Originally from the upper Midwest, in 2018 my husband and I bought our dream home in Bailey. We often vacationed in Colorado with our four children when they were young, and three of them lived in Colorado before we were able to make the move. We feel very fortunate to live in the Platte Canyon community.
Professionally, I have been a pediatric nurse for over 40 years including 23 years as a school nurse. Upon moving here and hearing about the issues facing seniors who want to age in place in rural communities, I found it easy to shift to senior issues, utilizing public health knowledge and skills of connecting people to resources. I believe that with appropriate support, “seasoned” adults may successfully age in place in rural areas.
I have been a caregiver all my life. As the eldest of six, in a single parent household, including my great grandmother, I was witness to the many and multiple nuanced issues of aging, and the valuable and priceless lessons of a multi-generational household.
Saturdays were often, whole family volunteer days, at a local assisted living facility.
(The term was nursing home and or retirement home, way back then…)
Later in life, I became a full- time caregiver for my mother with a sudden onset of Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Three years of a bittersweet and hard- won education in seeking options and care for my mother, solidified a drive to address the aging services problems in our society.
Professionally, I have been a health care professional for over 40 years and a business development / owner operator, predominantly within the medical auxiliary professions.
My passion to address and help resolve the unique and often complicated issues for seniors in our rural settings is: A Passion.
My greatest satisfaction is in helping others. In February my brother and I helped my mother who is 95 choose an Assisted Living home. The move from Springfield, Illinois was traumatic because she left friends of 40+ years plus brothers and sisters. We helped mom tour several facilities and she decided on Peakview in Centennial. She enjoys the social and music events at the home. Every day mom tells me she feels cared for and enjoys her life now consisting of, “Eat, Sleep and Play”. It was a good decision and now my daughters, son and grandchildren are able to visit regularly.
Many Seniors do not have the means to afford Assisted Living because the cost can range from $4000 to $6000 per month. If skilled nursing is needed then the cost can be $8000 or more. Aging in place is sometimes the only option for seniors in Bailey. With experience as an Activity Director in nursing homes I know the importance of socialization and activities that will keep seniors healthy. I want to help Bailey area seniors get to appointments, education events, evacuation training and insurance classes. Also, social events and physical movement are important to Seniors that become more and more isolated in the mountains as family and friends are gone.
I married Jacque, my high school sweetheart. We have three grown daughters, and six grandchildren.
I have been a resident of Bailey and the Burland Ranchette’s since 2003. I have been a BHOA board member for sixteen years, and Treasurer for two years. I, with the help of many other volunteer’s, coordinate Burland’s Firewise program. I represent Burland as a board member for Fire Adapted Bailey. I serve on the board and as Treasurer of the Seniors Alliance of Platte Canyon. In my free time, I serve on the Mile High Dowsers board as president.
Professional Career – I was a National Park Service employee for thirty-seven years. I had ten park assignments (some areas twice). We lived and worked in Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Assateague Island, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain and Glacier. I completed my career with an assignment in the headquarters, Washington, DC. My responsibilities included many aspects within Facility and Resources Management.
I have always enjoyed being involved with service organizations. I love the Bailey area. It has been my goal to ensure that our community and the people who live here are well cared for.
Living in Colorado since 1989. I first learned about Burland while volunteering with the Colorado State Forest Service. They partnered with the Burland HOA to build a trail to the top of Mount Bailey. While using moss rock to build the trail near the top it seemed to me that this area was like a State Park. When done with trail building for the day we drove around Burland looking for homes. We found a lot on a cliff that took our breath away and we built a cabin. Occupation: Realtor. Favorite thing about living in Burland: View of Pike National Forest, standing on our cliff and watching C-130s fly below our cabin and enjoying the park and trail to top of Mount Bailey.
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