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Health briefs: VNA offers free HIV tests for all ages March 10

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association will offer free HIV tests for all ages from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 10 at 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101. Testing also can be done by appointment during regular business hours. For more information or to make an appointment, call the VNA in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632.

Doak Walker House on list of best nursing homes

The Doak Walker House at Casey's Pond Senior Living has made the "Best Nursing Home in Colorado" list published by U.S. News & World Report. The Doak was one of seven nursing homes to receive the top rating among 24 facilities in Northwestern Colorado.

The accolade is the outcome of the skilled nursing neighborhood being awarded a five-star rating by the federal government on The grade is the highest possible rating a nursing community can receive. The Doak Walker House received five stars for health inspections and nurse staff and four stars for quality measures for an overall rating of five stars.

While this is the first time Casey's Pond has received the five-star rating, it carries on the tradition set by the Doak Walker Care Center formerly at Yampa Valley Medical Center, which historically has received the five-star grade by

"I'm very proud of the work our associates are doing here at Casey's Pond," Chief Executive Director Dan Shields said. "We have a strong commitment to excellence in senior care, and I think the five-star rating really illustrates that."

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Event addresses speaking to parents about senior care

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Casey's Pond Senior Living will present a seminar about talking to parents about senior care from 5:15 to 7 p.m. March 13 in the Community Life Room at Casey's Pond. An expert panel of speakers will speak about about timing, how to break the ice, convincing parents to leave their homes, senior care affordability and what to do if your parent is resistant to the idea. Appetizers and beverages will be served. The seminar is limited to 30 guests, and RSVP is required by calling 970-457-4870.

Cancer support group meeting focus on physical therapy

Integrated Health will hold a cancer support group meeting from 10 to 11 a.m. March 13 that will focus on the benefits of physical therapy. Mary Beth Strotbeck and Jodi Briguel, physical therapists and cancer exercise specialists from SportsMed, will provide information about how exercise rehabilitation helps during the cancer process.

Health insurance marketplace meetings scheduled

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is hosting a series of free information sessions to answer questions about the new health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. A health coverage guide will attend the meetings for individuals, families and small-business owners interested in learning about their options for health insurance under new the legislation. The meeting dates are as follows:

Routt County

• LIFT-UP of Routt County: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and March 17 and 24

• Bud Werner Memorial Library: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and March 21 and 28

• The Hayden Granary: Noon to 2 p.m. Thursday and March 20 and 27 and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday

Rio Blanco County

• Meeker Public Library: Noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday and March 26

• Rangely Town Hall: 9 a.m. to noon March 19

• Meeker Town Hall, 2 to 5 p.m. March 19

Moffat County

• Moffat County Library, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and March 19 and 26

Hospice daffodil sale fundraiser is March 18

The annual Hospice daffodils sale is coming up. Daffodils will be on sale for $5 per bunch, $24 for 5 bunches $46 for 10 bunches on March 18 at the following locations:

• Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

• City Market (Craig and Steamboat Springs)

• Ace at the Curve

• Hayden Mercantile

• Bonfiglio Drug

• Clark Store

They also can be purchased through March 14 at Contact Kendall Yeager at 970- 871-7607 or with questions.

Adult activity and care program offered in Hayden

An adult activity and care program will be offered at the Haven Assisted Living Center, 300 S. Shelton Lane in Hayden.

The program provides a place for older adults to enjoy a fun and relaxing day outside of the home. Activities include: music, presentations, exercise, art, social events and health and wellness services.

The program will be available the following Tuesdays: March 11, 18 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $50 per day.

Free van transportation will be provided from Craig to Hayden. Pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and drop off is at 3:30 p.m. at the parking lot at the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association office in Craig, 745 Russell St.

Reserve your spot one week before participating. This is private pay only; Medicaid will not be accepted for this special promotion. For more information and to register, contact Karen Burley at 970-875-1888.

VNA offers hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines

Are you heading out of town for spring break? Don't forget to make an appointment to get your Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations before traveling to Mexico, Caribbean or Central America. Both diseases are prevalent in less developed countries and infection occurs by ingesting contaminated food/water. For more information call Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association at 970-879-1632.

VNA offers birth control, STD screenings

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Community Health Center is offering low-cost birth control, STD screenings (for men and women), pap smears, breast exams and general women's health care based on income. All income levels are welcome. Make an appointment in Steamboat by calling 970-879-1632 or in Craig by calling 970-824-8233.

LiveWell program to help families with healthy eating

LiveWell Northwest Colorado is helping families be healthy by working to improve eating habits and to be more physically active through the "Let's Go! 5-2-1-0" program. The program sets the goal each day of eating five or more fruits and vegetables, watching two or fewer hours of TV, getting an hour or more of physical activity and drinking zero sugary drinks. For more information about the program, visit or call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110.

Winter Blast Triathlon continues March 28

The Winter Blast Triathlon Series at the Old Town Hot Springs continues March 28. The triathlon starts in the pool, heads up to the spin bikes and then to the treadmills. The cost for members is $30 per event, and the cost for nonmembers is $40 per event. Participants ages 12 to 15 must be with an adult. Register at the Old Town Hot Springs front desk. Email or 970-879-1828, ext. 311, for more information.

Planned Parenthood can help with annual exam costs

Planned Parenthood can cover the cost of an annual exam for women who are uninsured or underinsured, according to a news release. Call 970-879-2212 for information or to make an appointment or stop by the health center on 11th Street between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street.

Northwest Colorado VNA offers options to help quit tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association offers options for those looking to quite smoking. The VNA has counseling available to help tobacco users of all ages to quit using cigarettes or smokeless tobacco. Quitting tobacco usually takes multiple attempts, but studies show cessation support can significantly improve a person's chance for success. Counseling helps tobacco users set quit goals in a judgment-free environment. Participants also may receive support for weight management, nutrition, heart health and stress control. There is no fee for this service. It is available in English and Spanish. To be connected with a Cessation Counselor in Steamboat Springs or Craig, call 970-871-7634.

Other programs the VNA offer include:

• The Colorado QuitLine, which offers free personalized cessation phone support for smokers. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

• SmokefreeTXT program provides free personalized text message support. Text the word QUIT to IQUIT (47848).

HPV vaccine offered through Visiting Nurse Association

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Protect yourself or your family from cancers caused by HPV for just $21.50 for uninsured and underinsured individuals. The HPV vaccine is for ages 9 to 26 for males and females.

Call the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association in Craig at 970-824-8233 or in Steamboat Springs at 970-879-1632 to make an appointment.

Support groups to meet this week

• A bereavement support group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Rollingstone Respite House. The group is open to anyone grieving the loss of a loved one. Call 970-871-7628 prior to attending your first meeting.

• A Parkinson’s support group meets at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs, 736 Oak St. For more information, call 970-875-1088.

• A domestic violence support group for women is from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. Call Diane at 970-879-2034 before attending.

• A cancer support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Yampa Valley Medical Center’s Integrated Health, 3001 S. Lincoln Ave. The group is for those with cancer to learn techniques to manage stress and create a holiday plan. For more information, call Sara Ross at 970-875-2731.

• The Steamboat Meditation Recovery Group meetings Sundays at 5:30 p.m. at the Buddhist Center of Steamboat Springs, 2250 Copper Frontage Road, No. 202. The group will explore recovery through meditation, book study and all open discussion. Meetings are open to all faiths and addictions. For more information, call 720-670-8642.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care program don’t need to take steps

Veterans who are enrolled in Department of Veterans Affairs health care programs — including the veterans health care program, the Civilian Health and Medical program or the spina bifida health care program — do not need to take additional steps to meet the Affordable Care Act coverage standards, according to a news release from the VA.

The new health care law will not change VA health benefits or out-of-pocket costs for those who are enrolled, according to the release. Veterans who are not enrolled in VA health care can apply at or by calling 1-877-222-8387.

For more information, call Routt County Veterans Affairs Officer Michael Condie at 970-879-5489.

Yampa Valley Medical Center celebrates heritage with book

Yampa Valley Medical Center will celebrate 100 years of hospital heritage with the publication of a history book in 2014, according to a news release. Christine McKelvie is researching and writing the book that will highlight 10 decades of medical care at the Steamboat Sanitarium, the Steamboat Hospital, Routt County Memorial Hospital and YVMC.

“Our hospitals have long been the heartbeat of the valley, and we owe much to the dedicated people who have provided a century of care to this community and region,” McKelvie said in the release. “This book will tell their stories.”

If you have an historic hospital photo or memory you would like to share, email or call 970-870-1119.

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