Long Term Care
Long Term Care Brochure
The Haxtun Hospital Long Term Care Unit is a department of Haxtun Hospital District, a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital. The Long Term Care Unit is a 20 bed facility with a community of family and friends celebrating life with elders who need physical and medical care. The goal of the Long Term Care staff is to help residents enjoy a life that is worth living. Our 22 member Long Term Care nursing staff is resident focused and consists of Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants and a Restorative Aide.
Our Long Term Care is physically connected to the Hospital through a short hallway which provides excellent accessibility in the event of an emergency. This physical connection is also extremely convenient when a resident requires lab, radiology, special equipment or admission to the hospital.
Our trained staff prides themselves in serving the residents well planned, well balanced meals. We cater to their likes, dislikes, and special dietary needs. We provide snacks that are offered to the residents mid-morning and midafternoon daily. We also provide snacks for a weekly social gathering alternating with Men's Coffee Shop and Ladies Coffee Social. These events offer the residents an opportunity to visit with volunteers members of the community about local news and events. Our newly remodeled dining room looks out to the Long Term Care courtyard, is bright and cheery with large windows that allow the sunshine to stream in. Families are welcome to reserve space for special celebrations and guests are always welcome to eat a meal with their loved one. All holidays are celebrated with special meals and families are invited to attend. Our staff is made up of 9 members. The team is managed by Alice Holloway. Alice is a Certified Dietary Manager, Certified Food Protection Professional and was recently recognized for 27 years of dedicated service to the Haxtun Hospital District Dietary Department. We have a consulting Dietitian who is at our facility on a monthly basis and is available for nutrition counseling by appointment.
The chapel located in the Long Term Care Unit is a cozy spiritual refuge for our residents. It provides a quiet, private place for residents and family to visit with their pastor or physician. To accommodate the large number of residents who attend, church services and devotionals are held in the dining room or sunroom depending on the pastor's choice. We currently have caring and compassionate pastors from 8 churches that provide these weekly services on a rotating basis. To honor and celebrate the life of each resident who passes away while in our care a simple but dignified memorial service is held. Family and friends as well as residents and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. During the service we have a time of remembering when anyone who wishes to is asked to share thoughts and memories of the departed one. Our facility is a close knit community where residents bond with one another as well as with staff and loving relationships are formed. We find this memorial service to be extremely helpful in providing peace and comfort as well as closure for those who are left behind.
Our Long Term Care Unit is equipped with a full salon to provide grooming and beauty services to all of our residents and patients. Licensed beauticians are available by appointment for haircuts, color, and perms but volunteer beauticians provide a weekly set and style free of charge for each resident. Residents are also welcome to invite their personal beautician or a family member to come in and use the salon at their convenience.
Our Activities Director is very devoted to meeting the specific, individual needs of each resident and treats them like family.Some of the activities offered are exercise, a variety of card and board games, trivia, puzzles, memory games, crafts, Wii, ring toss, balloon tennis, gardening, hand rubs, nail painting, conversation and thought provoking activities, baking, birthday celebrations, and coffee with snacks every afternoon. Residents especially enjoy events involving children such when the preschool classes come to visit and our annual Halloween parade with preschool through fifth grade students and plenty of scary staff and residents. Several especially memorable activities we have shared with the residents are full-moon viewing (watching the full moon come up with smores and hot chocolate) and Sunrise Coffee (meeting outside and watching the sun come up). These are just a small sampling of activities offered. All holidays are celebrated with special events-some examples include: St. Patrick's Day activities including wearing of the green and searching for the elusive pot of gold, our annual 4th of July picnic for residents, staff, and all their families.
The year wouldn't be complete without Christmas festivities which include decorating cookies, Christmas caroling, a Christmas party complete with a gift for each resident provided by the staff, and that all important visit from Santa and his elves! Some outings have included: van rides, shopping trips, fishing, lunch at Lucy's, breakfast at the Daily Grind, and picnics in the courtyard. Members from the community are always welcome to join our activities. There are 57 dedicated volunteers who enhance the activities department and richly bless the lives of the residents. We are so grateful for each and every one and would love to have you join our volunteer program!
If you are interested, please call Julie Shaw, Activities Director at 970-774-6123, ext. 259 for more information.
Our Long Term Care staff work jointly with physical therapy to assist our residents in remaining as active and independent as possible. Therapy is located in house, either in our Long Term Care Facility or the adjoining Hospital. The residents also participate in a restorative program that focuses on keeping the residents moving and active. This program consists of walking, stretching and other repetitive movements to help enable the continuation of movement and independence.
If you or your loved one is interested in touring, visiting or living at the Haxtun Long Term Care Unit, we would be very happy to schedule a time to visit with you either at your home or here at the facility. Please contact Denise Smith, RN, Chief Nursing Officer or McKenzie Fleharty, Social Services Coordinator at 1-970-774-6123 for more information or to set up an appointment.