Columbine Home Health cares for the elderly |

Columbine Home Health cares for the elderly

November is National Home Care Month, and the staff at Columbine Home Health want to remind everyone about the caring and dedicated work they do for the seniors and disabled adults residing in the valley. Columbine has approximately 20 employees providing services to homebound patients, assisting with a variety of needs including medications, pain control, diabetic teaching, wound care and case management. Home health aides are regularly supervised by a registered nurse and assist with bathing, exercise programs and skin and wound care. Physical therapists assist patients to function independently or within the limits of a physical condition. Occupational therapists assist patients to resume daily activities, including dressing, meal preparation and home safety management. Speech therapy assists with communication and swallowing. Medical social workers assist the patient and family in planning for long-term care. The agency also offers a series of senior wellness clinics, including toenail clinics, blood pressure clinics and fall prevention. The clinics target other risks and give safety tips and stroke and heart disease information.As the quality of life is enhanced, families are not disrupted and personal and taxpayer dollars are saved, and the elderly and disabled are able to remain at home for as long as possible. For more information, call 945-8050.Show up and tellFrom 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, the Roaring Fork Valley Spellbinders will host a community storytelling “Tell-e-bration.” This worldwide event began almost 20 years ago, but this will be the first time local storytellers will be participating in the event.Simultaneously, at more than 180 sites in the United States and on every continent except Antarctica, people will gather in groups to tell and hear spoken stories ranging from folktales to personal adventures. The valley event will feature selected Spellbinders, trained storytellers who present storytelling programs in elementary and middle school classrooms from Aspen to Glenwood Springs. A program including parables, myths, songs and skits has been assembled that will appeal to family members of all ages.The local Tellebration will be held at the Waldorf School on Highway 82 in Carbondale and will include free refreshments. Tickets, available at valley bookstores or at the door, are $5 for adults; children under 12 free. For information, call 922-1444.’Oliver!’If you haven’t already taken the opportunity to see “Oliver!,” there are more performances at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 19 and 20, at the Glenwood Springs High School Auditorium. The play is produced by the Defiance Community Players.Kay Vasilakis is the Garfield County Human Services Commission media coordinator. To contact her, please call 945-8515, ext. 513 or e-mail

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