New nursing home a big step up

New nursing home a big step up


For a lot of the elders scheduled to move into Chinle’s new nursing home next month, this may be the nicest place they’ve ever lived.

The hogan they grew up in probably didn’t have state-of-the-art exercise equipment, a Jacuzzi tub, and a 40-inch TV with satellite reception in the bedroom. It’s a sure bet it didn’t have a Starbucks.

Could one possibly feel envious of people in a nursing home? Seriously, one can envision errant grandchildren trying to move in here with their másání.

“The residents are saying, ‘When are we going to move? We can’t wait to move!’” said Wayne Claw, director of the existing Navajoland Nursing Home right behind the new building.

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About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at