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Holton Manor launches expansion

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Todd Mishler | November 5, 2013

ELKHORN-- Gladys Myjak, 96, has lived at Holton Manor for about 7 1/2 years.

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“The CNAs and nurses have been so good to me … this place is more like a home than a nursing home,” said Myjak, a member of the nursing home's residents' council.

She, dozens of other patients and about 110 employees soon will experience a new definition of that philosophy.

That's because the 60-bed nursing home, built in 1980 on North Broad Street in Elkhorn, will undergo a major facelift, something that officials found necessary in responding to changing trends in the senior living industry. Their hope is to keep Holton Manor competitive in the marketplace and create a better environment for residents and employees.

The nonprofit facility is in the early stages of a $7.2 million remodeling project that will more than double its physical footprint and includes the purchase of the historic Holton House — which also requires renovating — and a small chunk of land from the city of Elkhorn.

Reconstruction will maintain most of the current exterior shell of the complex but involves renovating the interior. The facility also will extend farther north and west, providing a more residential feel to an addition that will surround the current structure on three sides. That also moves the main entrance to Church Street and makes the driveway/parking loop more accessible for emergency purposes.

It's been a two-year rollercoaster of on-again, off-again planning and negotiating — and dreaming. Administrator Heather Bartell is an East Troy resident who has worked for Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing for 14 years, the last four at Holton Manor.

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