BY BEN ERNHART Sta Writer It’s been a long journey for Michael and Cherene Beatty, the owners of The Elders Nest, LLC. Having previously operated assisted living homes in the state of Washington, the couple has brought two fami- ly-friendly assisted living homes to Waverly. Construction began in the summer of 2019 and the two homes were originally scheduled to open June 1, 2020. However, state licensing delays brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic compounded with a series of new regulations associated with assisted living fa- cilities pushed the opening date to Nov. 4, 2021. Elders Nest homes feature: six private bedrooms, bathrooms with walk-in bathtubs, a full kitchen, din- ing area, living room, heated garage, and nished basements for live-in caregivers. Additionally, Elders Nest maintains a 24/7 sta of ten individuals including: one live-in director, a reg- istered nurse, and eight caregivers. “Our caregivers have time to spend one-on-one with the residents, visiting, doing crafts, taking them outside in the sun, etc.,” said Cherene. Further, Elders Nest residents will have access to health care services at all times. “Skin checks, mood, bowel care, range of motion, fall prevention, etc. are most assuredly done and cared for by a caregiver,” Cherene said. The Beattys hope to provide a unique assisted living experience, emphasizing a small community family-like atmosphere, and a commitment to resi- dents’ comfort and convenience, making each resi- dent feel at home. “The Elders Nest policy is to avoid rigid schedules for our residents,” Michael said. “Breakfast happens here all morning long. Residents who sleep longer in the morning are allowed to do so, and their breakfast Annandale | Bu alo | Cokato | Darwin | Dassel | Delano | Glencoe | Howard Lake | Hutchinson | Kimball | Lester Prairie Litch eld | Loretto | Maple Lake | Maple Plain | Mayer | Montrose | Mound | New Germany | Norwood Young America Rockford | Silver Lake | South Haven | St. Bonifacius | Waconia | Watertown | Waverly | Winsted Senior Con n e c t ion s is distributed to: January/February 2022 VOLUME 4 | NO. 1 Senior Con n e ct ion s HJ.COM Elders Nest now open in Waverly More ELDERS NEST on Pg 2 PHOTO BY CHERENE BEATTY The two Elders Nest homes are located at 316 61st Street SW in Waverly