July 21, 2020

Dear Residents and Family Members:

At this time we are happy to report that Mountain Vista is COVID free!  The State of Colorado has given us approval to start social visits for residents in the Assisted Living and we are truly humbled to help reunite you with your loved ones.

In the interest of keeping residents and visitors safe, all visitors must follow the guideline stated below and sign a form that states they have read, understand and will adhere to the guidelines. If a visitor does not follow the guidelines they may be restricted from future visits.

  • All visits must be scheduled prior to visit.
  • Visits are limited to 45 minutes and can be cancelled at any time.
  • Visits must take place within the Visitation POD
  • All visitors/residents must wear a mask
  • Visitor must remain on their own side of the POD
  • There can be no contact between visitors and residents
  • There must be a distance of at least 6 feet between visitors and residents
  • No more than 8 visitors at any one time
  • Each visitor must complete and pass a health screen at each visit. If you do not pass the screening you will be asked to leave the campus immediately
  • Parking for visitation is across from the Visitation POD and visitor will be escorted to the visitation area
  • No personal items can be left for or given to residents during a visit. All items must be dropped off at the front desk.

 It is important to know that outdoor visitation will not be allowed if a resident or the Mountain Vista Campus experiences another outbreak of COVID, therefore it is vital that everyone follow the visitation guidelines. If you are not feeling well or have any signs or symptoms of COVID please to do attempt to visit the Community.

 Assisted Living Visitation

Visits will begin Wednesday July 22nd. Assisted Living will schedule future visits on Saturdays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 8am-3pm. To Schedule your visit call-303-420-2192.

Health Care Center Visitation

In the first part of August we hope the state will approve visits for residents in the Mountain Vista Health Center. However, until that time we still have our visitation restrictions in place for the Mountain Vista Health Center.

We encourage you to connect with your loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.

Sincerely,

Jane Runge, NHA
Mountain Vista Campus Administrator

 

Please click here for prior Mountain Vista Covid-19 updates.

 

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Update 7-10-20:

Due to lack of attendance we will not be hosting our call this week. If you would like the calls to continue please let me know. Jrunge@abhomes.org

At this time we are happy to report we have one resident at the Health Center finishing isolation for positive COVID test and happy to report there are no signs or symptoms and is doing well. We finished this week with no residents testing positive.

At the Assisted Living we continue to have no one positive or on isolation. If a resident is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19 and we have permission to contact you, we will.

Summary of Guidance for outdoor visitation:

  • Must be Covid free for 28 days this includes signs and symptoms not necessarily positive tests.
  • CDPHE must give clearance to do outside visits and no orders from the state for restrictions.
  • Must schedule your visit.
  • Visitor must be greeted outside at designated area (rehab entrance by the canopy).
  • Must go through screening process-temperature taken, form filled out with contact information and receive COVID information
  • Must wear mask.

Once approved Assisted Living will be able to schedule visits Saturday, Monday and Wednesday by contacting Deb Fisher-303-420-2192 ext. 5015 or email DFisher@abhomes,org

We anticipate the Assisted Living to have visits starting July 15 if everything goes well.

Once approved in the nursing home you can schedule visits Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Lisa Schneider 303-421-4161 or email LSchneider@abhomes.org. We hope By Mid-August social visits can happen.

Family members are encouraged to continue to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone. We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available on our website www.MountainVista.net or our face book page. Please know that we are strictly adhering to all directions from the local and state health department.

Sincerely,

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

 

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Update 7-2-20:

Mountain Vista would like to recognize the support from residents, staff and families as we work through this difficult time. Your support has helped us greatly reduce the number of COVID cases in the Community.

Mountain Vista Health Center

Currently two people in the Health Center have tested COVID-19 positive. These two individuals do not exhibit any symptoms however they will continue to be closely monitored for any changes in their health. We are also working with the Colorado Department of Health to develop guidelines regarding outdoor visitation. After we have more details we will post on this website.

Mountain Vista Assisted Living

In the Assisted Living area of the Community we do not have any residents that have tested positive for COVID -19.  We will continue to work diligently to keep residents and staff safe and healthy.

We will continue to follow the CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation procedures and visitation restrictions.

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

If a resident diagnosed with COVID-19 and we have permission to contact you, we will do so.

We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats, please call the community if you require assistance.

Resident families and first contacts, please make sure we have current contact information for you including email and phone number. For the nursing home we encourage you to call 303-421-4161 or email Lisa Schneider-Social Service Director LSchneider@abhomes.organd for the Assisted Living we encourage you to call 303-420-4192 or email Robin Dunbar –Director of Assisted Living RDunbar@abhomes.org.

We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available and post them on our website www.MountainVista.netand our Facebook page.

Sincerely,

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

 

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Update 6-25-20:

I personally want to thank all of you for your overwhelming support during this most difficult time. We have received many notes and phone calls of encouragement which kept us coming back to work each and every day. We have also received so many lovely donations such as supplies, food and financial support. Words cannot express how you made a difficult time better for those here at Mountain Vista. We are lucky to have such amazing residents and family members.

At this time we are happy to report there are only three residents in the Health Center who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are nearing the end of their isolation period. These residents have not exhibited any signs of the virus and are doing well. In Assisted Living we are clear of the COVID-19, and we do not have any residents who are being isolated. If a resident is suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19 and we have permission to contact you, we will do so.

We understand that you are concerned about your loved one, but it is crucial that we continue to restrict visitation to reduce the spread of this virus and continue to follow all CDC recommendations. If you would like an update on the health of your loved one we encourage you to call the Mountain Vista Health Center or our Assisted Living. We also understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important to our residents. Family members are encouraged to connect with their loved ones through video chat, calling, texting, or other social media formats.

Resident families and first contacts, please make sure we have current contact information for you including email and phone number. For the nursing home we encourage you to call 303-421-4161 or email Lisa Schneider-Social Service Director LSchneider@abhomes.organd for the Assisted Living we encourage you to call 303-420-4192 or email Robin Dunbar –Director of Assisted Living RDunbar@abhomes.org.

We will continue to provide you with updates as they become available and post them on our website www.MountainVista.net and our Facebook page.

Sincerely,

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

 

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Update 6-17-20:

We want to thank all the residents, families and staff for their continued effort during this time of uncertainty. The precautions you have taken to protect yourself and others has been effective and Mountain Vista is proud to say we have experienced a dramatic decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases, and for that we are thankful.

We anticipate receiving additional guidance from our state and federal government agencies as we learn more about COVID-19, and how we can best protect residents, families and staff.

While it is encouraging to see restriction being eased for other businesses, for senior living communities visiting restrictions remain in place and we will continue to follow CDC health and safety protocols that include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Should your loved exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

 Staying in Contact

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with loved ones via Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skypeand of course phone calls.Please contact our community and one of staff members will be happy to help you.

Informational Conference Calls

Mountain Vista will hold informational conference calls at 1:00 pm mtn. time on June 18th, June 25thand July 2nd.The calls will be hosted by Mountain Vista Administrator, Jane Runge, Director of Nursing, Director of Social Services and the Director of Assisted Living. The team will answer questions sent in from families and friends about how Mountain Vista is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you have questions please email them to Jane Runge, Administrator at jrunge@abhomes.org by the end of the day Tuesday prior to the call.

To listen to the call at the times and dates mentioned above:

  • Call-in toll-free number – 1-877-668-4490 or 1-408-792-6300
  • Meeting number (access code): 133 525 3675
  • Meeting password: abhm2020

 Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring one COVID-19 positive residents in the Mountain Vista Health Center. To date, sixty nine residents have tested positive. This includes the one resident currently being monitored.Until the resident recovers, they will be under constant observation noting any changes in their condition and we will continue to work closely with our medical director, clinical team and the state health department.

Please continue to check our website for new information.

Thank you for your support and understanding

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

 

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Update 6-10-20:

The easing of COVID restrictions around the country is an encouraging trend and we are pleased to see the precautions we have taken are helping reduce the number of cases in the community. To ensure that trend continues we will maintain the CDC and State restriction related to visitation and social interaction.

We appreciate the sacrifice you have made and the steps you are each taking to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. We know the visitor restrictions have been difficult. We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect with each other by means of Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls. Please contact our community and one of staff members will be happy to help you.

As we learn more about COVID-19, we anticipate receiving additional guidance from our state and federal government agencies about how we can best protect residents, families and staff.

We continue to follow CDC and the Colorado Department of Health guidelines:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

Should your loved exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

Informational Conference Calls

Mountain Vista will be hold informational conference calls on June 11thand 18th. The calls hosted by Mountain Vista Administrator, Jane Runge, Director of Nursing, Director of Social Services and the Director of Assisted Living. The team will answer questions sent in from families and friends about how Mountain Vista is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you have questions please email them to Jane Runge, Administrator at jrunge@abhomes.orgby the end of the day Tuesday prior to the call.

To listen to the call at the time and date mentioned above, call the toll-free number 1-877-668-4490 and enter the following code: 282 336 646.

 Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoringnine COVID-19 positive residents in the Mountain Vista Health Center, twelve in the Assisted Living and one in Memory Care. To date, sixty nine residents have tested positive. This includes the twenty-two residents currently being monitored.Until the residents recover, they will be under constant observation noting any changes in their condition and we will continue to work closely with our medical director, clinical team and the state health department.

Please continue to check our website for new information.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

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Update 5-27-20:

During the past week, as businesses begin to re-open across the state and restrictions are relaxed, we are encouraged to a see aspects of life return to normal. However for us in healthcare, particularly senior living, it will take some time before we see a full return to “business as usual”. As a result we must continue to adhere to federal and state guidelines that restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting the community and other group activities at this time.

For residents, the staff is working hard to keep them engaged and enhance their lives through new and innovative activities that are mindful of social distancing and other requirements. Hallway bingo, doorway singing and virtual museum tours are just a few of the ways that we are supporting and engaging our residents. Our community has received puzzles, crossword, word search or adult coloring books and flowers. We are so grateful to families and friends of Mountain Vista for their generosity in supporting our residents!

The CDC and the Colorado Department of Health guidelines we follow include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We value the health and safety of residents and staff alike, and remain committed to taking all precautionary measures to protect them from this virus. Should your loved exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

Informational Conference Calls

On Thursday, May 21st through Thursday, June 4that 1:00 pm, Mountain Vista will be holding a series of informational conference calls. The call on May 28thwill be hosted by ABHM Vice President of Operations Shanna Eckberg, Director of Nursing, Director of Social Services and the Director of Assisted Living. The team will answer questions sent in from families and friends about how Mountain Vista is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you have questions please email them to Jane Runge, Administrator at jrunge@abhomes.org by the end of the day Tuesday prior to the call.

The weekly schedule:
Thursday, May 28th 1 pm MST
Thursday, June 4th 1 pm MST

To listen to the call at the times and dates mentioned above, call the toll-free number 1-877-668-4490 and enter the following code: 282 336 646.

 Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring twenty seven COVID-19 positive residents. To date, fifty-five residents have tested positive at Mountain Vista Health Center. This includes the twenty seven residents currently being monitored. At Mountain Vista Assisted Living there is only one resident that has tested positive and they have been isolated following CDC guidelines. Until residents recover, they will be under constant observation noting any changes in their condition and we will continue to work closely with our medical director, clinical team and the state health department.

To ensure the health of residents and staff Mountain Vista continues the testing process and will post new information our website.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-21-20:

Over the past week Colorado Government Officials have taken initial steps to re-open business and establishments throughout the State. Like you, Mountain Visa is anxious for a return to normalcy where visitors are warmly welcomed into our Community and residents, families and friends can interact without restrictions.

However, because seniors are considered high-risk for COVID-19 infection, federal and state guidelines restrict us from relaxing rules for visiting and other group activities at this time.  Please understand this is a difficult time for all concerned and we will continue to do all we can to keep our residents and families connected in a way that is safe for everyone.

In the Mountain Vista Assisted Living there is only one resident that has tested positive and they have been isolated following CDC guidelines.

The Mountain Vista Health Center also continues to follow the CDC and the Colorado Department of Health guidelines that include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We value the health and safety of residents and staff alike, and remain committed to taking all precautionary measures to protect them from this virus. Should your loved exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

Informational Conference Calls

On Thursday, May 21st through Thursday, June 4that 1:00 pm, Mountain Vista will be holding a series of informational conference calls. The calls will be hosted by Mountain Vista Administrator, Jane Runge, Director of Nursing, Director of Social Services and the Director of Assisted Living. The team will answer questions sent in from families and friends about how Mountain Vista is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you have questions please email them to Jane Runge, Administrator at jrunge@abhomes.orgby the end of the day Tuesday prior to the call.

The weekly schedule:
Thursday, May 21st 1 pm MST
Thursday, May 28th 1 pm MST
Thursday, June 4th 1 pm MST

To listen to the call at the times and dates mentioned above, call the toll-free number 1-877-668-4490 and enter the following code: 282 336 646.

 Resident COVID-19 Information

To ensure the health of residents and staff Mountain Vista initiated the testing of all residents and staff, which was completed on 5/18/20. Moving forward we will continue the testing process and update our website with new information.

We are currently monitoring thirty one COVID-19 positive residents. To date, fifty-five residents have tested positive at Mountain Vista Health Center. This includes the thirty one residents currently being monitored. Until they recover these residents will be under constant observation noting any changes in their condition and we will continue to work closely with our medical director, clinical team and the state health department.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-13-20:

At Mountain Vista Assisted Living we are pleased the residents and staff remain free from the COVID virus (COVID-19), and we continue to follow all the precautionsrecommended by the CDC to keep this area of the community clear of the virus.

The Mountain Vista Health Center also continues to adhere to the CDC and the Colorado Department of Health guidelines. The Health Center is closely monitoring/treating residents who have tested positive or exhibited symptoms of the COVID-19.

These guidelines include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

This is a difficult time for the families and friends of Mountain Vista residents and we thank you for understanding. Should your loved exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

Informational Conference Calls

Beginning Thursday, May 14th through Thursday, June 4that 1:00 pm, Mountain Vista will be holding a series of informational conference calls. The calls will be hosted by Mountain Vista Administrator, Jane Runge, Director of Nursing and the Director of Social Services. The team will answer questions sent in from families and friends about how Mountain Vista is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you have questions please email them to Jane Runge, Administrator at jrunge@abhomes.org prior to the call.

The weekly schedule:
Thursday, May 14th 1 pm MST
Thursday, May 21st 1 pm MST
Thursday, May 28th 1 pm MST
Thursday, June 4th 1 pm MST

To listen to the call at the times and dates mentioned above, call the toll-free number 1-877-668-4490 and enter the following code: 282 336 646.

 Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring/treating eleven COVID-19 positive residents. To date, twenty eight residents have tested positive at Mountain Vista Health Center. This includes the eleven residents currently being treated.

Until they recover these residents will be under constant observation noting any changes in their condition and we will continue to work closely with our medical director, clinical team and the state health department.

For future updates please continue to visit our website.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

 

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Update 5-5-20:

Mountain Vista Assisted Living residents and staff continue to be free from the COVID virus (COVID-19), and all the recommended precautions are being taken to keep this area of the community clear of the virus.

Mountain Vista’s Health Center is following all CDC and the Colorado Department of Health guidelines to treat those residents who have tested positive for the COVID-19 and are monitoring/treating other residents who have exhibited symptoms.

These guidelines include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We understand this is a difficult time for the families and friends of Mountain Vista residents but you can be certain we are doing everything we can to create and maintain a healthy and safe environment. However, if your loved exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

Informational Conference Calls

Beginning Thursday, May 14th through Thursday, June 4th at 1:00 pm, Mountain Vista will be holding a series of informational conference calls. The calls will be hosted by Mountain Vista Administrator Jane Runge, the Director of Nursing, and Director of Social Services. The team will answer questions sent in from families and friends about how Mountain Vista is managing during the COVID quarantine.

If you have questions please email them to Jane Runge, Administrator at jrunge@abhomes.org prior to the call.

The weekly calls are set for:

Thursday, May 14th    1 pm MST
Thursday, May21st     1 pm MST
Thursday, May 28th    1 pm MST
Thursday, June 4th    1 pm MST

To listen to the call at the times and dates mentioned above, call the toll-free number 1-877-668-4490.

To join the call, you’ll need to enter the following code: 282 336 646.

Please visit our website for future updates.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

 

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Update 4-28-20:

Mountain Vista Senior Living Community is working to maintain the health and well-being of staff and residents. We continue to follow all the precautions and protocols recommended by the CDC and the Colorado Department of Health.

At this time no residents at Mountain Vista Assisted Living have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The staff continues to work diligently to keep residents in this area of the Community free of the virus and we appreciate the understanding from resident’s families and friends.

Mountain Vista Health Center is treating residents that have tested positive and are monitoring/treating other residents that have shown symptoms of the COVID-19. We have implemented all recommended protocols to ensure their health and safety, these include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
-Increasing the frequency of health assessments for residents
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

We understand that open communication is essential and want to keep you connected and up to date. Please feel free to contact the community to answer any questions and address any of your concerns. We have several channels available to you including Facetime, Skype and of course telephone. Continue to visit our website for future updates.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

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Update 4-21-20:

At Mountain Vista Senior Living Community, our first and primary priority is the health and well-being of our residents and staff. To ensure their protection we are taking all necessary precautions recommended by the CDC and the Colorado Department of Health.

– Maintaining social distancing
– Continuing our enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health status prior to entering the Community
– Monitoring residents health every shift
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

At this time, we are pleased to say there are no residents in the Mountain Vista Assisted Living that have tested positive for the COVID virus (COVID-19). The staff is working hard to keep this area clear of the virus and we appreciate your support and understanding.

Mountain Vista Health Center currently has two residents that have tested positive and are monitoring/treating other residents that have shown symptoms of the COVID-19. Be assured, we are following the recommended guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and staff.

We understand communication is vital and are committed to keeping residents and families connected and informed. Our clinical teams are contacting family members to share information about their loved ones and respond to questions. We will also provide regular updates to family members on the status of the Community via our website and one-on-one communication.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Jane Runge
Administrator
Mountain Vista Senior Living Community

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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Questions & Answers:

American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM) understands the concern family members have for their loved ones. The COVID-19 outbreak only heightens that concern. Hopefully, the answers to the questions below give you peace of mind that ABHM is doing everything possible to keep your family member safe.

How is ABHM monitoring and keeping residents from being exposed to COVID-19?

  • ABHM is in contact with our state Health Departments and Centers of Disease Control (CDC).
  • Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) sends out communications and updated information.
  • The Medical Director and Medical Team verify our current medical treatment plans are aligned with current clinical guidance and standards of practice.
  • Transportation is only provided for essential doctor appointments.
  • Social gatherings have been discontinued until further notice.
  • Proper Hygiene and social distancing is being taught to and implemented by our members, residents, employees and vendors.
  • Deep cleaning schedules have increased at all levels of care at ABHM Communities.
  • All employees and essential visitors/vendors are screened prior to entering our Communities.
  • Communal dining has been discontinued until further notice.

What are the signs and symptoms COVID-19 and will my loved one go to the hospital if diagnosed?

  • The signs and symptoms are similar to the A/B Flu: difficulty breathing, cough, fever (100 degree F), a general feeling of being sick or having no energy, or an uncomfortable feeling that something is wrong (malaise).
  • We will place the positive COVID-19 loved one (pending or positive test results) in isolation to prevent spreading it to other residents.
  • ABHM will care for your loved one as long as their symptoms remain mild and their other medical conditions do not flare-up, which could complicate the recovery process.
  • If symptoms do become severe and require more hours of nursing and medical team attention, the resident may be transferred to the hospital.

What happens if an ABHM employee gets COVID-19?

  • ABHM is following all CDC recommendations related to employee and COVID-19.Unfortunately if one of our employee does become ill with COVID-19 that employee will need to be quarantined at home and recover under the care of their physician.  Once recovered that employee will be screened prior to coming back to work to assure that he/she is ready to return to work per the CDC guidance and approval of their physician.

Is there COVID-19 test kits readily available at ABHM communities?

  • At this time test kits are not available at ABHM communities. The local health department and the primary care physicians will decide who should be tested based on the symptoms of the resident.
  • The health department will provided the test kits or instruct a private lab to deliver the test kit to the community.

Are there concerns with medical/cleaning, food supplies or deliveries?

  • On a daily basis ABHM Teams consisting of the Administrator, Director of Nursing and Infection preventionist discuss and review food service, supplies and all other community needs to ensure we have ample supply to serve residents .
  • There have been reported shortage of personnel protection wear (PPE). However at this time ABHM is experiencing routine deliveries and is in continuous contact with suppliers.

Does the CDC recommend the use of a facemask to prevent COVID-19?

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19.
  • You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it.
  • A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms.
  • The use of facemasks is crucial for health workers and other people caring for someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings.

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March 16, 2020

Dear ABHM Residents and Families:

Although there is no presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, Mountain Vista Senior Living Community is taking a proactive approach to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Age is a risk factor for COVID-19, so that makes the population at our communities vulnerable to this illness. Underlying medical conditions can also increase the risk and severity of the sickness so we encourage residents to assess your individual situation and limit your exposure as you see fit.

In addition to the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and in an effort to keep people safe, healthy and prevent the spread of all communicable illnesses, Mountain Vista has adopted a “no visitor policy” as follows:

  • All doors will remain locked at all times.
  • All vendors and essential healthcare personnel will have to enter through the main entrance and will have to answer the questions recommended by the CDC.
  • Exceptions will be made for families during major change in condition of their loved one and/or during end of life process.
  • Any essential visitor who has traveled to China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, in the last 14 days must stay out of the building and self-quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • Any essential visitor who has traveled to Seattle, Washington, New York, California, Singapore, Thailand or Taiwan must monitor yourself for symptoms and wear a mask while at our community.
  • Any essential visitor with signs or symptoms of respiratory infection may not enter the building.

Mountain Vista will be cancelling all non-essential appointments at this time.

The facility will be available to answer any questions and address any concerns. Facetime, Skype and telephones will be available for you to keep in touch with your loved ones while we are going through this evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates when appropriate.

Common sense approaches we use to combat influenza will be some of the most effective prevention methods for COVID-19. The safety of the residents and staff remain our top priority.

Click here for more information from the CDC.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Hongslo
President and C.E.O.
American Baptist Homes of the Midwest

 

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Mountain Vista Senior Living Community in Wheat Ridge will be hosting a free Lunch-and-Learn presentation titled “Scams Against Seniors: Detect and Avert Danger” presented by Jill Lorentz of Summit Resilience Training, on Wednesday, July 18 at the community.

During this free and open-to-the-public presentation Jill will provide helpful information on what seniors can do avoid credit card fraud, identity theft, mail fraud and phone scams.

RSVPs for the events are appreciated but not required. RSVP to Heather Wheat at 303-421-4161 or email at hwheat@abhomes.org.

For over 50 years, Mountain Vista Senior Living Community has provided Independent Living, Assisted Living, a Skilled Nursing Center, Memory Care and Rehab stays in the Wheat Ridge area.  Mountain Vista Senior Living Community is a not-for–profit community and one of seven communities owned and operated by American Baptist Homes of the Midwest (ABHM).  Please contact us if you have any questions about the Mountain Vista community or the Scam Prevention presentation by calling 303-421-4161.

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Mountain Vista parent company ABHM is partnering with senior living technology provider Eversound to bring wireless headphone system into all of our communities across six states. This new technology is a headphone system that enables our residents to enjoy a level of hearing they may not have had in years. Click here for a complete news story on this exciting new technology.

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