Residents ride in style to Scenic Hills at the Monastery

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Scenic Hills Care Center resident Virlee Gunselman, right, waves out the limo’s window with Community Services Representative Amber Brockriede as they ride to the new facility, Scenic Hills at the Monastery, in Ferdinand on Tuesday. It was Gunselman’s first limo ride. “It’s great,” she said. “We’re riding in style.”


FERDINAND — Virlee Gunselman smiled as she walked out the doors of Scenic Hills Care Center for the last time Tuesday morning.

Gunselman was among the first residents to be moved to Scenic Hill’s new location on Sunset Drive, Scenic Hills at the Monastery. As one of the first, Gunselman got to make the move in a limo.

“I’ve never been in a limo before,” she said, a look of mild awe on her face.

Renting a limo is a moving day tradition for Trilogy Health Services, the parent company of Scenic Hills, said Community Services Representative Amber Brockriede. It’s something the company does anytime it opens a new facility to make the event more special for the residents. On Tuesday, the limo made two rounds to carry a portion of the care center’s 82 residents.

Although moving from the old facility to the new one happened all in one day, months of work led up to it. Trilogy broke ground on Scenic Hills at the Monastery in the winter of 2017. Residents in the new, roughly 70,000-square-foot facility, will enjoy several upgrades, including private rooms.

Pearline Peters is looking forward to having her own room. Although she got along well with her roommate at Scenic Hills Care Center, the two had different temperature preferences and different tastes in television, Peters said. It was also difficult to have to share a bathroom.

Scenic Hills Care Center resident Rosella Esarey, right, rides in a limo with four other residents to their new facility in Ferdinand on Tuesday.

A need for private rooms was a catalyst for the construction of Scenic Hills at the Monastery, Brockriede said.

“Times have changed,” she said. “The way of the future is private rooms and assisted living.”

Scenic Hills at the Monastery has both, as well as skilled nursing, memory care, short-term care and adult day services.

For Peters and her long-time friend, Hilda Bertke, Tuesday was doubly exciting. In addition to moving to their new home, Peters and Bertke also celebrated their birthdays Tuesday — Bertke turned 90 and Peters turned 81. The joke around Scenic Hills was that the two were getting a new home for their birthday.

“We won’t forget that,” Peters said.

Bertke and Peters agreed that the moving experience has been exciting. They’ve enjoyed watching everyone pack up and are looking forward to meeting their new neighbors once they get settled into their rooms at Scenic Hills at the Monastery.

There will be plenty of new people to meet. In addition to the 82 current Scenic Hills residents, Scenic Hills at the Monastery has room for about 45 additional residents. In addition to the new residents to meet, the women will also have new staff members to meet, as the larger capacity meant a need for additional staff at the new location.

Resident applications for Scenic Hills at the Monastery are currently open. To apply, contact the campus at 812-367-2299.

Physical therapist Emily Ahlemeyer, right, helps Scenic Hills Care Center resident Eugenia Meyer walk to the limo that transported her to their new facility in Ferdinand on Tuesday. The new 70,000-square-foot facility has a private room for each resident, so they will no longer live with a roommate.

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