Grand River’s new health care center in Rifle looks like a resort

The “Town Square” inside the new E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

When residents of the nursing homes recently visited what looks like a posh mall, complete with various amenities like a spa, cafe, and even a pub, they were surprised.

“You had residents who were in tears for what it meant to them,” said Grand River Health Center administrator Chavien Paget. “You had a resident who said, ‘I finally have my own bathroom. “

Grand River’s new state-of-the-art care facility, which is slated to accommodate a transfer of residents from neighboring E. Dene Moore care center in early February, has also changed the outlook for another senior tourist.

“We had an 88-year-old resident who was told she was sort of in the latter part of her life and sort of said, ‘I don’t want to live anymore,’” Paget said. “But after arriving here, she told our staff, ‘I don’t want to die anymore.

A space of conviviality and catering inside the new E. Dene Moore care center in Rifle. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Each day over the past week has seen between 10 and 12 public tours given through the new 103,000 square foot facility on E. Fifth Street, which is nearing completion largely thanks to a factory tax and the $ 89.4 million bond issue adopted in 2017 and expected to retire by 2028.

A portion of that bond issue would go to the new 100,000 square foot addition currently seen at Rifle Hospital in Grand River, while approximately $ 43 million has been set aside for the new care center.

Before the project is fully completed, however, the community will say goodbye to the E. Dene Moore Care Center, which has served the community since it opened in 1968. Equipped with trained nurses and a variety of treatment options, it is available. employed full-time residents and temporary patients.

Once acclaimed by US News & World Report, the Rifle nursing home is obsolete, Paget said. The current 27,000 square foot facility contains 50 rooms, many of which have two residents living in a 200 square foot space. Each bathroom is shared by two bedrooms.

The real revelation, however, came in 2016, said Annick Pruett, director of community relations at Grand River Health. Flooding downstairs almost led to a full shutdown of the facility, a major threat that could have moved residents completely to different communities.

Pruett was asked what convinced voters to approve the 2017 plant’s substantial levy.

“The fact that there was a real possibility that we didn’t have a care center for our senior population here in Rifle and that we were losing what we worked so hard to earn, which is the five star facility.” , she said. “Only 2% of establishments in the United States are five stars. “

That’s exactly what the community got with the new health center, Pruett said.

While equipped for a variety of wellness, therapy, and rehabilitation services, anyone who has taken the tour will likely agree that the new facility is not your everyday retirement home.

The “Town Square” inside the new E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

The center, designed by Davis Partnership Architects – the same company that designed the postmodern Art Hotel in downtown Denver – greets visitors first with a resort-style reception area.

The high ceilings of the atrium lead people to a common area called “Town Square”, an area covered by another high ceiling of the atrium, with massive, sunlight-adapted windows that furnish the wall. In this space, residents can discover and enjoy various businesses, including a general store.

Under medical guidance, seniors can sip cocktails at the Perch Pub, a waterhole adorned with antique beer cans and a fish artwork painted by Garfield County artist Sheila Summers. There, staff plan to hold weekly happy hours, among other festivities.

The main entrance to the new E. Dene Moore care center in Rifle. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Then there’s Garden Cafe, a spacious counter-lunch style restaurant that will serve take-out, coffee, and ice cream. It is surrounded by a marble bar.

Residents can also relax at Bloom Spa, do crafts in a workshop, and undergo physical therapy at an on-site gym. They can also warm up by a fireplace, get their hair cut and new styles from a licensed esthetician at the Silver Spur Salon, as well as sit in a designated quiet space and watch stained glass salvaged from an old Presbyterian church. by Rifle.

“It feels like a lot less like a traditional nursing home and a lot more like a stay away from home,” Paget said. “It’s almost like going on a vacation.

Chavien Paget, administrator of E. Dene Moore Care Center in Grand River, shows how the Handicare walking device will help residents of the new care facility relearn to walk. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

Beyond Town Square are the living quarters. Divided into separate sections called neighborhoods – Aspen, Birch, Cedar, and Dogwood – each section is essentially its own separate living complex. But each resort is equipped with its own dining room and modern kitchen.

There are about 18 inhabitants per district.

“The whole building is a neighborhood concept, with the town square as the focal point,” Page said. “Each neighborhood has a courtyard, a living room and a dining room, a kitchen… The residents can see the food being made in front of them.

Meanwhile, the rooms themselves comprise over 200 square feet, with one resident per room. Paget said each bedroom also had at least one or two windows and a personal bathroom.

An example of a resident’s room inside the new E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle. Chelsea Self / Post Independent

The privacy of each living space was actually a suggestion made by the current residents of E. Dene Moore themselves, to whom the developers asked what the new location should look like during the drafting board stages of the project.

“Even the residents were able to say whatever they wanted on their wishlist,” said Pruett. “This is where you get bathrooms and private windows. “

The whole project should begin in several phases. The Aspen, Birch and Dogwood neighborhoods are the first units to become available in February. The Cedar neighborhood, which coincides with phase two, is slated to open later this year.

The facility will host its final neighborhood, Elm, at the end of phase three. By then, the establishment will have a total of 87 private rooms.

So far, the tours have been successful in drawing public attention to the Grand River Health Care Center, with an influx of people already trying to make reservations.

“We had 15 calls the day after the first tour,” Paget said.

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