July 1, 2020

Golden West has had no new cases of COVID-19 since April 23! Thank you to all residents, families and staff for following the safety measures put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

At the same time, the virus is still present in the greater Boulder community and has even been on the rise, so it is important that everyone continue to follow these measures to prevent new outbreaks.

Safer at Home

Colorado’s Safer at Home order has been extended to July 30 and upgraded to Level 2, Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors, which means that while the State still considers residents to be safer at home, they are encouraging people to venture into the state’s vast outdoor areas to enjoy the sun and fresh air. At the same time, the order is instructing residents to make sure they maintain physical distance from others while recreating outside. Colorado’s Safer at Home order contains specific expectations for Nursing Home and Congregate Care Facilities, including assisted and independent living communities.

Individuals age 65 and older are strongly encouraged to continue staying at home except for essential activities such as:

  • Medical appointments and medication pick ups
  • Groceries – Only go during special hours designated for vulnerable populations.
  • Personal exercise and exercising pets – Enjoy the great outdoors but maintain social distancing.
  • Continue physical distancing and wearing face coverings.
    • Stay six feet away from other people.
    • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose.
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
    • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces in your apartment.

If you choose not to follow State guidance to stay home and decide to go to someone’s apartment to visit or visit out in the community, it would be safest to wear a mask and maintain a six-foot distance at all times.

At Golden West, we will continue to maintain the following regulations:

  • Restricting entrance into the building to staff and essential care providers only
    • Essential care providers are those individuals providing care in the following areas:
      • Medical/medications
      • Nutrition
      • Personal hygiene
      • Sanitation/housekeeping
    • Essential care providers can be
      • Family members
      • Agency home health or home care staff
      • A private care provider
  • Screening all staff and essential care providers for symptoms and fever
  • No communal dining
  • No congregating
  • No social visits allowed anywhere on the property, even outside.
    • Please do not invite family or friends to visit you in the garden.
    • Please do not let any visitors into the building or allow anyone to use your door card to enter.

We are still waiting to receive updated guidance from the State on the next phase of reopening, and we will share that information as soon as we get it. Thank you!


June 19, 2020

Golden West has had no new cases of COVID-19 since April 23! Thank you to all residents, families and staff for following the safety measures put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus.

At the same time, however, the virus is still present in the greater Boulder community and has even been on the rise, so it is important that everyone continue to follow these measures to prevent any new outbreaks at Golden West.

Safer at Home

Colorado’s Safer at Home order remains in effect until July 1. While Safer at Home loosens up some things, it really doesn’t change much for Golden West. The order contains specific expectations for Nursing Home and Congregate Care Facilities, including assisted and independent living communities:

Individuals age 65 and older are strongly encouraged to continue staying at home except for essential activities such as:

  • Medical appointments and medication pick ups
  • Groceries – Only go during special hours designated for vulnerable populations.
  • Personal exercise and exercising pets – Enjoy the outdoors but maintain social distancing.
  • Continue practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings.
    • Stay six feet away from other people.
    • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose.
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
    • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces in your apartment.

At Golden West, we will continue to maintain the following regulations:

  • Restricting entrance into the building to staff and essential care providers only
    • Essential care providers are those providing care in the following areas:
      • Medical/medications
      • Nutrition
      • Personal hygiene
      • Sanitation/housekeeping
    • Essential care providers can be:
      • Family members
      • Agency home health or home care staff
      • A private care provider
  • Screening all staff and essential care providers for symptoms and fever
  • No communal dining
  • No congregating

Following the state’s infection control guidelines, Golden West has been able to bring back on-site footcare and dermatology services, and we are hoping to reopen the salon in July.


June 5, 2020

Golden West has had no new cases of the virus since April 23! Thank you to all residents, families and staff for following the measures that were put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus. However, COVID-19 is still present in the greater Boulder community, so it is important that we continue diligently following these measures to prevent any new outbreaks at Golden West.

Safer at Home

The state’s Safer at Home order has been extended to July 1. However, this really doesn’t change things for Golden West. The Safer at Home order has specific expectations for nursing homes and congregate care facilities, which includes assisted and independent living communities.  

Under the order, individuals age 65 and older are strongly encouraged to continue staying at home except for essential activities:

  • Medical appointments and medication
  • Groceries – go during special hours for vulnerable populations.
  • Exercise and exercising pets – people are encouraged to enjoy the great outdoors, but to keep their distance.
  • Continue social distancing and wearing face coverings
    • Stay six feet away from other people
    • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
    • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces in your apartment

Golden West must continue with the following:

  • Restricting entrance to staff and essential care providers only
    • Essential care providers are those individuals providing care in the following areas:
      • Medical/medications
      • Nutrition
      • Personal hygiene
      • Sanitation/housekeeping
    • Essential care providers can be
      • Family members
      • Agency home health or home care staff
      • Private care provider
  • Screening all staff and essential care providers for symptoms and fever
  • No communal dining
  • No congregating

A copy of the Safer at Home Order is posted on our main resident bulletin board. For more information on the Safer at Home order, the state has set up an information phone line you can reach by calling 211. You may also view frequently asked questions on the state’s COVID-19 website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home-faq.


May 20, 2020

We’re happy to report that Golden West has no new cases of the COVID-19 since April 23! Thank you to all residents, families and staff for following the measures put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus. However, the virus is still present in the greater Boulder community, so it’s important that we continue to diligently follow measures to prevent any outbreaks at Golden West.

Safer at Home

Colorado’s Safer at Home order took effect on May 9 and remains in place at least until May 26. While Safer at Home loosens up some things, it really doesn’t change behaviors at Golden West. The Safer at Home order has specific expectations for Nursing Home and Congregate Care Facilities which includes assisted and independent living communities.  

Individuals 65 and older are strongly encouraged to continue staying at home except for essential activities:

  • Medical appointments & medication
  • Groceries – go during special hours for vulnerable populations, usually in the morning
  • Exercise and exercising pets
  • Continue social distancing and wearing face coverings
    • Stay six feet away from other people
    • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
    • Clean and disinfect hard surfaces in your apartment

Golden West must continue with the following:

  • Restricting entrance to staff and essential care providers only
    • Essential Care Providers are individuals providing care in the following areas:
      • Medical/medications
      • Nutrition
      • Personal hygiene
      • Sanitation/housekeeping
    • Essential Care Providers can be
      • Family members
      • Agency Home Health or Home Care Staff
      • Private Care Provider
  • Screening all staff and essential care providers
  • No communal dining
  • No congregating

A copy of the Safer at Home Order is posted on the main Resident Bulletin Board.

For more information on the Safer at Home Order, the State has an information phone line, 211. You may also view Frequently Asked Questions on the COVID 19 website: https://covid19.colorado.gov/safer-at-home-faq.


May 11, 2020

We are pleased to share that we have had no new cases of the virus since the second resident case was announced on April 23. That resident is now in rehab and we wish them a full and swift recovery. We had one employee test positive four weeks ago and that employee has now fully recovered.

The Boulder County Public Health Department (BCPHD) has investigated the three confirmed cases but does not believe the cases are related. The Department also believes that based on the precautions already in place at Golden West, there is a low risk of the virus spreading from these cases. Due to confidentiality, we cannot release any further information about the cases.

Safer at Home

The county Stay at Home order expired May 8th at midnight. The State’s new Safer at Home order took effect on May 9th. While Safer at Home opens up some things, it really doesn’t change much for Golden West. The Safer at Home order has specific requirements for Nursing Home and Congregate Care Facilities which includes assisted and independent living communities. Golden West is required to continue with the following:

  • Restricting entrance to staff and essential care providers only
  • Screening all staff and essential care providers
  • No communal dining
  • No congregating

Individuals 65 and older are strongly encouraged to continue staying at home except for essential activities:

  • Medical appointments & medication
  • Groceries
  • Exercise and exercising pets
  • Continue social distancing and wearing face coverings

It is still strongly recommended that people over 65 do NOT go visiting and should remain at home except for essential activities. Golden West still cannot allow social visits.

For more information on the Safer at Home order, the State has set up an information line. You can reach this line by just dialing 211.

A copy of the Safer at Home Order is posted on the main Resident Bulletin Board. Contact Donna, 303-939-0880 for a copy or with questions.

We thank everyone for their continued support of these precautions as we continue our efforts to protect residents and staff.


April 28, 2020

We want to provide you with another update on COVID-19 cases at Golden West. As announced last week, sadly, the Towers resident who tested positive for COVID-19 passed away at the hospital. A second resident in the community has tested positive and is currently receiving care in the hospital. We wish them a speedy and full recovery.

While we did have one Golden West employee test positive, they have fully recovered. We do not believe any of these cases at Golden West are related, but please understand that, due to confidentiality reasons, we are unable to release any other information about these cases.

As we go forward, I want to assure you that we have been in daily contact with the Boulder County Public Health Department, which is investigating the cases and conducting contact tracing. This is when an epidemiologist talks to the infected individual, his or her family and to other possible contacts to find out who else may have direct contact with him or her while contagious.

Anyone who may have had direct contact with an infected person can expect to be contacted by the Health Department. Direct contact is defined by the Health Department as being within six feet of the ill person for more than 10 minutes.

In positive news, the official opinion of the Boulder County Public Health Department is that, here at Golden West, the risk of the virus spreading is LOW and will continue to be so as long as we maintain the protective measures our community already has in place:

  • Staying home except for essential activities
  • Wearing a face covering when you leave your apartment
  • Maintaining a six-foot distance from others
  • Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Staying home if you are not feeling well

We’d like to remind you that while the State’s Stay-at-Home order expired on Monday, April 27, Boulder County has extended its Stay-at-Home order until May 8. Part of the county’s order requires wearing a face covering when out in public. Since Golden West intends to adhere to county guidelines, we are asking all of our residents to wear face coverings when venturing outside their apartment, and will require a face covering when ordering a meal in the dining room or entering the reception office.

We are happy to announce that we are expecting another delivery of donated fabric masks to arrive by Wednesday of this week. The new masks will be placed on the small desk in the old reception area and will be available on a first come, first served basis

As of Tuesday, April 28, we have also implemented the additional health and safety precautions, described below:

  • Library –The library is now closed to residents, so if you need reading material, please contact Jill Moore, our director of resident programs, and let her know the author or genre. She will get the book for you, disinfect it and deliver it to your apartment.
  • Packages – We are currently working on changing our package delivery system and any packages not picked up at the West Entrance will be delivered to apartments going forward.

Thanks for your understanding during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you updated with any new developments. Thank you again for your ongoing support.


April 20, 2020

We were notified on Saturday, April 18, that an independent living resident from the Towers had tested positive for COVID-19. This resident is now in the hospital, and we wish them a quick and safe recovery.

The Golden West Senior Living management team contacted the Boulder County Public Health Department as soon as we learned of the case. Because of measures the Golden West community has already taken, the health department considers the risk for further outbreak from this case to be LOW. Going forward, the Health Department’s epidemiologist will be investigating the situation, including contact tracing, and will notify Golden West management if any additional actions are required to further ensure everyone’s safety. 

While the Boulder County Public Health Department considers the current situation low risk, the news that the virus was found in our community is a critical reminder to follow the safety measures we have in place today to protect one another. Thank you to everyone for continuing to follow these measures:

  • Staying home if you are not feeling well
  • Wearing face coverings
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Maintaining a six-foot distance from others
  • Washing your hands frequently and thoroughly
  • Disinfecting hard surfaces

At Golden West, our commitment to the health and safety of our residents and staff is unwavering.

To simplify communications during this fast-moving time, starting today, we will be sending out an email update, Community Update, as needed, to our Towers’ residents, their families and the Mezzanine families. If you are not currently on our email list, you can request to be added here:

We appreciate your support for our efforts to keep the Golden West community safe.


April 16, 2020

As of April 16, we have no confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID 19 among residents at Golden West.

On April 14, 2020, we had one confirmed case of an employee. The employee is quarantined at home for at least the next 14 days, and we wish them a quick recovery. The employee works in a position with limited resident interaction. They had no contact with residents during the week prior to developing symptoms, and minimal contact with other employees during that time.

We contacted the Boulder County Health Department and confirmed that Golden West has taken all appropriate actions to help prevent the spread of the virus. We will continue to monitor the situation, communicate with the Health Department, and take additional action if so advised.

The health and safety of residents and staff is our number one priority, and we appreciate everyone’s support and cooperation as we work to keep everyone safe. If you have questions, please contact Donna Ruske, 303-939-0880 or druske@gwboulder.org.

Below are the steps we have taken to help protect our community. The items in bold are the most recent.

1. Entry to the community has been restricted to the West entrance for all non-residents

  1. All staff are screened for symptoms and fever before entering the building
  2. Only individuals providing essential care for residents are allowed in the building and are screened for symptoms and fever before entering the building.

2. The CDC is recommending everyone wear a face covering when out in public

  1. Face coverings include medical masks, fabric masks, bandanas and scarves and should cover mouth and nose.
  2. All Golden West staff and outside essential care providers are required to wear face coverings in the building.
  3. Residents are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when outside their apartment.
  4. All residents are required to have a face covering on before entering the reception office.

3. The State of Colorado has issued a Stay at Home Order

  1. Order has been extended through 4/26/20
  2. The order requires people to remain at home except for essential activities.
  3. If outside the home, people must maintain a six-foot distance from others.

4. Dining Service

  1. Meal Service in the Ponderosa dining room has been canceled
  2. Apartment delivery is available with no delivery charge
  3. An evening meal option has been added on a temporary basis
  4. Call ext. 1888 by 11 am for lunch and between 4 pm & 5 pm for evening meal
  5. Meals for take-out may be purchased through the Pantry, 10 am – 3:30 pm

5. Mezzanine – Assisted Living

  1. Residents are being asked to remain primarily in their apartment
  2. Meals are delivered to apartments
  3. When outside their apartment, residents must wear a face covering and maintain six-foot distance from others
  4. Residents may use halls for exercise, but no more than two in the hall at a time
  5. Residents may go outside on the patio, but no more than two at a time

6. All renovation work has been postponed until May.

7. All group activities are canceled

  1. We are broadcasting a variety of activities live on the In-House TV Channel 14

8. Beauty Shop has been closed

9. Furnishings have been reduced or removed from public areas to discourage gatherings

10. Communication

  1. Mondays at 2 pm, live Coronavirus Update broadcast on In-House TV Channel 14
  2. LifeShare is our primary internal communication tool
    • In-House TV Channel 14 displays the notices
    • TV screens in all the lobbies display the notices
    • LifeShare App for iPad, Kindle and cell phones
  3. LifeShare Family Mobile App – Community Access Pin: IL1055
  4. Coronavirus Update Phone Line – recorded message with the above information
    • Extension 1530 when calling internally
    • 303-939-0530 when calling from cell phone or external phone
  5.  Golden West website – www.gwboulder.org
  6. Important Update on COVID-19 (button at top of home page)
  7. Grapevine email newsletter (email druske@gwboulder.org to be added or visit Contact Us on the website)

March 27, 2020

As of today, Golden West has no confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 cases.

In compliance with Governor Polis’ Stay at Home order, we shared the order details with residents:

  • The State of Colorado has issued a Stay at Home Order
  • The order went into effect on 3/25/2020 and remains in effect until 4/11/2020
  • The order requires people to remain at home except for essential activities
  • Essential activities include medical appointments and going to get medications and groceries
  • The order also allows for going outside for exercise and walking pets
  • However, individuals must practice social distancing and remain six feet away from others at all times

We’re continuing with all the preventative measures:

  • Limiting access and screening all employees and essential care providers
  • No group activities
  • No group meal service
  • Removal of furniture to discourage gatherings
  • Staff holding meetings using Zoom
  • Reminders about social distancing. For purposes of this Order, Social Distancing Requirements includes all of the following:
    • Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals
    • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer when hand-sinks are not available
    • Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)
    • Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces
    • Not shaking hands

Continuing our communication efforts and engaging residents

  • LifeShare is our internal station residents can access from their apartments on channel 14
  • Printed notices in our building
  • Coronavirus Information Phone Line, ext. 1530 or 303-939-0530
  • Channel 14 In-House TV – Live broadcast with updates on the situation every Monday at 2 pm
  • Monthly resident newsletter will be delivered as usual
  • Working on providing additional activities for residents to enjoy in their apartments, including:
    • Weekly live updates about the virus: Mondays at 2pm on channel 14
    • Pictionary, daily at 9am on channel 14
    • Chair Yoga, Tuesdays and Thursdays with Legacy at 2pm on channel 14
    • Seated Dance, Wednesdays with Legacy at 9:30am on channel 14 (starts April 1)
    • Guided Meditation on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 1pm on channel 14 (starts April 10)
  • In addition, Resident Programs staff is working on additional ideas

March 24, 2020

Golden West has been dedicated to serving older adults for over 50 years, and the safety and well-being of our residents has always been a top priority.

Over the last two weeks, we have been focused on implementing procedures to help protect residents and staff from COVID-19, the coronavirus. Those include promoting social distancing, limiting and screening visitors, ceasing group activities, changing our meal service and more. We thank all our staff who have worked so diligently to get the procedures in place and with such positive attitudes; we truly have a great team!

We also want to thank our residents and families for their support and understanding as we’ve implemented safeguards that have disrupted their daily lives. The Golden West community is full of caring people and our residents and families have been very supportive of the staff, new procedures and each other.

As of today, Golden West has no confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 and we are continuing with preventative measures. We limited entrance to the building to staff and individuals providing essential care for a resident. Entry to the building is only available at the West entrance, door #4, and all staff and essential care providers are screened, including temperature checks, prior to entering. And we will continue taking actions to protect residents. We recently closed the Beauty Salon and removed furnishings from public areas to discourage groups from gathering. We are continuously monitoring the situation and following the guidance of the Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS), the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Boulder County Health Department and, of course, orders from the Governor.

During the next week, we will focus on how to bring more activities and entertainment to the residents in their apartments. We will use our in-house TV channel to broadcast exercise programs, activities and live interviews, in addition to the movies we currently show. Our wonderful activities department is exploring options for other activities that residents could participate in from the doorway of their apartments (Hallway Bingo!) and volunteers have offered to call residents, run errands or help in other ways. We encourage your phone calls, letters and emails as well.

One of the most important things during times like these is communication. Golden West has added a Coronavirus Information phone line. Residents can dial extension 1530 from their apartment phone to hear a recording of the actions being taken and updates. Families and friends may also call the line at 303-939-0530. We continue to use LifeShare as the primary internal communication tool and will continue to use this e-Newsletter, our website gwboulder.org and Facebook to communicate with families and friends. Please consider using the LifeShare app to stay up to date on what’s happening at Golden West. Use the link below from your phone, scroll to the bottom of the page, and download the App:

LifeShare Family Mobile App
Community Pin: IL1055


March 19, 2020

As news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to move quickly in Colorado, we will keep providing updates from Golden West. As of March 17, 2020, there are NO confirmed OR presumptive cases of COVID-19, the coronavirus at Golden West.

We have taken the actions below to help keep our residents safe and healthy; bold items are the most recent additions to our precautions:

  • Visitor entry is limited to the West Entrance (Door #4)
  • Only essential visitors will be allowed entry
    • Essential visitors are those that provide care that is necessary for the physical and mental wellbeing of the resident
  • All staff and visitors are being screened
  • No one will be allowed entry who:
    • Has any sign of illness (fever, cough or respiratory condition) or been exposed to anyone with illness within the last two weeks
    • Has traveled from an area with a high incidence of illness within the last 14 days
    • Has flown on a plane in the last 14 days
  • Visitors and staff are directed to clean their hands upon entering the building
  • Group activities and meal service in the dining rooms have been canceled
    • Meals are being delivered to apartments in the Mezzanine
    • Meals are available for delivery to Towers apartments or for take out
  • Reminders to staff and residents to maintain a 6-foot distance from others, whenever possible
  • Residents are welcome to leave Golden West to stay with family or friends
  • LifeShare is our electronic notice system and our primary internal communication tool. To keep up to date on the information shared with residents, please download the LifeShare app

March 13, 2020

News is moving quickly right now, for all of us. Because COVID-19 has been discovered in Colorado, we want to share several pieces of information with you today, and we will continue to provide updates as necessary.

First, there are NO suspected, presumptive or confirmed cased of the coronavirus – COVID-19 at Golden West.

Today, these are the actions we are taking to help keep our residents safe and healthy:

  • Limiting entry to our community. Only essential visitors will be allowed entry. Essential visitors are immediate family, medical staff and homecare staff
  • All visitors will be required to answer screening questions
  • Refusing entry to anyone who has any sign of illness (fever, cough or respiratory condition) or been exposed to anyone with illness within the last two weeks
  • Refusing entry to anyone who has traveled from an area with a high incidence of illness within the last two weeks
  • Requiring all staff and visitors to clean their hands upon entering the building
  • Canceling group activities, including meals in the main dining room – meals are still available for delivery to apartments or for take out
A Letter From Our President on COVID-19
Washing your hands for 20 seconds is the most effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19.

The health of our residents and staff is our number one priority so we are taking precautions to keep them safe. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have questions, please contact: Donna Ruske, druske@gwboulder.org or Stephanie Schuler, sschuler@gwboulder.org.