Colorado - Western Slope

Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Grand, Gunnison, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Montrose, Pitkin, Rio Blanco & Routt

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Lucy Crandall

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Welcome to the Seniors Blue Book local home page for Grand Junction and the Western Slope. 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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Nov 01, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Navigating Medicare? We Can Help

Annual Open Enrollment is right around the corner! Our counselors are available to meet with you via appointment or through one of our walk-in days. To schedule an appointment, call 970-243-9839 ext. 1, and leave your name and phone number. Or you may meet with one of our counselors on the following walk-in days from 9am-3pm without an appointment.

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Nov 16, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Free Call4All Legal Clinic

Toll Free Clinic Number - 844-404-7400

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Oct 13, 2022 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Alzheimer's Association Education Series

All classes held from 10am-11am MST on the second Thursday of each month.To RSVP, call 970-243-3100

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Local Aging Options

Cappella of Grand Junction

Assisted Living 628 26 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81506

At Cappella of Grand Junction our assisted living community offers the support to enable each person to live their life to the fullest. With just the right amount of assistance, residents can enjoy their day independently and in harmony with others, free from the chores and cares of household maintenance. Our lovely and lively community boasts 40 spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment homes, plus a wealth of inviting common spaces, including a full-service salon, Grab and Go Bistro, Luxurious Spa and a wellness and therapy center.  Honoring Each Individual, Enriching Each Day at Cappella

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La Villa Grande Care Center

Memory Care 2501 Little Bookcliff Dr, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501

La Villa Grande Care Center is located in the heart of the Grand Junction health care community and two major hospitals. La Villa Grande CC provides skilled nursing care on either a long-term or short-term basis, in an environment that contributes to the health and well-being of our seniors. Our skilled nursing facility offers 24-hour nursing care to address our residents many health care needs. It is a warm and welcoming senior living community offering award-winning Rising Stars program for people with Alzheimer's or related dementias, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, and respite/short stays all in one comfortable, secure, beautifully landscaped location.

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La Villa Grande Care Center

Skilled Nursing 2501 Little Bookcliff Dr, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81501

La Villa Grande Care Center is located in the heart of the Grand Junction health care community and two major hospitals. La Villa Grande CC provides skilled nursing care on either a long-term or short-term basis, in an environment that contributes to the health and well-being of our seniors. Our skilled nursing facility offers 24-hour nursing care to address our residents many health care needs. It is a warm and welcoming senior living community offering award-winning Rising Stars program, secured memory care for people with Alzheimer's or related dementias, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation services, and respite/short stays all in one comfortable, secure, beautifully landscaped location.

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Cappella of Grand Junction

Memory Care 628 26 1/2 Road, Grand Junction, Colorado, 81506

At Cappella of Grand Junction, we carefully designed our Memory Support neighborhood to assist those living with Alzheimer's and dementia in a way that fosters individuality, dignity, a sense of value, and personal growth.  Honoring the person as an individual is our mission and focus.  We provide an environment where residents thrive, and families have peace of mind.  

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Prevention of Elder Abuse

The best way to eliminate elder abuse is to prevent it from ever happening. Yet, when it does occur, the cycle can be difficult to break as the elderly are often silent in their suffering. Seniors may be physically unable to respond to abuse or afraid of the consequences if they speak up and our society often turns a deaf ear to such cries for help. Thus, preventing abuse and neglect becomes even more difficult, but no less imperative.How can a family member, friend, or neighbor identify such neglect? After all, how can you tell that someone is threatening to chastise or deprive someone unless you see it happen? Without seeing it happen, how can you tell that someone is inflicting mental pain, anguish, or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts, e.g. humiliating, intimidating, or threatening?Not attending to the elder; ignoring verbal/nonverbal calls for helpLack of attention to the elder's need for affectionFailure to provide necessary psychological care to the senior, such as therapy or medications for depressionElders can:Plan their financial future with trusted family members, thus helping to eliminate unwanted theft and fraud.Avoid social isolation which can make you vulnerable to abuse.Speak your mind if you think you are not receiving proper care, either in a facility or at home.Know who you can contact if you think you have been abused.Family Members can:Pay attention to warning signs of possible abuse.Review bank accounts for irregular activity.Call and visit frequently. Make sure your loved one feels comfortable enough to contact you in case of an emergency.Make certain your loved one is eating and sleeping properly and is properly medicated.Caregivers can:Stay healthy and get regular medical care.Seek counseling or spiritual guidance for signs of depressions stress, or burnout.Know your local resources for elder abuse, and contact them. Become familiar with the procedures for reported and acting on an elder abuse situation.Find support groups to help with the stress and to assist with education of other caregivers.All-in-all, communicating with our elders is the solution to almost all potential issues mental or physical. Calling mom, dad, auntie, and uncle to say hello and I love you not only lets our loved ones know they are loved, but it reminds them that they are not forgotten. It opens the door for communicating their needs and thoughts.Editors Note: Deb Harrison and Judson Haims are owners of Visiting Angels locations in Grand Junction, Garfield, and Eagle Counties. They may be contacted at: Grand Junction (970) 254-8888 and Eagle/Garfield County (970)328-5526.

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Outreach to Women Veterans

Currently, women make up a larger percentage of the active force, are serving in all branches of the military, and are eligible for assignment in most military occupational specialties except for direct combat roles. The number of women serving in the military has increased and has significantly impacted the services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Projections show that women now comprise a higher percentage of the veteran population, and these numbers will most likely increase as time goes by. The biggest concern for most women veterans is the lack of women in counseling positions who are available to address their concerns and fears. The most frequently asked questions from women veterans, along with the answers, can now be found on the Center for Women Veterans website www1.va.gov/womenvet/. These 25 questions are the ones we hear most often, said the Director of the Center for Women Veterans. Too many women veterans don't know they are eligible for the full range of VA benefits and too many are unaware of special programs designed just for them. BENEFITS & SERVICES FOR WOMEN VETERANS As a woman veteran, you may be entitled to one or more of the following benefits.Sexual Trauma and Assault Counseling Disability Compensation for service related disabilities Disability Pension for non-service related disabilities Education Assistance Programs Work-Study Allowance Vocational Rehabilitation & Counseling Insurance Home Loan Benefits Medical Inpatient and Outpatient care Substance Abuse treatment and counseling Nursing Home care Burial Benefits Burial in a VA National Cemetery Employment AssistanceSurvivors' Benefit ProgramsFor more information on the above, please contact the Grand Junction V.A. Medical Center at 970-242-0731. Editors Note: This article was submitted by the Colorado state veterans Home in Rifle. They can be reached at 970-625-0842

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9 Best Types of Fun Activities for Older Adults

To learn more about The Retreat at Palisade, CLICK HERE.1. Active Games and SportsThese give you the chance to get some exercise, improve your hand-eye coordination, and gain a sense of control over the physical world. All of that can be very satisfying, especially if you get to overcome obstacles or compete with other people in a friendly way.Consider examples like:GolfMiniature golfPoolShuffleboardBocceTennisBadmintonPickle ballCroquetBall tossingFrisbee tossingVolleyball (including with a beach ball or balloon)HorseshoesLawn bowlingIndoor bowlingWii BowlingCurling2. Dancing, Karaoke, and Other Performance ArtsDancing to music can connect your body to exciting and healing rhythms. Singing popular songs (even badly) in front of other people can help you enjoy the humor in your efforts and avoid taking yourself too seriously. And performing in other wayssuch as acting in a skit or trying a stand-up comedy routine can remind you of how fun it is to tell stories in new or creative ways.Take a chance and try things like:Line, ballroom, salsa, or swing dancingSeniors' or all-ages karaokeActing in a playTelling jokes to an audienceReading books to groups of young kidsWriting and acting out skitsParticipating in comedic improvStarting a seniors' dance troupe3. Parties and Other Social GatheringsSocializing can be a powerful way to inject more fun into your life. That's particularly true if you get to reminisce about old times or talk about the other things that interest you. In fact, a good conversation may elevate your mood and outlook more than anything else on this list, especially if you keep things jovial.So don't shy away from attending other people's parties or joining clubs. Also, consider planning some of your own events. You can plan parties around all kinds of themes such as:Casino nightMurder mysteryTrivia nightMexican fiestaUgly sweaters nightThe 1920s, 50s, 60s, etc.Masquerade ballArabian nightsMardi GrasPiratesHawaiian luauJungle bashThe OscarsFormal teaSecret Santa4. Traditional Games and PuzzlesBoard games and card games provide great ways to socialize and benefit from the joyful challenges of friendly competition. And puzzles can help sharpen your mind and give you a sense of progress and accomplishment.Consider options like:UnoScrabblePictionaryYahtzeeBingoCheckersChinese checkersDominoesMonopolyChessBackgammonCribbageGo FishPokerBridgeMahjongCanastaRummySolitaireCrazy EightsCrossword puzzlesJigsaw puzzlesWord search puzzles5. Animal InteractionsJust like people, animals want and need to have fun. So playing with them can be mutually beneficial.Besides, it's often easy to find animals to interact with even if you don't have any pets. For example, many animal shelters welcome seniors who want to givedogs, cats, or other critters some quality attention.6. Gardening, Bird-watching, and Other Outdoor PastimesAs long as the weather is decent, being outside can do wonders for your mood. After all, the natural world is full of pleasurable sights, sounds, smells, and other sensory delights. They let you feel like an explorer or like you're connected to something larger than yourself.Consider diversions such as:GardeningBird-watchingWalkingHikingPicnicsBoat ridesMetal detectingKite flyingNature photography7. Arts and CraftsThese kinds of creative recreational pursuits are great for people of all ages, and they often make terrific elderly activities.Ideas like these can reignite a person's vitality and sense of what's possible:PaintingSketching/drawingCeramicsMosaicsWoodcraftPolymer clay modelingPapercraftBeadingKnittingCrochetingEmbroideryQuilt makingCard makingJewelry making8. Active LearningLearning is always more fun when it's something you choose to do for its own sake. Whole new avenues of possibility reveal themselves.So follow your curiosity and impulses. Learning something new is beneficial at any age. As examples, consider learning how to:Sing or play a musical instrumentSpeak a foreign languageUse computers more effectivelyWrite codeDesign websitesTake professional-quality photosWrite great storiesCook exotic mealsDecipher hieroglyphsPerform magic tricks9. Outings and excursionsMany great options exist, especially when you gather a small group of people to share the experiences. You may not be a kid, but that doesn't mean you can't go on field trips for some laughter, excitement, exploration, and social bonding.Consider excursions to places or events like:Theme parksCarnivalsCounty fairsComedy clubsHands-on science museumsAdult arcadesConcertsSporting eventsTheatrical performancesArt showsWineriesBeer festivalsWhy Play Is ImportantScientific studies continue to show that enjoyable activities can have several major benefits. For example, they have the power to help:Improve how your brain works. Do you want to maintain your memory and optimize your ability to learn new things? Engaging in play on a regular basis can enhance your creativity and mental sharpness.Heal, establish, or maintain relationships. A lot of seniors are lonely. In fact, on average, seniors without spouses or partners spend about10 hours alone each day. But having fun can enable older adults to make new friends or improve existing relationships.Things like laughter and friendly competition are known to increase harmony, trust, empathy, and intimacy among people who experience them together.Improve your mental and emotional well-being. Do you like the way you feel when you have a brighter outlook on life and your sense of time recedes into the background? Engaging in activities you enjoy can expand your optimism, multiply your moments of joy, and reduce your stress. It can even help prevent depression.Extend your life and improve your physical vitality. Who doesn't want to feel younger or more energetic? Creating plenty of fun moments in your life can be a good way to boost your immune system, reduce your risk of illness, and minimize your perception of any pain you might already have.Play should be a major part of life for everyone. We can all probably use many more joyful experiences. It's who we are, no matter our age.

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Myths Debunked With Facts About Reverse Mortgages.

Myth: A reverse mortgage is like a home equity loan.FACT: A home equity loan requires monthly payments. A reverse mortgage loan does not require payments. You must remain current on property taxes, homeowners insurance and HOA dues.Myth: I could get forced out of my home.FACT: FHA/HUD reverse mortgages specifically state that you cannot be forced out of your home. This loan requires; the home be your primary residence, keep up the maintenance/repair of your home, pay your property taxes and homeowners insurance when due along with HOA dues.Myth: The bank will assume ownership of my home if I get a reverse mortgage.Fact: You retain title to the property. The reverse mortgage lender is providing a loan to you. You are responsible to pay property taxes, insurance, HOA dues and home maintenance.Myth: A reverse mortgage loan requires monthly payments.Fact: No payments are required on a reverse mortgage. However, you must remain current on property taxes, homeowners insurance and HOA dues and maintain the home.Myth: I cannot obtain a reverse mortgage if I have an existing first or second mortgage.Fact: If you have a mortgage, home equity line of credit/loan, or a tax lien, you still may qualify for a reverse mortgage. The proceeds obtained from a reverse mortgage pay off such debts. Many owners specifically obtain a reverse mortgage to eliminate their existing loans and payments.Myth: My heirs will not inherit my home.Fact: If you pass away, the heirs either pay the balance due and keep the home or they sell the home and use the proceeds to pay off the loan. Any remaining equity after the loan is paid is theirs.Myth: Medicare and Social Security will be affected by a reverse mortgage.Fact: Reverse Mortgage loan proceeds or payments received are not considered income and do not affect Medicare or Social Security. Please note, a reverse mortgage may affect eligibility for other programs such as Medicaid. You need to consult a representative of Medicaid or an attorney to determine your situation.Editors Note: This article was submitted by Dana Dziagwa (jogwa). NMLS # 257303. She is a reverse mortgage broker and can be reached on her cell phone at 303-921-1238. or Email at danad@aslanhlc.com.

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Local Business Videos

Visiting Angels Caregivers Wear Many Hats

Do you have a heart of gold and treat others by the Golden Rule? Seniors need daily assistance to remain independent today. Caring for seniors today has never been more important in providing families Peace of Mind knowing their loved one is being cared for with one to one care. Visiting Angels and Debbie Harrison have been providing the best of home care since 2008. We know the best service requires hiring the best Care Specialists and we set a high standard when hiring. 

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Senior Spotlight - Food Bank of the Rockies

It's a tough time of year for folks without food. But Western Slope - Food Bank of the Rockies is here to help. In partnership with direct providers, the Food Bank of the Rockies is here to ensure everyone has access to nutritious food. Food boxes are available, there could be a truckload of food in your area... or maybe you want to help by donating or volunteering? Find it all on their website- https://www.foodbankrockies.org/weste... or call 970.464.1138 or 877-953-3937 (toll-free)

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Dementia Care, The Visiting Angels way

The number of people diagnosed with Dementia grew to 3.8 million (eff, 2017) and will continue to grow as our senior population increases. Visiting Angels provides specialized Dementia care across America providing families with the peace of mind that has been missing in their lives. To learn more, visit www.visitingangels.com or call for more information. 800.365.4189 Call Today!

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Placement Agent in the Grand Junction/ Montrose Area

Senior Placement Agency looking for a placement agent in the Grand Junction/ Montrose area.  Clinical background is preferred but not required. Great opportunity to make your own schedule while serving seniors and their families by helping them find the best senior living options (assisted living, memory care, senior independent living...). Please send all resumes to: seniorsoftherockies@gmail.com. 

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Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN at Mesa Manor Center

Full Job DescriptionGenesis HealthCare is one of the leading providers of healthcare services from short-term to long-term care and a wide variety of living options and professional clinical services. We are changing how care is delivered by bringing together people like you -- passionate, highly skilled and motivated to make a difference. Join our clinical team as a Licensed Practical Nurse - LPN where you will change the lives of patients and residents each day. You'll have the chance to build meaningful relationships with not just your patients, but their family too. Being part of an interdisciplinary team that includes physicians, social workers, dieticians, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, is a great way to see what other providers do and how each works together to achieve the best patient outcomes.Position Highlights *Deliver efficient and effective nursing care while achieving positive clinical outcomes and patient/family satisfaction. *Evaluate patients to collect data, observe condition and report changes in condition. *Contribute to nursing assessments and care planning. *Supervise and monitor patient care provided by unlicensed staff. *Administer medications and performs treatments per physician orders.Why Genesis? *We improve the lives we touch through the delivery of high-quality healthcare and everyday compassion! *We Care Deeply about YOU! Guided by our Core Values, Code of Conduct and Ethics program, we foster a culture of care and compassion. We focus on improving the quality of care through creativity and innovation, honesty and integrity in all we do. *We Develop YOU! We provide career ladders, education and training opportunities so you can build a long and successful career with Genesis. *We Appreciate YOU! We value your contributions to the Genesis mission and vision and instill an environment of teamwork and enjoyment in working together. We recognize and celebrate our shared successes. *We are Committed to YOU! We know you are the vital link between Genesis, our patients and residents! We inspire you to be your best self. *We Protect YOU! We take great pride in meeting or exceeding CDC and CMS standards.We strive to provide our employees with a comprehensive and affordable benefits package including Medical and Prescription Drug, Dental, Vision Care, Wellness Program, Telemedicine Program, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Savings Account, Company-Paid Group Life Insurance, Voluntary Term Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability, Group Auto and Homeowners Insurance, Pet Insurance, 401(k) Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Commuter Benefits, Modified Compensation (Mod Comp) or "pay in lieu of benefits," and Planned Time-Off (vacation, holidays, sick, and state sick). Such benefits, as well as bonus and variable compensation plans, are based on applicable state law and factors such as pay classification (full-time, part-time, or casual), job grade, location, and length of service.SHARENLN1Qualifications: * Must be a graduate of an approved school for practical or vocational nursing. * Must be currently licensed by the State Board of Nursing or pending licensed practical nurse licensure. * Experience is preferred in rehabilitative or geriatric nursing. * Must maintain current BLS/CPR certification if employed at a skilled nursing center or as required by the state of practice if an assisted living facility. *To protect the health and safety of our patients, residents, employees, family members, and the communities we serve, Genesis has implemented a universal COVID-19 vaccination requirement for employees, care partners and onsite vendors.#57148Requisition Number: 418451Pay Target: $26.00-$31.00APPLY HERE

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Registered Nurse

Full Job Description POSITION TITLE: Registered Nurse (RN) REPORTS TO: Director of Nursing (DON) DEPARTMENT: Nursing The primary responsibility of your job position is to provide direct nursing care to residents and to supervise the day-to-day nursing activities following the current federal, state and local standards, guidelines and regulations that govern long term care and skilled nursing facilities. You are entrusted to ensure that the highest degree of quality care will always be provided to our residents. *KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Care and Care Coordination Coordinate resident care with other departments. Communicate changes in residents condition with employees, physician, resident and family members. Perform administrative duties such as: completing medical documents, reports, evaluations, studies, charting etc. Admit, transfer and discharge residents as required Complete accident/incident reports Assure adequate supplies are available including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, resident personal supplies and equipment Assure that resident abuse does not occur Complete rounds to assess, develop and implement various types of care needs on each resident including but not limited to; wound care, behavior management, respiratory care etc. Provide treatments and care to medically complex residents in collaboration with the physician Attend care plan meetings as assigned Provide care plan updates as necessary to assure appropriate resident care Provide resident care according to physician orders and care plan. Administer medications and treatments according to physician orders and standard of practice. Respond to all resident call lights regardless of assignment Coordinate with outside agencies including but not limited to; hospitals, hospice, home health, lab, x-ray etc. APPLY NOW

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Come Work for Volunteers of America Colorado

Areyou looking for a career with great benefits and pay? Are you interested innon-profit work? Are you interested in a company that has 126 years provensuccess? Come work for Volunteers of America Colorado. We are hiring for allpositions across our portfolio, Front Range and Western Slope. We offer.....403B matched up to 3%Pension-fully paid by VOACOPaid Life insurance, plus you can purchase moreTuition assistanceA selection of Health care plans including HSAVision and Dental, even Pet insuranceAD&D, long and short-term disabilityEmployee Assistance/Work Life Balance ProgramEmployee Discount ProgramLifeLock with NortonPublic Service Loan ForgivenessComing Soon: Fully Company Paid Unlimited Mental Health Benefits for Employeeson the VOAC Health PlanIn addition to these benefits we also offer; Vacation TimeSeparate Sick TimePaid HolidaysFloating HolidaysPersonal DaysVolunteer/Wellness DayGenerally one trip per year for National Conference and lastly, while raises are not guaranteed, in the 7 years I have been withthis company, I have never NOT received a raise and they have always been 3-5%.Again, not guaranteed but our team works hard for the attainment and retentionof quality employees. So, please check us out and if you are interested, applyonline, complete the profile and upload your resume and maybe we've got justthe right spot for you! Locally, for the Western Slope, we need staff in Delta and Montrose but also inDurango. Click the link below to view all the jobs VOA has available! https://recruiting.paylocity.com/Recruiting/Jobs/All/d7b428f5-f33f-4f94-9668-0c0d28365a98/VOLUNTEERS-OF-AMERICA-INC

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