Market & Johnson plans outline the basic layout of new resident's rooms as well as the exterior appearance for the new Augusta Area Home to be constructed.

Augusta Area Home receives USDA funding

Facility board to finalize planning, building timeline
“It’s truly a blessing, a lot of hard work has gone into this for a lot of people." - Jahn Bradley, Augusta Area Home Administrator

by Bridget Cooke


The United States Department of Agriculture has approved financing for the Augusta Area Home, Inc. to build a new 50-bed skilled nursing and 12-unit assisted living facility as of Monday, which will replace the existing nursing home, and will be located on the north edge of Augusta.

With land donated by Bush Brothers, Inc., a major Augusta business, the home is happy to gain a new location and more capability.

Administrator Jahn Bradley pointed out the larger building and its tools as the next natural step in the home’s journey in care, one he was ready to take on when starting his job with the Augusta Area Home a year ago.

“It’s truly a blessing, a lot of hard work has gone into this for a lot of people,” he said. “At the end of the day, having something like this, building a $12 million nursing home, is truly a blessing.”

Bradley cited shared rooms and the lack of an assisted living as two big changes, as well as the chance to serve other people, such as teens with sports injuries.

Current plans now include setting a date for groundbreaking and taking bids through Market & Johnson, but an established timeline has not been set just yet.

The new facility will feature single rooms with private baths and showers. Small neighborhoods will be incorporated to provide care in a resident-centered model. The square footage of the building will be double that of the current one, with plenty of care and technology updates to cover a larger number of people in need of services.

Board President Alan Ross pointed out that past directors recognized a need to put the nursing home on a modern pathway. The current board decided it was time to build a facility capable of serving the city and its surroundings for years to come.

Plans include having residents’ rooms just feet away from the common areas, which will incorporate fireplaces and comfortable furniture. Dining areas will be located in each specific neighborhood. Anyone residing there will experience more a family-like setting, according to a release issued by the Augusta Area Home.

A large mixed-use room will serve as the opportunity location for community events. On the exterior, there will be large parking lots, and aesthetic landscaping with gardens and courtyards.

“They want what’s best for their loved ones,” Bradley said of the supporting community. “And then for themselves, who could potentially go to the nursing home, they want their own bathroom. That’s stuff we want, so we might as well give that to our geriatric population, because that’s what they deserve. They’ve worked hard their whole life, so we should give them what they deserve.”

The home is most proud of the updates it has planned.

Fully equipped, state-of-the-art therapy areas will be available to residents who need post-acute, short-term care prior to returning to their homes, as well as to out-patient users requiring rehabilitation. The 12-unit assisted living facility will be designed to meet the needs of residents who cannot live alone, but do not need the services of a skilled nursing facility.

“Our current facility has a difficult time meeting the needs of current and potential residents in today’s competitive environment,” Bradley said. “Our physical space also does not allow for the level of privacy expected in a contemporary nursing home. The new facility will have every today and well into the future.”

Bradley also cited community acceptance of the new facility and the willingness of residents of Augusta to feel excitement at the new possibilities.

“A significant factor in the USDA’s financing approval was the level of support shown by the Augusta community,” Ross said in the release. “We appreciate their confidence.”

In September 2013, Cooke was hired as the editor of both the Augusta Area Times and the Tri-County News. She can be reached via or (715) 597-3313. Follow us on Twitter or check out our Facebook page for more updates!


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