Getting to Know Hearthstone
Pella Regional Health Center gifted WesleyLife three of its senior living buildings -- Jefferson Place, Pella Manor and Fair Haven East -- in 2010. Part of the agreement was to build a new assisted living and skilled nursing community to replace services that had been offered through the hospital. That community was named The Cottages.
The Cottages cost nearly $20 million to develop, with roughly $5 million coming from community contributions. Bob and Lois Vermeer, co-chairs of the fundraising campaign for The Cottages, along with Mark and Kay De Cook, Bruce and Sandy Heerema and Stan and Gayle Poortinga, donated a combined $550,000 to the campaign. Hearthstone and WesleyLife committed $15 million and secured financing through local banks.
Today, Hearthstone is Pella's most complete network of living options and services for older adults, with a focus on health and well-being to encourage happiness and longevity.
The Cottages, an Innovative and Award-winning Community
The Cottages was recognized by Environments for Aging with a 2015 Design Showcase Award of Merit and the 2015 IIDA Northland Chapter FAB Award in healthcare.
This innovative community –– the first of its kind in Iowa –– aims to transform the aging experience by focusing on abilities while encouraging residents to live life to the fullest. The Cottages provide a place to call home with an emphasis on healthy living, independence, and dignity. The role of team members is blended more than in traditional settings, encouraging development of deeper relationships with residents.
The open layout and natural light of The Cottages helps strengthen mind, body, and spirit. At the center of the community is a common area with gathering spaces that can be reserved for parties or special events. The entrance also houses the Hilltop Cafe, serving residents, their families, and the community.
Down the hall is a sun-filled atrium with plants, including tulips, maintained by the local garden club.
Branching off the main entryway, the six small households feature their own decor and color scheme. Even the exterior and rooflines of each cottage are unique.
Artwork lining the walls has been donated by local residents and highlight Pella’s Dutch heritage. Each cottage is also named after provinces in the Netherlands. They include Zuid Holland, Groningen and Gelderland — household living; Zeeland — assisted living memory support; Noord Holland — household living memory support; and Friesland — assisted living.
Individual cottages have open floor plans, with a family-style dining area and kitchen where residents can watch and smell meals being prepared by a homemaker. As part of the PersonFirst holistic model of care, residents wake up and eat when they want and choose their own food, clothing and activities.
The small households also have their own fireplace, living room, family room/library and sun rooms. Memory support cottages also have access to a secured patio.
In September 2015, The Cottages achieved The Alzheimer's Foundation of America's “Excellence in Care® Dementia Program of Distinction” status for its specialized memory care program. WesleyLife was the first senior living organization in Iowa to achieve this prestigious status.
Excellence in Care is the first national program involving comprehensive standards, onsite evaluation and consultation to promote continual performance improvement for dementia care settings, such as assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, adult day centers and adult day healthcare programs, and continuum of care residential communities.
Independent and Catered Living
There is so much to enjoy about living at Pella Manor or Fair Haven East. Located close to town on beautiful grounds with maintenance free living in a pleasing and comfortable environment.
We strive to provide a variety of services and options to keep you engaged in life. Close bonds between residents and team members, and a sense of being part of a larger family, make it a special place to call home.
Contact Dot Beason at 641-780-0488 or firstname.lastname@example.org to explore independent and catered living options.
Assisted Living, Household Living and Memory Support
The Cottages are an innovative community of small households designed to redefine the meaning of home in Pella. The Cottages consist of six individual households where more than 100 residents call home.
Jefferson Place offers household living, a completely different approach to long-term care, where our residents are the center of everything.
In addition to healthy and independent living for all residents, the community offers unique programming focusing on them as individuals and celebrating their abilities.
Contact Angie Lyng at 641-629-1442 or email email@example.com.
Transitional Short-term Rehabilitation Care and Services
If your loved one's doctor is recommending a short-term nursing and rehabilitation stay, it's important to find services and a team that will work hand-in-hand with their doctor to create a collaborative health improvement plan to ensure we meet their therapeutic needs and personal wishes.
Rehabilitation and skilled care offers:
- All private suites.
- A convenient location across from the hospital.
- Medicare-certified care.
- A focus on recovery, getting well and going home.
Contact Angie Lyng at 641-629-1442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home-based and Community Services
Hearthstone offers a full network of home-based services that are enhancing the independence and health and well-being of older adults throughout Marion County.
We deliver quality, compassionate assistance in the comfort of your home. Three categories of services are available.
- Home Health: These are skilled nursing and therapy services ordered by a physician. It may involve medication management, wound care, lab draws, home safety evaluation, or strengthening or balance exercises. These services are typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
- Personal Services: These are services designed to help you, or a loved one, remain independent in your home. It may involve assistance with housekeeping, cooking, medication reminders, transportation, personal care or companionship to name a few of the services we can provide. Services are available through a private pay arrangement on an hourly basis.
- Hospice: Caring and compassionate nurses and a team of other care providers assist with the end of life journey. We're available on-call nights, weekends and holidays. Medicare-reimbursed services are available for patients and families.
- Support Groups: Hearthstone offers an Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group and Parkinson's Support Group. Call 641-628-1244 for dates and times.