Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home-walsenburg

(866) 653-9337

23500 Us Highway 160, WALSENBURG, CO


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  • Medicare No
  • Medicaid Yes
  • Veteran's Benefits Yes
  • Long Term Care Insurance Yes
  • Subsidy Available No
Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home-walsenburg
23500 US HIGHWAY 160
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07/09/2015  -  An OurParents User Writes:

*For the short and sweet version, head to the bottom :)*

I am very upset by the practices and reports this facility puts out. It is unfair to all involved and even tragic at times that this place gets such a good rep.These are people, not numbers or dollar signs. I hope the facility sees this and understands the injustice they put upon everyone in that building.

While the CNAs, LPNs and upper administration are fine, even above average, this home has many kinks to work out. The middle management team has very little association with the residents they take care of and are often times more interested in, well, managing the employees. Many RNs of this facility are in charge of resident needs.

Staffing is very poor and over the past few months nothing has been set in place to make sure these people get the amount of care they need. Many requests have been made to enhance the number of staff, but often these requests are denied, which puts the residents in danger. This site says 5 stars for staffing, but that is a horrid miscalculation. Don't forget that these figures are reported by the facilities to Medicare and not the state. Sometimes people who can't work with the residents are put on the schedule just to fill empty spots.

There are many nice and helpful CNAs, but there are also the opposite. Because of the staffing issues, CNAs with negative track records are allowed to work without question. It is not uncommon for the Aids to fight in front of residents, and many of the younger girls are stuck up and defiant to their residents.

The LPNs are great and very nice to both their Aides and they love their residents like family. The RNs often get names wrong, conditions confused, and do very little to help the residents other than access them for falls, if even. They can be very condescending towards workers (if you are reading to apply for a job), and often oblivious to resident needs.
(These are the people who work with the doctors on deciding what is right for the resident.)

Liability is an issue here as well. There is very little integrity with some of the workers. "It wasn't me" is a staple with most nursing staff. Often, private pay residents and their families get more leeway to their concerns than those who reside on insurance. If something needs done, families will go to the administrator to avoid the tangle of red tape that holds the staff together. There is very little communication among the staff and between shifts. This is worsened by the fact that some staff give little attention to learn the resident as a person.

If you want to place a family member or loved one here, it is best to be headstrong and diligent with a No Man Left Behind attitude, or of course look for better quality care. If you want to work here, it is best to apply elsewhere if you can. I'm sorry to go on for so long about the staffing, but I feel it is very important for families to know what they are dealing with. These are the people who will become your family member's caretaker, chef, friend, and shoulder to cry on.

There are many activities for the residents to do during the day, but there is little to engage the night owls with. While there are many fun things to do in the summer, like fish at the state park across the street and go on drives in the buses, there are many times where people are left out. It would be nice to see more done to include everyone in an activity even if it means, you guessed it, more staff.

The building itself was only built in 1993. The decor of the communal areas are actually quite stunning and modern. The hand painted wall murals are full of details that I'm still noticing. The grounds have been landscaped in recent years and are well kept. Wildlife from the park comes to visit, which is fun. There are resident gardens in most yards that the able like to tend to. The halls and the resident rooms are are probably in need of renovation. They still look like hospital rooms and are very cold in appearance.

The catch of the building is: it is vulnerable to water damage. This past winter, either wing of the nursing home had water damage and flooding in resident's rooms and in the commons. Ceiling tiles were falling in and the paint was peeling. Another minor concern is that due to the proximity of the place to the lake, there are all the scary bugs. it isn't too common, but spiders, scorpions, and centipedes can get into the building.

*In all, the staff can be questionable and very rude at times, but the staff that enjoy their job will love any resident, no matter what. From what I've seen, most Aides act very differently around families, so you will need to be on your game when interacting with them. Don't be afraid to get to know the girls and ask questions, it is their job to answer them or point you to someone who can. The building is nice, but the construction is a little shoddy.*

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    11/21/2012  -  An OurParents User Writes:

    Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home-walsenburg is an average sized, for profit, nursing home with 120 beds based in Walsenburg, CO. At last check, the facility had 98 residents indicating that it is 82% occupied which is about average within the state of Colorado. The provider accepts only medicare, and provides resident counseling services.
    This nursing home is not located in a hospital or a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). As of November 2012, the medicare rating for Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home Walsenburg, was 5 stars. Only 18% of nursing homes have 5 stars in Colorado.
    We have compared the detailed Medicare data for Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home Walsenburg with other senior care providers in Colorado. When compare to the state averages for staffing, the number of registered nurse (RN) hours per resident per day is about average; Certified nursing assistant (CNA) hours per resident per day is higher than average; The number of licensed practical (LPN) or vocational nurse hours per resident per day is about average. The most recent health inspection was on 07/25/2012.
    To view the full report for this facility, and to understand more about its Medicare rating, go to here

    Description of Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home-walsenburg in WALSENBURG, CO

    Built In 1993 , Number of Beds : 120

    Colorado State Veterans NH provides in-home care tailored to your loved one's needs. A team of care professionals brings non-medical assistance to your loved ones in the place they feel most comfortable, from bathing and feeding assistance to light housekeeping and meal prep. This community also offers additional senior services. For seniors who can care for themselves but who want to enjoy a low-maintenance life, independent living is the ideal choice. Tailored for both individuals and couples, these senior communities are also known as retirement villages, 55+ communities, and senior apartments. Residents stay in private apartments or individual homes with a variety of community amenities, services, and programs tailored just for seniors. You’ll enjoy your own space, so you can bring your favorite belongings, such as furniture and personal items. With independent living, residents won't have to worry about maintenance, mowing, or other chores associated with home ownership. Because independent living communities are intended for older adults who need little or no assistance, most do not offer medical care or supervision. You'll find many social programs and community amenities, such as gardening, bridge, bingo, fitness programs, book clubs, and planned outings. In-home care is accessible when you or a loved one needs it. Skilled professionals come to your home. This choice is perfect for those who prefer to stay in their homes but who need some help with the daily activities of living. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, services are paid by the client or by a variety of public and private sources, such as Medicare and/or Medicaid. Home care delivers a variety of medical and non-medical support services. There are two types of home care providers. The first is a skilled service provider, usually licensed nurses and therapists, who can meet various medical concerns or rehabilitation needs. The second, more common, type of in-home care is supplied by an aide who can provide companionship and emotional support as well as assist with daily activities, including grooming, meal prep, and transportation. For seniors who prefer to stay in their own homes where it's familiar, in-home care allows them to stay indepedent. For seniors who can care for themselves but who want to enjoy a low-maintenance life, independent living is the ideal choice. In-home care is accessible when you or a loved one needs it. Care professionals will bring their expertise and experience to your home. This choice is perfect for those who prefer to stay in their homes but who need some help with the daily activities of living. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, services are paid by the client or by a variety of public and private sources, such as Medicare and/or Medicaid. If you are looking for the perfect independent living, in-home care, skilled nursing and rehab services for you or a loved one, call today to find out more.



    Parking & Transportation
    • Transportation Provided by Facility
    • Guest Parking
    Languages Spoken
    • English
    • Spanish
    Community Services
    • Activity Director
    • Beautician/Barber
    • Chapel/Religious Services
    • Computer/Internet Access
    • Designated Family Visiting Area
    • Fitness Center/Gym
    • Guest Dining
    • Housekeeping
    • Laundry Service
    • Library
    • Maintenance Director
    • Billiards/Pool Room
    • TV/Media Room
    Housing Options
    • Shared Room
    • Private Bedroom with Private Bath
    • Air Conditioning
    • Cable Hook Up
    • Climate Control Thermostat
    • Private Courtyard or Patio
    • Private Telephone Line
    • Wheel-In Shower
    • Wheelchair Accessible
    Dining Options
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snack
    • Restaurant Style
    • Room Service as Needed
    • Ethnic Meals
    • Gluten-Free
    • Kosher Meals
    • Low Sugar
    • Low Sodium
    • Vegetarian
    • 24 Hour Controlled Access
    • 24 Hour Up and Awake Staff
    • Door Alarms (for exit seekers)
    • Emergency In-Room Call System
    • Fire Sprinkler System
    • Fully Fenced Facility
    Personal Assistance
    • Activities of Daily Living (bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, etc.)
    • Foot Care
    • Sitting, Standing, Walking
    • Toileting
    • Medication Management
    Behavioral Support
    • Does Not Sleep Through the Night
    • Becomes Disoriented (e.g. Sundown Syndrome)
    • Paces or Rummages Habitually
    • Seeks exit or Tries to Leave
    • Wanders
    • Needs Prompting for Their Personal Care
    Special Health Conditions
    • Arthritis
    • Asthma
    • Breathing Support with Oxygen
    • Broken Bones
    • Cancer
    • Colostomy or Urostomy
    • Depression
    • Emphysema or Other Lung Disease (COPD)
    • Heart Disease or Heart Failure
    • Immune Deficiency
    • Management of a Feeding Tube
    • Monitored Intake of Food and Liquids
    • Osteoporosis
    • Stroke
    • Tendency To Fall
    • Severe Brain Injury
    • Diabetic Diet
    • Oral Medication
    • Insulin Injection Staff-Administered
    On-Site Therapy
    • Audiology
    • Dental Care
    • Eye Care
    • Mental Health Counseling
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Restorative Therapy
    • Speech Therapy
    • Support Groups for Patients
    • Support Groups for Families or Caregivers
    Memory Care Services
    • Family Members Able to Join at Mealtime
    • Family Members Able to Participate in Care Plan
    • Specialty Trained Staff
    • Safe Wandering Areas
    • Regular Assessments by Interdisciplinary Staff
    • Environment That is Easy to Navigate
    • Daily Planned Recreational and Social Activities
    • Activities Tailored to Residents’ Abilities
    • Dementia Stage 1
    • Dementia Stage 2
    • Dementia Stage 3
    • Dementia Stage 4
    • Dementia Stage 5
    • Dementia Stage 6
    • Dementia Stage 7

    Demographic Profile for WALSENBURG, CO, 81089


    Male Population
    Female Population
    Median Age
    41.8 Years
    Average Household Income

    Cost Of Living
    Compared to the National Average

    17% Below
    Cost of Food
    9% Above
    10% Below
    1% Above

    Provided By EPA; Closer to 100 is better

    Air Quality
    99 / 100
    Water Quality
    80 / 100
    Superfund Sites
    98 / 100
    Physicians per 100k

    Annual Crime

    Violent Crimes
    Property Crimes