Dear Village at Belmar Community,
As the winter season progresses, the Covid-19 situation in Colorado has improved. The incidence of Covid has decreased and the majority of our residents are fully vaccinated which is something to celebrate. This has made indoor visitation possible for our residents and their families.
There is a temptation to let down our guard and return to life as it was before Covid. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is urging all residents and staff in assisted living to “stay the course”.
The purpose of this letter is to inform everyone that guidance has not changed. Residents and staff must continue to use face masks and social distancing and follow the visitation guidelines to prevent spread of Covid. Because the vaccines are not 100% effective, there have been three to four breakthrough cases of Covid per day in the state of Colorado. Breakthrough cases are cases of Covid in individuals who are fully vaccinated. Long term care facilities continue to have outbreaks and new variants of Covid are being identified regularly. For these reasons, we must continue to be vigilant and follow guidance.
The Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued guidance that residents may have visits in their apartments and have physical contact with their loved ones which may be confusing to some as this is strictly for nursing home settings who are federally funded. Because we are licensed by the state of Colorado, we must follow the guidance issued by CDPHE which has not changed. CDPHE is considering this new guidance from CMS and will let us know if they make similar changes in the future. We, in turn, will notify you immediately of any changes.
Thank you for your continued vigilance in keeping yourself, your loved ones, and our associates safe during this challenging time. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
If you have any further questions, please reach out to Village at Belmar’s Executive Director, Rebecca Norris, at (303) 351-5455.
Tom & Susie Finley – Founder & Principal