Staff changes at AspenRIdge concern residents, families

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By Gabriel Vasquez

The Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) Advocacy Group met Friday evening to discuss concerns over the inconsistent level of care they say is being given to AspenRidge residents, a local retirement and assisted-living community.

The group, a mix of AspenRidge residents and their family members, was recently formed to bring attention to issues related to the quality of care at the assisted-living community, and to report their findings to the LARC board of directors, a group that oversees the operations at several area retirement and nursing homes.

Friday’s meeting focused primarily on the impending staff changes at AspenRidge that would leave its residents without a nurse from the hours of 7 p.m.-7 a.m., beginning in June. Around 25 people attended.

“There are a lot of people here paying for nursing care,” said Beth Johnson, coordinator of the LARC Advocacy Group. “We need specific suggestions on how this problem can be solved.”

Richard Hutson, family member of an Aspen Ridge resident, said he was told by staff that there would be an on-site nurse 24 hours a day, but when he recently contacted LARC administration, he was told specifically that no such care was in the contract he signed, and that 24-hour care was a “luxury,” not a requirement.

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