2010 News Stories

Groundbreaking set for Heritage Homes

Posted on Fri, Jan 29, 2010

Watertown, WI–On Wednesday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m., Heritage Homes will celebrate the groundbreaking for a new community, Heritage Homes Assisted Living. Residents and staff will join together, with shovels in hand, to break ground for the upcoming facility. An indoor reception will be held immediately following the brief outdoor groundbreaking ceremony. The public is welcome to attend.

The building project, featuring Architecture 2000 and Catalyst Construction, will add 26 units of assisted living and 18 units of memory care to the campus. Heritage Homes currently offers 52 apartment homes for independent seniors. This campus is owned and operated by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA), a ministry which has been based in Belle Plaine, Minnesota, since 1898.

Michael Klatt, President and Chief Executive Officer of TLHA, states, “This is a wonderful opportunity to extend our ministry. We thank God for the support and confidence of many people in the Watertown community to help make this dream come true.” Laurie Rehm, Administrator of Heritage Homes, adds, “Our community will benefit from the addition of assisted living and memory care. Residents will be able to make a seamless transition when additional care is needed.” The facility will be licensed as a Community Based Residential Facility in the state of Wisconsin.

Heritage Homes Assisted Living will feature staff 24-hours per day, kitchenettes in the individuals’ rooms, diversified social and educational activities and three nutritious daily meals. A variety of services and amenities will also be available, including:

  • transportation
  • linen
  • laundry
  • housekeeping
  • cutting-edge technology
  • a spa and salon
  • pastoral care

The community will have a person-centered approach which provides creative and flexible support to residents, further meeting individual care needs. Residents with memory impairment will reside in a separate, secured area within Heritage Homes Assisted Living and will be supported by staff members who will be specially trained in dementia care. A waiting list has been started for the assisted living apartments.

TLHA is owned and operated by more than 200 Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Evangelical Lutheran Synod congregations from across the nation. St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown is a member of this association.

The original founders of Heritage Homes were members of this congregation. Heritage Homes became a part of TLHA in 2002.

For more information about Heritage Homes Independent Living or Heritage Homes Assisted Living, please contact Rehm at (920) 206-9448 or lrehm@tlha.org.

Tags: TLHA, Wisconsin, Heritage Homes