Harvest Home
Mark Sherry photos
Above, Hazel Schuette (left) and Rose Hibbard play a card game in the spacious dining/ activity area of one of the new Harvest Home buildings. If they tire of that, they can head outside to the covered porch area to enjoy the scenic countryside.

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bring their own furniture in to decorate. That is what Neal and Darlene Fehrenbach have done with their two rooms, both neatly decorated with their comfortable beds, pictures of family members and even a curio cabinet. They both said they like everything about Harvest Home, especially the home-cooked meals which residents can assist with if they wish. “It’s just a beautiful place to be,” Neal said.

Each room has its own private bathroom with a walk-in shower. Each room also is equipped with cable TV and telephone. Each building has a spacious activity/dining room, a salon with a beautician who comes in each Friday, and a spa room. Couples could share a room, Beth said, but each building is only licensed for eight people.

All eight residents who were at the previous facility moved into the new buildings and they have been joined by new residents. Beth said she enjoys the fact that some of the residents knew one another before they ever came to Harvest Home. Now they regularly visit one another, even walking back and forth between buildings or calling a friend’s room. Shaded sitting porches outside make great places to sit and visit, and card games are regularly played around the dining/activity room table.

Residents from all over

Residents come from Howards Grove, Cleveland, St. Nazianz, Plymouth, Sheboygan Falls and elsewhere to call Harvest Home their new home. Beth said the goal is to keep them all physically, mentally and spiritually active. They are a Christian-based facility, and Fred teaches in a Christian school. Harvest Home staff do what they can to help residents stay connected to their church homes as well.

The new Harvest Home in Howards Grove is located at the end of a non-through street, surrounded by woods and farm fields. It is a quiet atmosphere for residents to sit outside or even go for a stroll.

Soon they will be able to watch construction start on the next two buildings just across the street. Beth said construction will continue through the winter with the opening of those two buildings next spring or summer. As with its recently opened buildings, local sub-contractors will be used whenever possible.

Boosting employment

Harvest Home has already added five more employees with its expansion, including hiring its own registered nurse instead of contracting for one as it had done in the past. Harvest Home also has its own full-time activity director. Buildings have a staff member present 24/7.

A licensed practical nurse manager will staff the former building which is being remodeled for its new use. Beth said they have worked with Sheboygan County’s Aging & Disability Resource Center and believe there is a significant population waiting for another facility such as the one they will be offering. She said she expects the remodeling project to be done and the building reopened in September.

Beth also said the West Bend campus— an opportunity which developed just last summer—is coming along well. “We have a good nurse manager down there,” she said, adding that she is pleased with the experienced staff she has at all locations.

An open house was held in July at the new Howards Grove facility and another one might be held, Beth said, but she also encourages people to stop by anytime to see what Harvest Home has to offer. People can also call (920) 901-9482 to arrange a private tour or get on the waiting list for a room.