Senior Housing: Stoneybrook Suites Assisted Living eyes future expansion

By Dolly A. Butz for Sioux City Journal

DAKOTA DUNES — After opening its doors a year and a half ago, Stoneybrook Suites Assisted Living in Dakota Dunes is on track to expand in the near future.

When all of the facility’s 28 apartments are full, senior living consultant Cari Kellen said Stoneybrook plans to add onto the backside of its building located at 301 Dakota Dunes Boulevard. She said Stoneybrook could reach that stage next year.

Residents age 65 and older currently have two living options: the 550 square-foot parlor or the 400 square-foot studio.

The studio combines the sleeping and living areas in one room, while the parlor has a separate bedroom with a door.

“A lot of people really like that feature,” Kellen said of the parlor, which also has a dinning area and kitchenette, in addition to a living room.

All of the suites are decorated in neutral tones, have bay windows and spacious bathrooms and closets. Additional storage space is available on site.

“Each room has a little bit of a different layout. They’re not cookie cutter,” Kellen said. “When it comes to choosing, one might have two windows in the living room. One might have more area in the kitchenette.”

Several sitting areas are scattered throughout the building to accommodate visiting family members.

Three home-cooked meals per day are served in a large community sun room, where activities also take place.

Kellen said the meals consist of a main course, side dishes, salads, homemade bread, puddings and desserts, which are prepared by a chef on-site.

A personal trainer visits twice a week. A extensive exercise program and a wellness clinic help keep residents fit and active, according to Kellen.

“We really focus on the health and wellness of our residents,” she said. “We have an exercise bike that we use. That has really helped rehabilitate people if they were ill and became weak.”

Activities include: Bible study, bingo, manicures, visits from local musicians, puzzles and games. Residents also go out to dinner and to the movies.

The lack of an inheritance tax in South Dakota, as well as a fixed rate of $3,300 a month, Kellen said, makes living at Stoneybrook affordable.

“People do have some great benefits if they move here,” she said. “If they’ve got assets that they want to pass on to their children and that type of thing.”

[siouxcityjournal.com]

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