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Generations of Smiles: Combining care for tots and seniors produces benefits that last a lifetime

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Compeer Financial
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Music and giggles of little ones flourish throughout Park View Community Campus – a non-profit continuum care campus in Woodville, Wisconsin. It’s Valentine’s Day and the crowning of a Valentine’s King and Queen is about to commence – an activity you wouldn’t expect to see at a senior living facility. But then again, Park View is anything but ordinary. 

Like many modern facilities designed for aging individuals, the Park View campus offers a variety of housing options depending on a resident’s level of independence and health needs. It includes a 50-bed skilled nursing facility, an 18-unit senior living apartment complex, and a 9-unit assisted living complex. A resident may start out in the apartments, with the comfort of knowing more hands-on care is nearby as their needs change. 

What makes Park View unique; however, is an additional component not seen in many other senior living facilities. In addition to being home for 75 adults who have had a lifetime of experiences, Park View also cares for those just beginning to learn what life is about. Every weekday, children as young as 6 weeks come to the campus for child care services provided by Kids View. The daycare serves kids up to 10 years old, and also serves as the site of the local school district’s kindergarten program for 4 year olds (4K). The 4K serves 40 children Monday through Thursday. 

Kids View Director Diane Gedatus plans activities that bring the children and the residents together. One of the most popular activities for the children is reading time with “Grandma Alice,” a resident in Park View’s senior living complex. 

“Alice was a schoolteacher,” Diane said. “She has always loved children so she reads to them. They even call her ‘Grandma’.” 
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