Coronavirus Update

Update 4/5/20

COVID-19 Test Results Returned

The Tri-County Health Department shared over the weekend additional COVID-19 test results for residents and team members at the Suites of Someren Glen. In total, here are the results as of Noon Sunday, April 5th.
• Five residents have tested positive (all in the same areas of the community as before)
• One team member has tested positive
• Three residents have tested negative
• Five tests are pending, four residents and one team member. Additional precautionary tests were ordered over the weekend.

The positive cases are limited to the Spruce and Evergreen neighborhoods of the long-term care area of the community. All residents with a positive test result are being supported at the community per their doctors’ orders and in following CDC and State Health Department guidelines. All residents are in a clinical isolation area with dedicated team members utilizing full protective equipment. Team members with a positive test or a pending test are at home. Our thoughts and prayers are with each for a speedy recovery.

Per CDC and State Health Department directives, all team members working directly with residents in both our Assisted Living and Long-term-care neighborhoods are wearing surgical masks.

The community continues to follow all federal, state, county, and community directives and protocols to protect residents and team members, and Christian Living Communities’ own virus mitigation protocols. Additionally, the long-term care area is being treated daily with Biocide, an additional virus eradication step.

We are not permitting any visitors or move-ins at this time as directed by the local health department in long-term care. Out of an abundance of caution, admissions are not being allowed into the Transitional Care Neighborhood (TCN) at this time. The residential and assisted living apartments are not impacted as they are in a separate building.

Families will be contacted if their loved one is suspected of or diagnosed with COVID-19.

We continue to schedule personal opportunities for residents to have team-member supported video chats and phone calls. Family members are encouraged to communicate with their loved ones with, calls, texts, and social media.

We have established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information 303.327.9936. 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 in assisted living or long-term-care may contact our Ombudsman, Caitlin Phillips at cphillips@drcog.org or call 303.480.6831.
Continue to follow the COVID-19 Updates on the website for the latest information. This site is updated daily when there are new developments. A link to this blog is also easily available on the community’s Facebook page.

Update 4/2/20

CLC-Cappella Communities Family Member Town Hall

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 info@clcmail.org. Thank you for your support during this crisis. Together, we can get through this.

Update 3/30/20

Someren Glen Experiences First Confirmed Case of COVID-19

The Tri-County Health Department has confirmed that a resident of the Suites at Someren Glen has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident remains in an isolation suite at the community in the Spruce long-term-care neighborhood and is doing well.

The community is following all federal, state, county, and community directives and protocols to identify the virus quickly, isolate it, and then eradicate virus spread. All residents in adjacent suites are being tested and are being cared for using isolation protocols. All team members caring for those residents in the isolation area of the community are utilizing N95 masks and virus mitigation protocols. Additionally, the long-term care area is being treated daily with Biocide, an additional virus eradication step.

We are not permitting any visitors or move-ins at this time as directed by the local health department.

Families will be contacted if their loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.

Out of an abundance of caution, admissions are not being allowed into the Transitional Care Neighborhood (TCN) until next week. The residential and assisted living apartments are not impacted as they are in a separate building. The entire community continues to operate under the restricted CDC guidelines, which includes no communal dining, no group life enrichment activities, stringent screenings of everyone coming into the community, including staff and adherence to social distancing.

If you are a family member of a long-term-care resident, we understand that you might be concerned about your loved one, but we must restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus. We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to residents. Family members are encouraged to communicate with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.

We will provide regular community status updates on this website. We have also established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, 303.327.9936. 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.

Someren Glen is not the first senior living community in Colorado to have a confirmed case. We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community.

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 Someren Glen will not be allowed to leave the community except for essential medical visits.

All previous virus mitigation restrictions continue to remain in place regarding dining, limited life enrichment, and only essential care visitors. 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 Someren Glen 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 3/17/20

Virtual Town Hall Meeting to Discuss COVID-19 for Colorado Communities

Christian Living Communities and 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  

Update 3/16/20

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. 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, Christian Living Communities 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. Christian Living Communities 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 3/14/20

Updated status for Colorado Assisted Living, Memory Support and Skilled Nursing Communities

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 Someren Glen, we are now implementing new CMS and Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment directives to restrict access to our skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory support and residential living neighborhoods. This means that no visitors will be allowed within the residential, assisted living, memory support or skilled 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 are 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 suites or apartments. Life enrichment group activities are also canceled at this time. 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 ones via technologies such as Face-time, Skype and video conferencing.  As always, resident’s health and wellbeing are our primary concerns.

Update 3/5/20

Coronavirus Preparedness at Someren Glen

In light of the recent fatalities due to coronavirus, we want residents, family members and team members at Someren Glen to know we share in the concern and have created coronavirus specific policies and procedures modeled after our very successful flu and norovirus protocols. As part of our best practices, we regularly provide training to team members on managing infections and minimizing the impact of illness in our communities.  We encourage residents, their loved ones, and team members to take steps to guard against illness including staying home when you are sick. Every day preventive actions such as not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, covering your mouth when you cough and frequent hand washing will help prevent illness and spread of respiratory diseases, including coronavirus.

You can read more about our Coronavirus preparedness on the Christian Living Communities website.

Please contact us with any questions.

Additional External Resources

CDC Website | Colorado Governor | Centennial Mayor | City of Centennial

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