COVID-19 Status Update | Casey's Pond

COVID-19 Status Update

News of the vaccines is very exciting and even though clinics are being scheduled with our pharmacy partner, we are not out of this pandemic yet. It is important to continue to follow public safety guidelines including physical distancing, frequent hand-washing, limiting group gatherings, restricting nonessential travel, and wearing a mask while we wait for everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Click here for our plans on the rollout of the vaccine at Casey’s Pond.

Latest Updates

1/14/21

Our second COVID-19 Vaccine clinic for the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood will be Tuesday, January 19th and for the Grove, Harbor and Veranda neighborhoods the second clinic will be Monday, January 25th.

Second Doak Walker Vaccine Clinic Date

Tuesday, January 19th

8-11am & 1-3pm

Walgreens

Second Assisted Living Vaccine Clinic Date

Monday, January 25th

starts at 8:30am

Walgreens

This may your last chance to get the vaccine at the community. We cannot guarantee first-round doses will be available after these next clinics. This clinic will provide second and first-round doses.

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 for life to eventually return to normal.

Right now, in the Doak, 100% of medically eligible residents received the first dose and 53% of medically eligible team members received the first dose. In our other three neighborhoods, those numbers are 100% of medically eligible residents and 65% of team members. Some people are not eligible due to health conditions or pregnancy, however, our goal is to reach at least a 95% vaccination rate with our next clinic.

  • 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 a 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 a history of anaphylactic allergic reactions. We have a lot of useful information on our website, CaseysPond.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 Rose George, rgeorge@caseyspond.org.

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.

Update 1/11/21

From our continual twice a week testing for residents and team members, we’ve learned that an asymptomatic team member working in the Doak Walker neighborhood has tested positive for the virus and is isolating at home.

We are preparing for our second Walgreens vaccine clinic, currently scheduled for January 28th. We will have more information later this week. However, for anyone who did not receive their vaccine at the first clinic, the second clinic is your only chance to get the vaccine through Casey’s Pond. The third clinic date will only be for second dose administration.

We continue to monitor residents and team members for virus signs and symptoms, including taking temperatures daily. Twice a week, testing will continue for at least the near future. We are following virus protocols and continue with stringent anti-virus cleanings.

Thank you for your patience and commitment to eradicating this virus from Casey’s Pond and our greater community.

Status Update for January 7th

We remain vigilant in our commitment to quickly identify and isolate the COVID-19 virus in our community. Today we learned that a resident in our Doak Walker neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. This was from a PCR test conducted on January 5th. The resident is experiencing mild symptoms and is being supported with full clinical isolation protocols at the community. The resident did receive the first round COVID-19 vaccine dose at our clinic on December 28th.

We are conducting twice a week testing for residents and team members. We continue to monitor residents and team members for virus signs and symptoms including taking temperatures daily. We are following virus protocols and continue with stringent anti-virus cleanings.

Our second Walgreens vaccine clinic is now scheduled for January 28th. We will have more information as we near that date.

Thank you for your patience and commitment to eradicating this virus from Casey’s Pond and our greater community.

1/4/21

Status Update for January 4th
Happy New Year! We continue our commitment to battle COVID-19 and to timely and transparent communication for our Casey’s Pond family. From PCR testing conducted on December 31st we’ve learned of a positive, asymptomatic team member who works in the Doak Walker neighborhood who is now isolating at home.

We will continue with twice a week testing for residents and team members. We remain vigilant with everyone wearing masks and following virus protocols. We will continue to monitor for all signs and symptoms including taking temperatures daily.

At this time we do not have any changes to our current programs and protocols. We will continue to assess our ability to offer more options as our virus activity lessens.

Our second vaccine clinic is scheduled for January 18th. We will have more information as we near that date.
Thank you for your patience and commitment to eradicating this virus from Casey’s Pond and our greater community.

12/28/20

Vaccines Administered in Community

Point of Care (POC) testing conducted yesterday identified a positive result for a team member who last worked in our Grove assisted living neighborhood on December 24th. The team member continues to self-isolate at home.

We are thrilled to share that our in community vaccine clinics started successfully today and thanks to amazing community support, we will be able to vaccinate residents and team members in all levels of living over the next two days.

Walgreens is providing vaccinations to skilled nursing residents while Routt County Health Department and Lyons Drug are vaccinating other neighborhoods. We are posting videos to our Facebook page and website, this is the best day we’ve had in a long time. We are incredibly grateful to everyone for working so hard to make this day possible.

We of course remain vigilant. Everyone continues to wear masks and follow all virus protocols. We will continue to monitor for all signs and symptoms including taking temperatures daily. We will continue with twice a week testing at this point.

Our second dose vaccination clinics will be scheduled for later in January.

This has been a particularly difficult year. Today marks a new beginning for our community. We are not out the woods yet, but we can see the clearing and the dawning of a brighter day. Thank you for your hard work and sacrifice.

Our organization commissioned a special music video to pay tribute to residents, families and team members who have collectively worked so hard this year. To view it please click here.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. Together, we ARE getting through this.

12/24/20

First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Now To Include Assisted Living and Residential Living Residents and Associates!

We have more exciting news to share!  We had initially anticipated the vaccine to be for our skilled nursing residents on Monday, however, we have learned that the vaccine will be available for assisted living and residential living residents, as well as associates in those neighborhoods.  Walgreens will still plan to offer the vaccinations to skilled nursing residents while Routt County Health Department and Lyon’s Corner Drug will service the other neighborhoods.  We will continue to keep you up to date on the latest developments as this is a fluid situation.

I cannot say enough about how proud I am of this community of residents for reaching 100% compliance with our vaccine consent forms. We are poised and ready to act fast as soon as we have more vaccine. THANK YOU!

With the holidays this week, I feel especially blessed to be part of Casey’s Pond and the Routt County community. This has been a difficult year, but there is hope on the horizon.

See today’s blog for the Steamboat Pilot’s latest on vaccination efforts in the community and photos of our team members getting vaccinated!

12/23/2020

First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Given at Casey’s Pond!

It has been an exciting 24 hours for us here at Casey’s Pond. Thanks to the generosity of UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center and Dr. Brian Harrington, Roberta Smith, and Brooke Maxwell with the Routt County Health Department, 40 of our front-line team members received their first round dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine! It feels like an early Christmas today. We are finally seeing the light at the end of our COVID tunnel! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.
We continue to receive updates from Walgreens Pharmacy our vaccine clinic partner. As of today we still anticipate having our first full day clinics on Monday and Tuesday December 28th and 29th.


However, due to the limited supply, they anticipate only being able to vaccinate skilled nursing residents and team members who work in the Doak Walker neighborhood. Vaccinations for assisted living and residential living may be at a later date. The situation is very fluid and we continue to advocate for all residents and team members to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. We will keep you up to date on the latest vaccine developments.

I cannot say enough about how proud I am of this community of residents and team members for reaching 100% compliance with our vaccine consent forms. We are poised and ready to act fast as soon as we have more vaccine. THANK YOU!

With the holidays this week, I feel especially blessed to be part of Casey’s Pond and the Routt County community. This has been a difficult year, but there is hope on the horizon.

12/21/2020

Status Update and First Vaccine Clinic Date

From testing conducted on December 17th we’ve learned a team member who last worked in our Doak Walker skilled nursing area has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This team member had limited resident contact and is isolating at home. We will continue with twice a week virus testing.

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.


We anticipate the clinic to run for nine hours on the 28th with the potential of a second day on the 29th. We are still working on the details but our goal is to have all residents and team members of the community vaccinated with this first clinic.

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 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.

Here are some helpful links:

  1. A Frequently Asked Question document provided by the American Medical Director Association (AMDA)
  2. The Pfizer Vaccine and Moderna Vaccine information sheet
  3. A flyer about the myths and facts of the vaccine
  4. Walgreens pharmacy consent form.

Please get ready now. We have the majority of resident and team member consent forms. If you haven’t turned one it yet, please do as soon as possible.
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!

12/16/2020

We are thrilled to share with you that our Pondside skilled nursing neighborhood, which was designated as our COVID positive support area, is now open. We no longer need to have a COVID cohorted area of the Doak Walker House.

We have received positive test results for a team member who last worked in the Grove assisted living neighborhood. The team member is isolating at home. We will conduct rapid Point of Care (POC) testing for team members and residents who may have come into contact with this team member. Twice a week testing continues for the rest of the community.

We are carefully monitoring and screening all residents and team members. If you or your loved one is exposed to or shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, you will receive a personal phone call. Additionally, we continue with stringent virus cleaning protocols and team members are wearing appropriate PPE as they provide care and move about the community. Residents continue to wear masks when outside of their apartment home.

Although you cannot visit with your loved one in person during this challenging time, we invite cards, window signs, pre-packaged snacks, and messages of encouragement! Follow the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CaseysPond to see the latest individualized resident programming and dining at the community.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

If you didn’t get to join the Facts & Fiction of the COVID-19 Vaccine Facebook live event today with our clinical leaders, please visit the Cappella Facebook page for a recording of the event.

We are busily preparing for holiday fun and will have some reminders about visitations later this week.

12/14/2020

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you today that a cherished resident who lived in our Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood has passed away. We cannot state that COVID is the direct cause of this resident’s death, but they did have a positive test result, and in our continued commitment to transparency, we wanted to share this with our Casey’s Pond family. Our sincerest condolences to this resident’s family. We continue to hold them up in our thoughts and prayers.

We do not know of any residents in our community who are currently COVID positive and have four team members who have recovered and returned back to work.

We are carefully monitoring and screening all residents and team members. If you or your loved one is exposed to or shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, you will receive a personal phone call. Additionally, we continue with stringent virus cleaning protocols and team members are wearing appropriate PPE as they provide care and move about the community. Residents continue to wear masks when outside of their apartment home.

Although you cannot visit with your loved one in person during this challenging time, we invite cards, window signs, pre-packaged snacks, and messages of encouragement! Follow the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CaseysPond to see the latest individualized resident programming and dining at the community.

You can find regular community updates on the Casey’s Pond website, www.Caseyspond.org.

We invite you to a live conversation to be held on our management partner Cappella Living Solutions Facebook page this Wednesday, December 16th, at 10 am. We will have clinical and operational leaders to answer questions regarding the vaccine.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

12/8/2020

In our continued commitment to timely notifications, we want to let you know that we’ve received a positive PCR test result for a team member who last worked in our Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood on December 7th.  The associate is asymptomatic and is currently isolating at home.

We are carefully monitoring and screening all residents and team members. If you or your loved one is exposed to or shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, you will receive a personal phone call. Additionally, we continue with stringent virus cleaning protocols and appropriate PPE is being worn by team members as they provide care and move about the community. Residents continue to wear masks when outside of their apartment home.

Although you are not able to visit with your loved one in person during this challenging time, we invite cards, window signs, pre-packaged snacks, and messages of encouragement!  Follow the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CaseysPond to see the latest individualized resident programming and dining at the community.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

We will continue to update as test results are returned.

12/7/2020

We continue our commitment to timely and transparent communication as our community seeks to mitigate COVID-19.  We’ve received two positive test results for residents of the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood. All residents received the PCR test and are being served with full PPE in isolation.

We gratefully share the recovery of four Doak residents whose isolation ended over the weekend, as well as three recovered associates who returned to work Sunday and Monday.

We continue routine testing, with team member and resident testing in assisted living and memory care today.  Tests are also being performed today for associates in the Doak neighborhood.

We are carefully monitoring and screening all residents and team members. If you or your loved one is exposed to or shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, you will receive a personal phone call. Additionally, we continue with stringent virus cleaning protocols and appropriate PPE is being worn by team members as they provide care and move about the community. Residents continue to wear masks when outside of their apartment home.

Although you are not able to visit with your loved one in person during this challenging time, we invite cards, window signs, pre-packaged snacks, and messages of encouragement!  Follow the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CaseysPond to see the latest individualized resident programming and dining at the community.

You can find regular community updates on the Casey’s Pond website, www.Caseyspond.org. Additionally, we posted today some important information regarding how we anticipate the roll-out of the vaccine to go in our community as well as some vaccine data from the Centers for Disease Control, look at the COVID update page for the latest.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

We will continue to update as test results are returned.

12/3/2020

We’ve received three positive test results for team members working in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood. All team members received the PCR test and are isolating at home.

We are thrilled to share that two team members reached recovered status today and were cleared to return to work, we are happy to welcome them back and see their smiling faces!

We are administering tests today for residents and team members in our assisted living and memory care neighborhoods. Tests are being performed today for associates in the Doak with resident tests coming tomorrow.

We continue to carefully monitor and screen all residents and team members. If you or your loved one is exposed to or shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, you will receive a personal phone call. Additionally, we continue with stringent virus cleaning protocols and appropriate PPE is being worn by team members as they provide care and move about the community. Residents continue to wear masks when outside of their apartment home.

In apartment/suite dining options continue and small group life enrichment gatherings and visitations are postponed. Only a limited amount of care essential visits are being accommodated at this time.

We’ve posted today some important information regarding how we anticipate the roll-out of the vaccine to go in our community as well as some vaccine data from the Centers for Disease Control, click here to read more.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

12/1/2020

One Team Member Tests Positive
Out of an abundance of caution we conducted a full round of rapid Point of Care (POC) testing yesterday for residents and team members. This testing returned one positive asymptomatic team member who last worked in our Grove/Harbor assisted living neighborhood yesterday. A more accurate PCR test confirmed the positive result today. The team member is at home. All other POC tests returned negative results.

We continue to carefully monitor and screen all residents and team members. If you or your loved one is exposed to or shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, you will receive a personal phone call. Additionally, we continue with stringent virus cleaning protocols and appropriate PPE is being worn by team members as they provide care and move about the community. Residents continue to wear masks when outside of their apartment home.

In apartment/suite dining options continue and small group life enrichment gatherings and visitations are postponed. Only a limited amount of care essential visits are being accommodated at this time.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

We continue to be thankful for frequent testing as this is our best weapon in battling the COVID-19 virus in our community. Thank you for your patience and support during this process.

11/30/2020

More Residents & Team Members Deemed Recovered!

We celebrate today that more residents are being removed from COVID isolation support protocols due to their recovery, we now have a total of 16 residents considered recovered! We are now only supporting five resident with isolation protocols due to the virus. We also celebrate the return of four team members who are now considered recovered from the virus.

We of course continue our vigilant testing protocols and administered both rapid POC and PCR tests over the weekend for residents and team members in various neighborhoods. While we await the results of the PCR testing, the rapid POC tests revealed a positive team member who last worked Thanksgiving Day in the Harbor memory support neighborhood. The team member is at home recuperating. One resident in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood tested positive and is one of the five residents we continue to support with isolation protocols.

We continue to carefully monitor and screen all residents and team members. If you or your loved one is exposed to or shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, you will receive a personal phone call.

Out of an abundance of caution we continue to provide in apartment/suite dining options and have postponed small group life enrichment gatherings and visitations. Only a limited amount of care essential visits are being accommodated at this time.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

We are committed to battling COVID-19 and to the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works in our community. Thank you for the continued support.

11/27/20

We are so appreciative of the family and community support as the world around us and Casey’s Pond continue to battle COVID-19. We are celebrating ten residents who have recovered or remained asymptomatic after testing positive! They will be coming off isolation protocols today through the weekend and doing well.

In an effort to best care for residents who test positive or show symptoms associated with the virus, and to further protect others from exposure to COVID-19, we are establishing a cohort neighborhood in Doak Walker where highly-trained and skilled caregivers will focus their efforts on these residents exclusively. Where appropriate, residents who are positive or show symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be carefully moved to this neighborhood.

We continue twice weekly testing of both team members and residents. Late Thursday and this morning we received a large number of test results back for residents and team members in the Doak Walker neighborhood. While many were negative, four residents and three associates returned positive test results.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms, and we continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures, including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks. Care essential visits are limited, as well. If you or your loved one is exposed to or shows symptoms associated with COVID-19, you will receive a personal phone call.

You can find regular community updates on the Casey’s Pond website, www.Caseyspond.org. The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

This holiday we are thankful for Casey’s Pond’s dedicated team members and the ongoing community support of our residents and team members.

11/25/2020

Our hearts are hurting today as we share the passing of a resident who had tested positive for COVID-19. The beloved resident lived with us in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood. Of course, we do not yet know if COVID-19 will be listed as this resident’s cause of death, but we are committed to being transparent with our Casey’s Pond family as together, we navigate this pandemic. We extend our sincerest sympathy and prayers to this resident’s family and friends.

We have conducted 250 tests this week for residents and team members and continue to receive negative test results. There are currently no positive cases in our Veranda residential living or Grove and Harbor assisted living neighborhoods.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms, and we continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures, including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks. Out of an abundance of caution, we continue with no life enrichment, dining, outdoor visits, or salon services at this. Care essential visits are limited, as well.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

We will have a special Thanksgiving meal for all residents, and we encourage families to call their loved ones. We are grateful for the patience and support of residents and families and the dedication of our hard-working team. It has been a hard eight months, but we still choose to give thanks even in these trying times.

We do not anticipate sending a notification on Thanksgiving Day unless there is an urgent need. We will resume messages on Friday if updates warrant.

11/24/2020

Curative Oral Swab PCR Tests Returning Negative So Far

We continue to receive test results back from our most recent round of mass testing and we are pleased to share that so far, all Curative oral swab PCR tests have returned negative. We still have several tests pending at this time and we will provide updates as results warrant.

We do have a team member who works in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood who tested positive after receiving a rapid Point of Care (POC) test. The team member last worked on November 22nd and is isolating at home pending the results of the more accurate Curative oral swab PCR test.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms, and we continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures, including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks.

Out of an abundance of caution, we continue with no life enrichment, dining, outdoor visits or salon services at this. Care essential visits are limited as well.

We are committed to supporting resident connections with others. We are bringing meals with a smile to each suite/apartment, supporting virtual visits, and providing individual life enrichment activities.

You can find regular community updates on the Casey’s Pond website, www.Caseyspond.org. The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

Our priority is the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. We are encouraged by our family member and greater community support, thank you for the kind words, messages, and care packages. Keep them coming, it means the world to residents and team members. Be well. Be Safe.

 

Latest Vaccine Information

1/14/21

Our second COVID-19 Vaccine clinic for the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood will be Tuesday, January 19th and for the Grove, Harbor and Veranda neighborhoods the second clinic will be Monday, January 25th.

Second Doak Walker Vaccine Clinic Date

Tuesday, January 19th

8-11am & 1-3pm

Walgreens

Second Assisted Living Vaccine Clinic Date

Monday, January 25th

starts at 8:30am

Walgreens

12/24/20

First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Now To Include Assisted Living and Residential Living Residents and Associates!

We have more exciting news to share!  We had initially anticipated the vaccine to be for our skilled nursing residents on Monday, however, we have learned that the vaccine will be available for assisted living and residential living residents, as well as associates in those neighborhoods.  Walgreens will still plan to offer the vaccinations to skilled nursing residents while Routt County Health Department and Lyon’s Corner Drug will service the other neighborhoods.  We will continue to keep you up to date on the latest developments as this is a fluid situation.

I cannot say enough about how proud I am of this community of residents for reaching 100% compliance with our vaccine consent forms. We are poised and ready to act fast as soon as we have more vaccine. THANK YOU!

With the holidays this week, I feel especially blessed to be part of Casey’s Pond and the Routt County community. This has been a difficult year, but there is hope on the horizon.

See today’s blog for the Steamboat Pilot’s latest on vaccination efforts in the community and photos of our team members getting vaccinated!

12/23/2020

First Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine Given at Casey’s Pond!

It has been an exciting 24 hours for us here at Casey’s Pond. Thanks to the generosity of UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center and Dr. Brian Harrington, Roberta Smith, and Brooke Maxwell with the Routt County Health Department, 40 of our front-line team members received their first round dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine! It feels like an early Christmas today. We are finally seeing the light at the end of our COVID tunnel! Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.
We continue to receive updates from Walgreens Pharmacy our vaccine clinic partner. As of today we still anticipate having our first full day clinics on Monday and Tuesday December 28th and 29th.


However, due to the limited supply, they anticipate only being able to vaccinate skilled nursing residents and team members who work in the Doak Walker neighborhood. Vaccinations for assisted living and residential living may be at a later date. The situation is very fluid and we continue to advocate for all residents and team members to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. We will keep you up to date on the latest vaccine developments.

I cannot say enough about how proud I am of this community of residents and team members for reaching 100% compliance with our vaccine consent forms. We are poised and ready to act fast as soon as we have more vaccine. THANK YOU!

With the holidays this week, I feel especially blessed to be part of Casey’s Pond and the Routt County community. This has been a difficult year, but there is hope on the horizon.

12/21/2020

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.

Walgreens Pharmacy partner has set our first COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic where we will receive the Pfizer vaccine.

We anticipate the clinic to run for nine hours on the 28th with the potential of a second day on the 29th. We are still working on the details but our goal is to have all residents and team members of the community vaccinated with this first clinic.

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 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.

Here are some helpful links:

  1. A Frequently Asked Question document provided by the American Medical Director Association (AMDA)
  2. The Pfizer Vaccine and Moderna Vaccine information sheet
  3. A flyer about the myths and facts of the vaccine
  4. Walgreens pharmacy consent form.

Please get ready now. We have the majority of resident and team member consent forms. If you haven’t turned one it yet, please do as soon as possible.

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

Now that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been approved, the federal government has begun distribution 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.

Weekly County Data Updates

Casey’s Pond 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 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.

Routine Testing Requirements for Skilled Nursing

Greater Community COVID-19 Activity County Positivity Rate in the past week Minimum Testing Frequency
Low<5%Once a month
Medium5% -10%Once a week
High>10%Twice a week

 

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

 

 

Past Updates

11/21/2020

Casey’s Pond COVID-19 Update

Casey’s Pond is committed to timely communication, we wanted to update you regarding the results of our continual testing. We were notified today that four additional residents in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. Our dedicated team members are currently supporting 19 residents with isolation protocols in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood. We also received news that a team member that that works in Doak Walker tested positive for COVID-19 and is now at home recuperating.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms, and we continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures, including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks. We continue with our bi-weekly Curative oral swab PCR testing. Results are returning within 36 to 48 hours, helping us more quickly identify virus in our community. The ability to quickly identify, isolate, and eradicate the virus, which is gripping our community, state, and nation right now, is our goal.

Our dining rooms continue to be closed, we are delivering meals to resident’s apartment homes. Group life enrichment activities have stopped and the salons are closed for now. We ask that our families call their loved ones, drop-off care packages, and connect virtually if possible.

You can find regular community updates on the Casey’s Pond website, www.Caseyspond.org. The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

Our priority is the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. We thank you for your continued support and well wishes.

11/20/2020

Casey’s Pond COVID-19 Update

We continue to receive results from regular testing and are committed to sharing with you when we receive positive test results. As of today we now have 16 residents living in our Doak Walker House skilled nursing neighborhood who have tested positive for the virus. We now have four team members in the Doak and one team member in the Grove assisted living neighborhood who have tested positive.  All other Grove, Harbor and Veranda resident and associate tests have returned negative.

Additionally, we are heart-broken to share that a resident who lived with us in the Doak neighborhood has passed away. The resident had tested positive for COVID and their death may be related to the virus, an official ruling has not yet come. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this resident’s family and friends. This is very difficult for our community.

We continue with our bi-weekly Curative oral swab PCR testing. Results are returning within 36 to 48 hours, helping us more quickly identify virus in our community.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms, and we continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures, including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks.

Our dining rooms continue to be closed, we are delivering meals to residents’ homes. Group life enrichment activities have stopped and the salons are closed for now.  We ask that our families call their loved ones, drop-off care packages, and connect virtually if possible.

Governor Polis’s Level Red order goes into effect this evening for our county. We appreciate our greater community neighbors’ efforts to combat COVID-19, we know as cases rise in Steamboat it puts our residents at a greater risk.  Thank you for doing your part.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

Thank you for your continued support and prayers, we appreciate it.

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.

11/18/2020

Casey’s Pond COVID-19 Update

Casey’s Pond is committed to timely communication, we wanted to update you regarding the results of our continual testing.  We were notified today that four additional residents in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 15 residents are currently being supported with isolation protocols in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood.  In addition, an associate also tested positive that last worked in Doak Walker on November 16th and is now at home recuperating.

We are pleased to announce that the resident that was being supported in the Grove assisted living neighborhood has recovered and comes off of isolation tomorrow.  There are no active COVID-19 cases at Casey’s Pond in the residential living, assisted living and memory care neighborhoods.

We are committed to regular, timely testing as one of our best weapons in combating COVID-19. The ability to quickly identify, isolate, and eradicate the virus, which is gripping our community, state, and nation right now, is our goal.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms, and we continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures, including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

Our priority is the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. We know that we are not the only community members battling the spread of the virus in Steamboat Springs. We thank you for your continued support and well wishes.

11/17/2020

Faster Test Results Improve Virus Identification at Casey’s Pond

Yesterday afternoon we conducted Rapid Point of Care, POC tests on all residents and team members at Casey’s Pond thanks to the Routt County Health Department, who provided us testing strips. That effort identified an additional nine residents and one team member as positive for COVID-19. A total of ten residents are being supported with isolation protocols in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood, the other resident continues to be supported in their Grove assisted living neighborhood. The team member worked in the Doak skilled nursing area and is recovering at home. We are thankful to have access to the rapid test to identify and isolate the virus quickly. We’ve seen up to an eight days lag as we await results from labs.

We additionally completed our first round of Curative Oral Swab PCR testing. This oral swab testing is a statewide partnership that should return results within three days, and these results would either verify or dismiss the rapid test results. We are committed to regular, timely testing as one of our best weapons in combating COVID-19. The ability to quickly identify, isolate, and eradicate the virus, which is gripping our community, state, and nation right now, is our goal.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms, and we continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures, including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

Our priority is the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community. We know that we are not the only community members battling the spread of the virus in Steamboat Springs. We are thankful for the partnership with our health department and our community’s support and understanding. It means a great deal to us.

11/16/2020

Positive PCR COVID-19 Test

Casey’s Pond continues routine weekly testing of residents and team members in assisted living, memory support, and skilled nursing neighborhoods. While we received mostly negative PCR test results for tests administered last week, we have received one positive result for a resident of the Grove Assisted Living who was tested November 8th. The resident is asymptomatic and has been served in social isolation since prior to the test.

Yesterday we observed flu-like symptoms in a resident of the Pondside neighborhood of the Doak Walker skilled nursing and quickly conducted a COVID-19 Point of Care rapid test. The resident had an initial positive test result for the virus. The resident is isolated and we are awaiting results of the more accurate PCR test. At present no other Doak Walker residents or associates are showing symptoms.

Starting today, we will re-test all residents and associates of the Grove, Harbor, and Doak Walker neighborhoods as well as dining associates with both Point of Care rapid testing and PCR tests. As case and testing volume increases, PCR test results have taken more than a week to receive. This week we are starting a new testing partnership with Curative Labs, who promises test results returned within 48 hours. We are hopeful this will allow us to more quickly communicate with all of you and restore programming and visits as appropriate.

We continue to conduct contact tracing and notify all associates and residents who may have come in contact with the resident. We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms and will continue weekly PCR testing. Team members are following all virus sanitation and safety measures, including all Doak and Grove team members wearing N95 masks and appropriate PPE.

While outdoor visits, group life enrichment and dining programs, and salon services are paused, here are things you can do to show your love and encouragement to residents and team members.
• Drop off cards or letters of encouragement and pre-packaged snacks for your loved one and associates
• Make signs or art and place on your loved one’s window or outside in the grass Chalk the sidewalks with encouraging messages
• Join the upcoming Cappella Town Hall Thursday, November 19th at 4 p.m. MST. Register
• Schedule a staff-assisted video visit by selecting a slot here
• Follow the Casey’s Pond Facebook page to see the latest in resident programming and dining at the community
• Raise up residents and associates in your thoughts and prayers

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

Our priority is the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.

11/13/2020

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 neighborhood 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 shorten the required 14 day social isolation period for residents in our assisted living, memory support, and assisted living neighborhoods.

We highly recommend that everyone who lives and works at Casey’s Pond exercise caution and take extra safety steps during this holiday season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued some Thanksgiving guidelines for all of us to consider if we choose to take part in a gathering.

  • Take into consideration the local county positivity rate before planning a gathering.
  • Those preparing food should wear a mask at all times.
  • If two or more households are gathering, everyone should wear a mask.
  • For residents hosting a small in apartment gathering, you do not have to count each in community apartment as a separate household. Casey’s Pond is considered one household according to CDPHE, however, you must still adhere to no more than six to 10 people, and you must practice social distancing.
  • Keep the gathering small and short in duration to limit exposure risk.
  • If possible, have a window open or better yet, host the meal outside. Governor Polis has asked for no more than two households to gather together.
  • Attempt to maintain social distancing of six feet or more at all times.

We will serve a special meal for residents and team members on Thanksgiving. We will also do our best to help families connect for the holiday through technology visits, outside visits (if we are able), and closed window visits.

With the surge in cases in our community and nationally, we all must do our part to stop the spread of the virus and protect those most vulnerable to the harsher effects of this very contagious virus.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging phase of our community’s life.

Update 11/9/20

Casey’s Pond COVID-19 Status Update

Casey’s Pond is committed to timely communication and transparency, we wanted to update you regarding the results of our continual testing.  We were notified today that a team member that works in the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood and a team member who works in the general administration area both tested positive for COVID-19 through a POC or Point of Care test. Both team members have also had the more traditional PCR nasal swab test, we are awaiting those results. Both team members are not working in the community and are isolating at home.

We have conducted extensive contact tracing and have notified all associates and residents who may have come in contact with these team members. We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms. At this time no one is exhibiting classic COVID-19 symptoms. We continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks for the near future.

We have paused admissions to the Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood at this time. Out of an abundance of caution, we are also pausing outdoor visits and salon services. The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

Our priority is the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.

Update 11/5/20

Positive Team Member Test Result

Casey’s Pond is committed to timely communication and transparency, we wanted to update you regarding the results of our continual testing.  We were notified today that a team member that works in the Doak Walker neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19.  The team member last worked October 30th, had very limited exposure to residents, was wearing a mask and is now isolating at home.

We have conducted extensive contact tracing and have notified all associates and residents who may have come in contact with this team member. We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms. At this time no one is exhibiting classic COVID-19 symptoms. We continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks for the near future.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

Our priority is the health and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.  Thank you for your continued patience.

Update 10/28/20

Good News on Mass Testing Results

The Routt County Health Department and Casey’s Pond continue to partner and we are pleased to share that all resident and team members test results from last week’s mass testing were negative for COVID-19. At this time Casey’s Pond has no active COVID-19 cases, all team members have recovered.

This week we had voluntary testing for residents and continue mandatory weekly testing for associates. Our number one priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.

Thank you for your continued support.

Update 10/21/20

Good News Test Results, Outdoor Visits, and More

Casey’s Pond continues to partner with the Routt County Health Department and we are pleased to share that all resident and team members test results from last week’s mass testing were negative for COVID-19.  Additionally, all five of the team members that previously tested positive remained asymptomatic while in quarantine and four have already returned to work.

We will continue to conduct routine testing of staff and residents. Our number one priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.

Finally, we are happy to announce on Thursday, October 22nd we will resume outdoor family visits, salon services, and small group activities.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Update 10/15/20

More Test Results

Casey’s Pond is committed to timely communication and transparency, we were notified today that three team members that work in the Doak Walker neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19. One team member last worked the end of September, one on October 11th and one on October 14th. All three team members are asymptomatic and are recovering at home.
We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms. At this time no one is exhibiting classic COVID-19 symptoms.

Casey’s Pond continues to work closely with the CDPHE and the Routt County Health Department, out of an abundance of caution they have recommended mass testing for all residents and team members. Additionally, we have temporarily suspended outdoor visits, small group events and salon visits for all residents and holding on new admissions until we receive test results.

We continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks for the near future. Our priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

We will keep our Casey’s Pond family informed as we receive mass testing results. Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Update 10/14/20

Positive Team Member Test Result

Casey’s Pond is committed to timely communication and transparency, we wanted to update you regarding the results of our continual testing.  We were notified today that a team member that works in the Doak Walker neighborhood tested positive for COVID-19.  The team member last worked today, was wearing a mask, was asymptomatic and is now recovering at home.  We are still awaiting tests results for three team members that work in the Doak Walker House skilled nursing all other resident and team members test results were negative.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms. At this time no one is exhibiting classic COVID-19 symptoms.

Out of an abundance of caution we have temporarily suspended outdoor visits, small group events and salon visits for Doak Walker residents until all results from this week’s testing are received. The residential and assisted living neighborhoods have no virus activity and programming and activities have not been impacted.  We continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks for the near future.

Our priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

We will keep our Casey’s Pond family informed as we receive more test results and if there is any change in status for the community.  Thank you for your continued patience and support.

Update 10/7/20

Negative Test results Returned for Assisted Living Residents and Team Members

We are pleased to share that all residents and team members in both the Grove and Harbor assisted living neighborhoods, have tested negative for COVID-19. We are still awaiting results for more resident and team member tests in the Doak Walker House skilled nursing and Veranda residential living neighborhoods. We are committed to timely communication and transparency, especially in light of our singular positive test result received yesterday for a team member.

We continue to monitor all residents and staff for signs and symptoms. At this time no one is exhibiting classic COVID-19 symptoms.

We will keep our Casey’s Pond family informed as we receive more test results and if there is any change in status for the community. As a reminder, we have postponed outdoor visits for the Doak Walker neighborhood out of an abundance of caution. We continue with all virus sanitation and safety measures including all Doak team members wearing N95 masks for the near future.

Our priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.

The family hotline number is still available, just for families to receive updated information, 970-517-3135.

We will post additional results as soon as we have them. Thank you.

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 by clicking here.

Update 7/24/20

All Resident and Team Test Results Negative

Casey’s Pond continues to partner with the Routt County Health Department and we are pleased to share that all resident and team members test results that were received this week were negative for COVID-19. Mass testing continues and we are awaiting 43 resident and 93 associate test results.

Our priority is the health, safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community and we are happy to share more good news! Please note this information is subject to change at any time in response to developments in county, state, or federal policy and the health conditions in our area.

Dining:
The Veranda Dining Room re-opens Monday, July 27th for residents who live in Residential Living. Dining safety protocols remain in place which includes social distanced seating, temperature screening and reservations due to reduced seating capacity. Currently, communal dining for residents in assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab is still restricted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Update 7/17/20

Casey’s Pond COVID-19 Status Update

Casey’s Pond number one priority is the health, safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.  We continue working with Routt County and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and are pleased to share some good news!   Please note this information is subject to change at any time in response to developments in county, state, or federal policy and the health conditions in our area.

Outdoor Visits:

Outdoor family visits for all levels of living are now available and must be scheduled 48 hours in advance.  Visits may be scheduled on-line at https://signup.com/go/qFFoZcW.  At this time visits are 30 minutes and limited to 2 guests.  Guests will be asked screening questions, must have temperature checked and wear masks during the visits.  The visits will take place on the Veranda Patio with 8ft. of social distance. At this time we are limiting repeat visits to once a week, to ensure all residents and families have an opportunity for visits.  Visits are supervised but at a distance for privacy.  If you need assistance with scheduling visits on-line the concierge will be happy to help.

 

Update 7/13/20

Casey’s Pond COVID-19 Status Update

Casey’s Pond number one priority is the health, safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community.  We are pleased to receive 85 resident and 156 staff test results that were negative for COVID-19.  We currently have 20 resident and 95 team member test results pending.

We have been working with Routt County and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, continuing to advocate for the balance of resident safety and the crucial need to maintain physical and mental health and happiness.  We are pleased to share some good news!   Please note that this information is subject to change at any time in response to developments in county, state, or federal policy and the health conditions in our area.

Outdoor Visits:

Starting this week we will pilot outdoor family visits for all levels of living.  At this time visits will be limited to 2 guests they will be asked screening questions, must have temperature checked and wear masks during the visits.  The visits will take place on the Veranda Patio with 8ft. of social distance. Visits are supervised but a distance for privacy.  We are planning to open public scheduling next week for visits.  More details to follow on scheduling.

Life Enrichment:

Small group activities and events have restarted. Group size is limited and based on size of area to ensure social distancing and residents are required to wear masks.  Group sizes will be no more than 6.

Casey’s Pond Salon and Spa:

We continue to work with Routt County and the CDPHE and anticipate an approval soon on re-opening salon services.  We will keep you informed as regulations permit.

Dining:

No communal dining has been approved at this time.  We are looking forward to announcing changes to dining services soon.

Update 7/9/20

Casey’s Pond COVID-19 Status Update

Casey’s Pond remains committed to transparent communication as we fight COVID-19.  The health, safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works at our community is our number one priority.  Today we received 52 negative resident and staff tests results with 193 pending.

We are diligently working with Routt County and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and continue to advocate for balance of resident safety and the crucial need to maintain physical and mental health and happiness.  Out of an abundance of caution we have temporarily cancelled group activities, communal dining and the re-opening of Casey’s Pond Salon.  We will keep you informed of any additional changes or updates as soon as they become available.

We continue to vigorously clean the entire community multiple times a day with virus killing cleaners and stringent virus mitigation protocols such as wearing masks, temperature and symptom checks, and good hand hygiene.

Thank you for your continued patience.

Update 7/8/20

Positive Test Result for Team Member

Casey’s Pond remains committed to transparent communication as we fight COVID-19. We’ve received news today that one team member tested positive for COVID-19. The associate last worked in the Doak Walker neighborhood today was asymptomatic, wore a mask as required and is now recovering at home.
We continue to work closely with the Routt County Health Department and all residents and team members have been re-tested to ensure the well-being of everyone who works and lives at Casey’s Pond. We currently have 66 resident’s and 179 team member’s test results pending.

We are vigorously cleaning the entire community multiple times a day with virus-killing cleaners and stringent virus mitigation protocols such as wearing masks, temperature and symptom checks, and good hand hygiene.

We will continue providing updates as we receive results.

Update 7/3/20

Positive Test Result for Team Member

In our continued commitment to full transparency with our Casey’s Pond family, we, unfortunately, must share that a team member has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus upon returning from being out of the local area. The team member last worked seven days ago and it is believed they contracted the virus during this time away.

The team member has not been back to work, however, this team member lives at the community. We are currently conducting extensive contact tracing to see what, if any, resident and associate exposures may have happened when the team member returned to the property. The team member has been in self-quarantine in their Casey’s Pond apartment since being tested on July 1st. They returned to the community on June 30th and we received the result of the rapid test today.

We of course are taking this situation very seriously and continue vigorous virus cleanings of the entire community daily as well as stringent virus mitigation protocols such as wearing masks, temperature and symptom checks, and good hand hygiene.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelling weekend activities, plexiglass visits and communal dining for Veranda residents at this time. We are also working closely with the Routt County Health Department to determine what additional testing may be necessary.

The safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works at Casey’s Pond is our top priority, we will continue to do everything we can to combat the COVID-19 virus.

Update 7/1/20

Good News…Outdoor Visits, Life Enrichment and More!

Casey’s Pond number one priority is the health, safety and happiness of our residents.  We are pleased to share some good news!   Please note that this information is subject to change at any time in response to developments in county, state, or federal policy and the health conditions in our area.

Outdoor Visits:

Outdoor plexi-glass family visits are now available. They are by appointment only for up to 2 guests and can be scheduled online at www.signup.com/go/qFFoZcW.  Guests will be asked screening questions, must have temperature checked and wear masks during the visits.  Additionally, next week we have approval to pilot/test a couple of outdoor visits without the use of plexi-glass.

Casey’s Pond Salon and Spa:

Starting the week of July 13th, Casey’s Pond Salon re-opens to residents living in the Veranda neighborhood only.  We will keep you informed as regulations permit salon visits for residents living in assisted living, memory support and skilled care neighborhoods.

Driving:

Residents that drive may drive their personal vehicles on scenic drives and to businesses for essential needs including salons and for pet care appointments. Stops for family visits are not permitted.

Life Enrichment:

Small group activities and events have restarted. Group size is limited and based on size of area to ensure social distancing and residents are required to wear masks. While no formal calendar has been published, communication within the community will ensure residents are aware of opportunities.

Testing as directed by the Routt County Health Department continues, however it is important to note that it has been nearly five weeks since our last positive result.

Please have a safe and wonderful July 4th weekend!

Update 6/24/20

Good News Testing Results and Outdoor Visits Coming Soon!

Casey’s Pond continues to partner with the Routt County Health Department and we are pleased to share the good news that we received negative COVID-19 test results for eight residents and 49 team members. Mass testing continues for all residents and staff (except for residents that live in Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood) and we are awaiting 27 residents and 82 associate test results. The total number of tests to date is 1,336.

Additionally, late yesterday afternoon the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment per Governor Polis’s direction released directives for outside visits with loved ones for people living in long-term care communities such as ours that include residential living, assisted living, memory support and skilled nursing. The directives require a new protocol be written by communities and that training take place before these outside visits can be scheduled. We are working through the directives and developing the protocols and trainings, this will take some time. We will update you on our community’s ability to host these visits as soon as we can.

You can view the last organizational Town Hall Webinar pre-recorded on June 25th here.

Update 6/17/20

Good News for Casey’s Pond

Casey’s Pond continues to partner with the Routt County Health Department and we are pleased to share the good news that another resident and team member have recovered from COVID-19.

Additionally, we also receive more negative COVID-19 test results for 40 residents and 108 team members. Mass testing continues for all residents and staff (except for residents that live in Doak Walker skilled nursing neighborhood) and we are awaiting 31 residents and 79 associate test results. The total number of tests to date is 1,280.

While many states are in various stages of reopening, government restrictions have not changed for senior living communities. We are still under restrictive CDC status. However, CLC-Cappella has formed a Health and Happiness Committee to reevaluate our current procedures in order to strike a balance between the crucial need to maintain physical health with mental health leading to happiness.

We have some additional ways Casey’s Pond is responding currently. Please note that these measures are subject to change at any time in response to developments in the county, state, or federal policy and the health conditions in our area. Here are some of the measures available at this time, please contact us with questions or for complete details.

Essential Health/Business Visits and Scenic Drives: Residential Living residents may drive their personal vehicles on scenic drives and to businesses for essential needs including salons. Stops for family visits are not permitted. Stylists are not allowed to come to the community.

Scenic Excursions: Scenic drives for up to 4 residents with appropriate social distancing have started if you would like to participate please sign up with the Concierge.

Dining: The Veranda Dining Room is open for residents who live in Residential Living. Currently, communal dining for residents in assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab is still restricted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Move-ins: We are accepting new move-ins on a case-by-case basis in all levels of living so we can continue to serve older adults needing services.

Update 6/12/20

Testing Results and Community Updates

Casey’s Pond continues to partner with the Routt County Health Department and we are pleased to share more negative COVID-19 test results for four residents and 63 team members. Mass testing continues for all residents and staff (except for residents that live in Doak Walker) and we are awaiting 63 resident and 132 associate test results. The total number of tests to date is 1,217.

While many states are in various stages of reopening, government restrictions have not changed for senior living communities. We are still under restrictive CDC status. However, CLC-Cappella has formed a Health and Happiness Committee to reevaluate our current procedures in order to strike a balance between the crucial need to maintain physical health with mental health leading to happiness.

We have some additional ways Casey’s Pond is responding currently. Please note that these measures are subject to change at any time in response to developments in the county, state, or federal policy and the health conditions in our area. Here are some of the measures available at this time, please contact us with questions or for complete details.

Essential Health/Business Visits and Scenic Drives: Residential Living residents may drive their personal vehicles on scenic drives and to businesses for essential needs including salons. Stops for family visits are not permitted. Stylists are not allowed to come to the community.

Scenic Excursions: Scenic drives for up to 4 residents with appropriate social distancing have started if you would like to participate please sign up with the Concierge.

Dining: The Veranda Dining Room re-opens Sunday, June 14th for residents who live in Residential Living. Currently, communal dining for residents in assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab is still restricted by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Move-ins: Starting, Monday, June 15th Casey’s Pond has been approved by Routt County to accept new move-ins on a case-by-case basis in all levels of living

Update 6/8/20

Casey’s Pond COVID-19 Status Update

Casey’s Pond is pleased to share negative COVID-19 test results for 23 residents and 58 team members.  The Routt County Health Department has agreed that we do not need to continue testing Doak Walker residents due to continued negative test results.  Mass testing will continue for residents in residential living, assisted living and all associates. We are awaiting 27 resident and 83 associate test results. The total number of tests to date is 1,065.

We continue all virus mitigation protocols and continue at this time to operate under the restricted CDC status for our community.

Our next Family Town Hall webinar is on Thursday, June 11th at 4 p.m. (MT), where you will hear from Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions organizational leaders on the latest information on what we are doing to combat COVID-19 in our community as well as new processes and procedures our community may soon be able to accommodate. Questions may be submitted in advance to Info@clcmail.org  Register for the webinar on website at here.

In our continuing commitment to transparent communication, we will continue providing updates as we receive results here on our website.

FAQ

Q: What is being done to protect residents and staff?

A: We continue to implement rigorous virus sanitizing protocols daily.  The county health department continues to direct our actions. Residents’ temperatures are taken twice daily and the team is vigilantly monitoring all signs and symptoms for everyone who lives and works at Casey’s Pond.

Q: Is Casey’s Pond Safe?

A: The COVID-19 Pandemic is a world-wide health crisis. While no place at this time is immune to the virus, we continue extraordinary precautions with the guidance of local health officials and the CDC.

Q: What are the ‘rules’ your respective communities follow to detect, contain and isolate COVID-19?

A: The health and safety of our residents and team members is our top priority and we will continue to practice all federal, and local mandated measures as well as our organizational procedures to limit exposure of COVID-19 in our communities.

Q: Who is allowed to visit your communities?

A: The community is scheduling video calls and courtyard visits (patio visits, lawn visits) with social distancing and plexiglass for family visitors.

For all licensed neighborhoods – assisted living and memory support are on ‘restricted status.’ We are adhering to visitation guidelines established by the state health department, CDC and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Visitation to assisted living community, or memory support community is limited to:

  • ‘Essential Need Only’ visits. Essential need visits include support care and family visits in resident mental health and end-of-life situations.
  • Visits must be brief.

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: What are residents doing to stay positive and connected

A: Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial. Positivity begets positivity. We encourage our team member to stay positive and imbue residents with positivity. We are also encouraging residents to:

  • Continue to be social and actively engaged at safe social distances – for example hallway BINGO, hallway exercising and trivia
  • Communicate with loved ones through texts, emails and social media. We’re encouraging community members to post photos on Facebook and tag everyone they want to see the photo
  • We’re leveraging technology (FaceTime, Zoom, Skype, Facebook, Instagram, emails and text) to connect residents with loved ones outside the community and with each other. Examples include:
    • Virtual visits
    • Bible study
    • Playing and listening to music performances
    • Message board photos
    • Reading books to children via Skype
  • For residents who don’t know how to use/unable to use technologies, families can sign up for a team member to assist their loved one to use virtual visit technologies.
  • We’re encouraging folks to drop off a favorite pre-packaged food item or card. These will be wiped with EPA-approved disinfectant wipes before being delivered. We’re also encouraging:
  • Writing notes to each other, to family and team members
  • Enlist internal and external groups/committees – church, book clubs, knitters to do a card shower for residents and team members
  • Continuing Pen Pals programs – letters and notes back and forth between students and residents
  • Musical performances/poetry outside resident windows

 

Q: Can you describe your training protocols?

A: CLC/CLS already conducts extensive yearly training for all team members in managing infections and preventing the spread of infectious diseases. These protocols are multi-disciplinary and prescriptive to prevention, containment and how to stop the spread of the disease should it occur.

All communities are following a special set of coronavirus-specific policies and procedures modeled after our very successful flu and norovirus protocols. Training and protocols include:

  • Provide training for all employees on infection control standards
  • Report and act quickly if any symptoms are reported in the community
  • Start isolation procedures immediately if COVID-19 is suspected
  • Notify State and/or Local Health Department which coordinates with CDC to transport resident or team member to hospital for testing
  • Follow state report guidelines for any confirmed cases

Q: What is done if a team member or resident shows symptoms?

A: If a team member has any symptoms, they are required to stay home and report symptoms to their doctor to determine if they meet COVID-19 test standards. If a resident exhibits symptoms, we are contacting the local health department and their doctor to determine the best plan for testing.


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.

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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