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In this video, Shanna Eckberg, COO at Franklin Park’s parent company ABHM, and Matt Reiners, Co-Founder of Eversound, (a company that creates listening technology for better engagement) discuss changes in senior living during the pandemic and those made at ABHM communities like Franklin Park.

Ms. Eckberg describes how ABHM adapted new methods of engaging residents and delivering services while maintaining a healthy and safe environment for residents. One key factor in the success of ABHM is the staff. Eckberg states, “The professionalism and dedication of the staff has never wavered. During these difficult times they always put our residents first and we want to recognize those efforts.”

Reiners and Eckberg also discuss the use of technology during the pandemic. Ms. Eckberg explained, “ABHM Communities encouraged residents and families to use technology and social media to stay connected. Maintaining relationships during these difficult times is vital to their wellbeing.”

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Residents, Staff and Families,

There have been a lot of questions, comments and concerns from residents, families, employees, and those in our communities about the COVID-19 Vaccine. This vaccine is important in saving lives and reducing the transmissions of the virus.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is actively reviewing the COVID-19 vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization in the United States.  ABHM operates in six states and those states have told the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) they want nursing home/assisted living providers to be a priority.

ABHM’s mission is to create caring Christian communities that empower older adults, families, and people with disabilities and receiving this vaccine for our residents, members, and staff is a priority.  We, as an organization, support the federal vaccine effort for COVID-19.

It is important residents, members, staff, and families know that ABHM has registered, on behalf of all of our nursing homes, assisted living communities, and homes for the developmentally disabled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine that the federal government will be disbursing in the near future. Please note, this does include all of our employees working at all of our locations across ABHM.

Distribution of the vaccine has yet to be determined.

Individual states will decide how to roll this large initiative in the healthcare sector

We will use our ABHM website, each community’s website, Facebook pages, and other methods to communicate changes and updates as they occur.

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

It is our duty to stay focused on our residents, members, staff and loved ones during this time of uncertainty. All of us have been impacted by the pandemic but we will continue to persevere. We urge you to join us in getting the COVID-19 vaccine, influenza vaccine, wear masks, avoid large gatherings, and stay six feet apart-especially through the holidays.

Thank you for your understanding, kindness, and prayers for those we serve.

There will be more information related to the vaccine as it is released by the government.

Stay Safe!

Jeff Hongslo
ABHM President/CEO

 

 

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Update 6/2/21

Dear Residents, Families and Friends of Franklin Park,

The Community at Franklin Park would like to invite residents and resident family members to our upcoming COVID Vaccination Clinic to be held June 16, 2021 at 10:00am.  The Health Center at Franklin Park has been authorized to administer the Janssen COVID Vaccination to any resident and family member who would like to receive it.  This vaccine will be provided at no cost. The federal government is providing the vaccine free of charge to all people living in the United States, regardless of their immigration or health insurance status.

The Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a single dose.  The FDA has authorized the use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older.

You should not get the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine if you had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of this vaccine or had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of this vaccine.

More information regarding this vaccination can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/JJUpdate.html

In order to accommodate anyone who would like to participate in our vaccination clinic, we will need you to complete and submit a 2-page consent form to our Infection Prevention Nurse, James (Jay) Guillot.  Jay can be contacted at Jguillot@abhomes.org, 303.479.3710.

In accordance with the directives we have been given we must have a minimum of 10 people identified with consent forms completed before we can set a date for the vaccination clinic.  Once we have 10 people identified, Franklin Park will be issued the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for administration.

We encourage everyone who has a loved one residing at our home to participate in this no cost opportunity.  This vaccine will help protect you, your family, and your loved one at Franklin Park.

 

Sincerely,

Aaron Termain

Nursing Home Administrator
Health Center at Franklin Park

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ABHM Covid-19 Vaccine Information Video

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ABHM is very excited about the COVID-19 vaccine coming to our communities.

Each community will receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as each state sets up their own vaccination process.

Although ABHM is not requiring staff to get vaccinated, we strongly encourage all employees to get the vaccination. Not only to safeguard your own health but to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

We realize some individuals may be apprehensive about getting the vaccination and have questions on how the vaccine works as well as side effects. Here is a link to a video message from Dr. Sing Palat, MD addressing some of the concerns regarding the vaccine.  https://vimeo.com/493717413

Sing Palat, MD, is an internist and geriatrician of 14 years and is a certified medical director.  As an associate of LTC Rehab Consultants, she provides care in nursing facilities and currently collaborates with Mountain Vista medical director Dr. Reza Esfahani on the COVID-19 response.   Dr. Palat is on the Board of CMDA The Colorado Society of Post-acute and Long-term Care.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to email us at COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


Update 2-5-21

It is an exciting and uncertain time now that many of us have received our first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. There are many questions regarding what this means for American Baptist Homes of the Midwest’s (ABHM’s) residents, families, and staff. With the vaccination rolling out to our residents and staff, we are entering a promising new phase in ending this pandemic.

How COVID-19 response will change after vaccination:

Vaccines are powerful tools in the fight against COVID-19. We hope to see enough people vaccinated to greatly reduce the COVID-19 disease. Until that happens, everyone who has received one or both vaccine doses must continue to carry out the same preventive measures in the community as they did before vaccination. We will continue to encourage mask wearing, social distancing, cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, stay away from others when not feeling well and ALWAYS wash your hands.

Why infection control measures cannot change as soon as people are vaccinated:

Before the CDC or health department’s recommendations can change, we need to learn more about the protection COVID-19 vaccines provide after a full vaccine series is completed. We do not know if, or the rate at which, people may still get infected after they are vaccinated, or if they can spread the virus without feeling sick or having symptoms. Because not all members of the community have had COVID-19 or been vaccinated, many residents and health care workers may still be at risk for infection. Until we know that vaccinated health care workers and residents cannot spread the virus to others, the following measures should be followed.

Do I still isolate or quarantine?

At this point, isolation and quarantine recommendations for health care workers and residents have not changed, even if the person has received one or two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. This includes quarantine for health care workers and residents after an exposure, and residents after admission to the facility.

Do I have to wear a face mask?

Until more data is collected and the CDC updates its guidance, all health care workers and residents must continue to take the same preventive measures they did prior to vaccination (i.e., wearing a mask in the community, social distancing, hand hygiene). These measures are intended to protect others as well as yourself. ABHM Staff must continue to follow current state and federal guidelines for use of personal protective equipment when working.

If I had my vaccine do I still need to test?

Testing will continue as currently recommended by state or federal guidelines, regardless of vaccination status for individual residents or health care workers.

➢Test all residents and health care workers with symptoms.

➢Continue routine testing of health care workers at the frequency dictated by the percentage of people in the county who test positive for the virus among those who have been tested overall (positivity rate).

➢Perform outbreak testing when a new COVID-19 infection is found in a resident or health care worker to help stop the spread.

Will I still be screened for COVID-19?

Screening residents, health care workers, and visitors for signs and symptoms of illness will continue after vaccination. There have been no changes to recommendations for screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in health care facilities.

Will visitation still be restricted or limited?

Visitation with friends and family is very important. We are hopeful that the local, state and federal health departments, as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decrease the restriction and change the guidance around visitation.

Remember to encourage everyone to get vaccinated!

Please feel free to contact the administrator and/or ABHM at COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

Update 12-18-20:

We are preparing for the COVID-19 vaccination and details are rapidly developing. Please see Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) flyer for more information about the vaccine. Our campus is registered for the vaccine, which includes the nursing home residents and staff.

Colorado will start to get the vaccine the week of December 14th, 2020.

Phase 1 has 2 parts A & B:

1a. High risk health care workers and individuals:
– People who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for periods of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period.
– Long-term care facility residents and staff

1b. Moderate Risk healthcare workers and responders:
– Healthcare workers with less direct contact with COVID-19 patients
– Home health/hospice workers and dental settings
– EMS, first responders, police, correctional officers, funeral services, other first responders, and other COVID-19 personnel

Walgreens will be our provider of the COVID-19 Vaccine for residents and staff and will provide an on-site clinic once the vaccine is made available.

Health Center at Franklin Park dates of vaccine administration are:

• December 29, 2020 (9:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.)
• January 19, 2021 (9:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.)
• February 9, 2021 (9:30a.m. – 2:30p.m.)

ABHM has set up a designated email address to best respond to any questions, comments, or concerns specifically related to the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19Vaccine@abhomes.org

 


 

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Is the vaccine safe?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)] review vaccine safety data. For COVID-19, ACIP has formed a separate Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) to provide timely evaluation of vaccine safety, both pre- and post-licensure.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is adding further monitoring programs to health care workers to analyze results six weeks after vaccination. Long-term Care is required to report all vaccinations through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). Most adverse side effects occur within six weeks of vaccine administration, and the FDA has required eight weeks of safety monitoring so it can track any side effects. FDA advises a minimum of 3,000 participants to assess safety. The current phase 3 trials have 30,000 to 50,000 participants. This really demonstrates how safety is a top priority for the FDA and the medical community.

Is ABHM requiring employees and their residents to take the vaccine?

Staff and residents are not required to take the vaccine.

Will personal protective equipment (PPE) guidelines be relaxed if the staff, residents and members are vaccinated?

Until ABHM knows the effectiveness of the vaccine, PPE guidelines will not be relaxed.

Is the vaccine one dose or a series?

The two initial vaccines projected for release are two-dose series vaccines and are not interchangeable. It’s important you schedule your second dose while getting your first dose because your booster must be from the same manufacturer.

Why can’t I have the vaccine now when others are receiving it?

At this time, there is not enough vaccine for everyone requesting it. Our state health departments are working with Walgreens or CVS to distribute the vaccine to those most at risk, including those living in long-term care facilities. The best way to prevent COVID-19 is by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and washing your hands frequently.

If I already contracted COVID-19, do I need a vaccination?

ABHM is recommending all residents and employees get the COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of whether they have recovered from a previous COVID-19 infection. According to the CDC, there is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again. This is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed for a better understanding.

Does insurance cover the vaccine?

Private health insurance companies, as well as government insurance programs like Medicare, will cover the vaccination cost. You will need to have your insurance information when getting your vaccine.

 


 

COVID-19 Vaccine: Is It for You?

Travis LaCore, PharmD, BCGP, NREMT, FF2. ABHM Subject Matter Expert of Pharmacy

A COVID-19 vaccine has the potential to bring the pandemic to an end at a greater speed than any other intervention available. Vaccination will provide protection to an individual and reduce the chances of spreading as more people get the vaccine.

Despite the potential benefit of the COVID-19 vaccine to drastically reducing the spread of infection, there remains a high level of apprehension among the public regarding the safety of the vaccine. Although the development of a COVID-19 vaccine has been rapid, the research and development on a coronavirus vaccine is not new, nor are the methods used to produce the vaccine. The vaccine approval process also remains fundamentally unchanged and must include strong evidence of vaccine safety and effectiveness. Research and development of coronavirus vaccines date as far back to 2002 and 2012, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2002, and MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak of 2012. Researchers’ directed the development of the COVID-19 vaccine utilizing the prior research on these outbreaks. One type of vaccine being developed, the mRNA vaccine, is a type of vaccine that has not been used in the US vaccine market previously, however it has been researched for decades in other areas such as cancer treatments.

The Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-dose series, with an estimated effectiveness rate of 95% at 28 days after the initial dose. The most common adverse reactions reported were injection site reaction, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever, which are common reactions with any vaccine.

The next COVID-19 vaccine to be considered for an FDA EUA is the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which is scheduled to be reviewed by the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on December 17, 2020.

For questions and concerns about the vaccines, please contact your health care provider.

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Each year the Colorado Health Care Association’s Annual Spotlight on Excellence shines a light on the outstanding efforts and contributions of those in Long Term Care. On October 22nd, 2020 the CHCA honored those that make a difference in our communities and the lives of our most vulnerable.

Finalists are selected to be highlighted in 14 different categories, from hundreds of nominees. Those finalists are recognized during the Spotlight on Excellence presentation.

This year we are very pleased to announce that our Director of Maintenance, Manuel Perez has been recognized as a Colorado Healthcare Association Spotlight on Excellence Winner!

This is a tremendous honor and we are proud of Manuel, the work he does, and the recognition and award he has received.

Manuel was nominated for this award because of his leadership, attitude and willingness to support people in all departments within the Community. Under his direction his Maintenance Department has an impeccable record for fulfilling resident’s requests, great customer services and making sure Franklin Park residents and staff have a building they are proud to call home.

Always smiling or sharing a laugh with others, it is easy to see why many residents and staff enjoy his company and rely on him to get the job done. Through his leadership and “Can do” attitude Manuel sets a good example and motivates others be to be their best.

Franklin Park residents and staff are fortunate to have Manuel on the team, he is a valuable coworker and leader that residents and staff can count on to help and to do the right thing.

 

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Update 8-31-21:

President Joe Biden announced on August 18th that he is directing all nursing homes/health centers to require their staff be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding.

All ABHM communities receive federal funding in some capacity and therefore will be following this directive.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is currently drawing up new regulations related to COVID-19 vaccinations. Specific information on how these new regulations will be implemented and the timing will be published in September.

The safety of our residents and staff is our top priority and we feel strongly that getting vaccinated will help end this pandemic.

Once the regulations are released we will have more specific information regarding the implementation and how it affects all of us. Until that time, we will closely monitor any communication from the federal government and respond accordingly.

Sincerely,

Jeff Hongslo
ABHM President and CEO

 

 

Please click here for prior Community at Franklin Park Covid-19 updates.

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Update 3-31-21:

At The Community at Franklin Park we look forward to the positive changes taking place as we begin to re-open our community. As always our goal is to provide the best possible care in an environment that is safe for residents, families, friends and staff.

As changes take place, please be aware we must continue to follow many existing COVID-19 related protocols and guidelines set by Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), along with State and local departments of health.

Our approach:

Vaccination

ABHM and The Community at Franklin Park encourages all residents and staff to get vaccinated and help end the spread of COVID-19. To administer the vaccinations we worked closely with local pharmacies to host convenient onsite vaccination clinics that enabled residents and staff to easily receive a vaccination. As new residents and staff join our community, we will coordinate with local health departments, and our pharmacies to provide them with the opportunity to get a vaccination.

 COVID Testing

Following guidance from the CDC and State Health Officials we routinely test our staff members and residents.

 Community Visitation

The options for visitation are rapidly changing and determined by CMS, State and local health departments. These options vary from county to county and state to state. Visitors are asked to follow visitation guidelines when planning their visit.

Our goal is to reunite families and residents. To do so, we offer a number of options for visitors that include:

  • Indoor visits
  • Outdoor visits
  • Essential and Compassionate caregiver
  • Virtual visitation

Please contact The Community at Franklin Park for specific visitation information.

Core Principles of COVID-19 Infection Prevention

We are adhering to the CDC Core Principles listed below: 

  • Screening – We will continue to screenall who enter our community for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., temperature checks, questions about and observations of signs or symptoms). We will deny entry to those with signs or symptoms or those who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 infection in the prior 14 days, regardless of the visitor’s vaccination status.
  • Hand hygiene – We require everyone touse alcohol-based hand rub to clean hands before and after visitation.
  • Face covering or mask – We requirea close fitting face mask covering mouth and nose.
  • Social distancing – Keep a distance of at least six feet between persons while visiting the campus.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting –Regularlysanitize frequently touched surfaces, high traffic areas and designated visitation areas after each visit.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – All individuals must useappropriate PPE.
  • Effective resident segregation – Residents will remain in designated areas e.g., separate areas dedicated to COVID-19 care.
  • Resident and staff testing – We will conduct testing as required by the CDC.

Clean Environment

For the benefit of everyone we continue to keep our community sanitized by maintaining deep cleaning protocols recommended by the CDC. As an extra precaution we routinely clean all high-traffic areas throughout the community. This includes an increased use of cleaning equipment and greater number of handwashing stations and hand sanitizer dispensers placed throughout the community.

Moving to The Community at Franklin Park

New residents at all levels of care are welcome to move in at their convenience. To help new residents during the move-in process and reduce the number of people in the community, The Community at Franklin Park will provide staff members to move you into your new home. Call for more details.

 

LINKS TO TRUSTED RESOURCES FOR OFFICIAL UPDATES:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

State Department of Health Resources:
Colorado Department of Health

 

Sincerely,

Aaron M. Termain,
Administrator, Health Center at Franklin Park

 

 

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Update 2-22-21:

The positivity rates continue to drop in Denver County which has allowed us to open up for limited visitation starting February 24, 2021. The Health Center at Franklin Park remains free of COVID-19, and I want to thank everyone for their continued support and helping us maintain the health and well-being of residents and staff.

With that said, I respectfully ask everyone to continue their support of our screening and surveillance program and that everyone continue to strictly adhere to our personal protection equipment requirements.

Indoor & Outdoor Visitation Schedule:

If you choose to make a visit please note we continue to follow CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and staff. Visits must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.

To make your visit appointment please contact Annie Lozano, Recreation Director, at 303-479-3699. Annie and her team will be in touch with you by phone within 24 hours; Email at alozano@abhomes.org 

 

Guidelines for visits:

Limit 2 visitors per resident at one time.  Arrive at scheduled and on time.
– Visitors must be minimum 18 years old
– Undergo screening questions & temperature check with staff
– Visitor must exhibit no signs or symptoms of COVID 19 prior to entering
– Visits must occur in designated visit area. Can be outdoors if 50 degrees or greater.
– Maintain social distancing; no physical contact with residents
– Visitors must wear a mask at all times while in facility
– At this time visits will be limited to 30 minutes

 You and your family will be given privacy though visits may be monitored from a distance to ensure guidelines are followed. If guidelines are not adhered to, the visitor will be asked to leave.

We will update our website with new information as needed.  For specific COVID related information and updates, we will be contacting residents and resident representative directly. If your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19, you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols, please feel to contact the Community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Community Updates:

For all future Community updates, please continue to check our website. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Aaron Termain at 303-832-9323, atermain@abhomes.org.

Aaron M. Termain,
Administrator, Health Center at Franklin Park

 

 

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Update 11-19-20:

At Health Center Franklin Park, our top priority is the health and safety of our residents and employees. Unfortunately, as a result of the increasing infection rate in Denver County, as well as surrounding counties, we are temporarily suspending community visitation until the rate of infection begins to subside.

However, we will continue to honor compassionate care visits. A compassionate care visit requires advanced scheduling and/or may be permitted on the basis of a residents’ state of health.

We realize this is a difficult time to pause visitation and appreciate your patience and understanding.

You can find infection rate and other COVID related information at: https://covid19.colorado.gov/data/covid-19-dial/covid-19-dial-dashboard

If you have any questions please feel free to contact 303-832-9323

 

Sincerely,

Carrie Escalante
The Community at Franklin Park Administrator

 

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Update 10-30-20:

As the holidays approach The Health Center at Franklin Park residents remain free of COVID-19. We want to thank everyone for their continued support and helping us maintain the health and well-being of residents and staff.

Stay in Touch

With the colder weather coming we encourage you to stay connected with your loved ones through Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skype and of course phone calls and window visits. If you have questions about how to use these contact methods please call the community and a staff member will be happy to help you.

Outdoor Visitation Schedule

If you choose to make an in-person visit please note we continue to follow CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and staff.

Community visits must be schedule ahead of time.

To make your outdoor visits appointment please contact Annie Lozano, Recreation Director at 303-479-3699 or Jessica Farina at 303-479-3679. Or email at alozano@abhomes.org  Jfarina@abhomes.org

Upon your arrival you will be required to answers a series of health related questions. During the visit all participants must follow the CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and proper hand hygiene.

CDC guidelines that remain in place include:

– Maintaining social distancing
– Enhanced infection control protocols
– Screening staff health 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 your loved one exhibits signs of COVID-19 you will be contacted as soon as possible to answer any questions you may have.

Communication Schedule

We will update our website with new information as needed. For specific COVID related information and updates we will be contacting residents and resident representative directly. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

Carrie Escalante

Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

 

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Update 9-23-20:

Franklin Park is pleased to say residents remain free of COVID-19. In our on-going effort to maintain the health and safety of residents we continue to follow all procedures recommended by the CDC and the Colorado Department of Health.

Outdoor Visitation Schedule

When you visit the community please be aware there are a number of guidelines we must follow to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and staff.

To set up an appointment for an outdoor visits please contact Annie Lozano, Recreation Director at 303-479-3699 or Jessica Farina at 303-479-3679. Or email at alozano@abhomes.org  Jfarina@abhomes.org

 Community visits must be schedule ahead of time.

When you arrive for your schedule visitation appointment you will be required to answers a series of questions. During the visit all participants must follow the CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene.

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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.)

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

Staying in Touch
We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect loved ones by means of Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skypeand of course phone calls.

Communication Schedule
Moving forward we will post updates to the website monthly or as needed. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel free to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions

Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

Carrie Escalante

Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

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Update 9-1-20:

Franklin Park is pleased to say the Community remains COVID free. Our outdoor visitation process is in full swing and families and residents are taking advantage of it during the warm summer days. If you visit the community please be aware there are a number of guidelines we must follow to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors and staff.

Outdoor Visitation Schedule

To set up an appointment for an outdoor visits please contact Annie Lozano, Recreation Director at 303-479-3699 or Jessica Farina at 303-479-3679. Or email at alozano@abhomes.org  Jfarina@abhomes.org

Community visits must be schedule ahead of time.

When you arrive for your schedule visitation appointment you will be required to answers a series of questions. During the visit all participants must follow the CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene.

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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.)

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

Staying in Touch

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect loved ones by means of Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skypeand of course phone calls.

Communication Schedule

We will be providing a COVID update on our website approximately every three week. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel free to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions

Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

Carrie Escalante

Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

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Update 7-30-20:

Through the coordinated efforts of many people and organizations the residents at The Health Center at Franklin Park are free from COVID-19.

 Communication Schedule

Moving forward we are changing our COVID website updates to every three weeks. If you have any questions about the ongoing COVID protocols please feel free to contact the community and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Outdoor Visitation Schedule

We are scheduling outdoor visits for resident’s family and friends. To set up an appointment for an outdoor visits please contact Annie Lozano, Recreation Director at 303-479-3699 or Jessica Farina at 303-479-3679. Or email at alozano@abhomes.org  Jfarina@abhomes.org

Community visits must be schedule ahead of time.

When you arrive for your schedule visitation appointment you will be required to answers a series of questions. During the visit all participants must follow the CDC guidelines, such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene.

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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.)

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

Staying in Touch

We encourage you to let us know what we can do to ensure you are able to connect loved ones by means of Zoom, Facebook video chat, Skypeand of course phone calls.

 Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Carrie Escalante

Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

 

 

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Update 6-25-20:

Franklin Park wants to thank everyone for your overwhelming support during this difficult time. We have received countless notes and phone calls of encouragement which kept us coming to work each and every day. Words cannot express how your support has made a difficult time better with the many donations of supplies, food and of course financial support. We areso fortunate to have an amazing group of residents and family members.

We are happy to say that our efforts are working and the residents and staff at Franklin Park are free from COVID-19. To ensure the continued safety and well-being all concerned we will continue to follow the CDC recommendations regarding Personal Protective Equipment, sanitation procedures and visitation restrictions.

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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 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, Skypeand of course phone calls.

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

Resident COVID-19 Information

Franklin Park is free from COVID -19 cases. To date we have had twenty three residents have tested positive at Health Center at Franklin Park.

Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website weekly. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Carrie Escalante
Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

 

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Update 6-18-20:

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 have been effective and we are pleased to report we do not have any COVID-19 cases in the Community. This is very good news for residents and families and we hope to see an easing of restrictions in the future.

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.

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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 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, Skypeand of course phone calls.

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

Resident COVID-19 Information

To this point in time we have had twenty three residents have tested positive at Health Center at Franklin Park.

 Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website weekly. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Carrie Escalante

Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

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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, Skypeand of course phone calls.

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.

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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.)

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

Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring two COVID-19 positive residents. To date, twenty three residents have tested positive at Health Center at Franklin Park. This includes the two residents currently being monitored. The residents that have tested positive are in isolation and will remain separate from the main resident population until they recover.

Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website weekly. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Carrie Escalante

Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

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Update 6-2-20:

With the first part of June arriving we see communities around the country ease COVID restrictions. As a health care center we understand our path will continue to be a balance between the safety of isolation and the unfortunate stress isolation can cause residents and families.

To make sure residents and families have an opportunity to connect with one another we want to remind you that we have several communication avenues available to you, 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.

Moving forward we will continue to work with state and federal agencies to shape our plans and ensure the wellbeing of our residents and staff.

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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.)

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

Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring eight COVID-19 positive residents. To date, twenty three residents have tested positive at Health Center at Franklin Park. This includes the eight residents currently being monitored. The residents that have tested positive are in isolation and will remain separate from the main resident population until they recover.

Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website weekly. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Carrie Escalante

Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

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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 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 gifts of puzzles, crossword, word search or adult coloring books and flowers. We are so grateful to families and friends of Franklin Park for their generosity in supporting our residents!

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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.)

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

Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring one COVID-19 positive resident. To date, sixteen residents have tested positive at Health Center at Franklin Park. This includes the one resident currently being monitored. The resident that has tested positive is in isolation and will remain separate from the main resident population until they recover.

Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue to check our website weekly. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding

Carrie Escalante
Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

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Update 5-19-20:

Over the past week Government Officials have taken initial steps to re-open business and establishments throughout the State of Colorado. Like you, Franklin Park 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.

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

CDC guidelines that remain in place 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.)

Resident COVID-19 Information

We are currently monitoring one COVID-19 positive residents. To date, fifteen residents have tested positive at Health Center at Franklin Park. This includes the one resident currently being monitored. The resident that has tested positive is in isolation and will remain separate from the main resident population until they recover.

Community Updates
For all future Community updates please continue check our visit website weekly. If you do not have access to the website please contact me, Carrie Escalante at 303-832-9323 to make other arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Carrie Escalante
Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

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Update 5-5-20:

The Health Center at Franklin Park continues to follow 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 of the virus.

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 residents and 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.

Please visit our website for future updates.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Carrie Escalante
Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

 

 

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Update 4-28-20:

At The Community at Franklin Park we continue to follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Colorado State Health Officials to keep residents and staff healthy, safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The recommendations 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
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

At present The Community at Franklin Park is treating residents that tested positive for COVID-19. The health and safety of residents and staff is our primary concerns and our clinical teams are following all protocols to keep residents safe and healthy.

We will keep the lines of communication open and want you to feel free to contact the Community if you have any questions. Please continue to check our website for the latest updates.

Thank you for your supporting The Community at Franklin Park.

Carrie Escalante
Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

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Update 4-21-20:

 At The Community at Franklin Park 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
– Engaging residents in individualized activities to meet their social needs
– Dedicating staff to serve those who may be at higher risk
– Expanding use of Personal Protection Equipment (masks, face shield, gowns etc.)

The Community at Franklin Park is currently treating residents that tested positive for COVID-19. Be assured, we are following the recommended guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and staff.

We recognize 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.

Carrie Escalante
Administrator
The Community at Franklin Park

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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 15, 2020

Dear ABHM Residents and Families:

Although there is no presence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, Health Center at Franklin Park (HCFP) 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), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and in an effort to keep people safe, healthy and prevent the spread of all communicable illnesses, HCFP 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.

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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