Visitation Update from Cara Peterson, The Cottages General Manager (03/10/21)
I am pleased to announce that as of Feb 19, 2021 those Residents and staff at The Cottages who chose to receive the vaccination have completed the 2 doses and recommended wait time for immunity. Although we will still require guests to wear masks and social distance, we have relaxed our visitation policy at all 3 locations. Please contact the facility you wish to visit directly for their specific visitation schedules. We are so happy to take this first step in welcoming you back to The Cottages!
The Cottages Visitation Varies by Campus: updated 03/10/21
COVID screening is required prior to entry. Please allow an extra 10 minutes.
✅ OPEN – Lake Park Memory Care 715-201-8920
✅ OPEN – Meadowlands Assisted Living 920-249-5330
✅ OPEN – Meadowlands Memory Care 920-249-5444
✅ OPEN – Golden Pond Assisted Living 715-201-8584
✅ OPEN – Golden Pond Memory Care 715-201-8584
Unfortunately if we have ONE suspected or positive case of COVID 19 we will have to suspend visitation again per DHS and go back to square one.
Cottages General Manager
Vaccine Update from Cara Peterson, The Cottages General Manager (01/21/21)
The Cottages Assisted Living & Memory Care continue our dedication to keep COVID 19 from our facilities. With extensive infection control procedures and hour by hour monitoring of our Residents and our staff, we have worked tirelessly to protect our Cottages family.
At the beginning of this pandemic, we established a COVID Team consisting of our RN Georgia LaBrosse, Phil Anderson our Maintenance/Safety Director, Tom Kosman Executive Director and myself. Since March 2020 we have immersed ourselves in education on infection control, DHS changes in regulations/direction, many local hospitals, Public Health and State weekly conference call updates, and now the Pharmacy Partnership Program for vaccination.
I have been in frequent contact with DHS, our Wisconsin Assisted Living Association, our State Representatives and our vaccinating pharmacies to do everything in my power to secure the vaccinations. To date, The Cottages at Lake Park in Marinette received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine last week, and The Cottages at MeadowLands and Golden Pond will be January 28th and 29th. I am aware that DHS will release the vaccine to those 65 and older on Monday January 25th, however due to DHS choosing to allow only the Pharmacist vaccination capability, the delay was beyond our control. We are very thankful to ValuCare and Streu’s Pharmacy, who prioritized The Cottages facilities for scheduling vaccination clinics.
The Cottages COVID Team is working on a post vaccination plan so after our required waiting period for effectiveness we will be a step closer to seeing you! When that plan is developed we will inform you immediately so you know what to expect.
Tom and I welcome any of your comments or suggestions on ways to move forward and restore our Cottages family visitations. We are as anxious as you are!
Thank you for your patience and your overwhelming support!
Cottages General Manager
Statement from Cara Peterson, the Cottages General Manager (9/24/20)
Hello to all our Cottages families, friends and those of who are interested in learning about what we do at The Cottages Assisted Living & Memory Care. During this challenging time of COVID 19, The Cottages has dedicated itself to protecting residents, staff and their families by being properly prepared and trained to face the changes this virus brings to our part of the world.
Rest assured, right now we are stocked with medical PPE and testing kits to rapidly respond to any positive COVID 19 case we would have. Our dedicated staff has been quick to advise us of any potential exposures in their lives and that has given us comfort knowing they are always thinking of the health of our residents at The Cottages. If we do have any concerns of exposure, we activate use of KN95 masks which has, to date, been very effective, along with our current procedures, in containing the spread of COVID 19.
We at The Cottages understand that not visiting with your loved one is of great concern to you. It is to us as well. We are thinking outside the box with this topic and as of Sept 21st we have started what’s called a “clean room” for inside visitation during inclement weather and for winter. This is new and frightening for us because we have worked so very hard to keep this virus out, however we do understand the need of family love. Please be patient as we work through these changes with the rest of the world in finding the right way to keep our residents, your loved ones, and our staff and their families safe from COVID 19. Rest assured, every Cottages employee is doing everything they can to lessen the impact this virus has had on all our families. We ask the same of you if you plan on visiting us. Please follow our policies and lessen your risk of exposure in the community you live in. Unfortunately if we have ONE suspected or positive case of COVID 19 we will have to suspend visitation again per DHS and go back to square one.
We appreciate all the continued support, prayers and love shown to our staff at The Cottages. They are truly the heroes in this story. Tom and I, with the rest of the COVID Team will continue to diligently educate ourselves with the latest innovations and ideas as well as local community and state happenings on COVID 19 pandemic, testing and treatments. At this time we are in the process of installing UV light air purifiers in our HVAC systems in all buildings for the protection of our staff, residents and visitors. The Cottages is dedicated to providing quality care as well as quality air!
Thank you for trusting us with the care of your family member. It is truly an honor for us.
Cottages General Manager
Cottages COVID team: Georgia LaBrosse RN, Tom Kosman Executive Director, Phil Anderson Maintenance & Safety Director, Cara Peterson GM