When relocating to a new community, people typically put a premium on factors such as cost of living, school choice, employment opportunities, and access to high-quality healthcare. For many, it’s also important to explore the options for older family members who may want to make a life there, too.
The Wood River Valley is a place where multiple generations of a family can enjoy living close to each other, yet independent of each other. Despite its relatively small size, this community offers a spectrum of services and residential choices for older adults that makes an extended-family experience feasible and enjoyable for all.
BELL MOUNTAIN VILLAGE & CARE CENTER
Managed by Safe Haven, the largest elder care provider in Idaho, Bell Mountain Village consists of two buildings dedicated to skilled nursing patients (32 beds) and a third building for assisted- living residents (16 beds). Safe Haven also operates a second assisted-living home (13 beds) just a few blocks away on 7th Street in Bellevue. Assisted-living residents enjoy activities, prepared meals, and transportation to shopping and medical appointments. The Bell Mountain facility also includes a center for physical and occupational therapy activities.
Situated in a quiet neighborhood only 11⁄2 blocks from Main Street in Hailey, Summit is an affordable housing community for seniors 62 and over. Summit’s 40 one-bedroom apartments are spread across two ranch-style buildings, and an indoor common area is used for weekly coffee hour, jigsaw puzzles, and bridge club. Gro- cery stores, banks, restaurants, and a public park are all within walking distance, and residents can get around on Mountain Rides’ Hailey bus route seven days a week, free of charge.
THE SENIOR CONNECTION
The Connection has provided essential services and programming for Blaine County’s older adults for over 40 years, enriching the lives of seniors so they can enjoy active and independent lives.
The Connection’s wide variety of services include transportation, health and wellness, socialization and leisure activities, enrich- ment and educational classes, information and resources, home- delivered meals, and weekday group lunches.
ASSISTED LIVING AND MEMORY CARE
For seniors requiring extra help with the activities of daily living, The Cottages in Hailey provides a range of services in a warm, home-like environment. Conveniently located at the corner of
Highway 75 and McKercher Boulevard, The Cottages’ studio apartments have an open floor plan and kitchenette. Residents enjoy home-cooked meals and a range of activities. In addition to assisted living and memory care, The Cottages also offers day care and respite care programs. The grand opening of The Cottages in Hailey is anticipated in September 2017.
HEALTH & WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS, SERVICES & EVENTS
There are many independent Health & Wellness professionals and services in the area too, from chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, dentists, fitness/yoga teachers, mental health counselors, and many more.
There are various health & wellness events throughout the year held in the community, including the Sun Valley Wellness Institute’s renowned Sun Valley Wellness Festival, which features top wellness speakers, classes and workshops during Memorial Day weekend each year.