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0401 Castle Creek Road
Aspen, CO 81611
The Whitcomb Terrace “neighborhood” is truly an extension of everything that makes Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley such a warm, welcoming place to live — beautiful views included. Here you’ll discover greater independence with maintenance and chore-free living in your private apartment while you enjoy amenities such as restaurant-style dining with three chef-prepared meals daily, weekly linen and laundry service, activities and more with everything Aspen has to offer just outside your door.
No matter where in life you are, the Whitcomb Terrace family is dedicated to providing the attention and care just when you need it, so you can live an engaged and purposeful life.
Contact our Director, Maggie Gerardi, to schedule your visit.
Whitcomb Terrace is located at the base of the Castle Creek Valley overlooking the Holden-Marolt Open Space. Whether you are in your private apartment, enjoying the company of your fellow residents in one of the common areas, or even walking down the halls, every window at Whitcomb Terrace boasts a spectacular view of Aspen’s surrounding mountains and slopes.
With the commercialization of senior care, few residences can boast of the high staff-to-resident ratio found at Whitcomb Terrace. As part of Aspen Valley Hospital’s Network of Care, Whitcomb Terrace is the only not-for-profit senior living community in the Roaring Fork Valley. We benefit from the many shared operating costs, including landscaping and maintenance as well as administrative costs, and these savings are reflected in our virtually all-inclusive pricing.
Located adjacent to Aspen Valley Hospital, our residents and our families are comforted that award-winning hospital and specialty medical care is close at hand. The Hospital’s Network of Care includes Aspen Valley Primary Care, Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology (ENT), physical therapy and more.
Located in the same building as the Pitkin County Senior Center, Whitcomb Terrace residents have a wealth of activities and outings at their fingertips. From card and board games, needle arts, crafting, book clubs and exercise classes to theater, museum and gallery visits and outdoor excursions, our residents enjoy the convenience of keeping up with friends and meeting new faces.
With one of the highest retention rates in the industry, Whitcomb Terrace staff members get to know their residents and family members intimately. Since 1990 Whitcomb Terrace has earned a reputation for creating a positive working environment that is reflected in the empathic staff members who derive a great sense of purpose and satisfaction in their work. Residents and family members experience the comfort of being part of an extended family.
Whitcomb Terrace was created to give our residents and their family members peace of mind about their physical and emotional wellbeing, which very much includes financial peace of mind. We understand your concerns about the costs of retirement and the need to conserve your “nest egg.” Our virtually all-inclusive fee means you don’t have to worry about getting hit with extra charges for the help you need to maintain your independence. Our high staff-to-resident ratio allows us to keep a keen eye out for any changes so we can fill in the gaps when and where help is needed.
With a maintenance-free, virtually all-inclusive living experience, Whitcomb Terrace is often an attractively affordable option. Download our Cost Comparison Worksheet to understand your total cost of living and compare it to everything that is included when you make Whitcomb Terrace your home.
Whitcomb Terrace is renowned for its exceptional food quality and service. Similar to a fine dining restaurant, chefs who have worked at high-end Aspen establishments are now working with Whitcomb Terrace. They bring their knowledge and expertise to create unprecedented quality for a senior living community. The Whitcomb Terrace team cares about individual preferences, and they modify menus accordingly to allow for specific tastes and choices.
The Whitcomb Terrace community stays active through activities that staff provide, as well as through activities that local volunteers bring to us, such as art, music and numerous intergenerational programs. Also involved in the large Aspen community, residents join neighbors, friends and families at parades, picnics and festivals in town. There are opportunities to attend local lectures and classes so that residents can continue to stay involved with personal areas of interest.
If you are reading this, you are in the process of making a big decision for yourself or a family member. I have personally been on this journey with my parents. It was an overwhelming and emotionally trying time; juggling kids, work and my parents’ needs and wanting to do what was best for mom and dad.
"We get to do so much more with our parents than for our parents. Rather than catching up on household chores, we can enjoy family time doing the things we love to do in the Roaring Fork Valley."
At Whitcomb Terrace, our professional team of caregivers are passionate about engaging residents in an active lifestyle and providing a safe, secure and comfortable setting to call home.
Assisted living (AL) bridges the gap between independent living and nursing homes. AL provides assistance with medication, household chores, meals, etc. When small or large changes occur, there is the oversight to intervene and provide solutions so residents can live as independently as possible for as long as possible.
At Whitcomb Terrace, we offer a highly individualized and responsive approach that can only be achieved in a small community with a high staff-to-resident ratio.
The best time to transition to assisted living is before you require much assistance, or just want to let go of the burdens of homeownership. Research shows that getting settled and developing new routines in a new setting or at the onset of age-related memory difficulties delays or even precludes the need to transition to a more costly higher level of care, such as a memory care or skilled nursing facility.
Founded in 1990 Whitcomb Terrace is the only non-profit residential senior community in the Roaring Fork Valley. Whitcomb Terrace is licensed and regulated as an Assisted Living Residence by the State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, so residents receive the highest standards of care and services.
Whitcomb Terrace is part of Aspen Valley Hospital’s Network of Care, fulfilling the hospital’s commitment to “fostering our community as the healthiest in the nation.”
Residents pay one monthly fee that covers food and board, basic cable and WiFi, housekeeping, laundry, assistance with bathing and dressing if needed, salon services, medication management, activities and organizational tasks as needed. To discuss your particular needs, contact Maggie Gerardi.
970.544-1530 | email@example.com
Residents pay for telephone services and premium cable channels if desired.
Whitcomb Terrace offers private studio and one bedroom apartments with kitchenettes equipped with a sink, microwave oven and refrigerator. All apartments have mountain views and outdoor spaces; ground floor apartments have patios and first floor apartments have balconies.
Whitcomb Terrace has several indoor and outdoor community spaces including a media room, living room, dining room, activity room and outdoor dining area, landscaped gardens and lawns as well as walking paths. WiFi is available throughout the residence and all rooms have basic cable.
Whitcomb Terrace Medical Director, Edward Wiese, MD, oversees the general health of our residents. Our proximity to Aspen Valley Hospital allows convenient access to a full complement of healthcare services including cardiology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology/ENT, physical and occupational therapy, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, BrainFit exercise classes and more.
Yes, residents are allowed one pet and basic assistance with pet care is provided as needed.
Yes, there is plentiful uncovered parking and access to covered parking during inclement weather.
While the Senior Center is located in the same building, it is a separate entity, and Whitcomb Terrace residents can take advantage of the wealth of activities on offer, from regular card games, exercise classes, knitting circles, book clubs, art classes, lectures and much more. It is a great place to meet new faces and connect with old friends.
The best time to transition to assisted living is before you require much assistance, or just want to let go of the burdens of homeownership. Research shows that getting settled and developing new routines in a new setting before or at the onset of age-related memory difficulties delays or even precludes the need to transition to a higher level of care, such as a memory care or skilled nursing facility.
Schedule a meeting for a consultation and tour with lunch. Call or email Maggie Gerardi.
970.544-1530 | firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our mother Sharon was medical secretary to Dr. Whitcomb when she came to Aspen in 1960 as a ski bum. “Dr. Whit” as he was known by his patients, had the vision to create a place of extraordinary care for local seniors and locals needing to bring their aging parents closer to them. Dr. Whit was legendary in his capacity to bring joy and healing to his patients. It feels like his care has come full circle for us as a family.
Whitcomb Terrace is a small and intimate community that nimbly responds to the fluidity of needs of each resident. Mom receives the one-on-one quality of care any child would want for her or his parent. We’re lucky that one of mom’s caregivers is a longtime friend, so there’s a sense of continuity for all of us. Mom has daily opportunities for social activities and exercise. We love that high value is placed on nutrition: three meals are prepared from scratch by an Executive Chef and we often join her for lunch or dinner.
We expected this high level of care to be beyond our means when it was time to start thinking about the best way forward for mom. We were surprised at how affordable Whitcomb Terrace is. Because they are a not-for-profit facility, we’re well within our budget. And because it is one flat fee we don’t have to pay extra for the things that many of the places we looked at charge a premium for.
For us, the peace of mind that mom safe, happy and content is beyond measure.
Bailey Prior-Holloway & Lisa Prior
As one of the early residents of the Meadowood subdivision, moving to Whitcomb Terrace in 2012 was an easy decision as it is just down the road. Beyond being in my own neighborhood, my apartment at Whitcomb Terrace feels like home, without any of the chores, and because most of the staff have been here longer than I have, they feel like family.
A while ago we started hosting a weekly happy hour to bring our mutual friends and family together for wine and soft drinks. As I knew how to tend bar the job became mine, and eventually the weekly event became known as “Woody’s Happy Hour” when someone brought in a custom painted a sign!”
King “Woody” Woodward
After much convincing to leave her home of 40+ years, my mother Yuri moved into Whitcomb Terrace in order to be closer to me. She immediately felt like part of the community and bonded with the residents, their families and the staff. It’s wonderful that both my husband, Gordon, and I work at Aspen Valley Hospital, just a hop away, and her grandchildren get to speak to her often.
Yuri loves the walks around the campus, to help others in the building, and the compassion that has been shown to her. We all love how the staff involve each resident in activities, but allow them to opt in/out at their desire. During this coronavirus time, we have appreciated the extreme care and caution the staff have shown in order to protect the residents.
— Elaine Gerson
I couldn’t be happier with Whitcomb Terrace. I’m close to family, my apartment is comfortable and filled with sunshine, the food is great and the staff goes out of their way to make sure all my needs are met. They are all always so upbeat, friendly, and caring. And I know I’m in good hands if I need help. I feel very lucky to live here and to call Whitcomb Terrace “home.”
My mom moved here from Fort Lauderdale where she lived alone in her home for 14 years. Needless to say, moving into an assisted-living facility in Aspen was a big change for her. She, along with me and my brother, visited almost a dozen facilities (from Grand Junction to Aspen) before unanimously selecting Whitcomb Terrace. A year later, we are all certain the right choice was made. With the staff’s help, my mom made an amazing adjustment, quickly settling in with her small dog and her own furnishings and “stuff.” Not worrying about her safety and comfort is wonderful, but even better is knowing that she is treated like family by the staff. In our eyes, Whitcomb Terrace is not a ” facility” — it is a home filled with love and good cheer.