Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association: Haven offers homelike option for seniors

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Many seniors are at a stage in life where they do not require skilled nursing care, but they no longer can, or want, to live alone. Haven Assisted Living is a 20-bed nonprofit assisted living facility for those ages 55 and older with state-of-the-art amenities, including a beautiful homelike setting, highly qualified staff, three meals per day, housekeeping, assistance with daily living tasks as needed, companionship, social activities, exercise classes, private or semi-private rooms, freedom to come and go with no worry and individual pampering. Medication administration assistance and medical appointment transportation also are available.

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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What is assisted living?

Assisted living often is viewed as the best of both worlds. Residents have as much independence as they want with the knowledge that personal care and support services are available if they need them.

Assisted living is designed to provide residents with assistance with basic ADLs (activities of daily living) such as bathing, grooming, dressing and more.

Assisted living communities differ from nursing homes in that they don’t offer complex medical services.

Who needs assisted living?

Assisted living residents usually are seniors who have had a slight decline in health in some way and need assistance performing one or more ADLs.

Seniors who would like to live in a social environment with few responsibilities and a place where care is easily accessible whenever the senior may need it are the type of seniors you will find in an assisted living community.

Respite care

Respite care gives assistance while the caregiver/families are away on vacation or business or while families enjoy the Yampa Valley worry-free while on vacation.

The Vivien Card Memorial Respite Room is a fully furnished room with linens. All the regular benefits of the Haven are included: three meals per day, housekeeping, assistance with bathing if needed, activities and companionship.

Medication administration assistance and medical appointment transportation are available for a fee. All prerequisites apply just as they do for full-time Haven residents; however, the 55 or older age restriction does not apply to the respite room.

Annual fundraiser Friday

The Haven annual fundraiser barbecue and silent auction will be held Friday at the Haven Community Center.

The barbecue and dance, which starts at 6 p.m., is a family-friendly event that includes activities for kids, live music and dancing with Loose Change starting at 7 p.m., a homemade barbecue supper, beer garden and a fabulous silent auction.

Tickets are $8 per student, $15 per adult, $25 per couple and $40 per family, and kids 5 and younger are free. Sponsorship opportunities also are available starting at $100.

New to this year's fundraiser is online bidding at www.havenseniorliving.com/bid for a one or two person, full-day guided fly-fishing expedition from Henderson Fly Fishing on 1 mile of private river access near Hayden donated by Kathy Hockin.

Your guide will be Steve Henderson on this private river section of the Yampa River. The river access is fishable from mid-June through March, which gives the winning bidder nearly four seasons of fishing to choose from.

The item is valued at $625 and was donated by Henderson Fly Fishing.

Online bids will be taken until 3 p.m. Wednesday. Bidding will continue in person at the event Friday until 8 p.m.

A silent auction full of unique wellness and outdoor activity items will be held the night of the event:

• One-day guided fishing trip for one or two people on private river access guided by Steve Henderson

• 18 holes of golf for two with two carts at Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig

• 1 1/2-hour private golf lesson with PGA head golf professional at the Yampa Valley Golf Course in Craig

• Nine holes of golf for two with one cart at the Steamboat Golf Club

• Three-month family membership to the Old Town Hot Springs

• Handcrafted picnic table made by Hayden High School students

• Two-hour housecleaning certificate

• Two black and white canvas images: "Beginnings" and "Beginnings II"

• Music box from Kester Jewelry

• Five cash prize envelopes

• One-hour plane sightseeing tour for two (Craig or Steamboat airport)

• One-hour estate planning consultation with Jean Manifesto

• One month unlimited use certificate from H-Town Underground Fitness

• Variety from Chakra Healing Spa — foot detox using the Optimum Energetics Footbath, Amethyst Bio-Mat Session and Quantum Biofeedback

• Two pieces of welded art work made by Hayden High School students

Proceeds from the event directly will benefit community seniors, with funding from this annual event being designated for essential facility maintenance and repairs.

In the past three years, this event has raised funds for a number of needed restoration projects. These projects included an overhaul of the fire sprinkler system, essential roof repairs, electrical system updates, heating system repairs, and new carpet for resident rooms.

The renovations intended with proceeds from this year’s event include replacing additional resident room carpet, upgrading the recovery system for hot water production and a new section of roof repairs. The event fundraising goal is $15,000 this year.

If you have any questions or would like to purchase tickets, contact Karen Burley at 970-875-1888 or kburley@nwcovna.org. For all of the event details, visit www.havenseniorliving.com/fundraiser.

Suzi Mariano is the director of communications for the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association.

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