St. Clara’s administrators look
forward to a big move in January 2018
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[September 06, 2017]
In January of 2018 residents of St. Clara’s Manor will be moving
into a new home on the city’s west side. Nestled in between Castle
Manor and Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, a new state of the art
long-term care facility is under construction and taking shape
According to St. Clara’s Administrator Mike Eads and Public
Relations and Communications Coordinator Janell Woolard the
construction of the new facility is right on track. No exact date
has been named for when the transition will take place, but both are
confident it will occur in January.
For the residents of St. Clara’s the change is going to be very
dramatic as the new location will have more of a homey atmosphere,
is all on one level, offers more amenities, and less of a “hospital
Though long-term care facilities have over the years taken on the
label of a nursing “home,” very little about the facilities have
felt like a home for residents.
Woolard is excited about the new concept at the new St. Clara’s
noting that the hospital feel is gone and there are no more
“hospital colors.” She explained that the goal of the new facility
is to give residents less of an institutional feeling and more of a
feeling of being at home.
In addition to the new facility St. Clara’s will have a new name,
St. Clara’s Rehab & Senior Care. The new name is more indicative of
the services that will be offered as the facility will become
another great option in Lincoln for rehab to home services and
physical therapy on an outpatient basis.
Woolard said St. Clara’s has already begun its branding initiative,
bringing the new name into use ahead of the opening of the new
Eads and Woolard recently led a walk-through of the new building.
While construction is still going on inside, enough work has been
completed that one can see what the final outcome will be.
The new St.
Clara’s floor plan.
The main entry of the building will offer quick access to the 30
rehab to home rooms as well as the physical therapy room. Coming
into the vestibule, a fireplace will be the centerpiece of the area,
with the PT room to the right, and the rehab rooms to the left.
Woolard pointed out that the rehab area is separated from the
long-term care (LTC) wings by the common area and service areas,
located in the middle portion of the layout.
The rehab area is shaped as a backward ‘L’ and offers sitting rooms
at the end of each wing and other communal areas for family visits
while the patient is in the care of St. Clara’s.
will be a big part of the interior, along with walls of live plants
to soften the overall image of the building and create a more
Woolard pointed out there are several natural lighting areas
throughout these wings and all the rest. Some of these include areas
where that living plants will be used to once again, break away from
the hospital feel. While the layout of the rooms will be similar in
the two wings, color schemes will change giving each room more of a
courtyard offers walking space as well as access to the stocked
The rehab area will also have its own dining area, and access to a
courtyard with a walking area, and also access to the fishing pond
between St. Clara’s and Castle Manor.
The common area of the building will house nursing work areas,
records, kitchen for the entire building, the long-term care dining
hall, and a special feature the Corner Café.
The Corner Café’ will
offer a coffee bar, and a wonderful socialization area for residents
and Eads said the Corner Café will provide a coffee bar with tables
and seating and access to the LTC courtyard.
The area will be a great location for the active residents to
gather, and also for families to come in and enjoy a morning coffee
with their loved ones.
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Janell Woolard, PR and Communications
Director with Chief Administrator Mike Eads
The Corner Café’ is also a landmark for those who are
navigating through the building. Standing looking at the Corner
Café, the long-term care portion of the building is divided into two
wings, one to the left and one to the right.
area does have its own entry, and guests coming in to the building
will learn that they can go right to access one wing, or go left
past the Corner Café’ to access the other. Woolard explained that
the two wings are mirror images of each other, with the same number
of rooms and the same amenities. Again, each wing is ‘L’ shaped,
with the nurse’s area being in the corner of the ‘L.’
The large family room
areas will feature seating, television, a fireplace, and a broad
view of the long-term care courtyard.
are large family room areas with access to the LTC courtyard, and
the cozier sitting room areas at the end of each wing.
areas will be located at each of the several wings of the building
Rooms in the new facility for the most part will be private rooms
with single occupancy. However, there are going to be a few double
Eads explained that in the design of the new facility, hearing what
the residents had to say was very important. Today, he said, there
is a trend toward residents wanting their own rooms. However, some
of the residents of the current building have roommates and they
have grown accustomed to that companionship, and they don’t want to
give it up. “We have worked hard at meeting their (resident) needs.
Some want private rooms, but some want to keep a roommate, to have
someone to talk to and someone to be with.” Eads said. To
accommodate those residents, there are eight double occupancy rooms.
rooms will offer companionship for residents within their rooms, and
at the same time afford them a certain amount of privacy.
The double occupancy rooms, are still what one might consider “semi
private,” with walls separating the sleeping areas.
Another new feature will be special bariatric rooms, which will
feature larger doorways, and in general larger spaces in the living
area as well as the bathrooms. Woolard said in total there will be
four such rooms.
The administrative offices and conference rooms will be located just
inside the LTC entrance and will include conference areas for staff,
and also consultation areas where staff can meet with family members
for private discussions about the resident care.
Eads and Woolard are excited about getting ready for the move. Eads
said one thing that must be done before residents move in will be a
staff orientation of the building. It’s a whole new design, all on
one floor, and very, very different from what the staff is
accustomed to; so bringing them in for an orientation is going to be
“There will be a gap time between the completion of the building and
the move in day. That will be a nice time of not being in the way to
bring large groups of staff in for tutorials,” Woolard said.
Eads added, “We’re in the process of setting up staff meetings and
transition meetings for the move, and we’re doing the same thing for
Woolard added, “These transition meetings will be to make family and
caregivers comfortable and (give them) better understanding of
what’s going to be happening, what the future is going to look like,
and what the move is going to be like for their loved ones.”
With the larger, more spread out footprint, and the additional
services, Eads added that there will be an addition of staff.
Applications are being accepted now and there will be openings for
nursing and CNA staff.
To apply for a position at St. Clara’s visit their website: