COVID-19

Communities that serve seniors are at an increased risk for COVID-19.

We remain committed to the health and safety of our staff and residents, while keeping our community informed. Early on we addressed this by putting a number of policies and procedures in place that focused on the safety of our residents and staff.

Thank you to the dedicated staff that work even harder now during this pandemic to keep our residents safe and happy – you are truly Heroes.

Below you’ll find information about the restrictions in place, what we’re doing to keep our residents engaged and active, and helpful links and contacts for more information.

You can also sign up for our email list and receive updates about what’s happening at Three Pillars and specifically around COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Medina, our Infection Preventionist, RN at mmedina@threepillars.org

Thank you.

Mark Strautman, President & CEO

       Onsite Visits        

   Maintaining Health    

            Wellness          

     How Can I Help?      

              FAQs               

Three Pillars' COVID-19 Hotline

Questions? Concerns? Call Us. 

262.965.7094

 

Background Information

What is a coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus in December 2019.

Watch for symptoms of COVID-19 (Last updated November 19, 2020)

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever greater than 100 degrees
  • New or worsening cough (not associated with an existing/known condition – smoking, snoring, allergy nasal drip).
  • New or worsening shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (not associated with existing/known condition or anxiety).
  • Sore throat (not associated with an existing/known condition – smoking, snoring, allergy nasal drip).
  • Myalgia (muscle/body aches of unknown cause).
  • Chills
  • Chills with repeated shaking
  • New, worsening, or unexplained headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • New, worsening, or unexplained congestion or runny nose
  • New, worsening, or unexplained nausea or vomiting
  • New, worsening, or unexplained diarrhea

You can learn more by going to the Centers for Disease Control Symptom page

Find testing information for Wisconsin by going to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services! 

What are we doing to keep our residents and staff safe?

  • Requiring all staff wear a surgical mask while at work
  • Screening all staff before the start of their shift
  • Following a strict cleaning and disinfection process across campus
  • Voluntarily testing asymptomatic staff
  • Testing new, returning, and symptomatic residents
  • Limited communal dining and activities
  • Implementing shopping alternatives for residents
  • Facilitating video calls and window visits to help our residents and families stay in touch, and as of September 2020, offering some scheduled outdoor visitation. Please see below for details.
  • Sending regular staff and family updates

Onsite Visits (Last updated November 16, 2020)

OUTDOOR VISITS:

  • Scheduled outdoor visits are not currently available at the Masonic Center for Health and Rehab and at Compass Point. 
     

INDOOR VISITS:

  • Scheduled indoor visits are not currently available due to the high COVID-19 positivity rate in the county. 

    • When we are able to offer them, visitors will be able to sign-up for an indoor visit at any available building here: http://bit.ly/3PVisits
    • In preparation for indoor visits beginning soon, familiarize yourself with our indoor visit policies, which include all guidelines you need to know:
      Village on the Square   Compass Point  Masonic Center for Health & Rehab and Riverside Lodge coming soon


GENERAL INFO FOR ALL ONSITE VISITS:

  • For Riverside Lodge, Compass Point, and Masonic Center for Health & Rehab residents, a Resident Negotiated Risk and Waiver of Liability Agreement is required by the resident or Resident Responsible Party before or at the time of the first visit, whether it's indoors or outdoors. This form is kept on file. If you are the Healthcare Power of Attorney for an RSL, CP, or MCHR resident, please complete this form.

  • We also suggest reading the CDC's resource, "How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19"

  • Each visitor must complete the following forms in order to visit, either outdoors or indoors. We invite you to print and bring them along with you, or the person who checks you in for your visit will have copies available: 

We look forward to seeing you on campus - thank you!
 

Current Restrictions, Cancelations, and Closures(Last updated November 6, 2020)

We continue to create opportunities for our residents and families to stay engaged. However, because of this pandemic, there are a number of activities we suspended until it is safe to resume them. We are actively working on recovery plans now, and as soon as it is safe to resume them we will.

The following restrictions are currently in place, as well as what’s canceled and closed until further notice:

  • If you are coming into campus buildings for any reason, you must be pre approved by management and screen through the screening trailer
  • No in-person indoor visits are permitted
  • No group activities, gatherings, and outings
  • Limited communal dining
  • No worship gatherings
  • No large group gatherings
  • Wellness Connection - Closed
  • All Lunch and Learn programs - Canceled

For Waukesha data, visit the Waukesha County website.

Guidelines & Precautions 

An important part of staying healthy is paying attention to and practicing the precautions we have in place.  

We follow guidelines and requirements from the Wisconsin Department of Health, and those from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which are based on the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) guidelines.

Some of the most important things we can do to protect ourselves and others includes:

  • Wear a mask when out in public
  • Practice good hand hygiene, including washing your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds and high alcohol hand sanitizer when soap is not readily available
  • Maintain good social distancing of at least six feet while around others
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Avoid mass transit, but wear a mask if it's necessary 

How We're Maintaining Our Physical, Social, and Spiritual Health

We are committed to our residents’ happiness, while providing them opportunities to remain active. The COVID-19 restrictions and requirements have only strengthened that commitment.

We have worked hard to creatively keep our residents physically, socially, and spiritually healthy, engaged, and connected.

Whether it’s scheduled window visits, outdoor scavenger hunts, or Bingo via Zoom, there are still a lot of ways to have fun at Three Pillars.

  • Read more about a few ways our team worked with our residents during the pandemic.
  • In honor of Older Americans Month in May, we created our sixth annual music video. While we couldn’t do this year's project in partnership with KM Perform as we traditionally have, we weren't about to let a pandemic stop the fun. We stayed safe and healthy as we created this video, celebrating this year's national theme of, "Make Your Mark," in a BIG way – read the press release here and watch the video here!
  • View our photo gallery featuring all the ways we’ve stayed physically, socially, and spiritually healthy, engaged, and connected during COVID-19 

We get by with a little help from our friends – the community rallied around our residents and staff to show their enormous support and love!

Please send letters to:

Three Pillars Senior Living Communities

Attn: Sunshine Mail

410 N. Main Street

Dousman, WI 53118

To schedule a window visit or virtual call with someone who lives at Three Pillars, please contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange that:

    • Compass Point: Tina Rose, 262.965.7232
    • Masonic Center for Health & Rehab: Melissa Gibbs, 262.965.7233
    • For instructions on how to use Zoom for a virtual call, click here

Wellness

Our Wellness Connection Coordinator, along with our Lifestyles and Recreation teams, are doing everything they can to keep our residents in touch with their loved ones and engaged with creative activities.

Wellness is important - you are your best investment! That means doing what you can manage each day to meet physical, mental, spiritual, social, intellectual, environmental, and financial needs.

Here are some helpful resources:

  • Movement is important, but make sure you do what works for you. You know your body best. Slowly progressing into a daily movement routine is smart training. Try this simple chair movement to get started.
  • It’s amazing what five minutes of mindfulness can do for you. Take time to relax and be present with this five-minute guided body scan.
  • Every day is a new opportunity, and taking as little as 10 minutes for yourself each day has been proven to make a positive impact on health in a variety of ways.

We look forward to offering more opportunities for you to find your happy, healthy place. If you would like more information, please contact Dawn Mans, our Wellness Connection Coordinator at 262.965.7017.

How Can I Help?

We are humbled by the generosity of individuals, families, friends, and businesses who have asked how they can help our staff and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff are working hard to safeguard the well-being of our seniors, and we are grateful for the support we continue to receive.

We get a lot of questions about how to help or get involved. Outside of sending sunshine mail for our residents, the following are other ways to support our work:

Make a financial contribution. Generous donations of any size will allow us to purchase essential personal protective equipment (PPE), provide additional opportunities for communication between residents and families, enhance staffing to oversee increased cleaning procedures, and continue to rent a trailer, where staff temperatures and screenings occur at the start of every shift. Make an online donation here to support these critical efforts.

Donate personal protective care items. We are always in need of the following items, which are put directly to use:

  • Hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • Handmade cloth masks

Donations can be dropped off in our white donation mailbox near our entrance at 410 N. Main Street, Dousman, WI 53118.

Donations can also be mailed to:

Three Pillars Senior Living Communities

Attn: Chief Development Officer

375 State Road 67

Dousman, WI 53118

Thank you for your kindness and support!

Stay Connected

If you want to stay in touch with the latest COVID-19 updates, consider signing up for our email list.

You can also follow us on our social channels below

 

                     

Additional Resources

  • To schedule a window visit or virtual call with someone who resides at Three Pillars, please contact us and we’ll be happy to arrange for that:
    • Compass Point: Tina Rose, 262.965.7232
    • Masonic Center for Health & Rehab: Melissa Gibbs, 262.965.7232
    • For instructions on how to use Zoom for a virtual call, click here
  • Have a general COVID-19 question pertaining to Three Pillars? Please email our Infection Preventionist, RN, Mary Medina at mmedina@threepillars.org
  • To become an approved visitor, please call our Chief Operating Officer, Dave Rademacher, at 262.965.7425
  • Have a question about the latest happenings in the state? Please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

FAQs

Below, please find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

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 I want to drop off a package for my loved one - where do I do that?

You may label and drop the package off in the vestibule of the building in which your loved one resides at. A member of our team will retrieve, sanitize (if applicable), and deliver it. If it’s something that cannot wait in the vestibule, please call ahead to arrange the drop-off:

  • MCHR – 262.965.2111
  • Riverside Lodge – 262.965.7397
  • Compass Point – 262.965.7180
  • Village on the Square – 262.965.7390
 A resident has an outside appointment - do they need to isolate when they come back?

No, they do not. They must wear a mask and maintain social distancing while out in public. We encourage residents to leave only for essential medical appointments.

 If a resident who’s previously been in isolation takes a COVID-19 test and the results are negative, can they get out of isolation sooner?

The short answer is no. Our regulatory guidance from the Department of Health Services (DHS) is that residents who are new residents, readmissions, or symptomatic need to isolate for 14 days regardless of a negative test result. Our clinical staff recommend that approach throughout campus areas not licensed through DHS. 

 Do I have to wear a mask when visiting?

Yes. If you are on Three Pillars’ campus for a scheduled visit, you must have a face covering / mask on—it is a proven deterrent to putting others at risk for the virus.

 My loved one resides at Three Pillars and I’d like to bring them to my home for a meal - can I do that?

Yes, it is the right of all residents to come and go, but depending on the circumstance and safety measures taken, the resident may be asked to isolate on return in order to protect neighboring residents.

 When are you going to open up for visits?

Scheduled outdoor visits are permitted at Riverside Lodge Memory Care and Village on the Square as of Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Sign up for a visit via the link above. We anticipate to begin scheduled outdoor visits at Compass Point Assisted Living and the Masonic Center for Health & Rehab later in September 2020. Please check back for that information, and we'll let you know as guidelines allow for other types of visits in the future.

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