Community Living Center - VA Western Colorado Health Care System
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VA Western Colorado Health Care System


Community Living Center

The Community Living Center (CLC) is an extended care facility which offers short stay Rehabilitation, short stay Skilled Nursing, Hospice, Long-Stay and Respite Care to those who qualify. Families or Veterans who are interested in the Community Living Center should contact their social worker on their assigned clinic or Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT).

Policies and procedures during the Coronavirus situation


Can Veterans in our CLC's leave the hospital/CLC for scheduled medical appointments for dialysis, chemo, radiation and other needed appointments in the community?

  • If the appointment is deemed an absolute medical necessity and cannot wait, then it should occur. Communication with the outside provider is key to assess their response to COVID-19 and if they have seen any patients that are positive. Do they have certain times, or days when COVID-19 positive patients are seen verses those that are negative?
  • When the resident returns from an outside appointment, because they have been in the community, they will have to follow the observation guidance for 14 days. This means for some residents who have recurring appointments several times a week, they will remain on observation throughout the duration of this situation.

What if a CLC veteran wants to visit his spouse who is dying at home on hospice?

  • Yes, as a compassionate care case. The Veteran upon return to the CLC will need to be placed in observation and all the screening done as outlined in the guidance for 14 days.

Visitations are allowed for Palliative care and not just Hospice?

  • CLCs are to restrict all visitors, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an actively dying Veteran (e.g., life expectancy of hours to days), and that visit will be limited to that bedroom only. Decisions about visitation during a compassionate care situation should be made on a case by case basis, which should include careful screening of the visitor for fever or respiratory symptoms. Visitors may be asked to wear PPE to protect the CLC residents. Those visitors with symptoms should not be permitted to enter the facility at any time (even in end-of-life situations). They should also be reminded to frequently perform hand hygiene. Visitors with additional questions about their symptoms should be referred to their medical professional.

Contact Info


  • Building 20, Part of Main Hospital

Contact Number(s)

  • 970-263-2800 Ext. 1337
  • 970-263-2800 Ext. 2189

Hours of Operation

  • 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.