Senior Community new facility recognized for leading edge care

After one year of being in the new building, Sheboygan Senior Community is being nationally recognized as fulfilling a dire need in the county.

After 47 years in the old building off 6th street in downtown Sheboygan, the leadership team realized it was time to create a new facility with more current capabilities. Fast forward to October of 2015, residents and staff are moving into their new home and place of work.

As the newest skilled nursing facility in Sheboygan County, the developers put a lot of detail into the widely popular household layout.

There are four individual households at Sheboygan Senior Community: one for rehabilitation, one for assisted living and two for skilled nursing. Everything is on one floor and there are distinct areas in each household that mimic areas you’d expect to see in someone’s personal home.

For example, there are shared living rooms in each household with plenty of couches and chairs as well as an electric fireplace. Off each kitchen, there is a separate, private den to invite loved ones over for a meal. All of the details at Sheboygan Senior Community elicit the feeling of being home, which in turn, promotes healing and a calm demeanor.

The long-term care news publication, McKnight’s reached out to Executive Director, Paul Treffert, earlier this summer to write a feature story on these key updates and the thought process behind each decision.

“The initial motivation for the article was describing how the USDA, which we usually think in terms of farming, has broadened its horizons to include loans to help create jobs in rural communities with less than 20,000 people. Since we are technically located in the town of Sheboygan, we qualified for this type of loan. In many smaller communities, the local nursing home is often one of the largest employers. For reference, SSC has over 135 full and part time employees,” Treffert said.

“But once they realized our household model and related features are the leading edge of long term care design concepts today, the scope of the article was expanded. Of course, we are proud beyond words to be featured in a national publication.

“But, more importantly, we are very proud of the outstanding care and services that our dedicated employees provide to our residents and their families every day.”

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