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Glenhaven grand opening and 55th anniversary: well worth the wait

By LeAnn R. Ralph

GLENWOOD CITY  —  Although the grand opening of the Glenhaven Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Facility is about a year past due, the new facility was well worth the wait.

Glenhaven will be celebrating an open house and its 55th anniversary on Friday, August 7.

Residents at Glenhaven Long Term Care and Rehabilitation will be celebrating the grand opening with a private reception at 2 p.m. August 7.

Musical entertainment will be provided by John Torkelson.

A reception for residents will follow from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., the grand opening and 55th anniversary celebration for the general public will begin with a dedication of the facility and speeches by various dignitaries.

A prayer and a meal will be held at 5 p.m., and live music and a social will begin at 6 p.m.

Residents officially moved into Glenhaven Long Term Care and Rehabilitation in April.

Long term care

The long term care facility features 44 private rooms — 33 residential rooms and 11 memory care rooms.

The new Glenhaven is a two-story facility with four wings that each make up their own neighborhood with rooms for up to 11 residents, complete with a sunroom and large windows to provide views of the ballpark, the hillside behind the building and the surrounding residential community.

The idea behind the neighborhoods is to create a more home-like atmosphere rather than the institutional feel of nursing homes built 50 years ago.

In addition to the sunroom, each of the residential neighborhoods has a living room and a dining room.

In the neighborhoods, the dining room and living room areas form an “L” with the resident rooms.

All together, the new portion of Glenhaven is about 41,000 square feet.

Grand Oaks

As soon as residents moved into the new Glenhaven, construction began to remodel the former nursing home into a Community Based Residential Facility that will be known as Grand Oaks.

Grand Oaks will feature 16 apartments — eight efficiency apartments and eight one-bedroom apartments — a tavern, a fireplace lounge, a library, and a media center/movie theater.

Havenwood, which was built in 2008, will remain as it is now with 16 apartments that include four two-bedroom apartments.

Therapy

Another feature of the new Glenhaven is a therapy suite.

The therapy area is nearly 2,700 square feet and will be devoted to state-of-the-art therapy for Glenhaven residents and community members who now will not have to go outside of the community for therapy.

Another nearly 1,800 square feet of space for retail is located in front of the therapy suite.

The space reserved for the daycare portion of the building covers nearly 4,000 square feet.

The new Glenhaven also has space for what will be known as the Cranetown Cafe.

Local residents who have been around for a while will remember that Cranetown was a small community with a schoolhouse and a store located in the valley where the lake is now at the Glen Hills Golf Club.

The new Glenhaven will feature a roof-top garden as well.