Casey’s Pond has almost all of COVID-19 test results back from the Routt County Health Department mass testing. We are pleased to share that so far the results are looking good.
Of 118 tests administered to those who could have been exposed to
– 84 team members tested negative
– 22 residents tested negative
– 2 tests were inconclusive and being re-tested
– 3 tests are still pending
– 4 associates and 3 residents tested positive
The three residents with positive results remain isolated in the community, and are being served and cared for by team members wearing required personal protective equipment. We continue with all federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols for positive virus test isolation and virus eradication in our community. The entire team continues to operate at the CDC restricted status and no move-ins are allowed at this time per the Routt County Health Department.
Associates with positive tests or any symptoms of respiratory illness are recovering at home. Our thoughts remain with team members and residents for a speedy recovery.
“We continue to stay focused on preventing and minimizing infection, and keeping residents connected with their families and friends through video chats on Skype and Facetime,” says Executive Director Brad Boatright. “And we are sending special video messages from residents out to families.”
CLC-Cappella invites you to watch the recent combined family member town hall where leadership shared the latest developments on combating the COVID-19 virus in all 24 of our supported communities. Our focus remains on the safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works in each community.
Watche the Town Hall here: https://vimeo.com/403684260/3d6333c45d
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The Routt County Health Department is administering mass COVID-19 virus testing in our community in response to a positive test result with a team member earlier this week. Four team members and three residents have tested positive for COVID-19, with some test results still outstanding. While not all have symptoms of the illness, diagnosed team members are remaining at home. Residents of the community’s Assisted Living and Memory Support remain in the community with social isolation and all appropriate safety measures to prevent further spread.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of people who test positive for COVID-19 will have few to no symptoms and will not require medical treatment. We continue with all federal, state, county, and community standards and protocols for positive virus test isolation and virus eradication in our community.
Our thoughts are with these residents and team members and their families for a speedy recovery.
We are not permitting any visitors or move-ins at this time at the direction of the local health department.
Families will be contacted if your loved one is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19.
A reminder for families to please use the email@example.com email address to schedule a time for staff supported connection with your loved one via technology or to ask a question.
We encourage everyone to remain positive and continue to find creative ways to support older adults and team members in our community. Late last week, the Steamboat Springs Youth Orchestra played outside our community so residents could hear beautiful music wafting through the windows. This is the community spirit we need to continue because together, we can get through this!
The Governor of the State of Colorado has issued a stay-at-home order also known as a shelter-in-place order effective at 6:00 am Thursday, March 26th. This order means at that time, residents of Casey’s Pond will not be allowed to leave the community except for essential medical visits.
All previous virus mitigation restrictions continue to remain in place regarding dining, limited life enrichment, and only essential care visitors. Only essential businesses continue to operate; senior living providers are deemed as essential businesses. All community employees are considered to be essential workers and will continue to report to work as scheduled, providing they are well.
All Casey’s Pond employees and care essential visitors will continue to be screened, and temperatures checked before entering the community. We maintain daily virus-mitigation cleanings and careful assessment for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Please check back to this website and Facebook page for the latest updates and information.
As always, the health and safety of residents and team members are the number one priority. Thank you for your support during this COVID-19 health crisis.
Our community has joined many other senior living and care providers in the state of Colorado. A team member at Casey’s Pond Senior Living has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
All federal, state, county and community standards and protocols are in place for the isolation of the impacted team member who is recovering at home. All measures and prescribed steps are being taken to isolate and eradicate the virus in our community. The team member was assigned to the smaller Harbor, Memory Support neighborhood.
We are actively assessing the potential virus exposure of residents and team members. The impacted team member last worked in the community seven days ago. At this time, no one else is exhibiting classic COVID-19 symptoms. One resident has been tested as a precaution.
We are not permitting any visitors at this time at the direction of the local health department.
If you are a family member of a resident, we understand that you might be concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus. We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.
You can find regular community status updates on this website and on our social media channels. We have also established a family hotline number, just for families to receive updated information, 970.517.3135. Please limit your calls to family members only seeking information. For specific resident questions, please know someone may need to call you back after a message is relayed to care teams.
Casey’s Pond is not the first senior living community in Colorado to have a confirmed case. We also know that Colorado mountain towns are a focus due to the increased exposure of tourism. We need your help in battling COVID-19. Please visit the Communities for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn how you can help prevent the spread in our community.
Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions hope you were able to attend the recent Town Hall Discussion. If you were unable to attend we have provided a recording; you will hear organizational leaders share what we are doing to prevent and prepare during this critical time. Please click the link to watch the video, you may also send any questions you have to Info@clclmail.org
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/399164044/3bc15134c4
They say challenging times bring out the best in people. Anyone who has tried to buy toilet paper recently may disagree with that statement. In a broader sense, however, we see evidence this is true. Neighbors are reaching out on the Nextdoor social media app offering to purchase groceries and run errands for older neighbors; teachers are providing non-perishable food to low-income students while schools are closed, and most importantly, the majority of Americans are following guidelines for social distancing. Nevertheless, social isolation can bring problems of its own. If you have a family member living in a nursing, assisted living or memory support community, you may be especially feeling that isolation. Fortunately, readily available technology can aid in alleviating some of the loneliness and anxiety about your loved one while helping to build community at the same time.
There are multiple free or very low-cost ways to connect with loved ones through technology. The most obvious and lowest-tech one is the phone. A daily phone call cannot only make your family member feel important, but it is a good way to check up on their mental wellbeing.
Older adults who live in a community can benefit from team members helping them connect via technology with family. If a resident is not comfortable using platforms like Skype or FaceTime to video chat with loved ones, Life Enrichment Coordinators can help them make the video calls. Additionally, Cappella Living Solutions utilizes the OneDay phone application. This is a video sharing app that enables team members to record short videos of residents’ life stories or daily activities and send them directly to family members. They can also share the video to social media when appropriate.
Social media is an excellent way to stay connected. Instagram and Facebook are great visual means for sending messages to isolated family members. In 2018, Facebook launched Watch Parties. A Watch Party is a way to connect and watch an event, program or video with other people and chat via the app. Recently, churches have used Watch Parties or YouTube Live to connect worshippers with compromised immune systems with their fellow congregants. There are also Facebook groups that focus on common interests, hobbies, and discussion topics. With a little set-up and help, older adults can participate and feel they are a part of a much larger community.
We want to help older adults find purpose in this time of social distancing. We hope this restricted access to assisted living and memory support communities will be short, and family members and loved ones can get back to their normal engaging routines. In the meantime, there are benefits to short periods without distractions. If you want to help, consider sending fun greeting cards to your local senior living community. Have children draw pictures and send letters to residents; they may even get a response letter. Cappella Living Solutions is encouraging residents to start seedlings by providing pots and seeds to grow in their apartments and many similar creative outlets. Great creativity is a bi-product of such times!
We continue to work closely with state and local officials to balance resident safety, team member safety, and access for families and healthcare partners during heightened COVID-19 concerns. While no cases have been identified in Casey’s Pond, we are now implementing new CMS and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment directives to restrict access to our skilled nursing, assisted living, independent living and memory support neighborhoods. This means that no visitors will be allowed within the assisted living, memory support or skilled neighborhoods at this time unless they are part of the required care team for an individual resident. Compassion visits may be accommodated for loved ones of a resident who is actively in an end of life situation. Such visitors will be screened and their temperatures are taken before entering the community.
Additionally, CMS guidelines require us to no longer host dining services in our dining rooms; residents will receive their meals in their apartments or suites. Life enrichment group activities are also canceled at this time.
Residential and independent living neighborhoods continue to screen all Guests for symptoms and we are encouraging social distancing. As we have no COVID-19 cases in the community, we continue to welcome new residents into all levels of living.
We are doing everything we can to ensure residents are well cared for, but also that they continue to have joy and purpose during these restrictions. These measures are an attempt to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Social distancing and isolation are the only proven way to stop the spread of the virus. We will work with families to help them connect with their loved one via technologies as Face-time, Skype and video conferencing. As always, the resident’s health and wellbeing are our primary concern.
We are now implementing new federal directives aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in senior living communities. The Centers for Medicare/Medicare Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that if a skilled nursing, assisted living or memory support community is in a county or operates in a county adjacent to a county that has had a positive case of COVID-19, we MUST limit visitors.
What does this mean for Casey’s Pond? Residents in the Doak Walker neighborhood and the assisted living and memory support neighborhoods will be allowed visitors for essential needs only, such as support care and family visit in end-of-life situations. Visits must be brief. All visitors will complete our screening protocol, which includes a few questions about their current health, and they will need to wash their hands to enter.
We know this can be discouraging for family members. However, we know this is the only proven way to help stop the spread of the virus. In the meantime, we are happy to forward a note or card to a resident and will help them connect with loved ones via technology like Skype or FaceTime.
Our team is committed to doing all that we can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone who lives and works in the community.
With rising concern over the spread of the coronavirus and the recent deaths in a skilled nursing community in Washington State, we understand the concern for the residents and team members at Casey’s Pond. We have Coronavirus specific policy and procedures in place, based on our very effective Norovirus protocol. We regularly provide training to Casey’s Pond team members on managing infections and minimizing the impact of illness and consistently brief applicable leaders and team members as new information is known. We encourage residents and family members to help by practicing preventative actions including avoiding contact with people who are sick, not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, covering your cough and practicing good hand hygiene. The health of residents in all of our Casey’s Pond Neighborhoods is our highest priority and we invite you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
You can read more about our Coronavirus preparedness on the Christian Living Communities website.
For additional information on COVID-19 from the CDC please click here.