Here are some upcoming events planned for our team. We invite you to participate and know that when you allow yourself to enjoy these team moments, your joy becomes contagious and we all benefit... residents as well as those around you. 

Pet costumes have been submitted! This week, vote for your favorite pet (only vote once) HERE. Voting ends Oct. 30. The winning pet will receive a special pet basket prize!

SUBIT YOUR PHOTO HERE | Your Working With Wonder Team has brewed up some spooktacular Halloween fun! Grab a few co-workers OR dress up as an individual on Friday, October 30. On October 30, you will find a link here to submit your photos. Photos must be submitted by midnight on October 31. (If you are not working on 10/30, you can still submit a picture to be entered in the contest!) Judging will take place on Monday, November 2nd.

Two prizes will be awarded: the winning group costume will receive a pizza party lunch, and the winning individual costume will receive a gift card!



Watch for a some fun supplies, coming soon. Because behind every incredible employee, is an incredible WEB of support. We are grateful for our team as well as their extended family and friends who find a way to WEAVE your way into their hearts to provide a safe and comfortable place for rest. Before the Halloween weekend, we invite you to spend some time together crafting a fun decorative spider web.

Stay tuned for upcoming appreciation lunches. Miravida is planning to provide lunch soon in gratefulness for your work, dedication and commitment to our residents. Thank you for bringing your best each day.​


Bethel Home Admissions Announcement | In consultation with the Miravida Living Board, we will begin 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... READ THE FULL ANNOUNCEMENT HERE.


October 28, 2020  // This past week, 2 residents at Bethel Home and 1 health care worker tested positive for COVID. Yesterday, we learned of a resident living at the Simeanna Apartments testing positive for COVID.  This is a reminder to our housing residents to be vigilant about all COVID precautions.  We also learned of an employee working at Eden Meadows testing positive. And today, we received a positive result from a Gabriel's Villa employee, who is now recovering at home. Please be assured we are deploying all infection control precautions to keep our residents and team members safe.  We are keeping all those with COVID in our thoughts and prayers.


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 by visiting our Coronavirus Resource page.​


OSHKOSH LOCATION | LEARN MORE: A new regional COVID-19 testing site is at Sunnyview Expo Center located at 500 E County Road Y, Oshkosh, Wis. Testing is free and will be conducted by the Wisconsin Army National Guard.


NEENAH LOCATION | LEARN MORE: In an effort to expand access to testing for those living in our region, the U.S. Surgeon General, ThedaCare, HHS and other community partners opened a COVID testing location at ThedaCare Physicians-Neenah located at 333 North Green Bay Road, Neenah, WI.



Let’s begin with defining close contact, CLOSE CONTACT (according to the CDC) means contact with an individual less than 6 feet from you for more than 15 minutes at a time.

  • Person with COVID-19 who is symptomatic: infectious period would start 2 days before their symptom onset and ends when they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation; can be laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness. ​If you had close contact with this person the two days before their symptom onset or any other time during their infectious period you need to quarantine for 14 days. 
  • Person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory-confirmed) but has not had any symptoms:
    quarantine would start 2 days before the date of specimen collection and ends when they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation. ​If you had close contact with this person the two days before they tested positive or any other time during their infectious period you need to quarantine for 14 days. 

Please note in health care we are wearing full PPE, meaning if your close contact is at work wearing full PPE it would not count as a close contact.

Note: This is irrespective of whether the person with COVID-19 or the contact was wearing a mask or whether the contact was wearing respiratory personal protective equipment (PPE)

Are you able to have complete* separation from the sick person in your home?

  • NO: Released from quarantine 14 days after the sick person is well
  • YES: Released from quarantine 14 days after our last contact with the sick person

*Complete separation means no contact, no time together in the same room, no sharing of any spaces, such as using the same bathroom.

Anyone who has tested positive will resume universal testing with everyone else after 90 days since their positive test result. 

Below is the symptom-based strategy for determining when a Miravida Living employee can return to work.

Employee with mild to moderate illness who are not severely immunocompromised:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

Note: Employees who are not severely immunocompromised and were asymptomatic throughout their infection may return to work when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test. If employee has moderate to critical illness or who are severely immunocompromised return time may vary.



Universal testing will continue per the recommendations of the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Winnebago County Health Department. Please watch your building for signage with test times and locations.​

Mask wearing can create communication challenges with elders and people with dementia. When embraced intentionally, the following ABC mnemonic can help:

  • Attend mindfully: Focus your attention before a visit. Align nonverbal signaling with your spoken message. “If we don’t practice the habit of underlining everything we say with gestures and pantomime, the message we convey might be harder to interpret.”
  • Behave calmly: Approach elders from the front and respect personal space, but drop down to meet them at eye level. Refrain from sudden movements to avoid creating distress. “Project a positive, calm attitude and avoid body language that shows frustration, anger, or impatience, while trying not to interrupt them and give them your full attention.”
  • Communicate clearly: Avoid noise and overwhelming stimulus and make sure the senior is wearing glasses or hearing aids, if needed. Slowly communicate one point at a time. Use short, simple sentences and underline your words with gestures. Keep your voice even, tone gentle, and speech slow. Speak louder, if needed, because lip-reading cues are absent with a mask.

DO NOT ENTER a Miravida building unless you work in that building. Crossing buildings for ANY reason is not allowed!​

As we continue to navigate the diagnosis at Eden Meadows, it is imperative that we (the Miravida Team), collectively provide a consistent and factual message to our residents, families and the larger community. To ensure we maintain the integrity which Miravida Living was built on, we are asking you to help STOP THE RUMORS about this diagnosis and refer all inquiries to our website or Theresa Bertram. ​

In the past few weeks, there has been an abundance of sacrifice on the part of this team. You continue to show up and offer your best self to the residents and your fellow team members. You are inspiring and what you do matters… to Miravida, to the community and in this world. Thank you, it is an honor to witness such bravery and commitment.​




These masks are intended to provide necessary safety to our team and residents, but you've quickly made them fashionable. Looking good Miravida team... looking good.


The Miravida Living Working With Wonder team encourages you to continue to be mindful of your own health. Please feel free to reference the ideas that were on your bingo card back in April. Working With Wonder is a team dedicated to providing employees with opportunities to get engaged in the Miravida Living culture through activities, challenges, and special treats every month at each building. Please contact Emily Schwartz at 920-232-5278 or if you are interested in joining the committee. Continue to check Miravida Moments and flyers in your buildings for each month’s activity. We are excited to work with you, and for you! 


Miravida Living Team, here you can find both internal and community resources to help you navigate through this time. Sending you heartfelt thanks for the care and services you are providing for our residents and the support you are giving to one another.


This free community closet contains different items that might be useful to you in your time of need. It's open and available 24/7 and is located in the Bethel Home Basement across from the employee lounge.


Every one of our employees are crucial members of the Miravida Living Team. While you are providing the best care and attention to our residents, it is important that you are taking care of yourselves. Please see the below resources that you can use for emotional support and strength. Your Mental Health is a priority- please, reach out - you're worth it. A list of available resources can be downloaded below.


Let's see those Halloween costumes! Submit your photos on October 30-31. Judging will be completed over the weekend and winners announced November 2! Good luck!


I am witnessing your commitment to our residents and one another. While proud of you every day, today, I am inspired by you. The journey ahead is likely to be months and I know we will weather the challenges together. Take care of your health so, you can take care of the residents counting on us to be at our best. 💜 Theresa Bertram, CEO

If you have questions or concerns? Don't hesitate to reach out.

Kari Hawkinson, VP Human Resources

Miravida Living

(920) 232-5216