Crossroads makes the choices easy, and fun, for residents |

Crossroads makes the choices easy, and fun, for residents

David Flinn chats with the new executive director of the Crossroads Assisted Living Center in Rifle, Diane Obermeyer.

RIFLE – Some come to be close to their children. Others need assistance with medications and routine chores such as meals, laundry and housekeeping. And then there’s the benefit of just plain friendship and camaraderie.Crossroads Assisted Living Center off Highway 13 in north Rifle offers all this to its residents.David Flinn, 92, has been a resident at Crossroads for more than a year and rests comfortably in the easy chair in his room while his companion, “Kitty,” a black and white cat, does the same on top of the bed.Flinn is retired from the Navy and has been married for 70 years to his wife, Velda, who resides at the Veteran’s Nursing Home in Rifle. Formerly of San Diego, Calif., the Flinns moved to Rifle to be near their daughter who lives in Glenwood Springs.

“This is good, because you don’t have to worry about anything,” Flinn said with a smile.Down the hall in the activities room, a group of about 20 residents have gathered and watch with amusement while activities director Kristy Evans and resident services director, Sharon Anderson, belt out an animated, knee-slapping version of the theme song to “Bonanza.””Here in the West, we’re living in the best, Bonanza!”Crossroads in Rifle recently assumed new management and now joins two other facilities in Northglenn and Delta under the operation of Maranatha Volunteers Corp., a nonprofit organization.

The assisted living center offers a 24-hour emergency call system, assists residents with bathing and dressing, serves up to three meals per day, hosts a variety of recreational activities, helps with medications, and provides transportation to doctor’s appointments as well as housekeeping and laundry services.”We offer four levels of care all the way to hospice,” said Diane Obermeyer, the new executive director of Crossroads. “We want (the residents) to be as independent as possible. Our goal is that this is their last home.”Fun activities include exercise, Bingo, trivia games, Yahtzee and entertainment with musicians and speakers. Those who want to participate can. Those who don’t, aren’t required to.The residents seem to like their lives at the center and appreciate the new management.Charlie Cousins, 66, who was born and raised in Glenwood Springs, has been at Crossroads for five months.

“This is the third place I’ve been in the last year,” Cousins said with a smile. “But I’ve had the most fun here of all places.”Paul and Ruth Graves, originally of Denver, are at Crossroads together.”This is as good a place to live as any,” Paul, 91, said.Ruth, who will be 85 in May, said she is a diabetic and likes the health care that is provided to her.

“Everybody’s super,” she said.Lola Fellard, who will be 89 next month, has been at Crossroads for a year and a half, while her husband is at the E. Dene Moore Nursing Home in Rifle.”This is a really new chapter in my life,” Fellard said. “My husband and I see each other frequently and we talk on the phone every day.”There are independence requirements for living at Crossroads Assisted Living Center, such as being able to feed yourself. The center has a capacity of 30, but is currently at 23 residents.Volunteers are always needed. For more information about volunteering or obtaining housing at the center, please call 625-4343.

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