Columbine Homemakers realizes importance of home sweet home |

Columbine Homemakers realizes importance of home sweet home

Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living realizes this need to stay home. Its goal with its services and information in referral is to do just that for as long as possible,to keep seniors and disabled adults home and out of nursing homes for one year or longer.This unique homemaking program began in 1995 with a survey asking seniors where they needed help. The response was assistance with tasks in the home.After changing hands twice first with Mountain Valley Developmental Services for one year, as the Aspen Senior Program, then rolling over to Columbine Home Health for five years Columbine Homemakers for Independent Living became its own 501(c)(3) on June 1, 2001.The agency has recently received the Award for Excellence from the El Pomar Foundation, winning first place in Human Services senior category in Colorado for 2004.CHIL provides light housekeeping tasks, such as cleaning kitchens and bathrooms, vacuuming, dusting, changing linens and doing laundry, grocery shopping, meal planning and preparation, mail sorting and bill paying, stand-by assistance with bathing, assistance with exercise programs, and companionship. The organization wants to keep seniors and disabled adults safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible, and keep it affordable as well. With services and collaboration, CHIL is able to keep 85 percent of participants in their own homes for one year or longer. Some have been with the program since 1996. The agency averages 75 client visits and more thanr 320 hours of service per month. CHIL is the only program of its kind in the tri-county area asking participants to contribute on a sliding fee scale based on their income.The agency has a supportive and dedicated board of directors. Some have been supporting the program since the beginning of its existence. They assist with keeping the cost of the program down by helping with administrative tasks and fund raising.Kay Vasilakis Nonprofit Spotlight column appears every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. Contact her at 945-8515, ext. 513 or

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