COVID-19 Status Update

New Normal for Someren Glen Means Ensuring Resident Safety!

From safe dining to vaccine booster clinics to transparently sharing team member vaccination rates, our communities and parent organization, Christian 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 the end of August, our community boasted an 86% overall vaccination rate of residents and team members. With vaccines now required for team members, we expect our vaccination rates to further increase.

Read more about how we are supporting purpose filled lives and increasing resident safety.

Covid19

Latest Updates

8/31/21

Someren Glen Ahead of new State Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers
We are pleased to see the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s (CDPHE)latest mandate that all healthcare workers in the state of Colorado receive the COVID-19 vaccine by October 31st. At Someren Glen we are already in process of requiring the COVID-19 vaccine for our team members as Christian Living Communities, our parent-company requires our team members become fully vaccinated by October 1st, a full 30 days ahead of the state mandate. To read more about the new CDPHE mandate please click here. The health and safety of residents and team members is paramount as we continue to battle the COVID-19 virus in our community, especially as Delta variant cases continue to rise in our state. The vaccine is the extra protection needed. Learn more

8/10/21

Someren Glen Requires Vaccinations for Team Members

After many conversations with residents, team members, community leaders and tracking the national conversation, the Christian Living Communities (CLC) ownership group is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement. All team members at Someren Glen (other than those approved for exemption due to medical or religious reasons) volunteers and business partners working in our communities must receive the full vaccine series for the COVID-19 virus by Friday, October 1st.

This is not a decision CLC leadership takes lightly.  Highly contagious variants, including the Delta variant, are exploding across our region and the United States, and COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are rising again. Data from CDPHE indicates that unvaccinated people are most vulnerable to infection and passing the virus to others. Each time a positive case is identified in a community, the community goes into “outbreak” status, which then significantly impacts the quality of life of residents, families, and other team members. Numerous senior living companies, health care entities, and government agencies now require all team members to be vaccinated. Additionally, 56 healthcare associations, including the American Medical Association and LeadingAge, have called for “all healthcare and long-term care employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.”

CLC cherishes each team member and their vital contribution to our family of communities and services. We appreciate each individual’s commitment and loyalty during this most challenging time.

We care for the most at-risk citizens and are taking this essential step to require vaccinations to protect our communities including residents, clients, team members, and their families such as young children or others that are unable to be vaccinated at this time.

We are doing our best to accommodate personal choices and individual opinions while taking the necessary steps to protect our communities. One of our central values is We! Care for Each Other; this value is displayed countless times each day in countless ways. Now is the time to show we care for each other by becoming vaccinated.

This requirement is in effect for our CLC ownership group, including Cappella of Pueblo West, Clermont Park, Dayspring Villa, Holly Creek, Someren Glen, Rhythms Home Care, and the Eagle Pointe Support Office as well as CLC-Cappella employees such as Executive Directors who work in our managed communities. In addition, Duet dining and Infinity Rehab team members will also be part of this requirement, and we are working with our other in-community business partners.

Over the next few days CLC leaders, human resources, and Someren Glen leaders will answer questions and conduct training regarding this vaccine requirement.

We appreciate the continued support, patience, and love shown to each other within our CLC family of communities and services. At Someren Glen, we are committed to doing what we can to balance the health and happiness of everyone who lives and works in our community.

7/30/21

Mask Requirements in Some Neighborhoods

Mask wearing is again required in the assisted living neighborhood at Someren Glen regardless of vaccination status. We hope this requirement is only for a short period of time, but due to several factors, we made this difficult decision in hopes of mitigating infection and illness in our assisted living neighborhood. Masks continue to be required in our skilled nursing neighborhood and are optional and voluntary in our residential (independent living) neighborhood.

Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended that masks be worn indoors across the nation in areas of high or substantial COVID-19 spread.  Delta variant break-through infections are on the rise in Colorado, this is when a fully vaccinated person becomes infected. The Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) issued more infection control measures for assisted living communities this week and OSHA has also advised assisted living communities to wear masks.

Masks must be worn by residents, team members, vendors, and visitors, in both assisted living and skilled nursing areas of our community, even if they are vaccinated. This applies to public areas, while going to and from meals, and while taking part in programs.

We appreciate your cooperation in this necessary safety measure. Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to battle the COVID-19 virus and its variants.

7/27/21

New CDPHE Requirements

Due to the recent increase in the COVID-19 Delta variant transmission locally and across Colorado, the Colorado Department of Health & Environment is increasing infection control measures to ensure safety in senior living communities.

Beginning this week at Someren Glen, the following testing will be in place:

  • Unvaccinated residents of Assisted Living, Memory Support, or Skilled Nursing neighborhoods who leaves the community for any reason for longer than 24 hours, will then have to take part in daily testing with a rapid Point of Care (POC) test, and once a week with a PCR test, for 14 days after leaving the community.
  • Vaccinated residents and Residential Living residents are not subject to testing when leaving the community as long as they remain asymptomatic.
  • Unvaccinated team members will need to complete pre-shift rapid POC test as well as take part in weekly PCR testing
  • Outside healthcare & service providers must provide a copy of vaccination, a negative PCR test result within the past seven days, and a rapid test upon entry.
  • Visitors are encouraged to be tested and the Community may be able to offer a rapid test upon entry, although it is not required.
  • Mask Wearing mask wearing continues to be a personal decision in our residential living neighborhoods, in assisted living neighborhoods vaccinated residents and team members are not required to wear a mask and in our skilled nursing neighborhoods, mask wearing is required for both residents and team members, regardless of vaccine status.

If we receive a positive test result from any of the above testing, we then will be required to test all residents and team members, regardless of their vaccine status until we clear a 14 day post-positive test time frame with no additional positive tests.

As always, we continually seek to balance the safety of residents and team members with freedom to pursue all the joys of daily living.

For more information on testing availability at your community please contact the concierge desk.

We continue to encourage everyone who remains unvaccinated to please get the vaccine to reduce the risk of illness in our community and protect the residents we serve. There are several vaccine clinics in our community through various pharmacies.

Thank you for your understanding and support as we navigate the rise of the Delta variant in our area.

6/4/21

New Freedoms for Residents & Team Members in Regulated Neighborhoods!

We are thrilled to share the good news that the Colorado Department of Health and Environment relaxed many of the COVID-19 restrictions for regulated levels of senior living, this impacts our assisted living and skilled nursing neighborhoods.

We no longer have to conduct routine, also known as surveillance testing, of team members or residents who have left and returned to the community if they are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated residents and team members will have to continue with routine testing.

Assisted Living

At Someren Glen residents living in our assisted living neighborhood who are fully vaccinated, do not have to wear a mask and are able to share meals with other vaccinated residents, take part in community-life programs, and take part in outings, all without a mask! Individuals who wish to wear a mask may of course continue to do so due to the proven health benefits.

Residents living in our assisted living neighborhood who are not fully vaccinated will continue to be encouraged to wear a mask for their own protection and practice social distancing when possible. If our county positivity rate goes above 10%, and our community vaccination rate is below 70%, we will have to exclude unvaccinated residents from group programs and outings.

Visitors who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to wear a mask and may take part in group activities and dining. Each person will still need to be screened and we must ask for a copy of your vaccination card. Unvaccinated visitors will still need to wear a mask and may not take part in any activities or dining.

Additionally, we are again able to welcome family pet visitations to our community. Family pets must visit only one resident at a time and avoid unvaccinated residents and team members, if you are interested, please ask about the policy and procedures for pet visits. We can again welcome vaccinated entertainers into our community.

The regulations are similar for team members. Mask wearing for fully vaccinated team members is now optional.

Skilled Nursing

Regulations for skilled nursing neighborhoods have not loosened up as much as they have for assisted living. In general terms, mask wearing must continue for both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, team members, and visitors with a few exceptions:

  • Fully vaccinated residents are not required to wear a mask during an activity, outing or while dining with other fully vaccinated residents. However, if an unvaccinated resident or team member joins the group, everyone must put their masks on and socially distance. The same applies for team members when socializing or dining together on a break or during a meeting in our skilled nursing neighborhood.
  • Visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear a mask. Visitors will continue to be screened and we will gather copies of vaccination cards in preparation for when regulations loosen for skilled nursing and more closely align with those of assisted living.
  • Entertainers are able to again come into our skilled nursing neighborhoods much to the delight of residents! As is the case for residents, team members, and visitors entertainers must wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.

Family pet visitations are allowed if the pet only visits one resident. Pet therapy visitations are still not allowed at this time. Family pets must visit only one resident at a time and avoid unvaccinated residents and team members, if you are interested, please ask about the policy and procedures for pet visits.

We continue to advocate for residents in all levels of living, balancing health and happiness is our goal as a community and we are communicating these needs to our regulatory agencies.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we put all of these changes into place.

5/19/21

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have released new guidelines allowing senior living communities more freedoms when residents are fully vaccinated. At Someren Glen, we are embracing these additional freedoms with new guidelines that allow residents in our residential (independent) living neighborhoods to take their masks off while enjoying the community if they are fully vaccinated and our community vaccination rate remains above 80%.

Currently, residential living residents in Colorado can enjoy dining together with other fully vaccinated residents without masks and at close contact. They may also participate in group programs with other fully vaccinated residents and may choose not to wear masks.

At this time, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has not made the same allowances for regulated levels of living such as assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing. However, residents in all neighborhoods continue to enjoy vibrant programming, interactions, and time with family and friends.

Effective 4/1/21

Expanded Visitation Rules Go Into Effect April 1st at the Suites at Someren Glen

The Colorado State Health Department released new directives aligning state regulations with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) newly expanded visitations for long-term care facilities, including our long term care, rehabilitation, and memory support neighborhoods in the Suites at Someren Glen.

Families and friends now have more options to connect with their loved ones. The state guidance still recommends outdoor visitations whenever possible because there is less chance of spreading the virus. We are now able to offer indoor visits with the following guidelines and exceptions:

  • Visits will be allowed regardless of the resident’s vaccination status except in the following high-risk COVID-19 transmission situations:
    • If a resident is unvaccinated and our county’s Covid positivity rate is above 10% and fewer than 70% of the community residents are vaccinated. Our community’s vaccination rate for residents is currently at 96%.
    • If a resident has a confirmed COVID-19 infection and/or has not yet passed the quarantine time frame.
  • Supervised children are allowed to visit if they are able to maintain wearing a mask, follow virus mitigation protocols and socially distance.
  • Visitors must be escorted to the resident by a team member, but visits are not supervised.
  • Pets may visit residents if they are current on their vaccines. Pets can only visit one resident at a time.

At Suites at Someren Glen, visits will be Tuesday through Saturday beginning Thursday, April 1. Each resident can have two visitors at one time, and we will host visits in the adult day room and also in the resident’s suite, after obtaining permission from the roommate if applicable. All visitors and residents must continue to wear masks during the visit, and all visits must be scheduled, with no drop-in visits allowed.

All visitors must first come to the concierge desk to be screened and have their temperature checked. If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your visit for the health and well-being of everyone at Suites at Someren Glen.

To schedule a visit, please call our concierge at 303-779-5000 between 7am and 6pm. The concierge will send you a link to our SignUp Genius account. In-suite visits will be a maximum of 90 minutes.

We have the full Colorado Health Department Directive linked here and the CMS flyer about tips for your visit here.

We are just as excited as residents and families are about these new visitation opportunities. We know personal connections are vital to resident’s well-being. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we roll-out these new directives and get everything set up to welcome you!

Latest Vaccine Updates

As of June 18, 2021, Someren Glen’s combined resident and team member vaccination rate is 88%.

3/12/21

A full and bustling dining room with laughter rising above the clank of silverware. A life-enrichment outing with every seat on the bus filled. A daughter having a quiet afternoon tea time with her mom. These are all things we long to hear and see in our community. As vaccination rates continue to improve we are working towards a phased re-opening to our community, to get back to pre-pandemic life, but with health and safety in mind.

At Someren Glen, we have a combined resident and team member vaccination rate of 97%.

As we await more direction from our federally and state-regulated neighborhoods of assisted living and skilled nursing, our clinical and operational teams have outlined how we can safely re-open our residential living (independent living) neighborhoods. Our approach continues to be a balance between health and happiness. We are committed to following best practices and proven virus mitigation protocols while expanding community life when it is safe to do so.

This grid is broken into an early phase three and a late phase three opening plan. As you can see at the top, everything depends on the combined vaccination rate of the community. Our community is working towards this plan, we have already made some changes in some areas. It may take us a little bit longer in other areas. Our commitment is to reach full re-opening of our community within the same standards as our surrounding community. We will do so cautiously as the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at Someren Glen are paramount. As is spreading more joy and a return to normalcy for our vibrant community afforded us with our increasing vaccination rate. For more information about a specific area of interest, give us a call at (303) 552-0215

Click to view the grid.

01/21/21

Check out Someren Glen’s very own team member, Lucy, rapping to our residents about the Covid-19 vaccine.

Watch the video here.

01/21/21

We are so excited that we were able to vaccinate our superhero residential and assisted living residents at Someren Glen today!

01/21/21

Status Update for January 21st

We have a few different updates for you regarding our COVID-19 virus activity and vaccination efforts.

Residential & Assisted Living

An asymptomatic community support team member tested positive for the virus on January 18th and is currently isolating at home. This team member had previously tested positive, isolated, and returned to work. This was their first test after the state and county health department’s recommended 90 day waiting period before testing again. We consulted with the county, and even though it is likely this positive test may be a “carryover” from this team member’s previous positive test, we still must treat it as a new positive test result.

Suites at Someren Glen – Skilled Nursing

Today we learned from our routine testing, that an associate who last worked in our Evergreen neighborhood Monday tested positive for the virus.  The team member has mild symptoms and is isolating at home. We are awaiting other test results.

Resident and team member safety is our top priority.  All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.  We are following federal, state, and local health directives and virus mitigation protocols. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings.

Residential & Assisted Living Vaccine Clinic Date

Friday, January 22nd     10am-6pm     Walgreens/Pfizer

Second Suites Skilled Nursing Vaccine Clinic Date

Monday, January 25th   10am-6pm   Walgreens/Pfizer

We are eagerly preparing for the second COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the Suites and the first clinic in the residential and assisted living building, the dates and times are listed here.

We have a lot of useful information on our website, www.SomerenGlen.org, click on the COVID Updates tab, and then Latest Vaccine Information. In addition to reputable resources, we have the Walgreens consent form on the site that you can download, fill out and email to Craig Sparkman, csparkman@clcmail.org  for residential living and assisted living, and to Laura Roedema-Bliek, lroedema@clcmail.org for those associated with the Suites, if you still need to turn in a consent form. If you already turned one it, there no need to turn in a second. Also, be sure to have a current insurance card and information.

Now is the time to fully educate yourself about the vaccine. We want everyone who lives and works in our community to be vaccinated for the future safety of our community.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

 

01/21/21

Residential & Assisted Living Vaccine Clinic Date

Friday, January 22nd     10am-6pm     Walgreens/Pfizer

Second Suites Skilled Nursing Vaccine Clinic Date

Monday, January 25th   10am-6pm   Walgreens/Pfizer

01/14/21

Residential Living Vaccine Clinic Date

Wednesday, January 26th                 

9am-3pm                       

Walgreens/Pfizer

Second Assisted, Memory Support and Skilled Nursing Vaccine Clinic Date

Tuesday, January 25th                      

9am-3pm                        

Walgreens/Pfizer

We are eagerly preparing for our first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for our residential living neighborhoods and the second clinics for our assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing neighborhoods.

First In Community Vaccine Clinic Date for Suites of Someren Glen
We are thrilled to share the good news with you that our Walgreens Pharmacy partner has set our first COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic where we will receive the Pfizer vaccine for residents and team members at The Suites of Someren Glen.


We do not yet know when a clinic will be set up for Someren Glen residential and assisted living apartment homes. We are advocating for those vaccine clinics to be set-up very soon.
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 in 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.

Many of you are eager to get the vaccine and put an end to this pandemic. Safety is 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 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.
In this packet of information we have provided you the following:
1. A Frequently Asked Question document provided by the American Medical Director Association (AMDA)
2. The Pfizer Vaccine information sheet
3. A flyer about the myths and facts of the vaccine
4. The Walgreens consent form. This will need to be returned to Laura Roedema-Bliek at lroedema@clcmail.org for those living at The Suites of Someren Glen or to Craig Sparkman, csparkman@clcmail.org for those living at Someren Glen Residential or Assisted Living.

Please get ready now. Even if your level of living has not yet scheduled a clinic, we encourage everyone to go ahead and get their consent forms signed and submitted.
We will need a current copy of each resident and employee insurance card. If you do not have one, please get one. The vaccine is free, however insurance may be charged for supplies and injection administration. If you do not have insurance, you will not be charged.

We are excited about this good news. We hope you are too!

COVID-19 Vaccine Administration Plans

Find our latest information on the vaccine here.

Frequently Asked Questions | 12.3.20

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

We anticipate the emergency use approval for the Pfizer vaccine could be as early as December 10th. The discussion for the Moderna vaccine will be on December 17th. Once approval is given, the federal government will then distribute the vaccine 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.


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.

Weekly County Data Update

Someren Glen 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.

Every week we will post both important pieces of data on our COVID-19 Updates page under this 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) 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.

SOURCES OF DATA:
Positivity Rate: https://data.cms.gov/stories/s/COVID-19-Nursing-Home-Data/bkwz-xpvg; scroll down to Covid Testing and click on “here” for county positivity.
Colorado Case Count: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data; go to Incidence and Epidemic Curve and click on “Two-Week Cumulative Incidence”. Hover over county for numbers.

Past Updates

Effective 3/29/21

Expanded Visitation Rules Go Into Effect at Someren Glen Assisted Living Monday, March 29, 2021

The Colorado State Health Department released new directives aligning state regulations with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) newly expanded visitations for long-term care facilities, including our assisted living community.

Families and friends now have more options to connect with their loved ones. The state guidance still recommends outdoor visitations whenever possible because there is less chance of spreading the virus.

We are now able to offer indoor visits with the following guidelines and exceptions:

  • Visits will be allowed regardless of the resident’s vaccination status except in the following high-risk COVID-19 transmission situations:
    • If a resident is unvaccinated and our county’s Covid positivity rate is above 10% and fewer than 70% of the community residents are vaccinated. Currently, 95% of our residents as a campus have received both doses of the vaccine. If a resident is fully vaccinated, they may have visitors regardless of the county positivity rate.
    • If a resident has a confirmed COVID-19 infection and/or has not yet passed the quarantine time frame.
  • Visit guidelines include allowing visits in a resident’s apartment or suite if the resident is vaccinated and allows for physical contact such as hugs IF the resident has been vaccinated.
  • Appointments are required and to ensure we can serve all families, visits will be limited to one hour as we begin offering more visits. As time goes on we hope to extend this time. All visitors must be escorted to see the resident.
  • Supervised children are allowed to visit as long as they are able to continually wear a mask, follow virus mitigation protocols, and socially distance if your loved one has not yet been vaccinated.
  • With prior permission, a pet may visit one resident at a time, pets may not go from room to room.

At Someren Glen Assisted Living visits will be hosted Sunday-Saturday from 9am-6pm. Each resident can have 2 of visitors at one time, and we will host visits in the Gift Shop, Library, or in the resident’s apartment depending on vaccination status. All visitors and residents must continue to wear masks during the visit, and all visits must be scheduled, with no drop-in visits allowed.

All visitors must first come to the concierge desk to be screened and have their temperature checked. If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 please cancel your visit for the health and well-being of everyone at Someren Glen.

To schedule a visit, please sign up at  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C4DA9AA2CA5FFCE9-assisted.

We have the full Colorado Health Department Directive linked here and the CMS flyer about tips for your visit here.

We are just as excited as residents and families are about these new visitation opportunities. We know personal connections are vital to resident’s well-being. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we roll-out these new directives and get everything set up to welcome you!

3/11/21

We are preparing for some wonderful family reunions! Just yesterday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new guidance that communities like ours should offer responsible and safe visit options regardless of vaccination status for families and residents. CMS put in place some restrictions, and as has been the case throughout the pandemic, we must receive the green light from the Colorado health department before we can actually host more indoor visits. Read the specific information on our Christian Living Communities website.

Update for 2/13/21

In our continuing commitment to transparent notifications for our Someren Glen family, we want to let you know we have a positive test result for a resident in the long-term care suites in the Ponderosa Neighborhood. This was a result of our mass testing on 2/11, and the resident is now in isolation. All other resident test results from that date have returned negative, and we are awaiting associate test results from 2/12 testing. We thank you all for your vigilance in safety precautions and mask-wearing that are limiting exposure and spread in Someren Glen’s neighborhoods.

Routine testing continues in all neighborhoods. Resident and team member safety is our top priority. All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community. We are following federal, state, and local health directives and virus mitigation protocols. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings.

We have useful information on this page, click on the Latest Vaccine Information tab below. In addition to reputable resources, we have the Walgreens consent form on the site that you can download, fill out and email to Craig Sparkman, csparkman@clcmail.org for residential living and assisted living, and to Laura Roedema-Bliek, lroedema@clcmail.org for those associated with the Suites, if you still need to turn in a consent form. If you already turned one it, there no need to turn in a second. Also, be sure to have a current insurance card and information.

Now is the time to fully educate yourself about the vaccine. We want everyone who lives and works in our community to be vaccinated for the future safety of our community.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

02/11/21

Indoor Visit Status for Someren Glen as of February 10th

Someren Glen is working to offer indoor visitations per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) directives issued late last year.

Residential and Assisted Living

At Someren Glen residential and assisted living we have met the five criteria required for our community to offer indoor visitations. The measurement that continues to be variable is our county’s positivity rate as well as any virus activity within neighborhoods. We are thrilled to share that our county rate has finally gone below the requirement and we can offer indoor visitations in our residential and assisted living neighborhoods.

The following protocols are in place for visitations:

  • Visits will take place in our gift shop at the entrance of the building
  • Visits must be scheduled via a Sign-Up Genius link that will be updated weekly, https://www.signupgenius.com/
  • Visits will be scheduled 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm, starting at the top of each hour and lasting for 45 minutes. This allows a 15 minute transition and virus sanitation time.
  • We recommend each family scheduled just one visit per week to accommodate all families who would like to visit.
  • Visitor will need to check in at the concierge desk and complete our virus screening process before each visit.
  • Visits can be postponed at any time due to virus activity within our community or if the county positivity rate increases.

The Suites at Someren Glen

Due to recent virus activity in the Evergreen neighborhood, we are not able to provide indoor visits for any of the neighborhoods at The Suites of Someren Glen skilled nursing building. We anticipate clearing our 14 day waiting period from the last confirmed positive COVID-19 case next week and we will swiftly move towards setting up a similar indoor visitation system as the residential and assisted living neighborhoods.

We are accommodating care essential visits in all neighborhoods at The Suites of Someren Glen and implementing stringent screening and virus mitigation protocols.

For all neighborhoods on campus we encourage residents and families to connect via technology, such as video chat, to exchange letters, and care packages.

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

02/01/21

We’ve received 158 negative COVID-19 test results back for residents and team members living and working at the Suites of Someren Glen. We are still awaiting 40 more results. We have received positive test results for two residents living in the Evergreen memory support neighborhood. Both residents are asymptomatic and doing well. We are supporting them with appropriate virus isolation efforts.

The Suites of Someren Glen had their second dose vaccine clinic on January 25th. Both residents received their second dose, but were likely exposed before receiving the second dose was administered. As a reminder, the full immunity effect of the Pfizer vaccine is 95% but it doesn’t take effect until a full two weeks AFTER the second dose.

Resident and team member safety is our top priority across our entire community.  Team members and residents in all neighborhoods must continue to properly wear masks, over the nose and mouth while out and about in the community.  We are following federal, state, and local health directives and virus mitigation protocols. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings.

Surveillance testing will resume again at the Someren Glen residential and assisted living building on Monday, February 8th.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We appreciate your continued support and patience.

01/17/21

We have received all of the test results from the Suites at Someren Glen testing conducted on January 13th and we are pleased to report that all resident tests came back negative. We did learn one associate tested positive. The associate last worked yesterday in our Aspen skilled nursing neighborhood and is now isolating at home. We thank you all for your vigilance in safety precautions and mask-wearing that are limiting exposure and spread in Someren Glen’s neighborhoods.

Routine testing continues in all neighborhoods. Resident and team member safety is our top priority. All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community. We are following federal, state, and local health directives and virus mitigation protocols. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings.

We are eagerly preparing for the second COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the Suites and the first clinic in the residential and assisted living building, the dates and times are listed here.

Residential & Assisted Living Vaccine Clinic Date

Friday, January 22nd                 

10am-6pm                       

Walgreens/Pfizer

Second Suites Skilled Nursing Vaccine Clinic Date

Monday, January 25th                      

10am-6pm                        

Walgreens/Pfizer

 

01/14/21

Residential Living Vaccine Clinic Date

Wednesday, January 26th                 

9am-3pm                       

Walgreens/Pfizer

Second Assisted, Memory Support and Skilled Nursing Vaccine Clinic Date

Tuesday, January 25th                      

9am-3pm                        

Walgreens/Pfizer

We are eagerly preparing for our first COVID-19 vaccine clinic for our residential living neighborhoods and the second clinics for our assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing neighborhoods.

Assisted Living, Memory Support and Skilled Nursing Neighborhoods

For residents and team members associated with our assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing neighborhoods, this may be your last opportunity to receive the vaccine at the community. We cannot guarantee first-round doses will be available after this next clinic. This clinic will provide second and first-round doses. Right now, we are below our goal of 95% of residents and team members being vaccinated for these neighborhoods. Some people are not eligible due to pregnancy or health conditions. Our expectation is that everyone who can, will receive the vaccine.

Residential Living Neighborhoods

We encourage everyone in our community to get the vaccine. While we do have the clinic scheduled, if you have an opportunity to receive the vaccine earlier through your health plan or doctor, go ahead and get it. We encourage everyone to get the vaccine as soon as it is offered. 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 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 serious side effects, but the percentages are low, and typically related to history of anaphylactic allergic reactions.

We have a lot of useful information on our website, www.ClermontPark.org, click on the COVID Updates tab, and then Latest Vaccine Information. In addition to reputable resources, we have the Walgreens consent form on the site that you can download, fill out and email to Rebecca Miller, rmiller@clcmail.org for residential living, and to your neighborhood nurse manager for other neighborhoods.  Those who have already received their first dose do not need to fill-out another consent form.

Now is the time to fully educate yourself about the vaccine. We want everyone who lives and works in our community to be vaccinated for the future safety of our community.

01/08/21

We have started to receive test results from our January 5th testing. We did receive one positive test result for a community support team member who last worked in the Suites in long-term care on January 5th. The associate is currently recovering at home. Fortunately no residents are exhibiting signs or symptoms. We thank you all for your vigilance in safety precautions and mask-wearing that are limiting exposure and spread in Someren Glen’s neighborhoods.

Weekly routine testing continues in all neighborhoods. Resident and team member safety is our top priority. All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community. We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings.

While you may not be able to see your loved one in person, we encourage you to drop off a care package, post some window art or yard sign, or schedule a virtual visit. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We appreciate your continued support and patience

01/02/21

Today we received testing results from December 28th testing in all neighborhoods.  While most resident and team member results were negative, we did receive one positive test result for a team member who last worked December 30th in the Evergreen neighborhood at The Suites at Someren Glen.  The team member was asymptomatic as of the 30th and is isolating at home.  Fortunately, no residents are exhibiting signs or symptoms.  We thank you all for your vigilance in safety precautions and mask-wearing that are limiting exposure and spread in Someren Glen’s neighborhoods.  We have three more tests pending and are awaiting those results.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.  All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

 

Stay in Touch

While you may not be able to see your loved one in person, we encourage you to drop by a holiday well wish, care package, post some window art or yard sign, or schedule a virtual visit.  The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

 

Learn the Latest Vaccine Plans

This is a reminder for anyone associated with the Suites at Someren Glen. Our COVID-19 Vaccine clinic is scheduled for Monday, January 4th.

If you have not yet submitted your consent form for yourself or your loved one, please email it to lroedema@clcmail.org . Education and forms may be found on the website at https://www.somerenglen.org/covid-19-status-update/#1Questions? Call Laura Roedema-Bliek at 720.974.3521. We need everyone to take part in Operation Vaccination. Thank you.

12/27/20

Today we received testing results from December 23rd testing in all neighborhoods.  While all resident results and most team member results were negative, we did receive one positive test result for a team member who last worked on December 26th. The team member is asymptomatic and isolating at home.  Fortunately, no residents are exhibiting signs or symptoms.  We thank you all for your vigilance in safety precautions and mask-wearing that are limiting exposure and spread in Someren Glen’s neighborhoods.

Routine testing continues Monday, December 28th in all neighborhoods. For Suites residents and staff, testing will be conducted at 5 a.m., 10 a.m., and 5:30 p.m. tomorrow.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.  All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

Stay in Touch

While you may not be able to see your loved one in person, we encourage you to drop by a holiday well wish, care package, post some window art or yard sign, or schedule a virtual visit.  The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

Learn the Latest Vaccine Plans

The Suites COVID-19 vaccine clinic is scheduled for January 4th.  We have not yet been contacted by our Walgreens pharmacy partner to set up a date for our AL/RL vaccine clinic. We are asking everyone on campus to get ready now for all clinics by reading information and signing the vaccine consent forms. You can find vaccine myths and facts, consent forms, and more here.

We are wishing you a Happy New year and look forward with hope to vaccines and the new year!

Update for December 22nd

We’ve received positive test results for three more team members all of who worked in The Suites of Someren Glen. Two are asymptomatic and the third is experiencing mild symptoms; all are isolating at home. One works in the Evergreen neighborhood, one in the Transitional Care (TCN) neighborhood and the other serves the Ponderosa/Spruce neighborhood. All were wearing appropriate PPE and taking virus precautions in the care of residents.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. Resident and team member safety is our top priority. All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

Holiday Plans
While you may not be able to see your loved one in person this holiday week, we encourage you to drop by a holiday well wish, care package, post some window art or yard sign, or schedule a virtual visit. We have special celebration meals planned for all neighborhoods. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

Vaccine Information and Consent Forms
We have our initial vaccine clinic scheduled for The Suites on January 4th. We are asking everyone on campus to get ready now for all clinics by reading information and signing the vaccine consent forms. You can find all information on our website at www.somerenglen.org.

We appreciate all that each of you is doing to balance safety by following virus precautions and happiness in finding creative ways to connect this holiday season. Both are extremely important.

Update for December 21st

Our twice a week testing continues to identify asymptomatic positive cases on our campus.
Someren Glen
From testing completed on December 17th we’ve learned of two residents who make their home in a residential living apartment who are positive for the COVID-19 virus, but are not experiencing any symptoms. Both are isolating per virus protocols. We will conduct testing again today and on Wednesday for residents and team members in residential and assisted living.

The Suites of Someren Glen
We have not yet received results from team member testing conducted on December 17th in the Suites. We will again test team members today and Wednesday and residents of the Suites will be tested today and then again next Monday.

See the Latest Vaccine Update drop down below for exciting news on the vaccine and Someren Glen.

Update for December 15th

We’ve received a positive test result for a team member from our testing at The Suites of Someren Glen conducted on December 10th. The team member last worked yesterday in our Spruce long-term skilled nursing neighborhood, they are asymptomatic and isolating at home. We will continue once a week testing for residents and twice a week for team members for an additional 14 days for residents and team members in this skilled nursing neighborhood of our community.

There are no new updates today for the Someren Glen residential and assisted living neighborhoods.

There is still time to join in on the holiday fun tomorrow with the car parade of lights planned for tomorrow evening at Someren Glen, you can simply go to the website and click on the events page to sign-up, https://www.somerenglen.org/about-us/events/parade-of-lights/ .

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.  All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

Stay in Touch

While you may not be able to see your loved one in person, we encourage you to drop by a note, care package, window art, yard sign, or schedule a virtual visit.  The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

Learn the Latest Vaccine Plans

Additionally, please join our clinical and operational leaders Wednesday, December 16th at 12 p.m. ET for a Facebook Live discussion about the Facts and Fiction of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will have our Christian Living Communities’ (CLC) Medical Director, Dr. Erick Gomer, our Vice President of Clinical and Compliance, Pat Mc Bride, RN, and CLC President and CEO Jill Vitale-Aussem sharing the latest information and taking your questions live. You will simply need to follow https://www.facebook.com/ChristianLivingCommunities and tune in to the page Wednesday, or any time after the event.

Update for December 14th

We continue our commitment to timely and transparent communication as our community seeks to mitigate COVID-19.  We’ve received a positive PCR test result for one team member that last worked in our assisted living neighborhood on December 11th.  The associate is asymptomatic and is isolating at home.

Testing will continue twice weekly for residents and team members until our outbreak is resolved.

We continue with in apartment dining, no group life enrichment and segregated movement between the two neighborhoods.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.  All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

Stay in Touch

While you may not be able to see your loved one in person, we encourage you to drop by a note, care package, window art, yard sign, or schedule a virtual visit.  The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

Learn the Latest Vaccine Plans

Additionally, please join our clinical and operational leaders Wednesday, December 16th at 12 p.m. ET for a Facebook Live discussion about the Facts and Fiction of the COVID-19 vaccine. We will have our Christian Living Communities’ (CLC) Medical Director, Dr. Erick Gomer, our Vice President of Clinical and Compliance, Pat Mc Bride, RN, and CLC President and CEO Jill Vitale-Aussem sharing the latest information and taking your questions live. You will simply need to follow https://www.facebook.com/ChristianLivingCommunities and tune in to the page Wednesday, or any time after the event.

We appreciate your patience and continued support.

Update for December 12th

We continue our commitment to timely and transparent communication as our community seeks to mitigate COVID-19.  We’ve received a positive PCR test result for one assisted living resident.  The resident is asymptomatic and is isolating in their apartment.

Testing will continue twice weekly for residents and team members until our outbreak is resolved, and I am in daily contact with the Tri-County Health Department to manage this outbreak.

We continue within apartment dining, no group life enrichment and segregated movement between the two neighborhoods.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. Resident and team member safety is our top priority.  All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We appreciate your patience and continued support.

Update for December 8th

We have a couple of updates impacting different areas of our community today.

Someren Glen Residential and Assisted Living

We continue to receive results from our 12/3 mass testing and we have two residents in our assisted living and one resident in our residential living who have tested positive for the virus. All three residents are asymptomatic and are isolating in their apartments.

Testing will continue twice weekly for residents and team members until our outbreak is resolved, and we are in daily contact with Tri-County Health Department to manage this outbreak.

We continue with in apartment dining, no group life enrichment and segregated movement between the two neighborhoods.

The Suites of Someren Glen

In our skilled nursing neighborhoods a community support team member tested positive from tests administered on 12/3 as well, they last worked on 12/6. This team member is asymptomatic and is isolating at home.

With the large number of positive test results, we have been frequently asked when and if residents and team members will be retested.  In accordance with direction from the CDC and the State Health Department, we will be retesting residents 90 days after receiving an initial positive test result.  The state’s rationale for waiting 90 days is because that is the length of time during which a person can continue to “shed” the virus, despite having been resolved from the virus (i.e., no longer contagious).  Continuing to test/re-test once an initial positive result is received is considered by the state to be an ineffective use of testing resources and therefore is directing communities not to test individuals for 90 days following a positive result.  Someren Glen is adhering to these instructions from the state.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We appreciate your patience and continued support.

Update for December 3rd

We have a lot of information to share with our Someren Glen Family today.

Someren Glen Residential and Assisted Living
We’ve learned that two assisted living team members have tested positive for the virus. One team member last worked on November 30th and was tested after becoming mildly symptomatic. The other last worked today, is asymptomatic, and is now self-isolating at home.

We also have a resident from Residential Living who is asymptomatic, and a resident in Assisted Living who is being supported with mild symptoms, both of whom tested positive on December 1st.

Testing will continue twice weekly for residents and team members until our outbreak is resolved, and I am in daily contact with Tri-County Health Department to manage this outbreak.

We continue with in apartment dining, no group life enrichment and segregated movement between the two neighborhoods.

The Suites of Someren Glen
In our skilled nursing neighborhoods a community support team member tested positive from tests administered on November 30th. This team member is asymptomatic and is isolating at home.

Due to our high number of asymptomatic test results I have received some questions about the validity of the Curative tests. We posed that question to both Tri-County Health and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. The answer we got back was, “sensitivity and specificity rates confirm very few false positives in their accuracy studies,” and that we should consider all positive results as legitimate results.

Today, we posted on our website some details, as we know them at this moment, regarding how the COVID-19 vaccine will be rolled-out at Someren Glen. We have also provided links to Centers for Disease Control information regarding the safety of the vaccine, you can find all of that information on the COVID-19 update page.

We also invite you to register for a special “Latest in the Legacies” Town Hall Webinar scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th at 4:30pm. The registration link is on the Town Hall page.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.
We appreciate your patience and continued support.

Update for December 1st

Several More Test Results Return

We continue to receive more testing results back for the entire campus with more results returning negative with a few returning positive in each building.

Someren Glen Residential and Assisted Living

Since our last update on Saturday, we’ve had an additional three residential living and one assisted living resident test positive for COVID-19. All residents are asymptomatic and are being supported in their apartment homes.

We’ve also had three team members test positive. Two work in our assisted living neighborhood and have been out of the building since November 25th and 28th. The third is a community support team member who is asymptomatic and has been out of the community since November 25th.

We continue with in apartment dining, no group life enrichment and segregated movement between the two neighborhoods.

The Suites of Someren Glen

In our Suites building we have identified a total of five team members who have tested positive. Three are community support team members, each are asymptomatic, and their testing was conducted on November 23rd. The other two work in our Evergreen and Ponderosa/Spruce neighborhoods. All team members are at home recuperating.

All other tests conducted for team members working in the Suites have returned negative so far, that is more than 100 tests. We still have five test results outstanding with the state lab. All resident tests have returned negative.

We also continue with in suite dining, limited life enrichment groups, no outside visits, and limited movement between neighborhoods in the Suites building.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. Proper PPE is being worn to support residents with positive diagnosis and masks and gloves are being worn by team members throughout the campus.

While sharing the results of so much testing can be confusing, we are grateful, as frequent testing is our best weapon in combating this virus.

Update for November 28th

We received additional results from resident testing conducted on Tuesday, November 24th.

An additional seven assisted living residents and five residential residents are positive for the COVID-19 virus. All but two residents are asymptomatic and being cared for with clinical isolation protocols. Two assisted living residents are experiencing mild symptoms, and are being monitored and supported in their apartment home with team members in full PPE. We now have a total of 11 residents living in assisted living and 9 in residential living with a positive test result. We believe these are two separate infection exposures as both neighborhoods continue to operate separately.

Additionally, a care essential Rhythms Home Care associate working in our residential living neighborhood has tested positive. The team member last worked on 11/24 and is isolating at home. Rhythms Home Care is personally calling families of residents receiving care from this associate.

While receiving this number of positive results is not what we had hoped for, we appreciate that increased testing has helped identify asymptomatic infections so we can identify, isolate, and eventually eradicate it from our community.

At this time, there continues to be no updates for the skilled nursing building.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. Team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

All dining rooms are closed at this time, in apartment/suite dining and grab-and-go options are available to residents. We encourage families to please check-in with your loved one with a phone call or video chat.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.
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.
Our next round of testing will begin Monday with associate testing. Residents will again be tested on Tuesday in our assisted living and residential living neighborhoods. We do not anticipate additional notifications until Monday.

Update for November 27th

In our continued commitment to timely and transparent updates, we must share today that we have received more positive test results for both residents and team members.

From testing conducted on November 23rd, we’ve learned of a positive community support team member who last worked Wednesday. The team member is recuperating at home. From testing conducting on November 24th, four positive residents in assisted living and four positive residents in residential living have been identified. All but one are asymptomatic. The symptomatic resident is recovering comfortably in their apartment. The assisted living and residential living neighborhoods continue to operate separately with no cross-over of residents and team members.

At this time, there continue to be no updates for the skilled nursing building.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

All dining rooms are closed at this time, in-apartment/suite dining and grab-and-go options are available to residents. We encourage families to please check-in with your loved one with a phone call or video chat.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

We will provide more updates if testing results warrant. While receiving positive results is not good news, it is important to identify asymptomatic positive people so we can isolate the virus in our community.

11/25/2020

We continue to receive test results from our Curative oral swab PCR tests and were notified this morning that an asymptomatic team member has tested positive. The team member was at work in our assisted living neighborhood when we received results, and they were immediately sent home to self-isolate. As are all team members, this associate was consistent in wearing appropriate PPE and following infection control protocols. The assisted living and residential living neighborhoods continue to operate separately.

At this time, there are no updates for either residential or skilled nursing neighborhoods.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. All team members and residents must adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth mask-wearing while out and about in the community.

All dining rooms are closed at this time, in apartment/suite dining and grab-and-go options are available to residents. We have a special Thanksgiving meal planned for all residents to enjoy, complete with all of the trimmings. We continue to accept care packages, cards, and holiday fare for residents, as well as notes of encouragement for both residents and team members. Please drop them off in the vestibule or concierge desk where your loved one resides on campus.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

We do not anticipate sending any notifications tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, unless there is an urgent need. We will resume updates as warranted on Friday.

11/23/2020

Someren Glen Begins to Receive Curative PCR Oral Swab Results

We have received three positive team member test results back from the Curative PCR oral swab COVID tests conducted on November 19th. All results are for team members working in our Someren Glen residential and assisted living building.

Two team members work in general community support functions and both are asymptomatic. Both team members were sent home to self-quarantine and extra virus cleanings are taking place in their work areas. The third was dedicated to the Assisted Living neighborhood. This team member was also asymptomatic and hasn’t worked in the community since yesterday.

We are scheduled for two rounds of Curative PCR oral swab tests this week for all team members working at Someren Glen. The Tri-County Health Department has directed that we must also begin twice a week testing of all residents in the residential and assisted living neighborhoods this week as well until we are considered resolved for the virus.

The Suites of Someren Glen

We conducted two rapid Point of Care (POC) tests this afternoon of two team members who worked in the Aspens long-term care neighborhood, both tested positive for the virus. One last worked on Saturday and the other was sent home from work today. We will conduct a more reliable PCR test on both team members. We are actively conducting contact tracing at this time and will personally call families and team members who may have had a direct exposure to either of these team members.

We are scheduled for two rounds of Curative PCR oral swab tests for team members this week at The Suites of Someren Glen, we are awaiting direction on resident testing. We have been directed to suspect outdoor visits for families with loved ones at the suites.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. All team members and residents are required to adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth, mask wearing while out and about in the community.

All dining rooms are closed at this time, in apartment/suite dining and grab-and-go options are available to residents. We have a special Thanksgiving meal planned for all residents to enjoy complete with all of the trimmings. We continue to accept care packages, cards, and holiday fare for residents, as well as notes of encourage for both residents and team members. Please drop them off in the vestibule or concierge desk where your loved one resides on campus.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

 

11/21/2020

Positive Resident

We were informed late yesterday that an assisted living resident and a residential (independent) living resident who developed COVID symptoms Thursday did indeed test positive at the hospital. Both residents continue to be supported at the hospital at this time. We are conducting extensive contact tracing and enacting isolation protocols as warranted at this time. We have informed residents and family members if their loved one had a direct exposure to either resident and a test will be conducted. Both neighborhoods continue to operate separately with no cross over of team members or residents, therefore we believe these are two separate infection incidents.

The Suites at Someren Glen
Additionally, we received a positive test result for a team member who last worked on the Spruce long-term skilled nursing neighborhood on November 17th. The team member became symptomatic on the 18th and results returned late yesterday. In addition, a Community Support team member who last worked on November 17th and subsequently developed symptoms was also tested. Results received from that test today revealed that the team member is also positive. There is no crossover between the two buildings on campus, so again this is believed to be a separate infection. We are conducting extensive contact tracing, enacting isolation protocols as warranted and informing families if their loved one had a direct exposure to this team member.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. All team members and residents are required to adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth, mask wearing while out and about in the community.

We have moved to in apartment/suite dining or grab and go options. Life enrichment activities are limited. We very much encourage all family members to reach out to your loved one, schedule a video supported call or drop of a Thanksgiving card or care package. Your support is incredibly meaningful.

We also request that our greater community do their part by wearing a mask, limiting your exposure and wash your hands. We know as the positive case county increases in our area it puts our communities at a great risk.

More details can be found on the Someren Glen website at www.somerenglen.org. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.
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.

11/20/2020

Governor’s Level Red Order

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 every100 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 your 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, memory support or skilled nursing and chooses to leave 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. With the risk of exposure so high in our area, we are also asking residential living residents to consider the health and well-being of their neighbors before leaving the community for a non-clinical visit. We are providing all residential living residents an exposure risk assessment to help in your decision. If you do, we request you consider a 14 day isolation period to ensure you weren’t inadvertently exposed to the virus and do not spread it to the community. We know we have a conscientious group of people who want to be a good neighbor.
  5. 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.

Update 11/20/20

Someren Glen COVID-19 Status Update

Someren Glen is committed to timely communication and transparency as we work together for the health and safety of everyone associated with our community.

We received a positive COVID-19 test for a resident living in residential living today. This resident reported symptoms on November 13th and was immediately placed on a pre-emptive clinical isolation until we had results.

No other residents or team members in residential living are showing signs or symptoms at this time. We continue to closely monitor all residents and team members on campus.

We are following all federal, state, and local health directives. We are conducting stringent anti-virus cleanings. All team members and residents are required to adhere to proper, over the nose and mouth, mask wearing while out and about in the community.

This evening, the new Level Red order from Governor Polis goes into effect. The order will require that we close all of our dining rooms, offering to-go and in suite/apartment dining options. Life enrichment gatherings are limited in size. The order asks anyone at a higher risk to stay home. The order defines anyone 65 years and older as high risk. Additionally the Governor shared that they now estimate that 1 in every 100 people in the Denver metro area is now infected with COVID-19.

More details about the impact of this order will be posted on the Someren Glen website later this afternoon at www.somerenglen.org. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

Update 11/14/20

Someren Glen COVID-19 Status Update

Someren Glen is committed to timely communication and transparency as we work together for the health and safety of everyone associated with our community.

We want to inform you of two associates who work separately in our assisted living and residential living neighborhoods and who tested positive for COVID-19. They last worked on Wednesday and Thursday respectively and test results came in yesterday and today. The team members were tested after beginning to experience symptoms.  Both team members received POC rapid testing and are being tested using the more accurate PCR testing in upcoming days.  They will remain out of the community until they meet the criteria to return safely.

Additionally, all team members and residents are scheduled to be re-tested weekly at Someren Glen in the residential and assisted living building. At this time no other team members or residents are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

The Suites Skilled Nursing Neighborhoods

We have also received notice that an associate at The Suites at Someren Glen’s Ponderosa neighborhood has also tested positive.  This team member has been asymptomatic and was working today when that result came, at which point the associate immediately went home.

Due to the positivity rate in Arapahoe County, we will continue with weekly testing of all team members working in the Suites of Someren Glen. We will be consulting with Tri-County Health Department to determine if further testing of residents is warranted.  We of course will inform you if any of those results return positive.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

We appreciate your continued support and prayers.

Update 11/13/20

New Colorado Mandatory COVID testing Order

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, memory support and skilled nursing neighborhoods 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 shorted the required 14 day social isolation period for residents in our assisted living, memory support, and assisted living neighborhoods.

For those living in our residential living neighborhoods who decide to leave the community to gather with loved ones for the holidays, we will require a 14 day social isolation period upon your return to our community. The length of time of the visit will not shorten this requirement. With the surge of COVID-19 in our state, and with our county in the orange safer at home level, this is a necessary step to ensure the health and welfare of everyone who lives and works at our community.

Update 11/9/20

Someren Glen COVID-19 Status Update

Someren Glen is committed to timely communication and transparency as we work together for the health and safety of everyone associated with our community.

We received notice late last night that a support team member who worked in our residential and assisted living building tested positive for COVID-19. This test was collected on October 30th as part of our surveillance testing. The team member is asymptomatic and continued to work until the positive result was received, the team member is now isolating at home.  Per Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) protocols the team member could return to work as early as tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution, we will not have the team member return until a full 14 days has passed. As you can see, the state labs are now taking longer to return test results.

Additionally, all team members and residents are scheduled to be re-tested this Thursday at Someren Glen, the residential and assisted living building. At this time no other team members or residents are exhibiting signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

The Suites Skilled Nursing Neighborhoods

Due to the positivity rate in Arapahoe County, we will continue with weekly testing of all team members working in the Suites of Someren Glen. We of course will inform you if any of those results return positive.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

We appreciate your continued support.

Update 11/3/20
COVID-19 Test Results for Assisted Living & Suites at Someren Glen

Someren Glen is committed to timely communication and transparency as we continue to fight a local and national pandemic.

Assisted Living Neighborhood
We received news today that a private home care provider for a single resident in the Assisted Living neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. The caregiver was last in the community Monday, October 26th, and social isolation protocols were and continue to be in place. The provider has minor symptoms, no fever and presently there are no other residents or associates with symptoms.

We have implemented contact tracing, education, and isolation protocols as appropriate. Another round of testing is scheduled in Residential and Assisted Living for Friday of this week.

The Suites Skilled Nursing Neighborhoods
A batch of last week’s routine testing was returned today for team members and residents of The Suites at Someren Glen, with one team member from the Aspen neighborhood testing positive. The team member was last in the neighborhood today, is asymptomatic, and is isolating at home. Resident testing throughout The Suites was conducted yesterday and today, with team member testing today and tomorrow.

We continue stringent virus mitigation and cleaning efforts following all federal, state and local directives. We await additional results from testing of team members that occurred throughout The Suites at Someren Glen and in Someren Glen’s Residential and Assisted Living Neighborhoods this past week. As always, we will keep you informed of results.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. Updates are posted on the Someren Glen website at www.somerenglen.org. 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.

Update 11/1/20
Additional Testing Results for Skilled Nursing

Someren Glen is committed to timely communication and transparency and results continue to return from our mass testing last week. We received news this morning that a resident in our Evergreen neighborhood of The Suites at Someren Glen tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is not exhibiting symptoms and presently there are no other residents or associates with symptoms. We are implementing protocols for contact tracing, education, and isolation. As a precautionary measure, we will temporarily discontinue outdoor visitation. Those families with scheduled compassion visits will be contacted personally.

We continue stringent virus mitigation and cleaning efforts following all federal, state and local directives. We are awaiting next step direction from Tri-County Health Department in regards to more mass testing. We will keep everyone in our Someren Glen family informed of next steps.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We appreciate your continued support.

Update 10/28/20
Someren Glen COVID-19 Status Update

Someren Glen is committed to timely communication and transparency, results continue to return from our mass testing from last week and we received news that a team member that works in our assisted living neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19.  The team member last worked Wednesday, October 21st, was wearing a mask and is now isolating at home.

We continue stringent virus mitigation and cleaning efforts following all federal, state and local directives. We are awaiting next step direction from Tri-County Health Department in regards to more mass testing. We will keep everyone in our Someren Glen family informed of next steps.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We appreciate your continued support.

Update 10/25/20
Someren Glen COVID-19 Status Update

We were contacted late last night by an area hospital that one of the guests we began providing services for last Thursday in our Transitional Care Neighborhood, also known as short-term rehabilitation, had a direct exposure to a hospital therapist who tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately conducted a COVID-19 test and the guest did test positive. The older adult has been transferred back to the hospital for continued support and care.

We are conducting extensive contact tracing to determine potential primary and secondary exposures to this short-term rehabilitation guest. As a matter of best practice, team members wear medical masks and gloves while providing care and all newly welcomed guests are supported with full clinical isolation protocols for 14 days after arrival. The transitional care neighborhood is located on the upper level of the Health Suites at Someren Glen, our skilled nursing building.

We continue stringent virus mitigation and cleaning efforts following all federal, state and local directives. We are awaiting next step direction from Tri-County Health Department in regards to more mass testing. We will keep everyone in our Someren Glen family informed of next steps.

We received 40 of the 140 associate tests conducted for the Health Suites on October 21st, all of those tests returned negative. As a reminder, all Health Suite resident tests already returned negative.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We appreciate your continued support and prayers. Together we will get through this.

Update 10/24/20
Someren Glen COVID-19 Status Update

We have now received all of the COVID-19 tests conducted for residents of the Suites of Someren Glen skilled nursing and ALL TESTS have returned NEGATIVE.  We are awaiting second round test results for team members of the Suites of Someren Glen skilled nursing, all first round tests returned NEGATIVE. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment would like to conduct another round of testing sometime next week. We do not have a confirmed testing date as of this time.

Additionally, we received all test results from Monday’s testing of residents and team members in the residential and assisted living building on campus and all those results returned NEGATIVE.  We pray the same holds true for tests conducted yesterday. If we continue to receive only negative results for those living and working in Someren Glen’s residential and assisted living building, then our next round of testing will not be until Friday, October 30th. If we receive a positive test result, then another round will be scheduled immediately.

Unfortunately, we also have sad news to share today. We learned this morning that a beloved resident who had recovered well enough to be moved from the hospital to a COVID rehabilitation center, has passed away. The resident lived with us in our residential/independent living neighborhood and will be very much missed. I talked with the resident’s family this morning and they are grieving but at peace. They are personally reaching out to their loved ones friends to share the sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Today is such a mix of emotions for everyone in our Someren Glen Family. We will continue to do everything we can to battle COVID-19 as the health and safety of everyone who lives and works at our community is our utmost concern.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

Let’s continue to care for each other, to be diligent, and committed to riding our community of COVID-19. Thank you for your support and continued prayers.

Update 10/19/20
Fourth Round Testing Today, One Positive Result Received

We have received the majority of results from mass testing conducted Wednesday at The Suites at Someren Glen, our skilled neighborhood. We continue to wait on the last of the test results and will update you if any of those are positive. We have 1 new positive at Someren Glen assisted and residential living. We anticipate we will continue to receive results over the next few days from Friday’s testing. CDPHE informed us that our mass testing schedule has changed from yesterday’s update. Please see below for more detailed information.

Residential/Assisted Living Testing Update

CDPHE informed us that our testing will change from 3x/week to 2x/week. Testing is being performed today and will be performed on Friday. Based on test results of last Friday’s tests and today’s round of tests, CDPHE will determine our testing schedule for next week. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more regarding next week’s schedule. Currently all residents remain in their apartment homes, no group activities or communal dining. Team members and residents are not crossing between residential and assisted living neighborhoods.

Suites Testing Update

We will begin testing residents this evening through the week to establish our baseline testing. Team members will be tested on Wednesday afternoon, 2:30-5pm. We will need to continue testing once a week for 14 days if we have no new positives. Only new admissions remain on isolation, we have no residents with signs and symptoms.

We continue to monitor skilled and assisted living resident’s vitals twice a day and we are asking all residential living residents to self-monitor their temperatures utilizing the provided temperature log. If you experience any change in temperature or any of the symptoms of COVID-19 please call the concierge desk immediately.

At the moment, no other residents or team members are experiencing the signs or symptoms of COVID-19.


A link to the recording of our Town Hall webinar is on the COVID-19 Tab of the Someren Glen website at www.SomerenGlen.org.  The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We continue to be diligent and united. Thank you for your support.

Update 10/18/20
Additional Test Results from Third Round Testing

We have received the majority of results from mass testing conducted Wednesday at The Suites at Someren Glen, our skilled neighborhood. These results included 1 positive test result for a team member who works in the Suites; the team member worked on the Evergreen neighborhood. We are performing contract tracing and will notify any family members if there was exposure.

We have no new positives at Someren Glen assisted and residential living. At this time we have six residents and six team members who have tested positive in the assisted living and residential living and one team member in the Suites now as well. We anticipate we will continue to receive results over the next few days.

We will continue testing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this week for all residents and associates in assisted and residential living. We will consult with CDPHE and Tri-County Health to determine further testing requirements in The Suites. Only new admissions remain on isolation, we have no residents with signs and symptoms.

We are monitoring skilled and assisted living residents’ vitals twice a day and we are asking all residential living residents to self-monitor their temperatures utilizing the provided temperature log. If you experience any change in temperature or any of the symptoms of COVID-19 please call the concierge desk immediately.

At the moment, no other residents or team members are experiencing the signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

A link to the recording of our Town Hall webinar is on the COVID-19 Tab of the Someren Glen website at www.SomerenGlen.org. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

We continue to be diligent and united. Thank you for your support.

Update 10/16/20

Third Round Testing Today, One Positive Result Received

We’ve received some of the results from mass testing conducted Wednesday at Someren Glen for the residential and assisted living neighborhoods. So far we’ve received just one more additional positive test result for a community support team member, someone who worked in the common spaces. At this time we have six residents and six team members who have tested positive. We anticipate we will continue to receive results over the next few days. A third round of testing was conducted this afternoon.

We have not received any test results at this time for the testing of team members in our skilled nursing neighborhoods at the Health Suites

We are monitoring assisted living resident’s vitals twice a day and we are asking all residential living residents to self-monitor their temperatures utilizing the provided temperature log. If you experience any change in temperature or any of the symptoms of COVID-19 please call the concierge desk immediately.

At the moment, no other residents or team members are experiencing the signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

For more information and updates register to attend the Someren Glen Town Hall Webinar scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at 4 pm, here. We will post a link to the recording over the weekend. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

We continue to be diligent and united. Thank you for your support.

Update 10/15/20

More Mass Testing results received

We continue to receive test results back from our mass testing. Today we received news that 4 community support team members tested positive for COVID-19. At this time we have six residents and five team members who have tested positive. We anticipate we will continue to receive results over the next few days.

 

We are monitoring assisted living resident’s vitals twice a day and we are asking all residential living residents to self-monitor their temperatures utilizing the provided temperature log. If you experience any change in temperature or any of the symptoms of COVID-19 please call the concierge desk immediately.

At the moment, no other residents or team members are experiencing the signs or symptoms of COVID-19. We will conduct another round of testing for all residents and team members who work at Someren Glen in our residential/independent living and assisted living neighborhoods.

Additionally, we conducted testing yesterday of all team members who work in our Health Suites building where we provide skilled nursing and memory support services and test results are pending.

For more information and updates register to attend the Someren Glen Town Hall Webinar scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at 4 pm, click here to register. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers.

Update 10/14/20

Many Test Results from Mass Testing Received

We have begun to receive test results back from the mass testing conducted on Monday. At this time we have five residents in our residential or independent living neighborhood who have tested positive, and one resident and one team member who have tested positive in our assisted living neighborhood. We have created the chart below to most clearly communicate the positive test results and location from our first round of testing. All residents with a positive result, and their families, have been notified. A second round of testing was conducted today. We anticipate we will continue to receive results over the next few days. Three of the residents with a positive result from our residential living neighborhood have been transported to the hospital for clinical support. All others continue to be supported in their homes.

We are currently monitoring assisted living resident’s vitals twice a day and we are asking all residential living residents to 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 please call the concierge desk immediately.

At the moment, no other residents or team members are experiencing the signs or symptoms of COVID-19. We will conduct another round of testing for all residents and team members who work at Someren Glen in our residential/independent living and assisted living neighborhoods on Friday.

Additionally, we conducted testing today of all team members who work in our Health Suites building where we provide skilled nursing and member support services. We have not yet received any results from the health suites testing.

A Someren Glen Town Hall Webinar is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at 4 pm, click here to register. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information.

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.

Thank you for your continued patience, support and prayers. Together we will get through this

Update 10/11/20

Someren Glen Additional Positive Results and Mass Testing to Begin This Week

We have received news that two additional residents living in the residential living neighborhood and one team member that last worked in the assisted living neighborhood on Saturday October 10th, have tested positive for COVID-19. We are supporting two residents in their apartment homes with clinical isolation protocols and two residents are being supported in the hospital. The team member is currently at home recuperating.

We are currently monitoring assisted living resident’s vitals twice a day and we are asking all residential living residents to 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 please call the concierge desk immediately.

At the moment, no other residents or team members are experiencing the signs or symptoms of COVID-19. No other tests are pending at this time.

Tomorrow we will begin our mass testing plan with the support of Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) of Epidemiologists. CDPHE will set up tents for testing in our south parking lot to accommodate all testing for residents and team members of Someren Glen residential living and assisted living.

The tests that will be conducted are Anterior Nares Swab test which is only inserted 1 centimeter into each nostril. This is not the more invasive test you may have heard about it on the news.

Resident Testing Schedule (Residential Living and Assisted Living):
Residents will be tested starting tomorrow on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 1:30pm. Residents must be tested each of those three days.

Team Member Testing Schedule:
All Team Members will also be tested starting tomorrow on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 2:30pm. Team Members must be tested each of those three days. Team members working the evening shift will be swabbed by Assisted Living Director Suzee Reiter-West.

Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, the health department has directed baseline mass testing of all team members in the Health Suites. Testing for the suites team will only be conducted on Wednesday, October 14th from 3:30-6:30pm. All suites team members need to please report to a tent that will be set up on the grassy area across from the Transitional Care Neighborhood.

A Someren Glen Town Hall Webinar is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th at 4 pm, where you will hear from the leadership team the latest information on the COVID-19 situation at our community and mass testing results, register to attend at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3501872376926076432. You can find regular community status updates,here on the Someren Glen website. The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

Update 10/9/20

Someren Glen Testing to Begin Next Week

We have received an additional positive COVID-19 test result for a resident living in the residential living neighborhood of our community. The resident is being supported in their apartment home with clinical isolation protocols. We are awaiting one other resident test result at this time.

We continue to suspend all dining, visits, and activities for both residential and assisted living neighborhoods while we continue extensive contact tracing. The Health Suites with both short-term and long-term skilled nursing care neighborhoods has not been impacted.

We are working with Tri-County Health Department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) of Epidemiology on a mass testing plan for everyone who lives and works at Someren Glen. CDPHE will set up tents for testing in our south parking lot to accommodate all testing.

The tests that will be conducted are Anterior Nares Swab test which is only inserted 1 centimeter into each nostril. This is not the more invasive test you may have heard about it on the news.

Resident Testing Schedule:

Residents will be tested next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 1:30pm. Residents must be tested each of those three days.

Team Member Testing Schedule:

Team Members will also be tested next week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 2:30pm. Team Members must be tested each of those three days. Team members working the evening shift will be swabbed by Assisted Living Director Suzee Reiter-West.

Care essential visits for Someren Glen residential and assisted living are also suspended at this time. The health department wants us to complete two rounds of testing before they may resume.

Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, the health department has directed baseline mass testing of all team members in the Health Suites. Testing for the suites team will only be conducted on Wednesday, October 14th from 3:30-6:30pm. All suites team members need to please report to a tent that will be set up on the grassy area across from the Transitional Care Neighborhood.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

The health and well-being of residents and team members is our top priority. We continue all virus mitigation and cleaning protocols and are doing everything possible to combat COVID-19 in our community. Thank you for your continued patience, support and prayers.

Update 10/8/20

Someren Glen Residential Living COVID-19 Update
Someren Glen is committed to keeping you informed regarding COVID-19 activity in our community. This morning, we received news that one of our residents in the residential living neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. The resident is currently being cared for at the hospital. We are currently conducting extensive contact tracing to determine any potential exposures to this resident and are awaiting pending test results for two residents that live in residential living.

We have been in contact with the Tri-County Health Department and the State Department of Epidemiology has requested mass testing for all residents and team members that live or work in residential living and assisted living. Additionally, out of an abundance of caution we are suspending communal dining, indoor and outdoor visitations, and group activities for the next 14 days in residential living and assisted living. The Suites at Someren Glen programming and activities has not been affected.

We do not know how this resident contracted the virus as their contact with anyone outside of the community was very limited. As we communicated yesterday, apartment construction has been halted due to a construction crew member testing positive for COVID-19. The construction worker and the resident did not come in contact with each other, the safety zone around the construction area was never pierced.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We are committed to working together to combat COVID-19, thank you for the support, prayers and grace during this difficult time.

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 here

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

 

Status Update 6/12/20

Family Cherry Picker Visits & No New COVID-19 Cases
We joyfully welcomed our cherry picker partners at Pinkard Construction for visits between families and residents on Someren Glen’s upper floors today! We hope you saw the coverage on Fox31.

We continue to schedule video visits, and where allowed, personal lawn and patio visits utilizing a plexiglass divider with families and loved ones. Just call to schedule your time. In long-term care and skilled nursing, we are working with the health department to schedule these at the earliest opportunity.

We are pleased to share that of the two team members out of the community for respiratory symptoms, neither appears to be COVID-19 positive. One team member test returned negative Wednesday and will return to work next week. The other team member received a diagnosis that was not coronavirus.

Residential living and assisted living remain unaffected, and in residential living, we continue with plans to safely re-open to scenic drives, outdoor outings, small-group dining, and salon services.

Throughout the community, we continue to follow all federal, state and county protocols with resident and team member safety as our top priority. At this time, we must continue to operate at the Center for Disease Control restricted status, however, we are working within the local health department guidelines to expand the use of essential visits to include family visits essential to resident well-being. More details about how we will move forward with these visits will be coming soon. We are committed to transparent communication with the entire Someren Glen family.

The family member hotline remains available; please call 303.327.9936 if you have questions about this information. 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.

We are committed to working together to combat COVID-19, thank you for the support, prayers and grace during this difficult time.

FAQ

Q: Will booster vaccines be available in communities?

A: Many communities are seeking to coordinate booster clinics for those vaccinated last winter and spring for COVID-19. Our goal is to provide onsite clinics eight months following the second round of vaccine shots that were offered in a community last winter.   We’ve partnered with local retail pharmacies and Pharmerica to provide onsite access.  With vaccines now so readily available at pharmacies, grocery stores, and medical offices, communities may also coordinate transportation as needed for residents to get their boosters.

What about immunocompromised residents?

In assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing neighborhoods, we are identifying residents whose health conditions qualify them for a third vaccine- a stronger dosage than the booster- and are offering third vaccines in conjunction with many of our booster clinics, or sooner where possible and needed. In residential living, we are educating residents who may have the following conditions of their option for a third vaccine:

  • Active tumor treatment
  • Organ donation recipient
  • Immunosuppression therapy for stem cell or CAR-T-cell transplant
  • Moderate to severe primary immunodeficiency
  • High-dose corticosteroid treatment

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: Will CLC/Cappella require the vaccine for team members?

CLC & Cappella leadership has been discussing this weekly since the vaccine became available.  Ultimately, we feel it’s one of the most important steps we can take to protect resident and team member health, safety, and freedom in the communities we serve.  Fortunately, the majority of Cappella/CLC team members have already chosen to be vaccinated.

Two key factors tipped the scales.  First, the Delta variant causes more than twice as many infections per ill individual as earlier variants of COVID-19.  In fact, a recent study of by The American Health Care Association and The National Center for Assisted Living showed the higher team member vaccination rates, the lower the resident COVID-19 infection rate.  And for communities where team members were 100% vaccinated, resident COVID-19 deaths were nearly eliminated.

Second, with FDA approval for at least one vaccine, one of the key concerns expressed by team members about efficacy and safety has been more fully addressed.

By the end of August 2021, nearly half of senior living & healthcare organizations across the country were requiring vaccinations of team members.

All team members (other than those approved for exemption due to medical or religious reasons) volunteers, and business partners working in our communities must receive the full vaccine series for the COVID-19 virus by Friday, October 1st.

Q: What about residents or team members who already had COVID-19? Do they need to be vaccinated?

A: Unvaccinated individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 but did NOT get vaccinated were more than twice as likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 as those who had the illness AND were fully vaccinated, according to a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control.

What portions of residents are vaccinated? What about team members?

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have begun publishing vaccination rates for nursing homes

https://data.cms.gov/covid-19/covid-19-nursing-home-data

 

See previous FAQs

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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