Novel Coronavirus | COVID-19

LAST UPDATE:  August 11, 2020

Working Our Way Back to Community

August 4, 2020

At LifeStream, the importance of personal connection is foundational to who we are — a driving force behind our core values. Our focus on deep knowing relationships and authentic connectedness throughout our communities has always been important to us, and to you. We were all made to be in community with one another. Because of this, the safety measures required by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control to protect and keep our Residents as safe as possible over the past few months, while extremely important and necessary, have challenged us all.

As the world continues to move forward through this pandemic, it is apparent that it is not simply going to “disappear” and that we are going to need to learn how to live, or coexist, with the coronavirus.  Isolation, no family visitation, and lack of group activities is not healthy for anyone, and most especially the Senior adults we serve. This is a fact that LifeStream inherently understands, and something that the public health agencies are keenly aware of as well.

Please continue reading about our small steps forward — back to community. Blog post or Printable PDF

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Staying the Course

June 26, 2020

To say that the last few months have been long and hard for everyone would be an understatement. We have lived in a world that has changed week-by-week and even at times day-by-day. We are proud of the responsiveness of our Associates to all these changes to safeguard our Residents. We’re equally grateful and blessed to have so many understanding and cooperative Residents and Family members.

You are no doubt aware that there has been a steep rise in the number of statewide COVID-19 cases reported in the past few weeks. The rise underscores that the coronavirus is out there in a significant way, and still a concern for each and every one of our Residents.

It’s our desire, as your trusted community, to continue to help educate and make you aware of these risks. Now is not the time to relax our precautions and safeguards. For the foreseeable future, we need to…  Please continue reading at the blog post or PDF of the communication sent out today.

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Celebrating LifeStream’s Father’s and Grandfather’s this Father’s Day

To celebrate Father’s Day this year, we are sharing a Video full of Family photos and words of wisdom sent in by our Resident’s Family members – and a few things that all Dads say! Happy Father’s Day to all of our LifeStream Dads, Papas, Grandpas and Grandads!  Enjoy!

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COVID-19 Communication Archives:

May 2020

April 2020

March 2020

May 2020 – Updates

Updated on our Closed Communities

May 18, 2020

As you know, many states, including Arizona, are beginning a phased reopening of certain businesses. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-36, “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger,” promotes physical distancing while allowing certain businesses to gradually reopen. Governor Ducey, along with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have continued to state that vulnerable people should continue to exercise the highest levels of caution, including staying at home. Vulnerable people include those who are at higher risk for serious illness caused by the coronavirus, including people aged 65 years and older, people who live in long-term care environments (such as nursing care centers and assisted living) and people of all ages who have serious underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung-disease.

With that guidance, LifeStream will continue to maintain our closed communities, which offers the best protection we have right now for our Residents and Associates. Please see either the blog post or PDF for further information about each level of care or service in our communities.

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COVID-19 Communications Record

May 14, 2020

LifeStream believes honesty and transparency are the most critical part of our communication approach with our Residents, Families and Associates. To that end, we created a Coronavirus Communication Record page that will provide an on-going log of every Resident, Family and Associate communications that we have released on our Coronavirus page and/or via email over the past months. You can also sign up on the page for up-to-date communications.  Click here to view.

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Celebrating LifeStream’s Moms This Weekend

May 5, 2020

This Mother’s Day will be very different, and even difficult, given the impact of the Coronavirus and our communities being closed to visitors. We want to celebrate our Moms at LifeStream with some cheer. Help us spread the joy by gathering your family together (include the kiddos and pets too) and take a photo holding a “Happy Mother’s Day” sign. Please email the photo (before Friday, May 8) to info@lifestreamliving.com with your Mom’s/Loved one’s first and last name and community in the subject line and message. We’ll print them out and make sure they get to them this Sunday! We’ll also work to put together a special album on our Facebook page for all to see, and come back to again and again. (Note please make sure the file format is .jpg)

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Update:

We received more than 100 photos from family members all over the country. We compiled some into this tribute video. All the photos can be seen in our Mother’s Day 2020 album over on Facebook. Enjoy the video!

April 2020 – Updates

COVID-19 Update

April 27, 2020

From the beginning of this pandemic, LifeStream committed to being transparent and keeping you updated on happenings as they relate to the Coronavirus. Today, Ron Estes, President and CEO, shared an update with the whole LifeStream family as to our first known case, and subsequent passing of one of our Independent Residents with the COVID-19 virus. Click here to read the letter. We are greatly saddened about this situation. Please continue to pray that God will protect all of our Residents, Associates, and their families from the Coronavirus.

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Planning for Care and Compassion

April 23, 2020

For many years, LifeStream’s skilled nursing centers have been a critical member of the healthcare community. The services we provide to the community are essential in allowing the flow of people through the hospitals to rehabilitation and then back home. With the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing, now more than ever, LifeStream will continue to play that vital role.  Click here to read our full plan.

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COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan

April 23, 2020

The global impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been astounding. Since the outbreak, keeping our Residents and Associates safe has been our number one priority. This goal has never changed. We are publishing today LifeStream’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Plan.

This plan outlines how we will go about caring for and safeguarding our Residents should any of them become ill from the COVID-19 virus. We wanted to proactively educate our Residents, their families, and our Associates as to how we will respond.

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5 Coronavirus Scams and How to Avoid

April 16, 2020

Since the rise of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), scammers of all sorts have come out with new schemes to prey on the current world situation and everyone’s emotions.  There are several coronavirus scams out there, and these scams are being reported to and watched by the Federal Trade Commission.

We have outlined 5 of the major categories of coronavirus scams being used. Most often, scammers will seek out Seniors as would-be-victims. Because of this, we want you to… read more.

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COVID-19 Preparation

April 3, 2020

Several weeks ago, we closed our communities to all non-essential visitors to safeguard our Residents from COVID-19. The response of our Residents and their family members to these safety procedures has been positive and encouraging.

LifeStream COO, Donna Taylor, issued a memo to LifeStream Residents, Family Members and Associates. In this memo, Taylor shares how we are preparing to respond and serve both internally, within LifeStream, and externally, with the hospitals and healthcare community. Click here to read the memo.

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Guidelines for Resident Support

April 2, 2020

We have many family members and friends who are wanting to support their loved ones living here at LifeStream. We so appreciate this much needed help.  Since our communities are closed to visitors, we’ve compiled guidelines to facilitate all these wonderful efforts. Please click here to read these guidelines. Or click here for a printable version.

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March 2020 – Updates

Stay home. Stay safe. Stay well.

March 30, 2020

In our recent communication to Independent Living residents, LifeStream provided further guidance surrounding the closed community’s COVID-19 safety procedures (click to view Memo). To dramatically reduce Resident’s exposure to this highly contagious virus, we asked Residents to continue partnering with us in three important ways:

  1. Please do not allow visitors in your home;
  2. Please do not leave campus for any reason; and,
  3. Please do not gather together with fellow Residents.

We were made to be in community with one-another, which is why these restrictions and isolation procedures are very difficult. That being said, for the sake of our Resident’s health, for their neighbor’s health, and for our Associate’s health, LifeStream continues working hard to encourage our Residents to stay home, stay safe and stay well.

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COVID-19 | Why the Drastic Response?

March 21, 2020

Right now in Arizona, we are all seeing and experiencing such a drastic and sweeping response to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This video, by PBS Digital Studios and It’s OK To Be Smart, explains very simply, and understandably, why this is happening — and why LifeStream continues to deploy measures to keep our Residents, Families and Associates as safe and as healthy as possible.

Letter from the President

March 17, 2020

To Our LifeStream Residents, Family and Friends,

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be front and center of every news cast, talk show, social media site, and our day-to-day conversations with everyone that we encounter. We have been praying for those who are affected by the virus, and those families whose world has been turned upside down in an instant. While admittedly there is much fear and uncertainty in the world, we ask you to join us in remaining comforted by – and trusting in – the provident, loving God we serve.

At LifeStream, our highest priority is the safety and well-being of our Residents, Associates, family members and our communities. LifeStream’s dedicated Associates are trained well – and practice – to respond to emergencies and disasters. While COVID-19 is like nothing the world has seen, these same emergency procedures apply now. The response team we deployed weeks ago, activated these emergency procedures and they are being fully employed today. Take heart that at LifeStream, we are well prepared to respond to an outbreak, should one occur at our communities.

Information continues to change rapidly and we will continue to be very proactive in our response to guidance by the CDC and our state governing authorities. We know you want to be informed, so we have established a special webpage: www.LifeStreamLiving.com/coronavirus where you will find our latest updates. We have also established an information line at 623-933-8753 that you may call and leave your questions. Understandably, we believe there will be a high number of calls to this number, so we ask in advance for your patience. We will make every effort to respond quickly to all messages received.

LifeStream communities remain safe for Residents and Associates. We continue to strongly recommend that all Residents, Associates, guests, and service providers protect themselves and those with whom they come in to contact. Please follow the CDC recommendations of washing hands frequently, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, keeping a distance of 6 feet between you and others, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and seeking medical care if you have symptoms.

Proverbs encourages us with following wisdom, “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty” (Proverbs 22:3). Rest assured that LifeStream is acting with prudence, and not out of fear, for the Lord God Almighty is still on the throne and Jesus is right beside us.

LifeStream remains confident in the God we serve, and continues to diligently protect the Residents we are called to serve.

Again, if you have questions or concerns, please call our hotline at 623-933-8753 or email us at info@lifestreamliving.com.

May God Bless and Protect You and Your Family,

Ronald E. Estes
President & CEO

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Coronavirus Update

March 15, 2020

In response to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Maricopa County Public Health (MCPH) and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) have continued to provide guidance for older adults who have a significantly greater health risk as it pertains to the COVID-19 virus. LifeStream has been hard at work to safeguard our Residents, their family members and our Associates. In addition to limiting outside exposure from visitors and the avoidance of crowds, CMS, MCPH and ADHS are now recommending that we CLOSE our communities to all Non-Essential Visitors (Essential visitors defined below).

LifeStream takes our responsibility to our Residents, family members, and Associates very seriously. In addition to community closures to non-essential visitors, for our Resident’s continued protection and health, LifeStream has made the following changes to operations and services our in our communities.  LifeStream is accountable to our Residents, Associates, Family members, and our Communities for how we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. These measures are for everyone’s safety and will only be in place as long as absolutely necessary to accomplish that goal.

Independent Living

  • Community Closure to ALL Non-Essential Visitors.
  • Essential visitors will undergo a daily health screening, temperature monitoring and approval for each visit.
    • Essential Visitors are defined as: Those visitors who are medically necessary (e.g. physicians), authorized suppliers and vendors, or those who have been cleared on an individual basis (such as in compassionate, end-of-life cases) by the community Executive Director.
  • All group/congregant activities are canceled.
  • Off-Campus Trips are canceled. We are developing a plan for our Associates to handle all shopping for groceries and supplies for each Resident.
  • Off-Campus/Day Trips with Family are very strongly discouraged.
  • Group meals canceled: We are now delivering the meals directly to our Residents.
  • Access to licensed areas (our Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Care Centers) are canceled subject to the “essential visitor” definition noted above.
  • LifeStream Associates will undergo a daily health screening, temperature monitoring and approval before they can work their shift.

Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing

  • Community Closure to ALL Non-Essential Visitors.
  • Essential visitors will undergo a daily health screening, temperature monitoring and approval for each visit.
    • Essential Visitors are defined as: Those visitors who are medically necessary (e.g. physicians), authorized suppliers and vendors, or those who have been cleared on an individual basis (such as in compassionate, end-of-life cases) by the community Executive Director
  • All group/congregant activities are canceled.
  • Off-Campus/Day Trips with Family are very strongly discouraged. If you choose to take your family member out of our building, we will be required to quarantine him/her to a very limited area to ensure there is not potential exposure to other Residents.
  • Group meals canceled: All meals will be delivered to the Resident’s room.
  • LifeStream Associates will undergo a daily health screening, temperature monitoring and approval before they can work their shift.

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Archive: Coronavirus Posts

Stepping Forward Together

Stepping Forward Together

At LifeStream, the importance of personal connection is foundational to who we are — a driving force behind our core values. Our focus on deep knowing relationships and authentic connectedness throughout our communities has always been important to us, and to you. We were all made to be in community with one another. Because of this…

read more
Staying the Course

Staying the Course

It’s our desire, as your trusted community, to continue to help educate and make you aware of these risks. Now is not the time to relax our precautions and safeguards. For the foreseeable future, we need to stay the course, and continue to exercise extreme caution in all we do. This blog post provides guidance moving forward.

read more
Update on Our Closed Communities

Update on Our Closed Communities

With guidance from ADHS and CDC, LifeStream will continue to maintain our closed communities, which offers the best protection we have right now for our Residents and Associates. Please see this post for further information about each level of care at our communities.

read more
Coronavirus Communication Record

Coronavirus Communication Record

LifeStream believes honesty and transparency are the most critical part of our communication approach with our Residents, Families and Associates. To that end, we created a Coronavirus Communication Record page that will provide an on-going log of every Resident, Family and…

read more
Letter from the President

Letter from the President

COVID-19 Update From the beginning of this pandemic, LifeStream committed to being transparent and keeping you updated on happenings as they relate to the Coronavirus. Today, Ron Estes, President and CEO, shared an update with the whole LifeStream family as to our...

read more
Planning for Care & Compassion

Planning for Care & Compassion

For many years, LifeStream’s skilled nursing centers have been a critical member of the healthcare community. The services we provide to the community are essential in allowing the flow of people through the hospitals to rehabilitation and then back home. With the COVID-19 pandemic we are facing, now more than ever, LifeStream will continue to play that vital role.

read more
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