Per Governor Polis’s direction, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released directives for outside visits with loved ones for people living in long-term care communities such as assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing. The directives require new operational protocols, which we are in the process of developing. In addition, team member training must take place before outside visits can be scheduled. We will provide an update on Cappella of Grand Junction’s ability to host these visits as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience.
Health and Happiness
While many states are in various stages of reopening, government restrictions have not changed for senior living communities. We are still under restrictive CDC status. However, CLC-Cappella has formed a Health and Happiness Committee to reevaluate our current procedures in order to strike a balance between the crucial need to maintain physical health with mental health leading to happiness.
We want to share some of the ways Cappella of Grand Junction is responding currently. Please note that these measures are subject to change at any time in response to developments in county, state, or federal policy and the health conditions in our area. Here are some of the measures available at this time, please contact us with questions or for complete details.
In Person Visits
Outdoor plexiglass visits are not appropriate for our community due to logistics and high winds. We are continuing to offer window and virtual visits.
Driving and Isolation Protocols
14-day self-isolation will no longer be required for medically essential visits. Transportation provided by the community.
Family members can drive their loved one to and from an essential medical appointment only if our own drivers are unable to accommodate. Screening and mask protocols apply.
We are not able to accommodate excursions at this time.
Family Town Hall Webinar
Our next Family Town Hall webinar is on Thursday, June 11, where you will hear from Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions organizational leaders on the latest information on what we are doing to combat COVID-19 in our community as well as what additional newly evaluated processes and procedures our community may soon be able to accommodate. Questions may be submitted in advance to Info@clcmail.org Register for the webinar here.
We are excited to share some good news. As many states are moving from “Stay at Home” to “Safer at Home” restrictions, Christian Living Communities-Cappella’s leadership team has been working to distill directives and evaluate procedures in order to strike a balance between the crucial need to maintain the physical health of residents with mental health that leads to happiness.
We have developed new procedures pertaining to in-person visits via a plexiglass divider, self-isolation after essential appointments, residents who are able, to drive themselves to essential appointments, and excursions, which vary by community based on virus activity within the community, state regulations, and level of care. In all levels of living, state directives supersede new procedures. Information on what we are preparing for residents and families was shared at our May 28th Family Town Hall Webinar which you can view here.
This is an unprecedented time, and every decision we make is with the health and happiness of residents, families, and team members in mind. We are diligently planning, resourcing materials, and training staff on the new operational procedures. We appreciate your patience and understanding as it will take some time to implement these new guidelines. Please contact us at email@example.com with any questions.
While we are overjoyed that residents can enjoy greater freedoms and in-person family visits, we are still facing a virus that disproportionally affects older adults. We ask that everyone continue to do all they can to stay healthy and be mindful of the risk of exposure to this virus. Residents must stay well for our community to be well.
Thank you for your continued support as we celebrate residents and families as they make new memories!
It is important to Cappella of Grand Junction to keep families and residents informed during the current COVID19 crisis. Please join us for the next Family Town Hall Webinar on May 14th. We will share the latest information about our organizational efforts to combat this virus as well as answer your questions. Please send your questions to Info@clcmail.org prior to the webinar.
We are pleased to share that we still have no positive cases of COVID-19 among residents and team members at Cappella of Grand Junction. We are incredibly grateful for the diligent efforts of team members to care for and serve our residents through frequent cleaning and sanitizing, delivering meals and more. We continue to ask team members to limit their social exposure as well.
While some services in many states have reopened, the easing of restrictions does not apply to senior living communities. The vulnerable older adult population is still at risk and our highest priority is to keep residents and team members healthy and safe. We understand the desire for families to see their loved ones on Mother’s Day and how hard it will be not to visit face-to-face. Families can call, send cards or flowers. Window visits, car parades, and virtual visits will make the day special and keep everyone safe. Team members in the community are planning to celebrate moms throughout the day.
In addition, it’s Nurses Week! Thank a nurse in your life for their tireless efforts. Please register for the next Virtual Town Hall scheduled for 4 p.m. MST on Thursday, May 14th.
Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time.
We hope you were able to join us for the Family Town Hall Webinar on April 30th. You will hear from Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions organizational leaders on what steps are being taken to combat the virus in the communities, you may watch the Webinar here.
While some services in our city and state will re-open next week, Cappella of Grand Junction will maintain restricted visitor access and will continue to monitor temperatures and use personal protective equipment (PPE) as per guidelines from the CDC. Governor Polis’ Safer at Home Order stipulates that older adults must continue to remain at home, and that community restrictions and protocols stay in place. As an example, if a resident leaves for a hair appointment, they will still need to go on 14-day self-isolation in their apartment or suite even though some hair salons are open with a modified schedule. Team members will not move between the communities, and will be screened before working a shift.
During the restricted visitation, we encourage family members to call or arrange a video call with loved ones. We are also happy to forward a note or card.
We also continue to ask team members to use social distancing and shelter-at-home measures when not at work. Though it is challenging, especially when the rest of the city is loosening restrictions, these steps are intended to ensure the health and safety of everyone who lives and works at our community. As resident and team member safety is our top concern we continue to follow all virus protocols and monitoring the latest research, recommendations and are talking daily with epidemiologist and medical directors at the state level.
These precautions help us protect the vulnerable older adult population we serve. We are grateful for all of you and appreciate your proactive support and efforts during this period.
We hope you were able to join us for the Family Town Hall Webinar on April 16th. Due to very high attendance, some participants were unable to join or lost the connection. You will find the complete recording of the webinar here. Additionally, there will be a new Town Hall Webinar on April 30th at 4 pm MT. You can register for that webinar with this link.
April 16th, 4pm MT | 5pm CT | 6pm ET
As always we will share the latest information about our organizational efforts to combat COVID-19 as well as answer questions people pre-submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are happy to update this status and let you know that we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Cappella of Grand Junction. Also, the State of Colorado has issued new directives requiring team members who work directly with positive or presumed positive residents to wear N95 masks. Anyone working directly with other residents needs to wear medical masks and cloth masks will be worn for those without direct contact. These measures are taken out of an abundance of caution. The team continues extensive virus prevention protocols to help keep EVERYONE who lives and works at Cappella of Grand Junction safe and well. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to this website and our Facebook page.
CLC-Cappella invites you to watch the recent combined family member town hall where leadership shared the latest developments on combating the COVID-19 virus in all 24 of our supported communities. Our focus remains on the safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works in each community.
Watch the Town Hall here: https://vimeo.com/403684260/3d6333c45d
You may direct any further questions to email@example.com. Thank you for your support during this crisis. Together, we can get through this.
The Governor of the State of Colorado has issued a stay-at-home order also known as a shelter-in-place order effective at 6:00 am Thursday, March 26th. This order means at that time, residents of Cappella of Grand Junction will not be allowed to leave the community except for essential medical visits.
All previous virus mitigation restrictions continue to remain in place regarding dining, limited life enrichment, and only essential care visitors. Only essential businesses continue to operate; senior living providers are deemed as essential businesses. All community employees are considered to be essential workers and will continue to report to work as scheduled, providing they are well.
All Cappella of Grand Junction employees and care essential visitors will continue to be screened, and temperatures checked before entering the community. We maintain daily virus-mitigation cleanings and careful assessment for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
At this time, we DO NOT have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community.
We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Please check back to this website and Facebook page for the latest updates and information.
As always, the health and safety of residents and team members are the number one priority. Thank you for your support during this COVID-19 health crisis.
Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions hope you were able to attend the recent Town Hall Discussion. If you were unable to attend we have provided a recording; you will hear organizational leaders share what we are doing to prevent and prepare during this critical time. Please click the link to watch the video, you may also send any questions you have to Info@clclmail.org
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/399164044/3bc15134c4
They say challenging times bring out the best in people. Anyone who has tried to buy toilet paper recently may disagree with that statement. In a broader sense, however, we see evidence this is true. Neighbors are reaching out on the Nextdoor social media app offering to purchase groceries and run errands for older neighbors; teachers are providing non-perishable food to low-income students while schools are closed, and most importantly, the majority of Americans are following guidelines for social distancing. Nevertheless, social isolation can bring problems of its own. If you have a family member living in a nursing, assisted living or memory support community, you may be especially feeling that isolation. Fortunately, readily available technology can aid in alleviating some of the loneliness and anxiety about your loved one while helping to build community at the same time.
There are multiple free or very low-cost ways to connect with loved ones through technology. The most obvious and lowest-tech one is the phone. A daily phone call cannot only make your family member feel important, but it is a good way to check up on their mental wellbeing.
Older adults who live in a community can benefit from team members helping them connect via technology with family. If a resident is not comfortable using platforms like Skype or FaceTime to video chat with loved ones, Life Enrichment Coordinators can help them make the video calls. Additionally, Cappella Living Solutions utilizes the OneDay phone application. This is a video sharing app that enables team members to record short videos of residents’ life stories or daily activities and send them directly to family members. They can also share the video to social media when appropriate.
Social media is an excellent way to stay connected. Instagram and Facebook are great visual means for sending messages to isolated family members. In 2018, Facebook launched Watch Parties. A Watch Party is a way to connect and watch an event, program or video with other people and chat via the app. Recently, churches have used Watch Parties or YouTube Live to connect worshippers with compromised immune systems with their fellow congregants. There are also Facebook groups that focus on common interests, hobbies, and discussion topics. With a little set-up and help, older adults can participate and feel they are a part of a much larger community.
We want to help older adults find purpose in this time of social distancing. We hope this restricted access to assisted living and memory support communities will be short, and family members and loved ones can get back to their normal engaging routines. In the meantime, there are benefits to short periods without distractions. If you want to help, consider sending fun greeting cards to your local senior living community. Have children draw pictures and send letters to residents; they may even get a response letter. Cappella Living Solutions is encouraging residents to start seedlings by providing pots and seeds to grow in their apartments and many similar creative outlets. Great creativity is a bi-product of such times!
We continue to work closely with state and local officials to balance resident safety, team member safety, and access for families and healthcare partners during heightened COVID-19 concerns. While no cases have been identified in Cappella Grand Junction, we are now implementing new CMS and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment directives to restrict access to our assisted living, and memory support neighborhoods. This means that no visitors will be allowed within the assisted living, memory support neighborhoods at this time unless they are part of the required care team for an individual resident. Compassion visits may be accommodated for loved ones of a resident who is actively in an end of life situation. Such visitors will be screened and their temperatures taken before entering the community.
Additionally, CMS guidelines require us to no longer host dining services in our dining rooms; residents will receive their meals in their apartments or suites. Life enrichment group activities are also canceled at this time.
Residential and independent living neighborhoods continue to screen all Guests for symptoms and we are encouraging social distancing. As we have no COVID-19 cases in the community, we continue to welcome new residents into all levels of living.
We are doing everything we can to ensure residents are well cared for, but also that they continue to have joy and purpose during these restrictions. These measures are an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing and isolation are the only proven way to stop the spread of the virus. We will work with families to help them connect with their loved one via technologies as Face-time, Skype and video conferencing. As always, resident’s health and wellbeing are our primary concerns.
We are now implementing new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) directives as well as regional health suggestions and have upgraded to Restricted Status access for our community during this heightened COVID-19 situation. This means that no visitors will be allowed into the community at this time unless they are part of the required care team for an individual resident. Compassion visits may be accommodated for loved ones of a resident who is actively in an end of life situation. Such visitors will be screened and their temperatures are taken before entering the community.
Additionally, we will no longer host-dining services in our dining rooms starting with breakfast services on 3/19. The resident will have the option of coming to the dining room for a “grab and go” meal or they can choose to receive their meals in their apartments. Life enrichment group activities are also canceled at this time. Individual life enrichment programs are being implemented.
We know this is difficult news for families and residents. We are doing everything we can to ensure residents are well cared for, but also that they continue to have joy and purpose during these restrictions. These measures are an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing and isolation are the only proven way to stop the spread of the virus. We will work with families to help them connect with their loved one via technologies as Face-time, Skype and video conferencing.
With the continued spread of the coronavirus and recent news of fatalities in the US, we want to communicate initiatives we are taking to address concerns residents and family members of Cappella of Grand Junction may have. First, the health and wellbeing of the community (including team members) is our highest priority. Our clinical team created coronavirus specific policies and procedures based on our norovirus-prevention-guide already in place. We are keeping applicable personnel informed as new information is gathered and we’ve implemented specific action items and guidelines to protect residents in Assisted Living and Memory Support Neighborhoods. We want to encourage everyone to help prevent the potential of the virus entering our community by avoiding close contact with people who are sick and we are requiring team members who are ill to stay home. Following everyday preventive actions like washing hands, using alcohol-based hand sanitizers and covering your cough is also recommended.
You can read more about our Coronavirus preparedness on the Christian Living Communities website.
We are all in this together! If you have any questions, please contact us.
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