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WALLOWA VALLEY CARE CENTER MODERNIZES
By Gary Fletcher
Observer Staff Writer
ENTERPRISE Modern electric beds can now give a greater degree of control and independence to residents of Wallowa Valley Care Center.
Residents can adjust the head, foot and height of the beds and no longer have to wait for an attendant to answer a call button and come adjust their bed by turning a crank.
Last year, 10 old beds were replaced by electric models. This month the remaining 22 were traded for new beds.
This years $36,689 tab was paid by the Wallowa Valley Health Care Foundation. The money was raised in November at the foundations sixth annual Healthy Futures dinner and auction attended by 200 people.
The people of this county are extremely generous, said Tricia Grant, resident care manager of the care center. Local people and businesses donate money and items to the auction. The family of the late Gwen T. Coffin, for example, raffled off his 1973 Chrysler New Yorker.
Dr. R. Devee Boyd of Enterprise made several items, Grant said. Hes amazing at woodworking.
The wooden headboards of the new long-term-care beds help reduce the institutional feel. Theyre great, Grant said. The new beds are also safer than the old beds that had been in use since the 1960s.
The brakes to keep the old beds from rolling had become pretty worn, Grant said. The new ones have a brake at each wheel. The new beds have no gap between the mattress and side rails, and at a push of a button residents can lower their beds closer to the floor, to make them easier and safer to get in and out of.
In addition to helping the care center, the foundation also funds capital improvements at the adjoining Wallowa Memorial Hospital. The recently completed remodeling of the obstetrics center there was funded by the previous years foundation dinner and auction.