Feel at home at Eagle Ridge of Grand ValleyApr 26, 2021 03:35PM ● By Melinda Mawdsley
Whether it’s replacing a houseplant or formally styling one’s hair and nails for holiday parties, staff at Eagle Ridge of Grand Valley strive to ensure residents feel loved and at home.
Marketing and Admissions Director Lisa Perlick said watching the care residents received and the attention staff paid to health, safety and connection—particularly during the pandemic—warmed her heart.
“We do care for other people’s loved ones, and it’s personal care,” said Perlick.
SHORT & LONG-TERM CARE
The 70-bed skilled nursing home, located at 2425 Teller Ave. in Grand Junction, offers 24-hour care for both long-term and short-term stays, as well as physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Short-term residents include those discharged from the hospital who are still in need of supervised care that they or a family member couldn’t do at home. This includes open wound treatment, administration of intravenous antibiotics, and catheter monitoring.
When short-term care concludes, residents either return home or come to the realization it’s time to transition into long-term skilled nursing care. Eagle Ridge helps families navigate that transition, as well as the transition from living at home to moving into long-term skilled nursing care.
Stephen Hook, the facility’s new administrator, is especially passionate about Eagle Ridge feeling like home when residents move in.
“What we are trying to focus on now is trying to make it more like home instead of a facility,” Perlick said.
ACTIVITIES FOR ALL
Eagle Ridge features numerous amenities for residents, such as transportation to medical appointments, personalized meal plans, snacks, Wi-Fi and specially designed activities.
Perlick noted that while allowable activities have changed since the pandemic, staff is thrilled to be adding more variety and opportunities back into the schedule after COVID essentially closed their doors over a year ago.
“We can finally play Bingo in the lunchroom! During COVID, we played walkie-talkie bingo,” she said. “Our activities department is always coming up with fun and new things, and works really hard to keep people active.”
Maintaining that sense of community was particularly challenging this past year. But staff made every attempt to connect residents to family members via phone calls, video calls and even window visits. One resident in particular talks to her daughter on FaceTime at the same time every day.
As of late March, Eagle Ridge has been able to allow more visitors per state guidelines. They’re also able to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations and transport residents to and from appointments, if needed.
If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about Eagle Ridge of Grand Valley, contact Perlick at 243-3381 or visit www.vivage.com/eagleridge.