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Published on May 15, 2019

Clayown Housman

All the comforts of home

Whitehall's Gundersen Tri-County Senior Living provides home-like atmosphere with amenities

At 92 years old, maintaining a house became difficult for Clayown Husmoen.

After falling several times at home, Clayown moved in November 2018 to Gundersen Tri-County Senior Living in Whitehall, Wis., just minutes from where she raised her family in Blair, Wis.

"My daughters and I figured it was safer to move for a few months," she says.

Gundersen Tri-County Senior Living provides Clayown a home that's comfortable and manageable. For her five daughters, it provides peace of mind.

"It's close to where they all live, so they can visit each week," she says. "And one of my daughters even works here."

Gundersen Tri-County also features a 35-bed long-term Care Center at its Hospital and Clinic in Whitehall. For more information, please call (715) 538-4361.

Gundersen Tri-County Senior Living is a residential care apartment complex for up to 13 residents in downtown Whitehall. It is affiliated with and across the street from Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics, providing convenient access to routine appointments, rehabilitation and specialty services, along with parks, churches and the downtown district.

The facility offers regular or large efficiency units or one-bedroom independent living apartments at affordable rates, says Cheryl Marsolek, director, Gundersen Tri-County Care Center and Senior Living.

"Gundersen Tri-County Senior Living provides a home-like atmosphere for tenants to meet their unique and changing needs," she says.

Each apartment features a refrigerator and microwave, personal locked mailbox, private bathroom and utilities, which include basic cable.

The facility provides residents lunch and dinner, daily social activities, transportation assistance, housekeeping and beauty services. It features a living room with television and piano, community dining room, kitchen and flower and vegetable gardens. A laundry facility and wireless Internet is also available at no cost.

Clayown, who worked most of her life in nursing homes handling housekeeping and laundry responsibilities, selected a one-bedroom apartment in the facility just before winter arrived. She initially planned to return home in the spring but says the temporary situation may become permanent.

"We'll see. I'm happy here," she says.

Clayown says she enjoys the facility's prepared meals, proximity to medical services and participating in activities with new friends.

"There's always someone around here. It's nice," she says. "I'm busy all the time."

An in-house nursing staff working around the clock provides emergency assistance, routine care and medication assistance and supervision for residents. Assistance also is available for bathing, grooming and mobility.

All residents receive a comprehensive assessment from a registered nurse to determine specific care needs before admission, Cheryl says.

Facility staff alert Gundersen Tri-County nurses and primary care providers of resident medical issues and concerns.

"Having the location right across the street is nice, as the residents do not have to get in and out of a car and can just be wheeled across the street," says Tanya Mudgett, NP, Gundersen Tri-County Whitehall Clinic. "All the care is close, as there is outreach at the hospital and the Emergency Room if there are any emergent issues."


Clayton "Clay" Arneson

The proximity to medical care and his children drew resident Clayton "Clay" Arneson, 92, to the facility last year after his wife died. A Trempealeau County native, Arneson is a retired over-the-road truck driver who also owned an apple orchard in Blair.

Like Clayown, Clay enjoys the prepared meals and the company of other residents who also call the facility home.

"And I don't have to go out into the cold at all," he says, laughing.

Potential residents and their family members can arrange a tour of the facility by calling Rosemary Dichraff at (715) 538-2411 or Beth Rohde at (715) 538-2403.

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