Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, March 2, 2001

Housing catered to seniors offered at Linden Wood Apartments

By Patrice Salmon

Linden Wood Apartments offer many conveniences for senior living.

The apartments, located at 215 Linden Avenue in Winsted is the western-most location of a group of 14 in a system of senior housing, nursing home, and condominiums.

The apartments are managed by the Ebenezer Society of Minneapolis and Fairview Health Systems. The site manager is Sharon Pingree of Winsted.

The apartments are dedicated to independent seniors, the comfort and continuation of their living needs. The apartments are not associated with St. Mary's Care Center.

Compassion, integrity, dignity, and service form the foundation of Linden Wood Apartments.

Some amenities offered are mail delivery, beauty shop services, on site laundry, prescription drug delivery, home nursing, and housekeeping services.

The building was built in 1982, and features elevator service to all floors (no steps), air conditioning, and an activity room for the resident's use, and also for rent by the community.

Transportation is provided to the downtown site for meals, Meals on Wheels can be arranged, residents may prepare their own meals, or residents may eat at local restaurants.

A shopping van is available for trips downtown, and Trailblazer Transit is available for trips to Hutchinson.

Activities at Linden Wood include coffee hours, craft club, bingo, holiday activities, and slide presentations.

Residents of Linden Wood come from all different backgrounds, with a common willingness to share memories.

Monthly information services provide information on praise and worship, children's groups, and Ridgeview home health.

Linden Wood will celebrate "National Homes for the Aging" week May 13-19. Special events will take place.

The month of May was established as "Senior Citizens Month" by President John F. Kennedy in 1963. The name of the celebration was changed to "Older Americans Month" in 1970.

Further promotion began around 1980, when the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging began to promote the event to its thousands of not-for-profit senior housing members.

Since 1983, the Minnesota Health and Housing Alliance has been helping its 580 nursing home and senior housing members plan and promote their individual celebrations for "Home for the Aging Week," which begins each Mother's Day.

For more information, call (320) 485-4303.

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