Medicine Wheel Village now taking nursing home patients

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Medicine Wheel Village in Eagle Butte is nearly at capacity in its 28-suite assisted living wings, and is now opening the 50-bed nursing home. Pictured in the fireplace room are (SEATED L-R) residents Pauline Eagle Chasing, Louie Horn and Raymond Cadotte, and (STANDING L-R) Kim Clown, director of assisted living; June Lamb, director of nursing; and Nicole Eagle Chasing, restorative aide.

Kim Clown and Deb Arbogast, administrators at Medicine Wheel Village assisted living and nursing home at Eagle Butte, are happy to be accepting nursing care patients now.

The facility has been licensed for 28 assisted living beds and 50 nursing home beds since 2013. While the assisted living apartments have been at or near capacity, until recently a shortage of nurses made it impossible to provide nursing home care.

As of last week the first two residents were transitioned from assisted living to nursing care and more applications are being processed.

An opening ceremony is being planned.

Clown said the facility was designed as a place where residents could “age in place,” meaning they could enjoy the support they needed for assisted living and, if their health declined, they could receive nursing care by just moving down the hall with little disruption.



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