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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

September 25, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

Hope Health / Hope Senior remains with no current positive cases of COVID-19 in staff, residents or tenants and as of last Saturday, is off of outbreak status! We have no clusters of 3 or more staff, residents or tenants exhibiting symptoms at this time. All results from last week’s required testing came back negative.

Please see the table for our current confirmed case breakdown:

COVID-19 infection chart
Hope continues to stay in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. Our Infection Prevention team at Hope continues to review guidance to ensure we are putting procedures in place to keep our residents, tenants and staff safe.

With no longer being on outbreak status, our team members are able to wear surgical masks while in the facility instead of N95s or KN95s. For contact or care with residents/tenants on observation isolation (suspected for COVID-19 due to newly admitted or those that returned from an event or appointment off campus), N95 or KN95 masks are still worn. Team members with direct contact with residents/tenants continue to wear disinfected scrubs/cloth gowns along with eye protection.

We will continue our outdoor visitation through October. We have planned to keep our residents/tenants comfortable with additional heating and a plexiglass shield added to the current visitation area. Visitors should plan to dress for the cooler weather. October visitation times will be posted soon; those on the email update list will receive a notice when times are open for reservation at: https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE. Please call if you need assistance with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4386.

During scheduled visitation, family and friends are welcome to drop off 1 grocery size bag of items (snacks, magazines, toiletries) and our team will disinfect the items prior to giving to your loved one. We continue to accept deliveries of packages from USPS, UPS and FedEx. Our wish list is still available if you would like to send a care package to our residents/tenants or team. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title

Our team is here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for a video chat.

Our infection prevention team at Hope continues to review the new guidance issued by CMS late last week regarding in-facility visitation and is working on the planning, policies, and procedures involved with safely facilitating the resident’s/tenant’s designated essential visitor at both Hope Health and Hope Senior.

Our beautician, Donna returned last week and has started providing salon services to our residents and tenants again under strict precautions. We are so excited to have her back! It may take some time for her to catch up on the perms, haircuts, sets, etc. so we appreciate the patience and understanding from our residents/tenants and their families. Please call me at 920-269-4386 if you need to know your loved one’s available funds for salon services.

Hope Health and Hope Senior is also working on policies and procedures for socially distanced, small group activities and communal dining anticipated to start the first of October.

All of these recent changes to promote our resident’s and tenant’s psychosocial wellbeing are dependent not only on our facility’s COVID-19 status but also the county’s positivity rate. We cannot emphasize enough the importance for our team, our residents/tenants and their loved ones and also the community to continue to take measures to stop the transmission of COVID-19. Wear a mask or face covering when out in public, avoid crowds, practice diligent hand hygiene and continue to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

September 18, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

Hope Health / Hope Senior currently has no current positive cases of COVID-19 in staff, residents or tenants! Additionally, we have no clusters of 3 or more staff, residents or tenants exhibiting symptoms at this time. All results from last week’s required testing of residents and staff came back negative.

Staff members and residents at Hope Health were tested this week per the new CMS testing requirements. The frequency of testing at Hope is based off of the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate; Dodge County remains at 6.9% which indicates we are to test weekly. Also, under the updated testing guidance, Hope will test both staff and residents every 3-7 days until we are cleared of our outbreak status (14-days free of new positive cases).

If a resident/tenant does test positive, we will direly contact the residents/tenant and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We will also send a message to those on our COVID-19 email update list as well as post an announcement on our website and Facebook page. Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

Please see the table for our current confirmed case breakdown:

Hope continues to stay in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. Our Infection Prevention team at Hope continues to review guidance to ensure we are putting procedures in place to keep our resident, tenants and staff safe.

All team members continue to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes a N95 or KN95 masks for all team members while in the facility. Team members with direct contact with residents/tenants additionally wear disinfected scrubs/cloth gowns along with eye protection. We are grateful to the families that have donated gowns, gloves, masks, disinfectant and hand sanitizer to help support our efforts at preventing the transmission of COVID-19 throughout our building.

We are planning to continue our outdoor visitation and our infection team is working on a plan for visits as the weather gets colder. We will send an update via email and post on our Facebook page when plans have been approved and finalized. Visits can be reserved at: https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE. October visitation times will be posted soon. Please call if you need assistance with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4386. Additional guidance has just come out this week regarding in-facility visitation. Our team is reviewing the guidance and will consult with our Medical Director on how and when this can be safely done at Hope.

Before each scheduled visit, a pre-screening needs to be conducted within 24 hours in addition to the screening done at arrival for your visit. If this pre-screening is not done, the visitation will be cancelled. You may receive this pre-screening by phone call or email. We also need to know if any additional visitors will be joining for the scheduled visit as we will need to pre-screen those visitors as well.

During scheduled visitation, family and friends are welcome to drop off 1 grocery size bag of items (snacks, magazines, toiletries) and our team will disinfect the items prior to giving to your loved one. We continue to accept deliveries of packages from USPS, UPS and FedEx.

Hope Health and Hope Senior also continue to pick up flowers/gifts for our residents/tenants every Thursday from Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540). Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira. Flowers/gifts are picked up at 4pm so please plan your orders accordingly.

Our team is here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for a video chat.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

September 11, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

Hope Health / Hope Senior currently has one (1) staff member on quarantine at home that is positive for COVID-19. This staff member had been one of the cluster of 3 or more staff members reported last week to be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The other team member’s symptoms have resolved and COVID test returned negative. The positive staff member will not return to work until cleared by Hope’s infection prevention team and the Dodge County Department of Health. We have no clusters of 3 or more staff, residents or tenants exhibiting symptoms at this time.

As noted in the update last week, CMS issued an interim rule that requires nursing homes to routinely test staff for COVID-19 which became effective on September 2nd. The frequency of testing is based off of the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate. Currently, Dodge County is at 6.9% which indicates we are to test staff members weekly. We have received testing supplies again and tested all staff members along with Hope Health residents this last Wednesday. Under the updated testing guidance, Hope will test staff and residents every 3-7 days until we are cleared of our outbreak status (14-days free of new positive cases).

Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:

COVID-19 Data

Hope continues to stay in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 such as:

  • Follow up testing encouraged for all residents/tenants after a confirmed case
  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Creating a separate unit for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Plans to install a sealed barrier to further promote infection control
  • Utilizing disposable products when possible for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Staff utilizing N95 masks when caring for COVID-19 positive residents and when there is a positive case confirmed in a staff member
  • Face coverings required for all visitors when on Hope grounds.

All team members continue to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) which includes a N95 or KN95 masks for all team members while in the facility. Team members with direct contact with residents/tenants additionally wear disinfected scrubs/cloth gowns along with eye protection. We are grateful to the families that have donated gowns, gloves, masks, disinfectant and hand sanitizer to help support our efforts at preventing the transmission of COVID-19 throughout our building.

Scheduled visitation will still be able to continue for the time being. Hope will be required to cancel all visitation if a resident/tenants tests positive for COVID-19. Visits can be reserved at: https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE.  We will reach out to each visitor prior to the visitation to conduct a symptom pre-screening as well as a screening at arrival to our facility. Please call if you need assistance with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4386.

Family and friends will be allowed to drop off 1 grocery size bag of items (snacks, magazines, toiletries) during the scheduled visit and our team will disinfect the items prior to giving to your loved one. We continue to accept deliveries of packages from USPS, UPS and FedEx. We also continue to pick up flowers/gifts for our residents/tenants from Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540). Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira. Flowers/gifts are picked up every Thursday at 4pm so please plan your orders accordingly.

Our team is here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for a video chat.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

September 4, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

As reported with our update last week, a newly confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member placed Hope Health and Hope Senior back on COVID positive status and prompted the testing of Hope Health residents. All resident tests came back negative. However, one additional staff member that had already been on quarantine at home tested positive late last week. Additionally, there is one cluster of 3 or more staff members exhibiting symptoms. All COVID positive staff members and those exhibiting symptoms will remain on quarantine at home and will not return to work until cleared by our infection team at Hope and by Dodge County Public Health. Hope continues to stay in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

All positive COVID cases in staff members at Hope thus far had been traced to contacts in the community. No cases have been found to be due to transmission between co-workers.

No residents or tenants have tested positive for COVID-19 at Hope Health or Hope Senior since the start of the pandemic. Our current testing guideline for residents is: when there is a newly diagnosed case in a staff member or resident/tenant when the facility has been COVID free for 14 days or when a resident/tenant is exhibiting signs symptoms of COVID-19 and other possible diagnoses have been ruled out. 

Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:

Last week, CMS issued an interim rule that requires nursing homes to routinely test staff for COVID-19 effective September 2nd. The frequency of testing is based off of the county’s COVID-19 positivity rate. Currently, Dodge County is at 5% which indicates we must test our staff members 1x per week. We have been able to order testing supplies again and Hope will resume mandatory testing of all staff members next week.

All team members continue to wear N95 or KN95 masks while in the facility and continue to wear disinfected scrubs/cloth gowns along with eye protection when in direct contact with residents or tenants. N95 masks, KN95 masks, latex gloves, disposable gowns and Lysol or Clorox Spray remain especially challenging for us to obtain. This PPE (personal protective equipment) and disinfecting equipment is essential for us to provide safe care to those we serve and to protect our team. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items. We are so very grateful to the families that have donated these items and made calls on our behalf to help support our efforts at preventing the transmission of COVID-19 throughout our building.

Scheduled visitation will still be able to continue for the time being.  Visits can be scheduled at: https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE.  We will reach out to each visitor prior to the visitation to conduct a symptom pre-screening as well as a screening at arrival to our facility. Please call if you need assistance with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4386. Family and friends will be allowed to drop off 1 grocery size bag of items (snacks, magazines, toiletries) during the scheduled visit and our team will disinfect the items prior to giving to your loved one. We continue to accept deliveries of packages from USPS, UPS and FedEx. Our residents/tenants have enjoyed receiving comfort items delivered right to the facility.

Face coverings/masks are required when on our facility grounds whether it be for the outdoor scheduled visits or entrance into the facility for compassionate care end of life visitation. Please, pass this information along to other family members that may not receive these updates.

We have received recent guidance from the Division of Quality Assurance for On-Site Hair Salon and Barber services and are working to get those amenities back for our residents and tenants soon!

Our team is here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for a video chat.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Please take extra precautions this Labor Day weekend with travel and gatherings. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

August 27, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

We have learned today that a member of our team that had been on self-quarantine at home has tested positive for COVID-19. This team member been out of our facility since Sunday and will not be allowed to return to work until cleared by the Dodge County Health Department. With news of this positive test result, all residents at Hope Health have been swabbed for testing today.

Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:

Hope is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Creating a separate unit for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Plans to install a sealed barrier to further promote infection control
  • Dropping off necessary items for the designated unit via minimal contact strategies
  • Utilizing disposable products when possible for our COVID-19 positive or suspected residents

All team members are back to wearing N95 or KN95 masks while in the facility and continue to wear disinfected scrubs/cloth gowns along with eye protection when in direct contact with residents or tenants.

Staff were unable to receive testing this week as our facility has been limited on the number of testing supplies available. Our infection team had decided to prioritize our limited supplies for the testing of residents/tenants should a positive case be reported or suspected or if there is a newly reported positive staff member, such as the case today.

N95 masks, KN95 masks, latex gloves, disposable gowns and Lysol or Clorox Spray remain especially challenging for us to obtain. This PPE (personal protective equipment) and disinfecting equipment is essential for us to provide safe care to those we serve and to protect our team. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items. We are so very grateful to the families that have donated these items to help support our efforts at preventing the transmission of COVID-19 throughout our building.

Scheduled visitation will still be able to continue for the time being. Should a resident or tenant test positive for COVID-19, we will need to place future visits on hold until Hope returns to COVID negative status. These carefully planned visitation times for our residents and tenants are available at https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE.  We will reach out to each visitor prior to the visitation to conduct a symptom pre-screening as well as a screening at arrival to our facility. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering and please do not visit if you are ill. Residents or tenants on COVID-19 precautionary observation will not be able to have visitors. Please call to inquire about your loved one’s ability to have visitors or to have a team member assist you with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4386.

Starting in September, family members will be able to drop off items (snacks, magazines, toiletries) for our residents and tenants during the scheduled visitation times. Please limit the number of items to 1 bag in order to allow our team time to properly disinfect prior to giving to your loved one. We continue to accept deliveries of packages from USPS, UPS and FedEx. Our residents/tenants have enjoyed receiving comfort items delivered right to the facility.

We are here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

August 21, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

We remain COVID-19 free for residents/tenants and staff at Hope Health and Hope Senior. There are no clusters of 3 or more residents/tenants or staff with respiratory symptoms at our facilities at this time.

Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:
COVID-19 table
Team members wear surgical masks when in our facility and disinfected scrubs/cloth gowns along with eye protection when in direct contact with residents or tenants. The team continues to wear N95 or KN95 masks for any contact with residents/tenants on observation isolation (newly admitted residents/tenants or those that returned from an event or appointment off campus). Staff will continue to get tested every other week as long as we can receive the testing kits.

N95 masks, KN95 masks, latex gloves, disposable gowns and Lysol or Clorox Spray are especially challenging for us to obtain. This PPE (personal protective equipment) and disinfecting equipment is essential for us to provide safe care to those we serve and to protect our team. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

We know you are missing your loved ones, but it is crucial that we continue to limit visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. Carefully planned visitation times for our residents and tenants are available on https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE.  All visitors will be required to wear a face covering. Please do not visit if you are ill. We need to limit visitation sign ups to 2 per month for each visitor so we can ensure all family member have a fair opportunity see their loved ones. Residents or tenants on COVID-19 precautionary observation will not be able to have visitors. Please call to inquire about your loved one’s ability to have visitors or to have a team member assist you with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4386.

Starting in September, family members will be able to drop off items (snacks, magazines, toiletries) for our residents and tenants during the scheduled visitation times. Please limit the number of items to 1 bag in order to allow our team time to properly disinfect prior to giving to your loved one. We continue to accept deliveries of packages from USPS, UPS and FedEx. Our residents/tenants have enjoyed receiving comfort items delivered right to the facility.

We are here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

Our Amazon wish list is still available if you would like to contribute a treat for our residents or hard-working team. Thanks to all that continue to gift our residents and staff with your generosity! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

August 14, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

We are pleased to report that we remain COVID free for residents/tenants and staff at Hope Health and Hope Senior. There are no clusters of 3 or more residents/tenants or staff with respiratory symptoms at our facilities at this time.

Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:

Current COVID Data

Being COVID- 19 free, our staff was relieved to be able to switch back to using surgical masks when in our facility. All team members continue to wear disinfected scrubs/cloth gowns and eye protection when in direct contact with all residents or tenants. We continue to wear N95 or N95 masks for any contact with residents/tenants on observation isolation (newly admitted residents/tenants or those that returned from an appointment off campus).

N95 masks, KN95 masks, latex gloves and disposable gowns and now Lysol or Clorox Spray are challenging for us to obtain. This PPE (personal protective equipment) and disinfecting equipment is essential for us to provide safe care to those we serve and to protect our team. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

Our residents and tenants have been delighted with the recent family visits. Visitation times are available on Hope’s Signup.com events page under Hope Health and Hope Senior Visit: https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE. Reminder that visitations are planned with strict COVID-19 precautions, so please be sure to wear a face covering and do not visit if you are ill. September visitation times will be posted on our Signup page on August 15th. We will need to start limiting the sign ups to 2 per month for each visitor in order to ensure all family member have a fair opportunity to sign up to see their loved ones. Please call and speak with one of our team members at Hope if you need assistance with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4386.

We continue to support ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone calls, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for video chats.

Hope Health and Hope Senior continue to team with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) for special gifts and flowers for your loved ones. Our team has arranged to pick up these items weekly to deliver safely at Hope. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira. Flowers/gifts are picked up every Thursday at 4pm so please plan your orders accordingly.

We are hoping to plan another Drive By and Wave Event soon! Stay posted for more information in the next few weeks.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

August 7, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

We are happy to report that we currently are COVID free for residents/tenants and staff at Hope Health and Hope Senior. Additionally, there are no clusters of 3 or more residents/tenants or staff with respiratory symptoms at our facilities at this time.

Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:

Hope remains in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19 such as:

  • Follow up testing encouraged for all residents/tenants after a confirmed case
  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Creating a separate unit for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Plans to install a sealed barrier to further promote infection control
  • Dropping off necessary items for the designated unit via contactless strategies
  • Utilizing disposable products when possible for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Staff utilizing N95 masks when caring for COVID-19 positive residents and when there is a positive case confirmed in a staff member
  • Any staff member with prolonged exposure of a COVID positive person out in the community is placed on quarantine at home and not able to return to work for 14 days.

All team members continue to wear N95 masks along with gowns/disinfected scrubs and eye protection when in contact with our residents and tenants. N95 masks, KN95 masks, latex gloves and disposable gowns continue to be a challenge for us to obtain. This PPE (personal protective equipment) is essential for us to provide safe care to those we serve and to protect our team. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

Our visits between residents/tenants and their families have been very successful. These visits are carefully planned with strict COVID precautions in place. Visitation times are available on Hope’s Signup.com events page under Hope Health and Hope Senior Visit: https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE. Please call and speak with one of our team members at Hope if you need assistance with signing up for a visitation time: vc920-269-4386. There are several slots remaining yet for visits this month. September visitation times will be posted on our Signup page on August 15th.

We continue to support ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone calls, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for video chats.

Hope Health and Hope Senior continue to team with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) for special gifts and flowers for your loved ones. Our team has arranged to pick up these items weekly to deliver safely at Hope. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira. Flowers/gifts are picked up every Thursday at 4pm so please plan your orders accordingly.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

July 31, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

We are pleased to announce that there are no current confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at Hope Health and Hope Senior! Likewise, there are no clusters of 3 or more residents/tenants or staff with respiratory symptoms at our facilities at this time.

Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:

COVID-19 Breakdown

Hope remains in close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

All team members continue to wear N95 masks along with gowns/disinfected scrubs and eye protection when in contact with our residents and tenants. N95 masks, KN95 masks, latex gloves and disposable gowns continue to be a challenge for us to obtain. This PPE (personal protective equipment) is essential for us to provide safe care to those we serve and to protect our team. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

We were excited to start visitation again for our family and friends this week. These visits are carefully planned with strict COVID precautions in place. Our original plan for visits occurring through a designated window with communication through a speaker device unfortunately didn’t go as smoothly as planned. We sincerely apologize to those first few visitors that had trouble speaking with their loved one. We have since decided to move forward with socially distanced, face to face visits. Visitation times are available on Hope’s Signup.com events page under Hope Health and Hope Senior Visit: https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE. Please call and speak with one of our team members at Hope if you need assistance with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4386.

Our next scheduled Drive By Drop Off Event for difficult to ship gifts/items planned for August 9th. You can find more details on our Signup.com events page. Please note that we continue to accept items for our residents and tenants through USPS, UPS and FedEx deliveries and have processes in place to properly disinfect all items received.

Please join us for our annual Brat/Burger Fry coming up August 6th, 7th and 8th from 10am-6pm. We will be holding it be drive-thru style in our parking lot behind Hope Health. Please help spread the word as this event is our largest fundraiser for our Activity Fund at Hope Health and Hope Senior.

We continue to support ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for video chats.

Hope Health and Hope Senior continue to team with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) for special gifts and flowers for your loved ones. Our team has arranged to pick up these items weekly to deliver safely at Hope. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira. Flowers/gifts are picked up every Thursday at 4pm so please plan your orders accordingly.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNH
Administrator

July 24, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

Hope Health and Hope Senior continue to takes strides to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. While there have been several cases of staff members testing positive since the start of the pandemic, we have had no cases of COVID-19 in any of our residents or tenants here at Hope. At this time, no residents/tenants are showing signs of COVID-19.

Since our update on July 20th, one of the two COVID-19 confirmed staff members has been cleared by Dodge County Public Health to return to work and one remains on self-quarantine at home. There are no clusters of 3 or more residents/tenants or staff with respiratory symptoms at our facilities at this time.

Please see the table for our current confirmed case breakdown:

COVI-19 Stats

Hope remains in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

All team members continue to wear N95 masks along with gowns/disinfected scrubs and eye protection when in contact with our residents and tenants. N95 masks, KN95 masks, latex gloves and disposable gowns continue to be a challenge for us to obtain. This PPE (personal protective equipment) is essential for us to provide safe care to those we serve and to protect our team. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

Hope Health and Hope Senior are thrilled to announce the start of in-person visits for our residents and tenants! These visits will be planned with COVID prevention in mind and with strict precautions in place. Visitation times are available on Hope’s Signup.com events page under Hope Health and Hope Senior Visit: https://signup.com/go/nsgJOQE. Please call and speak with one of our team members at Hope if you need assistance with signing up for a visitation time: 920-269-4396.

All other visits as well as item drop offs continue to be restricted in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to our residents, tenants and team. We have our next scheduled Drive By Drop Off Event for difficult to ship gifts/items planned for August 9th. You can find more details on our Signup.com events page. Please note that we continue to accept items for our residents and tenants through USPS, UPS and FedEx deliveries and have processes in place to properly disinfect all items received.

We continue to support ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for these face to face video chats.

Hope Health and Hope Senior continue to team with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) for special gifts and flowers for your loved ones. Our team has arranged to pick up these items weekly to deliver safely at Hope. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira. Flowers/gifts are picked up every Thursday at 4pm so please plan your orders accordingly.

Thank you again to all that participated in our Drive By Parade and Brat Fry last week! It was such a success that we have decided to go ahead with our annual Brat/Burger Fry coming up August 6th – 8th from 10am-6pm. Like our Brat Fry last week, it will be drive-thru style in our parking lot behind Hope Health but with the addition of burgers, cheese burgers and hot dogs along with the brats. Please help spread the word as this event is our largest fundraiser for our Activity Fund at Hope Health and Hope Senior.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

July 20, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

Our mandatory staff testing last week resulted in 1 staff member testing positive. This staff member was not showing any signs of COVID and is on self-quarantine at home until cleared by Dodge County Public Health. 

With the positive case, all residents of Hope Health were tested this morning. Results should be received by the end of this week. No residents or tenants are showing signs of COVID-19 at this time.

Please see the table for our current confirmed case breakdown:

COVID-19 Breakdown

Again, with contract tracing conducted, we feel that COVID-19 is not spreading throughout our building and that staff are contracting the virus through contacts out in the community. We continue to take extra measures in our facility: all staff wearing N95 masks, direct care staff wearing gowns or disinfected scrubs and face protection, practicing strict hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing on the floor and when on breaks and thorough disinfecting of all equipment. 

We also urge our staff, family members and friends to wear a mask when out in the community, practice social distancing, avoid crowds and practice hand hygiene often.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

July 10, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

As reported in our update on July 6th, with mandatory staff testing conducted July 1st, 1 staff member tested positive for COVID-19. We learned yesterday that an additional staff member that had been on self-quarantine at home since June 27th tested positive when asked by Hope to obtain community-based testing prior to returning to work. This staff member will remain on self-quarantine until cleared by Dodge County Public Health.

All Hope Senior Living tenants were tested this week. 1 symptomatic resident at Hope Health was also tested. We are still awaiting those results.

Please see the table for our current confirmed case breakdown:

COVID-19 graph
The staff members that have tested positive thus far have not had any prolonged exposure with each other in our facility. With contract tracing conducted, we strongly feel that COVID-19 is not spreading throughout our building but staff are contracting the virus through contacts out in the community. We continue to take extra measures in our facility: all staff wearing N95 masks, direct care staff wearing gowns or disinfected scrubs and face protection, maintaining social distancing on the floor and when on breaks and thorough disinfecting of all equipment.

We had to make the tough decision to hold off on our staff testing this week. With limits placed on the amount of testing kits we can order, staff testing was cancelled to ensure we have enough kits available to use for testing residents and tenants if they develop symptoms of COVID-19. We plan to hold staff testing next week and will continue to evaluate our supply.

Hope remains in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

We continue to closely monitor our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) usage. We still request donations of disposable gowns and N95 masks. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items. We are so grateful to all that have donated these much needed supplies!

Following guidance, Hope Health and Hope Senior continue to restrict visitation including sidewalk and window visits to reduce the spread of COVID to our vulnerable population. We are working out the details for scheduling in-person, safe window visits at a designated location at our facility and are excited to begin these in the next few weeks!

We are here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

Hope Health and Hope Senior have teamed up with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) to arrange staff pickup weekly for your loved ones at Hope. Staff will pick up the items every Thursday at 4pm so please plan your orders accordingly. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira. Our residents and tenants have been so excited to receive these special deliveries.

Please note that we still continue to accept items for our residents and tenants through USPS, UPS and FedEx deliveries and have processes in place to properly disinfect all items received. We continue to restrict any drop off of any items brought to the doors of Hope Health and Hope Senior. We host a monthly Drop Off event for family and friends. Please contact us if you would like information on these events.

Working with our Registered Dietician, we have made the decision to allow donations of fresh fruits and produce from our resident/tenant’s family gardens. Please call our Dietary Manager, Terri Janzer at 920-269-4386 for information on how to safely donate.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

July 6, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents/Tenants and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center we have one (1) additional staff member with a confirmed case of COVID-19. This case was discovered as a result of our weekly mandatory staff testing; this staff member was not showing any signs of COVID-19 prior to testing.

This staff member has been immediately placed on quarantine at home and will not be allowed to return to work until guidance allows.

Our three previous COVID-19 positive staff members have thankfully, recovered. Please see the table below for our confirmed case breakdown:

COVID-19 table

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

No residents or tenants are suspected at this time however, we will conduct testing on the folks we serve these week because of the new positive case.

The safety and wellbeing of our residents remains our top priority. We continue to do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Hope Health and Hope Senior. We continue to take measures based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus. Hope will continue to provide you updates. We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center.

Sincerely,

Julia Schramek RN, Administrator

June 28, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents/Tenants and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center we have two (2) additional staff members with a confirmed case of COVID-19. These cases were discovered as a result of our weekly mandatory staff testing; they were not showing any signs of COVID-19 prior to testing.

Upon being notified of the staff members’ positive status, Hope has immediately restricted those staff members from working and they are on quarantine at home. These staff members will not be allowed to return to work for at least 14 days and clearance from Dodge County Public Health. The last date either staff worked at Hope was 6/26/2020.

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

No residents, are suspected at this time.

The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Hope Health and Hope Senior, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We continue to take measures based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19.

We need our community’s support in preventing COVID-19 so that we can continue to give great care for your loved ones. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus. We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call us at 920-269-4386 or visit our website hopehealthandrehab.com for updates.

Sincerely,

Julia Schramek RN, Administrator

June 26, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenant and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

Hope Health received an Infection Focused Survey earlier this week from CMS through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA). Hope is proud to report that we received no citations during this survey event! We received great feedback from our surveyor on our efforts we are taking to prevent the spread of COVID in our facility.

Results from our latest mandatory staff testing and resident/tenants COVID testing conducted on June 17, 2020 came back this week with and again Hope has no new positive cases. We continue close monitoring and COVID assessments for each resident/tenant. Any resident that shows symptoms will be placed on precautions and tested. All staff continue to get tested weekly and will be placed on self-quarantine at home if showing any COVID symptoms.

With our previous positive staff case, we still remain at 1 Confirmed case until that staff member is cleared by Dodge County Public Health to return to work. That staff member is waiting on follow up testing and is anticipated to return to work soon.

We currently have 0 clusters of three or more staff and/or residents and tenants with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other. Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:
COVID-19 table
Hope is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Follow up testing encouraged for all residents/tenants after a confirmed case
  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Creating a separate unit for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Plans to install a sealed barrier to further promote infection control
  • Dropping off necessary items for the designated unit via contactless strategies
  • Utilizing disposable products when possible for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Staff utilizing N95 masks when caring for COVID-19 positive or suspected residents

Hope continues to closely monitor our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) usage. We still request donations of disposable gowns and N95 masks. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

We understand how difficult it is to not be able to see your loved ones, but it is crucial that we continue to restrict visitation to reduce the spread COVID to our vulnerable population. For Hope, this also includes sidewalk and window visits and dropping off of any items. Even during any of our “Drive By” events, we need all family and friends to remain in their vehicles. We have reached out to our DQA Regional Field Office Director regarding allowing visitation at Hope Health and Hope Senior and have been informed that visitation is not yet allowed. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Hope Health and Hope Senior are planning another Drive By Drop Off event on Sunday, July 12th from 3pm-5pm. This is a designated special drop off opportunity to supply your loved ones with those difficult to ship items (sodas, fridge snacks). This drop off will help minimize community contacts (and potential COVID transmission) while also allowing staff the time to properly disinfect items before they get to the folks we care for.

We’re again using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming Drop Off event. Family and friends can go to: https://signup.com/go/RVksqTV  to sign up for a drop off time. You can also sign up by calling Hope at 920-269-4386 and speaking to one of the office assistants. Once you sign up, we will send you the details on the Drop Off. Sorry, we are not able to accept any items that are dropped off at the door; you can only drop off at the designated area. By signing up, we can plan to assist your resident/tenant out on the porch to see you and wave hello while you drive by after dropping off their items.

Our team members are happy to assist with phone calls and video calls using Zoom or Skype to help you stay connected with your loved one. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

Our Amazon wish list is also still available if you would like to contribute a treat for our residents or hard-working team. We truly appreciate the gifts for our residents and staff! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

June 19, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenants and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

Results from our latest mandatory staff testing and resident/tenants COVID testing conducted on June 10, 2020 came back this week with no positive cases! With this result, no resident/tenant COVID testing was conducted this week. We continue close monitoring and COVID assessments for each resident/tenant and any resident that shows symptoms will be tested. All staff continue to get tested weekly.

With our previous positive staff case, we still remain at 1 Confirmed case until that staff member is cleared by Dodge County Public Health to return to work. That staff member is on the mend and expected to return to Hope soon.

We currently have 0 clusters of three or more staff and/or residents and tenants with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other. Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:

COVID Data Table

Hope is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Follow up testing encouraged for all residents/tenants after a confirmed case
  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Creating a separate unit for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Plans to install a sealed barrier to further promote infection control
  • Dropping off necessary items for the designated unit via contactless strategies
  • Utilizing disposable products when possible for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Staff utilizing N95 masks when caring for COVID-19 positive residents

Hope continues to closely monitor our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) usage. We still request donations of disposable gowns and N95 masks. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items. After our conformed positive case, direct caregivers began using their N95 masks and we have started to utilize the Battelle Decontamination System. This week, we successfully shipped and received back 2 shipments of our N95 masks decontaminated and ready to be reused. You can learn more about Battelle at www.battelle.org.

We know you are missing your loved ones, but it is crucial that we continue to restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. For Hope, this includes restricting window visits and dropping off of any items. Even during our “Drive By” events, we need all family and friends to remain in their vehicles. We look forward to visits again in the future and our team continues to work on plans for how visitation might be phased back when the guidance allows.

We are here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

Please consider sending you loved one some flowers/gifts to help brighten their day. We’ve teamed up with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) to arrange staff pickup weekly for your loved ones at Hope. Staff will pick up the items every Thursday at 4pm. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira.

Our Amazon wish list is also still available if you would like to contribute a treat for our residents or hard-working team. We truly appreciate the gifts for our residents and staff! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates and strive for transparency.  Please, contact us with any questions. You can call Hope Health or Hope Senior, email me at jschramek@hopehealthandrehab.com, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HopeHealthandRehabHopeSeniorLiving/ or visit our website www.hopehealthandrehab.com for updates on the COVID status and our plans to keep our residents, tenants, staff and community safe.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

June 12, 2020 Letter

Dear Resident/Tenants and Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living,

We want to provide you with an update on the situation at Hope regarding the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, including the number confirmed cases as well as efforts we are undertaking. The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Hope Health and Hope Senior.

With our mandatory staff testing conducted on June 3, 2020 have had 1 confirmed case of COVID-1. Since then, we have 1 cluster of three or more staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other, including the confirmed case. Any staff members exhibiting symptoms are sent home to self-quarantine. We follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including return to work guidance, for staff who test positive.

Please see the table for our confirmed case breakdown:

COVID Data Table

If a resident/tenant tests positive, we will contact directly the residents/tenant and their representative(s) of their condition and implement protocols for their care and treatment. We will also send a message to those on our COVID-19 email update list as well as post an announcement on our website and Facebook page. Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. Our team continues to work on plans for how visitation might be phased back in for our residents and tenants at Hope when the guidance allows.

Hope is staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances. We are also following guidance from the CDC and CMS to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Follow up testing encouraged for all residents/tenants after a confirmed case
  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Creating a separate unit for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Plans to install a sealed barrier to further promote infection control
  • Dropping off necessary items for the designated unit via contactless strategies
  • Utilizing disposable products when possible for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Staff utilizing N95 masks when caring for COVID-19 positive residents

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats on our tablets.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.  We encourage you to contact us with any questions. Please call us, email me at jschramek@hopehealthandrehab.com, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HopeHealthandRehabHopeSeniorLiving/ or visit our website www.hopehealthandrehab.com for updates on the COVID status at Hope Health and Hope Senior.

To help lighten the spirits of our resident/tenants, families and staff during this challenging time, we have planned another Drive and Wave Parade for Father’s Day weekend on June 20th starting at 11am with a Drive By Brat Fry to follow immediately after. Funds raised for the Brat Fry will go towards our new activity van fund so we can safely take our residents on outings off Hope grounds. Save the date and watch for more details posted this week.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

June 7, 2020 Letter

To Our Residents and Family Members:

We want to inform you that at Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center we have one (1) staff member with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Upon being notified of the staff member’s positive status, Hope Health immediately restricted the staff member from working. The staff member will not be allowed to return to work for at least 14 days. The staff member had no symptoms of COVID-19 while at work. The last date the staff worked at Hope Health was 6/4/2020.

No residents, are suspected at this time.

The safety and wellbeing of our residents is our top priority. We are doing what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 within Hope Health and Rehabilitation Center, including staying in very close communication with local and state health officials to ensure we are taking all the appropriate steps under current circumstances.

We are taking steps based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, such as:

  • Enhanced infection control precautions
  • Screening residents, staff, and essential visitors for expanded list of symptoms
  • Restricting visitation and entry of people to the building
  • Testing staff and residents for COVID-19 based on current protocols and availability of tests
  • Postponing communal activities
  • Creating a separate unit for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • installing a sealed barrier to further promote infection control
  • Dropping off necessary items for the designated unit via contactless strategies
  • Utilizing disposable products when possible for our COVID-19 positive residents
  • Staff utilizing N95 masks when caring for COVID-19 positive residents

Due to government privacy requirements, we cannot divulge specific information about the individuals who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, unless they are your family member and you have the necessary permissions to receive such information.

We know you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus to others. We will contact you directly if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or on social media. Please speak to a member of our activities or social services department for assistance with video chat.

We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus) to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community, since continued spread in the larger community increases the chance the virus will work its way into our building.

This is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates. Please know that we are adhering to guidelines from the local and state health departments, which continue to evolve as we learn more about this virus.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our center. Please call us at 920-269-4386 or visit our website hopehealthandrehab.com for updates.

Sincerely,

Steve Kuranz, Executive Director

 

June 5, 2020 Letter

Dear Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living Residents and Tenants,

Hope Health and Hope Senior residents, tenants and staff continue to remain free of COVID-19. We have conducted our second wave of testing this week with weekly testing now mandatory for all staff members. We will notify residents/tenants and their representative as soon as reasonably possible via phone and email if a case of COVID-19 is detected. Updates will be posted on our website and Facebook page as well.

Baseline testing of residents and all staff is a necessary step in the direction towards phasing in visitation in the future. Hope is anxiously awaiting guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to allow visitation. We are continuing to follow their guidance which includes restricting all visitation, except for certain compassionate care reasons, such as end-of-life. Our team is working on plans for how visitation might be phased back in for our residents and tenants at Hope when the guidance allows.

Hope continues to closely monitor our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) usage. We still ask for any donations of gowns (disposable or cloth), disposable gloves, hand soap, sanitizers and Lysol Disinfectant Spray. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

We are committed to helping our residents and tenants stay connected to families and friends by supporting meaningful interactions through phone, Zoom and Skype. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats on our tablets. Residents and tenants are encouraged to limit calls on facility devices to 20 minutes at a time to ensure fair use of the items and ample time to properly disinfect between use.

Hope Health and Hope Senior have teamed up with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) to arrange staff pickup weekly for your loved ones at Hope. Staff will pick up the items every Thursday at 4pm. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira.

Our Amazon wish list is still available if you would like to contribute a treat for our residents or hard-working team. Thanks to all that continue to gift our residents and staff with your generosity! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

Two exciting events at Hope to add to your calendars:

Sunday, June 14th from 3pm-5pm Hope will offer another Drive By Drop Off, a designated special drop off opportunity to supply your loved ones with those difficult to ship items (sodas, snacks, clothing, gifts) on Sunday, June 14th from 3pm-5pm. This drop off will help minimize community contacts (and potential COVID transmission) while also allowing staff the time to properly disinfect items before they get to the folks we care for.

Although our last Drive By Drop Off was a success, we’ve decided to schedule specific times for family and friends to arrive at the facility to bring items. We’d love for you to be able to see your resident or tenant out on the porch to wave and say hello while you drive by and signing up for a time will better help us facilitate that. We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming event.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp.com: https://signup.com/login/entry/536998975791792070
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spot – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Once you sign up, we will send you the details on the Drop Off. Sorry, but we still will not be able to accept any items that are dropped off at the door.

We are also excited to plan another Drive and Wave Parade for Father’s Day weekend on June 20th along with a Brat Fry for our new activity van fund. Save the date and watch for more details in the next few weeks!

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

May 29, 2020 Letter

Dear Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Residents and Tenants,

Hope Health and Hope Senior Living are very pleased to announce that with the 143 residents/tenants and staff that were tested for COVID-19 last week, all results came back negative! Hooray!

Moving forward and following the guidance from the CDC and WI Department of Health Services, we plan to have all staff test weekly along with our current screening upon entry to the facility. We continue close monitoring and COVID assessments for each resident/tenant and any resident that shows symptoms will be tested. Having baseline testing of residents and all staff is a necessary step in the direction towards phasing in visitation of some sort. However, as businesses and public areas reopen, there is an increased risk of COVID-19 spreading to our vulnerable nursing home residents. We will still continue with our current visitor and non-essential staff restrictions but are working on plans for how visitation will look in the hopefully not too distant future.

Our Infection Prevention Team requested a Tele-Infection Control Assessment and Response evaluation which was conducted this week through the Wisconsin HAI (Healthcare Associated Infection) Prevention Program. They were very pleased with our plans, policies and procedures that we have set in place and made several suggestions that our team will work on implementing such as increasing resident/tenant hand hygiene before and after using the telephone or tablets, ensuring non-staff healthcare personnel are not using their own PPE, and conducting more frequent audits to ensure compliance of our policies.

Still planning for the possibility of COVID-19 cases in our facility, the team at Hope Health has decided to use the therapy room exclusively for any COVID-19 positive residents with plans to create an even more separate unit with a barrier installed and assign staff to work that unit exclusively. Hope Health and Hope Senior have created Emergency Staffing Plans should there be any positive cases detected in residents/tenants and/or staff.

Hope continues to closely monitor our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) usage. We still ask for any donations of gowns (disposable or cloth), disposable gloves, hand soap and sanitizers. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items. Hope is ready to work with the Battelle Decontamination System for our N95 masks as another way to help preserve PPE. You can learn more about this system at www.battelle.org.

We are here to support our residents, tenants, their families and friends and will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats. Please note that starting this week are encouraging a 20 minute at a time limit on the facility shared devices (cordless phones, tablets) so that we can ensure fair use of these items and ample time to properly disinfect between use.

Hope Health and Hope Senior have teamed up with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) to arrange staff pickup weekly for your loved ones at Hope. Staff will pick up the items every Thursday at 4pm. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira.

Our Amazon wish list is still available if you would like to contribute a treat for our residents or hard-working team. Thanks to all that continue to gift our residents and staff with your generosity! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

We are excited to plan another Drive and Wave Parade for Father’s Day weekend on June 20th. Save the date and watch for more details in the next few weeks!

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

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May 21, 2020 Letter

Dear Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Residents and Tenants,

Hope Health and Hope Senior Living residents, tenants and staff continue to remain free of COVID-19.

As businesses have begun opening their doors, we have been receiving many inquiries on when Hope Health and Hope Senior will be lifting visitor restrictions. Our business is the health and safety of our residents, tenant and staff. At this time, we continue to follow the guidance from CMS and our healthcare associations and not permit visitors at Hope Health and Hope Senior. Window visits continue to be restricted for our facilities as well. These interventions are necessary to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable nursing home residents. Again, we thank everyone for their patience and understanding by abiding by Hope Health and Hope Senior’s current restrictions.

Please know that we are here to support our wonderful residents, tenants, their families, and their friends. We will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

With the Badger Bounce Back initiative, Gov. Evers and the Department of Public Health have recommended baseline COVID testing of all residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities. After careful review of the guidance, Hope Health and Hope Senior began testing for COVID-19 for all consenting residents, tenants and staff this week. We anticipate receiving results early next week. If there is a positive case of COVID-19 detected in any resident, tenants or staff member, we will notify all staff, residents, tenants and their family/representative that a positive COVID test has been detected in our buildings. We will make those notifications as soon as possible and will be ready to address your concerns and answer any questions.

Hope continues to closely monitor our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) usage. We still ask for any donations of gowns (disposable or cloth), disposable gloves, hand soap and sanitizers. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items. Hope is ready to work with the Battelle Decontamination System for our N95 masks as another way to help preserve PPE. You can learn more about this system at www.battelle.org

Since our Mother’s Day flower pickup and drop off went so well and our resident/tenants were thrilled to receive the beautiful arrangements, we have decided to team with Heartfelt Flowers and Gifts (920-269-1277) and The Village Flower Shoppe (920-387-4540) to arrange staff pickup weekly for your loved ones at Hope. Staff will pick up the items every Thursday at 4pm. Orders for The Village Flower Shoppe will be picked up at Piggly Wiggly in Lomira.

Our Amazon wish list has been updated with more goodies for both residents/tenants and staff. Thanks to all that continue to gift our residents and staff with your generosity! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

May 15, 2020 Letter

Dear Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Residents and Tenants,

Hope Health and Hope Senior Living residents, tenants and staff continue to remain COVID-19 free! If there is a positive case of COVID-19 detected in any resident or staff member, we will notify all staff, residents and their family/representative as soon as possible and will be ready to address your concerns and answer any questions. If you have not done so already, please provide us an email address so we can get pertinent information and updates out to you quickly. You can send a message to jschramek@hopehealthandrehab.com or call the facilities and we’ll update your contact information.

By now, you have likely heard that the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 13 overturned Wisconsin’s “Safer-at-Home” Order, which had prohibited many businesses – like restaurants, nonessential retail stores, and bars – from allowing customers to enter their premises. Those businesses are now able to begin reopening, unless a local county/municipal order dictates they remain closed.

We want all our resident’s family and friends to understand that a federal directive to restrict visitation at nursing facilities remains active. The federal directive is not affected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a formal memo on March 13 related to restricting visitation in nursing homes, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life situations.

Further, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend restrictions on visitation in all LTC settings.

We at Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Living are doing everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which poses serious health risks to elderly residents. We know that the current federal directive on visitation is difficult, but right now, these interventions are needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable nursing home residents. We will continue to restrict visitation, window visits and dropping off of all items at Hope Health and Hope Senior. Our residents are spending as much time as they can outdoors when weather permits and we want to ensure that our residents can enjoy that time safely. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding by abiding by Hope Health and Hope Senior’s current restrictions in order to keep our residents, tenants and staff safe.

We have designated a special drop off/pick up of seasonal clothing items and those difficult to ship treats (sodas, snacks) on Sunday, May 17th from 3pm-5pm. You MUST call the facility or email jschramek@hopehealthandrehab to still sign up for the drop off and receive instructions on the exchange.

Please know that we are here to support our wonderful residents, tenants, their families, and their friends. We will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one through phone, Zoom and Skype. Our team members are happy to assist with these calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

In accordance with the Badger Bounce Back initiative, Gov. Evers and the Department of Public Health have recommended baseline COVID testing of all residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities. After careful review of the guidance and considering how testing will affect those we care for, Hope has decided to proceed with offering COVID testing for all residents and staff. As our assisted living is on the same campus, Hope Senior tenants and staff have ability to also participate in testing. Our team is working on obtaining consents with the plan to begin testing of residents/tenants and staff next week. For those family members assisting residents with healthcare decision making, if you have not received a call to give consent by early next week, please let us know.

We continue to closely monitor our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) usage. Staff are changing into cleaned, disinfected scrubs when arriving for their shift and having them cleaned and disinfected at Hope when they leave at the end of their shift. It’s a bit of extra effort for our team but we feel taking these extra steps will help reduce the chance of transmission in our facilities. Thank you to those that have donated masks and cloth gowns! Your kindness and consideration for our residents and staff is much appreciated. Hope is ready to work with the Battelle Decontamination System for our N95 masks as another way to help preserve PPE. You can learn more about this system at www.battelle.org

We continue to request donations of gowns (disposable or cloth), disposable gloves, hand soap and sanitizers. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

Our Amazon wish list been updated with more goodies for both residents/tenants and staff. Thanks to all that continue to gift our residents and staff with your generosity! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe.

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

May 8, 2020 Letter

Dear Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Residents and Tenants,

Hope Health and Hope Senior Living are proud say we remain COVID-19 free for residents, tenants and staff.

We thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue to restrict all visitors and set firm measures on receiving deliveries. We know it is a frustrating time for the residents/tenants and their family and friends but we will continue to give great care and will get through this together.

If there is a positive case of COVID-19 detected in any resident or staff member, we will notify all staff, residents and their family/representative as soon as possible and will be ready to address your concerns and answer any questions. If you have not done so already, please provide us an email address so we can get pertinent information and updates out to you quickly. You can send a message to jschramek@hopehealthandrehab.com or call the facilities and we’ll update your contact information.

As many of you may have heard or seen on the news this week, Gov. Evers announced COVID testing availability for all nursing home residents and staff during the month of May. Residents and facilities have the choice of participating in the testing or not and seeing as Hope Health has no current COVID symptoms in any resident or staff member and our lab, Consultant’s Lab is able to provide quick testing and turn around if needed for residents, Hope is still weighing the benefits of wide scale testing and the effects it may have on our residents.

As we are continuing to monitor our PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) usage, we have determined this week to take steps to preserve our gown usage. After discussion with the Dodge County Health Department, we decided to instruct staff to bring scrubs, lab coats or cloth gowns to only be worn while at the facilities and to be cleaned with our disinfecting laundry solutions at Hope Health and Hope Senior. We feel these extra steps will help prevent any transmission coming into the facility at the start of the shift or traveling back into the community with staff at the end of their shift. Our team members are so gracious and adaptable to the changes and will do whatever they can to keep your loved ones safe. All staff will continue to wear masks at all times throughout the facility and goggles/face shields for any interactions in resident rooms or tenant apartments.

Hope has signed up with the Battelle Decontamination System for our N95 masks. Fortunately, Hope Health and Hope Senior have not needed to use our fit tested N95 masks yet, but should a positive case be detected in our facilities, we are prepared with stock that will be able to be decontaminated up to 20 times with this system. You can learn more about this system at www.battelle.org

We are still seeking donations of gowns (disposable or cloth), disposable gloves, hand soap and sanitizers. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

Our residents continue to remain in touch with their family and friends with phone calls, texting, Facebook, and video calls. Skype and Zoom meetings are available and our team members are happy to assist with setting up these video calls. Please reach out to the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

Residents and tenants were thrilled to enjoy McDonald’s dine in last week Friday. We have procedures in place for staff to pick up meals and have contactless drop off at Hope on their day away from the facility. It was a nice treat for the residents and tenants and we will plan more of these fun meals.

Staff have also been grateful to receive donated lunches again this week. It is always appreciated! Activity items and treats continue to be shipped in and our folks are truly enjoying them. Our Amazon wish list been updated with more goodies for both residents/tenants and staff. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

We have designated Sunday, May 17th from 2pm-4pm to hold a seasonal clothing exchange. We know that some residents/tenants want to clear their closets of winter items and make room for the warmer weather clothes. Call Hope Health or Hope Senior or email me to let us know your resident/tenant would like to have their clothes swapped. You will be able to drive up to the car port (no need to leave the vehicle) and we will ensure all items received are properly disinfected before bringing them into the facility. You may also drop off those difficult to ship items (like sodas).

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe. Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and know that we will give your mommas and grandmas much love this Mother’s Day.

Julia Schramek RN, LNH
Administrator

May 1, 2020 Letter

Dear Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Residents and Tenants,

Hope Health and Hope Senior Living continues to remain COVID-19 free for residents, tenants and staff. We are grateful for all the well wishes, words of encouragement and prayers as we work hard to remain healthy and safe.

If there is a positive case of COVID-19 detected in any resident or staff member, we will notify all staff, residents and their family/representative as soon as possible.

Hope wishes to remain transparent with our families and the community on our buildings’ COVID status and how we are working to keep our residents, tenants and staff protected. We have been providing updates on our Hope Health and Rehabilitation / Hope Senior Living Facebook page, our website at www.hopehealthandrehab.com, by mail and by email for any family member that has provided HHRC or HSL with an email address. However, we do not want to bombard you with duplicate information and would prefer to send updates out via social media and email instead of “snail mail”. If you have not received an email update, please send a message to jschramek@hopehealthandrehab.com and I will add you to our email update list.

We thank you all for being supportive of our efforts to keep our residents, tenants and staff safe by heeding the Safer At Home initiative and understanding the request to avoid any trips to our facilities. We have received some inquiries on window visits and although some facilities may be allowing those, we feel it is safer for our residents, staff and community to hold off on these types of visits for the time being.  As the weather gets nicer and more residents and tenants are spending time outdoors (social distancing, of course), we have to ensure that any transmission by visitors is avoided. Hope will continue to evaluate this based on the guidance we receive. We certainly understand that remaining connected to family is essential and feel that we can offer ways to connect without the need to drop by the facility.

We have been having great success keeping residents in touch with their family and friends with Skype and Face Time video calls. Zoom meetings are available as well. Our residents really enjoy these chances to see and talk to family. Please call the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

Our caregivers and housekeepers continue to wear full PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) at all times in resident care areas. Staff have been fitted and assigned N95 masks this week. We continue to monitor usage quantities and adjust conservation procedures as recommended by the CDC in order to extend our use of PPE.  We are still seeking donations of gowns, hand soap and sanitizer. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

Just a reminder with Mother’s Day approaching, are working with Heartfelt Flowers & Gifts here in Lomira for family and friends to place orders for Mom and Grandma. Please call Heartfelt at 920-269-1277 by Wednesday, May 6th, and Nancy will help you pick the perfect gift or arrangement for Mom. Hope will arrange pick up of the flowers and gifts and deliver to your loved ones at Hope Health and Hope Senior for Mother’s Day.

Staff are so grateful for the lunches that have provided by resident/tenant family members as tour team members are not able to leave the facility during their shift. Our residents and tenants are so happy to know their community is thinking of them by sending snacks, games and puzzle books from the Amazon Wish List. Everything sent is greatly appreciated! https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

Thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe. 

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

April 24, 2020 Letter

Dear Family and Friends of Hope Health and Rehab / Hope Senior Residents and Tenants,

We are pleased to report that Hope Health and Hope Senior Living continues to remain COVID-19 free for residents, tenants and staff. Please know that if there is a positive case of COVID-19 detected in any resident or staff member, we will notify all staff, residents and their family/representative as soon as possible and for sure within 12 hours.

Last week, we designated our conference room for COVID+ cases on our Long Hall and our therapy room for cases on our Medicare Hall. Tenants at Hope Senior will remain in their private apartments if tested positive. Policies have been updated and staff have been well trained on procedures to follow should a resident or tenant test positive for COVID-19.

Our PPE (personal protective equipment) stock continues to remain adequate. We continue to monitor usage quantities and adjust procedures in order to keep our stock maintained. With careful tracking and usage, we have been able to adjust our use time to 1 shift for masks and 3 shifts for gowns. Soap and sanitizer from our regular suppliers, however, has been trickling in. We are still seeking donations of pump bottles of hand soap and sanitizer. Larger size gowns (2x-3x) have been difficult to order as well. Please reach out to us at 920-269-4386 if you are able to help provide any of these items.

Terri, our dietary manager, has had to make some changes to the menus with some items needing to be substituted by our food distributor during the pandemic. She has been able to substitute similar items (meat for a meat, vegetable for a vegetable) but just a heads up that our resident’s printed menus may be a little different. We will post the most current menu on our Community Channel (Channel 2).

With Mother’s Day approaching, we know that you may want to bring gifts or flowers to the facility to celebrate Mom’s special day. Please understand that we still must follow the Safe At Home order and not allow visitation or drop off of items at the facility. We do, however have a plan with Heartfelt Flowers & Gifts right here in Lomira where families can place an order and Hope will pick it up and deliver it to your loved one. Please call Heartfelt at 920-269-1277 by Wednesday, May 6th, and Nancy will help you pick the perfect gift or arrangement for Mom.

Our residents and staff would like to thank everyone for the encouraging words and gifts sent to the facility! If you would like to designate a gift from our Amazon Wish List to a certain resident or building (Hope Health or Hope Senior), please add that name in the gift message and we can be sure it goes to the right person. https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/VMHVF5QISFK6/ref=cm_wl_huc_title.

Keep those Skype calls, video messages, and Zoom meetings coming! It means a lot for our residents and tenants to have the opportunity to hear your voice and see family faces. Please call the facilities, Hope Health at 920-269-4386 and Hope Senior at 920-269-7667 to set up a time for the video chats.

Again, thank you for doing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We are thinking about all of you as well and hope you are remaining healthy. As always, we will continue to do our part to keep your loved ones safe. 

Julia Schramek RN, LNHA
Administrator

March 18, 2020 Letter

Dear Family Members,

Developments continue to occur rapidly regarding COVID-19. Since I wrote to you last here are some updates for you:

  1. On Thursday March 12, 2020 and Friday March 13, 2020, I met with residents and tenants at all four of our locations informing them of our intent to restrict all visitors to our homes. The residents were very understanding and had some excellent comments and questions. Our team reached out to family members of our residents to update them.
  2. By Friday March 13, 2020 all of our buildings were closed to visitors.
  3. On Saturday March 14, 2020 we received guidance to eliminate communal dining and activities. We immediately began strategizing how to safely implement this guidance.
  4. On Sunday March 15, 2020 I met with our teams to continue to strategize ways to implement CDC and CMS recommendations.

Research by the CDC indicates the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is limit outside visitors to our facilities. Also, within the building Social Distancing should help limit the spread of the virus, thus the guidance to discontinue communal dining and activities. We understand the negative impact Social Distancing can have on our residents and are providing activities to all

We have been diligent in screening our team of caregivers for signs and symptoms of the virus. Before each shift, staff members are required to take their temperature and document if they have any symptoms of the virus. If the staff member has fever or symptoms, they are not allowed to work.

Also, we are monitoring all of our residents on a daily basis to determine if they have a fever or symptoms of the virus. As always, we will keep you up to date on a regular basis regarding your loved one.

Our teams have reviewed our infection control practices and we are providing additional deep cleaning of our facilities.

We do not yet know how long we will need to live and work under these challenging circumstances but I am extremely proud of the way our team of caregivers have pulled together to continue to assure we Give Great Care to our residents. I am hopeful these measures will help shorten the impact of this virus.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,
Steve Kuranz, Executive Director