How to Enroll

Step One: Take a tour. Tours must be scheduled in advance. We serve a vulnerable population and are doing everything we can to keep them safe. Call Lea VanMerkestyn at 505-418-1300 or email her at to schedule a tour. Please note that all clients are required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Step Two: Fill out paperwork

Fill out an Application and Physician’s Form. You can download and print these yourself or pick up a paper copy at the Center. (If you have difficulty downloading the forms from the website, please email and she can email the documents to you.)

These forms must be turned in before the assessment can be scheduled. All new clients must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. This vaccination is currently required of all participants, staff, and volunteers.

To complete the Physician’s Form, a visit to your loved one’s doctor may not be necessary. You may be able to have the form completed through fax or email, depending on your physician’s preference and how much time has passed since your loved one’s last appointment. Any physician who has good knowledge of your loved one’s medical history can complete the form.

Step Three: Schedule an Assessment

Paperwork must be completed and submitted for an assessment to be scheduled.

Assessments last around 2 hours (usually from 10:30 am to 12:15 pm) and are scheduled with Lea VanMerkestyn, our Program Director. During this meeting, the primary caregiver will meet with Lea to discuss the admission paperwork and level of care, and the potential client will participate in an activity and have lunch.

After the assessment, your loved one can start as soon as the next day (depending on the days of the week they are scheduled to attend).