At Shady Lane, our top priority is ensuring you and your loved ones are safe. We follow guidance from both the CDC and CMS, screen staff daily, monitor residents continually, and rely on national labs for regular testing. These guidelines drive the decisions made for care providers like us, which are intended to help protect the safety and well-being of those we are entrusted to provide care.
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We are excited to announce, with new guidance released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is based on the fantastic results we are seeing from the Covid19 vaccines, we are re-opening our doors to indoor visitation. Millions of vaccinations have been administered to nursing home residents and staff, and these vaccines have proven to help prevent symptoms of COVID-19.
We will be welcoming visitors for all residents (vaccinated and unvaccinated) to our campus, at all times, at our main entrance where staff is available to screen and educate guests. Visitors will be allowed regardless of the vaccination status of the visitors, but visits will be subject to a narrow set of exceptions.
Responsible indoor visitation includes:
- Screening of all visitors upon entrance; we must deny entrance to anyone showing or reporting any symptoms of Covid19, or anyone who has had close contact with someone positive for Covid19 during the previous 14 days. Honesty with reporting symptoms to us will be critical for our successful and safe re-opening. Visitors should report all potential symptoms to us, even if they are mild.
- Requiring well-fitting face coverings for all visitors at all times
- Maintaining physical distance between visitors and all facility staff and other residents; fully vaccinated residents may choose to have physical contact with their visitors, so long as the visitor performs hand hygiene before and after the contact
- Only 2-3 visitors per resident in their room- common areas are not an acceptable visiting area including dining rooms, activity rooms, etc.
Please respect our screening process and visitation guidelines and please do not put our staff in an uncomfortable position by having to remind visitors of these policies. Everyone at Shady Lane and we know you yourselves, are working very hard to keep your loved one healthy. We continue to take the necessary steps to keep all our residents and our staff safe and healthy and ask for your continued support and cooperation. We understand it’s been a long road, but please wear your mask when you visit, wash your hands, and follow our visitation policies. Thank you so much!
Manitowoc County COVID-19 Cases
We are continuing to see a rise in positive COVID-19 cases in both the Manitowoc County and the state of Wisconsin. The different variants of COVID-19 are very easily spread from person to person, resulting in higher positive case counts, and higher COVID-19 related hospitalizations. We regularly screen all staff and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms, and monitoring residents for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. We do contact tracing at Shady Lane. If a resident is ever considered a close contact to a positive case, a nurse will call their family to inform them, and follow-up testing begins immediately.
As of January 11th, 2022, we are requiring all visitors, residents, and staff to wear a surgical mask upon entering the building. If you do not have a surgical mask, we have some at the receptionist desk that you can use. If you do not know what a surgical mask looks like, please see the picture below. We know that surgical masks are more effective with containing droplets, and since this virus is so easily spread, we want to make sure everyone is as protected as possible. When in a resident’s room, please make sure that everyone, including the resident, is masked and social distancing.
Please do not visit Shady Lane if you are showing any signs or symptoms of COVID – 19. Many positive cases feel like a migraine, fatigue, allergies, a head cold, or a slight sore throat. If you are experiencing any symptoms that are related to COVID-19, please do not visit until you receive a negative COVID-19 test. Stopping the spread of this virus to our residents is our top priority, and we appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep our residents safe.