Our Commitment to our Community
Here at St. Anthony’s and Guest Services Senior Living, we are committed to providing our residents with the highest caliber of care and safety. As we work through this unprecedented situation, we are taking precautionary measures to keep our residents, staff, and families safe. We are following the recommendations and guidelines set forth by the state of Missouri, as well as the CDC. At this time we are limiting access to our community for all visitors and non-essential 3rd party providers. Essential healthcare providers will still be permitted into the community as a means to continue necessary supporting services for our wonderful residents. We have done this to minimize any potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus). We are also practicing social distancing and providing social support in smaller groups while keeping our residents separated by an appropriate distance. We are taking steps to monitor both residents and staff for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. We are pleased to announce that at this time, we have no known or suspected cases within the community. Any staff that shows an indication of fever, respiratory symptoms, etc., will be asked to stay home and refrain from work. We have ample supply of both personal protective equipment for our staff, and food for our residents. We are in regular communication with our food providers to help ensure that there is no disruption of deliveries. As we move forward, we will continue to work with local and state officials, in coordination with the CDC, to stay informed and ahead of the situation.
We would also like to offer the most sincere appreciation for our incredible staff for everything that they’re doing to keep our residents safe and healthy. We can never thank our healthcare workers enough, especially in times like this.
Thank you for standing with us as we do whatever is needed to care for our amazing residents.
Town Hall webinar for Families on the COVID-19 Virus
We hope you were able to join us for the Family Town Hall Webinar on April 30th. You will hear from Christian Living Communities and Cappella Living Solutions organizational leaders on what steps are being taken to combat the virus in the communities, you may watch the Webinar here.
St. Anthony’s Continues to Follow Jackson County Stay-at-Home Order
As many cities and states are beginning to relax stay at home restrictions, your health and safety remain our number one priority. While some services in our city and state are starting to re-open, St. Anthony’s continues to adhere to the Jackson County Stay-at-Home Order that has been extended to May 15, 2020. This order means, residents of St. Anthony’s will not be allowed to leave the community except for essential medical visits.
We continue to ask residents to wear a cloth mask when exiting their apartment homes and while in community spaces. St. Anthony’s will continue maintaining restricted visitor access. Additionally, all deliveries must go through proper procedures handled by the Concierge Desk.
Team Members and care essential visitors will be screened before entering the community and continue the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) as per recommended guidelines from the CDC. We are diligently maintaining daily virus-mitigation cleanings and careful assessment for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
These precautions help protect the health of both residents and team members. We are all in this together and are grateful and appreciate your continued support during this period.
We will keep you informed of any updates and changes. Thank you for your patience and diligence.
Recording of Town Hall webinar for Families Now Available
We hope you were able to join us for the Family Town Hall Webinar on April 16th. Due to very high attendance, some participants were unable to join or lost the connection. You will find the complete recording of the webinar here. Additionally, there will be a new Town Hall Webinar on April 30th at 5PM CT. You can register for that webinar with this link.
CLC-Cappella Communities Family Member Town Hall
CLC-Cappella invites you to watch the recent combined family member town hall where leadership shared the latest developments on combating the COVID-19 virus in all 24 of our supported communities. Our focus remains on the safety and well-being of everyone who lives and works in each community.
Watch the Town Hall here: https://vimeo.com/403684260/3d6333c45d
You may direct any further questions to [email protected]. Thank you for your support during this crisis. Together, we can get through this.
Mayor of Kansas City, MO issues Stay-at-Home (Shelter-in-Place) Order
The Mayor of Kansas City, MO has issued a stay-at-home order also known as a shelter-in-place order effective 12:00 am Monday March 23rd. The order means at that time, residents of St. Anthony’s will not be allowed to leave the community except for essential medical visits.
All previous virus mitigation restrictions continue to remain in place regarding dining, limited life enrichment, and only essential care visitors. Only essential businesses continue to operate. Senior living providers are deemed as essential businesses. All community employees are considered to be essential workers and will continue to report to work as scheduled, providing they are well.
All St. Anthony’s employees and care essential visitors will continue to be screened, and temperatures checked before entering the community. We maintain daily virus-mitigation cleanings and careful assessment for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
At this time, we DO NOT have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community.
We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Please check back to this website and Facebook page for the latest updates and information.
As always, the health and safety of residents and team members are number one priority. Thank you for your support during this COVID-19 health crisis.
Webinar Town Hall Meeting to Discuss COVID-19
Cappella Living Solutions hope you were able to attend the recent Town Hall Discussion regarding the latest status situation for communities in Missouri. If you were unable to attend we have provided a recording; you will hear organizational leaders share what we are doing to prevent and prepare during this critical time. Please click the link to watch the video, you may also send any questions you have to [email protected]
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/399327838/7b9a86ac08
Finding Ways to Connect for Older Adults during Social Distancing Directives
They say challenging times bring out the best in people. Anyone who has tried to buy toilet paper recently may disagree with that statement. In a broader sense, however, we see evidence this is true. Neighbors are reaching out on the Nextdoor social media app offering to purchase groceries and run errands for older neighbors; teachers are providing non-perishable food to low-income students while schools are closed, and most importantly, the majority of Americans are following guidelines for social distancing. Nevertheless, social isolation can bring problems of its own. If you have a family member living in a nursing, assisted living or memory support community, you may be especially feeling that isolation. Fortunately, readily available technology can aid in alleviating some of the loneliness and anxiety about your loved one while helping to build community at the same time.
There are multiple free or very low-cost ways to connect with loved ones through technology. The most obvious and lowest-tech one is the phone. A daily phone call cannot only make your family member feel important, but it is a good way to check up on their mental wellbeing.
Older adults who live in a community can benefit from team members helping them connect via technology with family. If a resident is not comfortable using platforms like Skype or FaceTime to video chat with loved ones, Life Enrichment Coordinators can help them make the video calls. Additionally, Christian Living Communities utilizes the OneDay phone application. This is a video sharing app that enables team members to record short videos of residents’ life stories or daily activities and send them directly to family members. They can also share the video to social media when appropriate.
Social media is an excellent way to stay connected. Instagram and Facebook are great visual means for sending messages to isolated family members. In 2018, Facebook launched Watch Parties. A Watch Party is a way to connect and watch an event, program or video with other people and chat via the app. Recently, churches have used Watch Parties or YouTube Live to connect worshippers with compromised immune systems with their fellow congregants. There are also Facebook groups that focus on common interests, hobbies, and discussion topics. With a little set-up and help, older adults can participate and feel they are a part of a much larger community.
At Christian Living Community’s Holly Creek retirement community, the resident radio station volunteers have launched a radio call-in show for assisted living or nursing care residents confined to their apartments to speak directly with leadership. Starting Monday, the community’s Medical Director, Dr. Plunkett, will take questions on the spread of COVID-19. Throughout the coming weeks, other community department heads will each take a turn at the microphone.
We want to help older adults find purpose in this time of social distancing. We hope this restricted access to assisted living and memory support communities will be short, and family members and loved ones can get back to their normal engaging routines. In the meantime, there are benefits to short periods without distractions. If you want to help, consider sending fun greeting cards to your local senior living community. Have children draw pictures and send letters to residents; they may even get a response letter. Christian Living Communities is encouraging residents to start seedlings by providing pots and seeds to grow in their apartments and many similar creative outlets. Great creativity is a bi-product of such times!
Coronavirus and St.Anthony’s Senior Living
Ensuring residents and team members at St. Anthony’s Senior Living has always been our top priority! We understand the news of the spread of the coronavirus is disconcerting and we want to share some of the specific policies and procedures we have in place to protect residents in our Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Support communities. Under the direction of our clinical team, we have coronavirus specific policy and procedures in place, based on our very effective Norovirus protocol. We regularly provide training to St. Anthony team members and have as well as regularly scheduled briefings to update applicable personnel as new information is known. We are requiring all team and family members to remain home if they are symptomatic. We ask everyone to help us minimize the chances of the introduction of the virus to our community by avoiding contact with people who are sick, not touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, covering your cough and practicing good hand hygiene.
You can read more about our Coronavirus preparedness on the Christian Living Communities website.
If you have any questions, please contact us!
For additional information on COVID-19 from the CDC please click here.