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Glen Haven Village Moving Day

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Residents, Staff Settling In To Their New Home

By Joe Foreman, Editor

Glen Haven Village residents and staff have had a week now to get settled into their new home.

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The move into the modern, state-of-the-art skilled-nursing care facility on the campus of the Glenwood Resource Center from the outdated 55-year-old Glen Haven nursing home took place Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Moving trucks and transportation buses were running throughout the day, moving residents and their belongings from Glen Haven Home to Glen Haven Village. Teams of community volunteers assisted loading and unloading trucks at both sites.

“Everybody seemed surprised when we said we were moving in one day,” Glen Haven Village administrator Julianne Marriott said. “But, we had an awesome group of volunteers that helped the residents move and get settled in.”

Last week’s move was years in the making with funding for the $3.5 million project coming from a USDA Rural Development loan and more than $1 million in donations from the community, including $500,000 from the Rod Rhoden Foundation.

Glen Haven has entered into a 50-year agreement with the Iowa Department of Human Services for lease of the cottages on the state-owned GRC campus.

The state-of-the art skilled-care facility is operated out of a cluster of renovated cottages on the GRC campus. Skilled nursing care and rehabilitative care will be provided in a homelike setting with the facility having the capability to house around 70 residents. Each cottage will house 10-12 residents, with one of the units designated exclusively for memory support and Alzheimer’s care and another cottage set up to accommodate residents in need of short-term rehabilitation.

The rehabilitation unit is still under construction and expected to be up and running later this year. Glenwood-based Pinnacle Construction is the general contractor for the project.

The majority of the rooms at Glen Haven Village are single occupancy with private bathrooms. Each cottage has its own kitchen, dining room and community living area.

Forty-six residents were relocated to Glen Haven Village last week, along with three new admissions. Marriott said nine beds are currently available.

“We’ll have 69 spots all together when the rehab unit opens,” Marriott added.

Glen Haven Village residents appeared to take a quick liking to their new surroundings. Some residents were watching flat screen TVs in the community areas or reading the newspaper as beds and belongings were being delivered to the living units.

“I like my room and the TV set,” Connie Crawley said. “There’s a lot of room here. Before, it was a tight squeeze.”
Eleanor Hammell said she, too, appreciated the spacious feel of her unit.

“I think this is nice,” she said. “I think I’m going to like it.”