Life at Jenkins Living CenterThe Jenkins Living Center staff strives to provide the best care for your loved one. Caring, dedicated employees are found in every department.
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Shawn Gilman, RN is the Director of Nursing and supervises over 125 nursing staff consisting of Certified Nurse Aides, Licensed Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Medication Aides and Medicare Coordinator, Training Staff and Administrative Personnel. The nursing department also coordinates resident care with their primary physician. The primary physicians also make on-site visits every 30-60 days. Jenkins is also fortunate enough to have Physician Assistants make daily visits, reducing the need for residents to leave the convenience of their “home.”
The comprehensive therapy team is led by Director of Therapy, Andrea Vosberg who is also a Speech/Language Pathologist. Under Andrea’s realm, the on-site, full-time therapy team includes a Physical Therapist, two Physical Therapy Assistants, an Occupational Therapist and one Occupational Therapy Assistant. Additional supportive staff are also available to ensure the residents or patients are receiving the ultimate in therapy care. Jenkins even offers Vision Therapy, under the direction of our Occupational Therapist. Our therapy department offers appropriate rehabilitation for those who are residents either long or short term as well as for patients referred to by physicians for outpatient therapy. Jenkins Therapy also offers a senior exercise program, the J-Club for a nominal monthly fee.
The Activity Department plans daily & monthly activities as well as special events to fulfill the diverse interests of the residents. Many of our activities are based on things that are familiar to the residents and activities of yesteryear. The Activities Department strives to offer activities that are fun, exciting and rewarding. Special events have included: Craft Fairs, Chili Cook-Offs, Happy Hours and of course events for each and every holiday. Special outings are also available if the residents wish to attend including a drive around the lake, city concerts and more.
Jenkins Living Center understands how important dining and nutrition are to the elderly; therefore, Jenkins Living Center prides itself on employing a Registered Dietitian, two Certified Dietary Managers and several dietary staff. The staff prides themselves on preparing and providing three deliciously balanced meals, served in one of the beautifully decorated dining rooms. Residents are able to make selections according to their personal preference. As needed, therapeutic diets are prepared according to physician’s prescribed orders. In addition, morning, afternoon and evening nutritional snacks are offered to each resident. Special dining events include: resident-family meals, outdoor picnics, salad bar and specialty lunches. And as always, Jenkins Living Center aims to please, therefore the Dietary Department does their very best to provide the residents with the perfect mix of traditional dishes and the experience of some exciting new culinary trends.
The Administration Department of Jenkins Living Center is committed to ensuring that residents in the facility receive the best quality health care services and products available while making their “home”, either short term or long term, with us. Although residents and family members are encouraged to address concerns directly with staff, Loren Diekman, President/CEO of Jenkins Living Center and Medical Director Dr. Aaron Shives will always welcome your comments and suggestions concerning resident care.
Jenkins Living Center, founded on Christian values, is concerned for the whole person and seeks to care for each and every resident’s physical, mental, and spiritual welfare. For this purpose Chaplain, Rev. Tsukamoto, is available Monday through Friday for both residents and staff. His mission is to support, and not to replace, the priest or pastor of the resident. Residents and their families are encouraged to contact him for any assistance.
The Jenkins Corporation consists of 162 bed licensed skilled nursing facility, Cedar View Assisted Living, 200 Maple Place and Town View Apartments. The highly-skilled maintenance team supervised by Director of Maintenance, Wayne Deelstra, is responsible for maintaining all of these facilities on a daily basis. The multi-talented team have built additions, done many remodeling projects as well as all the day to day outdoor maintenance required year-round.
As the diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s increases, Jenkins recognizes the need for the different levels of care. Jenkins has three secured units and sixty dedicated beds for individuals diagnosed with varying levels of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Each unit provides regular daily activities, routines and consistent, regularly scheduled staff to provide the comfort and security that residents need and families want and expect.
Five Decades of Community ServiceThe Jenkins Living Center organization has been a fixture in Watertown for the past 55 years, offering long term care services to the people in our community and the surrounding area. Over the years, our mission has stayed constant: To provide long term health care services that meet the needs of those we serve. As the diversity of needs changed, Jenkins began adding services to meet those needs. Today, we’re proud to offer a continuum of care and services which, in addition to skilled nursing care, include congregate living (200 Maple Place), low-income housing (Jenkins Town View Apartments), assisted living (Cedar View Assisted Living), and an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation program. Jenkins Living Center is also proud to offer:
- Alzheimer’s/Aging Family Support Group
- Volunteer Program
- Transportation Service