The Spiritual Significance of Kavod’s 50th Anniversary
September 24, 2021 | By Kavod Senior Life Chaplain, Rabbi Stephen Booth-Nadav | In Torah, the 50th year is very meaningful. In Leviticus 25, it says: “You shall count off seven weeks of years – seven times seven years…and you shall hallow the fiftieth year. You shall proclaim release (freedom/liberty) throughout the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee (Yovel) for you; each of you shall return to his holding and each of you shall return to his family/clan.” Keep reading
Delta Variant Guides Latest Kavod Protocols
September 1, 2021 | Kavod’s internal COVID-19 Task Force is keeping a close eye on the latest developments of COVID-19 variants, including the highly-contagious Delta variant that has been affecting various communities around the globe.
Assisted Living (AL) and Independent Living (IL) each has its own set of safety protocols. Because Kavod offers both, it is important to note what is common for the entire campus and what is specific to each program. Here are the details that are current as of September 1, 2021. Details change often, so please check Kavod’s COVID-19 page on the website for updates.
–Visitors who are vaccinated may have unscheduled visits as long as they provide proof of vaccination.
–Unvaccinated visitors must pre-schedule their visits.
–Masks are required anytime outside a resident apartment
–AL residents may enjoy communal dining and safe activities, including access to Kavod’s onsite medical clinic, gym, libraries, trips, gardening, physical therapy and more.
–Both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors are allowed on campus.
–Masks are required for unvaccinated visitors; masks are strongly recommended for vaccinated visitors (and residents), especially in areas in which physical distancing is a challenge, such as laundry rooms and elevators.
–All contractors arranged through Kavod are required to wear masks, including construction workers.
–IL residents may enjoy communal dining and safe activities, including access to Kavod’s onsite medical clinic, gym, libraries, trips, gardening, physical therapy and more.
It is important to note that ALL Kavod staff members regardless of position or duty are required to wear masks on campus and must show proof of vaccination by Sept. 30 (excepting any qualified medical or religious exemption).
As always, the top priority of Kavod’s staff and management team is the safety and protection of residents.
Kavod Senior Life Welcomes New Board Members
July 23, 2021 | Kavod is happy to announce four new members recently voted in to to its board of directors.
“We are so pleased to have these outstanding individuals join our board,” says Michael Klein, President and CEO. “Each one has a wealth of experience and wisdom that will be a great benefit to our organization.”
A short bio on each member is listed below; he or she will serve a two-year, renewable term.
Yolanda Webb: Yolanda is the Director of the Office of Adult, Aging, and Disability Services in the Colorado Department of Human Services. She also is head of the WEBB Advisory Group, which offers D/E/I consultation to businesses. She was formerly the VP of Meritan Inc., which provided home and community-based services in Tennessee and Mississippi as well as the former Executive Director of Metropolitan Human Services District in the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services.
Rodi Liv: Rodi is a healthcare business strategist for Lockton Companies, one of the largest insurance brokers in the country. Rodi speaks Russian and has strong background in both adult day care and home care businesses. Kavod Senior Life is close to his heart, as his grandparents use to live on campus.
Alexandra Mannerings: Alexandra is CEO of Merakinos, a data analytics-consulting group with an emphasis serving health care organizations. She also served as the former Director of Analytics for the Colorado Hospital Association.
Renee Raabe: Renee is President and CEO of Prime Source Staffing, ranked as the top largest staffing ervice agency in Colorado. She has served on the Board of Directors of Mile High United Way and held high-level volunteer leadership positions with Denver Public Schools, including the Collaborative School Committee that works with the Board of Education.
Kavod Lifts Visitor Restrictions on Monday, June 7
June 7, 2021, Denver, CO | After more than a year, Kavod will allow non-essential visitors on to its campus. With the wide availability of the COVID-19 vaccine and the reduction in cases in Denver, Kavod’s internal Task Force felt it was safe to open up the campus to community members.
Masks are still mandatory inside all buildings and visitors must complete a screening sheet upon entry.
Visitors are also advised to limit their movement on campus by going directly to their destination (such as a resident apartment) and then back outside. Residents who still do not feel safe around others may take advantage of Kavod’s outdoor visitation booths, where they may sign up to visit family or friends in these designated areas.
This decision to open the campus was made in alignment with industry standards and best practices as advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Colorado / Denver Departments of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE & DDPHE).
The Task Force will closely monitor the status of residents and staff to ensure infection control is maintained in the weeks following this decision.
Residents will greatly benefit by on-campus visits; they will help reduce social isolation, increase support, strengthen family ties and allow for more intergenerational connections with children and grandchildren.
Kavod Senior Life Receives Funding from the Daniels Fund
to Improve Life for Older Residents and Community Members
May 27, 2021, Denver, CO | Kavod Senior Life announced today that it has received a $150,000 Daniels Fund grant to support a variety of programs for its residents as well as for its outreach to older community members. Keep Reading
COVID In Colorado: Food Pantry Will Close As Older Adults Can Now Safely Shop For Themselves
April 13, 2021, Denver, CO (CBS4) | A Denver food pantry is getting ready to close and that’s a good thing. A decline in COVID cases and the availability of vaccines have allowed the older adults served by the pantry at Kavod Senior Life to get out and shop for themselves. Watch the news article
Kavod Finishes Food & Hygiene Pantry, Celebrates Passover & Easter With Final Deliveries
March 31, 2021, Denver, CO | Kavod Senior Life is slowly and strategically opening areas and services to our residents and will be phasing the food pantry back to resident led. As it winds down, special items from the pantry for Passover and Easter were provided on Monday, March 29. Keep Reading
Senior living community, Kavod Senior Life, wins Beacon Award for ‘Best in Wellness’
January 7, 2021, Denver, CO | Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) has won the 2020 ICAA NuStep Beacon Award, which recognizes and honors the Top 25 ‘Best in Wellness’ senior living communities in North America. Kavod is among those recognized as best-in-class for successfully fostering a wellness-centered environment to benefit all who live and work in their community. Keep Reading
Opinion: Seniors deserve better than what they’re getting – and need your help
December 8, 2020, The Colorado Sun | [excerpt] There is another community whose voice needs to be heard. And that is the voice of our seniors, especially those who are older and live in communal settings. And we must also be mindful of the compassionate and caring professional staff in the nursing homes, assisted living facilities and memory care units who ensure that everyone can age with as much independence, support and dignity as possible. Read the full article
The Denver Election Commission Places a Ballot Box at Kavod Senior Life
October 26, 2020, Denver, CO | The Denver Elections Commission placed an official ballot box at Kavod Senior Life on October 12. Residents have expressed their appreciation for helping make the delivery of the voting process easy and convenient while being secure. An elections official will pick up the box today ensuring that Kavod Residents’ votes count.
CBS 4 Denver Reports: Low-Income Housing Community Gets Geriatric Medicine Clinic on Site
August 24, 2020, Denver, CO | Reporter Kathy Walsh talked with Kavod residents and our CEO about the new CU Geriatrics Clinic on site in our Health & Wellness Center. Watch the news clip.
CU Medicine – Geriatric Medicine Opens Aug 3 at Kavod Senior Life
July 30, 2020, Denver, CO | CU Medicine – Geriatric Medicine will begin providing medical services directly on site at Kavod Senior Life. This clinic is a unique offering among affordable housing facilities and represents a new type of partnership between medical providers and low-income facilities. Continue Reading
No COVID-19 deaths at Kavod
May 22, 2020, Intermountain Jewish News | Diligence and care helped local Jewish care facilities avoid becoming a hot zone for the novel coronavirus. Numbers as they say, don’t lie. Read the full story
Kavod Passes COVID-19 Inspection Without Citation
May 6, 2020 | Assisted Living at Kavod Senior Life passed its infection control audit without one citation! The auditor was genuinely impressed with our efforts and informed us that we are the FIRST FACILITY that she has been to that she did not have to cite for deficient practice. This is a rare event at this time. Audits do not get any better than that! Read the full story
Update at Kavod Senior Life from President/CEO, Michael Klein
April 21, 2020 | Things are going as well as can be expected at Kavod. We continue to enhance our safety protocols to protect both staff and residents by limiting visitors, encouraging residents to stay at home and staff wearing masks while on campus plus other PPE as necessary. To make these restrictions less wearying, we are also working on helping our residents stay positive. Continue Reading
Kavod Senior Life Featured in CBS News Channel 4/Denver Story
March 24, 2020 | Watch the story with anchor Kathy Walsh, Kavod resident Ondalee Kline and Kavod CEO/President Michael Klein.
How Mayor Hancock’s Stay At Home Order Affects Kavod
March 23, 2020 | Mayor Hancock issued a Stay At Home Order that requires all individuals anywhere in the City and County of Denver to shelter in place. Kavod provides essential services to our residents, so there will continue to be employees who are required to report into the buildings each day. Read the full mandate.
Kavod’s Protection Measures During COVID-19
March 12, 2019 | A message from Kavod’s President & CEO – We are working hard to ensure our campus follows best practices for the prevention of infectious diseases, including coronavirus or COVID-19. We want to assure you that Kavod is very aware of this matter and will continue to monitor its development to keep your loved one(s) as safe and protected as possible. We are reviewing information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) routinely for the most up-to-date information. Continue reading.
Colorado Non-Profit Association: Kavod Senior Life Honors Commitment to Aging Communities
December 2019 | The care and services that Kavod provides has earned it the trust of the community with several awards in 2019 including the LeadingAge – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Health Equity Award, The Beacon Award – 1 of the 25 Best Wellness Communities in North America by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep LL, a Jewish Programming Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) and a Top Workplaces Award by The Denver Post. Read more.
Kavod designated as one of the top 25 ‘BEST IN WELLNESS’ communities in North America
November 2019 | Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) was awarded one of 25 Beacon Awards for “Best in Wellness” from a joint venture between the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) and NuStep, LLC. The Beacon is awarded to senior living communities across North America that successfully create an environment that supports wellness for all who live and work there. Read more.
2019 Winners – LeadingAge – Robert Wood Johnson Health Equity Award
October 2019 | Michael Klein and Gabriel Sanders were chosen as the winners of the highly competitive 2019 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – LeadingAge Health Equity Award. This award recognizes individuals who successfully implement a systems change approach to reduce health disparities regarding access to quality care, education, employment, income, community environment, housing, or public safety. Read more.
Trailblazers, Artists, Psychologists, and Athletes: These are the People We Serve (Featured in LeadingAge Magazine)
July 12, 2019 | Breaking through barriers has been the life story of Clothilde “Clo” Sydnor, one of the vibrant residents at Kavod Senior Life.
When her family moved to Colorado, Sydnor was the first woman and person of color to operate heavy machinery at the company where she worked, building notable Colorado landmarks. She was also the first woman to join the union and even drove semi-trucks. While working, Sydnor not only raised her own 4 children but served as a foster mom to 36 additional youths. Read more.
Kavod Residents Interviewed at the 9News Health Fair about the Senior Companion Program
May 31, 2019. Kavod residents, pictured in the middle, were interviewed at the 9News Health Fair by Spark the Change about their Senior Companion Program. While both residents participate in the program–one as a companion and the other as a client–they have equally benefited, formed a friendship and enjoy similar activities. Watch the live stream on Facebook.
Kavod Senior Life Wins 2019 Top Workplaces Award
Kavod Senior Life (Kavod) has been recognized with a 2019 Top Workplaces Award by The Denver Post. This annual contest measures employee satisfaction and results in a list of 100 of the state’s top workplaces for the calendar year. Read more.
Kavod Senior Life Receives 2019 Jewish Programming Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS)
April 2, 2019 | Kavod President/CEO, Michael Klein accepts the 2019 Jewish Programming Award at the AJAS Conference in La Jolla, CA. The award recognizes Jewish programs developed and implemented by AJAS organizations that are innovative, creative and specifically designed to enhance the spiritual well-being of the older adults they serve. Kavod Senior Life was one of 6 winners for its intergenerational programming as part of the LinkAGES Colorado initiative. Read more.
Kavod on the Road Featured in March AJAS Newsletter
Kavod Senior Life Reaches Out. Kavod Senior Life launched an outreach program into the community nine years ago that has grown leaps and bounds; today it reaches nearly double the number of individuals off site than those living at Kavod. Read more.
Kavod Senior Life Awarded A Grant from Rose Community Foundation
Feb. 25, 2019. Kavod was granted $68,000 to purchase exercise equipment to benefit the nearly 70 percent of their residents with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
The grant will also enable Kavod to replace the doorknobs on campus apartments with door levers to ease the pain of knob-turning for residents with arthritic joints.
Kavod Senior Life Wii Bowlers Featured on Daily Blast Live
Feb. 15, 2019. Kavod Senior Life Wii Bowlers were featured on KUSA Channel 9’s program Daily Blast Live Healthy Living Segment. Watch our champion bowlers take on host Brandon London and teach him a thing or two about technique.