Ecumen Breaks Ground on Assisted Living in Worthington, Minnesota

Jun 10th, 2009 4:10pm

A groundbreaking celebration was held on June 9th at Ecumen's Meadows of Worthington to celebrate the 43-apartment expansion that is occurring.

Patricia Henderschiedt, manager at Ecumen Meadows of Worthington says there is already a waiting list for the new building, both from community members and current Meadows residents.

“If I’m at the mall or the grocery store, I have people stop me and ask me what the timetable is or if they can get (their) name on a list. It’s very encouraging,” she said. “It’s been a long time in the planning and we are very, very excited.”

When the addition is completed, the east wing of the current building will be transformed into 14-units of  memory care housing. Later, a walking path may connect The Meadows building with the new YMCA, though Monday through Friday bus service for residents will still be available.

The three-story addition will connect to the existing two-story building via walkway. Remodeling in the existing building will create three new units, and the addition will provide 40 more units ranging in size from 596 to 990 square feet.

All units will feature a deck or patio, kitchen and living area connected to one or two bedrooms. Residents will also have a central dining room, lounge and activity room, and a laundry area will also be standard in all units.

The building’s heating and cooling system will be more energy efficient, and windows will lift instead of slide. The addition will also feature QuietCare, an unobtrusive proactive wireless sensor system that helps gauge a resident’s daily activities and reports any abnormalities to caregivers and family members.

Ecumen made the decision to expand after a third-party study revealed a need for more assisted living housing in the area. The addition should create about 13 new positions, some part-time and some full-time.

The Worthington City Council had approved the issue of senior housing bonds for the project last fall, but needed to reauthorize bonding for the new calendar year, which it did at its April 27 meeting.