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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