Lighthouse finishes expansion

By Todd Moen, Editor

To celebrate the recent completion of a $4 million expansion and remodeling project at Lighthouse of Waconia, a large crowd attended a VIP Gala held at Lighthouse of Waconia on Thursday, June 21. The event included tours, refreshments, and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Lighthouse of Waconia, a New Perspective Senior Living Community, is located at 500 Cherry Street. It currently serves about 85 residents and offers assisted living, independent living, and memory care services. The project resulted in the adding or remodeling of 60 apartments and living spaces, and other amenities.

Enhancements include the Fountain Spring full-service salon, massage therapy room, fitness room, the "Harbor Community" room that includes chapel, theatre, and billiards areas, The Rusty Anchor Pub, three 4-season porches, art studios, brain fitness areas equipped with Dakim touch-screen programming, independent living apartments, sidewalks, patio areas and more.

After thanking everyone who worked on the project, Todd Novaczyk, founder and CEO of New Perspective Senior Living, told the crowd that the expansion is changing the model of how care is delivered to residents.

Novaczyk talked about how the expansion will allow Lighthouse of Waconia to continue to offer the highest quality of care for its residents. For example, residents will benefit from unique programming called Betty’s Harbor that focuses on care for individuals with memory loss. The programming was pioneered by the founders of the Lighthouse Communities.

Jim Nash, mayor of Waconia, was among those who briefly spoke to the crowd. Nash welcomed the "new neighborhood" to the city and said that Lighthouse of Waconia had exceeded the expectations it had cast for itself with the expansion.