Looking Back, Moving Ahead

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.”