April 10, 2020
Dear Residents and Families,
I hope this weekly update letter finds you well! My apologies that it is a day late – it seems time has both sped up and completely stopped. Are you experiencing the same? We have very few updates this week, which I count as a good thing. We are in a holding pattern for now!
We continue to have no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 here at The Academy. I attribute this to the hard work of following all of our protocols – by family, residents, and staff alike. So a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you. I do realize the stress that this places on everyone, and your diligence and vigilance does not go unnoticed.
Colorado continues to have a “Shelter in Place” order that is now extended through April 26th. This may change to a later date, depending on how things are looking locally and nationally in the coming weeks. Colorado is expected to have its “surge” next week – when the highest number of cases and strain on hospital systems occurs. That said, now is the time to remain vigilant. We know that Spring is coming out your windows, and you are missing each other terribly. We remain dedicated to the task at hand – to follow the state mandates and best practice guidelines, and to keep COVID-19 from our community as best we can.
Cindy Parker shared an article with me earlier this week, that I thought some of you may find beneficial, Ways Older Adults Can Cope with Stress of Coronavirus. It is just as important to stay on top of your mental health as it is your physical health during such stressful times as these. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any concerns.
That is all for now from your friendly COVID-19 nurse.
Isa Down, RN, BSN
Health Services Director