Next health and wellness event for seniors May 30


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.
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.
The next health and wellness event will be May 30.
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: Life safety survey
By Kay Kaylor
As the part-time long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County, I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge and BeeHive Homes. Federal and state laws protect residents to promote quality of care and quality of life. As noted previously, Pine Ridge’s annual Life Safety inspection by the state health department occurred on April 17.
Using the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 codes, it found three deficiencies, all corrected by April 23, according to staff. The tags were discussed with the maintenance supervisor and the administrator, who made the corrections. The first tag referred to too high a pressure on an exit door at the end of a hall. Staff purchased a door pressure gauge, adjusted the pressure and reported they will do a weekly inspection to maintain compliance.
The second tag involved an exit sign in the dining room entrance area; it did not stay illuminated when tested. Staff purchased two exit signs, one as a replacement and one as a backup. Regular inspections are planned.
The third tag stated that one fire sprinkler head in one room had paint on the bulb portion. The paint was cleaned off and all the sprinkler heads were checked in all residents’ rooms. The maintenance director will randomly check sprinkler heads throughout Pine Ridge.
For all three tags, the plan of correction stated that any issues that occur will be brought to the attention of the quality assurance committee for further review. All surveys are provided for the public in a notebook near the entrance.
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, May 10 — Chicken with broccoli and rice casserole, yellow squash medley, milk, salad bar and carrot cake.
Friday, May 11 — Beef Philly cheese steak, orange beet salad, coleslaw, milk and salad bar.
Monday, May 14 — Chicken breast with wild mushrooms, whole-wheat roll, steamed carrots, milk, salad bar and blond brownies.
Tuesday, May 15 — Lemon baked tilapia, brown rice pilaf, baked tomatoes Provencal, milk, salad bar, nut cup and lemon dessert.
Wednesday, May 16 — Chicken Parmesan with whole-wheat penne pasta and marinara sauce, eggplant medley, focaccia bread, milk, salad bar and Italian fruit salad.
Thursday, May 17 — Roast pork with lentils, glazed carrots, roasted red peppers, 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.