Six Decades of Compassionate Non-Profit Service
The Jenkins Living Center organization has been a fixture in Watertown for nearly 65 years, offering long term care 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.Today, we’re proud to offer a continuum of care and services to include uptown senior living (200 Maple Place), low-income housing (Jenkins Town View Apartments), and Jenkins Rehab, a comprehensive, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation program.
At Jenkins Living Center, Inc., our mission is to serve people. With the diversity of services now being offered, we’re positioned to meet the extended care needs of people in our area for many years to come. For more information about the services at Jenkins Living Center, call (605) 886-5777 or toll free (877) 358-5777 and ask for Kristi Gloe, Marketing Director.
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, a 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 Jenkins Corporation consists of 162 bed licensed skilled nursing facility, 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.
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, Scott Dempster, is available Monday through Saturday 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.
Specialized Dementia/Alzheimer's Care
Jenkins Living Center currently has several staff members that are Certified Dementia Practitioners as deemed by the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners: “The Gold Standard of Dementia Education”. The purpose of the NCCDP is to promote, encourage and enhance the knowledge, skills and practice of caregivers for those who suffer with illnesses that cause Dementia. This seminar includes diagnosis, prognosis, communications, depression, repetitive behavior, paranoia, hoarding, aggressive behaviors, intimacy issues, personal care, activities, staff/family support, spiritual care and end of life.
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.