Individuals with MS, Parkinsons or Brain Injuries are eligible for residency at Warm Valley Lodge Assisted Living
(Dubois, Wyo.) – Many people assume that an “assisted living” center is a place for elderly residents in the twilight of their lives. Many people are wrong. Qualification of residency at Dubois, Wyoming’s Warm Valley Lodge isn’t based on age; it’s based on need.
That is why Warm Valley Lodge is such a perfect fit for 53 year old Renay Baldes, who moved into the Warm Valley Lodge in April.
It’s hard to catch up with Warm Valley Lodge resident Renay Baldes. This summer she attended square dances, concerts, and rodeos. At the Lodge she enjoys the river walk, computer classes, and has rekindled her love of knitting. She enjoys watching movies, Bible study and entertaining friends and family in her apartment which overlooks the Wind River and has a beautiful view of Whiskey Mountain.
“And I’m busier here than ever,” she said.
When people hear the term “assisted living” they often think of something more like a nursing home, where people in the last years of their life spend much of their time in bed or sitting quietly.
Renay is originally from Lander, Wyoming and moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado in 1990 where she raised her three children. In June 1998 Renay was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Friends tried to prepare her, saying she’d eventually need help and likely wouldn’t be able to live on her own. Renay knew she’d want to stay as independent as possible. It was hard to imagine not living in her home.
As her disease progressed she realized it might be time for a little help. The thought of moving into a facility worried her. She didn’t want to lose her independence.
She started looking around for where to go, she found most assisted living facilities didn’t take people her age. Residents needed to be at least 55 years old.
“I thought ‘Where am I going to go?’” she said.
Then she heard about Warm Valley Lodge in her home state of Wyoming near her family in Riverton and Ft. Washakie. She’d heard great things about the facility, and best of all, they allowed residents 18 and older.
Renay is currently the youngest person living at the lodge, but she’s loved making friends with older residents and staff her age. She spends time with people at the lodge, but also away from it in the Dubois community. Moving to an assisted living facility like Warm Valley Lodge doesn’t mean loss of freedom or independence.
“I’m living proof of that,” she said.
She’s maintained her independence, but gained some security in knowing if she ever needs help, it’s right there.
She’s busy with all the activities that Warm Valley Lodge offers, and loves spending time in her apartment. It’s a complete apartment with a kitchenette, living room, bedroom and lots of windows. Friends and family can visit and even stay overnight. She’s decorated her apartment with her favorite art and photographs and all her own the furnishings. When she enters the apartment, she knows she’s home.
While a minimum resident age of 18 is observed, Warm Valley Lodge assisted living center is a smart living arrangement for anyone living with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s Disease or a physical condition that contributes to the need for daily task assistance in such areas as meal preparation, bathing, prescription management and housekeeping. Warm Valley Lodge doesn’t just permit younger residents they intentionally welcome them!
Warm Valley Lodge offers quality living, including the highest level of personal care, 24-hour medical monitoring, privacy and independence in a spectacular mountain setting!
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Warm Valley Lodge Assisted Living
5643 U.S. Hwy. 26
Dubois, WY 82513