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Care center provides long-term, day and respite care

40-bed, intermediate care facility Medicaid certified.

By Jonie Jones

To the Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on March 1, 2017 3:23PM

Last changed on March 1, 2017 4:34PM

Blue Mountain Care Center in Prairie City.

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Blue Mountain Care Center in Prairie City.

Jonie Jones, Administrator/Social Service Director, Blue Mountain Care Center

Jonie Jones, Administrator/Social Service Director, Blue Mountain Care Center

Blue Mountain Care Center is a 40-bed, intermediate care facility.

The care center is a non-profit organization that is part of the Blue Mountain Hospital District. We are Medicaid certified only (not Medicare), providing long-term care, day care and respite care. We also accept private pay and long-term care insurance.

Our mission is to make each resident feel like part of our family. It is the goal of BMHD to keep each resident functioning at their highest level of independence while maintaining a high degree of dignity and respect centered on their personal wishes. Each resident must have a local physician who will make rounds at the care center every 30 days, for the first 90 days, then every 60 days thereafter. Appointments can be made at the physician’s office more often if necessary; nurses are in close contact with the doctors as well. Blue Mountain Care Center employs licensed nursing staff 24 hours per day and certified nursing assistants to provide the day-to-day care for our residents. Blue Mountain Care Center has always met or exceeded the state’s mandated staffing ratio.

We have an excellent dietary staff that serves delicious home-cooked meals under the supervision of a registered dietitian. They offer special diets to meet every resident’s needs. The last Thursday of each month, the residents create their own menu for the lunch meal. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.

Blue Mountain Care Center also has a full-time Social Service Department that meets the psychosocial needs of each resident individually. The Activities Department provides a large range of activities such as gardening, picnics, fishing trips, weekly drives and outings to events and regular lunches at the senior centers. Activities are centered on the preference of the resident and trying to keep them involved in activities, just as they were prior to placement.

Jonie Jones is the administrator and social service director for Blue Mountain Hospital District’s Blue Mountain Care Center.


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