COVID-19 Status Update

Expanded Visitation Rules Go into Effect at Cappella of Grand Junction Immediately – No Fooling!

 This is not an April fool’s joke, friends and families now have more options to connect with their loved ones.

The Colorado State Health Department released new directives aligning state regulations with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) newly expanded visitations for long-term care facilities, including our assisted living community.

The state guidance still recommends outdoor visitations whenever possible because there is less chance of spreading the virus.

We are now able to offer indoor visits with the some guidelines and exceptions.  Learn more below under Latest Updates.

 

Covid19

Latest Updates

5/7/21

In our continued commitment to timely and transparent updates, we want to let our Cappella of Grand Junction family know that we have received a positive test result for a team member working in our memory support neighborhood. The team member last worked on May 5, is asymptomatic, and is isolating at home. The team member worked overnights and had minimal contact with residents.

We will conduct another round of testing for all residents and team members on Monday, May 10.

At this time, there are no other changes to community life, dining, or visitation programs at Cappella of Grand Junction.

We continue to follow local, state and federal health directives and virus mitigation protocols including stringent anti-virus cleanings, which we have increased in frequency. We continue to screen all residents, team members and visitors daily for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including taking temperatures. We thank everyone for their vigilance with these efforts and in wearing a mask, as this helps stop the spread of the virus.

The health and safety of everyone who lives and works at Cappella of Grand Junction is of paramount importance to us. We continue to encourage everyone associated with our community to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, as it greatly reduces the impact of the virus on our community.

Thank you for your continued support.

4/1/21

Expanded Visitation Rules Go into Effect at Cappella of Grand Junction Immediately – No Fooling!

This is not an April fool’s joke, friends and families now have more options to connect with their loved ones.

The Colorado State Health Department released new directives aligning state regulations with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) newly expanded visitations for long-term care facilities, including our assisted living community.

The state guidance still recommends outdoor visitations whenever possible because there is less chance of spreading the virus.

We are now able to offer indoor visits with the following guidelines and exceptions:

  • Visits will be allowed regardless of the resident’s vaccination status except in the following high-risk COVID-19 transmission situations:
    • If a resident is unvaccinated and our county’s Covid positivity rate is above 10% and fewer than 70% of the community residents are vaccinated. Currently, 86% of our residents have received both doses of the vaccine. If a resident is fully vaccinated, they may have visitors regardless of the county positivity rate.
    • If a resident has a confirmed COVID-19 infection and/or has not yet passed the quarantine time frame.
  • Visit guidelines include allowing visits in a resident’s apartment or suite if the resident is vaccinated and allows for physical contact such as hugs IF the resident has been vaccinated.
  • Appointments are required and to ensure we can serve all families; apartment visits will be limited to two hours. As time goes on, we hope to extend this time.
  • All visitors must be escorted to see the resident apartment.
  • Supervised children are allowed to visit as long as they are able to continually wear a mask, follow virus mitigation protocols, and socially distance if your loved one has not yet been vaccinated.
  • With prior permission, a pet may visit one resident at a time, pets may not go from room to room.

A resident may have 2 visitors at one time. Children are counted as a visitor. Visits will be hosted in the Community Room and or in the resident’s apartment depending on vaccination status. All visitors and residents must continue to wear masks during the visit, and all visits must be scheduled, with no drop-in visits allowed.

All visitors must first be screened and have their temperature checked. If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your visit for the health and well-being of everyone at Cappella.

We have the full Colorado Health Department Directive linked here and the CMS flyer about tips for your visit here.

Scheduling information for the Community Room:  970.822.7070

Sunday – Saturday

  • 9:30 – 10:15a
  • 10:30-11:15a
  • 1:30p – 2:15p
  • 2:30 – 3:15p

*Community Room Indoor Visits can accommodate two families at a time and are limited to two family members + resident for 45 mins. with a 24-hr. advanced notice.

*Apartment visits are limited to two family members for two hours.  A 24 hr. advanced noticed is required.  A limit of four families per time slot. All visitors MUST remain in resident apartment for duration of visit.

*Outdoor Patio Visits are permitted with no time limit – however if your loved one requires assistance by a care team member prior to your visit, a minimum two-hour notice is required.

Scheduling information Resident apartment visits:  970.822.7070

Sunday – Saturday

  • 9:00a
  • 11:00a
  • 1:00p
  • 3:00p

All visitors must plan to leave by 5p.m.– Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

We are just as excited as residents and families are about these new visitation opportunities. We know personal connections are vital to resident’s well-being. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we roll-out these new directives and get everything set up to welcome you!

3/11/21

We are preparing for some wonderful family reunions! Just yesterday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new guidance that communities like ours should offer responsible and safe visit options regardless of vaccination status for families and residents. CMS put in place some restrictions, and as has been the case throughout the pandemic, we must receive the green light from the Colorado health department before we can actually host more indoor visits. Read the specific information on our Christian Living Communities website.

Latest Vaccine Information

Click here for Dr. Amy Mohler: Facts about the Covid-19 Vaccine Video

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans

First In-Community Vaccine Clinic Date

Wednesday, January 20th           3-5pm              Walgreens Pharmacy – Pfizer Vaccine

All residents and team members need to have their most current insurance cards. If you misplaced your insurance card please make sure you get a replacement card for yourself or your loved one as soon as possible, so the process moves forward as smoothly as possible. Please take a look at the below links for further information.

COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plans

Find our latest information on the vaccine here.

Frequently Asked Questions | 12.3.20

This Frequently Asked Questions document is intended to give information to residents, families, team members, and the general community regarding the status of rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine in our communities. Information is changing daily. There are times the federal directive and state directives are different. Christian Living Communities (CLC) – Cappella Living Solutions is committed to providing accurate information as timely as possible. This document will be updated and available as changes warrant. For vaccine-specific information, we request the CDC documents be shared.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has prioritized older adults and people working in Long-Term Care to be part of the first-tier to receive the vaccine. Will my loved one’s Community be included?

All CLC-Cappella communities are registered with the Pharmacy Partnership for Long Term Care Initiative to be part of the vaccine’s first-tier distribution. At the moment, we believe this will include team members and residents of skilled nursing and assisted living communities. We are waiting to hear if residential (independent) living residents/team members will also be included in the first-tier distribution.

Where does the vaccine approval currently stand

We anticipate the emergency use approval for the Pfizer vaccine could be as early as December 10th. The discussion for the Moderna vaccine will be on December 17th. Once approval is given, the federal government will then distribute the vaccine to the states for inoculations. Each state will then set a state-specific timeline and process for vaccine distribution and administration. We anticipate all of the states we support will follow the CDC tier guidelines for prioritizing who will receive the vaccine first, but that has not been firmly confirmed.

Once the states get the vaccine, how will it be distributed to Long-Term Care?

These are some of the details still being worked out. At this point, because all of our communities are registered in the federal pharmacy partnership, we will receive the vaccine through either CVS or Walgreens pharmacy or both. We anticipate the pharmacy teams coming to our communities to administer the vaccines to residents, working closely with our clinical teams. We are awaiting more details regarding team member vaccination.

How will the vaccine be rolled out in our Community?

We will begin by educating residents, families, and team members. The CDC has provided some information sheets that will be distributed and posted on websites to answer questions specifically around vaccine development, safety, and why getting the vaccine is beneficial. We will work with our assigned pharmacy, who will store, distribute, administered the vaccine. We anticipate the pharmacy will set up clinic dates and times for resident vaccinations. The pharmacies will also document and report our vaccine administration progress.

Once residents and team members are vaccinated, will restrictions be lifted?

Not immediately, but that is the goal. It will take time for the two-step vaccine process to be fully implemented therefore, we will still need to wear masks, socially distance, and follow clinical protocols until the Community and the surrounding cities and towns reach a majority of people being vaccinated. It takes up to two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine for each person to benefit from its protection.

What if my loved one or a team member refuses to be vaccinated?

The CLC-Cappella team is working to determine what options if any, will be offered to those refusing the vaccination. We will share more information when it’s available.

For vaccine-specific questions, please refer to the CDC handouts.

All residents and team members need to have their most current insurance cards. If you misplaced your insurance card please make sure you get a replacement card for yourself or your loved one as soon as possible, so the process moves forward as smoothly as possible.

Weekly County Data Updates

Cappella of Grand Junction Begins Posting Critical Data Weekly as a Next Step towards Indoor Visitations

We are adding some very important information to our website for residents, families and team members. We will post two pieces of data that are critical to our COVID-19 testing process, and is one determining factor in our ability to offer indoor visits.

View the Current Week’s Data Here

County Case Rate Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) set six criteria that must be met before an indoor visit can be offered in assisted living and skilled nursing communities. The first is the degree of community spread which CDPHE mandates be measured as the county’s case rate. This is the rate of how many positive cases per 100,000 people over a two week time period. This is the first piece of data that we will now post on our website every week.

  • A low or green case rate means we can offer visits without requiring visitors to have evidence of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • A yellow or medium rate means we can offer visits, but must require visitors to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to the visit.
  • A red or high rate means we cannot offer indoor visits.

County Positivity Rate The second piece of data is the county positivity rate. This determines how often we must conduct Routine (Mass) Testing of employees and contractors in skilled nursing neighborhoods as mandated by the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS). A rate below 5% requires testing only once a month, higher than that is once a week and above 10% will require twice a week.

This rate is important to keep an eye on for all levels of living including residential and assisted living, not just skilled nursing, as it is a key indicator of the risk in our county of spreading COVID-19.

Routine Testing Requirements for Skilled Nursing

Greater Community COVID-19 Activity County Positivity Rate in the past week Minimum Testing Frequency
Low<5%Once a month
Medium5% -10%Once a week
High>10%Twice a week

 

Every week we will post both important pieces of data on our COVID-19 Updates page under the Weekly County Data Updates tab by the end of the day Monday.

Indoor Visits for Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Requirements

In addition to the community spread rate each community must also meet five other criteria, conduct baseline testing of certain residents and staff, surveillance and outbreak testing, be outbreak-free, PPE supply must be adequate and critical staffing must be in place. To read more detail, please visit the CDPHE website.

Our community is currently working to conduct the required baseline testing in our regulated neighborhoods ( assisted living and skilled nursing, if applicable) Once we have successfully finished the testing and met the other five criteria then visitors must also meet the following criteria:

  • Tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the visit and have documentation (from the time the test was collected) if the county is in the medium or high case rate level. The test must be a PCR (nasal swab) test, not a rapid POC (point of care) or an antibody test.
  • Fever free, go through screening and have no known COVID-19 exposure
  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Schedule appointments in advance
  • Wear masks and follow infection control guidelines such as washing hands prior to visiting and frequently throughout
  • Limit visitation to residents only in designated areas

We know the connection with family is vital and we will implement visits as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, please continue to utilize outdoor patio visits and plexiglass visits as offered by your community as well as technology-supported connections. Care essential visits are still being accommodated at this time.

We invite you to watch the CLC-Cappella Town Hall webinar recording for Colorado communities where organizational leaders discussed these directives in detail.

 

 

Past Updates

2/4/21

Status Update and Vaccine Clinic Reminder for February 4th

In our continued commitment to timely and transparent updates we want to let our Cappella of Grand Junction family know that we received a positive test result for a team member last night. The team member last worked in our assisted living neighborhood on January 29th, they are asymptomatic and isolating at home.

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  At this time, no one else is exhibiting signs or symptoms.

We continue to federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols and conduct stringent virus sanitation cleanings. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

We are eagerly preparing for our second COVID-19 vaccine clinic to be held Wednesday February 10th.

Second In-Community Vaccine Clinic Date

Wednesday, February 10th               3-6pm              Walgreens Pharmacy – Pfizer Vaccine

Please take the time to learn more about the vaccine; we have a lot of information on the website. You can also find the consent forms on the website; if you need to download another copy to fill-out and turn in, go to www.CappellaGrandJunction.com click on the COVID-19 tab for the latest vaccine information. Please email your form back to Tracy Johnson, tracy.johnson@cappellagj.comWe will also need a copy of your or your loved one’s insurance card.

Our expectation is that everyone who is medically eligible will be vaccinated to protect residents and team members, to hopefully return life to normal again for our community and to step-up and do our part to bring an end to this world-wide pandemic.

We’ve begun hosting family and friend indoor visitations with residents. The visits must be scheduled in advanced, are limited to two visitors, visitors must be screened, and follow all virus mitigation protocols. We can accommodate four, 45 minute visits per day. To schedule a time slot please call the concierge at 970.822.7070.

We will not be opening up the dining room until at least two weeks after our second round of vaccinations to best protect residents.

Thank you for your continued support and for educating yourself about the vaccine. It is our light at the end of this COVID tunnel.

1/17/21

Status Update for January 17th

In our continued vigilance to quickly identify virus activity in our community, we conducted a rapid point of care (POC) test on an associate as they reported to work in the assisted living neighborhood last night with minor symptoms. The test returned positive, and the team member went home to isolate without having interactions with others.

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. At this time, no one else is exhibiting signs or symptoms.

We continue to federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols and conduct stringent virus sanitation cleanings. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

We are eagerly preparing for our first COVID-19 vaccine clinic to be held this Wednesday.

First In-Community Vaccine Clinic Date

Wednesday, January 20th           3-5pm              Walgreens Pharmacy – Pfizer Vaccine

Please take the time to learn more about the vaccine; we have a lot of information on the website. You can also find the consent forms on the website; if you need to download another copy to fill-out and turn in, go to www.CappellaGrandJunction.com click on the COVID-19 tab for the latest vaccine information. Please email your form back to Tracy Johnson, tracy.johnson@cappellagj.com. We will also need a copy of your or your loved one’s insurance card.

Our expectation is that everyone who is medically eligible will be vaccinated for our community’s future health.

Update 1/20/21

First In-Community Vaccine Clinic Date

Wednesday, January 20th           3-5pm              Walgreens Pharmacy – Pfizer Vaccine

We are thrilled to share the good news that our first COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic with our Walgreens pharmacy partner will be Wednesday, January 20h.

Thank you to those of you who have already turned in a consent form for either yourself or a loved one. We want everyone who lives and works in our community to be vaccinated for the future safety of our community. We also cannot guarantee first-round doses will be available at the second clinic date when it is scheduled.

We encourage everyone in our community to get the vaccine. We must reach a “herd immunity” both within our senior living community and in the broader community, we are located for life to eventually return to normal.

  • The vaccine will begin to provide you protection about two weeks after your second vaccination.
  • If you are vaccinated, you are being a good neighbor and protecting others by getting the vaccine.
  • The more quickly we all are vaccinated, the faster we can begin to loosen restrictions and connect in person with each other again.
  • Until we reach a high percentage vaccination rate, we will all still need to continue wearing masks, socially distancing, and washing our hands.

Safety is a top priority for not only our community but also for all of the scientists and health experts working on the vaccination effort. Like any vaccine, there may be minor side effects such as soreness, achiness, and potentially low-grade fever. A small number of people experience more series side effects, but the percentages are low, and typically related to a history of anaphylactic allergic reactions. We have a lot of useful information on our website and links to scientifically proven data. Please take the time to learn more about the vaccine. You can also find the consent forms on the website, if you need to download another copy to fill-out and turn in, go to www.CappellaGrandJunction.com click on the COVID-19 tab for the latest vaccine information. Please email your consent form back to Tracy Johnson, tracy.johnson@cappellagj.com. We will also need a copy of your or your loved ones insurance card.

We are excited about this good news. We hope you are too!

12/21/20

Status Update for December 21th

We’ve received notification that a team member who last worked in the community December 17th, in our assisted living neighborhood, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The associate is isolating at home.

We also learned this morning that a beloved resident, who had tested positive for COVID-19, passed away at the hospital. The resident was being treated for other serious ailments, and we do not know if the virus will be attributed as a cause of death. However, in our continued commitment to transparency we wanted to let our Cappella of Grand Junction family know. Please join me in lifting up this resident’s family and friends during their time of sorrow. We send our sincerest condolences.

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms. We are conducting more COVID testing today.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation, and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

We encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call or video chats. Dropping by special holiday care packages and treats that can be wiped down would also be special and welcomed. You can sign up for a virtual visit with your loved one here .

We have not yet been contacted by Walgreens, our pharmacy partner, regarding a specific date for our upcoming vaccine clinic. As soon as we have information, we will share it. To help prepare, please ensure you or your loved one has a current insurance card, this includes all team members. The vaccine is free. Insurance may be charged for administration and supplies.

Thank you for your continued support and for educating yourself about the vaccine. It is our light at the end of this COVID tunnel.

12/17/20

Status Update for December 17th

We’ve received results back from testing conducted on Monday December 14th.  One community support team member and two residents living in our assisted living neighborhood tested positive. Both residents are asymptomatic and are being supported in their apartments with isolation protocols. The team member is isolating at home.

 

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms. We are conducting more COVID testing today.

 

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation, and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

 

We encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call or video chat. Dropping by special holiday care packages and treats that can be wiped down would also be special and welcomed. You can sign up for a virtual visit with your loved one here https://signup.com/go/ZakkPjJ.

If you missed our Facts from Fiction Facebook live event you can watch it in its entirety on either the Cappella Living Solutions or Christian Living Communities Facebook pages. Not on Facebook? No problem, we will have it posted this week on our COVID-19 page of our website.

We are awaiting information from Walgreen our pharmacy partner regarding our upcoming vaccine clinic. As soon as we have information, we will share it. To help prepare, please ensure you or your loved one has a current insurance card, this includes all team members. The vaccine is free. Insurance may be charged for administration and supplies.

Thank you for your continued support and for educating yourself about the vaccine. It is our light at the end of this COVID tunnel.

12/14/20

Status Update for December 14th

We continue our commitment to timely and transparent communication as our community seeks to mitigate COVID-19.  We’ve received positive PCR test results for five additional residents in our assisted living neighborhood. The residents are being supported in their apartments with isolation protocols.

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms. We conducting more COVID testing today and Thursday.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation, and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

We encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call, video chat or a window visit. You can sign up for a virtual visit with your loved one here https://signup.com/go/ZakkPjJ.

Please join our clinical and operational leaders next Wednesday, December 16th at 10 am for a Facebook Live discussion about the Facts and Fiction of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will have our Medical Director, Dr. Erick Gomer, our Vice President of Clinical and Compliance, Pat Mc Bride, RN, and CLC-Cappella’s President and CEO Jill Vitale-Aussem sharing the latest information and taking your questions live. You will simply need to follow either the CLC or Cappella corporate Facebook page and then tune in to the page next Wednesday.

We are a dedicated team, committed to the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at Cappella of Grand Junction. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

12/10/20

COVID-19 Status Update

We continue regular COVID testing both mass PCR testing and rapid testing as warranted. Our results from Monday’s mass testing revealed one resident in our assisted living neighborhood as positive for the virus. This resident is being supported in their apartment with isolation protocols. Out of an abundance of caution, we tested all residents in that neighborhood this morning with the rapid Point of Care (POC) test, we discovered one other resident, while having no symptoms, is also positive for the virus. Again, this resident is being supported with isolation protocols.

With today being Thursday, we conducted another round of the Curative PCR tests for residents and team members. With the continued increased volume of COVID-19 around us, we are experiencing slower return of test results.

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation, and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

We encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call, video chat or a window visit. You can sign up for a virtual visit with your loved one here https://signup.com/go/ZakkPjJ.

Please join our clinical and operational leaders next Wednesday, December 16th at 10 am for a Facebook Live discussion about the Facts and Fiction of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will have our Medical Director, Dr. Erick Gomer, our Vice President of Clinical and Compliance, Pat Mc Bride, RN, and CLC-Cappella’s President and CEO Jill Vitale-Aussem sharing the latest information and taking your questions live. You will simply need to follow either the CLC or Cappella corporate Facebook page and then tune in to the page next Wednesday.

We are a dedicated team, committed to the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at Cappella of Grand Junction. Thank you for your continued support.

12/9/20

COVID-19 Status Update

Results received today from our December 3rd Curative oral swab PCR tests have identified one positive community support team member who last worked Friday, December 4th. The team member is at home recuperating.  Fortunately, all other test results were negative, and we commend the team for their continued tireless efforts to minimize spread of COVID-19 in our neighborhoods.

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms.

We will contact residents, families, and team members who may have had a direct exposure or positive test result.  We continue testing each Monday and Thursday and will continue to communicate results as available.  With the continued increased volume of COVID-19 around us, we are experiencing slower return of test results.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation, and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

You can find regular community status updates on the Cappella Grand Junction website, www.cappellagrandjunction.com. Additionally, we encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call, video chat or a window visit. You can sign up for a virtual visit with your loved one here https://signup.com/go/ZakkPjJ.

The health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at Cappella of Grand Junction is our top priority. Thank you for your continued support and words of encouragement; they mean a lot to us.

12/3/20

All 23 CLC-Cappella Communities Prepared to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Priority distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors and healthcare workers who are at the most risk of contracting the virus is welcome news. CLC-Cappella is ready to receive the vaccine to protect residents and associates in all 23 of our communities as soon as it is available. We remain in constant communication with state health departments, the CDC, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as details of the distribution process continue to develop.

Learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccine Plan here.

11/28/2020

Results of Curative PCR Tests

Results received today from our last round of Curative oral swab PCR tests have identified one positive community support team member who last worked on Thanksgiving Day. The team member is at home recuperating. Contact tracing has identified one team member with direct exposure, that associate is home on self-isolation. Our next round of team member mass testing is scheduled for Monday, November 30th.

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms.

We will contact residents, families, and team members who may have had a direct exposure or positive test result.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation, and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

We encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call, video chat or a window visit. You can sign up for a virtual visit with your loved one here .

The health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at Cappella of Grand Junction is our top priority. Thank you for your continued support and words of encouragement; they mean a lot to us.

11/24/2020

Update Regarding Positive Associate and Mass Testing

In our efforts to combat the local and national pandemic, we continue to closely monitor residents and team members for signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.  Due to high demand, we are experiencing a delay in receiving back test results. We want to inform you we did receive a positive test for a team member from our testing on 11/16.  The team member last worked on 11/18 and is now recovering at home.  All other tests were negative. The first of our bi-weekly tests was yesterday, the 23rd, and our next round of tests will be conducted on Wednesday, the 25th

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

You can find regular community status updates on the Cappella Grand Junction website, www.cappellagrandjunction.com. Additionally, we encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call, video chat or a window visit. You can sign up for a virtual visit with your loved one here https://signup.com/go/ZakkPjJ.

Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Thank you for your patience and support.

11/22/2020

Update Regarding Mass Testing and Positive Associate

We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that a team member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The team member last worked on November 5th. The team member was tested on November 9th after experiencing symptoms, and we received the positive test result this morning. Currently the state labs are backed up and we are seeing delayed results like this. We are transitioning this week to Curative oral swab (PCR) testing and expect to get test results much faster. In accordance with direction from the Mesa County Health Department we will begin our next round mass testing of residents and team members on Monday, November 23rd.

All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority. We encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call, video chat or a window visit.

Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Thank you for your patience and support.

11/20/2020

Governor’s Level Red Order

Governor Polis’s Level Red order goes into effect this evening at 5:00 pm. The designation impacts everyone in our county and is aimed to stop the spread of COVID-19. We know that some state hospitals are already at capacity.

The order very specifically states that anyone considered in a high-risk population should stay home. People ages 65 and up are considered a high-risk population in the order definition; therefore, according to the state order, residents in our community should stay home unless they need to leave for a medically necessary reason.

The order also closes restaurants but still allows for take-out and delivery, and it limits the sizes of gatherings indoors. Again, this applies to everyone who lives in our county, not just senior living. The Centers for Disease Control has also issued a strong advisory asking people not to travel this Thanksgiving.

All of this information is hard to hear. We’ve been working to understand how this order impacts our senior living community. We have been seeking guidance from the state health department and local agencies for any changes in protocols and operations. These conversations are ongoing. Therefore the information listed below may change; this is what we know as of now, and what we must do to be in compliance with the new State order:

  1. All dining rooms in our community are closed.  Limited dining will be available at lunch time. We will provide in apartment/suite dining and to-go options for all residents. Those needing assistance with dining will continue to be supported in the dining room. To request in apartment/suite dining please contact the dining department.
  2. All life enrichment gatherings are limited to five people and should be with people each resident is frequently around, their “COVID Bubble Buddy”. This is a term a group of residents came up with to describe what the health order refers to as pods of people, a “household”. Now is the time for all residents in our community to identify their “Bubble Buddies,” up to five people in your specific neighborhood, that you can socialize with while maintaining a safe bubble, creating your household. Residents must continue to wear a mask, keep six feet of social distance with each other, and wash their hands frequently if they are together with their “bubble buddies.”
  3. By regulation, anyone who lives in assisted living or memory support and leaves our community for a non-clinical appointment must then quarantine for 14 days when they return to the community. Per recent testing mandates, they will be tested twice a week along with team members.
  4. All hair salons that were previously open will remain open with salon staff following all Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regulations.

Now is the time to pull together as a community and “protect our house.” We want to be safe and responsible for each other. We also want to be creative and find ways to retain and build a connection with each other for our mental and emotional well-being. Please start talking with your neighbors about building your “bubble buddy” system. Work together to place calls to each other, schedule video chats, and small groups of five gatherings with social distance. Now is the time to establish your tribe of people within our community.

For our cherished families, we know these restrictions are worrisome. Please stay in communication with your loved one, schedule video visits, closed window visits, send care packages, drop off cards and favorite meals, plan a “parade of lights” through our parking lot and let us know if you have concerns so we can try to help.

We are in this together. With new vaccines on the horizon, we have to now more than ever, support and love each other, and we will get through this together.

11/17/2020

Update Regarding Positive Associate and Mass Testing

Cappella of Grand Junction is committed to timely communication and transparency, we learned today that one of our team members tested positive for COVID-19 from our mass testing last week on 11/9. The team member had no signs and symptoms on the start of their shift today. The team member is now recovering at home. All other tests from mass testing last week were negative.

We have conducted extensive contact tracing and have notified all team members and residents who may have come into contact with the community support team member. At this time, no other resident or team member has signs or symptoms of COVID-19. In accordance with direction from Mesa County we continue to test weekly, this week’s testing was completed yesterday (Monday). Next week we will complete testing twice weekly for team members on Monday and Wednesday.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority. The entire community continues to operate under the CDC restricted status of limited communal dining, life enrichment and only essential care visitors.  We continue stringent anti-virus cleaning efforts and are following all federal, state and local virus procedures and protocols.

We have also established a family hotline number (970) 610-0044, just for families to receive updated information. Please limit your calls to family members only seeking information. For specific resident questions, please know someone may need to call you back after a message is relayed to care teams.

Additionally, we encourage family members to connect with your loved ones via a phone call or a video chat.

Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Together, we will get through this.

11/13/2020

Mandatory Covid Testing Order

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued a new mandatory COVID testing order that will go into effect for our community on Friday, November 20th.

This order requires us to test ALL team members and professionals providing care (vendors, doctors, etc.) associated with our assisted living neighborhood weekly. This mandate also requires testing of any resident of those neighborhoods who leave our community within the last 14 days.  Again this goes into effect on Friday, November 20th, therefore any resident leaving this weekend or after, will be part of the testing “look back” period. If our county’s positivity rate increases above 10%, we then will need to test team members and residents twice a week until the rate goes back below 10% for two consecutive weeks.

We are working to set up a standing testing time and date so team members can make accommodations to take part in this mandatory testing. We will also schedule residents who qualify for this surveillance testing on the same days as the team member testing.

To help ensure we are able to conduct this weekly testing, the state has partnered with Curative, a national COVID testing firm to provide supplies and equipment to communities. The test will be an oral saliva test and team members will be able to administer it themselves. Curative has worked with other states and provided test results within 48 hours of receiving the test sample, an improvement over the several day wait we are now experiencing. We will provide all team members, residents, and families more information about where, how and when the testing will take place as soon as we work out a few more details and receive our test supplies.

The timing of this order is something to take into consideration for the holidays. If a resident leaves for Thanksgiving, they will be required to be tested and to socially isolate for 14 days upon return to the community. Both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and CDPHE state that this mandated testing will not shorten the required 14 day social isolation period for residents in our assisted living, memory support, and assisted living neighborhoods.

We highly recommend that everyone who lives and works at Cappella of Grand Junction exercise caution and take extra safety steps during this holiday season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued some Thanksgiving guidelines for all of us to consider if we choose to take part in a gathering.

  • Take into consideration the local county positivity rate before planning a gathering.
  • Those preparing food should wear a mask at all times.
  • If two or more households are gathering, everyone should wear a mask.
  • For residents hosting a small in apartment gathering, you do not have to count each in community apartment as a separate household. Our community is considered one household according to CDPHE, however, you must still adhere to no more than six to 10 people, and you must practice social distancing.
  • Keep the gathering small and short in duration to limit exposure risk.
  • If possible, have a window open or better yet, host the meal outside. Governor Polis has asked for no more than two households to gather together.
  • Attempt to maintain social distancing of six feet or more at all times.

We will serve a special meal for residents and team members on Thanksgiving. We will also do our best to help families connect for the holiday through technology visits, outside visits (if we are able), and closed window visits.

With the surge in cases in our community and nationally, we all must do our part to stop the spread of the virus and protect those most vulnerable to the harsher effects of this very contagious virus.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging phase of our community’s life.

Update 10/31/20

Update Regarding Positive Associate & Routine Mass Testing

We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that a team member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The team member last worked on October 28th. The team member was tested on October 29th after experiencing symptoms, and we received the positive test result this morning.

We have no additional cases at this time, however in accordance with direction from the Mesa County Health Department we will begin our next round mass testing of residents and team members on Monday, November 2nd.

Personal phone calls have been made to all resident families and team members this staff member had contact with during their shift. All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We have also established a family hotline number (970) 610-0044, just for families to receive updated information. Please limit your calls to family members only seeking information. For specific resident questions, please know someone may need to call you back after a message is relayed to care teams.

Additionally, we encourage family members to connect with your loved ones via a phone call or a video chat.

Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Together, we will get through this.

Update 10/14/20

Update Regarding Mass Testing

Cappella Grand Junction remains committed to transparent communication as we fight COVID-19.  We wanted to share some good news regarding our recent mass testing. So far, all testing has returned negative for residents and team members. We have 5 team members and 3 residents with tests still pending. We will inform you if any of these tests return positive. In other good news, our team member who was positive is now fully recovered.

We continue to follow the direction of the Mesa County Health Department. Due to high positivity rate in Mesa County we are scheduled for mass testing every two weeks until further notice and rates begin to drop. We hope this will continue to reduce anxiety, potentially reduce the spread of the virus and enhance the health of the community. Our next testing date for team members and residents is 10/19/2020.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

The entire community continues to operate under the CDC restricted status of limited communal dining and group life enrichment and only essential care visitors. Movement throughout the community is discouraged. We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19. We continue to ask residents to wear masks outside their apartments.

We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We have also established a family hotline number (970) 610-0044, just for families to receive updated information. Please limit your calls to family members only seeking information. For specific resident questions, please know someone may need to call you back after a message is relayed to care teams.

Additionally, we encourage family members to connect with your loved ones via a phone call or a video chat.

Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Together, we will get through this.

Update 10/3/20

Cappella of Grand Junction COVID-19 Status Update

Cappella Grand Junction remains committed to transparent communication as we fight COVID-19.  We have no additional cases at this time, however in accordance with direction from the Mesa County Health Department we will begin mass testing of residents and team members. We hope this will reduce anxiety, potentially reduce the spread of the virus and enhance the health of the community.

At this time, we are still waiting on test kits. We have been instructed to begin testing team members on Monday. Dates and times for residents to be tested will begin once the test kits arrive, we will provide more detailed information at that time. We are working with the county and following all guidance.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

The entire community continues to operate under the CDC restricted status of limited communal dining and group life enrichment and only essential care visitors. Movement throughout the community is discouraged. We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19. We continue to ask residents to wear masks outside their apartments.

We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We have also established a family hotline number (970) 610-0044, just for families to receive updated information. Please limit your calls to family members only seeking information. For specific resident questions, please know someone may need to call you back after a message is relayed to care teams.

Additionally, we encourage family members to connect with your loved ones via a phone call or a video chat.

Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Together, we will get through this.

Update 10/1/20

Positive Test result for Team Member

We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that a team member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The team member last worked on our Quimby neighborhood September 27th. The team member was tested on September 29th after a possible exposure to COVID-19, we received the positive test result this morning.

Personal phone calls have been made to all resident families and team members this staff member had contact with during their shift. All team members are wearing surgical masks and gloves when providing resident care. We continue to take the temperatures of residents and team members and are closely monitoring everyone for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Currently, no one else is displaying symptoms.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols are in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.

The entire community continues to operate under the CDC restricted status of no communal dining, no group life enrichment and only essential care visitors. Movement throughout the community is discouraged.

We will contact you if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We have also established a family hotline number (970) 610-0044, just for families to receive updated information. Please limit your calls to family members only seeking information. For specific resident questions, please know someone may need to call you back after a message is relayed to care teams.

Additionally, we encourage family members to connect with your loved ones via a phone call or a video chat.

Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Together, we will get through this.

Update 9/3/20

Next Steps for Colorado Governor’s Guidance on Indoor Visits

We are as excited as our families and residents to hear the good news that Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has given final guidance on allowing indoor visits within residential care communities.

There are six criteria that each community must meet before offering indoor visits ranging from the degree of virus spread in the greater community to baseline testing of team members and PPE availability. We are assessing our community’s eligibility to offer indoor visits based on the six criteria now, to read more detail please visit the CDPHE website.

If we meet these six criteria, then there are additional requirements of the person coming into the community. This includes being able to have documented proof of a negative Antigen COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to the scheduled visit. Without that proof, and having results back within that time frame, we cannot accommodate an indoor visit.

We appreciate our resident and family member’s patience as we work through this new exciting guidance. In the meantime, we continue to offer outdoor visits, window, and plexiglass divider visits. Please continue to take advantage of these opportunities and technology-supported visits while implementing the Governor’s new directives. We are as anxious as you are and will quickly work to implement these visits as we are able.

We will host a special CLC-Cappella Colorado Communities Town Hall Webinar on Tuesday, September 8th at 4:30pm MT for residents, families and team members to receive the latest progress towards implementation and what is required.

You can register for that webinar by clicking here.

Update 6/24/20

New Outdoor Visitation Guidelines

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.

Update 6/5/20

Cappella of Grand Junction COVID-19 Status Update

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.

Excursions

We are not able to accommodate excursions at this time.

FAQ

Q: What is being done to protect residents and staff?

A: We continue to implement rigorous virus sanitizing protocols daily.  The county health department continues to direct our actions. Residents’ temperatures are taken twice daily and the team is vigilantly monitoring all signs and symptoms for everyone who lives and works at Cappella of Grand Junction.

Q: Is Cappella of Grand Junction Safe?

A: The COVID-19 Pandemic is a world-wide health crisis. While no place at this time is immune to the virus, we continue extraordinary precautions with the guidance of local health officials and the CDC.

Q: What are the ‘rules’ your respective communities follow to detect, contain and isolate COVID-19?

A: The health and safety of our residents and team members is our top priority and we will continue to practice all federal, and local mandated measures as well as our organizational procedures to limit exposure of COVID-19 in our communities.

Q: Who is allowed to visit your communities?

A: The community is scheduling video calls and courtyard visits (patio visits, lawn visits) with social distancing and plexiglass for family visitors.

For all licensed neighborhoods – assisted living is on ‘restricted status.’ We are adhering to visitation guidelines established by the state health department, CDC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Visitation to assisted living community is limited to:

  • ‘Essential Need Only’ visits. Essential need visits include support care and family visits in resident mental health and end-of-life situations.
  • Visits must be brief.

Q: How are visitors being screened?

A:  We screen everyone entering the building everyday immediately, including team members and essential care providers. Screening includes:

  • Fever screening, we take temperatures of everyone, including team members
  • Cough and/or shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Any travel outside of country or state
  • Identifying if they have visited another senior living community
  • Questions on purpose of visit
  • Once screening is complete, visitors must wash hands before visiting residents and after leaving the community

Q: What are residents doing to stay positive and connected

A: Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial. Positivity begets positivity. We encourage our team member to stay positive and imbue residents with positivity. We are also encouraging residents to:

  • Continue to be social and actively engaged at safe social distances – for example hallway BINGO, hallway exercising and trivia
  • Communicate with loved ones through texts, emails and social media. We’re encouraging community members to post photos on Facebook and tag everyone they want to see the photo
  • We’re leveraging technology (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Facebook, Instagram, emails and text) to connect residents with loved ones outside the community and with each other. Examples include:
    • Virtual visits
    • Bible study
    • Playing and listening to music performances
    • Message board photos
    • Reading books to children via Skype
  • For residents who don’t know how to use/unable to use technologies, families can sign up for a team member to assist their loved one to use virtual visit technologies.
  • We’re encouraging folks to drop off a favorite pre-packaged food item or card. These will be wiped with EPA-approved disinfectant wipes before being delivered. We’re also encouraging:
  • Writing notes to each other, to family and team members
  • Enlist internal and external groups/committees – church, book clubs, knitters to do a card shower for residents and team members
  • Continuing Pen Pals programs – letters and notes back and forth between students and residents
  • Musical performances/poetry outside resident windows

 

Q: Can you describe your training protocols?

A: CLC/CLS already conducts extensive yearly training for all team members in managing infections and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. These protocols are multi-disciplinary and prescriptive to prevention, containment and how to stop the spread of the disease should it occur.

All communities are following a special set of coronavirus-specific policies and procedures modeled after our very successful flu and norovirus protocols. Training and protocols include:

  • Provide training for all employees on infection control standards
  • Report and act quickly if any symptoms are reported in the community
  • Start isolation procedures immediately if COVID-19 is suspected
  • Notify State and/or Local Health Department which coordinates with CDC to transport resident or team member to hospital for testing
  • Follow state report guidelines for any confirmed cases

Q: What is done if a team member or resident shows symptoms?

A: If a team member has any symptoms, they are required to stay home and report symptoms to their doctor to determine if they meet COVID-19 test standards. If a resident exhibits symptoms, we are contacting the local health department and their doctor to determine the best plan for testing.

Vaccine Fact or Fiction Video

Cappella (or CLC) President and CEO Jill Vitale-Assume recently hosted a FB live event with two clinical experts, CLC Medical Director Dr. Erick Gomer MD, and VP of Clinical and Compliance, Pat McBride, RN, BSN, MSN. Watch the video to hear these experts sort COVID 19 Vaccine fact from fiction.

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