The Cottages

The Cottages

Not home-like, but home: Iowa’s first freestanding small house nursing homes for people with dementia

What is it you love about being in your home? Maybe it’s your favorite chair, the view from your porch, the meals you enjoy, or simply the freedom you have there.

Maybe the loss of home is why more people fear moving to a nursing home than dying.

We’re working to change that. Our first two cottages for nursing care opened in June 2015.

Do the photos at right look like a traditional nursing home, or a real home? Only 16 residents live in each of the two cottages, designed like a Craftsman-style family home with life revolving around the great room with a fireplace and open kitchen. Each resident enjoys a spacious, private bedroom and attached bathroom with European-style shower.

No more long hallways, nurses’ stations, tile floors, overhead paging, large sterile dining rooms, shared rooms, noisy med carts, and one-size-fits-all daily routines. No more following a model of care that puts medical needs and staff efficiency first, as nursing homes have done for decades.  

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Instead, the household model prioritizes quality of life, dignity, purpose, choice and spontaneity. Staff no longer measure success by accomplishing a list of tasks, but by helping someone create his or her best day…from creating art to roasting marshmallows to baking.

Schedules changed as staff adapted to how residents prefer to live. Some don’t come to work as early any more, since residents decide when to get up and go to bed. Those who wish to sleep in may do so, and ask for breakfast when they wake.

Call (319) 277-2141 to find out how your loved one with dementia can move into The Cottages at Western Home Communities.

Karla Foust
Skilled nursing care
Wendy Lamos 
Skilled nursing care
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Yes, I want to learn more about creating my fulfilling lifestyle at Western Home Communities.

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