Robin’s Nest: Spring 2021 News

Robin’s Nest: Spring 2021 News

Robin Mixdorf, CEO, Meth-Wick Community, Cedar Rapids, IowaAn update from Robin Mixdorf, CEO, Meth-Wick Community

With the warm weather here, the official first day of summer quickly approaching, and some normalcy returning to our daily lives, there has been a lot happening at Meth-Wick Community! Here’s a round-up of our latest news.


Covid-19 Campus Updates

A common question we hear is “What is happening at Meth-Wick now regarding COVID-19 and visitors, events, dining, etc.?” However, we’ve never been able to provide a simple, uniform answer to these types of questions due to the variety of living styles we have on our Meth-Wick campus.

The guidelines vary due to our nursing facility having a separate set of rules that are governed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). For those in our assisted living community, we chose to mimic our nursing facility guidelines to best ensure the safety of residents. The remainder of campus are residents who are living independently, so guidelines are different for them as well.

On campus, we recently increased capacity in our dining room, but have left some occupancy restrictions in place for our meeting areas. Mask guidelines were also recently loosened: vaccinated residents and their vaccinated guests no longer must wear masks.

The vaccination process has been a success. Currently, about 97–98% of our residents are vaccinated. Campus-wide, well over 75% of our employees are vaccinated. We continue to offer the vaccine on our campus every two weeks through our pharmacy partner. Any resident interested in a vaccine should contact Cindy Scott, Home & Health, at 319-297-8611.

With the vaccination rates and loosening of the mask rules, we often have residents asking, “What if I want to keep wearing a mask?” We absolutely encourage anyone who feels comfortable wearing a mask to continue to do so.

Derecho Damage Recovery

The derecho that hit the area on August 10th took down or damaged hundreds of trees across the Meth-Wick campus. Of course, our Meth-Wick residents got to work quickly by creating a Tree Restoration Fund and a Tree Removal Fund to help us clean up and replant. There is currently over $100,000 in our restoration fund. We’re on a waiting list to have damaged trees removed and have also begun replanting trees where possible. We’re so grateful to our residents who spearheaded the funds and to those who have donated.

2021 Renovation Projects

We currently have two renovation projects happening on campus.

At Arbor Place, our remodeling is back on track after being put on hold during the pandemic. We’ll be updating furnishings and fixtures throughout the building. Work will take place cottage by cottage until completion of all four are finished

Our updates at The Woodlands are happening as a direct result of COVID-19. At the beginning of the pandemic, we moved our residents from double rooms into private rooms. With those double rooms now empty, we’re renovating them into three new bariatric specialty suites, each equipped with an in-room shower, specially designed furniture, and a full ceiling lift system to care for non-weight bearing or bariatric individuals with dignity and safety.

This brings our total number of fully equipped bariatric suites to seven, allowing us to continue to fill a niche in our community, as there is currently a lack of such facilities in the greater Linn County area.

Looking Forward

There’s no question the past 15 months have been a challenge, but it has made us more excited than ever for the wonderful things happening at Meth-Wick Community. Our future is very bright! Thank you for being a part of it.