Guests, including present and former residents, staff, family members, and friends enjoyed an outdoor barbeque with plenty of food and entertainment at Horizons Care Center on Sept. 18. The event celebrated 40 years of the facility's service to the community.
During the years of service that Dr. Frey practiced medicine in Cedaredge, he had a dream . . . to help the community build a nursing facility that would care for frail, ill, elderly patients. Stock was sold to those who had faith in the project, and loans were obtained from other sources.
Building began in 1971 and was completed in 1972. An open house was held in June.
The first apartment complex was completed in 1975. Two other apartment buildings followed. They were built to provide supplemental services for those living alone. The center apartment section has been remodeled and is now used by the CommUnity Care PACE program.
In 1984 six annex rooms were built for those who could live alone but needed meals, medication, housekeeping, laundry and easy access to activities. This annex now serves other purposes.
A mobile park was added in a quiet setting across the creek to the west.
Horizons was sold to Volunteers of America (VOA) in 1985. Expansion started with the addition of a larger dining room and a medical wing to serve residents and outpatients.
An artificial wetlands system was built to filtrate wastewater from Horizons. The system operates through a four-tiered network consisting of a lagoon, marsh, pond and meadow.
In 1993 VOA broke ground for additional expansion of a medical service wing at the southeast end of the building. This space included doctors' offices, therapy room, and a branch store of the Cedaredge Pharmacy (later closed and the space used to enlarge the therapy room). The administration and financial services area was expanded and remodeled.
Remodeling and expansion of a dining/activity area was added at the end of the north east wing that serves as a secure "Memory Care" unit. A screened-in porch leads to an enclosed area with walkways and benches.
A large dining room was added to the south. Remodeling added a conference room and additional rooms for residents in the space that held the former dining room and a section of the kitchen. The beauty shop was enlarged.
Ground was broken in 2004 for a three-phase plan with an open house held in November of the same year. Remodeling included additional doctors' office space. A rehabilitation wing was added for short-term admissions to include resident rooms, a dining area, additional bath facilities, activity area with kitchen, and several offices and service areas.
The nurses' station had been located at the intersection of the hallways until several years ago when it was relocated and an aviary was built in that location.
The care center has always been responsive to the community's needs by providing the optimum of care from independent living through skilled care. VOA continues to meet identified needs.blog comments powered by Disqus