Updated March 27, 2020
Shorehaven’s number one priority is the health and safety of our residents and employees.
The past few weeks have brought about unprecedented challenges. In this time of uncertainty, however, you can rest assured that Shorehaven is committed to protecting the health of our community’s most fragile population: Our seniors.
Information provided by Wisconsin.Gov
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health Services website.
FAQs issued by the office of Gov. Tony Evers:
- Mass Gathering Restriction FAQ
- Safer at Home FAQ
- Child Care Setting Restrictions
- Mass Gatherings
- K-12 School Closures
See the letter Gov. Evers issued on March 12, 2020, here.
See the letter Gov. Evers and Lt. Gov. Barnes issued on March 21, 2020, here.
Additional Resources to Help You
- 2019 Coronavirus Situation Summary
- CDC Recommendations to Protect Yourself
- Strategies to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF)
- What you need to know about 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- What to do if you are sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
- Prevention & Treatment
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the coronavirus, specifically COVID-19?
A novel coronavirus, COVID-19, is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
What are the symptoms?
Current symptoms reported for patients have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The CDC has stated that suspected patients may have those symptoms or recently traveled to countries deemed at risk (China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan) and/or have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus.
How does the virus spread?
Person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily the coronavirus, specifically COVID-19, spreads from person-to-person.
Is there a vaccine or treatment?
Currently, there is no vaccine available, and no specific antiviral treatment recommended. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, and the CDC will continue to provide updated information as it becomes available.
What is Shorehaven’s plan for dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Shorehaven maintains standard protocols and procedures to prevent or limit the spread of infectious disease in our senior living community.
To specifically address COVID-19:
- Employees are screened every day, and those who are ill are being encouraged to stay home. Any employee who is sick with any symptoms of fever, flu, or respiratory problems must not work and should consult a doctor immediately.
- Visitors and family members are restricted from entering the south side of the Shorehaven campus; however, personal items may be delivered or picked up in the foyer of Shorehaven’s main entrance. We encourage you to consider a telephone call, FaceTime, or Skype to stay connected with your loved one.
- Shorehaven has restricted all visitors to Lake Terrace Apartments residents, and visitor cards are disabled.
- Our Forgotten Treasures Resale Shop and Center for Life Enrichment is closed until further notice.
- An interdisciplinary team is receiving and reviewing information from the CDC and state departments of health daily. The team will evaluate the risks and determine appropriate actions as needed, including updating standard plans.
- Clinical care employees are monitoring the health of residents in our care.
- While maintaining standard practices for good hygiene and infection control, Shorehaven staff are increasing the disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Signs are posted throughout the community reminding everyone to be vigilant about infection control practices.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are at all Shorehaven site entrances.
- We are working with our suppliers for needed supplies while avoiding stockpiling that could exacerbate shortages.
- Reliable and verified information is being communicated by Shorehaven to staff, residents, and the public through our website, social media, voice messaging, and email notifications.
Can I still visit my loved one?
Following the guidance of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), we are limiting visitors except for particular circumstances, such as end-of-life, when a visitor is essential for a resident’s emotional well-being and care, and those visits should be limited to minimize exposure beyond the family member.
Can I still volunteer?
We are limiting external volunteers at this time.
Are vendors allowed inside?
We will be coordinating with vendors to minimize their travel within our communities. Other essential personnel, including hospice, nursing students, and pharmacy delivery services, will be allowed on the campus.
Can Lake Terrace Apartments travel off-campus?
Yes, under the “safer-at-home” order from Gov. Evers, residents will still be able to do things like go to the grocery store, go to the pharmacy, walk their dogs. Restaurants will still be able to offer curbside delivery.
Can Lake Terrace Apartments residents have guests?
As of March 24, Shorehaven has restricted all visitors to Lake Terrace Apartments residents, and visitor cards are disabled. Visitors are strongly encouraged to stay home. Caregivers should contact Stacy Danish, Lake Terrace Apartments Coordinator, to access the main entrance – Door #1 in front of Rockwell’s Restaurant. Family members can continue to drop things off for residents at Door #1. Residents can let visitors in via the EntraGuard system for drop-offs to be left at the front desk and are asked to leave immediately.
Can residents in Shorehaven Tower Assisted Living still leave the campus?
Yes, those residents may leave the campus. If Shorehaven Health Center, Shorehaven Tower, or Rehabilitation residents leave the campus for any reason, however, they must be quarantined in their room for 14 days following their return to campus. We are continuing to allow family members in for only end-of-life situations.
Will Cafe LaBelle remain open to the public?
Shorehaven’s Cafe LaBelle remains closed to the public. The cafe will continue to provide meals for Lake Terrace Apartments residents and Shorehaven employees at this time from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.
Will the Shorehaven Strength & Fitness Center remain open?
The Shorehaven Strength & Fitness Center remains closed to the public. At this time, the facility will remain open to Lake Terrace Apartments residents and Shorehaven employees. No more than six people can use the Fitness Center at one time, and no more than 10 people can use the pool at one time. All classes are canceled until further notice.
Will you still hold classes through the Center for Life Enrichment?
All Center for Life Enrichment classes are canceled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but please understand that our residents and their safety is our highest priority.
What can I do to help?
You can be helpful in the following ways:
- Stay healthy and prevent spreading germs by following recommended actions: frequent handwashing; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and dispose of all used tissues; avoid contact with people who are ill.
- Stay in touch with your loved one by phone, text, email, or other means that do not require physical proximity.
Where can I find more information about COVID-19?
There are many resources available: