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Middle Park Medical Foundation encourages support of assisted living center

Although Middle Park Medical Foundation’s primary mission is to support the hospital, it also recognizes the needs of other health care-related organizations and helps when possible. One of those organizations is Cliffview Assisted Living Center in Kremmling.

The Foundation is asking the public to join the effort and contribute to the Nifty Fifty program. It is a campaign with a goal of gathering $50,000 for support of Cliffview’s activity fund and sometimes for operations expenses. So far $8,000 has been contributed. Any amount can be given and funds are often matched.

Foundation directors believe now is a good time to reinvigorate the Nifty Fifty campaign because there are many changes happening with Cliffview and it is believed people will notice and want the services the center provides for someone they know.

For starters there will be a new look. New carpeting, wallpaper and furniture, as well as a fresh coat of paint will update the look and make for a more stimulating and comfortable environment for active seniors.

There will also be a public awareness effort to explain how assisted living differs from nursing homes. This effort is a result of recent indications that many people fear the thought of assisted living, making the mistaken assumption that it is the same as a nursing home.

“A nursing home provides 24 hour skilled-nursing care,” says Mary Jo Hargadine, new co-manager, partnering with Barb Elliot. Hargadine, “it’s a different level of care.”

She explained that assisted living is for active seniors who just need some assistance with medicine administration, personal care, meals and activities.

Assisted living allows residents to maintain a certain level of independence and keeps them interested in activities and hobbies. Each resident receives assistance specifically tailored to meet his or her individual needs. They are free to come and go and are encouraged to maintain activities with family members, friends and community interests.

“People who are aging and have care-taking needs want to stay in Grand County, but the inclement weather and other challenges make that difficult sometimes,” Hargadine said.

“We provide a way for them to continue to enjoy living here with a rich quality of life. Think of it as having a personal assistant, a personal activities coordinator, a personal maid and a personal chef all in a safe, loving and homey environment.”

To contribute to the Nifty Fifty Program call 724-3165 or mail to Middle Park Medical Foundation, P.O. Box 252, Kremmling, CO 80459.

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