Custom Care

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.

Custom Care at The Manor

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For seniors that are in between independent living and needing 24-hour care, Meth-Wick offers Custom Care at The Manor. Custom Care is a certified assisted living health care package. Services are provided on the fourth floor of The Manor and includes:

  • Medication assistance
  • Bathing assistance or twice-weekly whirlpool
  • Hair shampooing
  • Grooming assistance
  • Dressing assistance
  • Morning and bed time assistance
  • The Oaks dining room
  • Personal laundry and bedding
  • Housekeeping services
  • Mail delivery to apartment

Each resident living on the fourth floor of The Manor has a call button in their apartment that rings to Custom Care to alert staff if they need assistance. There is a nurse on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week for Custom Care, along with additional nursing staff.

Another aspect of Custom Care involves Respite Suites. These suites are available for short-term stays, like surgery recovery or a temporary need to be close to support staff. These suites are also available for residents whose primary caregivers have commitments that take him or her away for a short time. For example, a tenant may have a procedure requiring 24-hour supervision post procedure. These tenants would come to a Respite Suite and we would keep an eye on them. Another example of Respite would be a tenant who has been in the skilled facility (like The Woodlands) and they are ready for discharge, however they may want to come to Respite just to bridge the gap to make sure they are truly ready to return home.

Custom care is customized to each residents needs. Meth-Wick develops a care plan for each resident to ensure they get the care they need. We have a social worker on site that ensures we stay within all the regulated guidelines while still meeting the needs of our residents.

“Meth-Wick offers a wide range of life style choices, from complete independent living to the nursing facility or home and health services,” says Katie Christensen, Admissions Coordinator. “Meth-Wick gives residents comfort in knowing that if they are in need of more help, it can be provided, whether it is a higher level of care or increased services in their home.”

If you are looking for more information on Meth-Wick’s assisted living services, please contact Sandi at 319-297-8634 or

Looking Back, Moving Ahead


It’s hard to believe that it’s January of 2015! There are so many exciting things happening at Meth-Wick that we wanted to take a minute and look at how far we’ve come over the last 54 years!

In 1959, Meth-Wick was established based on a new “retirement community” approach to senior living. When construction began, it was projected to be the most expensive construction project in all of Cedar Rapids.

As construction of the 158-room building was underway, plans changed to accommodate more suites and fewer single rooms as there were a number of retired married couples that wanted to move in. Meth-Wick opened to residents in November of 1961.

Since then, Meth-Wick has grown from its original 26 acres to 65 acres of beautiful, wooded land. Meth-Wick has also recognized the need for their service to evolve based on the needs of Cedar Rapids’ seniors. Lifestyle options include:

  • Independent Living at The Manor, Brendelwood Village, Deer Ridge, Highland Park and Greenwood Terrace for active seniors 62+ years of age.
  • Assisted Living for Physical Needs, available through Custom Care at The Manor.
  • Assisted Living for Memory Needs, available at Arbor Place.
  • Respite Care, available through Custom Care at The Manor, Arbor Place and The Woodlands.
  • Skilled Nursing Care for Physical Needs and Memory Needs at The Woodlands.
  • Home & Health Services.

There are some big things on the horizon for Meth-Wick. The biggest being our Rejuvenate The Woodlands campaign. This campaign is a $5 million dollar project that will bring additional physical therapy space, therapy gardens and walkways, as well as the only HydroWorx therapy pools in a healthcare environment within a 75-mile radius of Cedar Rapids.

“We continue to change to meet the needs of our customer just as we have since 1961,” Meth-Wick President Robin Mixdorf says. “One thing that has not changed over the last 54 years is our focus on the quality of life and healthcare the residents at Meth-Wick receive.”

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

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!