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New memory care home named Bethel Oaks
Alzheimers, dementia patients will be cared for in homelike setting
clark nordberg debbie tewalt lila cina
Bethel Oaks is the name of the new memory care home under construction at the west side of Maplewood Terrace in Viroqua. Left-right: Clark Nordberg, Bethel Home and Services CEO; Debbie Stout Tewalt, Community Services Administrator; Lila Cina, naming contest winner. - photo by Contributed/Inga Gerber

Bethel Oaks is the name chosen for the new memory care home under construction at the west side of Maplewood Terrace on Garfield Street in Viroqua.

Lila Cina submitted the winning name among 60 entries.  Bethel Home and Services is constructing the home to care for people in a safe homelike setting for people unable to remain in their own homes due to Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Bethel Oaks will serve individuals from Vernon County and surrounding areas in southwest Wisconsin with round-the-clock staffing to supervise personalized activities, meals, cleaning, laundry, and assistance with personal cares.

Bethel Home has offered specialized memory care in Eldergarden since 1999.  That will continue for people who need 24 hour nursing home level of care.  There will be a seamless transition for people from the new Memory Care Home to Bethel Home’s Eldergarden as individual needs change.

Bethel Oaks Memory Care Home will have 14 private rooms, a dining and activity room, living room, den, sunroom, kitchen, bathing spa and hair salon, laundry areas, four season room, screened porch and enclosed courtyard.

All areas are planned to create feature spaces for individual and visitor participation in music, games, puzzles and visiting.  The space is arranged to allow for walking around the central activity area.  A secure courtyard also allows for outdoor walking paths as well as opportunities for raised flower beds and vegetable gardening and other outdoor activities.  A secured hallway will connect the home to Maplewood Terrace Assisted Living Apartments.

Each private room will have a bed and nightstand, closet, private bath with walk-in shower and space for personal chair and dresser or other items brought from home.  Spacious windows provide light and outdoor view.

Bethel Oaks’ program goals are to provide a homelike environment, support, encourage, and maximize personal abilities, support independence, and provide services that will address residents’ physical, social, emotional, spiritual and nutritional needs.

Planning for the project has been done by Community Living Solutions of Appleton with the Bethel Home and Services team.  Construction is expected to be completed in June, 2015.

Inquiries for admission information and employment opportunities may be directed to Debbie Stout Tewalt at 608-637-6340.