Bell Tower Residence

(888) 339-4721

1500 O Day St, Merrill, WI

Bell Tower Residence
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1500 O DAY ST
MERRILL
WI
00000
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04/08/2014 An Interested Visitor Writes: My father received excellent care at this facility. The staff and administration went out of their way to provide the best care possible. The Activities Department kept him engaged and active both at Bell Tower Residence and in the community. The trips around the community were always welcomed. The chaplains on staff provided him with a listening ear. Although run by the Holy Cross Sisters, a Catholic group of religious women, they also provided ministers the opportunity to use the facility for non-denominational services. We didn't have to move dad when things progressed. Hospice helped along with the staff and he stayed in the same room. Thank you Bell Tower Residence.

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    02/09/2012 An Family Member of Current/Past Resident Writes: Bell Tower residence provided my mother care for approx. 5 years. Please read the entire review. During her initial years, when she wa mostly able to care for herself, it was a great place for her to live. Easy access to bus for trips into town, clinic and hospital. CNAs there provided her care as needed. BUT...as her needs grew, and her provider designated care level increased (meaning you pay more) her needs were not met. Yes, her needs were greater, but management DID NOT PROVIDE STAFFING TO ENABLE THE AIDES TO PROVIDE THE CARE MY MOTHER PAID FOR. Staffing is minimal to say the least, so CNAs are not able to provide the care that residents need. On the day shift, there is an RN or LPN for each floor. On the evening or night shift, and weekends from Friday about 4 to Monday at about 8, there is not. So as your parents needs increase, there will be no new treatments or medications started until Monday. Now this may not sound like a problem to you... What if you parent gets an infection? No antibiotics until Monday. When we moved mom in, it was with the understanding that she wouldn't have to move again. She did not have an IV, catheter, or any other assistive technology except oxygen. When WE finally nade the difficult decision to place her in a nursing home, the care far exceeded the little more we paid. I have talked to others who had the same experiences at Bell Tower. It is a very pretty place, clean, and the CNAs are very good. Management will decieve you (yes, the ARE nuns) into thinking its all your partne will ever need. All I can say is beware, watch your bill, and be there with your parent as often as you can because YOU will need to eversee the care yourself.

    2

    Response: I disagree with the above comment. After my father has moved several places because of his health, I have found my father had the best care that we could ask for. Bell Tower is an assisted living facility which they clearly explain that Nursing is not needed but is provided. We found that the management were very helpful if questions or concerns came up on weekends. They have nurses on call and assisted us 24 hours a day. Medications and other antibiotics are not just given monday through friday. My fathers medications were given on weekends. My father was well taken care of by the CNA's. This person complained of paying more as the level of issues increased? I found that the more my father could do, the less it was. As he began to fail, prices were fixed in accordance to his care. Why wouldn't you expect that? I compliment Bell Tower for charging what is only right. The other place charge one fee, which my father paid as much as someone who need a lot more care. That was not fair. Also, the activities department was out of this world. So many activities for him to choose from and kept him active with quality activities. Activities were not just ball toss. I found the Activity Director really had many helpful ideas to help keep my father active and was very well educated in dementia and alzheimer's. I know many people in Merrill that would agree with me that Bell Tower was a great place to put my father and i have never doubted my decision.

    Response: I disagree with the above comment. After my father has moved several places because of his health, I have found my father had the best care that we could ask for. Bell Tower is an assisted living facility which they clearly explain that Nursing is not needed but is provided. We found that the management were very helpful if questions or concerns came up on weekends. They have nurses on call and assisted us 24 hours a day. Medications and other antibiotics are not just given monday through friday. My fathers medications were given on weekends. My father was well taken care of by the CNA's. This person complained of paying more as the level of issues increased? I found that the more my father could do, the less it was. As he began to fail, prices were fixed in accordance to his care. Why wouldn't you expect that? I compliment Bell Tower for charging what is only right. The other place charge one fee, which my father paid as much as someone who need a lot more care. That was not fair. Also, the activities department was out of this world. So many activities for him to choose from and kept him active with quality activities. Activities were not just ball toss. I found the Activity Director really had many helpful ideas to help keep my father active and was very well educated in dementia and alzheimer's. I know many people in Merrill that would agree with me that Bell Tower was a great place to put my father and i have never doubted my decision.

    Response: I disagree with the above comment. After my father has moved several places because of his health, I have found my father had the best care that we could ask for. Bell Tower is an assisted living facility which they clearly explain that Nursing is not needed but is provided. We found that the management were very helpful if questions or concerns came up on weekends. They have nurses on call and assisted us 24 hours a day. Medications and other antibiotics are not just given monday through friday. My fathers medications were given on weekends. My father was well taken care of by the CNA's. This person complained of paying more as the level of issues increased? I found that the more my father could do, the less it was. As he began to fail, prices were fixed in accordance to his care. Why wouldn't you expect that? I compliment Bell Tower for charging what is only right. The other place charge one fee, which my father paid as much as someone who need a lot more care. That was not fair. Also, the activities department was out of this world. So many activities for him to choose from and kept him active with quality activities. Activities were not just ball toss. I found the Activity Director really had many helpful ideas to help keep my father active and was very well educated in dementia and alzheimer's. I know many people in Merrill that would agree with me that Bell Tower was a great place to put my father and i have never doubted my decision. I think who ever wrote this obviously never spent any time visiting her mother.

    Response: I disagree with the above comment. After my father has moved several places because of his health, I have found my father had the best care that we could ask for. Bell Tower is an assisted living facility which they clearly explain that Nursing is not needed but is provided. We found that the management were very helpful if questions or concerns came up on weekends. They have nurses on call and assisted us 24 hours a day. Medications and other antibiotics are not just given monday through friday. My fathers medications were given on weekends. My father was well taken care of by the CNA's. This person complained of paying more as the level of issues increased? I found that the more my father could do, the less it was. As he began to fail, prices were fixed in accordance to his care. Why wouldn't you expect that? I compliment Bell Tower for charging what is only right. The other place charge one fee, which my father paid as much as someone who need a lot more care. That was not fair. Also, the activities department was out of this world. So many activities for him to choose from and kept him active with quality activities. Activities were not just ball toss. I found the Activity Director really had many helpful ideas to help keep my father active and was very well educated in dementia and alzheimer's. I know many people in Merrill that would agree with me that Bell Tower was a great place to put my father and i have never doubted my decision. I think who ever wrote this obviously never spent any time visiting her mother.

    Response: I disagree with the above comment. After my father has moved several places because of his health, I have found my father had the best care that we could ask for. Bell Tower is an assisted living facility which they clearly explain that Nursing is not needed but is provided. We found that the management were very helpful if questions or concerns came up on weekends. They have nurses on call and assisted us 24 hours a day. Medications and other antibiotics are not just given Monday through Friday. My fathers medications were given on weekends. My father was well taken care of by the CNA's. This person complained of paying more as the level of issues increased? I found that the more my father could do, the less it was. As he began to fail, prices were fixed in accordance to his care. Why wouldn't you expect that? I compliment Bell Tower for charging what is only right. The other place charge one fee, which my father paid as much as someone who need a lot more care. That was not fair. Also, the activities department was out of this world. So many activities for him to choose from and kept him active with quality activities. Activities were not just ball toss. I found the Activity Director really had many helpful ideas to help keep my father active and was very well educated in dementia and Alzheimer's. I know many people in Merrill that would agree with me that Bell Tower was a great place to put my father and i have never doubted my decision. I think who ever wrote this obviously never spent any time visiting her mother.


    Description of Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI

    Built In 1990 , Number of Beds : 90

    Bell Tower Residence, located in Merrill, Wisconsin provides the following services: Assisted Living, Short Term Care: Rehabilitation, Respite, Hospice, and Continued Care Community. Bell Tower Residence has an average user review rating of 4 stars. Bell Tower Residence has a very good hospital, Good Samaritan Hlth Ctr, located nearby, which scored a 99 out of 100 in its most recent Medicare review. The Bell Tower Residence's nearest hospital is 1 miles away. The zipcode (00000) in Wisconsin, where Bell Tower Residence is located, has an above average safety rating based on recent crime statistics. A more detailed description of the types of care for Bell Tower Residence can be found here.

    Bell Tower Residence is an assisted living facility. Assisted living facilities are an apartment-style habitat designed to focus on providing assistance with daily living activities. They provide a higher level of service for the elderly which can include preparing meals, housekeeping, medication assistance, laundry, and also do regular check-in's on the residents. Basically, they are designed to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing home facilities. When thinking about how to pay for care, assisted living facilities are generally less expensive than nursing homes, if assisted living is a viable option for your loved one.

    Also, Bell Tower Residence care provider provides hospice care. Hospice care is an infusion of home care and facility care provided to benefit terminally ill patients and support their families through their tough times.

    Residents do not have to move when health declines. They can age in place with services provided to them in their apartment. We work with Hospice/homecare to provide end-of-life care and we are staffed as such that we are able to provide total cares, if needed. We are a nonprofit community owned by the Holy Cross Sisters. We have over 100 individuals on staff and over 80 individual volunteers. Our food is cooked in house and includes homemade bread and cookies. Marshfield Clinic leases an examination on site that residents can make appointments to see a doctor in the building and also have lab draws done inhouse. All private units/apartments with telephone and cable hookup included in rent. High speed internet wiring available in all apartments. Private balconies and patios available with some apartments. Daily activities consist of dining out at area restaurants, resident's choice, picnics in the parks. Transportation to city band concerts, van tours and shopping.

    Source: SNAPforSeniors, Inc.

    Amenities

    Parking & Transportation

  • Access to Public Transportation Nearby
  • Transportation Provided by Facility
  • Resident Parking
  • Guest Parking
  • Community Services

  • Activity Director
  • Beautician/Barber
  • Chapel/Religious Services
  • Clubhouse/Meeting Rooms
  • Computer/Internet Access
  • Garden
  • Guest Dining
  • Guest Lodging
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Room(s)
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Maintenance Director
  • Billiards/Pool Room
  • Sauna/Whirlpool
  • Storage
  • TV/Media Room
  • Dining Options

  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snack
  • Restaurant Style
  • Room Service as Needed
  • Ethnic Meals
  • Gluten-Free
  • Low Sugar
  • Vegetarian
  • Low Sodium
  • Security

  • 24 Hour Up and Awake Staff
  • 24 Hour Controlled Access
  • Emergency In-Room Call System
  • Fire Sprinkler System
  • Personal Assistance

  • Foot Care
  • Activities of Daily Living (bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, etc.)
  • Catheter Management
  • Sitting, Standing, Walking
  • Toileting
  • Medication Management
  • Behavioral Support

  • Does Not Sleep Through the Night
  • Becomes Disoriented (e.g. Sundown Syndrome)
  • Needs Prompting for Their Personal Care
  • Special Health Conditions

  • Management of an I.V.
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Breathing Support with Oxygen
  • Broken Bones
  • Cancer
  • Colostomy or Urostomy
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Emphysema or Other Lung Disease (COPD)
  • Heart Disease or Heart Failure
  • Immune Deficiency
  • Monitored Intake of Food and Liquids
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Tendency To Fall
  • Diabetic Diet
  • Oral Medication
  • Insulin Injection Self-Administered
  • Insulin Injection Staff-Administered
  • On-Site Therapy

  • Massage Therapy
  • Memory Care Services

  • Family Members Able to Join at Mealtime
  • Family Members Able to Participate in Care Plan
  • Specialty Trained Staff
  • Regular Assessments by Interdisciplinary Staff
  • Environment That is Easy to Navigate
  • Daily Planned Recreational and Social Activities
  • Activities Tailored to Residents’ Abilities
  • Dementia Stage 1
  • Dementia Stage 2
  • Dementia Stage 3
  • Dementia Stage 4
  • Dementia Stage 5
  • Dementia Stage 6
  • Dementia Stage 7
  • For more information about Bell Tower Residence call (888) 339-4721 to speak with a local Care Advisor


    Demographic Profile for Merrill, WI,00000

    Annual Crime
    00000 Avg.
    Violent Crimes 4
    Property Crimes 4
    Weather Conditions
    Average High Temperature ° F
    Average Low Temperature ° F
    Rainy Days 0%
    Average Rainfall 0 inches
    Average Snowfall 0 inches
    Environment
    Provided By EPA; Closer to 100 is better
    Air Quality / 100
    Water Quality / 100
    Superfund Sites / 100
    Physicians per 100k
    Cost Of Living
    Compared to the National Average
    Overall 100% Below
    Cost of Food 100% Below
    Utilities 100% Below
    Miscellaneous 100% Below
    Education
    High School Graduate
    Associate Degree
    Undergraduate Degree
    Graduate Degree
    People
    Male Population
    Female Population
    Median Age Years
    Average Individual Income
    Average Household Income
    Population Change
    Race
    Breakdown of ethnicities in Merrill WI
    White 74.5
    Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 15.1
    Black or African American 12.4
    Some other race 5.6
    Asian 4.4
    Two or more races 2.2
    American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8
    Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1

    Please Note Zip code-level crime information is provided by U.S. Census data. OurParents ALWAYS recommends that you visit the facility and check with local law enforcement authorities, and draw your own conclusions about the safety of any given care provider and area.

    Nearby Hospitals

    Good Samaritan Hlth Ctr

    601 S Center Ave
    Merrill WI 54452
    Distance: 1 mile
    Tel: 715-536-5511
    Average Rating: 99%
    Nearby Drug Stores

    Aurora Pharmacy Inc

    1021 E Main St
    Distance: 0.1 miles
    (715) 536-5940

    Wal Mart Stores East Lp

    3500 E Main St
    Distance: 0.1 miles
    (715) 536-5530

    Walgreen Co

    101 N Center Ave
    Distance: 0.1 miles
    (715) 539-0218
    Services

  • Assisted Living
  • Short Term Care: Rehabilitation, Respite
  • Hospice
  • Continued Care Community
  • Payment Options

  • Medicare No
  • Medicaid No
  • Veteran's Benefits No
  • Long Term Care Insurance Yes
  • Subsidy Available No
  • Recreational Activities

  • Catholic services every day except Thursdays and Saturdays in the chapel. Protestant services every Friday afternoon in the chapel. Ecumenical services in chapel on a monthly basis. Daily recreational activities. Golf course and public park next door. Catholic services every day except Thursdays and Saturdays in the chapel. Protestant services every Friday afternoon in the chapel. Ecumenical services in chapel on a monthly basis. Daily recreational activities. Golf course and public park next door.