As you may have already been made aware, as of May 13, 2020, the Governor’s Safer-at-Home Order was struck down by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. While this may impact how life is lived outside of Shady Lane, we want to let you know that we remain committed to maintaining the same level of care and safety.
We also want to let you know what has not changed here at Shady Lane. We will still be following best practice guidelines for infection prevention as published by the CDC and CMS, both of which currently states that facilities should restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. Residents are also not allowed to leave the campus, unless for an essential appointment. 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.
We realize the stress this puts on you and your loved ones and truly do empathize with this situation. We also want to stress our dedication in providing compassionate care and keeping your loved one safe. We look forward to welcoming you back with open arms when we are able to do so without jeopardizing the safety of our residents.
These are not decisions we take lightly, and in the case of CMS regulations, these are not decisions we can legally deviate from as a Medicare/Medicaid certified facility.
Although in-person visits are still currently restricted, we would like to invite you to take advantage of the virtual visit options that we have already implemented within our activity department. We are working with public health officials and regulators to determine what, if any, changes can be made to visitation policies.
Finally, on behalf of our staff and other residents, we want to thank you for your continued support and understanding during these difficult times. Nearly all American’s are having to make sacrifices during this pandemic; your sacrifices and the sacrifices being made by our residents are exponentially greater and are a reflection of your love and commitment to the safety of your loved one, and the rest of the residents here at Shady Lane.
Hopefully, we will be able to expand safe visitation and outings soon so we can welcome you back into our community and see you reunited with your family member. Until that time, your patience, understanding, and support are greatly appreciated.
We truly are In This Together.