Coronavirus Update

Update 6/5/20

Town Hall webinar for Families on the COVID-19 Virus

Family Town Hall Webinar

Our next Family Town Hall webinar is on Thursday, June 11, where you will hear from Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions organizational leaders on the latest information on what we are doing to combat COVID-19 in our community as well as what additional newly evaluated processes and procedures our community may soon be able to accommodate. Questions may be submitted in advance to Info@clcmail.org  Register for the webinar here.

Update 6/2/20

Resident Recovered from COVID-19

We are pleased to share some good news, the resident that tested positive for the COVID-19 virus has recovered and is no longer in isolation. There are no new COVID-19 cases at Bella Vita but we must all continue to utilize good infection control, hand hygiene, self-monitor for symptoms, use the buddy system to check-in on each other and follow Governor Polis’s Safer at Home Order.

We encourage Bella Vita residents to stay in their apartment homes except for essential medical visits, grocery shopping, and exercise. If you would like a COVID-19 symptom self-monitoring log they are available at the Concierge desk. Additionally, we ask residents to wear a mask when exiting their apartments and while in community spaces.

Bella Vita will continue maintaining restricted visitor access. Team Members and care essential visitors will be screened before entering the community. All team members and essential visitors must wear a mask. We are diligently maintaining daily virus-mitigation cleanings and careful assessment for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. These precautions help protect the health of both residents and team members.

We are currently reviewing Bella Vita’s Life Enrichment Program and will be providing guidance within the coming week for opportunities to soon re-engage in group activities with your neighbors. Please know we are working very hard to ensure the well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.

Update 5/18/20

Non-Symptomatic Resident Tests Positive for COVID-19

We want to inform you that we have received confirmation that a resident has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The resident is not experiencing symptoms but was tested, at the resident’s request, during a regular doctor’s visit. The resident is isolating in their apartment at this time. We are determining if this resident has come in contact with anyone else in the community and notifying team members and residents if contact has been determined.

We are conducting a full community virus sanitation at this time in addition to our daily virus cleanings in common areas that we have been conducting since the start of this pandemic. Additionally, we are screening all team members and essential visitors to our community including temperature checks. All team members and essential visitors must wear a mask.

We have specific virus protocols that we now must ask of each resident for the health and well-being of everyone in our community.
• All residents must wear a cloth mask when outside of your apartment home.
• Please limit your movement within the community. If you must leave the community grounds, limit your exit and entrance to the community to be between 8:00 am and 7:00 pm. You must be screened upon coming back into the community if you leave the grounds. This includes trips to the grocery store. This will be in place for a minimum of the next 14 days.
• If you go out to walk your pet. and remain on the Bella Vita property, you will not have to be rescreened.
• All residents must self-monitor their temperatures utilizing the provided temperature log. If you experience in any change in temperature or any of the symptoms of COVID-19 you must call the front desk immediately. For after-hours utilize option #3. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough, aches/chills, out of the ordinary gastrointestinal distress, changes in ability to smell or taste.

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

Residents and families with COVID-19 related questions please call our main number at 720-770-3535 and press option #3.

We know this isn’t the news our Bella Vita family wanted to receive today. 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 5/6/20

Bella Vita COVID-19 Status Update

We are pleased to share that we still have no positive cases of COVID-19 among residents and team members at Bella Vita. We are incredibly grateful for the diligent efforts of team members to care for and serve our residents through frequent cleaning and sanitizing, delivering meals and more. We continue to ask team members to limit their social exposure as well.

While some services in many states have reopened, the easing of restrictions does not apply to senior living communities. The vulnerable older adult population is still at risk and our highest priority is to keep residents and team members healthy and safe. We understand the desire for families to see their loved ones on Mother’s Day and how hard it will be not to visit face-to-face. Families can call, send cards or flowers. Window visits, car parades, and virtual visits will make the day special and keep everyone safe. Team members in the community are planning to celebrate moms throughout the day.

In addition, it’s Nurses Week! Thank a nurse in your life for their tireless efforts. Please register for the next Virtual Town Hall scheduled for 4 p.m. MST on Thursday, May 14th.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time.

Update 5/1/20

Town Hall webinar for Families on the COVID-19 Virus

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.

Update 4/24/20

Bella Vita Adheres to Safer at Home Order

As many cities and states are beginning to relax stay at home restrictions, your health and safety remain our number one priority. While some services in our city and state will re-open next week, Bella Vita is adhering to Governor Polis’ Safer at Home Order which stipulates that older adults should continue to remain at home.

We encourage Bella Vita residents to stay in their apartment homes except for essential medical visits, grocery shopping, and exercise. Additionally, we ask residents to wear a cloth mask when exiting their apartments and while in community spaces.

Bella Vita will continue maintaining restricted visitor access. Team Members and care essential visitors will be screened before entering the community and continue the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as per recommended guidelines from the CDC. We are diligently maintaining daily virus-mitigation cleanings and careful assessment for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

These precautions help protect the health of both residents and team members. We are all in this together and are grateful and appreciate your continued support during this period.

Update 4/17/20

Recording of Town Hall webinar for Families Now Available

We hope you were able to join us for the Family Town Hall Webinar on April 16th. Due to very high attendance, some participants were unable to join or lost the connection. You will find the complete recording of the webinar here.

Update 4/13/20

New Town Hall webinar for Families on the COVID-19 Virus

April 16th, 4pm MT | 5pm CT | 6pm ET A

As always we will share the latest information about our organizational efforts to combat COVID-19 as well as answer questions people pre-submit to info@clcmail.org.

Registration URL
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6548730144097379085

Update 4/8/20

New Mask Directives from The State of Colorado

We are happy to update this status and let you know that we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Bella Vita. Also, the State of Colorado has issued new directives requiring team members to wear masks. These measures are taken out of an abundance of caution. The team continues extensive virus prevention protocols to help keep EVERYONE who lives and works at Bella Vita safe and well. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to this website and our Facebook page.

Update 3/25/20

Arapahoe County issues Stay-at-Home order

Area public health officials have issued a stay at home order for several Denver Metro area counties, including Arapahoe, effective 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26th. This order means at that time, residents of Bella Vita, like other residents of Arapahoe county, are discouraged from leaving their apartments except for essential medical visits, grocery shopping, and exercise.

All previous virus mitigation protocols continue and visitors are discouraged. Only essential businesses continue to operate; senior living providers are deemed as essential businesses. All community employees are considered to be essential workers and will continue to report to work as scheduled, providing they are well.

All Bella Vita employees and care essential visitors will continue to be screened, and temperatures checked before entering the community. We maintain daily virus-mitigation cleanings and careful assessment for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

At this time, we DO NOT have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community.

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Please check back to this website and our Facebook page for the latest updates and information.

As always, the health and safety of residents and team members are the number one priority. Thank you for your support during this COVID-19 health crisis.

Update 3/21/20

Webinar Town Hall Meeting to Discuss COVID-19

Cappella Living Solutions invites you to watch the recent Town Hall Discussion Webinar regarding status updates related to COVID-19.  You will hear organizational leaders share what we are doing to prevent and prepare during this critical time.  Please click the link to watch the video, you may also send any questions you have to Info@clclmail.org

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/399164044/3bc15134c4  

Update 3/17/20

Finding Ways to Connect for Older Adults during Social Distancing Directives

They say challenging times bring out the best in people. Anyone who has tried to buy toilet paper recently may disagree with that statement. In a broader sense, however, we see evidence this is true.  Neighbors are reaching out on the Nextdoor social media app offering to purchase groceries and run errands for older neighbors; teachers are providing non-perishable food to low-income students while schools are closed, and most importantly, the majority of Americans are following guidelines for social distancing. Nevertheless, social isolation can bring problems of its own. As a family member, you may feeling that isolation as well. 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 in our communities will be short, and family members and loved ones can get back to their normal engaging routines. In the meantime, there are benefits to short periods without distractions. If you want to help, consider sending fun greeting cards to your local senior living community. Have children draw pictures and send letters to residents; they may even get a response letter. Cappella Living Solutions is encouraging residents to start seedlings by providing pots and seeds to grow in their apartments and many similar creative outlets. Great creativity is a bi-product of such times!

Update 3/6/20

Coronavirus Preparedness and Bella Vita

As an active adult community, every day we take very seriously our responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for residents while also balancing the resident’s individual choices. Therefore, when an outbreak like the CoV-2 Coronavirus occurs, we are able to build upon the already strong virus prevention protocols of our community. We are aware that anyone over the age of 60 will have a higher risk of complications from the virus, this has prompted us to be even more vigilant in keeping the community safe.

While we still have no confirmed cases, our approach during this heighten virus season is to remain calm, share the facts, take precautionary measures and to continue enjoying community life as best as possible. While our primary focus is on preventing the virus from entering our community, we have a leadership workgroup meeting daily to assess the situation, give guidance and provide training so that we are as prepared as possible to identify, treat and eliminate Coronavirus should the need arise.

We are continuing to provide educational opportunities to residents and their families to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We do ask if you have a fever, cough or respiratory symptoms please do not visit our community. All visitor must wash their hands upon entering.  We welcome cards, letters, and grocery drop-offs.  Additionally, we ask that all residents limit their travel outside the community and practice social distancing of at least six feet. It is very important to us that residents feel safe, stay calm and have the opportunity to continue to enjoy their lives.

For more information on what Christian Living Communities is doing to combat the spread of this virus in our sister senior living communities, watch this recorded Town Hall Meeting.

Resources

For additional information on COVID-19 from the CDC please click here.

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