Reinbeck's community-owned nursing home, Parkview Manor, will hold a groundbreaking ceremony June 27 at 4:00 p.m. to begin construction on the town's first assisted living community.
The $2.5 million building will feature 12 apartments designed for seniors who will be able to stay independent while having their healthcare needs met. Services will include three meals a day, housekeeping, laundry, medication management and nurse care as needed.
"We're quite excited about being able to meet a definite growing need in Reinbeck," says Dan Robertson, chair of the Parkview Manor board. "We want it to be the finest facility in the area. Every design decision we've made has been with the resident in mind."
The building location, attached to Parkview Manor, takes advantage of scenic views of Elmwood Park across the street. The structure includes large windows throughout to create a light-filled, cheerful space for comfortable living.
A feasibility study commissioned two years ago confirmed the need for assisted living. Robertson says board members then took a conservative approach to create what he calls a "right-sized" building.
About ten new employees will be hired to serve the assisted living residents, including CNAs, housekeepers and dining services workers.
"The board here is truly looking at senior living across the spectrum and the needs of seniors here in Reinbeck," explains administrator Kathleen Niedert, Ph.D., LNHA. "Many adult children have moved away but they don't want their parents to leave the hometown, so it's important that we do this."
Niedert expects construction to take ten months to a year. The assisted living community will likely open in early summer 2014 as Parkview Manor celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Building the assisted living community is the first step in a process that will create a fully modernized, complete continuum of care at Parkview Manor. Skilled care rehabilitation services will be enhanced; the nursing home will be renovated to create all private rooms with private bathrooms; and a specialized area to serve residents with dementia will be created. The board will also consider building independent living villas on land to the east.
Three years ago, the board entered a management affiliation with Western Home Communities of Cedar Falls. Niedert is a longtime Western Home Communities employee. CEO Kris Hansen provides strategic direction to Parkview Manor's board.
"It's really the guidance and leadership of Western Home Communities that has made this possible," Robertson says. "The relationship is working well."
Anyone who wants information on assisted living in Reinbeck should call Kathleen Niedert at (319) 345-6811.