New housing facility available for area seniors

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — A new housing facility is available for seniors who don’t need the full assistance of a nursing home.

The Northwood Retirement Community has constructed a 24-unit assisted-living facility at 400 W. Pleasant View Drive, just south of the nursing home. An open house will be held next month at the facility, which has been open a little more than a month.

“Our research has shown that many adults who are starting to come into nursing facilities don’t need all the services offered here,” said Judy Pund, Northwood’s administrator. “They need some help, but they want to maintain their independence.”

The baby boomer generation is reaching retirement age and are living healthier and longer lives.
They want to live more independent lives in their golden years.

To get ready to fill that demand, Northwood’s owner, the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, started a three-phase, $5.5 million project in 2012 to upgrade the nursing home. The first phase was the assisted-living facility.

The 34,000-square-foot facility has 24 units and is separate from the nursing home. The building encompasses two two-bedroom units and 22 one-bedroom units and has its own chapel, dining room, beauty shop, lounge areas, fitness center and arts and crafts room.

Residents can sign up for various services, such as having someone prepare meals for them, monitor their medicines to make sure they take them when they are supposed to or helping with tasks they can no longer handle by themselves. “The facility is for residents who need minor assistance,” Pund said.  

The facility opened April 21. So far, 19 of the 24 units are filled. “We’ve had a good response,” Pund said.

The public is invited to an open house, which will be held from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 5. The open house will include a ribbon cutting, facility tours and appetizers.

Phase two of Northwood’s project, a new therapy department, is also complete, but not yet open.
Pund said that should be open and operating in about a month. Northwood is now working on phase three of its project: the remodeling of the nursing home’s former assisted-living area into private suites for post-acute, rehab-to-home services, which Pund said is another area of services in high demand. That unit, which will have 16 private rooms, should be finished sometime this fall.

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