DRCOG Network of Care (Denver Regional Council of Governments): DRCOG’s Area Agency on Aging serves adults 60 and older, people with disabilities over 18, and their caregivers throughout Adams, Arapahoe, Clear Creek, Douglas, Gilpin, and Jefferson counties, and the cities and counties of Denver and Broomfield. DRCOG is currently teleworking. Call and leave a voicemail and they will return it as soon as possible. To talk to an Aging and Disability Resource Specialist:
Home Care Resources
|DRCOG Area Agency Aging Case Management (Denver Regional Council of Governments): Case managers are providing intensive, short-term, case management services for people 60 and older who need help identifying and making life transitions. Case managers are returning calls and checking messages every 30-40 minutes. Also, check out the Program Guide outlining programs funded by DRCOG.
Phone: 303.480.6700 | Email
|FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program
|Innovage PACE: InnovAge PACE is open and providing services to their participants. We are conducting daily well checks by phone, delivering lunches every day, providing telehealth when needed and transportation for medically necessary visits. We are also OPEN for ENROLLMENTS. Available to 55+ in 80601 and 80602 zip codes.
|Safer at Home Guidance and Resources
|Senior Care: Provides free help choosing home care options in Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Lochbuie, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster. Type in your zip code to get connected to local resources.
|Telehealth Guidance for Patients
|Telehealth Guidance for Providers
Senior Center Resources
|National Institute of Senior Centers: The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) provides the best practices senior centers are using to prevent the spread of the virus and keep their participants safe. NISC is committed to supporting senior centers through best practices, professional development, advocacy, research, and national standards and accreditation.
|Nursing Home and Assisted Living Update: Per Governor Polis, all visitors are prohibited unless the individual needs end-of-life compassion care. All essential healthcare workers are being tested routinely. All essential individuals responsible for deliveries of food, health services, and medicine are dropping items on the doorstep and being brought into the building by screened staff.
|Senior Care: Provides free help choosing an assisted living facility, adult daycare center, and skilled nursing facility in Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Lochbuie, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster. Type in your zip code to get connected to local resources.
|Seniors' Resource Center: Provides transportation for medical and food needs only at this time. Information changes very frequently. Please continue to check their website and voicemail for updates.
Care Facility Guidelines
|Colorado Public Radio (CPR): Colorado is issuing some new guidance. Going forward, long-term care facilities, by public health order, will be required to develop detailed isolation plans and submit them to the State Department of Health by May 1.
|Connect to Care Jobs: Focused entirely on healthcare, ConnectToCareJobs.com quickly connects residential care facilities and providers with healthcare professionals seeking employment. ConnectToCareJobs.com allows healthcare providers to select open positions they are hiring for and be matched with job seekers that fit their hiring needs. Job seekers can create a profile identifying the position they are interested in, the distance they are willing to travel for the position, and other professional skills and experience.
|National Public Radio (NPR): After shocking instances of nursing homes failing to disclose the existence and extent of COVID-19 cases within their facilities, the federal government will require nursing homes to inform residents, their families and representatives when residents or staff contract the illness. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced on April 19th that notification must come within 12 hours of a confirmed single case of COVID-19. Residents, families and representatives must also be told when three or more individuals develop respiratory symptoms within a 72-hour period. The new rules also require nursing homes to report COVID-19 cases directly to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the CDC works to build a nationwide database of the occurrence of the illness. Nursing homes are already required to report such data to state and local public health officials. See more here.