Mark your calendar: Next health and wellness event April 25


The Senior Center has a pilot program expanding health and wellness services to Archuleta County seniors. The program includes wellness and blood pressure monitoring, or allows individual area seniors to discuss two subjects of their choice.
The next health and wellness event will be April 25.
There is no charge for Medicare enrollees. Participant IDs will include Medicare card, photo ID and, if necessary, any supplemental insurances. No Medicaid is accepted at this time. Participants are encouraged to bring a list of their current medications.
Clinical assessment will be provided by Tabitha Zappone, FNP-C.
The goal of the outreach clinic is to provide care to those who are not able to travel.
Medical alert system
Medical alert monitoring systems are available for seniors. We can help you get set up with a system and assist with the monthly service charges or, if you already have a system in place, we can help supplement the monthly service fees.
Please call 264-2167 for more information or to sign up.
San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging: Transfer and discharge rights
By Kay Kaylor
I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge and BeeHive Homes as the part-time long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County. Federal and state laws protect residents to promote quality of care and quality of life. In past columns, I’ve referred to the revised nursing home regulations that include new transfer and discharge rules.
A discharge or transfer of a resident may be voluntary or involuntary, and a transfer may be to a hospital, often temporarily, or to another facility. The Long Term Care Community Coalition, another national nonprofit advocacy organization, just released an issue alert on transfer and discharge requirements (available on its website, One of the more frequent complaints made to state ombudsmen is the violation of these regulations, even to the point of discharging residents to homeless shelters.
Licensed nursing homes may only involuntarily transfer or discharge residents under limited conditions: for the resident’s welfare, if the resident no longer needs the services, if the resident endangers the health or safety of others, if the resident fails to pay or have Medicaid or Medicare pay for services, or if the home closes. With limited exceptions, the home must give 30 days written notice with its own specific requirements. Residents have the right to appeal, and a transfer or discharge cannot occur while the appeal is pending.
Finally, the home must meet documentation rules and prepare the resident in a manner the resident can understand to ensure an orderly transfer or discharge.
For further information, you may call me at 403-2164 or send an email to
Senior Discount Club memberships are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to join us for lunch. If you are a senior (60 years and older), for only a $4 suggested donation, you are eligible for a hot meal, drink and a salad prepared by our kitchen staff.
The guest fee for those 59 and under is $10 and children 10 years and under can eat for $5 each. Access to the salad bar is only $6 for those under 60.
Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 — Shredded beef gyro, spinach/Mandarin salad, eggplant gratin, milk and salad bar.
Friday, March 30 — Sliced ham with pineapple sauce, broccoli and red peppers, baked sweet potato, milk and salad bar.
Monday, April 2 — Beef chicken-fried steak, cream gravy, mashed potatoes, shredded Brussels sprouts, dinner roll, milk and salad bar.
Tuesday, April 3 — Chicken spaghetti, spinach with mushroom sauté, green peas, milk, salad bar and Key lime pie.
Wednesday, April 4 — Salmon tacos, black bean with mango salsa, milk, baked tomato Provencal, milk, salad bar and pineapple orange cake.
Thursday, April 5 — Pork baked ziti, roasted cauliflower soup, glazed carrots, focaccia bread, milk and salad bar.
Reservations and cancellations are required. You can make a reservation at 264-2167 by 9 a.m. the morning of the day you would like to dine in the Community Cafe at the Senior Center.
For your convenience, you can make your reservations in advance or have a standing reservation on days you know you will always attend. Please cancel if you cannot attend on your standing reservation days.