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Written by MARK JAEGER   
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 17:40

Belgium Gardens rolls out the welcome mat for community open house


It can be tough tackling a new job, but Deb Wronski had a major ice-breaker on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Belgium Gardens.

Although the assisted-living facility has been open for four years, the open house served as an made-to-order introduction for Wronski, who took over as manager in December.

“It went very well,” said Wronski.

Although she has an extensive career in management, Belgium Gardens is her first foray into the health-care field.

“I was looking for something new, and it has worked out great. I get along well with the staff and am getting to know all the vendors,” Wronski said.

But, she said, the first priority was getting to know the 20 residents who call the assisted-living facility home.

“This is very hands-on management. I know all of the residents by name and am getting to know their families, too,” Wronski said.

“There is a definite family feeling here, although I am careful not to have favorites. It is my job to treat everyone equally.”

Belgium Gardens, 432 S. Heritage St., is licensed by the state to care for as many as 25 residents in single and double suites.

With an emphasis on holistic health care, the facility has residents with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and a host of other health issues related to the aging process.

Three home-cooked meals and recreational activities are offered daily.

Personalized care plans are prepared for each resident, and a full-time registered nurse is on staff.

The facility has a staff of 25, augmented by regular volunteers.

The building features a large community room with fireplace, two cozy sunrooms, an in-house beauty shop and large whirlpool spa.

Families are welcome to plan festivities in a gathering room or dining room.



Image Information: AN OPEN HOUSE on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Belgium Gardens assisted-living facility provided an ideal opportunity to introduce new manager Deb Wronski to the community. Wronski (right) posed with vendor Kirsk Dohn of Grace Hospice Care.                                Photos by Sam Arendt

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