Coronavirus Update

Update 4/8/20

New Mask Directive from the State of Colorado

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 measured 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.

Update 4/3/20

CLC-Cappella Communities Family Member Town Hall

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 info@clcmail.org. Thank you for your support during this crisis. Together, we can get through this.

Update 3/25/20

Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order

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.

Update 3/17/20

Webinar Town Hall Meeting on COVID-19 for Colorado Communities

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  

Update 3/17/20

Finding Ways to Connect for Older Adults during Social Distancing Directives

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!

Update 3/14/20

Updated status for Colorado Assisted Living, Memory Support Communities

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.

Update 3/12/20

New Federal Directives to Protect Cappella Grand Junction Residents

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.

Watch the video to see the NBC News coverage on our virus prevention protocol.

Update 3/5/20

Coronavirus and Cappella of Grand Junction

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.

Read the latest updates from CMS/CDC

We are all in this together! If you have any questions, please contact us.

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