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Welcome to Denver North Care Center

Denver North Care Center is an 80-bed skilled nursing facility recognized by the Federal Medicare and Medicaid agency, CMS http://www.medicare.gov/ as a top-rated 5-Star Facility. This high achievement of quality is only given to 20% of nursing homes in the state, and recognizes excellence in regulatory compliance, quality measures of care, and staffing levels. At Denver North, we are dedicated to providing for the whole person and not just the disease.

We Offer Distinct Opportunities for Your Care Needs

  • Located in the heart of Denver, Colorado, near many major hospitals, retail services and on the bus line
  • Short-term skilled rehabilitation, including therapy services designed to assist residents in reaching their optimal functional level for both geriatric and behavioral health residents
  • Long-term care program and respite services, serving both younger and older adults
  • Recognized behavioral health program, including state-certified addictions recovery program
  • Compassionate staff that pride themselves on their commitment to quality
  • Award-winning Administrator, Tami Kendall, Colorado Health Care Association “Administrator of the Year -2011” http://www.cohca.org/
  • CMS Five-Star rated facility
  • Dedicated relationships with all major Denver hospital systems and mental health community to provide care for adults of all ages

Featured in the 9/11/2012 Denver Post for outstanding life enrichment and engagement of residents in activities and community outings.

Road Trip: Nursing home residents, seniors can camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors
Denver Post  09/11/2012  

It was the ultimate summer outing for 18 residents of two Denver nursing homes: A 10-day road trip through the American Southwest, from Denver to San Diego.

The road trip was the brainchild of Tammy Kendall, administrator at Denver North Care Center. She was on vacation in Jamaica, taking a shower, when she had an epiphany:
  • "Why can't folks in a nursing home go on a vacation?" she asked herself. Since 1995, she'd taken nursing home residents on overnight camping trips, she reasoned. Why not a longer adventure?
  • When she got back to Denver, she put the same question to the corporation that runs Denver North.
  • "They said yes, and the plan was born," Kendall said. She proposed the idea to Betsy Reid, an administrator at the neighboring Uptown Healthcare facility.
Kendall worked out the logistics — cooking their own meals and camping at KOA Kampgrounds to keep expenses low, securing residents' medications in a footlocker, enlisting residents' help in setting up and breaking down camp, and voting on which sites and tourist attractions to visit, including a zip line and gambling in Las Vegas.

Surprise: This is not your great-aunt Mary's nursing home. This is the result of the Culture Change Movement, a phrase given to a national movement to transform residential facilities and services for the aging.

  
 
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