According to WEL-Life in Alta Program Director Wendy Nelson, things are going over pretty well at the new facility in Alta.
"We currently have six residents and we'll have two more by the end of the month," Nelson said. "Things have calmed down around here and we've worked on getting some of the kinks out and have gotten to really know each other."
The new 44-bed facility designed for those over 55 who need light to moderate assistance on a daily basis has been operating since the end of August. The current residents are enjoying their home-like atmosphere that promotes companionship while giving them 24-hour personalized services based on need.
"I love it here," resident Ruth Grigg said. "It's a wonderful place and we're like one big happy family. It wasn't hard to get adjusted. I'm just very happy here."
Grigg has lived in Alta most of her life and says it was necessary for her to move from her farm home south of Alta so she could have someone around to care for her.
"It's just necessary to have someone around at my age," Grigg said. "This is a beautiful home for those who have to give up their own home."
Grigg said she has been very pleased with the care she has gotten and doesn't know what more she could ask for.
"Everybody is courteous, caring and concerned," Grigg said. "Hopefully we can get some more people in here because we do have fun."
Grigg has been busy decorating the inside and the outside of the new facility for the harvest and halloween season.
"I like to do anything that I can help with," Grigg said. "I'm not very good at planning things to do, but I sure like to help."
Grigg recently helped put together a scarecrow that greets visitors at the door along with some cornstalks that decorate the front of the facility.
"I give it (WEL-Life) a good word," Grigg said. "It's a real wonderful place."
Lee and Ruth Witte of Schaller are the first husband and wife duo to call the WEL-Life facility home.
Read the rest of this article in the 10/19 Pilot Tribune.