Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Medicine Wheel closer to opening nursing home facilities

Medicine Wheel Village has been operating its assisted living services for a while now, and will soon be able to welcome its first nursing home residents.

Assisted living services provide minimal staffing and care, whereas nursing home services provide extensive, 24/7 care.

The Assisted living unit is directed by Kim Clown, and the Nursing facility unit is directed by Deb Arbogast.

While some people may think that the closing of the Mobridge and Madison elderly care facilities may cause an influx of potential residents to the Medicine Wheel, Arbogast said that the Medicine Wheel has gotten phone calls since it opened with people wanting to move family members closer to home, so the influx of people seeking care through the Medicine Wheel has been present since day one. 

The delay in accepting residents at the facility revolves around ensuring the facility is prepared with the proper infrastructure and professional nursing staff to provide quality care for the residents, Arbogast said.

Nursing home wing 400, which will provide 24/7 care to residents, is nearly ready according to Nursing Faciltity Director Deb Arbogast. Photo by Jody Rust

The extensive application process, assessments and requirements for services will be the subject of a series of articles to be published in the WRE beginning Jan. 3, 2019.