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Public gets view of new senior living facility in open house

WELLS — A new senior living facility with both assisted living and memory care units opened its doors to the public for the first time Saturday.

Heartland Senior Living’s Clark Crossings of Wells has been under construction since fall 2018 near the junction of Minnesota highways 109 and 22.

The open house gave people the chance to take a look at the secured facility, which will have 10 assisted living and 10 memory care units. The facility is expected to open in the next few months, said Kacey Kasel, Heartland Senior Living executive director. Decor and other amenities are expected to be complete by the end of the month.

Kasel said the organization hopes to help rural residents from Faribault and Freeborn counties who need assisted living or memory care services get those services close to home. It is also reaching out to people from larger communities such as Mankato who might want to move to a smaller care facility that can offer more one-one-one care.

Kasel said as the population ages, the number of Baby Boomers looking for assisted living facilities is increasing.

Wells currently has Parkview Care Center, a skilled nursing facility, and Shepherd’s Inn, an assisted living center, for seniors.

“It’s a nice addition to Wells,” Kasel said.

Heartland Senior Living, a nonprofit community corporation, also owns Parkview Care Center in Wells, Parker Oaks Retirement Community in Winnebago and Truman Senior Living in Truman. It purchased the facilities, and the land where the new Clark Crossings of Wells sits, in 2017 from ElderCare of Minnesota. In addition to the new facility in Wells, Heartland Senior Living recently opened an addition at the facility in Winnebago.

Clark Crossings features a porch on the front, as well as a patio and garden, a salon and a spa for residents to utilize. Memory care units are studio apartments that are about 350 square feet, and the assisted living apartments are about 550 square feet and have a bedroom, a living room and a small kitchenette with a microwave, sink and refrigerator. Three also have a den.

There are no stoves in the apartments for the safety of the residents, Kasel said.

She said the name of Clark Crossings is tied to the history of Wells as a railroad community.

Chris Knoll, Heartland Senior Living managing agent, said cost of the construction was estimated at $3.5 million and was paid for through a United States Department of Agriculture loan as well as financing through a few local banks.