No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Delila Nock, 96, and Dorothy Klingbile, 100, have been residents of The Heritage senior living community since it opened almost 25 years ago. In that time, they have found lasting friendships - even love - and enjoy the community's convenience variety and support.

"I was among the first people to move in and I love it," said Delila. "There's a lot of companionship and there have been so many friendships through the years."

More than lasting friendships

Along with friendship, Dorothy also found love with her husband, Art. "We were married in the chapel here and lived together for 10 years before Art died," she said. "This is such a wonderful place to live."

Delila is impressed with the variety and flexibility that comes with living at The Heritage. "You can have meals here or cook them in your apartment," she said. "And, something's always going on."

Community Care

"We pride ourselves on meeting the needs of a variety of seniors," said Renee Schubart, executive director of The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community. "Whether it's someone who wants to live independently but doesn't want to worry about maintenance issues, or residents who need more assistance, we provide it."

The Heritage features a library, coffee shop and computer lab. Delila enjoys the community feel. She said, "We all go to the in-house library or the coffee shop - we all love the coffee shop - or we just sit around and talk."

Both women note that The Heritage has become home. "They have everything here and it's so easy to get involved," said Dorothy. "To me, The Heritage really is the best place to live."

Peabody Manor Celebrates 10 Years at Site
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July 7, 2010

PEABODY MANOR CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AT SITE
Staff, Residents Mark Occasion with Donation back to it Roots - Harbor House

Peabody Manor will look to its roots this week to mark its 10th anniversary at its current location. On July 8 the skilled nursing community will donate more than $2,000 and a collection of needed items to the Harbor House domestic abuse shelter, which is housed in the former Peabody Manor location at 720 W. Fifth St.

Peabody Manor‟s anniversary also coincides with the 25th anniversary of The Heritage and 15th anniversary of its assisted living facility. Staff and residents chose to celebrate by giving back.

“We asked, „How can we give back to the community and not just ourselves?‟” said Renee Schubart, executive director of The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community. “We thought since Peabody has been here for 10 years and our whole facility wants to give back to the community, we‟d give back to the group in our old building.”

Peabody Manor and Harbor House‟s connection goes back a decade, when Harbor House found itself in need of a home after a fire burned its original building in November 1998. It was just months after Peabody Manor merged with ThedaCare (then United Health). When Peabody moved to its new location on Heritage Woods Drive in 2000, it offered Harbor House a permanent new home in its old building.

Harbor House staff still feel a connection to George F. Peabody, the local merchant and philanthropist whose generous bequest was used to build the original structure and open a haven for retired women to “age-in-place.”

“We want to continue to foster that connection,” Schubart said. “Now that it houses the Harbor House, the original site is still taking care of women, with different needs.”

The Heritage and Peabody Community participated in numerous events and activities to raise funds for Harbor House. Events included a bucket raffle, a black-tie dinner for residents, a cookout and a root beer float party. During another celebration, staff and residents donated $1 to loft cream pies at Schubart and other managers at The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community. It brought in $100.

Together, the staff raised more than $2,000. That includes a $1,000 matching donation from the Peabody Foundation Board. Staff also collected six boxes of needed items, such as hygiene products, kitchenware, laundry baskets and clothing.

The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community staff, along with some of its residents, will present the donations to Harbor House Thursday morning. They will also tour the Fifth Street building, which Harbor House renovated in 2000 to help meet the growing demands for shelter, to expand existing services and to develop new programs.

Deborah Campbell, RN with Peabody Manor since 1994, said it seems like Peabody Manor moved just yesterday. She remembers helping residents to communal dinners on the main floor of their old location, then a three-tiered building that housed independent residents on the first two floors, with more critical nursing care patients on the third. There had been little room outdoors for residents to walk or visit, though, in the bustling downtown area. “It was challenging being in the old building with three different floors, especially with the elderly,” Campbell said. “But it worked.”

In addition to providing a new home for Harbor House, Peabody Manor‟s relocation to Heritage Woods Drive proved a great fit for the skilled nursing care facility.

“It allows the patients here to feel more part of the outdoors just because of the physical layout of the building; it‟s all one story, and the windows are low to the ground so even if you're in a wheelchair you can see out,” Campbell said. “It feels like home.”

The Heritage also saw a large-scale renovation of its therapy department in 2010. It reopened this summer with more than quadrupled clinic space, increased privacy, and more amenities for residents and patients.

The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community, which is part of the ThedaCare family, offers many choices for senior living and provides services that are customized, based on need. Located on 34 beautifully wooded acres, this continuing care community integrates independent living with supportive care, rehabilitation services, and skilled nursing care. The Heritage features many amenities including a library, coffee shop, computer lab, ground-level garages, emergency response system, and various healthcare service options that can be accessed when needed. Peabody Manor is a not-for-profit skilled nursing facility that incorporates a state-of-the-art short term rehab unit and skilled nursing home, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy services.

ThedaCare is a community-owned health system consisting of Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, ThedaCare Physicians, and other health care services. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with nearly 5,400 employees.

For more information, media may contact Megan Wilcox, corporate and public relations specialist for ThedaCare, at (920) 830-5847.

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The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community Renovations Near Completion
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June 8, 2010

THE HERITAGE AND PEABODY MANOR COMMUNITY
RENOVATIONS NEAR COMPLETION
Remodeled Therapy Clinic Offers More Space, Effeciency

A large-scale renovation of the therapy department at The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community more than quadruples the therapy clinic, increases privacy and adds more amenities for residents and patients.

The renovation, scheduled to be complete early in the summer, expands the therapy clinic from 675- to nearly 3,000-square-feet, as well as adds private treatment areas, an open gym and full kitchen to assist patients in managing life skills.

Also included in the $522,000 renovations is expansion of the building front; changes to the Peabody Manor entrance, reception area and copy/mail room; and remodeling of social services offices, an admissions office and conference room.

The new therapy department provides a central location for physical, occupational and speech therapy, and language pathology treatment, which were formerly offered in separate clinics. A team of 14 therapists will be able to treat 30 sub-acute patients, long-term care patients, and outpatients. The clinic treats a variety of patients, including those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease or neck or back pain, or those who need follow-up care following stroke or orthopedic surgery. The clinic also now offers the Biodex Balance System for patients with balance issues.

Several factors prompted a need for renovation nearly two years ago, said Julia Jean-Pierre, supervisor of Therapy Services for The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community. She cited space, communication concerns and increased patient demand.

The original 675-square-foot therapy department was intended to provide services for 10 to 15 patients by two to three staff members. However, on average, Peabody Manor now manages 58 sub-acute and long-term care patients, as well as other services.

“We determined that we needed more space as our business grew, and we also wanted all therapists to be in the same area for better care coordination,” Jean-Pierre said. “We had challenges with communication because we were so disjointed, and challenges with efficiency because a lot of therapists worked in multiple locations.”

While construction is going on, the therapy department is open to patients. A public grand opening is slated for September.

“We’re really excited to provide an even better quality of care for our community,” Jean-Pierre said. “And I’m really looking forward to having patients who were previously treated in the old therapy areas come back and see the new areas.”

The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community, which is part of the ThedaCare family, offers many choices for senior living and provides services that are customized, based on need. Located on 34 beautifully wooded acres, this continuing care community integrates independent living with supportive care, rehabilitation services, and skilled nursing care. The Heritage features many amenities including a library, coffee shop, computer lab, ground-level garages, emergency response system, and various healthcare service options that can be accessed when needed. Peabody Manor is a not-for-profit skilled nursing facility that incorporates a state-of-the-art short term rehab unit and skilled nursing home, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy services.

ThedaCare is a community-owned health system consisting of Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, ThedaCare Physicians, and other health care services. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with nearly 5,400 employees.

For more information, media may contact Megan Wilcox, corporate and public relations specialist for ThedaCare, at (920) 830-5847.

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The Heritage Celebrates 25 Years of Its Own Heritage
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June 26, 2010

THE HERITAGE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF ITS OWN HERITAGE
Two Women Have Called Appleton Facility 'Home' Since the Beginning

Delila Nock may be 96-years-old, but she’s constantly on the go. She visits friends and family members, goes shopping or settles down with a good book to read. Nock contributes part of her vitality to calling The Heritage in Appleton home for the past 25 years.

“I was among the first people to move in and I just love it,” she said. “There’s a lot of companionship, you can have meals here or cook them in your apartment, and there’s always something going on.”

The Heritage is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with several activities for employees and residents. Hidden away on Appleton’s south side just off of Valley Road, The Heritage provides its senior adult residents with a continuum of care. Residents can choose from independent living apartments with one or two bedrooms, assisted living apartments or other options for skilled nursing services.

“We pride ourselves on being able to meet the needs of a variety of seniors, whether it’s someone who wants to live independently and cook all of their meals, but doesn’t want to worry about maintenance issues to residents who need more assistance,” said Renee Schubart, executive director for The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community. “There are new activities every day and residents can choose how much they want to participate.”

At age 100, Dorothy Klingbile has also called The Heritage home since it opened 25 years ago. “To me, it’s the best place to live,” said Klingbile. “They have everything here and it’s so easy to make friends and get involved.”

Klingbile, who called bingo games for more than 10 years and has been involved in arts and craft activities throughout her time at The Heritage, also met her husband there. “We were married in the chapel here and lived together for 10 years before Art died,” she said. “This is such a wonderful place to live. It’s all very convenient.”

Through the years, Nock said living at The Heritage is like being part of a big family. “There have been so many friendships through the years,” she said. “We go to the in-house library or the coffee shop – you have to love the coffee shop – or just sit around and talk. It’s a very tight group. You really create lasting friendships.”

The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community, which is part of the ThedaCare family, offers many choices for senior living and provides services that are customized, based on need. Located on 34 beautifully wooded acres, this continuing care community integrates independent living with supportive care, rehabilitation services, and skilled nursing care. The Heritage features many amenities including a library, coffee shop, computer lab, ground-level garages, emergency response system, and various healthcare service options that can be accessed when needed. Peabody Manor is a not-for-profit skilled nursing facility that incorporates a state-of-the- art short term rehab unit and skilled nursing home, as well as inpatient and outpatient therapy services.

ThedaCare is a community-owned health system consisting of Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, ThedaCare Physicians, and other health care services. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with nearly 5,400 employees.

For more information, media may contact Megan Wilcox, corporate and public relations specialist for ThedaCare, at (920) 830-5847.

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