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Assisted living addition coming to PC Care Center

A sign at the Plum City Care Center tells about the new assisted living addition scheduled to open next June. (Herald photos by Bill Kirk)1 / 3
Plum City Care Center Administrator Amy Fetzer reviewed the history of health care facilities in the community during Wednesday’s ground breaking ceremony.2 / 3
Representatives of the Plum City Care Center and The Seasons Assisted Living broke ground for the new assisted living addition to the care center Wednesday.3 / 3

PLUM CITY--Plum City Care Center broke ground Wednesday for a 15 private room assisted living addition onto its existing skilled nursing facility site in Plum City.

Tossing the soon-to-be-frozen dirt aside, Amy Fetzer, administrator at the care center, smiled, knowing her dream to move forward with such a project was about to begin. Scheduled to open in June, 2014, the addition will allow the care center to move its current assisted living operation, known as The Seasons, from a nearby former convent to the skilled facility’s campus.

According to Fetzer, once open, The Seasons will continue to operate as a community based residential facility, offering community members a variety of assistive services on a 24/7 basis, including individualized plans of care, meals and medical appointment coordination, plus much more. Fetzer said society’s aging population continues to dictate an increased demand for senior care services at various levels, adding meeting this demand locally will enable community members to access the assisted living level of care in a new structure close to family and friends for years to come.

As Fetzer said, the aging population is at the core for demand of this type of long-term project development.

Jim Deignan, marketing and development coordinator for the care center and assisted living facilities in Plum City, was interviewed. Here’s some of his responses about the project and related issues.

“…Conceptually started in the 1970’s as a way in which individuals without skilled nursing needs could receive long term care, the first assisted living facility opened its doors in 1981 in the State of Oregon. Since then, there has been tremendous growth in the industry, with the number of assisted living ‘beds’ in Wisconsin now exceeding the number of skilled nursing facility beds.

“Bridging the gap between independent living and skilled nursing, assisted living offers residents a private, yet social environment, thus eliminating the isolation issue older Americans face when living alone. In addition, assisted living provides the necessary means to assist in the activities of daily living (ADL’s) each resident requires. Deemed the next step in the continuum of care after independent living, assisted living is often viewed as a more cost-effective approach to home care when the need for ADL assistance increases.

For more please read the Oct. 23 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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