Long-term care services
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Understanding long-term care services and your possible need for services can help you maximize your independence and functioning at a time when you may not be fully independent due to a sudden illness, chronic condition or accident

How much care will you need?

On average, someone who is 65 today will need some type of long-term care services and supports for three years.

Women need care longer (on average 3.7 years) than men (on average 2.2 years), mostly because women usually live longer.

While about one-third of today’s 65-year-olds may never need long-term care services and supports, 20 percent will need care for longer than five years.

Why should we support a care center in our community?

We know from talking to friends and family in Grand County that there is a need for this service. Everyone knows someone who has found himself or herself in a situation where they are unable to care for a loved one. Canyonlands Care Center is a positive solution.

With a care center, we keep our community members in the community. They are still part of our family and our community. Residents are happier and healthier when visited regularly by family and friends. Having a local care center makes that possible. Long-distance travel to care, sometimes hundreds of miles away, is difficult and expensive for many families. A care center in our own community makes frequent visiting a natural and pleasant experience for both residents and their friends and family. It also enables family members to interact with caregivers on a regular basis, which builds trust and friendship between all concerned.

Residents, families and friends do better when there is a “community feel” about the facility. Our own local center means visits by local school children, bishops, clergy, artists and musicians are made up of members of the residents’ community with meaningful connections to their lives. Barbers and beauticians they have known for years can come to them. Holidays can be celebrated with their own community. The residents’ healthcare needs are provided by their own doctors, dentists, physical therapists and ophthalmologists. These are people they have an established relationship with, with offices nearby.

Canyonlands Care Center residents can visit the Grand Center to have lunch with friends, and they can go to local events. The residents can be taken on outings with family, staff or senior transportation to local sites that are familiar to them. Never underestimate what good a trip to the La Sal Mountains or the Colorado River can do.

—Kyle Bailey

Moab

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