From the desk of Meth-Wick Community CEO, Robin Mixdorf.
The only reason Meth-Wick has continued to be a top-tier senior living facility since we opened our doors in 1961 is our willingness to reinvent ourselves. Every year, our leadership team looks for ways to update our campus and our services to best serve the evolving needs of residents. I’m excited to fill you in on some of the changes we’re making on campus this year.
We’re giving a facelift to common spaces in several buildings: updated private dining room tables and chairs at Greenwood, new tables and chairs at the Manor Brew coffee shop, furniture upgrades in the Manor Library, and new carpet in the Greenwood second floor hallways. Keep an eye out for changes on the fourth floor of the Manor – we’re also completing a beautiful and practical renovation of Custom Care apartments. In order to keep up with future residents’ changing tastes, we’re converting the Custom Care studios into larger one-bedroom units. Finally, we’re taking care of some necessary though less exciting updates all around campus related to paving and sidewalk repair, roofing, air conditioning and more to make sure Meth-Wick remains as scenic and safe as ever.
Bariatric Nursing at The Woodlands
There is a shocking lack of resources for bariatric patients in the greater Cedar Rapids area and Meth-Wick is working hard to change that. We launched an immensely successful capital campaign in March for a bariatric care addition in The Woodlands. In less than 60 days, we raised the $655,000 we needed to completely pay for the project. These four specialty suites will accommodate people who cannot bear weight or those who weigh up to 650 pounds. The amenities included in the suites will allow staff to safely care for bariatric patients and provide them with the same dignity every other Meth-Wick resident receives.
Introducing the Key Club
Residents in each independent living building have started their own happy hours over the last few years and we want to give them a place to build on this spirit of camaraderie. We’re just beginning construction on our very own Key Club just outside the dining room in the Manor. The space will feature small locked compartments where residents can keep a bottle of their favorite wine or spirit under lock and key. The club will be stocked with a variety of cocktail accoutrements so residents can come enjoy drinks and conversation in the new lounge. We hope the new Key Club will be complete in October to provide an entertaining gathering place to enhance socialization on campus.
Thank you to the many donors and partners who have made many of the campus updates possible. I’m continually amazed by the generosity of our community.