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$10 million nursing home in Joplin prepares for first residents to move in

The 2011 tornado destroyed 3 nursing homes in Joplin and since that time, options for that type of care have been limited.  However, some will soon have a new $10 million home.
For many, placing a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult transition.
"It's never a dream, it's not something you see yourself ever doing," said Mandy Kinsley, Director of Community Development, Communities of Wildwood Ranch.  "Every time, it is just as heart wrenching and it is uncomfortable."
Although the transition is rough, Communities of Wildwood Ranch, located on the far west end of 32nd Street in Joplin, aims to make residents feel as comfortable as possible.
"If a person wants to be able to sleep in one morning, they're going to be able to and we're going to feed them whatever they want to eat," said Tracy Rowe, Administrator for Communities of Wildwood Ranch.
The 120 bed facility is separated into 4 different communities, one which will serve as a rehabilitation center for those who may have had a hip fracture or who are in need of therapy before ultimately going back home.  There will also be an activities center, cafe, indoor therapy pool with a built in treadmill, salon and spa room.
"Our goal is that it has a spa feel and yet still feels like home," Rowe said.
Employees are not just concerned about bringing comfort to their residents, but to the family members as well.  All visitors have access to the cafe room and visitation hours are 24/7.
"When an elder reaches a point that they need long term care, so often they have come to terms and grips with that before the family even has," Kinsley said.
While there are still several boxes left to unload, staff members look forward to meeting their first two residents, who are expected to move in on March 10th.
"We're going to spoil them rotten," Rowe said.  "We're excited, very excited."
The Communities of Wildwood Ranch will also soon be accepting employment and volunteer applications.  For more information, you can visit their website at www.communitiesofwildwood.com.
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