COVID-19 Status Update

News of the vaccines is very exciting and even though clinics are being scheduled with our pharmacy partner, we are not out of this pandemic yet. It is important to continue to follow public safety guidelines including physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, limiting group gatherings, restricting nonessential travel, and wearing a mask while we wait for everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Click here for our plans on the rollout of the vaccine at Dayspring Villa.

Latest Updates

1/22/21

We are so excited that we were able to vaccinate residents and team members at Dayspring Villa today!

1/7/21

First In-Community Vaccine Clinic Date

Friday, January 22nd             11:30-3:30      

Walgreens Pharmacy – Pfizer Vaccine

We received word that our first COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic with our Walgreens pharmacy partner, is now going to be held on Friday, January 22nd and we will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

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.dayspringvilla.org  click on the COVID-19 tab and then latest vaccine information. Please email your consent form back to Jody Gentry at jgentry@clcmail.org. 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!

12/16/20

We continue weekly COVID-19 testing of residents and twice-weekly testing of team members.  While most tests this week returned negative results, two residents did test positive. They are fortunately asymptomatic and being served with full isolation protocols in their apartments.

We have conducted contact tracing and due to the isolation protocols, this did not reveal any concerns about exposure. At this time, no other resident or team member has signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Residents are receiving individualized dining and life enrichment programming as small group life enrichment programs have now been paused.   Only essential care visitors are permitted.  We continue stringent anti-virus cleaning efforts and are following all federal, state, and local virus procedures and protocols.

To schedule an outdoor visit utilizing our new LOV pod donated by Pinkard Construction please either e-mail Stormie Foust at sfoust@clcmail.org or call our main line at 303-455-5066. If you would like to schedule a time for staff supported technology connection you can make that request to Stormie as well.  While you can’t visit in person, you can drop off pre-packaged snacks, cards, window art, and we welcome caroling, drive-by light parades, or card showers organized by families.

You can find regular community status updates on the Dayspring Villa website, www.DayspringVilla.org .

If you didn’t get to join the Facts & Fiction of the COVID-19 Vaccine Facebook live event today with our clinical leaders, please visit the Christian Living Communities Facebook page for a recording of the event.

We appreciate your encouragement and support. Resident and team member safety remain our top concerns.

12/3/20

While the vaccine is not yet available in the United States, Dayspring Villa 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, Dayspring Villa 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 11/30/20

Outdoor Visits May Again Be Scheduled!

 We are thrilled to share with our Dayspring Villa family that the city of Denver has lifted our restriction status and we can again schedule outdoor visits for residents and families! We are also now able to welcome new residents in need of our services. Our more recent round of resident testing returned all negative test results. We will continue to test residents weekly and team members twice a week.

Our frequent testing has identified two positive team members, both are at home recuperating. We have conducted extensive contact tracing and have notified all team members and residents who may have had direct exposure to either team member. At this time, no other resident or team member has signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

To schedule an outdoor visit utilizing our new LOV pod donated by Pinkard Construction please either e-mail Stormie Foust at sfoust@clcmail.org or call our main line at 303-455-5066. If you would like to schedule a time for staff supported technology connection you can make that request to Stormie as well.

The entire community continues to operate under the CDC’s 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 are excited to be able to once again support family and friend connections with our outdoor visit protocols. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Update 11/23/20

Mass Testing Results

In our efforts to combat the local and national pandemic, we continue to closely monitor residents for signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.  Due to high demand, we are experiencing a delay in receiving back, test results. Our test results from 11/14 returned a positive test for a resident living in our community. We are currently transitioning to the Curative lab which provides test results more quickly. The resident was also tested with a test from the Curative lab on 11/19 which returned a negative test result. Both of these test results were the reliable PCR type of test. This resident was retested again today, 11/23 as part of our weekly mass testing. Despite the negative test result on 11/19, out of an abundance of caution the county has ordered us to suspend outdoor visitation and move-ins. We hope to have test results back today from the Curative lab within 48 hours so this order can be reversed. The resident is currently asymptomatic.

We have conducted extensive contact tracing and have notified all team members and residents who may have come into contact with the resident. At this time, no other resident or team member has signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

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 encourage families to please connect during this time via phone, video chat, or sending a supportive note. Please let us know if you would like to schedule a time for staff supported technology connection by sending an email to sfoust@clcmail.org .

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

This is not the news we wanted to share this Thanksgiving week. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we battle the COVID-19 virus together.

Update 11/21/20

Positive Test for Team Member

In our efforts to combat the local and national pandemic, we continue to closely monitor residents for signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. We want to inform you that we received a positive COVID-19 test result for a team member from our recent Curative oral swab PCR mass testing. The team member last worked yesterday, was asymptomatic, and is now at home recuperating. All resident test results came back negative.

We have conducted extensive contact tracing and have notified all team members and residents who may have come into contact with the team member. At this time, no other resident or team member has signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

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 encourage families to please connect during this time via phone, video chat or sending a supportive note. Please let us know if you would like to schedule a time for a staff supported technology connection by sending an email to sfoust@clcmail.org .

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

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

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, 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 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.

Mandatory Covid Testing Order

11/13/2020

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 Day Spring Villa 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. Day Spring Villa 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 AND MASS TESTING NOTIFICATION

11/13/2020

Dayspring Villa is committed to timely communication and transparency, we learned last evening that one of our team members tested positive for COVID-19. The team member last worked on 11/9 and was wearing proper PPE. The team member was tested on 11/10 after direct exposure, the test result was returned on 11/12 in the evening. The team member is now recovering at home.
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 members. At this time, no other resident or team member has signs or symptoms of COVID-19. We have been instructed by the Denver health department to begin mass testing of all residents and staff. We will be testing tomorrow between 6am-12pm. We will have additional communication coming regarding new testing requirements in Colorado as well as holiday procedures.

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 encourage families to please connect during this time via phone, video chat or sending a supportive note. Please let us know if you would like to schedule a time for a staff supported technology connection by sending an email to sfoust@clcmail.org or lgarcia@clcmail.org.

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

You can find regular community status updates here on the Status Updates page.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we battle the COVID-19 virus together.

Update 10/28/20
Update on Indoor Visits

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 Governor Polis’s directives issued early this fall.

At Dayspring Villa we have met most of the six criteria required for our community to offer indoor visitations. We are poised for the last requirement of baseline testing, however, as you may be aware, COVID-19 positive cases have increased in most areas of our state. For our county, our case per 1,000 rate is 384.6 which means the positivity rate is 5.5 percent. Therefore, we are in a holding pattern on offering indoor visitations until the positive case rate for our county decreases. We post the county data on our website every Tuesday on the COVID-19 update tab.

We are committed to being able to offer visits as soon as we are able. We have identified an area in our community to host indoor visits safely; we have a sign-up and screening system ready to launch. We have the PPE needed as well as the disinfecting plan.

As a reminder, once we can offer visits and meet all six criteria, visitors must also meet specific criteria. The main requirement is to produce a written record of a visitor receiving a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of the scheduled visit. Testing turn-around times vary significantly at the moment, with some labs meeting this requirement and some taking up to seven days to return results. We recommend calling various testing locations to ask what their turn-around time is before scheduling a test and a visit.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer outdoor visits as long as the weather allows. We also encourage residents and families to connect via technology, such as video chat, letters, and care packages. Please call the community directly at 303-455-5066, to schedule a visit.

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

We will let you know as soon as the situation changes and we are able to offer indoor visits.

With the increase in the both the case rate and positivity rate in our county, by regulation we must make the following changes, decrease group gatherings to five or less, this impacts life enrichment, suspend scenic van rides, and limit communal dining to those requiring assistance.

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

Update 10/19/20
Postponement of Baseline Testing

In our continued effort to support as much connection between residents and family members we are planning the final steps needed to provide Indoor visitations for our assisted living.

However, we were informed today by CDPHE that our baseline mass testing has been postponed for tomorrow. Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Denver County and the state of Colorado and the CDPHE is responding and shifting testing priorities as needed for the benefit of the public health and well-being. We will be receiving tests to conduct the baseline testing ourselves internally, but do not have a timeframe of when testing supplies will arrive.

We will share more with you when we have a clearer picture of when this testing will occur. 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 we continue to work on implementing the Governor’s indoor visitation directives. We are as anxious as you are and will quickly work to implement these visits as we are able.

Update 10/15/20

Notification of Baseline Mass Testing

In our continued effort to support as much connection between residents and family members we are taking the final step needed to provide Indoor visitations for our assisted living community.

We will be conducting baseline PCR mass testing of all team members and residents. This testing includes all contract workers and care essential visitors. The testing will be conducted on 10/20.

There are six criteria that each community must meet before offering indoor visits ranging from the degree of virus spread (posted on our website weekly) in the greater community to baseline testing of team members and PPE availability. This is part of Governor Polis and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) directives to allow indoor visits in assisted living and skilled nursing communities.

Depending on the results of the baseline testing, we believe we will be poised to offer indoor visitations. We are identifying visitation areas, protocols, and procedures.

However, there are also criteria that each visitor must also meet. 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 will share the results of our baseline testing once it is available 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 we continue to work on implementing the Governor’s indoor visitation directives. We are as anxious as you are and will quickly work to implement these visits as we are able.

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.

Latest Vaccine Information

First In-Community Vaccine Clinic Date

Friday, January 22nd             11:30-3:30      

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.

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.

To learn more about the vaccine in Colorado click here.

Weekly County Data Updates

Dayspring Villa 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

Update 6/24/20

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 Dayspring Villa’s ability to host these visits as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience.

Update 6/5/20

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 Dayspring Villa 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

We  are currently able to offer outdoor plexiglass visits for all residents and their families, please schedule a visit with the community.

Isolation Protocols Following Essential Visits

We are working with residents on a case-by-case basis to determine appropriate protocols and what visits are essential and if a self-isolation time after the visit is warranted based on the visit and risk for exposure..

Excursions

We are unable to offer scenic-ride  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 Dayspring Villa.

Q: Is Dayspring Villa 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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