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Aspen Valley Hospital & Whitcomb Terrace: Keeping Seniors Active and Independent

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Deborah Breen, President & CEO
Aspen Valley Hospital Foundation

Whitcomb Terrace, managed by Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH), is a 15-unit assisted living residential complex located on the Hospital’s campus. This special community asset was the vision of a beloved community physician, Dr. Harold “Whit” Whitcomb. Dr. Whitcomb saw a great need for this level of care for our aging population, and spearheaded the effort to bring the project to fruition. He was front and center when Castle Creek Terrace Assisted Living Facility, as it was originally named, opened in 1990. And in 2007, shortly after Dr. Whitcomb’s passing in 2006, the complex was dedicated in his memory, honoring his commitment to seniors and his remarkable 40 years of service as a physician.

The original vision of Dr. Whitcomb was to have a place where local seniors can live, retain their independence and dignity, and also have assistance with daily care needs. This vision remains the cornerstone of Whitcomb Terrace’s values today. Staff is on hand 24/7, helping with housekeeping, meals, laundry, medication administration, appointments, on-site salon services, physical activities, transportation and other day-to-day activities; all part of the carefully planned and compassionate support system that envelopes each resident. Outings that connect residents to cultural, social, educational, and spiritual events are all part of Whitcomb Terrace’s continued focus on keeping its residents active and engaged. In addition, the Pitkin County Senior Center, which offers daily activities, classes and adventures is strategically located in the same building, further enhancing social interaction.

The 15 apartments that make up Whitcomb Terrace range in size from studios to large one bedrooms, and each apartment has a patio or balcony. Rent is determined based on the size of the unit, and often can be less than many apartments of similar size in Aspen – making this an attractive, all-inclusive option for many seniors on a fixed income. In addition, residents are able to keep a pet, also enhancing their overall quality of life.

“We usually have a long waiting list for apartments,” noted Maggie Gerardi, Director of Whitcomb Terrace. “I think that is because of our incredible care team, many of whom have been with us for decades, and the blend of activities, enrichment events, and other support services that keep our residents happy, healthy, active and engaged.”

Under the medical direction of Dr. Josh Seymour, who can often be found sitting with residents having a cup of coffee, Whitcomb Terrace’s services also include annual physicals, help with navigating medical appointments, and if needed, immediate access to a higher level of care at Aspen Valley Hospital.

To learn more about availability, pricing, to schedule a private tour, or to inquire about volunteering, contact Maggie Gerardi at 970.544.1531 or mgerardi@aspenhospital.org.

 


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