“Be careful what you wish for!” laughed Lisa Rogers, director of resident services at Evergreen’s Elk Run Assisted Living Community. “This started as the glimmer of an idea less than three months ago — and now look where we are!”
Rogers was speaking to a group assembled at an open house celebrating an addition to the Elk Run facility. Two new comfort care suites are fully furnished, specially appointed rooms designed for people who need transitional assisted-living and health-care services — primarily post-surgical rehabilitation or end-of-life-care.
It’s hard to tell just by looking that the rooms have a medical purpose. They are tastefully decorated and furnished with such amenities as a hospital bed, a sofa-bed to accommodate a family caregiver, a large-screen television with DVD player, and a small kitchen, and include many details intended to add to the comfort of patient and caregivers.
The open house, held the afternoon of Dec. 10, overflowed with community members and local medical and human service professionals, enjoying champagne and hors d’oeuvres and touring the newly remodeled rooms. Prominent among the guests were staff, volunteers and board members from Mount Evans Hospice and Home Health Care, Elk Run’s neighbor, which played a major role in developing the comfort care suites from concept to finish.
“We are honored to be partnering with Mount Evans to provide continuity of care for the seniors in our mountain community,” Rogers said, explaining to those gathered that while Elk Run will provide Comfort Care residents with services like meals and medication assistance, Mount Evans will provide health-care services at whatever level the resident needs, from physical therapy to professional nursing to hospice care.
For more information about the comfort care suites and other assisted-living programs, call Elk Run at 303-679-8777.