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Eagle County discusses assisted living center

TAMARA MILLEREagle County correspondent

EAGLE – Ardyth Nimon has heard it all before.Eagle County has been talking for years about building an assisted-living facility in Eagle. But talk has been little comfort for Nimon, who had to take her ailing husband to Carbondale to get the care he needed. Last winter, Jim Nimon died in a Glenwood Springs facility, 31 miles away from the town he had lived in nearly all his life. Months later, county leaders are talking about building a facility again. One commissioner, Tom Stone, even wants to budget money in 2006 to build it. In the meantime, Nimon is planning to move to Grand Junction when she no longer can care for herself, by herself.”I’m bitter, I admit it,” she said. Doubts notwithstanding, the commissioners agreed Tuesday to resurrect the plans they made four years ago and bring them up-to-date with today’s needs in mind. What they learned then was that an assisted-living center couldn’t survive financially on its own. However, new ideas and a new commitment to follow through with the promise may lead to a different result. “I actually feel delinquent about this,” Stone told the other commissioners in a meeting Tuesday. Officials with Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs and the Vail Valley Medical Center have discussed including an assisted-living center in their plans for a hospital that will be built in Eagle Ranch someday. Stone doesn’t want to wait around anymore. “I think there is a need now,” he said. The county should put aside about $900,000 to help build the facility, Stone said. Perhaps the rest of the money for the building – estimated to cost $2.4 million – could come from grants, he said.

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