West Bend Mutual supports Wisconsin long-term care facilities with grants

Daily News Staff

July 12, 2017

West Bend Mutual Insurance Co. announced Thursday it has partnered with LeadingAge Wisconsin to award Safe Resident Assistance Endowment grants to seven long-term care facilities.

The grants are expected to be used to “purchase equipment to more safely and effectively move and lift residents. Such lifts and equipment are integral to creating a safe and dignified resident handling program,” according to a news release.

The seven recipients were: Good Shepherd Services (Seymour), Luther Manor (Wauwatosa), Marinuka Manor (Galesville), Miravida Living (Oshkosh), Onalaska Care Center (Onalaska), Shorehaven (Oconomowoc) and Village at Manor Park (West Allis).

The endowment was established to provide state-of-the-art equipment to improve transferring or transfer assistance for residents and caregivers, while easing the financial burden for facilities. Since the endowment’s creation in 2014, West Bend Mutual has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to more than 25 Wisconsin facilities.

“Patient and caregiver safety is of utmost importance to us,” said Jim Keal, vice president of Argent, West Bend’s monoline workers’ compensation division, in the release. “Our Safe Resident Assistance Endowment and our partnership with LeadingAge Wisconsin provide us with the perfect opportunity to help ensure the safety and comfort of both caregivers and residents at quality facilities throughout Wisconsin.”

“LeadingAge Wisconsin applauds West Bend’s commitment to improving the quality care to our state’s nursing home residents,” said John Sauer, LeadingAge Wisconsin’s President/CEO, in a news release.