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Welcome to the Seniors Blue Book local home page for Pueblo and Southern Colorado. I'm Lucy Crandall, your local partner at the Seniors Blue Book. Please let me know how I can help you. Whether you are looking for resources,   looking to promote your business, or just want to know what's happening around town, the Seniors Blue Book website is your go-to!    I know from personal experience from taking care of an aging parent in another state that the search is not easy, aging is not easy. Our healthcare system is difficult to navigate, throw in insurance and legal issues on top, and then manage it all in a crisis… no one should have to do it alone. Let me help you. Call or email me today!

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Feb 22, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


Learn how Beneficent connects Seniors and Disabled Adults to funds that pay for the high-quality care Senior Care Industry Professionals provide.Case Managers, Social Workers, & Certified Senior Advisors can EARN 1 CEU CREDIT through our 1- HOUR FREE ZOOM CLASSScan to RSVP or contact Kim Searles, (CSA)Director of Education 719.645.8350


Feb 09, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


Learn how Beneficent connects Seniors and Disabled Adults to funds that pay for the high-quality care Senior Care Industry Professionals provide.Case Managers, Social Workers, & Certified Senior Advisors can EARN 1 CEU CREDIT through our 1- HOUR FREE ZOOM CLASSScan to RSVP or contact Kim Searles, (CSA)Director of Education 719.645.8350


Jan 18, 2023 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Bridging Gaps

A Crafting Social Support GroupWeekly topics and activities: Social Connections and Rock PaintingSelf-Care and Tai Chi SessionMindfulness and Succulent TerrariumsBuilding Boundaries and Canvas PaintingStress Busting and Soap MakingEvery Wednesday 2:30 pm -4:00 pm January 18th - February 15thPre-register with Guadalupe at 719-583-6611(For residents of Pueblo, Fremont. Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley and Otero Counties)No cost to those 50 years and overSRDA - 230 N Union Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003Sponsored by: Health Colorado


Oct 12, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Pueblo SRDA Dementia Caregiver Support Group - Bilingual

Registration required call 800-273-3900 or email Kelly Hare at for assistance to RSVP.2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

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Local Aging Options

Belmont Lodge Health Care Center

Skilled Nursing 1601 Constitution Rd, Pueblo, Colorado, 81001

Selecting the right skilled nursing facility can be critical to your speedy recovery. Belmont Lodge Health Care Center located in Pueblo, CO, in Pueblo County, offers a variety of therapies and care services to help you regain your independence. Skilled nurses, therapists and licensed care professionals are available to guide you through your personalized therapy. Whether youre recovering after a hospital visit or in need of on-going medical support, Belmont Lodge Health Care Center will help you achieve your personal goals. We care for the people you love.

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FirstLight Home Care

Non-Medical 805 Eagleridge Blvd Ste 120, Pueblo, Colorado, 81008

The responsibility of caring for an older parent or relative is a part of life for many adults across the country. At FirstLight, we see caring for seniors as a privilege, not just an obligation. So, when you cant be there, you can count on us to provide the best home care and an understanding smile in a place thats near and dear to their heartshome.

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Visiting Angels

Non-Medical 610 E 8th Ave, Durango, Colorado, 81301

Visiting Angels is a Non-Medical In-Home Care provider. We assist with activities of daily living to keep the elderly, disabled, and veterans safe and independent in their home. Our professionals are trained in hospice, palliative, and dementia care. We aim to brighten the home and better the health of all our dear clients!

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Beneficent: LTC Funding Education & Options

Medicare/Medicaid/Insurance 665 Southpoint Court, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80906

Focused on Long Term Care Planning, we help families solve the problems created by the financial uncertainty when Long Term Care Services are required for a family member. Our clients benefit from step by step guidance which results in financial solutions to minimize spend down, preserve assets and limit out of pocket expenses. We provide full representation to our clients though out the Medicaid eligibility application and approval process. We give families peace of mind and predictability on the financial concerns surrounding long term care expenses of their loved ones.

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Why is it Important to Have a Quarterback on Your Healthcare Team

Primary care providers (PCP) are the foundation for your medical care. As such, we lead the team of healthcare professionals and other specialists that provide you comprehensive care. So, we like to think of ourselves as the quarterback of your team.A PCP can be a MD, Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.), Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP). Your PCP will diagnose and treat common illnesses and medical conditions while teaching you about safe health behaviors, treatment options, preventative and self care skill as well as provide necessary screening tests and immunizations.PCPs detect undiagnosed health issues and start treatment promptly, ultimately resulting in better outcomes. We manage chronic disease, utilizing evidence based guidelines in order to achieve mutually agreed upon health goals. Evaluating the urgency of your medical condition and directing you to the best place for care, which may be referring to other medical specialists, is a key role your PCP plays as quarterback of your team.Communication is the key to success on any team. You need to take an active role with your healthcare team. Keep your quarterback PCP up to date on immunizations, surgeries, visits with specialists, family history and active medical illnesses. Schedule regular appointments and keep them. Keep a list of all current medications you take, including over the counter medications and vitamins. Share that information with your quarterback PCP and include why you take the medication, how often you take it and what the dosage is.If you have any concerns about your health, contact your PCP initially, they are the main healthcare provider in any non-emergency case. Regular visits to your quarterback PCP will reduce costly emergency room visits by catching problems early.Don't have a PCP? Parkview Adult Medicine Clinic serves patients ages 15 and above. We are staffed by four board-certified Internal Medicine Physicians, 21 Resident Physicians, one board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and one board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. In addition to providing comprehensive and compassionate care to our patients in our state of the art clinic, we offer sports physicals, CDL medical exams, and Assisted Living Facility visits. To make an appointment, call 719.595.7585.Editors Note: This article was submitted by: Marian Heesaker, Family Nurse Practitioner at Parkview Adult Medicine Clinic

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How to Research Assisted Living Communities

Assisted living communities provide many older adults with comfortable environments where they can thrive under the care of professional staff members. These communities provide opportunities for personal growth and independence while offering top-of-the-line assistance with everyday activities.Beginning the research process for a trusted assisted living community is important for many adult children as they evaluate their parents needs. When choosing assisted living, youll have many things to consider, such as medical services, dining options, opportunities for socialization and events within the community. Take the time to understand the ins and outs and the questions to ask when looking at assisted living to see how its environment can help your loved one thrive.Table of Contents:What Is an Assisted Living Community?Where to Start Looking for Assisted Living CommunitiesResearching the Best Environment for Your Loved OneScheduling a TourAsking QuestionsTrust Cappella of Pueblo West to Care for Your Loved OnesWhat Is an Assisted Living Community?A quality assisted living community provides residents with round-the-clock care and support when facing health concerns later in life. These environments allow older adults to live in a comfortable suite and serve as active members of their surrounding neighborhoods. While continuing to value privacy and independence, the staff provides regularly scheduled socialization activities to keep every resident active and entertained.Employees provide medical services tailored toward your loved ones specific needs. Services and amenities make life as easy as possible for all residents, so you can rest assured knowing they receive quality care at all hours of the day.Finding quality assisted living starts with your and your parents understanding of their needs and how a team of trusted staff members can meet them. If you notice that it is time to start looking for an assisted living community, follow the next steps to establish a strong connection with a trusted environment for your loved one.Step 1: Where to Start Looking for Assisted Living CommunitiesDeciding on a location for an assisted living community can depend on many factors. Asking your parent where they would be most comfortable is the first step to ensuring a smooth transition from home to an assisted living suite. This step also lets your loved one feel in control of their future. Moving during this stage of life is a significant change, and it can take your loved one some time to adjust to their new community.This research step may present a slight issue if your parents show signs of needing assisted living care but feel that their condition is good enough to continue living independently. Many signs of concern may only be visible to other family members.Choosing a Living Community Near the FamilyOne popular option is choosing a community near your family. Consider the advantages and disadvantages of this option.1. ProsWhen deciding on the right community for your loved one, they may choose to stay in the area where they currently reside or where the rest of the family lives. If your parent is more comfortable staying close to their home, consider researching assisted living communities nearby. Many residents are active in their local communities and choose to live closer to home for some much-needed familiarity.This option is a common choice among most residents for various reasons. Although they are not living under the same roof as their children and grandchildren, they often feel safer knowing their loved ones are nearby. In a majority of cases, the residents family is close enough to be able to provide support at any given moment. Frequent visits are much easier with this option, making the transition from home to assisted living easier for all parties.2. ConsMoving from a comfortable home to a new community may present some mental blockage. Your parent may not fully comprehend the difference in living situations with only a short distance between their past and present situation. Allow them some time to adapt to their new environment before visiting frequently. Independence is significant to many residents, and assisted living communities can help provide as much privacy and self-efficiency as possible.Choosing a Living Community in Any LocationAnother common choice is picking a community regardless of how close it is to family members. Think about the benefits and drawbacks of this option.1. ProsIn some instances, potential residents will begin showing interest in communities in locations further away from their current residence. This opportunity allows them to gain a new sense of independence in a secure environment with constant support. Older adults tend to find this transition more adaptable when further away from their previous homes.2. ConsWhen selecting an assisted living community away from home, consider how frequently you plan on visiting your parent. More distance is excellent for establishing self-efficiency in residents. However, it will likely be more difficult for you to provide support without being nearby. Discuss this change with your parent before making any decisions. The transition from home to assisted living can be made as easy as possible with all parties agreeing to this new shift in support systems.Reassuring your parent that moving to a secure and trusted environment is the best step for their health condition also allows the rest of the family to take comfort in knowing their loved one is being taken care of properly.Step 2: Researching the Best Environment for Your Loved OneBefore researching the perfect living situation for your loved one, set a few criteria you want an assisted living community to have. These guidelines can reflect your parents current health conditions to ensure they will receive the best treatment possible from the staff. Keep these criteria in mind while researching to make the search process more organized and helpful toward your and your parents next chapter in life.Searching Communities OnlineOften, family members will begin researching assisted living communities through online searches. The results will likely show the closest environment with the best ratings. This first step to familiarizing yourself with assisted living options in the area allows you to cross-reference different benefits offered in several communities.In this situation, pay close attention to the reviews of each residential living space. Visiting the websites of each community can allow you to gain insight into their programs. However, you will only be able to see what they want you to see. The most honest remarks will come from online reviews from family members or residents, former residents and employees.Asking People, You KnowAnother option for finding the right assisted living community for your loved ones is to ask those in your life about their preferences if they have been in this situation. If they also have a relative living in a community, they can advise which environments best suit their relatives needs. A trusted source like this is beneficial in gaining insight into a specific community without the risk of falling into false advertisements.However, remember that someone you know might only be familiar with one or two communities. Continue to ask about the preferences of individuals you trust but do your own thorough research of their choices and your favorites so far.Professional ReferralsAsking your parents physician about their preferred assisted living communities is beneficial when considering the medical treatment advantages. A doctor will have insight into the communities medical staff and treatment practices so they can recommend the most trusted places for your loved one. If they have had patients in the past move into assisted living communities, they can provide satisfaction rates from those in similar situations as your loved one.This approach is helpful for professional recommendations, but the doctor may only know communities in a specific location due to their practice. Again, it benefits you and your parent to do your own research, but it is helpful to gain more knowledge from a trusted, licensed physician.Step 3: Scheduling a TourScheduling a tour with an assisted living community can help establish a strong connection with the staff and allow your parent to become familiar with the premises. Having the chance to meet one-on-one with an employee in the community is the perfect way to gain more insight into the everyday life of residents and the surrounding environment. You can take a tour online, in person or by conversing with the staff.Going on a tour with your parent can allow them to get to know other residents as they pass by residential spaces and activity areas. Getting them familiar with the social life within the community can make the decision easier for your loved one. Their input is just as important as anyone elses when choosing a comfortable environment where they might reside in the future.Tours are the perfect time to prepare questions for the staff before making any decisions. Once you and your parent become acquainted with the community through sightseeing and discussions with the other residents, getting the chance to sit down with a faculty member can help bring any concerns to light. Before going on a tour, bring a list of questions to ask and encourage your loved one to think of a few before arriving.Step 4: Asking QuestionsOnce you have scheduled a tour, determine whats most important to you and your parent and build a list based on those areas of concern. What to look for in assisted living depends on your loved ones needs and what they regularly require from staff members. This opportunity allows both parties to become more familiar with every aspect of the community, including how well the resident can adapt to the environment.Questions About the CommunityHere are some questions to ask when looking at assisted living:How big is the community? Having many neighbors can help make the assisted living experience more exciting and memorable. Independence is vital for most residents as they move into a new environment. Luckily, having their own designated space to call home allows them to keep this independence and privacy while also providing them opportunities to socialize with their neighbors and the rest of the community.What is the ratio of caregivers to residents? Before moving a loved one to an assisted living community, ask how many caregivers will be available for each resident. If your parent has a health condition that requires extra help, understanding the kind of assistance they will receive from several staff members can help ease the stress of finding the right community to care for them.What floor plans are available? Various rooming options allow residents to make their space unique to their style and living preferences. Floor plans show the different square footage of each residential area. Residents can choose the best fit for them, including apartments with kitchens, larger living rooms and private bathrooms.Questions About the PeopleThese are questions you might ask about the residents and staff in the community:Are there ways to connect with other residents? Assisted living communities allow residents to socialize with others through various planned activities, closeby neighbors and designated gathering areas. While staff members prioritize every residents privacy and independence to ensure a comfortable living environment, scheduled events keep everyone active and social.Are the staff genuinely caring? Although this question will typically result in the same answer from any staff member, take time to observe the behavior around you during your tour. If the staff is attentive and works positively with residents, the community would make a much better fit for your loved one as they adjust to a new yet supportive environment.How much independence are residents given? This question allows you and your parent to catch a glimpse of the living situations within the community. Residential spaces should provide plenty of privacy for each individual. If your loved one needs regular support for their health, this is an excellent opportunity to ask how the staff can provide help throughout the day as necessary.How does visiting work? Visiting options allow family members to remain in close contact with their loved ones in an assisted living community. Most environments encourage visits as much as possible to keep each resident active and supported. However, some communities take precautionary measures to ensure a safe visit for residents and family members. Since the pandemic, many communities have implemented visiting regulations to limit the spread of COVID-19. This step helps protect all community members, which can become an admirable point of judgment when searching for an assisted living environment thats right for your parent.Questions About the AmenitiesStart with these questions about the communitys amenities:What events take place? Assisted living communities prioritize each residents ability to grow in their freedom and creativity. Staff members regularly schedule events to enhance personal achievements through mental and physical activities and goal completion.What services does the community provide? Assisted living community services help make life as easy as possible for all residents. These services include providing personal hygiene care, regular housekeeping and laundry, fresh and nutritious meals daily, health and wellness support and consistent life enrichment possibilities through supportive staff members.What food do the residents eat? Home-cooked meals provide residents with healthy food options to enhance their physical health. This small detail is the best indicator of how well the staff cares about each individual. Warm meals throughout the day can make each resident feel at home as they sit down with neighbors for a relaxing gathering.Is there a pool, fitness center, garden or salon? Indoor and outdoor recreations are a perfect way to keep residents occupied and active daily. These amenities can help residents maintain a hobby or gain a new one while exploring their options throughout the community. This addition to the environment also allows them more opportunities to socialize, enhance their mobility and get into a comfortable routine.Questions About the LocationHere are some of the questions you might ask about the location:What is near the community? Familiarity is essential for many residents. Being a part of the surrounding community can help them feel more involved and independent. Ask staff members about the events or landmarks in the area for your parent to visit in their free time. This question also allows you to ask if the surrounding area has high crime ratings.What does transportation look like for residents? Along with the rest of the amenities each resident receives, assisted living communities often provide transportation services to and from living spaces. Residents can gain a sense of freedom by taking a stroll out in the neighboring areas and being back in time for a warm home-cooked meal.How often do residents get the opportunity to leave the property? This question allows all residents to become familiar with the communitys schedules inside and outside the living spaces. Monitoring a parent with specific health conditions is vital for someone seeking round-the-clock care for their loved one. This opportunity also provides insight into the parents freedom within the community.

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Practical Solutions to Pay for the High Cost of Long-term Care

If the high cost of long-term care was not an obstacle, how much care would you or your loved one need? Beneficent has been privileged to successfully assist more than 3000 families and individuals through asset preservation in the face of high long-term care costs for over 20 years. Our work is much more than just a business. It is an opportunity to practice our faith through compassionate service that sees every individual as one of infinite worth. Did you know that 70% of all of us who reach age 65 will need some level of Long-Term Care? Weve heard hundreds of stories all with the same concern how to get the best long-term care in place for themselves or loved ones. Children worry about parents falling. Spouses concerned how they can continue to care for their partner who is rapidly mentally and physically declining. Adults want to know of a financial plan because the average cost for Long-term care is $8758 per month according to current Colorado state information. Families are stressed about losing everything in order to pay for long-term care. We have heard it all. No matter what your circumstance, 100% of our clients who are seniors and disabled adults have leveraged the programs to pay for the best care they need, not how much they can afford.  These programs cover assisted living, adult day care, home care, nursing homes, or senior living. As Certified Medicaid Planners, our clients benefit from step-by-step guidance which results in financial solutions to minimize spend down, preserve assets and limit out of pocket expenses. We give families peace of mind and predictability on the financial concerns surrounding long-term care expenses of their loved ones. How do we do it?Learn more and schedule an appointment here: Editors Note:  This article was written by Stacy Osborne, MBA CMP with Beneficent.  She can be reached by phone at 719-645-8350 or by email at 

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What do Hearing Impaired Individuals Want

Pondering the question of what the hearing impaired really want, it can be said that they want to be good fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, sensitive to others needs and thoughts. They want to hear intimate speech and to hear clearly the words, I love you, I appreciate you in tones that match the message. They want to bond and feel at one. They are tired of being an invisible segment of their social circle. They want to hear small talk and contribute in kind. They want to be able to relax and enjoy, to breathe deeply and freely, not anxious and tense during a meal at a fine restaurant. They want to hear the dialogue over the music, television without dominating every cubic inch of the room, and their spouse to smile and squeeze their hand in the quiet moment, without having to repeat to the point of frustration. They want to know who youre talking to on the phone without asking or hear you through the door when caught in bathrobe. Older hearing-impaired individuals want to be able to pass the Mini Mental State Exam when the crucial questions are asked, without having checkbook, driver's license, deed to their home, and personal independence taken from them. They want to hear the small child's voice, and to be a calming influence that there is a bright future in store for the next generation. What do hearing impaired individuals want? They want all of the above, and the only way they can get it is by seeking out the services of a dedicated, caring hearing health professional. Borrowing from poet William Butler Yeats, the hearing-impaired individual is like the Falcon flying in ever widening gyres, unable to hear the Falconer standing below, and simply searching for answers to their steadily advancing problem. The hearing health professional is like the Falconer, welcoming arm stretched forth, waiting for the struggling Falcon to come home.Dr. Chartrand serves as Director of Research at Digicare Hearing Solutions, Inc., with offices located in Colorado City, La Junta, and Trinidad, and as Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine at NorthCentral University. Information: 719-676-4377.

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Beneficent for SW and Case Managers

Beneficent:Adj. - Doing good for othersAre you or a loved one a senior or disabled adult and need long-term care?We know that applying for long-term care financial programs can feel like you are in a maze. We quickly navigate you to the best financial program to help pay for senior care, including assisted living, adult day care, home care, nursing homes, or senior living for you or your loved one.   Call Beneficent today to learn more 719-645-8350 or join our monthly educational meetings hosted by Kim Searles for Social Workers, Care Providers and the Senior Community. 

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Gym Memberships and Medicare

This month with KKTV we discussed gym memberships and Medicare. Lyndsey Pouncey of the YMCA joined us in discussing what the YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs have to offer to Seniors and how to gain access at no cost with your Medicare plan.Medicare plans with gym membershipsA lot of Medicare plans now offer free gym memberships as a part of their benefits package. These free gym memberships come in a variety of names, but if your plan offers a free gym membership the end result is the same. you get to go to a gym at no cost, such as the YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs.Medicare plans such as Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) or Medicare Supplement plans provide these gym memberships. If you are unsure if your current Medicare plan is providing the free gym membership benefit, give our office a call and we can let you know if you have access or let you know how to get access. Many beneficiaries on Medicare do not even realize what benefits actually are a part of the plan they chose, let alone if there is a free gym membership included. So, do not feel alone if you are unsure what benefits your Medicare plan is providing to you.That is what our offices in Southern Colorado are here for. With our local offices you can schedule reviews of your plan options and benefit reviews to ensure you take advantage of everything that is available in your area at no cost. We can also let you know what gyms are near you that will allow you to utilize your no cost membership benefit.YMCA and the Senior CenterThe YMCA and the Senior Center of Colorado Springs were able to join us this month for KKTV to go over some of the great benefits their buildings provide. If you have not been to a YMCA recently it is definitely worth the trip. The YMCA is providing daily Silver Sneaker programs, group exercises, pool therapy, racquetball games, cycling, and much more. They are very involved with the community and try to provide as much resources as possible to the senior community.There are several YMCA buildings around Southern Colorado that provide a ton of senior oriented services. Take a look at the local YMCA locations and join one today at no cost with your free gym membership!Veterans and Free Gym MembershipsVeterans with VA access or Tricare for Life do not get a gym membership (unless you want to go to the base with all the trainees) included with their coverage benefits when they get Medicare. HealthCare coverage with Tricare and service-connected veterans can be top-notch, but when it comes to some of the ancillary benefits such as a free gym membership the government is not providing it.The great thing is there are plans available for Veterans that provide the gym membership benefits, along with many other benefits. If you have not had a chance to review your Medicare & Tricare or VA access coverage, then you should reach out to us because you are missing out on benefits that you are eligible for. We know it can seem daunting and seem too good to be true, but there are plans available for Veterans that do not affect the government provided HealthCare to enhance the benefits provided.Thank you to KKTV 11 ConnectsWe are very happy to be a part of the KKTV 11 connects family and to be able to provide these valuable interviews with them. If you have not had a chance to take a look at what KKTV 11 connects is doing in the community, take a look at KKTV 11 connects page. We look forward to next months interview and hope you will enjoy it. (Get excited: we will be joined by a great person, helping an organization do great things for those with Alzheimers- can you guess who it is, or what organization?)As always if you have any more questions, you are more than welcome to reach out to our office and talk with one of your local Medicare Brokers. We have several offices throughout Southern Colorado.You can call us directly at 719-404-3202Or navigate to our contact page and we can reach out to you.

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Google ranks in the top 1% of all 41M+ domains worldwide - Why these matter to our SBB partners -SBB Article Library-SBB Video-SBB Social Media Presence-SBB Partner Dashboard-How to get the most out of your print ad-SBB Media Digital SolutionsLearn how your business can benefit from this. Visit for more information!

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Caregiver - Same Day Pay!

Your Rewarding Career as a Caregiver Community Hero!Are you looking for a career where you can make a difference? Click here to see how we express our feelings about our caregiver heroes on the homefront.FirstLight provides comprehensive caregiver training, flexible schedules and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others! At FirstLight Home Care, you get to do something that matters - that positively impacts your world - and makes a real difference. FirstLight Home Care is putting an emphasis on caring for our caregivers so we can continue to serve our communitiesHere is What We Are Doing to Keep You Safe During COVID-19:Follow all CDC guidelinesProvide personal protective equipment (PPE)Daily monitoring of symptoms of caregiversIncreased training around infection control protocolsRegular checks with clients and families to identify any symptoms Your FirstLight Rewarding Benefits:Flexible Hours that fit YOUR schedule!A Great Culture of Care Work Environment where you can thrive!Free Learning, Development, & Recertification opportunities!Career Advancement that rewards and celebrates YOU!Competitive Pay for your career choiceMeaningful Work to make a positive difference in the lives of others, just to name a few!Community involvement A Day in the Life of a FirstLight Caregiver:Providing companionship conversationPreparing and serving mealsHelp with mobility, bathing and groomingLight housekeeping and laundryShopping, errands and transportationGrocery shoppingSorting/organizing mail and assisting with bill payingYou Are a Great Fit for This Role When You Have:Previous caregiving experience (preferred), capes optional!A passion for caregiving and a desire to help othersA commitment to being present and providing quality careEmpathy, patience, kindness and respectWant to join our dynamic culture? Apply Today!

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Nursing Home Administrator - Must be willing to locate to La Junta, CO

QualificationsLicensed Nursing Home Administrator license (Required)Full Job DescriptionBluestem Village is a newly built state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility is designed with the Resident in mind that focus on the needs of individuals in a home-like environment located at 1 Darlene Drive, La Junta, CO 81050. We are looking for an innovative Nursing Home Administrator to head this exciting brand-new facility. The start date for the ideal candidate would be December 2022.The primary responsibility of your job position is to plan, organize, develop, coordinate and manage the overall operations of the nursing home in accordance with federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations and in accordance with Vivage Management policies and procedures.KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:Program, Policies and Procedure Duties: 50% timeDirects and implements safety practices including emergency preparednessAssures department managers plan, organize, develop, implement, evaluate and direct facility programs and activitiesRecruits, trains and leads an effective professional team of managers who implement programs and services which reflect Vivage Managements values, goals and ethics, and which support financial growth and stabilityManages Workers Compensation program in coordination with the HR DirectorParticipates in governmental agency facility surveysAssures adherence to all Vivage Management standards, programs, policies and systemsChairs the facilitys Performance Improvement Committee and assures appropriate follow-upEnsures the communication and enforcement of residents rights; reviews resident complaints and grievances; prepares written reports of action taken; discusses with resident and family as appropriatePromotes Vivages philosophy of culture change and person-centered care model to ensure residents have the opportunity to grow and live enriched lives in a non-traditional nursing home setting.Develops and implements a marketing plan to maintain facility viability and success; maintains occupancy and payor mix to maximize financial outcomesParticipates in various facility, corporate and external committees and task forcesAbility to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret relevant programs, goals, objectives, policies and proceduresKeeps abreast of industry trends through continuing education, committee involvement, journals, networking and other available avenuesMust possess the ability to plan, organize, develop, implement, and interpret the programs, goals, objectives, policies and procedures, etc., necessary for providing quality care and maintaining a sound operationCompletes special projects as assignedReporting Duties: 20%timeMonitors procurement and utilization of equipment and supplies sufficient to provide safe, sanitary, and quality resident services in all areasEnsures that an adequate number of appropriately trained staff are on duty at all times to meet the needs of the residentsCompletes all required reports and projects in a timely, efficient mannerProvides timely documentation regarding performance, counseling and guidance to department managers while promoting growth and competency in a positive and nurturing environmentDevelops and maintains written job descriptions that accurately reflect job responsibilities and are in compliance with regulatory requirementsMust be able to communicate policies, procedures, regulations, reports, etc., to personnel, residents, family members, visitors, and government agencies/personnelDepartment Support Duties: 15% timeAssures departmental response and follow-up to Vivage Managements Consolidated Site ReportsAssists department managers with staff counseling and performance evaluations.Provides effective leadership and direction to department managersMaintains appropriate communication with Vivage Management regarding all clinical, financial and operational issuesEnsures facility and personal involvement within the communityManagement Duties: 15%timeDevelops effective working relationships with staff and maintains an environment conducive to building teamsFunctions as the homes chief public relations officerResponsible for the overall financial performance of the facilityPurchases all equipment and capital items in accordance with Vivage Management approval protocol and facility governing bodyMust possess the ability to work harmoniously with and supervise other personnelTALENT:Relationship BuildingDemonstrate friendliness and enthusiasmBuild relationships with all types of peopleHave empathy, a caring attitude and sincere interest in othersInfluencingCommunicate clearly and effectivelyExecutingAbility to organize and prioritize workloadDetail oriented and follow throughStrategic ThinkingSolve problems effectivelySKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:Knowledge of computer systems, system applications, and other office equipmentStrong financial management skillsWorking knowledge of long-term care state and federal regulations, Medicare, Medicaid, employment law, OSHA and Workers CompensationBasic computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and emailKnowledge of laws, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to hospital and nursing facility administrative proceduresEDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:Education: Bachelors Degree (Masters Degree) preferred in Health Care or related field; Eden Associate also preferred.Experience: Must have a minimum of (3) three years supervisory experience (5) years preferred in a long-term care facility Experience as a Nursing Home Administrator (strongly preferred)License: Nursing Home Administrator license in good standing in the state of Colorado preferred.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hand and fingers to handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hearSpecific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focusMust be able to assist in the evacuation of residentsSits, stands, bends, lifts and moves intermittently during working hoursMust be able to lift, push, pull, and move a minimum of 50 poundsWORK ENVIRONMENT:Majority of time spent in an office environment that is heated and/or air-conditioned.Position requires some exposure to facilities, which involves exposure to healthcare environmentWorks in all areas of the buildingMoves intermittently during working hoursIs subject to frequent interruptionsCommunicates with personnel, facility staff, and other department supervisorsIs involved with residents, personnel, visitors, government agencies/personnel, etc., under all conditions and circumstancesIs subject to difficult and emotionally upset personnel, visitors, etc.Works beyond normal duty hours, on weekends and holidays as necessaryIs subject to call back during emergency conditions (e.g., severe weather, evacuation, post-disaster, etc.)Is subject to injury from falls, burns from equipment, odors, etc., throughout the workday, as well as reactions from dust, disinfectants, tobacco smoke, and other air contaminantsMay be subject to the handling of and exposure to hazardous chemicalsMust be able to work with the ill, disabled, elderly, emotionally upset, and, at times, hostile people within the facilityOTHER:Ability to travel to offsite meetings and educational events, including those requiring overnight staysMust possess a valid and unrestricted Drivers LicenseClassification: ExemptMaintains safe work environment and exhibits safe work practicesMust not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplaceAbility to work beyond normal working hours and on weekends and holidays as necessaryPass background, CAPs and pose no direct threat to the health or safety of individuals in the workplaceCOVID Vaccine or Qualifying Exemption RequiredJob Type: Full-timePay: $110,000.00 - $120,000.00 per yearSchedule:On callWeekend availabilityLicense/Certification:Licensed Nursing Home Administrator license (Required)APPLY HERE

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