Halcyon House is Transforming the Aging Experience
In 2015, Halcyon House began a new building project on its campus as part of a major capital investment aimed at transforming the aging experience for residents and community members.
Three new skilled nursing households are being built that will incorporate the latest philosophies around aging well. The project involves 54 new private rooms configured with 18 rooms per household.
- Secure memory support household
- Short-term stay household for rehabilitation therapy
- Long-term care/hospice care household
The new Health Center households will offer several benefits for residents:
- Private suites with walk-in showers
- Household concept to feel like home
- Living rooms with fireplaces, sofas and easy chairs
- Wonderful aromas of home cooking will fill the air from the household kitchens
- Household staff will work in teams and become caregiver, homemaker and friend to residents
The households will also benefit families and community members:
- The new Health Center will offer short-term rehabilitation therapy and long-term care/hospice care
- No longer will you need to look outside of the city of Washington or Washington County for secure memory support health care
- Interior and exterior elements will reflect traditional home styles
- Private entrances will be provided to each household
In addition to the new households, renovations include a new independent living dining room, transition of the Timmins Dining Room into a multipurpose activity space, and a new campus entrance with canopy and direct access to independent living, assisted living and the new Health Center households.
CMPQII Grant Funds
In July 2015, Halcyon House was awarded a $160,610.88 grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services’ Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative program. Grant funds will be used to equip the new households with appropriate furnishings, equipment and therapy programs that serve to strengthen residents’ functionality, reduce likelihood of falls, increase mobility confidence levels, and minimize safety risks – thus, improving residents’ quality of life. One of the most devastating impacts to independence and quality of life is falls and fall-related injuries. In Iowa alone, falls account for 260,000 annual emergency room visits and 10,827 hospitalizations.
Help Support Renovations to this Community Resource
We know how important this step is for residents we serve today, as well as their families and future residents.
We cannot make this happen without the generosity of individuals like you. We hope you will share our excitement about the possibilities for creating better ways to serve more people in the future.