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Waunakee Manor’s response to COVID-19, Coronavirus

We’re doing everything we can to keep your loved ones and our employees safe during this challenging time. Click here to read the latest updates on what we are doing here at Waunakee Manor.

Click here to learn about donating PPE.

Click here to find out more about the COVID-19 virus, signs & symptoms.

Effective immediately, per the guidance of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Waunakee Manor has made the following changes:

  • Restricting all visitors, with exceptions for compassionate care, such as end-of-life situations
  • Restricting all volunteers and non-essential health care personnel (e.g., barbers)
  • Cancelling all group activities and communal dining in skilled nursing home and Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF)
  • Cancelling all group activities in the Independent and Assisted Living. It is recommended that Independent and Assisted Living residents do not comingle, if they choose to do so their group should not exceed 10 people
  • Communal dining in the Independent and Assisted Living has been cancelled. All meal delivery fees are being waived at this time. If a resident chooses to dine in the dining room it is being highly recommended that they eat six feet apart from one another, i.e. one resident per table
  • Implementing active screening of residents in the Skilled Nursing Home and CBRF and employees for fever and respiratory symptoms community wide

Our team is closely monitoring our community for any sign of the virus and we are providing education and resources to our residents and employees. The health of our residents and employees is our number one priority.

Each year, we prepare for and, if necessary, treat a variety of infectious diseases, such as influenza and respiratory illnesses. If an outbreak occurs, we follow the recommendations of the local health department and Centers for Disease Prevention & Control (CDC) as well as work with our physicians and medical director.

This is a fast-changing situation, and Waunakee Manor’s leadership is closely monitoring guidance and recommendations provided by CMS and CDC.

Updated May 21, 2020

To our valued residents, families, and loved ones:

By now, you have likely heard that the Wisconsin Supreme Court on May 13 overturned Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” Order, which had prohibited many businesses – like restaurants, nonessential retail stores, and bars – from allowing customers to enter their premises. Those businesses are now able to begin reopening, unless a local county/municipal order dictates they remain closed.

This communication is to notify families that a federal directive to restrict visitation at nursing facilities remains active. The federal directive is not affected by the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a formal memo on March 13 related to restricting visitation in nursing homes, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as end-of-life situations.

We at Waunakee Manor are doing as much as we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a virus which poses serious health risks to frail elderly residents. We know that the current federal directive on visitation is difficult, but right now, these interventions are needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable nursing home residents.

The entire team here at Waunakee Manor has taken on the important and noble task of caring or vulnerable elderly and disabled members of our community. Frail elders have a significantly increased health risk if they are exposed to COVID-19. We take this responsibility very seriously. We here at Waunakee Manor are working diligently and have consistently followed the requirements set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

During this unprecedented time, the overall wellness of our residents and staff is of tantamount importance. In early March, we began introducing precautions at Waunakee Manor that were designed to limit exposure to COVID-19 before DHS issued the “Safer at Home” order. We have been carefully monitoring our residents and staff since then. If either residents or staff began exhibiting symptoms, we have had them tested immediately and isolated until results were returned. We will continue to follow this policy. In the event we have a resident or employee test positive for COVID-19, we would expect to conduct facility wide testing.

Please know that we are here to support our wonderful residents, their families, and their friends. We will continue to find ways to help you have meaningful interactions with your loved one.

If you have additional questions, we encourage you to contact Susan Ohm or Katie Prellwitz.


Susan Ohm


Updated May 6, 2020

Greetings Everyone!

As we enter May, please continue to check here and our posted links for the latest updates. We continue to follow the Department of Health Services recommendations during the pandemic.

As everyone is aware (and if you forgot here is your reminder) Mother’s Day is on May 10th. For anyone that will be bringing gifts or deliveries, please bring them to our entrance on Klein Drive. This will be the ONLY entrance able to accept Mother’s Day deliveries.

Our latest endeavor in resident engagement has been giving Spa days to all our ladies here in anticipation of Mother’s Day! Each spa session has been followed by a glitzy photo shoot – watch your mail for the results! Management and staff continue to provide internal activities and entertainment, highlighted by theme days, happy hours, and Badger “Jump Around” Saturdays.

Happy National Nurse’s week to all our professional nurses here at the Manor and to those in the community that we frequently collaborate with, we appreciate you and everything you do! Thank you for being a Front-Line Fighter!

Looking ahead to National Nursing Home week, we are planning a Family, Friends, and Loved ones Parade for Friday, May 15th at 2:00pm. Please let us know if you’d like to participate by emailing, and feel free to decorate your “parade float” with signs, pictures, or something fun and creative for your loved one! The parade will begin at the Klein Drive entrance, route down Manor Drive and end on Holiday Dr. We hope this will bring some joy and smiles to everyone during these unprecedented times. We do ask that you stay in your vehicle throughout the parade, maintaining social distancing practices.

Please continue to write, email, call, or video chat, each note has been integral in keeping your loved one’s spirits up. We continue to facilitate as necessary to ensure each message or call goes answered or read.

We are resilient and strong and will get through this. As we have been talking with residents, we hear a lot of them tell us that they have been through worse, and this is only a short-term bump in the road. Their confidence that we will get through this is inspiring. That has us here at the Manor confident in our preventative practices, and that we are doing everything possible to keep everyone safe. We are in this together, Waunakee Strong!

Updated April 17, 2020

Hello Family and Friends,

We here at Waunakee Manor sincerely hope you are safe and healthy.

Please continue to follow the links posted here for the most recent COVID-19 updates. The last few weeks we have been keeping our population engaged with a variety of social distancing entertainment. Hallway bingo has been a huge hit! We do a different theme day every week for residents and staff. The theme days end with a room to room dance party! We have capped each week with a themed happy hour, where we have been going door to door with specialty beverages for the residents.

All of us here would like to give a big shout out of thanks to all of you who have donated to our PPE supply. Also, a big thanks to those that have been writing letters, emails, and staying in touch via phone or Google Duo calls. We have seen some extremely grateful loved ones on this end, who thrive on those interactions. We encourage all of you to continue communicating through those means, as much as you can.

With the extension of “Safer at Home,” we continue to follow all updated recommendations and guidelines of our governing bodies.

On behalf of administration and its staff we miss the contact and traffic of all our families, friends, and volunteers. Please Stay Safe and Stay Healthy!

Updated April 6, 2020

To ensure the safety of both our residents and staff, we need personal protective equipment (PPE). But we are running low. Gowns, masks, gloves and goggles are in high demand, yet there is currently a very limited supply. If you are looking for ways to help our residents and staff during this pandemic, please donate PPE supplies to Waunakee Manor. Please contact Susan Ohm at for more information on donating PPE supplies.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Updated April 3, 2020

For the most current set of preventative measures from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, click here:

Just a reminder to please submit your name, email, and your loved one’s name to to be added to our email update list. Personal questions in relation to your loved ones will not be addressed through this email address.

We are still offering to coordinate visits via Google Duo on many of our in house tablets and computers. Please call Social Services in advance and set up an appointment. Google Duo can be downloaded via the App Store or the Google Play Store. **MUST BE DOWNLOADED PRIOR TO APPOINTMENT. No international numbers are able to be accessed by the staff at Waunakee Manor.

We are still taking participants for our Pen Pal program, if you think your loved one would enjoy a note or drawing from an elementary school aged child, please submit their name and interests to

**NEW PRECAUTION: Due to the uncertainty of the time the virus has been reported to be able to live on cardboard and paper products, we have begun to delay mail delivery to residents by four days. We began holding back the mail on Tuesday, March 31st, the first available mail will be delivered to residents starting on Sunday, April 5th.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy!

Updated March 20, 2020

For the most current set of preventative measures from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, click here: This is also posted at each entrance to Waunakee Manor.

Please submit your name, email, and your loved one’s name to to be added to our email update list. Personal questions in relation to your loved ones will not be addressed through this email address.

As an alternative way to visit your loved one, we have setup Google Duo on many of our in house tablets and computers. If you’d like to utilize this way of visiting please call Social Services and set up an appointment. Google Duo can be downloaded via the App Store or the Google Play Store

We are also starting a pen pal program with a local elementary school, Nuestro Mundo Community School. Their students are eager to create cards and drawings. By joining our mission statements together we can connect our worlds while enhancing each other’s lives. Would you consider having your loved one participate in this optional program to help fill people’s buckets with kindness? You can choose either one time only or ongoing pen pal. Staff are on hand to assist your loved one with either of these options. If you’d like your loved one to participate, please send the following information to

  • Resident’s name
  • Your name
  • Your email
  • Your Phone number
  • Choice of one time or ongoing
  • Please provide some idea of items an elementary school age child could draw that would enlighten your loved one’s day. Examples: Favorite animals, sports, foods, seasons, hobbies.