Broomfield COVID-19 Status Update

Villagio of Broomfield takes the safety of our residents and team members very seriously. Take a look at what we are doing in our community to keep everyone safe.

We are pleased to announce that our community is now at a combined resident and team member vaccination rate of 76%. Using an approach that balances resident health and happiness, we are committed to following best practices and proven virus mitigation protocols while expanding community life when it is safe to do so.

Covid19

Latest Updates

New Freedoms for Residents & Team Members in Regulated Neighborhoods!

6/4/2021

We are thrilled to share the good news that the Colorado Department of Health and Environment loosened many restrictions for regulated levels of senior living.

At Villagio of Broomfield this means residents who are fully vaccinated do not have to wear a mask and are able to share meals with other vaccinated residents, take part in community-life programs, and take part in outings, all without a mask! Individuals who wish to wear a mask may of course continue to do so due to the proven health benefits.

Residents who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be encouraged to wear a mask for their own protection and practice social distancing when possible. Additionally, if our county positivity rate goes above 10%, and our community vaccination rate is below 70%, we will have to exclude unvaccinated residents from group programs and outings.

We are also thrilled to share that we no longer have to conduct routine, also known as surveillance testing, of team members or residents who have left and returned to the community if they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated residents and team members will have to continue with routine testing.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask and may take part in group activities and dining. Each person will still need to be screened and we must ask for a copy of your vaccination card. Unvaccinated visitors will still need to wear a mask and may not take part in any activities or dining.

Additionally, we are again able to welcome family pet visitations to our community. Family pets must visit only one resident at a time and avoid unvaccinated residents and team members, if you are interested, please ask about the policy and procedures for pet visits.

We can again welcome vaccinated entertainers into our community much to resident’s delight!

The regulations are similar for team members. Mask wearing for fully vaccinated team members is now optional.

4/12/21

Late last night we received a positive COVID-19 PCR test result for a team member who last worked April 10th in the Aspen Village neighborhood. The team member has no symptoms and is isolating at home. Contact tracing indicates that this team member was not in contact with other associates who previously tested positive, leading us to believe this is a separate infection.

We continue with additional disinfecting cleanings in all areas of the community and screening of all residents, team members, and visitors.

We will be conducting full-community testing again today and will continue for the near future.

We are working closely with our local health department; at this time we do not have any changes to community life, dining, or visitation programs.

To schedule a visit with your loved one please email Jennifer Classen at jclassen@villagioliving.com.

If you have any questions please give me a call at 303-547-0156.

We take the health and wellness of everyone who lives and works at Villagio of Broomfield very seriously and will do everything we can to rid our community of this virus.

Latest Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans

We received an update on our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic from our Walgreens pharmacy partner, it is now going to be held on Monday, January 18th!

First In-Community Pharmacy Vaccine Clinic Date

Monday, January 18th 9am-3pm Walgreens Pharmacy

Updated 12/31/20

We received an eleventh-hour call from our rounding provider, Bloom Healthcare, that they had received the Moderna Vaccine and wanted to begin vaccinating the Villagio of Broomfield residents. Today, Ruth became our first resident to receive the COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine!

Bloom Healthcare was not able to vaccinate all of the residents and team members. We are patiently waiting to receive information on when our vaccine clinic will open for the remainder of Villagio of Broomfield residents and team members through Walgreens. We want you to get ready now. 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.

To learn more about the vaccine in Colorado, click here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plans

Frequently Asked Questions | 12.2.20

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

Now that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been approved, the federal government has begun distribution 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.

8 Things to Know About Vaccine Planning

Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Learn more on how the CLC-Cappella Communities prepared to receive COVID-19 Vaccine Here.

Weekly County Data Updates

Villagio of Broomfield 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.

SOURCES OF DATA:
Positivity Rate: https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Data/bkwz-xpvg; scroll down to Covid Testing and click on “here” for county positivity.
Colorado Case Count: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data; go to Incidence and Epidemic Curve and click on “Two-Week Cumulative Incidence”. Hover over county for numbers.

Past Updates

4/7/21

We have received a positive COVID-19 test result for an administrative associate who has very little direct resident contact. We conducted a PCR test yesterday, received the result this morning, however, this team member has not been in contact with a resident since April 3rd.  The team member is isolating at home and experiencing mild symptoms.

We are conducting contact tracing and any associates or residents who did come into direct contact with this team member within the last seven days will receive an additional COVID test. We are also conducting additional disinfecting cleanings in any areas this team member had been within the last few days worked.

The associate who had previously tested positive has completed their quarantine time, has recovered and returned to work today.

At this time we do not have any changes to community life, dining or visitation programs. We will conduct another round of testing on Friday.

If you have any questions please give me a call at 303-547-0156.

Additionally, we have more details to share with you regarding our indoor visitation programs and outlining for you what we are now able to do according to state and federal guidelines.

Families and friends now have more options to connect with their loved ones. 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, over 90% 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 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, visits will be limited in frequency and duration as we begin offering more visits. As time goes on we hope to extend this time. All visitors must be escorted to see the resident.
  • Children over the age of 4 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. Children must be supervised by the visitors at all times.
  • With prior permission, a pet may visit one resident at a time; pets may not go from room to room and therefore may only attend supervised visits.

At Villagio of Broomfield, supervised visits will continue to be hosted without change. Additional appointments are being added to accommodate in-apartment visits. We will continue to also offer virtual visits for those who can participate, and courtyard visits outside in fair weather. All visits must be scheduled. Each resident can have up to two visitors at one time, and visits are currently limited to 30 minutes to allow for required cleaning, as well as our regular resident care and engagement tasks, meals, etc. 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 come to the concierge desk to 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 Villagio of Broomfield.

To schedule a visit, please email Jennifer Classen at jclassen@villagioliving.com for the signup links. (note: you do not have to make an account with Signup.com to schedule a visit)

We’ve also created an infographic to help visually share all of this information, it is a lot to take in. It will be sent with information when you sign up for a visit.

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. We also take virus mitigation incredibly serious and if this administrative associate’s positive test would change any of this guidance we will let you know immediately.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

03/24/21

In our continued commitment to transparent and timely communication, we want to let you know that a team member who last worked in the Aspen Village neighborhood on March 19th, tested positive for COVID-19.  The PCR test was collected yesterday, and the results received this morning. The team member is self-isolating at home and we are testing all residents and team members to identify any potential asymptomatic or sub-symptomatic cases.

Additionally, we are completing extra disinfection processes at the community, screening everyone living and working in the Aspen Village neighborhood twice daily for possible symptoms, and reinforcing all virus mitigation efforts including mask-wearing, hand hygiene, and social distancing.

At this time we are providing an apartment meal service and pausing indoor visitations for residents of our Aspen Village neighborhood until we receive further direction from the county health department. Other neighborhoods are not impacted at this time.

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

If you have further questions please call Carisa Brown, Executive Director at 303.547.0156.

We know this is not the news our Villagio of Broomfield family wanted to receive today. Please know we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of everyone who lives and works in our community.

03/11/21

Villagio of Broomfield is so excited to welcome back our families to visit with our residents! Yesterday the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released new guidance that communities like ours, can offer safe and responsible visit options for our residents and family members regardless of their vaccination status. CMS has put in place some safety restrictions, and this 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 Cappella Living Solution’s website.

02/10/21

In our continued commitment to keep you informed during this COVID-19 pandemic, we want to update you regarding our work to offer indoor visitations per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) directives issued in November 2020.

At Villagio of Broomfield we have now met the five criteria required for our community to offer indoor visitations. The measurement that continues to be variable is our county’s positivity rate. We are thrilled to share that our county rate has finally gone below the requirement and we can offer indoor visitations in our community!

As a reminder, once we can offer visits and meet all five criteria, visitors must also meet specific criteria. A COVID-19 test is strongly recommended, but not required. The Health Department also advises a 14-day self-quarantine period prior to visiting any senior living community.

Indoor visits may not be permitted if the resident is in the initial 14 days of observation or on clinical isolation. Entry will be denied to visitors or service providers who do not pass screening or who refuse to comply with any of the requirements.

Outdoor visits will remain available as the weather allows. We also encourage residents and families to connect via technology, such as video chat, letters, and care packages. To sign up for visits, including courtyard, window, virtual, and now indoor visits click on the link and learn additional information about visits and expectations as well.

We will continue to do everything we can to offer indoor visitations at this time, just please remember that this can change at any time due to virus activity in our community or an increase in the positivity rate in our county. We do post the positivity rate and case per 1,000 rate weekly on our website at villagioliving.com/Broomfield . Click on the COVID-19 Update tab and then the Weekly County Data Updates link.

We will do our best to notify our Villagio of Broomfield family if our visitation status changes.

We know connections with loved ones and friends is vitally important to the health and happiness of those we serve, and we will continue to look for creative ways to help preserve precious relationships.

We appreciate your partnership and patience; together, we will get through this.

01/29/21

Villagio of Broomfield has received information that an associate in the Aspen neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19.  The associate has not been in the community since January 20th.  The associate found out that they were exposed on the 23rd and were instructed to remain away from the community. They went for testing yesterday with results coming in today.  Isolation protocols will be in place until it is safe for a return to the community.

All team members are wearing medical 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. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

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 established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, toll free 844-954-2452. 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.

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.

01/12/21

We received an update on our COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic from our Walgreens pharmacy partner, it is now going to be held on Monday, January 18th!

First In-Community Pharmacy Vaccine Clinic Date

Monday, January 18th 9am-3pm Walgreens Pharmacy

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 pharmacy clinic date when it is scheduled. Those who received the first dose vaccine through their Bloom Health provider will receive the second dose on January 27th. We do not need a second consent form for those 30 residents.

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 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 serious 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.VilagioSeniorLiving.com click on the COVID-19 tab and then Broomfield. Please email your or your loved one’s form back to Tia Abeyta, tabeyta@villagioliving.com. We will also need a copy of your or your loved one’s insurance card.

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

12/31/20

We received an eleventh-hour call from our rounding provider, Bloom Healthcare, that they had received the Moderna Vaccine and wanted to begin vaccinating the Villagio of Broomfield residents. Today, Ruth became our first resident to receive the COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine! We are still pending our clinic for associates and the remainder of residents from Walgreens, but we are so excited to share and celebrate this first step!

12/14/20

Covid-19 Vaccine in Colorado

While the vaccine is not yet available in the United States, Villagio of Broomfield is ready to receive the vaccine to protect residents and associates in our community as soon as it is available. As a Cappella managed community, Villagio of Broomfield is registered for the first phase of the vaccine. Priority distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine will go to seniors and healthcare workers who are at the most risk of contracting the virus. We remain in constant communication with the Colorado Department of Healththe CDC, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as details of the distribution process continue to develop.

To learn more about the vaccine in Colorado, click here.

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.

Update 11/20/20

Level Red Goes Into Effect Tonight

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. Just this week, the Governor released a new statistic that 1 out of every 100 people in the Denver metro area is infected with the virus. We also 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. 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. Residents must continue to wear a mask, keep six feet of social distance with each other, and wash their hands frequently.
  3. By regulation, anyone who 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. 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.

Update 11/16/20

Results of Mass Testing

Villagio of Broomfield has received the results of the most recent mass Covid-19 testing. We received results this morning an associate tested positive and is not symptomatic. The associate last worked 11/14 and had negative results during prior testing. We will begin testing twice per week this week with the anticipation of more rapid results.

All team members are wearing medical 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. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

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 established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, toll free 844-954-2452. 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.

CLC-Cappella will host a Family Town Hall Webinar for all residents, team members, and families associated with any of our 23 supported communities. In the webinar, we will provide the latest status update regarding COVID-19, clinical preparedness and directives, holiday plans and visits, and review state-specific mandates. We will answer questions previously submitted to we@clcmail.org . We look forward to sharing more with everyone Thursday, November 19th at 5pm CT on the CLC-Cappella Town Hall webinar. You can register here

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 11/14/20

Colorado Mandatory Mass Testing

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 memory care 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 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 Villagio of Broomfield 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 apartment gathering, you do not have to count each community apartment as a separate household. Villagio of Broomfield 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 11/9/20

Community Test Results come back Negative at Villagio Broomfield

Villagio of Broomfield has received the results of the Covid-19 mass testing from last week. We are happy to report that all residents have returned negative, and we have no residents displaying symptoms at this time. This is our fourth mass testing in Snowmass and third for the other villages resulting in no new resident cases. There is one associate who tested positive and last worked in Snowmass on November 2nd. The associate had no symptoms at the time of testing and is home isolating. All remaining staff, including those who have been out with confirmed COVID, resulted negative. All associates who have been out and have recovered with negative results will be returned to work as of 11/9 schedule.

All team members are wearing medical 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. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

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 established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, toll free 844-954-2452. 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. If you would like to schedule a technology supported call please contact us at jclassen@villagioliving.com

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 11/6/20

Latest Results of COVID Testing at Villagio Broomfield

Villagio of Broomfield has received the results of the Covid-19 mass testing from Friday, October 30th. We are so happy to report that all residents have returned negative, and we have no residents displaying symptoms at this time. This is our third mass testing in Snowmass resulting in no new cases. All associates who have had positive tests are recovering, and several have met guidelines to return to work. We are still awaiting results from the round of testing that took place on Monday and Tuesday of this week. We will resume window visits, as this is the second consecutive round of negative tests for Aspen and Vail and third for Snowmass.

All team members are wearing medical 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. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

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 established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, toll free 844-954-2452. 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. If you would like to schedule a technology supported call please contact us at jclassen@villagioliving.com

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 10/31/20

Mass Testing Results Returned for Residents & Team Members

Villagio of Broomfield has received the results of the second round of routine mass Covid-19 testing. There are three Villagio associates who tested positive and are at home in isolation. Two were last in the community on the 28th, and one on the 29th. None of the associates are experiencing symptoms. We are so happy to report that all of the second round of resident test results are negative.

All team members are wearing medical 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. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

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 established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, toll free 844-954-2452. 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. If you would like to schedule a technology supported call please contact us at jclassen@villagioliving.com

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 10/25/20

Villagio of Broomfield COVID-19 Status Update

Villagio of Broomfield has received the results of the first round of mass Covid-19 testing.  There are two Snowmass Villagio associates that tested positive and are at home in isolation.  They have not been in the community since 10/19.  We are happy to report that all of the first round of resident test results are negative.

All team members are wearing medical 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. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

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 established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, toll free 844-954-2452. 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. If you would like to schedule a technology supported call please contact us at jclassen@villagioliving.com

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 10/23/20

Villagio of Broomfield COVID-19 Status Update

We are so very sad to share with you today that one of our beloved residents passed away this morning as a result of the COVID-19 virus—our sincerest sympathy to this resident’s family and friends. The resident passed away peacefully in their suite in the Snowmass Neighborhood.

We are awaiting results of pending tests for staff and residents at this time and will update our website when we have those results. Family members will be notified personally if their loved one tests positive.  Three positive team members continue to recover at home following isolation protocols.

The entire community continues to operate under the CDC restricted status of no communal dining, no group life enrichment and only essential care visitors. All federal, state and local protocols and procedures are being followed. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

This news is so difficult for our team. The caring professionals who come to work every day give their all to serve older adults with love, respect, and compassion. My humble request, as you hold a loving thought or prayer for this resident’s family members, please also hold a thought or prayer for the entire Villagio of Broomfield family of residents, families and team members. We are all experiencing COVID-19 together.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 844-954-2452. For specific resident questions, please know someone may need to call you back after a message is relayed to care teams. Additionally, families of residents may contact our Ombudsman, Caity Mickey, at cmickey@drcog.org or call 720-636-4776.

Update 10/22/20

Villagio of Broomfield COVID-19 Status Update

We received notification today that one of our residents in our Snowmass Village has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  The resident remains at the community in clinical isolation.  Jefferson County Health Department has recommended mass testing weekly, and we agree that this is in the best interest of residents and associates.  We have begun mass testing with anticipation of expedited test results.  This is a precautionary measure for associates and residents.

All team members are wearing medical 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. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

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 established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, toll free 844-954-2452. 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. If you would like to schedule a technology supported call please contact us at jclassen@villagioliving.com

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 10/19/20

Villagio of Broomfield COVID-19 Status Update

We received notification today that two associates have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.  The team members last worked on October 13th in our Snowmass Village neighborhood. We are completing a full assessment of the residents and associates who may have been in contact with them and extending personal notifications. The associates testing positive are at home following isolation protocols.  There is currently one resident in the Snowmass Village neighborhood with a pending test and we will continue to keep you informed when we receive results.

All team members are wearing medical 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. Additionally, each of the neighborhoods continue to operate with dedicated team members, there is no sharing of direct care associates and residents are not moving between neighborhoods at this time.

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 established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, toll free 844-954-2452. 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. If you would like to schedule a technology supported call please contact us at jclassen@villagioliving.com

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

Villagio of Broomfield’s 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 Villagio of Broomfield’s ability to host these visits as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience.

Update 6/22/20

Villagio of Broomfield Clears State-Mandated Monitoring Period

We are pleased to share that Villagio of Broomfield has cleared the state-mandated outbreak monitoring period. We are so grateful to residents and families for their ongoing support, patience, and encouragement.

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. As we have changes in our policies we will keep you informed by phone call and regular updates on this site. Additionally, we encourage family members to continue to connect with your loved ones via a phone call, video chat or a window visit. We have also been approved to begin taking move-ins to our community to serve elders in need.

All federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols remain in place for the identification, isolation and eradication of COVID-19 virus in our community. Please know we continue to work very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. Together, we will get through this.

FAQ

We are committed to the well-being of everyone who lives and works at Villagio of Broomfield. We hope you will find useful resources, up-to-date communications as well as the steps we are taking to prevent and eradicate COVID-19 in the community.  As this world-wide pandemic entered our state and county we immediately began to implement stringent virus mitigation protocols, infection control measures and precautions aimed at keeping everyone safe.

As we continue to move forward in an uncertain “new normal” we are steadfast in our efforts to serve and protect older adults and our associates with compassion and empathy for each individual.

We are now entering a new phase of community life, which will include opportunities to return to some activities and events. Team members, residents and family members are learning new ways to engage and connect as we continue to balance the need to maintain the physical health of residents with mental health that leads to happiness.

At Villagio of Broomfield, our commitment has always been to be a forward-thinking community, evolving with the changing needs of residents. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults, and are proud to be a neighborhood of Christian Living Communities where aging is honored and celebrated.

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 Villagio of Broomfield.

Q: Is Villagio of Broomfield 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 establishing protocols for courtyard visits (patio visits, lawn visits) with social distancing for family visitors.

All licensed neighborhoods – including memory support – continue to be on ‘restricted status.’ We are adhering to visitation guidelines established by the state and local health departments and the CDC. Visitation to memory support communities is limited to:

  • ‘Essential Need Only’ visits. Essential need visits include support care such as hospice 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:

  • 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 perform hand hygiene 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 members 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 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 and placed in a holding area to decontaminate 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 may coordinate 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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