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Heritage Grove of Harmony celebrating ten years

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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Heritage Grove came to Harmony in 2002. Photo submitted

Ten years ago this year, Harmony created a place for people to go who were not ready to go into the nursing home, but still not able to live on their own. Heritage Grove was built as an assisted living center, but it is much more than just that.

Kristi Kiehne has been the Housing Director for the past four years, and she does a little but of everything, including giving tours to potential residents, hiring staff, setting up doctor appointments and transportation for residents, and planning activities.

Kiehne explained that one section of the building is for independent residents, one section assisted living, and one for memory care. The independent residents live on their own in an apartment, but are able to purchase any services they want or need, such as housekeeping and medication care. They are also able to join the rest of the residents for meals and activities if they wish.

The assisted living package comes with cleaning, laundry, meals, nursing care, and other services as needed. Up to six people can living in the memory care part, and there is a staff member there 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This makes it very personalized care for those residents.

"It's a good job," shared Kiehne. "The residents and staff make it fun."

Kiehne said one thing they have tried to do more in recent years is to do more activities with the residents. "We like to take them places in the community, to the grocery store, or uptown for pie and coffee, things like that," she said.

There are currently two openings at Heritage Grove. Over the last few years there have been openings, and there are many possible reasons for this.

"I do think the economy makes a difference," said Kiehne. "Especially if kids are unemployed and can take care of the parents."

Kiehne added that people like to stay in their homes as long as possible, and there are many services in the community that can help with that.

Many would agree that Heritage Grove has been a good addition to the town of Harmony these past ten years.

"It's absolutely a benefit for the town," said Kiehne. "It fills a niche that is needed. It provides seniors with another option, a way to get the services they need but still live in a homelike atmosphere."

Kiehne mentioned the ambience of the building, the benefit of the residents being able to socialize with others without having to go outside in the cold weather, and the beautiful dining room in which they can enjoy meals with others.

Nothing special is planned yet, but Kiehne said they will probably have an open house celebration this summer to commemorate their ten-year anniversary. For Heritage Grove it is a good time to celebrate a decade of providing senior citizens with a nice place to live.

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