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Taking care of 'family'

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By April M. Brown

Tucked away on the edge of town, Sombrillo Retirement Community and Aspen Ridge Lodge, collectively referred to as Los Alamos Retirement Community, are two local treasures that provide vital services to the elderly, special needs and disabled residents in Los Alamos. The facilities are essentially their own community, with the sole purpose of providing residents the best quality of life and care possible, regardless of their situation.
During a recent interview with the Los Alamos Monitor, their staff gathered to explain their dedication to the future of the facility and the passion they have for the work they do there. Executive Director Robert McDonald shared that with all of the new changes in healthcare, they have had to become more creative in how they utilize their resources, including their employees.
Many of their staff is certified in multiple areas and cross-trained to provide more efficiency. Unlike most retirement communities, LPNs and RNs are available not just during the daytime, but around the clock. The nurses all boast years of experience, with a few that have been with the facility since its inception, nearly 30 years ago.


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