Colorado’s recent health order restores in-person visits for assisted living

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. —Colorado’s new public health order follows a recent update from the Centers for Medicaid Service. This includes a guide of COVID principles, allowing indoor and in-person visitation at assisted living facilities.

Eagle Ridge has recently seen an increase in smiles among residents since welcoming back visitors. The staff finds a new milestone in the upgraded visitation guidelines for residential care.

“We’re finally starting to settle back in to a new normal of having families being inside our building, part of regular, everyday life,” Stephen Hook shares, “I think that’s something that’s been missing and the most impactful for our residents over this last year.”

Administrators of other facilities are excited to open their doors as well. Capella of Grand Junction created a space for visitors to see loved ones beyond the computer screen.

Since a majority of residents are already vaccinated at this point, administration can only see things going up from here.

“To get back to normal, even the smallest of steps are in the right direction,” Joni Karp expresses, “It’s just being able to sit across the table even with a plexiglass divider, being social distanced and still wearing a mask, it’s still a huge improvement. We’re getting back to normal; wed have to be safe and we have to be smart.”

Residential directors share that the use of indoor and outdoor space will increase with caution as warm weather approaches.

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