The vision behind

A Different Future for Aging Well

A Personal Note from Christy Whitney,
HopeWest President & CEO

My own experience drove the quest for a different way. A lot of things have been tried, but what could we create that would have worked — not just for MY parents but YOUR parents, and all of us someday.

That’s what led us to think about a new concept:

A One-Stop Shop for Resources to meet wellness needs

A place where you could be with your friends

A place that has health care and ways to stay well

A way people can live their best in their own home

“I thought I would be more prepared. Maybe I could have been. Things just happened so fast!”

One day my children are sitting with my parents in the audience at my graduation from CU. And then, POOF, the tables have turned and my children and I are caring for my aging parents.

We were blessed that Mom and Dad each lived to be 93. Their plan was to live at home, ALWAYS. In Kentucky. I would soon learn every single, little reason why that would be impossible.

The questions our family faced were overwhelming at times…

  • Was there any way in the world they could have stayed home?
  • If I leave town to return to work, who will check on them?
  • How will they cope if I take the car keys?
  • How will they get a haircut or groceries?
  • Will they get lonely?
  • Who is going to get them to a doctor and worry about all these medications?
  • Will they eat more than peanut butter crackers, oatmeal and pie?
  • What can they afford to do?

“Who will help get my mom to her doctor’s appointments? How can I arrange care when I’m halfway across the country?”

When my parents could no longer drive, and I couldn’t easily find a way to ensure they were getting all of the care they needed – in desperation, I asked my daughter Melissa if she could go to Kentucky with her daughter KK to help take care of my mom and dad. This was a short-term solution because it quickly became clear that there would not be enough help for them to stay in Kentucky. I had to arrange a medical care flight to get my dad here. It was hard on all of us. And when my dad died, soon after arriving in Colorado, my mom felt lost.

Oh, how I wish she could have experienced the Center for Living Your Best. I know she would have flourished and loved being able to have a one-stop shop for medical care and most importantly a place to meet friends and enjoy the hobbies she loved like playing Bridge.

“They were still dancing at 90! But I was unsure how my parents would be able to stay in their own home. Would I be able to get them the help they needed in the place they loved?”

In 2015, this was the question I asked myself over and over again. One minute they’re dancing the night away at a wedding and in the blink of an eye – they’re home bound and I’m worried about their health, nutrition and safety.

Would they simply eat peanut butter crackers, oatmeal and pie? How would they get their groceries when they were no longer able to drive? If not dancing, how would they find new ways to socialize with friends. I knew there was a better way — if not for my parents then we could create it for yours.

“I feel like I’ve lost my purpose since his death – I’m really not sure what to do.”

This was a conversation with my mom after the death of my dad and her husband. Grief does this to us. Imagine being married for 70 years and being a caregiver for the last five and then in a heartbeat – your life changes. We need support. We need socialization. We need to find purpose and joy in our lives.

The Center for Living Your Best will be a place where our family and friends can adapt to the challenges presented by the last chapters of our lives. It will enable people to remain as independent and fulfilled as possible in the comfort of their own homes, while fostering social connections that are critical for happiness and health.

The Solution: A New Concept for Aging Well

The Herb & Laura May Bacon Center for Living Your Best

My own experience drove the quest for a different way. A lot of things have been tried, but what could we create that would have worked — not just for MY parents but YOUR parents, and all of us some day.

That’s what led us to think about a new concept:
the Herb & Laura May Bacon Center for Living Your Best

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We invite you...

to embrace this unique opportunity to create something that will transcend generations and help make the last chapter of our lives the best it can be.

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(970) 263-2186

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Herb and Laura May Bacon Center for Living Your Best
2754 Compass Drive
Grand Junction, CO 81506

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JChappellReid@HopeWestCO.org