Next health and wellness event Jan. 31


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.

The next health and wellness date is Jan. 31, 2018.

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

Medical alert system

Medical Alert monitoring systems are available for seniors. The Pagosa Springs Senior Center 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.

San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging: The new survey process

By Kay Kaylor

I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge and BeeHive Homes as the long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County. Federal and state laws protect residents for their safety and to promote quality of care and quality of life. The New Year begins with implementing the revised federal nursing home regulations, which include the new nursing home survey process mentioned in early December. As required, the annual recertification survey results are provided near the entrance at Pine Ridge and are published online at under “Nursing Home Compare.”

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in-person survey lasts for three days and survey team members arrive without notice. They observe and interview a sample of residents, particularly the most vulnerable, residents who have lost weight, new admissions, people who have complained or been part of an incident and active resident council attendees.

The survey team also observes the first meal and other meals if concerns arise. They investigate the adequacy and competence of nurse staffing and observe and assess whether the nursing home follows all the regulations. For example, “Each resident must receive and the facility must provide the necessary behavioral health care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental and psychosocial well-being,” as defined in individual care plans. If a home is tagged with a violation, it is given a chance to respond and explain how it will remedy the situation.

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, Dec. 28 — Southwest pork posole, whole-wheat tortilla, Mexican beets and salad bar.

Friday, Dec. 29 — Beef lasagna, spinach, roasted cauliflower with red peppers, focaccia bread and salad bar.

Monday, Jan. 1 — Closed for New Year’s Day.

Tuesday, Jan. 2 — Pork and black-eyed peas, collard greens, roasted potatoes and salad bar.

Wednesday, Jan. 3 — Sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner roll and salad bar.

Thursday, Jan. 4 — King Ranch chicken casserole, refried black beans, Mexican pickled beets 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.