They say challenging times bring out the best in people. Anyone who has tried to buy toilet paper recently may disagree with that statement. In a broader sense, however, we see evidence this is true. Neighors are reaching out on Nextdoor social media offering to purchase groceries and run errands for older neighbors; teachers are providing nonperishable food to low income students while schools are closed, and most importantly, the majority of Americans are following guidelines for social distancing.
Nevertheless, social isolation can bring problems of its own. If you have a family member living in a nursing care, assisted living or memory support community you may especially be feeling that isolation. Fortunately, readily available technology can aide in alleviating some of the loneliness and anxiety about your loved one while helping to build community at the same time.
There are multiple free or very low cost ways to connect with loved ones through technology. The most obvious and lowest tech one is the phone. A daily phone call can not only make your family member feel important, but it is a good way to check up on their mental wellbeing.
We continue to work closely with state and local officials to balance resident safety, team member safety, and access for families and healthcare partners during heightened COVID-19 concerns. While no cases have been identified in Sunny Vista, we are now implementing new CMS and Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment directives to restrict access to our assisted living, and memory support neighborhoods. This means that no visitors will be allowed within the assisted living, memory support neighborhoods at this time unless they are part of the required care team for an individual resident. Compassion visits may be accommodated for loved ones of a resident who is actively in an end of life situation. Such visitors will be screened and their temperatures taken before entering the community.
We are now implementing new federal directives aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 in senior living communities. The Centers for Medicare/Medicare Services (CMS) has determined that if the county we operate in or a county next to where we operate has a positive case of COVID-19 we MUST limit visitors to the assisted living and memory support neighborhoods within our community.
News of the first fatalities in the US from coronavirus in a Washington State skilled nursing community is understandably causing concern. We care about the wellbeing of residents and team members in The Retreat at Sunny Vista and want to keep you informed on all we are doing to mitigate the impact this virus has on residents and team members.
We were saddened to hear that over 100 residents will be forced to relocate now that Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs is being shut down. Choosing the right senior living community can be difficult. We have put together a list of 21 questions to evaluate a senior living community. It might aid the seniors or their families in their search.
Extending an Invitation
We would also like to extend an invitation to those residents that are being displaced from their homes and their families to consider The Retreat at Sunny Vista. We offer exceptional living options.