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