GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — What VA Hospital staff once described as outdated has gotten a makeover with new equipment and color scheme. The goal of this space was to create a home-like feel while improving efficiency.
Utilizing the space gives the dining area features beyond enjoying meals from movie nights to a tapestry on the ceiling. With dozens of patients still on lockdown from the pandemic, staff working the center are excited to see the next chapter liven up.
“I’m hoping we just continue to improve,” Elizabeth Harrison shares, “We’ve worked hard to get robotic pets for our dementia patients, and activity cards that are mobile, so that we can engage them, which reduces frustration on their part and makes their quality of life more enjoyable. My thought is the CLC is a constant improvement.”
“Some of the patients who come in here when we feed them during the day, it’s lightens them up a little bit,” Anthony Castillo describes, “It gives them more of a positive insight on things, showing them that there’s brightness at the end of the tunnel, but overall, I enjoy the scenery.”
The latest changes in the dining area are just the beginning for what’s to come. Later down the road, volunteers will be cleared to serve for and socialize with residing veterans in person.