Harvest Home helps residents stay active
By Mark Sherry
Two residents of Harvest Home Senior Living in Howards Grove enjoyed some time outdoors at the facility located in a quiet setting on the edge of the village.

With the strong farming history around the Howards Grove area, it is not too surprising that many of the residents of Harvest Home Assisted Living there are former farmers.

These are people who have spent most if not all their lives in the area. They are also people who are used to staying busy, taking care of the daily chores which had to get done.

Harvest Home Assisted Living is a good fit for people like that. It is small enough to offer a cozy, home-like setting for people who have long known the advantages of living in a solid home atmosphere, yet is able to offer all the services and cares of a larger facility.

Wendi Eagan is the activities director for Harvest Home in both Howards Grove and West Bend. These three eight-bed homes are designed for ambulatory or non-ambulatory older adults, including those suffering from memory loss or dementia. Harvest Home offers many different cares including for dementia, insulin management, wound care, dialysis, and end-stage diagnosis.

Tuned in to the individual

Having multiple locations allows Harvest Home Assisted Living to employ an activities director who remains tuned in to the individual wishes of each resident. As examples, Eagan said one of their female residents had always enjoyed gardening. Harvest Home saw to it that some raised gardening beds were made available for growing vegetables. The raised beds made it easier for the residents to access them. When the harvest came in at Harvest Home, canning activities then occupied residents’ time.

Then there was the male resident of Harvest Home who had always enjoyed going camping. Harvest Home acquired a fire pit which allowed the man and other residents to roast hot dogs and marshmallows just as they did on many camping trips.

Eagan said there are three daily group activities scheduled, and many one-on-one activities at Harvest Home Assisted Living as well. Eagan tries hard to keep the activities personalized and dignifying, so that every activity has purpose or meaning. She has an art major background so she helps residents with painting and other art projects. She said that even if they think they do not have artistic skills, creating art gives a sense of self worth, reduces anxiety, and gives them physical benefits as well.

In addition, music therapy is offered, the Bookmobile makes biweekly visits, and annual picnics and tea parties are held—just a few more examples of how residents of Harvest Home Assisted Living are kept as busy as they want to be while also being allowed as much time as they want to relax and enjoy their golden years.

With two eight-bed units in Howards Grove located at 2003 and 2005 Appletree Rd., Harvest Home Assisted Living offers a quaint, almost rural setting on the edge of the village. “It’s a smaller, home-like setting,” Eagan said, adding that residents get to know one another in that environment.

Another aspect which helps set Harvest Home apart from other facilities is its focus on being a Christian-based facility. Eagan said, “We try to support them and encourage them in their own faith to stay involved with their home church.” In addition, Harvest Home Senior Living offers regular devotions after supper, hymn sings, Bible studies, and rides to local churches if family members are unable to do so.

Plenty to like about Harvest Home

There is plenty more to like about Harvest Home Assisted Living. There is always a staff member on the premises, around the clock and every day of the year. A registered nurse also is either there or on-call 24/7.

Home-cooked meals are served family-style, three times per day. Eagan said occasionally the residents will assist with some afternoon baking.

Also included in what residents pay each month to live at Harvest Home Assisted Living are dietary and therapy services, in-home lab services, on-site beautician and podiatry services, snacks, laundry, housekeeping, cable TV and phone, off-site recreational programs, medications management, and health monitoring.

Harvest Home Assisted Living employs experienced, compassionate staff

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