Primer on nursing home quality standards


Archuleta Seniors Inc. (the Senior Center) is one of six nonprofits chosen by the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado to benefit from the 19th Hole Concerts at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

The 19th Hole Concerts pair an Archuleta County nonprofit with a local music talent on Thursday evenings through July 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to offer a fun and entertaining event.

The cover charge is a $10 donation (children 10 and younger are free, making it a great family evening), which supports six selected nonprofits. At the end of the concert series, all proceeds are pooled and distributed equally to the six featured organizations.

No outside food or beverage is allowed (food from the grill, beer, wine and signature cocktails will be available for purchase). Bring a camp chair or blanket, and please leave pets at home. Concerts happen rain or shine.

The concert schedule is as follows:

June 28 — San Juan Mountain Boys: country, folk, pop and old rock. Featuring DUST2.

July 5 — 13th Hour: original rock. Featuring Archuleta Seniors Inc.

Thursday, July 12 — Songs of the Fall: Americana. Featuring Aspire.

Thursday, July 19 — J-Calvin’s Soul Sessions: Soul-abducting jazz funk. Featuring San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership.

Please plan to attend as many concerts as possible; ticket proceeds are divided equally among the nonprofits, so even if you can’t come on our night, you are supporting Archuleta Seniors Inc. and the Pagosa Springs Senior Center.

AARP Smart Driver course

The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible.

More than nine in 10 course participants report changing at least one key driving behavior for the better as a result of what they learned in the course and more than eight in 10 participants felt that information they learned in the course has prevented them from being in a crash. Plus, you may be eligible to receive an insurance discount upon completing the course, so consult your insurance agent for details.

AARP membership is not required to take the course.

The classroom course costs only $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers.

To register, visit (The Pagosa Senior Center staff will be glad to help you register.)

The Pagosa Senior Center is hosting a class on Friday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Health and wellness

The Pagosa Springs 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.

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.

The next health and wellness date is scheduled for July.

Medical alert system

Medical alert monitoring systems are available for seniors. We 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: A Primer for the Public

By Kay Kaylor

I advocate for residents at Pine Ridge and BeeHive Homes as the part-time long-term care ombudsman for Archuleta County.

Recently, the Long Term Care Community Coalition updated its 54-page primer titled “Nursing Home Quality Standards: A Primer for Residents, Families and Those Who Work With Them.” The updates include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revised nursing home regulations; it can be read online or downloaded at this link:

The primer begins with an analysis of the accuracy of Nursing Home Compare data, available at; notes other public resources; and explains the state survey process. It then has a selection of 49 quality-of-care standards, with thorough explanations of resident rights and examples, interpretive guidelines, excerpts of the rules, and citations of the old and new F-tags, which the health department uses for nursing home and assisted-living survey deficiencies.

One of the legal rights is freedom from involuntary seclusion. “Involuntary seclusion may be a result of staff convenience, a display of power from the caregiver over the resident, or may be used to discipline a resident for wandering, yelling, repeatedly requesting care or services, using the call light, disrupting a program or activity, or refusing to allow care or services such as showering or bathing to occur,” the primer states.

To avoid medication problems, a licensed pharmacist must review each resident’s drug regimen monthly, a law I haven’t mentioned before.

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, June 28 — Orange chicken with brown rice, roasted cauliflower soup, snap pea medley, milk, salad bar and poached pears.

Friday, June 29 — Seafood salad with croissant, carrot with raisin and pineapple salad, gazpacho, milk, salad bar and icebox pine nut cookies.

Monday, July 2 — Shrimp scampi with orzo, seasoned asparagus, eggplant medley, milk, salad bar and orange dessert bar.

Tuesday, July 3 — Turkey brat with whole wheat bun and hot dog condiments, potato salad, sautéed cabbage with onions, milk, salad bar and sugar cookies.

Wednesday, July 4 — Closed for Independence Day.

Thursday, July 5 — Beef meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted carrots and parsnips, milk, salad bar and chocolate chip cookie.

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.