Nursing home makes choice

Homestead Inc. will manage long-term care facility

The new nursing home in town doesn't have a name, but it has a manager.

The investor who bought and renovated the former Valley View Manor signed a lease Sunday with a company that will manage the long-term care facility, project manager Pam Young said.

Young said Homestead Inc. will lease the building to operate the nursing home in Craig. According to the company, its staff has more than 30 years' experience in the management and development of long-term care and senior housing facilities.

Mitch Fieldman has been designated as the manager/operator, Young said.

Veldon (Lop) Behrman, a resident who bought the facility, said the renovations are nearly complete.

"We could be done here by the first of June," Behrman said.

Behrman and his workers have renovated the inside of the home, painting, adding fixtures and fire suppression equipment, expanding the dining room and more. This has made the building new on the inside, Young said.

Behrman and Young hope the home can begin admitting residents as soon as fall. Behrman said the management company did not want to set a specific date in case the deadline came and things weren't ready.

Young said she has a list of potential residents. People who want to set up residency for a family member can call Young at 824-1900.

Young has been soliciting suggestions for the new home's name. Today is the last day for submissions. The author of the winning name will receive a gift.

"We've got a lot of creative names," Young said. "Some are fun, and some I think are pretty unique." Many of the suggestions referenced the "Valley," and one person suggested the title, "Mild Manor," Young said.

Young said she's glad the contest sparked interest about the opening of the home. She and Behrman said there are plans to invite the community to visit the home just before it opens.

Although the renovations are nearing completion, Young said there are some items she'd like to acquire. Before Valley View Manor closed, it cared for more than a dozen "homestead residents." Those were people who had grown up in Moffat County and had extensive history here. Young hopes to embellish the home with artifacts from longtime residents and their families. She plans to hang them on a wall with plaques that describe the items. She envisions things such as ropes, spurs and other Western memorabilia.

"It would be a fun piece of history we could add," Young said.

To suggest a name for the home, call 824-1900 or fax 824-2555.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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