Senior care facility celebrates 50 years

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Residents and guests celebrating Mar-Saline Manor’s 50th anniversary are entertained in the common area/dining room Wednesday, Oct. 4, as they snack on cake and lunch. Much like the other eight JMS Senior Living properties, Mar-Saline Manor is located in a residential area of Marshall. CEO Ben Scheulen implied the care facilities are woven into their communities — that one can see they were built on the outskirts of town, but over time have been integrated into growing neighborhoods. Mar-Saline Manor staff members said they take being part of the community seriously, hoping to support community activities and bridge a gap between residents and outside events.
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In a pocket of a residential Marshall neighborhood, festivities at Mar-Saline Manor spilled into the parking lot as residents and guests recognized the facility’s 50th year in the community.

With a food truck, live musical entertainment, cake, ice cream, and even a raffle, residents had their fill of celebration.

“Today really started out that Patty (Ypya) wanted to do an employee appreciation event,” CEO Ben Scheulen said. “It kind of grew into a 50th celebration. Today really is about thanking the staff for all the work they do … and also celebrating the residents that are here, and really just getting the word out that Mar-Saline Manor is here to serve. We really want the community to know that whatever their needs are, come out and talk to us, let us see if we can find a way to accommodate them.”

Ypya, Mar-Saline Manor administrator, said she wanted to honor the longevity of the staff and the effort they put into care.

“They’ve been dedicated to this community,” she said.

Staff members not only work with residents seeking long-term care, the facility also offers short-term rehabilitation services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, hospice care, and even adult day care. One of the extra efforts staff members make isn’t really noticed by a large public eye — taking residents to parades, to football games, and even transporting a short-term patient back and forth to his farm. He wanted to keep the farm going while he was temporarily at the facility for rehabilitation.

“This is a very small, privately owned company,” Schulen said. “We service small communities across the state — that is our forte. That’s one thing Patty has been working really hard on is to be more supportive of the things that are happening out in the community, and letting people know … we want to help make the community better.”

Much of the community did turn out for the celebration Wednesday. Folks sat outside enjoying lunch made by Hart’s Kitchen while The Morton Sisters’ voices carried from the indoor dining room to the entryway.

“I think we’ve had a pretty good turnout despite the weather we’ve had,” Medical Director Jerry Bruggeman stated. “Fifty years is a big deal.”

Although long-term care is what Mar-Saline Manor is best known for, Bruggeman spoke about the other services offered, including the fairly new adult day care.

“As the population ages, it’s a great service,” he said. “I’m kind of excited about that. It takes a little persistence to make it happen. I think something like that has to grow organically.”

Currently, 32 people reside at Mar-Saline Manor. However, there are 57 rooms, meaning those interested in having a private room have a good chance, and semi-private rooms are also available.

The full-service agency is located at 809 E. Gordon St., in Marshall. It is one of nine JMS Senior Living facilities in the state.

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