New assisted living facility showcased during open house

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Guests enjoy refreshments and visit with one another during tours of the new Good Shepherd Care Community addition. Tours were guided by Board of Directors members on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Alyssa Pfannkuch/The Concordian

Almost a year after the first residents moved into the new assisted living facility at the Good Shepherd Care Community, the public was invited to an open house to tour the completely remodeled space.

On Sunday, Sept. 30, an estimated 200 people arrived to mingle, snack and view the newest addition of the campus.

“We began moving people into the new suites and studio apartments (the 100 and 200 Halls) in October of 2017, and then we just finished up the 300 Hall, multipurpose room, beauty shop and chapel,” Assistant Administrator Sherry Graham explained. “We’re beyond excited that we are open and able to share this milestone with our community.”

Plans for the new facility were first unveiled in 2014, when the Good Shepherd Care Community — then known as the Lutheran Good Shepherd Home — was celebrating its 50th anniversary. It began in 1964 when the Men’s Club at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church established a retirement community. Throughout the years, additional care has been added. The retirement community today includes a nursing home and rehabilitation care, dementia care unit, assisted living, and apartments with flat rate and income-based rental fee opportunities.

The new assisted living area currently has 53 beds available, and Graham said officials are hoping to do additional work in the future.

“We are hoping to remodel the ICF (intermediate care),” she said. “We are thinking of opening a secured memory care unit which would create 16 private rooms. … We have been researching what the community needs and anticipate that would be a benefit.”

While that development idea is in its infancy, the Good Shepherd Care Community is focused on the present and excited the open house was such a success.

“We still have people who didn’t make it, to the Open House event, who have been coming in this week asking for a tour, which is great,” Graham said.

The Good Shepherd Care Community is a not-for-profit campus, offering multiple services in a Christ-centered environment. There is also an active auxiliary with a purpose of giving service to the residents, providing a spirit of goodwill in the home, and helping provide furnishings, equipment and other items. The community is located at 202 S. West St., in Concordia.

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