Resources for Hinsdale County Seniors and Their Families
Hinsdale County Public Health offers homemaker services to eligible seniors. Please call Preston at 970-944-0321 to find out more or to sign up.
Health & Wellness
A variety of free or low-cost services are available to qualified seniors, including screenings and tests. For women, free cervical cancer screenings and mammograms are available.
Funds for the senior van are limited. Please call Public Health for more information.
Lake City Area Medical Center
The Lake City Area Medical Center (phone: 970-944-2331) is staffed by a full time doctor and a nurse practitioner. They provide the following services:
Family Caregiver Support Program:
Offered by Region 10 Caregiver Program that gives family members the tools they need to better manage their caregiving responsibilities while also caring for themselves.
Additional Online Resources for Caregivers
Applications for Colorado Medicaid are processed by the Gunnison County Department of Health & Human Services. Hinsdale Public Health can assist you with filling out forms and with making copies of documents to submit. Please contact Public Health at 970-944-0321 if you need help.
For more information about how Medicaid can help you pay for long term care help in your home, as well as Assisted Living or Nursing Facility, visit their website. Click on the “Persons over 65″ section, print and complete both parts, including all required signatures.
To complete the application, Department of Human Services will need copies of the following (if applicable):
Gunnison County Dept of Health & Human Services
ATTN: MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY
225 N Pine St, Suite A
Gunnison, CO 81230
Discounted Prescription Card
Hinsdale County Public Health has several discounted prescription cards. You can come by the office and pick them up.
Hinsdale County Road Department will snowplow for eligible seniors. Please call Preston at Hinsdale Public Health to sign up.
Health & Human Services
Hinsdale County Public Health works in partnership with Gunnison County to provide assistance with LEAP (heating assistance), food assistance, Medicaid, Adult Protective Services, Old Age Pension, and more.
Assistive Devices & Equipment for Loan
Call Preston at Hinsdale Public Health to borrow any of these items.
Hinsdale County Veteran's Service Officer, Paul Olson
P.O. Box 865
896 Wildflower Road
Lake City, CO 81235
Phone: 970-944-5014 Fax 970-944-2630
It is the duty of the County Veterans Service Officer to assist any resident of the State of Colorado who is a veteran, or their surviving spouse, administrator, executor, guardian, conservator, or heir by filing claims for insurance, pensions, compensation for disability, hospitalization, vocation training, or any other benefits which the veteran is entitled to receive.
HIPPA laws bind the Service Officer. Any discussions or information provided will be held in strict confidence.
The office is currently located in the home of the Service Officer. No regular hours are set. Please call in advance before stopping by or to make an appointment. The Service Officer is available most any time that is convenient, including evenings and weekends. For those with accessibility problems, the Service Officer will meet at your home in Lake City or arrangements can be made to use the county offices.
For those who wish to do it themselves, all information and forms can be found at the National Veteran's Affairs website at www.va.gov, or by calling the Denver VA Regional Office toll free at 1-800-827-1000.
The VA Medical Center in Grand Junction may be reached toll free at 1-800-206-6415. The VA Clinic in Montrose may be reached at the same number using extension 2999.
Housing & Assisted Living
The Gunnison County Housing Authority provides information on housing resources, including the Mountain View Apartments (Independent Living for those over 62 years of age). Contact them at (970) 641-7900 or visit the Gunnison County Housing Authority website.
Curative treatments are the mainstay of traditional medicine, palliative care is compassionate care for people with progressive, chronic or life threatening illnesses. Caring for the whole person involves the body, mind and spirit, as well as caring for and supporting those who live with and care for the ill. This is especially important for individuals who are near the end of life.
The mission of the Palliative Care Program is for a diverse, specialized team to assist patients and families impacted by a chronic, progressive, life-threatening illness by providing emotional, physical, spiritual and clinical support while focusing on quality of life issues.
Controlling pain and other discomfort in a progressive illness is critical to the patient’s care. Palliative care can be a bridge between the patient, the patient’s primary care physician and specialist to assure the patient gets help when needed.
What kinds of cases could benefit from palliative care?
For more information about Palliative Care, call Hospice and Palliative Care of the Gunnison Valley at 970-641-4254.