LANDER, Wyo. – Does Lander need an assisted living facility? A recently completed Market Demand Study commissioned by the Lander Housing Authorityhas indicated potential demand for both market rate and assisted living units.  This analysis also found a demand for memory care units and additional independent living units with support services.   

 To help further evaluate the need and potential financial support for additional long-term housing for seniors, an Assisted Living Task Force was formed and is seeking community input. Community Builders, Inc., (CBI), a Douglas consulting firm, was hired to complete this Public Outreach process.  In the coming weeks, CBI will be in Lander conducting one-on-one stakeholder interviews, focus groups and community forums.  This process is scheduled to wrap up by July 1, 2017.   

 “A key part of the planning process is to engage the public,” CBI Consultant Bobbe Fitzhugh stressed.  “A Stakeholder and Community Survey is being circulated throughout the community to get the public’s input.  Once the survey results are analyzed, presentations to the public will be scheduled.” 

 Today’s elderly have many log-term care choices.  In fact, most communities offer a continuum of care including support services (e.g., transportation or meals), home-health care, independent living, boarding homes, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing homes, and hospice facilities. Fremont County has many high-quality services for seniors, but there appears to be a need for additional pieces of that continuum of care model – an assisted living facility. 

 An Assisted Living Facility is a group living arrangement providing help for residents with activities of daily living such as eating, bathing, using the bathroom, taking medicine, and getting to appointments as needed. It is often seen as a bridge between independent living and nursing home care.    

  Residents are encouraged to complete the survey on line at   Paper copies of surveys are also available at the following locations:   

Lander City Hall
Lander Senior Center
Fremont County Library, Lander
Lander Medical Clinic
Sage West Hospital
Safeway Pharmacy
Palace Pharmacy
Hudson Town Hall
Pavillion Town Hall
Shoshoni Town Hall 

 Residents are asked to complete surveys by May 31, 2017 and drop them off at any of the listed locations or mail to City Hall at 240 Lincoln, Lander, WY   82520. 

 The Lander Housing Authority and Assisted Living Task Force members include: 

 Andy Gramlich
RaJean Strube Fossen
Leonard Yost
Margaret Appleby
Jim Corbett
Peny Rogers
Cora Lee Reynolds
Dean McKee
Dave Kellogg
Liz Lightner
JoAnn Aldrich

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