Health & Medical Resources Guide
Herald Journal Health & Medical Resources Guide
published July 2010
Assisted living: a popular choice
By Starrla Cray, Staff Writer
If it seems like more and more assisted living facilities are popping up, don’t be surprised.
The oldest of the post-World War II baby boomers will turn 70 in 2016, and many of them will be considering alternatives to traditional housing.
“The needs of the community are changing,” St. Mary’s Care Center Administrator/CEO Andy Opsahl said.
St. Mary’s in Winsted is hoping to add an assisted living facility for 16 to 20 residents next to the clinic, on the southeast side.
“Right now, we have approval from the city,” Opsahl said. The site was approved in June, and the facility is in the process of getting bonding from the city.
“We believe that we could provide excellent care in an assisted living environment, and we definitely see a need in the community for this type of service,” Opsahl said.
With assisted living facilities, senior citizens can enjoy independent living, while taking advantage of conveniences like prepared meals, housekeeping, and medication distribution.
According to Opsahl, the decision to build an assisted living facility relies heavily on demographic trends.
“Ten years ago, we couldn’t have done it, because the demographic trends didn’t show a need for it,” he said.
But now, with 22 percent of the population expected to be over 65 by 2035, more living spaces geared toward elderly people makes sense.
The slowed economy is another reason for the assisted living push.
“Right now is a good time to get this done,” Opsahl said. “Construction costs are low.”
A few miles west of Winsted, a new assisted living facility opened in September 2009, Cedar Crest of Silver Lake.
It has 40 private rooms, including 10 memory-care units, and is part of Cedar Crest Estates LLC, which also has sites in Hutchinson and Cosmos.
“It’s assisted living plus, which means we can take independent up to nursing home care,” said assistant manager Tara Pierce.
Some residents choose to receive physical therapy, total assistance with feeding and dressing, and transportation to medical appointments, among other services.
Those who are able to live more independently, however, also enjoy living at Cedar Crest. The facility offers recreation and exercise activities, on-site chapel, HD cable TV, and more.
Rates are dependent on the level of care needed.
“As care needs increase or decrease, we can just adjust the rates,” Pierce said.
Here is a listing of contact information for assisted living facilities in the area:
Brookridge offers 24-hour staffing, full laundry service, housekeeping, nursing services, three meals per day, plus snacks, existing activity programs, financial assistance is available.
Bryant House offers 24-hour assistance with daily personal living needs, nutritious meals, weekly housekeeping service, scheduled transportation, spiritual development opportunities, and more.
Cedar Crest Estates
Cedar Crest provides housing for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. It also provides assisted living.
Elim Meadows Independent Living
Residents of Elim Meadows enjoy spacious apartment homes that are modestly priced and feature all the services and amenities necessary to meet their needs. Elim Meadows is also located adjacent to Elim Rehab and Nursing Home, making it easy to accommodate tenants whose healthcare needs change while living at Elim Meadows.
Frater Home Residence
Heritage Place offers a secured building for people with memory loss. It is managed by licensed professionals 24 hours per day and there is a nurse on call around the clock. There are daily activities and recreational activities created for those with memory loss.
Lakeside Apartments of Dassel
Meals together, crafts, library, beauty shop, and emergency assistance available.
Lake Ridge Manor
Private rooms are available. Lake Ridge accepts medical assistance and is Medicade certified. There is a physician on call, and it is associated with Ebenezer Covenant Home.
Legacy of Delano
There are 53 units in the complex, including 16 memory support suites. The assisted living apartments are full-service, with three meals per day served, and a nurse on staff daily.
Lakeview Ranch has two residential homes for those with dementia in rural Darwin and Dassel. Animal therapy being a major part of our activities, the facility has a barn with farm animals that frequently visit the homes to interact with residents, Lakeview Ranch Inc. provides a model of specialized dementia care that meets the needs of persons with dementia that are at high risk of repeated hospitalizations for the common challenging behavior that accompanies most forms of dementia.
Linden Wood Apartments - Assisted Living Services
Park Terrace Assisted Living
Park Terrace Assisted Living and Memory Care opened in 2007. It has 46 assisted living units (12 with memory care) and provides a wonderful living option for senior adults who are seeking to retain their independence, but may also need some help with daily living activities.
Prairie Seniors Cottages
Prairie Seniors features a 24-hour site, with a medication supervisor and specialized programs.
Shade Tree Retirement Center
Shade Tree offers nine private and two day rooms, and one main dining room. There are three meals daily, plus snacks. Twenty-four hour service.
Serving residents in a home-like, environment that supports each individual’s existing capabilities, while reaffirming dignity and self-esteem. 24-hour staffing, three meals a day, housekeeping, laundry, activities, and on-site wellness checks. Accepts both Elderly Waiver and Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals.
Sunrise Cottages of Buffalo
Sunrise Cottages of Buffalo takes pride in its home-like setting where it specializes in caring for seniors with memory loss. The staff members stop at nothing to make residents’ experiences warm and inviting, from homelike exterior architecture, to comfortable community areas and choice of suites, to exceptional outdoor gardens and landscaping.
Service-enriched housing for those who need some assistance with the details of daily living. Housing options include one- or two-bedroom apartments, 24-hour staff, all utilities, medication administration, personal care plan, meal plan, housekeeping, laundry, social activities, barber/beauty shop, congregate dining, central elevator, on-site mail delivery, and more.
Westwood Place is not a nursing home. It provides an independent atmosphere, but gives residents services they may not be able to do for themselves, including driving, cooking, 24-hour supervision, and companionship. One of the main purposes for an assisted living residence is to encourage independence for the elderly.