For immediate release:
12:00 P.M. – Thursday, May 13, 2021
Huerfano County’s only assisted living center is set to open this year. La Veta Village Inc. is currently renovating an old cheese factory into The Huerfano County Assisted Living Residence. This facility will be the only assisted living residence in the county since the closing of the Walsenburg Nursing Home in 2011.
Families in Huerfano County have no options when it comes to choosing an assisted living facility for family members who can no longer live independently. Often times, seniors in the area who require assistance, must move to another city to find accommodations. This can become an extremely emotional move for individuals who have lived in the area for most, if not all their lives.
There was an initial attempt to open a new facility between 2012 and 2014. Due to lack of funding the project fell through. Since then, La Veta Village, a local nonprofit that is on a mission to help Huerfano County aging adults, took it upon themselves to propose a similar project that would fulfill the need in the community.
“At one point we did a count to see how many people had left the county in the last couple years for assisted living or other support and there were about 50. A lot of these people have been here all their lives and they have had to move away from family and friends to Pueblo, Alamosa, Trinidad or somewhere else and that is really sad. This will really fill a gap that the county has in support for older adults,” said Kirk Kramer, La Veta Village Board Director and Fundraising Chair.
Once La Veta Village had acquired a building and made thorough construction plans, they began the difficult process of raising funds. After years of fundraising and applying for grants, La Veta Village began construction in 2020.
San Isabel Electric and Basin Electric Power Cooperative are two donors who contributed $10,000 to make sure the project is seen through to completion.
The assisted living residence will consist of 16 suites with a variety of amenities, like a community activity room to create a peaceful, fun and active living environment for residents and other adults in the community. The facility is located in the heart of downtown La Veta, allowing for easy access to the library, grocery stores, gym, hairdressers, and much more.
In addition to providing an alternative means of housing for elderly adults, the new facility will also create more jobs in the area, helping the Huerfano County economy.
As of now, The Huerfano County Assisted Living Residence is set to open its doors by the end of fall 2021.
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