Many of you may be watching the news and seeing all the reports regarding senior facility outbreaks and the focus on their Infection Prevention Policies. This article was on Channel 9 news on May 4: https://www.9news.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/colorado-nursing-home-citations-inspections/73-44c1f35a-e77b-44eb-97d6-e728a7df195a
As the number of facilities with outbreaks of the COVID-19 continue to rise, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has begun auditing all facilities for Infection Prevention and Control in an effort to correct any deficiencies BEFORE an outbreak occurs.
CDPHE came to Kavod Assisted Living on Tuesday, May 5 for an unannounced audit of our Infection Prevention policies and our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They observed our Care Partners performing multiple tasks, including medication administration, housekeeping, and meal delivery. They monitored the PPE process to ensure staff were wearing it correctly and being safe when going in and out of resident apartments.
They asked numerous questions – everything from whether staff were provided with the right PPE, or if they felt safe at Kavod, to how the residents are handling the isolation process. They covered questions regarding all aspects of the CDC and CDPHE/DDPHE orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are so very happy to let everyone know that Kavod passed this audit without even one citation! The auditor was genuinely impressed with our efforts and informed me that we are the FIRST FACILITY that she has been to that she did not have to cite for deficient practice. As you can see from the article above, it is a rare event at this time. Audits do not get any better than that!
With all the news stories about things like this, we wanted to make sure you were all aware of this news, as it goes to show who Kavod is– even in the midst of a pandemic!