Tuesday March 17, 2020
During the seven decades The Commons has been serving senior adults and their families, our world, nation, state, county, city and our facility have experienced many different trials and challenges. The year 2020 has presented all of us a great challenge with the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The mission of The Commons is to enhance the quality of life of those we serve in the spirit of Christ by providing an environment where physical, emotional and spiritual needs are nurtured.
While the pandemic has presented new challenges, our mission continues to be the driving force behind all we do. Although there have currently been no cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County, with guidance from the CDC, The Commons has initiated the following precautions:
~No visitors are allowed in our healthcare and assisted living facility The only exception is for those in end of life situations.
~All staff and medical personnel are being screened every time they enter the facility
~All residents are remaining in their rooms
~All community activities and community dining has been suspended
As these new procedures have been put in place, our staff continues to focus on enhancing the quality of life of those we serve by nurturing the needs in these areas:
Physically: Our dining staff are preparing easy to consume meals according to each resident’s dietary needs; serving with disposable dinnerware; serving each resident personally room by room; providing multiple drink and snack options room by room.- in both our healthcare center and assisted living.
Our therapy department is meeting with and continues to assess each resident’s needs individually and develop plans to meet those needs.
Our nursing staff continues to meet each resident’s medical needs as well as monitor any signs of new illness.
Emotionally: Our activities staff is focused on innovative ways to engage residents individually with additional one on one conversations, visits and activities. We are strongly encouraging family phone calls, virtual visits, messages, letters and cards. We will be asking for the communities’ help including school age children in the days to come.
Spiritually: Our chaplain and many staff members are trained and focused on recognizing and addressing spiritual needs such as grief, purpose and loneliness. Prayer and spiritual services are available to all residents as well as staff.
We have established a direct line at (580) 237-7273 that anyone may call 24 hours a day for the latest updates. We ask for your continued prayers as we have the honor of serving senior adults during these unprecedented days.
We also ask that you check on your senior adult neighbors and loved ones. Please join us in doing all we can in protecting the most vulnerable people in our community.