KAUKAUNA — In an effort to continue the healing mission of Jesus Christ and to further their organizational mission of enriching the life experiences of those who need their care, St. Paul Elder Services will be breaking ground next week for a community based residential facility (CBRF) set to welcome new residents on July 1, 2016.
“We had done a market study that showed more memory care-specific assisted living was needed in this area, and we heard anecdotally … that they wanted to see us add this level of care to our continuum due to our stellar dementia care reputation and other dementia care support services,” explained Sondra Norder, president and CEO of St. Paul Elder Services, Inc.
“The master planning that we did starting last summer resulted in us settling on a three-pronged capital project, valued at approximately $10 million total,” she said. In addition to the CBRF, the projects include a 12-bed rehab addition and a campus-wide renovation.
The CBRF will be appropriate for people who are living with dementia, noted Norder.
“CBRF assisted living is for people who are a little more needy in terms of care but don’t need skilled nursing care yet. It’s typically a more secure and structured environment,” she said. “We have not had that level of assisted living in our services since St. Paul Manor closed in 2008.”
The new facility, which will have 24 beds, will be called St. Paul Manor Community Based Residential Facility and Memory Care Resource Center. This structure will connect to other buildings on the campus, which is located at 316 E. 14th St.
The other units of St. Paul Elder Services include St. Paul Home, a skilled nursing unit; St. Paul Hospice, which serves both the community at large and residents of St. Paul’s; St. Paul Villa, a residential care apartment complex (RCAC); the Center of Rehabilitation, for people recuperating from things like elective surgeries, traumatic injuries or pneumonia; the Life Enrichment Center and Passages Memory Care Program.
“Passages is what we call all of our memory care programs that currently include our memory care support groups, our memory care social groups and education groups,” said Norder. These include Club Gabriel, which is an adult day services program. “Then up in St. Paul Home we have two dementia care specific neighborhoods: Apple Tree Court, which is for early stage dementias, and Poppy Path, which is for late stage dementias.”
St. Paul’s Elder Services draws clients and residents from a 25-plus mile radius of Kaukauna and they currently have approximately 225 residents on site. Norder is looking forward to the opening of St. Paul Manor and the Memory Care Resource Center.
“Some businesses advertise themselves as memory care facilities but aren’t offering that level of service (that will be offered) and a lot of folks aren’t having the quality of service that they want to have at the facility,” she said. “St. Paul Manor is going to provide that level of service that is missing.”