Company working toward senior care in Eagle Valley
EAGLE, Colorado – Tim Tucker, the president and CEO of Augustana Care Corp., met with members of the Eagle Town Board Tuesday night to launch discussions of what the company, in partnership with Eagle County, envisions for a senior care facility in Eagle.
“More or less, we are trying to map out some goals and objectives and a timeline to get this project moving,” said Tucker. “We couldn’t be more excited about it.”
Augustana is a Minnesota-based nonprofit that owns and/or manages programs and services ranging from independent and assisted living housing, to home care and adult day care agencies, to skilled nursing and memory care facilities. In September, the Eagle County Board of Commissioners announced the county’s intent to pursue negotiations with Augustana Care Corp. to partner on a continuum of care retirement community project proposed in Eagle.
“Bringing a range of care for seniors that currently doesn’t exist in our valley serves to strengthen our community,” said Commissioner Jon Stavney. “I was able to visit eight different facilities run by Augustana and was thoroughly impressed by the caliber of their operation.”
The proposed site encompasses about 10 acres of county-owned property within the town of Eagle, including the U.S. Forest Service “Horse Pasture” parcel and the county’s former road and bridge facility. Once an agreement with Augustana is in place, next steps will include working with the town of Eagle and interested community members to develop plans for the property.
Tucker noted that Augustana is a 100-year-old organization that has extensive experience in developing and operating the kind of facility the county envisions.
“We have, for some time, been asked to look at other areas of the country who are under-served (in the area of senior care facilities),” said Tucker.
Yuri Kostick is both a member of the Eagle Town Board and an employee of the Eagle County Housing Department – the entity that is most directly working with Augustana on the senior care plan.
“This week’s meeting was really to introduce Augustana and get general feedback,” Kostick said. “There are not hard and fast assumptions at this point. All we know is there is a need for senior care in the community, and that includes the larger community of the whole county. This is an experiment. If everything works out it will be a nice addition to the town.”
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