posted on January 04, 2016
(Clinton, WI) By Hillary Gavan, Beloit Daily News
Seniors hoping to maintain their independence in a supportive environment have a new option — Willowick Assisted Living.
Construction was completed on the new assisted living community at 306 Ogden Ave., in mid-December. Willowick Assisted Living expects to open in the coming weeks after obtaining its license.
“We are really excited about the opportunity to serve people well in their community. It seems that most assisted living centers are in larger communities,” said Lori Schlosser, owner and CEO of Willowick Senior Living. “We are excited about that first group of residents who are going to be admitted and being able to serve the community and meet its needs.”
The community is invited to an open house scheduled for 1 - 4 p.m. Jan. 9. People also can stop in for tours between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“We have several people signed up but room for more,” Schlosser said.
Director Amanda Reseburg explained how Willowick is the only assisted living facility in Clinton.
“People have been stopping in and saying it’s much-needed. Residents can stay right here and still participate in their community. That’s invaluable for a lot of people who are coming to terms with the fact that they will need a little help. We are here to bridge that gap,” Reseburg said.
Reseburg noted staff will be implementing some of the 2,000 pictures the Clinton Historical Society gave it for decorating its hallways “to pay homage to our adopted hometown.”
The new facility will feature “Wednesdays at Willowick,” a lifetime learning program where local experts, guest speakers and more visit and give presentations. It will be open to residents as well as those from the community. Topics will be posted at www.willowicksenior.com.
Willowick Senior Living received its building permit in May to build on previously vacant land. Ground broke in mid-June, with the general contractor being Advanced Building out of Madison.
The first building is 14,256-square-feet, with the possibility of another building added to the site. The community will offer up to 25 full-time and part-time jobs.
“We are still hiring for CNAs,” Schlosser added.
Ninety-five percent of the caregiving staff are certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to elevate the level of service and professionalism offered to residents.
The building consists of 26 units available, including six suites.
Services include assistance with activities of daily living, meals, medication assistance, transportation to medical appointments and scheduled outings, housekeeping, laundry and nurse services. Staff will work with local physicians, home health agencies and other healthcare professionals to meet resident needs. Willowick is home to a salon and a regularly scheduled beautician.
Community meetings were held in Clinton, Janesville and Beloit this fall so people could learn more about the facility and its services.
For more information visit willowicksenior.com or its Facebook page at “Willowick Assisted Living.”