About Colorado Lutheran Home

In our home we encourage and embrace all of our residents. Our compassionate caregivers, clinical excellence, and award-winning care are really all about you. Our patients and families are the center of our thoughts, communications and actions.

Who we are

Colorado Lutheran Home and Apartments is a non-profit residence and department of Lutheran Medical Center. We offer the finest in quality care. In our homes, we encourage and embrace important qualities such as trust, compassion and independence by providing the highest quality, resident-centered care for our residents and neighborhoods.

Colorado Lutheran Home took home an Excellence in Action award placing it in the top 380 nursing homes in the United States (out of more than 16,000).

Leadership

Susan Black, CLH administrator, was a 2007 Administrator finalist in the recent Colorado Healthcare Association awards. Recently acknowledged as an Eden Alternative Facility and a recipient of the Step One Quality Award from the American Health Care Association, our mission is to foster healing and health within our community by providing a wellness way-of-life with quality, efficiency and empathy for those residents entrusted to our care.

Philosophy of care

We ascribe to the Eden Alternative® beliefs and have worked to instill their care values into Colorado Lutheran Home’s philosophy of care. Colorado Lutheran Home works to create quality of life for our aging population as well as their care givers, together referred to as care partners.

Eden Alternative principles

  1. The three plagues of loneliness, helplessness and boredom account for the bulk of suffering among our Elders.
  2. An Elder-centered community commits to creating a Human Habitat where life revolves around close and continuing contact with plants, animals and children. It is these relationships that provide the young and old alike with a pathway to a life worth living.
  3. Loving companionship is the antidote to loneliness. Elders deserve easy access to human and animal companionship.
  4. An Elder-centered community creates opportunity to give as well as receive care. This is the antidote to helplessness.
  5. An Elder-centered community imbues daily life with variety and spontaneity by creating an environment in which unexpected and unpredictable interactions and happenings can take place. This is the antidote to boredom.
  6. Meaningless activity corrodes the human spirit. The opportunity to do things that we find meaningful is essential to human health.
  7. Medical treatment should be the servant of genuine human caring, never its master.
  8. An Elder-centered community honors its Elders by de-emphasizing top-down bureaucratic authority, seeking instead to place the maximum possible decision-making authority into the hands of the Elders or into the hands of those closest to them.
  9. Creating an Elder-centered community is a never-ending process. Human growth must never be separated from human life.
  10. Wise leadership is the lifeblood of any struggle against the three plagues. For it, there can be no substitute.

Learn how some of the Eden Alternative principles are carried out at Colorado Lutheran Home.

To learn more, please visit Eden Alternative Website.

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