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A Letter from the President of WellAge Regarding the Coronavirus, COVID-19
Dear Residents, Families, Staff and Guests:
WellAge would like to start by acknowledging the concerns surrounding Coronavirus, COVID 19. I understand and recognize how worried residents, families, staff and visitors are and want you all to know at WellAge, we are working diligently to implement heightened Infection Control measures in all of our communities. Please see additional information in the letter below from Jay Moskowitz, President, WellAge Senior Communities.
Dear Residents, Families and Staff: Good Afternoon, We wanted to provide an update to all of you regarding the revised guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19/Coronavirus. As you may be aware, Governor Polis has declared a state of emergency related to 15 cases. Please see additional information in the letter below from Jay Moskowitz, President, WellAge Senior Communities
Singing to the tune of "If You’re Happy and You Know It,” one provider is using a music video to help raise public awareness on how providers can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in its facilities.
Video messages geared toward family members and residents:
About the recommendation to limit visitors to nursing homes and assisted living communities. These messages feature Dr. David Gifford, a geriatrician and Chief Medical Officer of AHCA/NCAL, explaining the reasoning behind this recommendation and how families/residents can help prevent the spread. You can share these videos from our YouTube channel, or download a direct copy (.mp4) to circulate on your own channels, such as your closed-circuit channels in your facilities:
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE or "state health department”) is working to stop the spread of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). At this time, I find it necessary to implement emergency measures to restrict visitors to skilled nursing facilities, assisted living residences, and intermediate care facilities in Colorado to protect the health of the residents of these facilities.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of nursing home residents by enforcing the standards required to help each resident attain or maintain their highest level of well-being. In light of the recent spread of COVID-19, we are providing additional guidance to nursing homes to help control and prevent the spread of the virus.
We wanted to provide an update to all of you regarding the revised guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of COVID-19/Coronavirus. On March 13, 2020 CMS provided additional guidance to nursing homes to help them improve their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including revised guidance for visitation.
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. COVID-19 is still affecting mostly people in China with some outbreaks in other countries. Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.
Dr. Watson is a board certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist with a lifelong commitment to caring for vulnerable populations, and two decades of academic and leadership experience. Her passion is creating a culture of appropriate psychotropic prescribing in long-term care settings to achieve quality outcomes for all stakeholders. She prioritizes common sense, avoiding harms and keeping the patient’s and family’s goals of care at the heart of all endeavors.
In this newest video from our COVID-19 video series, President & CEO Mark Parkinson and CMO Dr. David Gifford talk about ways to help staff cope through the pandemic. And special guest Nick Nurse, head coach of the Toronto Raptors (2019 NBA Champions for non-sports fans), offers a message of support to long term care frontline workers.