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Watkins Manor House

A fireplace room at the Watkins Manor House. Winona Health’s Senior Living at Watkins is now accepting applications from university students interested in a new Students in Residence program.

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a mansion? Specifically, the historic Watkins Manor House at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona? Several university students will have the opportunity to find out this fall.

Winona Health’s Senior Living at Watkins is now accepting applications from university students interested in a new Students in Residence program. The intergenerational program is designed to be mutually beneficial to students and seniors.

In addition to a low monthly rent, the Students in Residence program provides the following amenities:

  • Comfortable family-like living in the historic Watkins Manor House.
  • Secure building.
  • A single or double-occupancy room with private bathroom.
  • Dedicated study space throughout the mansion.
  • Scheduled meals.
  • Access to kitchen area.
  • Utilities, cable and wi-fi.

In return, students must complete Winona Health’s Volunteer training, which includes a background check, and volunteer with residents at Senior Living at Watkins, adjacent to the Manor House, or at Lake Winona Manor and/or Winona Health’s memory care residences on the Winona Health main campus, at least 10 hours per month. Volunteer activities can involve providing or assisting with enriching opportunities for seniors. This may include facilitating educational or recreational activities such as game nights, arts and music activities, learning and book clubs or helping in the dining room or with outings. Additional volunteer hours can further decrease rent.

“This is a perfect opportunity for students interested in any aspect of healthcare whether they are considering med school, pursuing a career in nursing, social work, rehabilitative therapy or music therapy,” said Cheryl Krage, assisted living director at Winona Health.

Krage noted that Winona Health developed the program because, “We have the capacity to think differently with the Manor House, and we believe this intergenerational engagement will enrich the lives of our seniors and students.”

The Student in Residence program can accommodate 10 or 11 students, who will also have access to employment opportunities at Winona Health.

Those interested in learning more may contact Cheryl Krage, Winona Health assisted living director, at 507-494-7496.

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