By John Gessner | Sun This Week
Community & PeopleTime capsule marks more than 40 years of senior carePublished August 3, 2017 at 11:35 am
Standing by the window well where a time capsule will be placed are, from left, Courtney Van Vooren, administrator of Ebenezer Ridges Care Center; Ann Schremp, lifelong learning and intergenerational director; and the Rev. Chris Beckman, campus director of spiritual care. (Photo by John Gessner)Oddly patterned pastels and some garishly colored exceptions were part of yesteryear’s wallpaper at Ebenezer Ridges Care Center in Burnsville.
“The stuff that used to be in our beauty shop — it’s pretty amazing,” staff member Ann Schrempp said, showing a sample of wall covering that probably looked swanky in the ’80s.
Wallpaper samples are some of the artifacts staffers are collecting for a time capsule that will be plastered into an old window well as the original building undergoes its first major renovation in 23 years.
The capsule will commemorate more than 40 years of senior care, which began in 1973 when the Ebenezer Society acquired a defaulted building under construction on what would become the Ridges Campus in Burnsville and completed the original nursing home.
Building and program additions have followed, including transitional care, memory care, an intergenerational child care center, an adult day program, independent senior apartments and a separate assisted-living building called Arbors at Ridges.
Renovation of the original care center is the last part of a recent four-phase renovation of the Ebenezer Ridges Campus for Senior Living.
“We’re in construction, which is giving us the opportunity to sneak the time capsule in,” said Schrempp, the campus’ lifelong learning and intergenerational director.
It also coincides with the 100th anniversary of Ebenezer, the senior-services arm of Fairview Health Services.
In more than four decades, Ebenezer’s Burnsville campus has tripled the number of seniors it serves, to more than 300, and added 56 children through the child care program, care center administrator Courtney Van Vooren said.
The time capsule will enshrine traditions, and possibly relics, of years past.
“I went to the beauty salon and found curlers,” said the Rev. Chris Beckman, the campus’ spiritual care director. “What will they be using in 20 years?”
He added a couple of swipable staff access badges.
“What will they be doing in 20 years?” Beckman said. “Will we all have chips inserted into us, or will they be doing retinal scans? We just don’t know what will be of interest.”
Two photo books will be included. One commemorates the annual intergenerational nativity pageant at Christmas. The other is a collection from residents’ annual three-day trip to Camp Friendship in Annandale.
The capsule will include photos of some residents and samples of their artwork.
“We’re a community of artists,” Schrempp said. “All the artwork on our walls was created by people who live or have lived here.”
It will all be stuffed into a compact metal box that belonged to care center resident Jan Huss, who passed away recently.
The capsule will be placed in the well of a window that used to look out onto the grounds but now is next to the chapel addition.
Van Vooren left a yellow sticky note reminding workers to place the capsule before covering it over.
“I hope that whoever finds it in the future appreciates it and cares about all the items that are in at as much as I think we did putting it together,” Van Vooren said.