PHILLIPS - You can't beat the comfort of Home Sweet Home but as we get older, many of us need special care that only a nursing home can offer.
Aspirus Pleasant View's campus in Phillips is getting a 3-point-9 million-dollar renovation. This will make it feel more like home to its 60 residents. The campus will get new heating, air conditioning, fire alarms, lounges, and technology. In addition all resident rooms will get a private shower.
"We want it to be a facility that a son or daughter would like to have their parents or loved ones come to to receive their care," says Jerry Frese, Pleasant View Administrator.
The campus has three wings set to be renovated. The wings will be remodeled one-by-one. Each wing takes about 3 months to finish.
"We will be relocating residents off of each wing as it comes up for renovation. So there will be some inconvenience for the family members and staff but the end product will be well worth the inconvenience."
Aspirus hopes to start the renovation by December. Everything should be finished in July 2014.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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