Arbor Place

What is assisted living?

Maybe you’ve noticed you need a little help around the house. Maybe you’re having a hard time remembering when to take your medication. Maybe your kids are nervous about you spending a lot of time alone at home. No matter the reason, assisted living is a great solution for older adults who need a little extra help or companionship in their routine.

At Meth-Wick Community, residents can choose from a wide range of care options. Some people live completely independently in single family homes, while others utilize 24-hour nursing care. For residents who find themselves somewhere in the middle, consider the benefits of our assisted living options: Arbor Place, Custom Care and Home & Health Services.

Arbor Place is an assisted-living facility for those with mild to moderate cognitive losses related to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Since opening its doors in 1997, Arbor Place has focused solely on caring for residents with memory care needs. It’s designed and furnished to feel like a traditional family-style home while also providing a safe and secure living environment.

We provide small groups of people with a quiet, family-style cottage where they feel safe and are encouraged to take part in wellness and recreation programs that promote quality of life. According to recent research, this is a standard of care that provides the greatest benefit to people with cognitive losses.

Each cottage has eight private rooms outfitted with modern amenities. In order to make every resident feel at home, we ask that they decorate their space with furnishings from home like their bed, easy chair, dresser, wall decorations, lamps, TV, etc.

This certified facility is monitored and supervised by our Director of Long Term Support and Services (LTSS) and an Arbor Place nurse. Specially trained employees, called Caregivers, staff each cottage 24 hours every day to allow for a low caregiver-to-resident ratio. Arbor Place Caregivers receive specialized dementia care training. Overnight security staff and a campus nurse are available seven days a week, providing residents and their families with peace of mind.

Custom Care is
a selection of health care
services provided on the
fourth floor of The Manor, 
a campus space certified for
assisted living. It is offered
to residents who can no longer live independently yet are not in need of the 24-hour nursing care, which is provided at The Woodlands. Custom Care services include:

  • Medication assistance
  • Bathing assistance
  • Grooming assistance
  • Dressing assistance
  • Morning and bedtime assistance
  • Personal laundry and bedding
  • Mail and newspaper delivery to apartment

Aside from the high-quality care, a variety of other conveniences at The Manor make life enjoyable and worry-free for residents. Laundry and housekeeping is done weekly by the Meth-Wick staff. Residents can take courtesy rides in a chauffeur-driven car, workout on a campus bicycle or in a water exercise class, and relax in the library and reading room.

Home & Health Services provide other assistance options for individuals who need some help with basic tasks but want to stay independent in their homes. It’s our way to deliver the high-quality, personalized services offered at Meth-Wick to older adults throughout the Cedar Rapids community. Our home health experts offer personal care assistance, companionship, transportation, and medication assistance. Home & Health Services are here to give older adults the type of support they need to keep them in their homes longer.

At Meth-Wick, we do everything we can to allow our residents and clients to live their best lives. If you are interested in learning more about assisted living, give us a call at (319) 365-9171.

Overcoming the stigma of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people and their loved ones every year. There are some genetic factors that may increase a person’s likelihood but for the most part, it can strike anyone and there is no cure, yet.

With such a uncertain outcome, it makes sense why so many people misunderstand the disease and the people it affects. The stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s prevents people experiencing symptoms from seeking medical treatment, developing a support system, benefitting from early diagnosis and treatment, and living the best quality of life possible.

Here’s some tips from the Alzheimer’s Association for overcoming the stigma you and your loved ones may face after diagnosis.

  1. Be open and direct.
    Engage others in discussions about Alzheimer’s disease and the need for prevention, better treatment and an eventual cure. Engage with others like you on message boards.
  2. Communicate the facts.
    Sharing accurate information is key to dispelling misconceptions about the disease. Whether a pamphlet or link to online content, offer information to help people better understand Alzheimer’s disease. Learn the facts about Alzheimer’s and find an education program near you.
  3. Seek support and stay connected.
    It is important to stay engaged in meaningful relationships and activities. Whether family, friends or a support group, a network is critical.
    Contact your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter about an early-stage support group near you.
  4. Don’t be discouraged.
    Denial of the disease by others is not a reflection of you. If people think that Alzheimer’s disease is normal aging, see it as an education opportunity.
    Tips for helping family and friends.
  5. Be a part of the solution.
    As an individual living with the disease, yours is the most powerful voice to help raise awareness, end stigma and advocate for more Alzheimer’s support and research. Learn how you can take action in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

Meth-Wick understands the difficult situation families are in when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. That’s why we have Arbor Place, assisted living on our campus dedicated solely to residents with memory needs.

The safe and secure facility practices a standard of care that recent research indicates will afford the greatest benefit to people with cognitive losses: provide small groups of people with a quiet, family-style home where they feel safe and are encouraged to take part in wellness and recreation programs that promote quality of life. Arbor Place’s high caregiver-to-resident ratio ensures each resident receives the individualized attention they need.

Assisted Living for Memory Needs


Arbor Place is an assisted-living facility for those with mild to moderate cognitive losses from Alzheimer’s disease, providing a safe and secure living environment.

Most people with Alzheimer’s disease have “late-onset” Alzheimer’s, which usually develops after age 60. Because of this, Meth-Wick caregivers in Arbor Place practice the standard of care that recent research indicates will afford the greatest benefit to people with cognitive losses: providing small groups of people with a quiet, family-style home where they feel safe and are encouraged to take part in wellness and recreation programs that promote quality of life. Arbor Place’s high caregiver-to-resident ratio ensures each resident receives the attention they need in a warm, caring environment.

Arbor Place is set up in four cottages, each with up to eight residents who have private rooms. The atmosphere can be thought of as a “busy household.” Each cottage has a caregiver that works with the residents on a daily basis. It is important that the caregiver is consistent with the residents so they get to know each other well.

Arbor Place residents have access to two secure outside gardens, which creates a constant flow of people in and out throughout the day. Activities for residents are normal day-to-day things we would do for ourselves, laundry, cooking and baking. They also have more structure activities likes exercise, crafts and music. Like we said, it is a busy household!

In addition to the daily atmosphere, there are a few things that make this type of care at Meth-Wick different than in other retirement communities:

  1. Access to a 24/7 nurse – There is a full-time nurse manager at Arbor Place Monday through Friday.
  2. Each room is private. Each cottage has it’s own living room, kitchen and all eight residents can dine together and can socialize with one another in a large common area.

“Arbor Place care is highly individualized and residents receive a lot of attention,” says Sue Schmitt, Director of Post-Acute Care. “Comfort and peace are important factors in creating a home for residents. Individual and group activities are planned with each person in mind and provided by staff members who know each of them well. The place has an energy and vibe indicating there’s stuff going on; the residents are happy and busy.”

Get The Facts & Resources The First Time

Know the factsWhen turning to the internet for information on senior living options, hundreds of websites and links appear shortly after typing in your desired search. How do you choose the right link? Is all the information out there correct? This is the age of technology, and turning to the internet for facts, resources, and information, is natural. The information may be easily accessible, but the challenge comes when you need to find resources that are applicable to your own personal situation.

Too much information can be stressful, and when it comes to considering senior living options, most people are first time shoppers. There are a number of different options to choose from such as: senior living services, levels of care, for profit vs not for profit, and more. It is hard to find the option that seems best for your loved one.

How do you get the facts and resources you need right at the beginning of your search so you don’t have to filter through endless pages of generic information? At Meth-Wick Community, we offer valuable information on our website to help you get started. Under our guided tabs such as Styles of Living, Services, and Resources, you can learn about the different levels of care we offer, the services offered such as home and health services, rehabilitation services, wellness and recreation, and downsizing services, as well as links to our calender downloads, and our most frequently asked questions. While you are there, browse campus photos and view videos.

If you like what you see, but still have more questions, take your search one step further and contact one of our Sales Representatives for Independent Living or our Admissions Coordinator for health services areas. Our team is ready and willing to help you every step of the way, and can provide you with the right facts and resources to aid in your decision making process. Call 319-365-9171 or email today!

Additional Resources:
LeadingAge Iowa


Making Your Summer Travels Stress Free

Respite Care and Home and Health Services

The summer weather brings a number of travel plans, as well as raises questions when it comes to finding the right care for your loved one while you are away. Find out how Meth-Wick Community can help de-stress your traveling plans this summer with the use of our on-campus Respite Care and Home and Health Services in your home.

Meth-Wick Community offers Respite Care which provides short-term, temporary care on campus for caregivers who may at times feel overwhelmed, or who may need a place for their loved one to stay while they are away.

A short break from caring for a family member helps relieve caregiver stress and restore energy. The caregiver can gain a peace of mind, knowing that Meth-Wick’s staff is providing their family member with the assisted living or skilled nursing care they need. This short break helps the caregiver find balance in their life, enabling them to take a trip, or even go to the doctor.

While benefiting the caregiver, Respite Care also provides a change of scenery for the person receiving care. They receive assistance with daily personal tasks like grooming, and health-related tasks such as medicine management and post-surgical care. Respite care is available at Arbor Place, The Woodlands, and through Custom Care at The Manor

Respite Care will help with your travel plans on campus, but what if your loved one doesn’t need 24 hour care? Our Home and Health Services can provide you or your loved one with professional staff for companion and chore services in your own home. These services cover a wide range of items such as daily companionship, bed making, meal preparation, shopping, errands and transportation.

Let Meth-Wick Community help make your travel plans stress free and enjoyable this summer! For more information, give us a call or visit our website

Contact Sandi Lafferty for more information about Home & Health Services
Contact Katie Christensen for more information about Respite Care

As Seen On TV: Music and Memory

The video above was part of a KCRG-TV9 "Show You Care" segment on Music & Memory

The Music & Memory program has been creating quite a buzz lately. On March 5, ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer featured an "America Strong" story on a program called Music & Memory. This program was developed by a social worker named Dan Cohen, where he brings donated iPods to residents of nursing homes with dementia, and creates personalized music playlists for them to listen to with headphones. And…the results have been phenomenal. People who are not able to communicate in other ways have been "awakened" with the use of music and headphones that are specifically put together for them.

We at Meth-Wick, are excited to announce that we have become one of only two "Music & Memory Certified Care Facility Partners" in Iowa! Several staff members took the certification training in February, and have started to implement the program on the Nesetril Wing of The Woodlands. We were fortunate to have a generous financial gift from Meth-Wick resident, Betty Debban, which paid for our training, and were also able to receive the start-up kit of equipment for free from Music & Memory as a not-for-profit partner.

On March 12, KCRG-TV9 got a hold of the story and featured Meth-Wick Community and our Music & Memory program on their "Show You Care" news segment. The feature shows just how the program works. Resident Gene Schoeberl begins the program by getting headphones attached to an iPod over his ears. The music begins playing, and the song is "Stayin’ Alive" by the Bee Gees. Schoeberl, who showed no previous signs or much movement before the start of the music, begins to tap his feet and move his fingers. Director of Wellness and Recreation Eryn Cronbaugh, says "those are telltale signs that the music is reaching him on some level."

So far, we have iPods, and other equipment for 15 residents, and hope to add to this in the future for all residents of The Woodlands. We have started with a group of five residents, and have developed personalized play-lists for these residents through help from them, their family members, and others. The results have been fantastic thus far, with residents singing, clapping, and their eyes and faces lighting up when they start to hear "their" music. Needless to say, we’re excited for the future!

We are currently accepting donations for gently used iPods and iTunes gift-cards for the Music and Memory program. If you would like to make a donation, please contact our Director of Wellness and Recreation, Eryn Cronbaugh at 319-297-8620. If you are interested in the ABC World News story, you may access it online at More information is also available on the Music & Memory website at Music & Memory.

ABC News
Music & Memory

Could The Right Time Be Now?


When we think about moving, many emotions, questions, and thoughts arise. The thought of moving into a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is no different. Some questions that you might have are: Is it the right time? Is it the right style of living? Am I making the right decision? All of these questions are important to think about before moving, and it’s important to take advantage of the resources available to make sure you have the information you need to make the best decisions for you!

Sometimes, it’s easy to put off moving into a retirement community. Many people think they might have to give up their freedom and independence. In truth, you are able to maintain your freedom and independence, with additional amenities, and services available if and when you need them. As you work your way through the questions you have, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Most of the people you will meet in your new home had the same questions and feelings as you did. And, most often, we hear “I wish I would have done this sooner!” or “Why did I wait so long?”

Daniel Sean Kaye who is the director of life enrichment for Rydal Park Continuing Care Retirement Community, recently published an article in The Presbyterian Outlook that provided some ideas for working on issues that may make your move a bit easier:

  1. Give yourself time to adjust: Change like this isn’t always easy to absorb. It may take a little while before this new life fits like a glove.
  2. Try to positively set the stage: Think of the move as embracing life’s next chapter or a brave new adventure.
  3. Be proactive: Ask all the questions you have a make sure you understand and are comfortable with the answers. If you aren’t, keep asking.
  4. Make the decisions to move intentional: No eenie-meenie-miney-moe on this one, you should make the choice that gives you most of what you want.
  5. Maintain control of what matters: You still play the major role in your life. You just need to decide what is important for you to continue to be in charge of, and what you are willing to give to another to manage.
  6. Age your way: There’s no “right” or “wrong” way to get older. Do you want to keep painting, read great works of literature, take classes? You can. Do you want to sit quietly outside or take long walks? It all depends upon what your body will let you do and how your will guides you.

Whatever you reason for moving, when the time is right, remember that this is a life change, and will take some adjusting. Change takes time and energy. Before you know it, those changes and adjustments will take place. You will adjust, you will meet people, and you will call your new surroundings home. In time, you will discover that a CCRC such as Meth-Wick Community provides just the answer and services you were looking for, and will allow you to live your life “as it should be.”

If you have questions about Meth-Wick, please contact our Sales Director, Julie Farmer, at, or by calling (319) 365-9171

The Presbyterian Outlook Published Jan 6, 2014

Advice for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease

We at Meth-Wick know there are many family members and friends who provide care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  This information, originally published by LeadingAge is a great resource in managing caregiver stress.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2012, 15.4 million family members and friends provide 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the following are the top 10 signs of caregiver stress:

  1. Denial about the disease and its effect on the person who has been diagnosed: “I know Mom is going to get better.”
  2. Anger at the person with Alzheimer’s, anger that no cure exists or anger that people don’t understand what’s happening: “If he asks me that one more time I’ll scream!”
  3. Social withdrawal from friends and activities that once brought pleasure: “I don’t care about getting together with the neighbors anymore.”
  4. Anxiety about the future: “What happens when he needs more care than I can provide?”
  5. Depression that begins to break your spirit and affects your ability to cope: “I don’t care anymore.”
  6. Exhaustion that makes it nearly impossible to complete necessary daily tasks: “I’m too tired for this.”
  7. Sleeplessness caused by a never-ending list of concerns: “What if she wanders out of the house or falls and hurts herself?”
  8. Irritability that leads to moodiness and triggers negative responses and actions: “Leave me alone!”
  9. Lack of concentration that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks: “I was so busy; I forgot we had an appointment.”
  10. Health problems that begin to take a mental and physical toll: “I can’t remember the last time I felt good.”

Tips to manage the stress are:

  • Know what resources are available: Senior living communities, assisted living communities and memory-support communities are just some of the services that can help you manage daily tasks.
  • Get help: Trying to do everything by yourself will leave you exhausted. Seek the support of family, friends and caregivers going through similar experiences. Tell others exactly what they can do to help. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800-272-3900) and use as a resource for support and guidance.
  • Use relaxation techniques: There are several simple relaxation techniques that can help relieve stress. Try more than one to find which works best for you. Techniques include:
    1. Visualization (mentally picturing a place or situation that is peaceful and calm).
    2. Meditation (which can be as simple as dedicating 15 minutes a day to letting go of all stressful thoughts).
    3. Breathing exercises (slowing your breathing and focusing on taking deep breaths).
    4. Progressive muscle relaxation (tightening and then relaxing each muscle group, starting at one end of your body and working your way to the other end).

Learn more about relaxation techniques from the Mayo Clinic. And of course, if anyone should experience any of these signs of stress on a regular basis, make time to talk to your doctor.

Portions of this article written by Mindy Creek, Vice President of Management Services at Greystone

LeadingAge Published Jan 16, 2014 – LeadingAge

Come Along As We Explore “Life As It Should Be”

Welcome to Meth-WickThe new year calls for some new things happening around The Meth-Wick Community.  Welcome and thank you for checking out the official “first” blog post from Meth-Wick.  Like most of you, we wanted to start something new this year, and you have ventured upon just that, our blog!  The overall purpose of this space is to focus on specific areas of interest to our residents, families, friends, and visitors!

As we move forward through the year, there will be a number of topics discussed.  The topics range from: living options, caregiving, industry news, health and wellness, and everything in between.  There is so much information out there regarding retirement communities that it can be hard to know where to start.  Our mission in this blog is to provide you with adequate information, facts, stories, and overall “good reads” whether you are looking or thinking about retirement living for yourself, or for a loved one!

Meth-Wick is excited to take the leap into the blog world and we are so glad you have joined us on this journey.  We hope to discuss all points of senior living, our community, and the way our campus can help you or your loved one “live your best life.”  Beginning your move into a retirement community is a big step, and it requires a lot of thinking, planning, and decision making.  So I encourage you to sit back, relax, and follow along.  We hope to provide you with the information you are looking for.  If there are topics you would like to see, please send us an email with your ideas or feedback to!