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Comittee continues push for assisted living center

Christina M. Currie

The next step in a plan to build an assisted living center in Craig is to hear public opinion.

The Moffat County Assisted Living Center Steering Committee plans to hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. today. Community members will be asked to review and revise a draft of a survey regarding the issue. The committee plans to mail the survey to every registered voter in Moffat County in early January.

Projections show if the population in Moffat County remains stable, there will be 2,296 people living in the county who will be 60 or older by the year 2000. Ten years later, that number will grow to 3,803.

Celine Derick, director of Sunset Meadows in Craig, sees a need to construct a senior citizen assisted living center and, with the help of the Moffat County Housing Authority and the Moffat County Board of Commissioners, started a committee to review options. Sunset Meadows is an independent living center for senior citizens and Derick believes seniors who need help with daily living, but not as much care as a nursing home would provide, aren’t being served in Craig.

Craig has one assisted living center with 16 beds, but could expand to 22, but that won’t meet the needs of senior citizens in the next five years, Derick said.

The meeting will help the committee determine public opinion about building an assisted living center.

“Public input is essential in the early stages of the project so that every community member will have an opportunity to present his or her input before any actual planning begins,” Derick said.

The concept of assisted living and reasoning behind building the facility will also be discussed.

“Any community member who is approaching middle age or who has parents or loved ones who may need assisted living within the next 20 years should make plans to attend this meeting to obtain important information for your future,” Derick said.

The committee devised a wish list for the proposed facility. It included:

A 20-unit facility with room to expand.

Private rooms with sinks and toilets, including facilities for couples.

A dining room that serves three meals each day with feeding assistance when necessary.

Recreation programs.

Assistance with medications and personal hygiene.

A mental health advocate.

Residents may add or delete from this list as they see fit at the meeting tonight.