Saguache senior day care, respite center moving forward

SAGUACHE — Salida Valley to Valley Senior Care Center Director Yvonne (Eve) Braden invites Saguache County residents to visit her booth at the Fall Festival this weekend to see plans for the new Saguache County Senior Care Center.
Senior crafts from the Salida Center will be on sale at the booth.
Braden and the care center staff have been working for the past three years to open a second care facility in Saguache County with a respite center. Potential clients are waiting, Braden says, but the funding takes time.
Braden thanks the many generous souls who donated time and funds to help make the center a reality and says she hopes that those who would like to see the facility expand south will drop by the booth and view the progress made on the project.
The center is being built with grants and other funds on land a mile east of Saguache, donated by a local Saguache resident. Plans for a center in Buena Vista also are underway, the care center’s website reports.
Salida Center
The care center in Salida offers a service for seniors that many families find truly priceless — a place to go during the day that feels like home while family members work, travel or just take a break.
The facility also offers weekend and respite care.
Currently the center reaches into northern Saguache County, including Saguache, Moffat, Villa Grove and the Poncha Pass area, offering pick-up and delivery of seniors until the Saguache center is completed. Valley to Valley also serves Nathrop and Salida. Seniors receive personal attention at the center and can enjoy socialization, fun activities, two meals a day, outings and all necessary nursing supervision.
Located at 348 G Street in Salida, the center is recognized by the Alzheimer’s Association for its trained staff. The center also is listed by the state of Colorado as a “specialized care facility.”
Braden says the facility has passed all its state inspections and is Medicaid approved.
“We are helping our community stay together as a family,” Braden said. “The joy we give our seniors will not go unnoticed.”
Braden, a Christian, notes her inspiration for the Saguache center and her will to make it a reality were God-sent. She credits her faith as the fuel that keeps her going. Her like-minded board of director’s president, Vicki Day, says that, “prayer, believers in miracles, and steps of faith make it happen” at the center.
Cash donations and fundraisers, also volunteer time are greatly appreciated, she said.
Braden says her facility was especially designed to help those who wish to preserve the family unit avoid full-time nursing home care for as long as possible, or assists the elderly until they can die naturally in their loved one’s homes. “It’s such a blessing for them because so many can’t afford full-time care,” she said.
To reach the center to arrange for senior transportation or to offer services or donations, call Eve at 719-539-4396 or 719-207-2108. Vickie Day can be reached at 719-496-6799. Or visit the center’s website at

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