As the population ages, more of us are faced with the prospect of moving either ourselves or an older family member into a nursing or assisted living home. Often, the very thought brings to mind images of cold, impersonal hallways, and lonely people.
Hunter Hollow in West Valley City is here to challenge that image and prove that skilled nursing centers are communities that enhance a person’s quality of life, and make it fun to be in their care.
“As we built [Hunter Hollow], we didn’t want it to feel like a long care facility,” explains Michael Fender, executive director of Hunter Hollow. “We want it to be viewed as a wellness community.”
It’s easy to see it that way, when considering all the amenities available at Hunter Hollow. They have been awarded “Best in Class” for long care facilities, and make it a point to offer a new and different experience. With chef prepared meals, private dining, WIFI and pay-per-view, it is easy to feel as if you are in a 5-star hotel. Also available at Hunter Hollow is a beauty salon, complete with a manicurist and pedicurist, a movie theater, and even an ice cream parlor.
Furthermore, Hunter Hollow provides its community members a very active lifestyle. The recreational department always has something fun for residents to participate in. Whether it is going to a play in the theater, or swimming on a swim team, the caregivers are actively engaged and passionate about providing individualized care.
“We are acutely interested in people having a positive transition, even when they lose some of their independence though stroke or accident,” says Fender. “We are passionate about finding ways to help people do what they know and love, no matter what.”
Not only does Hunter Hollow provide a great community for their long-term residents, they provide short-term stays for people who need to rehabilitate after a major event. Therapy services are available to all qualifying patients 7 days a week in a spacious therapy gym with a team of dedicated therapists. Along with therapists, there are physicians present 7 days a week to make sure everyone is taken care of.
“Our short-term and long-term residents are kept separate,” explains Fender of the design of Hunter Hollow’s building. “Short-term residents are escorted by a porter to their room, like you are in a 5-star hotel. They enjoy a comfortable stay, and leave after about 32 days. Long-term residents literally move in, and this allows them to build relationships with their neighbors, just like in any other community.”
Come experience the difference at Rocky Mountain Care’s Hunter Hollow. You can take a tour at any time by dropping by 4090 West Pioneer Parkway in West Valley City to see what makes it feel just like home.