a door drop to our residents.

While the road ahead is unknown, we know you will be there every step of the way. Many, many prayers have been offered and answered. We are blessed by our community of residents and loved ones who genuinely care about one another. Our team has stepped up and provided excellent care under stressful, extraordinary circumstances. We have learned who we are when we are at our best in the worst of days. The journey has been hard, there have been lives lost, and lives forever changed. Yet, by the grace of God, we are transformed, strengthened, and prepared for today and tomorrow.

Heavenly Father,

With the pandemic waning but still at our door steps, we ask for your continued vigilance over us.
We are comforted by your presence.

As light emerges, we are beginning a new day, a new time of hope and joy.
We are on our knees grateful for being richly blessed by you while in the throes of our response to the pandemic.

Thank you for blessing us and enabling us to move forward.

Amen

This week, there were no positive test results. Over the past week in Wisconsin, there has been an average of 919 new cases of COVID-19 per day. In Winnebago County, there are 19,427 cases, Fond du Lac 12,818 cases and Outagamie 21,158 cases. The community positivity rate is 5.5%.

Sending you a warm embrace and wishing you good health,

Theresa M. Bertram
Chief Executive Officer

An archive of our past Coronavirus related messages and communications shared with our Miravida Living community are below on the calendar. Select a date to view the delivered communication message.

MIRAVIDA COMMUNICATIONS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS

The COVID 19 vaccine is not a live virus, meaning it cannot give you COVID 19. The goal is to teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. Sometimes this process can cause symptoms, such as fever. These symptoms are normal and are a sign that the body is building immunity.

Our Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) are scheduled to receive the first dose of the vaccine on January 4th with the support of our vaccination partner, Walgreens.

The COVID 19 vaccine is a mRNA vaccine (Messenger RNA vaccine). It does not affect or interact with our DNA in any way. It never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA (genetic material) is kept. The cell breaks down and gets rid of the mRNA soon after it is finished using the information to fight the virus.

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

Miravida Living staff and residents will be getting the Moderna vaccine.

You can receive the vaccine 2 weeks after having a positive COVID test.

Yes. The effectiveness of the vaccine is 95%. To maintain safety of the entire Miravida Living community, testing will continue.

Yes, until we have further guidance from CDC

No, not right away. We need to fully understand the effectiveness of the vaccinations and their impact on our community before being able to change the way we offer dining services and activities.

Click HERE to access an informational document that provides more details about the vaccine. This document was provided to us by Walgreens (our vaccination partner) and developed by Moderna.

  • https://www.modernatx.com/covid19vaccine-eua/recipients/
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/vaccine-benefits/facts.html
  • https://www.leadingage.org/regulation/vaccines-interview-dr-joshua-sharfstein
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/mrna.html
  • https://www.fda.gov/media/144638/download

GENERAL 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.​

We have been approved for in-person visits in our Safe Space areas (areas designated for visiting with plastic barriers to keep residents and staff safe). To schedule a visit, click HERE.

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.