Vaccination and Visitation Update

November 17, 2021

To: Colonial Village Retirement Community;

Residents, Families, Staff, and Trusted Partners,

The below information will apply to our Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living, and Maggie’s Place Residents. This will be effective Thursday, the 18th of November.

We have been notified by CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to lift all indoor visitation restrictions. Per CMS, “visitation is now allowed at all times.” COVID-19 outbreak status in our community at any given time will no longer impact indoor visitation. Please see the full QSO here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-39-nh-revised.pdf

Summary:

We will continue to require visitors to screen in prior to their visit. If a visitor is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or is positive for COVID-19 they will not be permitted to enter.

Screening will be at the concierge desk

Assisted Living and Maggie’s Place visitors will always come through the front door respectively for each location.

Skilled Nursing visitors will screen at the concierge desk during the business hours of 8:30am – 5pm. During non-business hours, please enter and be screened through the Health Care entrance, entrance D. Push the Red Assist button for assistance.
Masks are to be worn by visitors at all times when in common areas.

We will no longer require you to call ahead to schedule visits.
Visits may occur in a resident’s apartment/room. For those in in a shared room, visitors must maintain social distance from their loved one’s neighbor, wear a mask and close the curtain that divides the space.

IF a resident is unvaccinated, their roommate who is vaccinated may not have visitors in their shared space while both residents are present. Visits in this scenario may be arranged in another setting within the community.

We will no longer accompany you to your visit location, unless you need assistance finding an apartment/room. When you enter, please go straight to the apartment/room of the person you are visiting, and then exit the building immediately after your visit. It is important we limit unnecessary traffic within the community that could contribute to the spread of COVID-19.

There is not a limit to how many people can visit, length of time, or frequency.

Visitors must maintain social distancing with other residents and staff at all times.

During times of outbreak in the community, you will be notified as you have been, however, this will not impact visitation.

We will continue to adhere to our core principles of infection prevention as we work together to ensure residents receive visits per their choice at any given time.

This Pandemic has been a challenge from the very beginning. It has affected every aspect of our lives. We are incredibly excited to have visitors back in the community more frequently.

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know. If you would like to stay up to date with our emails and are currently not receiving them, please email the address below and you will be added to the contact list.

We know that you may have questions and we encourage you to contact our community. Please call us at 913-730-3700 email us at Dan.chik@clv-op.com.

Sincerely,
Dan Chik
Executive Director

Why Moving to Senior Living During the Winter Is a Great Idea

Winter is one of the most challenging times of year for everyone. While it’s a great opportunity to travel and see family for the holidays, the changes in weather create unsafe conditions for everyone. Seniors suffer the most in the winter because of the cold and isolation.

Pivotal Health Care’s senior living communities directly meet these concerns with a full staff of trained caregivers. If you have been going back and forth on moving into senior living, you will regret not doing it sooner by the time winter rolls around. Given the colder temperatures and hazardous conditions, a senior living community can help you stay warm, safe, and provide companionship.

Reason #1: Staying Warm is Essential

Our bodies are fantastic at managing internal temperature and finding ways to keep us warm. We sweat in the summers to lower our body temperature. We shiver in the cold to raise our body temperature.

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Nonetheless, if your body needs to constantly regulate temperature due to external conditions, you are overexerting your body. After a few weeks, your body will be tired and vulnerable to sickness and disease. 

In a senior living community, you are surrounded by friends and caregivers who will make sure your room and home are warm and that all your heating needs are met.

Reason #2: Staying Safe in Hazardous Weather

During the winter, we get rain, snow, hail, and ice. It can be incredibly dangerous to venture out into the elements on your own. Driving becomes much tougher when there is black ice or freezing rain.

If you are living on your own or with your partner in the winter months, you have an increased chance of injury or death. Even though Kansas and Missouri don’t get the most snow in the country, we receive enough to warrant regular shoveling. When older adults shovel snow on their own, they increase the risk of injury

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Reason #3: Senior Living Provides Companionship

The winter months are synonymous with holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and Valentine’s Day. Families love to gather together for any and all holidays. Unfortunately, while we might gather together for a day or two on the occasion, many seniors are left home alone outside of holiday trips.

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When you combine shorter days with loneliness, it’s no surprise that seniors struggle with depression. In a senior living community, your loved one can enjoy the holidays with family without worrying about what happens when everyone leaves. Once their family leaves, they still have their friends in the community and caregivers who are there to meet their needs and share stories. Senior living provides the necessary companionship for a healthy aging process.

Conclusion

The winter months bring great beauty and festivities, but they also leave seniors in precarious positions. If you move into a senior living community in the winter, you are guaranteed to be warm, safe, and have companionship. 

At Pivotal Health Care, we want to help you live your best life. With our senior living communities, you can experience and enjoy your senior years as much as possible. Contact us today to set up a free visit and meeting.