Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates


If you wish to drop off supplies for your loved one, please do the following:

Bag your items in a plastic bag, tied at the top. Label the bag clearly using masking tap or by stapling a piece of paper with your loved ones full name and apartment number.

Bring your bag(s), one at a time to the exterior entrance door of the building and place it down.  Return to your car. Staff will be out to gather the supplies and take them to your loved one.

Supply drop off hours are:

  • Monday thru Friday: 2 pm to 4 pm
  • Saturday/Sunday: 3 pm to 4 pm

Please be certain not to come within 6 ft of other individuals that are also dropping off supplies.

You may also direct ship items to the building.

We thank you for your cooperation during this time.


Barbara Bittner
Chief Operating Officer
BAKA Enterprises, Inc.


As you are aware, Personal Protective Equipment is extremely difficult to find. Most supplies are being alotted to hospitals (where they need to be); however, as healthcare providers with a high risk population, we are finding ourselves unable to locate PPE through our normal vendors and other providers. The Strategic National Supply has been opened, but unfortunately, assisted livings will receive minimal PPE from this release.

Therefore, we are seeking donations of the following items:

  • N95 respirators or other masks used in construction or by painters, automotive personnel, etc.
  • Isolation Masks (Surgical Masks)
  • Isolation Gowns ( as well as disposable painters coveralls with hoods or reusable rainsuits with hoods)
  • Shoe Covers (these can be painters, plumbers, etc. shoe covers)

We would like to thank all those in the community for your understanding and assistance during the unprecedented time.


Barbara A. Bittner,
Chief Operating Officer
BAKA Enterprises, Inc."


As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread throughout the world and begins to impact our surrounding communities, we want to assure you that BAKA Enterprises is taking all the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well being of the residents and staff in all of our communities.   Even though COVID-19 can infect anyone of any age, it is especially dangerous for those with living with a compromised immune system, as well as our elderly population.  For these reasons we are taking special precautions with all visitors and residents in the upcoming weeks.

We are committed to protecting the health of our residents and staff, which is why our team has been working tirelessly to review, discuss and implement suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The World Health Organization (WHO), Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WisDHS), and The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

As we continue to protect our communities from potential exposure to COVID-19, we are implementing the following  - effective immediately:

    • Restrict community entrance to only:
      • Medically necessary personnel
      • Facility staff
      • Those entering to assist with end of life care
      • Implement a Facility Staff / Visitor Questionnaire
    • Restrict resident non-medically necessary outings until further notice:
      • No resident outings, unless medically necessary
      • If resident leaves for a non-medically necessary outing, re-entry to the community may be refused.
      • Review and print “Resident Acknowledgement of No Outings” for additional details.
    • Pandemic Plan
      • Plan consists of four phases
      • Developed based on recommendations from the CDC, WHO, and WisDHS
      • Review and print “Pandemic Plan” for additional information
      • All BAKA communities are currently in Phase 1: Precautionary Measures (No active cases)
    • Volunteer Recruitment
      • We must be prepared for potential staff shortages should COVID-19 reach the Pandemic Phase in a community
      • Seeking Lead Volunteer to coordinate all volunteers
      • Seeking volunteers ages 16 or older to assist in daily, non-medical community tasks should we experience a staff shortage due to COVID-19
      • Review and print “Volunteer Recruitment Form” for additional information.

We truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation, as we work together to ensure the safety of everyone residing or working in one of our communities.  We will let you know when these precautionary measures are no longer necessary.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact us directly at

Michael Fredrickson
Vice President of Business Development
BAKA Enterprises, Inc.

The material and information contained on these documents is for general information purposes only. You should not rely upon the material or information on these documents as a basis for making any business, legal or any other decisions.

Whilst we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct, BAKA Enterprises, Inc. makes no representation or warranties of any kind, express or implied about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the documents or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the documents for any purpose. Any action you take upon the information on these documents is therefore strictly at your own risk, and we will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of these documents.


We are continuing to closely monitor information and recommendations regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be providing updates to our residents and families as they unfold. In the meantime, please visit the CDC website for recommendations and other important updates regarding the virus.

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -

CLICK HERE to see a video that answers important questions about hand washing and hand sanitizer.

El lavado / desinfección adecuada de las manos juega un papel clave para ayudar a minimizar la propagación del coronavirus y otras enfermedades. Tómese un momento para ver este video y aprender a lavarse / desinfectarse las manos adecuadamente.

The World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic concerning the Coronavirus. The Center for Disease Control has advised us to limit non-essential personnel visits to our Assisted Living and Memory Care communities at this time. Please DO NOT enter a community if you are not an essential personnel team member.

Friends and families are encouraged to visit this page, or stay tuned to our Facebook page for continued updates.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we work together to protect the health and safety of our staff and residents during this time!

- BAKA Enteprises, Inc.

Helpful ways to protect you and your family

Stay safe and prepared with these simple tips

  • Wash your hands with soap often and for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid heavily public areas and touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay at home even if you develop mild symptoms like a headache or slightly runny nose until you recover
  • If you develop a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call ahead to your local MD or Clinic, make them aware of your symptoms and request guidance.

Estimados residentes y miembros de familias:

El Coronavirus (virus COV-19) ahora está activo en los Estados Unidos, incluyendo casos en Texas. El coronavirus es similar a otras enfermedades transmisibles como la gripe y el norovirus en la forma en que se propaga y la forma en que podemos ralentizar o prevenir la propagación.

Para proteger a los residentes y al personal de nuestra comunidad, estamos exigiendo que todos los visitantes y empleados se adhieran a las siguientes medidas de precaución:


  • Cúbrasela nariz y la boca al toser o estornudar. Deseche inmediatamente el tejido en un recipiente de basura.
  • Láveselas manos con agua y jabón durante un mínimo de veinte segundos, especialmente después de toser o estornudar.
  • Los CDC también recomiendan el uso frecuente del desinfectante de manos (manténgalo en su vehículo, trabajo y hogar).
  • Evite elcontacto con personas enfermas.
  • Quédese en casasi se siente enfermo o si está experimentando síntomas proporcionados en la lista de verificación adjunta. Esto reduce la propagación del virus a otros.
  • No toquelos ojos, la nariz, la boca o la cara a menos que se lave las manos inmediatamente después.
  • Notifique asu comunidad inmediatamente si ha visitado dentro de los 14 días y presenta síntomas (ver lista de verificación) o si se le diagnostica Coronavirus.
  • No visitea la comunidad si se siente enfermo, tiene fiebre, está tosiendo, estornudando, sin aliento, siente fatiga extrema, o ha experimentado diarrea y/o vómitos.


En caso de que se enferme, el Departamento de Servicios de Seguridad y Salud aconseja a todos que se preparen para el aislamiento del hogar mediante la compra de suficientes suministros durante 14 días, incluyendo alimentos, agua y medicamentos de comodidad, etc.

Para más pautas y actualizaciones, por favor visite los enlaces Globales, Federales, Estatales y locales a continuación:

Organización Mundial de la Salud (GLOBAL) HTTPS://

Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (Federal)

Departamento de Seguridad y Servicios de Salud de Texas (Estado)

Departamentos locales de salud pública:

Asesoramiento de viajes:



Bernadette Banda-Cole, RN MSN MHA CRRN

Bernadette Banda-Cole RN MSN MHA CRRN
Director Regional de Servicios de Salud - Texas
Vida asistida por Sunridge
1991 Saul Kleinfeld Dr.
El Paso, Texas 79936

Dear Residents and Family Members:

The Coronavirus (COV-19 Virus) is now active in the U.S., including cases in Texas.  Coronavirus is similar to other communicable diseases such as Influenza and Norovirus in the way it is spread and in the way we can slow or prevent the spread.

To protect the residents and staff in our community, we are requiring all visitors and employees adhere to the following precautionary measures:


  • COVER your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Immediately discard the tissue in a trash receptacle.
  • WASH your hands with soap and water for a minimum of twenty seconds. Especially after you cough or sneeze.
    1. CDC also recommends frequent use of hand sanitizer (keep it in your vehicle, at work, home).
  • AVOID contact with ill people.
  • STAY HOME if you feel sick or are experiencing symptoms provided on the enclosed checklist. This reduces the spread of the virus to others.
  • DO NOT TOUCH your eyes, nose, mouth or face unless you wash your hands immediately after.
  • NOTIFY our community immediately if you have visited within 14 days and develop symptoms (see checklist) or are diagnosed with Coronavirus.
  • DO NOT VISIT the community if you feel ill, have a fever, are coughing, sneezing, short of breath, feel extreme fatigue, or have experienced diarrhea and/or vomiting.


In case you become ill, the Department of Safety and Health Services advises everyone to prepare for home isolation by purchasing enough supplies for 14 days including food, water, comfort medications, etc.

For further guidelines and updates, please visit the Global, Federal, State & Local links below.



Mindy Joerndt, RN BSN, DON-CLTC
BAKA Enterprises, Inc.
VP of Health Services
5555 W. Grande Market Drive, Suite A
Appleton, WI 54913

What happens if there is a confirmed Coronavirus case in the Assisted Living community?


  • Symptomatic residents must wear a mask and remain in their apartment or specified isolation area until symptoms have ended.
  • The Public Health Department will be notified immediately.
  • Residents and Families will be notified as soon as possible via the community Facebook page and posters at the front entrance.
  • Access to the community will be restricted to staff and health care workers.
  • All trips to non-essential medical appointments, shopping and events will be canceled until the community has been cleared by the public health department.
  • Residents will communicate with friends and family electronically (Skype, Duo, Whats App, etc.)
  • Family members will be required to communicate with the community via email to keep phone lines open for Health Department workers, 911 and other needs.

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