Methodist Manor's new addition almost complete
STORM LAKE — Methodist Manor's much anticipated new facility on the lake is almost finished, said CEO Nick Landgraf. Residents are expected to move in at the end of August.
All of the building's new occupants in August will be moved over from existing Methodist Manor facilities into the building's 87 rooms, eight of which are designed for couples. About 16 rooms will be available after this first phase of occupancy for new residents.
The second phase of construction down the line will involve more demolition and parking installation, Landgraf said.
The lakefront building — a first for retirement homes in Iowa — will change the way Iowans think of nursing homes, the CEO said. The community-based facility, which is so far staying under construction budget estimates of $20.5 million, will focus on the social well-being of seniors. The move away from institutional-style nursing homes with long corridors of decades past is part of a larger trend to make seniors comfortable in their home as they adjust with their aging health.
"Many nursing homes are corporate and chain-based," Landgraf said. "There are many unique things that Methodist Manor can do because they don't need to be approved by corporate headquarters."
Residents at Methodist Manor's new facility will enjoy a beautiful view of the lake from a solarium, and their own living spaces with full bathrooms.
"These are really more like efficiency apartments," he said.
Each five rooms will serve as a "household" with its own living room, sunroom and homestyle kitchen where residents can visit while their meals are prepared by staff. The units will be along the outside border, with a large therapy center, multipurpose room and chapel on the interior for different events.
Also new to the center will the partnership with Ready, Set, GROW!, the rapidly growing day care center in Alta. Its expansion to Storm Lake's facility will allow residents to watch the toddlers through windows and connect with the young children through various activities, a technique increasingly recommended for geriatric mental health. The day care introduction is set for sometime in 2019, after the second phase of construction.
"It offers families tremendous peace of mind to know that mom or dad will be taken care of," Landgraf said. "People need to see it for themselves, words don't quite do it justice."
He said everything is much more efficiently laid out, and emphasizes resident social life with a focus on gathering areas.
"We're trying to make it personal and not like a nursing home," Landgraf added.
The project, which was originally to be an addition, became a full project after the USDA Rural Development program came on board with a loan and Methodist Manor officials began to realize the physical constraints of its aging existing facility.
And best of all, the state-of-the-art facility is affordable.
"People often think they can't afford to live at Methodist Manor, and that isn't the case," Landgraf said. "With programs like Medicaid, if resources are spent down, the amount you pay is the same regardless of the facility."
Leaders at Methodist Manor only expect the need to grow.