From safe dining to vaccine booster clinics to transparently sharing team member vaccination rates, our communities and management company, Cappella Living Communities, continue to support residents’ purpose-filled lives while taking steps to increase resident safety from COVID variants. While the larger community wonders if restaurants and shops will require masks or shut down again, our residents are empowered daily to learn and grow with the added security of neighbors and team members they know are vaccinated.
At an emergency meeting on December 1st, the Advisory Community on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended that health care personnel and residents of long-term care communities would be first to receive the COVID-19 vaccination once the vaccine has been authorized by the FDA, which could come as soon as mid-December.
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In order to learn more about our organization’s latest updates regarding COVID-19, Please register for the next Virtual Town Hall scheduled for 4 p.m. MST on Thursday, May 14th.You can also find detailed Town Hall information on the Family Town Hall web page
We hope you were able to join us for the Family Town Hall Webinar on April 30th. You will hear from Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions organizational leaders on what steps are being taken to combat the virus in the communities, you may watch the Webinar here.
We hope you were able to join us for the Family Town Hall Webinar on April 16th. Due to a very high attendance, some participants were unable to join or lost the connection. You will find the complete recording of the webinar here. Additionally, there will be a new Town Hall Webinar on April 30th at 4pm MT/5PM CT. You can register for that webinar with this link.
CLC-Cappella invites you to watch the recent combined family member town hall where leadership shared the latest developments on combating the COVID-19 virus in all 24 of our supported communities. Our focus remains on the safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works in each community.
Watch the Town Hall here: https://vimeo.com/403684260/3d6333c45d
You may direct any further questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support during this crisis. Together, we can get through this.
Cappella Living Solutions hope you were able to attend the recent Town Hall Discussion regarding the latest status situation for communities in Texas and Oklahoma. If you were unable to attend we have provided a recording; you will hear organizational leaders share what we are doing to prevent and prepare during this critical time. Please click the link to watch the video, you may also send any questions you have to Info@clclmail.org
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/399327838/7b9a86ac08
Cappella Living Solutions hope you were able to attend the recent Town Hall Discussion. If you were unable to attend we have provided a recording; you will hear organizational leaders share what we are doing to prevent and prepare during this critical time. Please click the link to watch the video, you may also send any questions you have to Info@clclmail.org
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/399164044/3bc15134c4
We are now implementing new Centers for Disease Control (CDC) directives as well as regional health suggestions and have upgraded to Restricted Status access for our community during this heightened COVID-19 situation. This means that no visitors will be allowed into the community at this time unless they are part of the required care team for an individual resident. Compassion visits may be accommodated for loved ones of a resident who is actively in an end of life situation. Such visitors will be screened and their temperatures taken before entering the community.
Additionally, we will no longer host-dining services in our dining rooms starting with breakfast services on 3/19. The resident will have the option of coming to the dining room for a “grab and go” meal or they can choose to receive their meals in their apartments. Life enrichment group activities are also canceled at this time. Individual life enrichment programs are being implemented.
We know this is difficult news for families and residents. We are doing everything we can to ensure residents are well cared for, but also that they continue to have joy and purpose during these restrictions. These measures are an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing and isolation are the only proven way to stop the spread of the virus. We will work with families to help them connect with their loved one via technologies as Face-time, Skype and video conferencing.
They say challenging times bring out the best in people. Anyone who has tried to buy toilet paper recently may disagree with that statement. In a broader sense, however, we see evidence this is true. Neighbors are reaching out on the Nextdoor social media app offering to purchase groceries and run errands for older neighbors; teachers are providing non-perishable food to low-income students while schools are closed, and most importantly, the majority of Americans are following guidelines for social distancing. Nevertheless, social isolation can bring problems of its own. If you have a family member living in a nursing, assisted living or memory support community, you may be especially feeling that isolation. Fortunately, readily available technology can aid in alleviating some of the loneliness and anxiety about your loved one while helping to build community at the same time.
There are multiple free or very low-cost ways to connect with loved ones through technology. The most obvious and lowest-tech one is the phone. A daily phone call cannot only make your family member feel important, but it is a good way to check up on their mental wellbeing.
Older adults who live in a community can benefit from team members helping them connect via technology with family. If a resident is not comfortable using platforms like Skype or FaceTime to video chat with loved ones, Life Enrichment Coordinators can help them make the video calls. Additionally, Cappella Living Solutions utilizes the OneDay phone application. This is a video sharing app that enables team members to record short videos of residents’ life stories or daily activities and send them directly to family members. They can also share the video to social media when appropriate.
Social media is an excellent way to stay connected. Instagram and Facebook are great visual means for sending messages to isolated family members. In 2018, Facebook launched Watch Parties. A Watch Party is a way to connect and watch an event, program or video with other people and chat via the app. Recently, churches have used Watch Parties or YouTube Live to connect worshippers with compromised immune systems with their fellow congregants. There are also Facebook groups that focus on common interests, hobbies, and discussion topics. With a little set-up and help, older adults can participate and feel they are a part of a much larger community.
We want to help older adults find purpose in this time of social distancing. We hope this restricted access to assisted living and memory support communities will be short, and family members and loved ones can get back to their normal engaging routines. In the meantime, there are benefits to short periods without distractions. If you want to help, consider sending fun greeting cards to your local senior living community. Have children draw pictures and send letters to residents; they may even get a response letter. Cappella Living Solutions is encouraging residents to start seedlings by providing pots and seeds to grow in their apartments and many similar creative outlets. Great creativity is a bi-product of such times!
We continue to work closely with state and local officials to balance resident safety, team member safety, and access for families and healthcare partners during heightened COVID-19 concerns. While no cases have been identified in Villagio of Broomfield, we are now implementing new CMS and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment directives to restrict access to our assisted living, and memory support neighborhoods. This means that no visitors will be allowed within the assisted living, memory support neighborhoods at this time unless they are part of the required care team for an individual resident. Compassion visits may be accommodated for loved ones of a resident who is actively in an end of life situation. Such visitors will be screened and their temperatures taken before entering the community.
Additionally, CMS guidelines require us to no longer host dining services in our dining rooms; residents will receive their meals in their apartments or suites. Life enrichment group activities are also canceled at this time.
Residential and independent living neighborhoods continue to screen all Guests for symptoms and we are encouraging social distancing. As we have no COVID-19 cases in the community, we continue to welcome new residents into all levels of living.
We are doing everything we can to ensure residents are well cared for, but also that they continue to have joy and purpose during these restrictions. These measures are an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing and isolation are the only proven way to stop the spread of the virus. We will work with families to help them connect with their loved one via technologies as Face-time, Skype and video conferencing. As always, resident’s health and wellbeing are our primary concern.
News of the first fatalities in the US from coronavirus in a Washington State skilled nursing community is understandably causing concern. We care about the wellbeing of residents and team members in the Villagio Senior Living Communities and want to keep you informed on all we are doing to mitigate the impact this virus has on residents and team members. Our clinical team created and implemented policies and procedures specific to coronavirus based on our very effective Norovirus protocol. We regularly schedule briefings with applicable personnel in the communities and we are continuing to monitor information from the CDC and will provide updates as warranted. We are requiring team members who are sick to stay home and ask family members to do the same. We encourage everyone to practice prevention such as frequent hand washing, covering when you cough, not touching your eyes, mouth and nose, and avoiding people who show symptoms. We want residents in all of our communities to continue to enjoy community life and receive compassionate care.