The Pueblo West View

Holidays draw families for annual dinner

There is no shortage of visitors or activities for residents at Legacy Commons Assisted Living facility in Pueblo West this time of year.

Whether they’re visiting with friends and family, eating goodies or ringing in the New Year, the folks at Legacy Commons – and its extended family – are joyous this time of year.

Traditionally everyone at the facility is invited to celebrate New Year’s Eve by ringing in the new year – but the celebration is held a little earlier in the evening so that everyone doesn’t have to stay up until midnight.

“We start the party around 7 p.m.,” said Carolyn Spears, director of Legacy Commons.

“We have sparkling cider and a countdown to ring in the New Year. That way everyone doesn’t have to try to stay up so late.”

At Christmastime, and all through the month of December, there are lots of activities and plenty of visitors, whether it be families, community groups or individuals.

One of the most beloved traditions at Legacy Commons is the annual Christmas party.

Spears said there were about 200 people at this year’s event.

Santa always comes each year, bringing gifts for all the residents, and family photos with Santa are taken. Spears said those family photos often become important keepsakes for many families.

Spears said there are a few shopping trips during the holidays – places such as Walmart and Dollar Tree – but noted that many of the residents at Legacy Commons aren’t able to take on major shopping. If they’re up for it, that’s something they usually do with their family members instead.

Leading up to Christmas, many residents were also active in putting together packages for Samaritan’s Purse or making holiday crafts.

As for the actual holiday, Legacy Commons is somewhat quiet.

“Most of the people here end up going with their families for the day,” she said.

“We do have a big Christmas dinner here, and some of our residents eat or their families come to eat with them.”

Legacy Commons is special, Spears said, because so many of the residents’ families are local to the area.

And Spears and her staff work to keep families involved with their loved ones lives since many can be active in the seniors’ daily lives.

“We’ve got a great facility here,” Spears said.

“I love the families that have loved ones here because they’re just so great. We’re all one big family.

“We try to really help families understand that this is a collaborative effort – it’s us as a facility and them as a family, trying to give (the residents) their best experience.”

The original Legacy Commons facility was built in 1997, and has received a couple of additions over the years to accommodate a growing population.

Many of the people who come to live at Legacy Commons already lived in the Pueblo West or Pueblo area, while some moved from other places to be near family who live in the area.

“We’ve got a great place. It’s very special,” Spears said.

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