“Continuing the Vision – 40 Years and Still Growing”
Addressing six major areas as detailed in the Campus Master Plan prepared by one of the nation’s top healthcare architects, MKM architecture + design. All of this is made possible through our partnerships with First Merchants Bank and Michael Kinder & Sons.
These areas include:
1. A Medicare Certified Rehab-To-Home neighborhood in the Skilled Nursing Health Center is
adding over 22,000 sq. ft. of new construction including 20 private suites with a 2,870 sq. ft. therapy gym, common areas, dining and outside therapy garden.
2. An Assisted Living neighborhood, with the addition of more than 5,000 sq. ft. will include dining and activity areas overlooking Westminster Pond and newly landscaped grounds.
3. Over 6,550 sq. ft. of new construction and the renovation of 12,500 sq. ft. will include an Auditorium/Event Hall to accommodate over 300 guests theatre style seating. This addition will also feature a new wellness area including a fitness gym, exercise room and massage spa.
4. Residential dining is being redesigned to provide additional choices. The main dining room will be transformed into two venues, with one featuring a traditional atmosphere while the other has a more contemporary appeal. A grab-and-go café will be added to the library featuring soups, sandwiches, salads and more, for a quick meal or relaxing with a good book.
5. The modernization of all residential common areas will include the update of 14 lounges and 18 corridors with new flooring, ceilings, lighting, furniture, wall coverings and artwork.
6. The grounds are also being restructured. 5,700 feet of 6’ wide sidewalks will be installed around the building; drives and parking are being redesigned. Landscaping and winding paths with destination areas will be located throughout 30 scenic acres.
I was walking through the building today when I had to stop for a moment and just look out the window. The sun was shining on the pond and the swans were busy swimming around. What a beautiful day and such a mild winter so far. I had to pull out my camera and snap a photo of the sight and remind myself how truly blessed I am to be here each day. Life is good!
Our pair of swans now have 5 eggs in their nest. Last week something got into their nest and got one of their eggs, so they moved the nest. Our residents are keeping an eye on the nest for signs of the new little cygnets. They should have a few more weeks to go.
As the Marketing Director for a Continuing Care Retirement Community, one of the comments I hear frequently is, “My mother wants to stay in her home because she doesn’t want to lose her independence.” As we continue to talk I find out that the daughter is doing all of her mother’s shopping and errands, and takes her to all of her medical appointments. Her son comes by every week to check on things around the house and do simple maintenance. Another daughter who lives in a nearby community comes a couple times a month to do laundry and heavy cleaning. The two kids who live out of state take vacation time whenever possible to come and help out. Friends from church pick her up for special events. The boy down the street does the mowing and the yard work, and the neighbor next door takes the garbage can in and out on trash day. Meals-on-Wheels delivers, the phone numbers of a plumber and several people who might be available to shovel snow are next to the phone. But “Mom is still living independently in her own home.”
Does this sound familiar? If it does, then you need to start investigating retirement communities. Assisted Living doesn’t have to mean an end to independence. Instead, it often means a return of independence and continuation of the full life led before.
If you think the time is right for you or a loved one to consider Assisted Living, start looking right now. When you add up the cost of everything involved in Staying Independent, you may find that a retirement community is an economical way to Get Your Independence Back!
By Judi Harris