“Hayden, Colorado is a tiny rural community (pop. approx. 2000) in the northwestern region of the state. As in many communities, there are usually senior citizens living alone in their homes.Many of these seniors are unable to care for themselves in the proper manner but are reluctant to move out of their environment, whether that be to a nursing home or out of the community to live with children or relatives. In 1992, a group met with a local doctor to address this problem. The group arrived at the idea of building an assisted living residence for seniors where their living accommodations would be monitored and safe, where medications would be given as prescribed, where companionship would be available, and where proper nutrition would be provided.
Many hours were spent studying the need for such a residence, and the idea was presented to the senior citizens of the Yampa Valley. The idea gleaned great enthusiasm and support from seniors, their families, and from the community as a whole.
A building campaign began and through a loan from USDA, private donations and grants the project was completed. In the fall of 1995, a 9,700 square foot residence was built on land donated by Peabody Coal Company. The Haven opened in July of 1996.
The Haven employs 15 full and part-time staff and can house 20 residents.
Mission: Provide Senior Assisted Living for seniors over 55 years of age who do not require skilled nursing care, but who no longer can, or want, to live alone.