Our Newest Eden Registry Member – Morning Star Care Center

March 06, 2018
Suzette Molina

Morning Star Care Center in Ft. Washakie, WY, joined the Eden Registry on February 26, 2018. Former leaders of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe knew there was a great need for a safe place for tribal Elders  to live, be cared for, and to remain in their community. A plan was formed and in 1984 the doors to the first Native American Nursing Home in the State of Wyoming was opened. Located at the foothills of Rocky Mountains on the Wind River Indian Reservation, they are home to 40 native and non-native Americans. Elders enjoy spending time outdoors soaking up the sun, watching the wildlife, feeling the warm soil between their fingers as they plant flowers and vegetables in their raised planters. On warm summer evenings, they often sit outside and barbeque hot dogs and s’mores, while admiring the stars above. Morning Star maintains close relationships with the community by hosting carnivals with bouncy houses, music, and petting zoos, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and treats. The students from the local schools come and spend time with us. Smiles and laughter flow freely. Elders also enjoy fishing, picnics and walks along the river. Culture is at the heart of everything that happens each day so Morning Star has joined UNITE-Uniting Nursing Homes in Tribal Education. This collaboration saw the need for Native Nursing Homes to have traditional foods, activities and establish best practices with CMS. As a result, Elders are enjoying chokecherries, deer, and elk at mealtimes. Recently, they attended pow-wows and witnessed the release of the tribe’s new buffalo herd. Come in for a visit sometime! You may end up enjoying dancing, singing, and beats from local singers and drummers.

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