Sandstone assisted living opens

July 28, 2017

Another new medical facility is now open for business in Sandstone.


Last Wednesday, Golden Horizons Assisted Living Facility and Specialty Care hosted its official grand opening and ribbon cutting at its new 30,000 square foot facility, located just south of the new Essentia Health-Sandstone hospital. Soon to be joining these two entities will be Gateway Clinic and Thrifty White Pharmacy.


Around 40 community members came out to the event to get a sneak peak at the $5 million facility, which officially opened the week before. In all, the new facility will be hiring 20-30 people when full.


One of the owners, Chuck Lane, was there for the ribbon cutting. The other principal is Kent Marthaler, who was unable to attend.


This project is the 28th senior care project that Lane, through KC Companies, has been involved with in Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska, which includes 10 facilities they currently own. They also used to own the Golden Horizons facility in Pine City.


The company specializes in assisted living facility management and residential and commercial construction operations. The company construction and operations are located in the Brainerd Lakes area, and the senior division has locations throughout Minnesota and Iowa. They currently have 230 employees.


Lane noted the medical campus concept now at the former airport will benefit all parties.


“This will be (a) very unique concept giving residents the peace of mind that if an emergency arises they will receive a quick medical response and easy access to medical appointments and care,” Lane said.


“We have been working very closely with the North Pine Area Hospital District board, as well as the Long Term Committee, for several months,” Lane noted. “It has been such a pleasure working with the two groups. Scott Hendricks, along with other board members, who really did a nice job of identifying a provider that would meet the vision and needs of the community.


“The city has also been great to work with and we look forward to our relationship with all the city officials and board members. Without all their efforts, this senior campus may not have happened.”


In the building are 14 specialty care units which have studio suites. These are for people who have Alzheimers, dementia or need a high degree of service. The doors are locked and secure 24/7 to ensure safety.


“Specialty care is not just for residents dealing with cognitive impairments, but also those dealing with physical limitations. Until now, seniors have been limited in their options to receive such care. Generally, a nursing home was the only option for seniors. Golden Horizons Specialty Care costs less than a nursing home and is an inviting place that is much like home,” Lane said.


They took care in having a circular design to the unit and also the same floor, Lane said, since studies have found that this is better for Alzheimer patients. There are also “memory” boxes outside of each unit in which each client can place their own items, so it can help trigger memories along with helping find their room.


Each suite also comes with a private bathroom. In this section, they offer three home cooked meals, specialty diets, once a week laundry service, once a week housecleaning, twice a week shower supervision, 24-hour attendants for resident safety and security, planned activities and outings, mail pick up and delivery, registered nurse supervision, coordination of laboratory orders and results, coordination of medical appointments, resident monitoring by Assisted Living Attendent (ALA) staff, a secured building, scheduled transportation with escort, and utilities. Some of the optional services on a fee basis would be two-person transfer, vitamin B-12 injection, pedicures, incontinence assistance, feeding assistance and much more.


The assisted living aspect of the facility includes 22 apartments, with options ranging from one bedroom apartments that include a kitchen, living room, bedroom and private bathroom, to large deluxe studio suites with kitchenettes and private bathrooms. These are available to people of all income levels, from private pay to those seniors on a fixed income. Lane said those residents who are on a limited income can work with their social worker to come up with a plan.


The basic package includes two home cooked meals a day. Cat Tauer is the head cook at the facility. The facility also offers once a week house cleaning, once a week laundry service, local transportation for all medical appointments and special outings, Lifeline, utilities, maintenance, and planned activities. They also offer optional services such as medication administration, bathing assistance, dressing and grooming assistance.


Lane stressed that he wants everyone to know that Golden Horizons will offer a fun environment for seniors, which will stimulate their mind, body and soul. Some activities include bingo, Bible trivia, bowling, cards, exercises, Wii, gardening and special outings.  


“Golden Horizons believes that an active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle,” Lane said.


The facility offers both a large public and private dining room, if a tenant brings family in and wants to have a more private setting. There is also a library in place.


Other amenities offered include a computer lab, salon and barber shop, and a whirlpool therapy room.


There is also a multipurpose room which can be used for a wide variety of activities, which includes a 65-inch TV.

The administrator for the facility is Sandra Pavelka, who is also a registered nurse.


“She (Pavelka) has done an amazing job and hired a great team of staff, who are both compassionate and caring,” Lane said. “ I am just so happy with her efforts as well as our current staff. They truly define a team as well as demonstrate such compassion for those they serve. I feel very blessed as an owner to have such a wonderful group of employees.”

On hand for the ribbon cutting was Lane’s wife Trisha, and one of his five sons, Jacob.


“I am real proud of my wife,” Lane said. “She put a lot of work in the interior and exterior design. It was nice to hear comments that complimented her,” Lane said.


What does the future hold? The building was built on seven acres, and Lane said if there is a market demand, they would expand, and the building was made to expand assisted living space. They could also pursue congregate living, which would be two bedroom apartments that could offer light services, where people could live more independently, or patio style homes for seniors.


For more information, go to their website at or call (320) 216-7300.



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