AURELIA - Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center in Aurelia has recently completed a renovation project on two wings of the care center, and Wednesday will be holding an open house and tour of the newly renovated wings.
Sunset Knoll Administrator Karen Bentsen says, " It is never easy for anyone to leave their home and move into a care center. Your home is full of memories and possessions from your entire life. The resident's room is their home, and Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center want them to be able to bring as many items from home as possible, but to accommodate their possessions, the facility needed to have larger rooms."
The renovation of the residents' rooms and bathrooms transformed eight small private rooms into four private large suites; 10 double rooms into 10 private large suites; and 10 double rooms, with shared pass-through bathrooms, to 10 private medium-sized rooms with private bathrooms. Each room has telephone, cable and computer connections.
Sunset Knoll room now has 36 private rooms - of three sizes - and four double occupancy rooms, making a total occupancy of 44 residents.
Sunset Knoll was built by the community of Aurelia in 1963 to provide care to those in the Aurelia community and the surrounding area who can no longer care for themselves. Sunset Knoll staff members have always taken pride in the care they provide for the residents, and, Bentsen says, "These renovations allow our residents to truly have their own 'home' within our home, giving them the privacy they deserve, as well as the space to allow them to bring as many of their possessions and memories as possible with them."
Sunset Knoll Care & Rehab Center, along with the other area nursing homes, will be celebrating National Nursing Home Week from May 10 through May 16. This year's theme is "Nurturing a Love That Lasts." The week will be full of events, programs and activities to help celebrate the lives of residents and those who care for them.