2010 News Stories

Heritage Homes breaks ground for assisted living community

Posted on Tue, Apr 13, 2010

Watertown, WI—An assisted living community is the newest service coming to the Heritage Homes campus next winter. A groundbreaking celebration was held for this project on February 3. Following a short program, three groups of residents, staff, board members and community leaders participated in a groundbreaking ceremony.

The project features two firms from Milwaukee, Architecture 2000 and Catalyst Construction. The majority of the subcontractors will be from the Watertown area.

Heritage Homes Groundbreaking Watertown WIL-R: TLHA President and CEO Michael Klatt, Director of Mission Advancement Jim Klein,TLHA Board of Directors member Matthew Burow, TLHA Director of Spiritual Services Rev. Dallas Miller, TLHA Board of Regents member Reginald Baylor

This specially designed community will add 26 units of assisted living and 18 units of memory care to the campus. The building will be 31,000 square feet and connected to Heritage Homes on its west side. The residents’ rooms will be 253 to 590 square feet in size.

This service will provide staff 24 hours a day, kitchenettes in the individual’s room, diversified social and educational activities and three nutritious meals daily.

A variety of services and amenities will also be offered including transportation, linen, laundry, housekeeping, pastoral care and much more.

Cutting-edge technology will be utilized in providing care. This innovative service will monitor residents’ safety and health seven days a week, around-the-clock. Unique features will give residents and families greater peace of mind, in a non-intrusive manner, without cameras or microphones. The wireless motion detectors will quietly count, analyze movements and report to caregivers when problems are indicated. Other components will allow vital signs and other health information (such as blood sugar levels) to be communicated via wireless network, analyzed and reported if there are problems.

Heritage Homes Groundbreaking, Watertown, WIL-R: Michael Klatt, Heritage Homes Advisory Board members Rev. Mark Bartsch and Leroy Nell, Watertown Mayor Ron Krueger, Advisory Board members Lyn Quinn and Jeff Kube, Advisory Board member and Heritage Homes resident Roy Zastrow, Watertown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Erdmann

In addition, this service will provide an emergency call that identifies the location of the resident within the building. Utilizing this technology will enhance the caregivers’ ability to respond to residents’ needs.

The building will include a salon and spa, fitness center, library, sun room, a private dining room for family events, social lounges and outdoor gardens that will also be available for this community.

Heritage Homes GroundbreakingL-R: Heritage Homes residents Vernon Zastrow, Rev. Lloyd Hohenstein, Margie Eickelberg, John Bray and Gene Kirst, Administrator Laurie Rehm, Michael Klatt

This assisted living 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. They 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.

Heritage Homes currently offers 52 apartment homes for independent seniors and is located at 700 Welsh Road in Watertown. Since 2002, this campus has been owned and operated by The Lutheran Home Association.

For more information about Heritage Homes or its assisted living services, please contact Laurie Rehm at (920) 206-9448 or lrehm@tlha.org.

Tags: TLHA, Wisconsin, Heritage Homes