Senior staff writer
Beech Grove business leaders and the public were among the first to see new and remodeled private rehabilitation suites last week at Altenheim.
Two phases of a three-part expansion and renovation of the senior living campus at 3525 E. Hanna Ave. are complete. The third phase includes renovating rooms on the east side of the facility, the chapel, solarium and dining rooms.
Beech Grove Chamber of Commerce members took part in a private preview Thursday; the public open house was Sunday.
Describing the amenities, Altenheim Chief Financial Officer Kent Rodgers said, “The private suites provide short- and long-term residents with the hospitality feel of a hotel room.”
The renovated suites feature private showers, microwaves, refrigerators, spacious room for a bed and a two-person dining table. A new therapy gym also is available.
Residents previously had access to a group shower area and had to eat in a common dining area.
Seventeen rooms have been remodeled into suites in the section that also has 20 new suites through InterDesign architects, Civil Environmental Consultants and Compass Construction.
Mike Clancy, Altenheim’s administrator, acknowledged the development team of Kathy Baumgardner, Scott Rigney, John Talbot, Jenn Moore, Brian Peters, Jeff Barnhill, Doug Shuck and Gregg Gormal.
The center was founded more than 100 years ago and continues to serve those needing independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation and long-term care. The facility sits on 32 acres and features a fishing pond, open courtyards and walking paths.
CarDon & Associates operate Altenheim, one of their family-run care centers on the Greater Southside. Others include Aspen Trace, Greenwood Health & Living Community and University Heights.
CarDon, which operates 18 facilities in Indiana, opened its first center in Greenwood in 1977. The CarDon family and board of directors includes all-Beech Grove born Stephen, Daniel and David Moore and Kathy L. Headley.