Building on Innovation: The Smarter Way to Live Independently

Building on Innovation: The Smarter Way to Live Independently

Kris Kuester, Sales Manager, Independent Living

One of the most unique and exciting aspects of senior living at Meth-Wick is the expansive nature of our independent living offerings.

This month we’re talking with Kris Kuester, Sales Manager for Independent Living, about why you should consider starting your retirement years with us.



Q: What makes independent living innovative at Meth-Wick?

A: Meth-Wick offers five different styles of independent living to better fit each resident’s preferences. Whether they would like neighbors right outside of their door or down the block, we can accommodate. The various independent living facilities are spread throughout 68 wooded campus acres that feature walking trails, a koi pond, and many beautiful gardens.

Q: Why would a potential resident choose to live independently at Meth-Wick rather than aging in place in their current home?

A: Aging in place is a great fit for some older adults but it’s important to be aware of the potential risks. Living at Meth-Wick gives older adults the freedom to live in their own homes without the hassles of maintaining that home. With Meth-Wick’s extensive recreational programming, it is easy to explore new interests and make new friends. We also have a full-time Successful Aging Coordinator who will help residents identify and achieve their goals. Most importantly, higher levels of care are available to them if or when they need it.

Q: What’s the purpose of having multiple types of independent living? Congregate, townhome, single family, etc.

A: Having multiple types of independent living gives our residents options as to how and where they are going to spend their retirement years. Along with the different styles of living, our residents can customize their home to reflect their individual preferences. Options for independent living at Meth-Wick include:

 Brendelwood Village includes 25 townhouses lining wooded Brendel Hill. Each home has 1,250–1,839 square feet of living space. The layout includes two bedrooms, two baths, living and dining area, full kitchen, washer and dryer, and attached garage. Several have been custom built to include extra features like a four seasons porch.


Highland Park consists of six single-family homes and four duplexes. All homes have a two-car garage, private entrance, basement for extra storage and generous living space of approximately 1,650 square feet. Select homes include a deck or patio.



Oakwood is our newest condominium living option. Residents choose from six floor plans, ranging from 1,176–1,822 square feet. The building includes a common area for gatherings and indoor parking to ensure easy access to your vehicle no matter what Iowa weather brings.



Deer Ridge condominiums offer one, two, extra-large two, and
three-bedroom options. All sizes include a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and optional climate-controlled parking stalls on the ground floor. A year-round sunroom is incorporated into every home. There are over 60 condos, along with beautiful common areas, including a large dining room, library, exercise room, beauty and barber shop, meeting room, woodworking shop, craft room, billiards room and computer room.


Greenwood Terrace is comprised of more than 50 condo-style apartments within a secured entrance. Each home includes a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and enclosed porch, with parking in a heated garage. Common areas include a mezzanine, library, dining room, private dining alcove, outdoor patio, billiards and game room, meeting room, car wash, exercise room and computer room.


Q: When would you recommend individuals or couples start planning for retirement living arrangements?

A: Early planning is key. You may be on a wait list for several years before a home at Meth-Wick becomes available. It’s never too early to start planning. If you are called to view a home but aren’t ready to make the move yet, you can pass on that home while still maintaining your spot on the priority waiting list.

Q: How long does it usually take for a unit to become available? When should a potential resident start thinking about getting on the waiting list?

A: The wait for units varies greatly. Someone on the waitlist can plan to wait between three and seven years but there are always exceptions.

Q: Are there any current plans for expanding independent living?

A: We’ve purchased land and drawn up plans for a new building. Now we have to wait for building costs and market conditions to stabilize. We’re excited to grow our independent living options and welcome more residents to campus!

Q: When you give campus tours, what are potential residents most excited by?

A: Prospective residents are excited about the many choices they have for their new homes, from style, to décor. They are also excited about becoming a part of such a vibrant community with so many friendly, caring people.

Q: Anything else you’d like to share about innovations in independent living at Meth-Wick?

A: During Meth-Wick’s sixty-year history, we have listened to our residents and have tried to provide what they feel is important, things that enrich their lives and provide meaning and life-long learning.

This article is part of the “Building on Innovation” series celebrating Meth-Wick Community’s 60th Anniversary serving older adults in Cedar Rapids. From 1961 to today, Meth-Wick has been an innovative leader in the senior living market. We will be exploring this theme throughout the year on our blog.