New Senior Housing Development Brings 160 Years of Senior Living Experience to Cedar Falls.

By CorrineMcCallum | July 19, 2022

CedarStone Senior Living

Shoreview, Minn., July 19, 2022 — CedarStone Senior Living, a new senior living community consisting of 88 carefree living and assisted living units, and 32 memory care units, is opening on July 18 and currently hosting tours of the community. A partnership between Ecumen, a nonprofit organization with 160 years of experience and more than 40 senior living communities throughout the Midwest, and Nelson Construction and Development, a real estate development and general construction company based in Des Moines, Iowa.

“We are excited to partner with Nelson Construction and Development to bring our mission of advocating for older adults by providing housing choices, compassionate healthcare and innovative services to the Cedar Falls community,” said Shelley Kendrick, Ecumen President and CEO. “CedarStone Senior Living will be a community where you choose what you need and want — from healthcare needs to amenities within CedarStone Senior living.”

CedarStone Senior Living will offer a premium or standard version of apartments with various floor plans. Apartments feature a full-size kitchen with solid surface countertops, and stainless steel appliances. In addition, premium apartments have ranges, dishwashers and washer/dryers. Along with beautiful apartments, CedarStone offers an amenity-rich community, including club rooms, lounges, a dining room, bistro, private dining room, wellness center, theater, salon and barber, art studio, outdoor dining, an outdoor putting green, patios and walking paths.

CedarStone’s Carefree Living is a lifestyle that is free from home maintenance, filled with opportunities within an amenity-rich community. As needs change, older adults can add customized quality care within the same apartment. No need to move; our assisted living services come to you as you continue to enjoy our vibrant community.

Memory Care at CedarStone delivers an enriching, supportive lifestyle with the security and compassion families want for their loved ones. At the heart of our Memory Care approach is the Ecumen-developed Awakenings™ Program. Nationally recognized, this Memory Care program replaces sedating drugs with sensory stimulation, aromatherapy, massage, cooking, art therapy and more. Awakenings™ helps to “reawaken” many residents whose physical and cognitive abilities have been masked by inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs.

While not a cure, Awakenings™ is collaborative care that puts the resident at the center while combining the knowledge, experience and abilities of the professional care team, physicians, pharmacists, and those whose lives are entrusted to us and their loved ones. Through this program, we recognize and empower each person’s abilities. We honor the resident for the unique individual he or she is. The result of Awakenings™ is better lives for our residents.

“The partnership between Ecumen and Nelson Construction and Development will bring innovative services and an amenity-rich community to greater Cedar Valley,” said CedarStone Senior Living Executive Director, Kersten Fisher. “We cannot wait for those who call us home to experience everything we have to offer. With a passion and heart for senior living, our experienced leadership team is working hard to make sure every detail, big and small, is perfect for our future residents.”

About Ecumen

Ecumen is a nonprofit provider, developer and operator of award-winning living spaces and innovative technology and services for older adults. Mission-driven since its founding in 1862, Ecumen’s legacy of service is a reflection of a commitment to honoring those it serves. Ecumen is based in Shoreview, Minn., and operates properties and services in multiple states, and provides new development, management and consulting services. Housing options include cooperative living, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care communities. Its diverse in-home and community-based services include home care, hospice, physical and occupational therapy, adult day services, technology products and an online durable goods medical store. For more information, visit