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Published October 01, 2009, 04:16 PM

Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd Making Changes

A New Rockford nursing home will soon be making some big changes. The Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd will be expanding and changing the whole atmosphere for residents.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

A New Rockford nursing home will soon be making some big changes.

The Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd will be expanding and changing the whole atmosphere for residents.

There will be 22-thousand square feet added to the home, and the existing space will be given a look that one might not expect for a nursing home. The Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd is looking to make it nicer looking for residents.

"All the units are going to blend in and so we'll have separate nurse's stations instead of one large one like this one so it's more home," said Administrator Ella Gutzke.

The nursing home will be phasing out the institutional look for something that's a lot more home-like, like in its assisted living area. The nursing home area will be redone to match it. Each 18-bed wing will have a sitting area with a fireplace and a dining room.

"We're going to be making a town center in the existing hallways and that'll have a barber shop, movie hall, gift shop," said Gutzke.

There will also be a large entry for residents to greet visitors. The entire project could take about two and a half years, but shouldn't disrupt residents.

"We're going to do it in phases so as they do one new wing the residents will be moving to that new wing, said Chelee Finch, Director of Nursing.

"You get spoiled, you get spoiled here!" said resident Diane Bonadiman.

The project will cost about 6-million dollars. The home is applying for loans to help pay for it.

"And we're also waiting for approval from the state for our plans," said Gutzke.

Residents will also get their own private rooms and bathrooms.

Gutzke says she hopes work on the project will start later this month.

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