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Water’s Edge Care Center

As you walk into the entrance of Water’s Edge, you will be welcomed by our friendly Business Office representative. We provide a bistro, salon, and chapel–all centrally located in proximity to the care center and independent living apartments.

Private suites consist of a bedroom and private bath with shower. The nursing home has two main dining areas, visiting spaces to meet with family, two therapy rooms for rehab treatments, a walk-in bathing spa with jets, and landscaped courtyards are home to a variety of songbirds and butterflies. As you walk through the care center, you will notice there are windows along hallways and visiting areas which allows for natural lighting, priceless views, and wildlife sightings.

Our resident assistants and homemakers provide resident centered activities while our registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and certified nursing assistants provide 5 star quality nursing care 24-hours a day. “Our high-quality care comes with contributions from the entire healthcare team. A huge thank you to our employees–they are the difference,” says Candi McConnell, Administrator of Water’s Edge. Providing a comfortable home with excellent personal care is our top priority at Water’s Edge Senior Living Community. Water’s Edge is a home where choices are respected, good health is promoted, and independence is encouraged.

Water’s Edge Care Center is a dementia friendly, 50 bed, Medicare and Medicaid certified; skilled nursing facility (SNF) licensed by the State of Wisconsin. Water’s Edge Care Center is connected to the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital.



We’re proud to offer a variety of amenities for our residents. Hayward area clergy hold regular services in the chapel and make individual visits upon request. The salon features affordable prices specifically for our residents and tenants. A soup and sandwich is featured daily in the bistro which is open from 11am to 1pm Monday through Friday and open to the community for visiting with residents and tenants.

  • Backroads coffee on campus
  • Chapel
  • Salon
  • Bistro
  • Exercise room
  • Spa
  • Courtyards
  • Raised gardens
  • Walking trails
  • Internet access
  • Freshly made meals
  • Housekeeping services
  • Personal secure storage



Water’s Edge offers group and individual activities. In addition, we provide computers, iPads, internet access, and help everyone get comfortable using technology and keep in touch with family. Our residents get to experience the beauty of Hayward when our dedicated activities team takes them on community outings in the facility’s wheelchair accessible bus. BINGO, birthday parties, parades, and happy hour are regular events our residents enjoy.

  • Cycling Without Age Trishaw bike
  • BINGO is every Monday and Friday at 10am
  • Lutheran Church Service is the first Thursday of every month at 10:30am
  • Catholic Mass is the second Thursday of every month at 10:30am

Physical Therapists in a nursing home setting help restore mobility, reduce pain when moving, and improve balance with a variety of physical therapy exercises. They help develop each resident’s Functional Maintenance Program to maintain one’s baseline capabilities.


Occupational Therapists staff work with Care Center residents on activities of daily living (ADL) and other treatments. They also assist with wheelchair positioning, in order to seat the residents in the most appropriate wheelchair for comfort and safety.


Speech Language Pathologists work with resident’s memory to help establish verbal or visual cues with resident and caregivers. They conduct swallow studies to help determine the size and texture that is most appropriate for each individual.

Food & Nutrition

Dietitians work with residents to personalize their diet, food preferences, and supplements so meals are more enjoyable.


Alixa Pharmacy is a long-term care pharmaceutical company providing on-site dispensing services and 24/.


Put your best foot forward with our sole-saving Podiatrist!

Wound Care

In addition to our outpatient specialty clinic, the nursing home has a certified wound provider in the care center.


Care Team

Business Office



Kathy has been with Water’s Edge since July 2016. She says, “I love being in a setting with residents/tenants, and interacting with them. I also appreciate the challenges that my position offers me, and I love that it is never boring!”





Candi graduated from Hayward High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and started with the organization in 1998 as the Activity Director. She later transitioned to the Assisted Living Director in 2009 and earned her Master’s of Science Degree in Human Services from Capella University in 2014 to be a licensed Nursing Home Administrator. In March of 2021 became the Administrator of Water’s Edge. Candi truly loves working with older adults and is always willing to listen and reminisce. Not only does Candi admire the residents, but she also applauds the staff that work each and every day to make Water’s Edge a great place to live and work.


Social Services



Lee Ann Krause, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, Social Services Director, has been with Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge since August 2012. She says, “I love that Water’s Edge serves the elders of the community in which we live.”


Neighborhood Services Coordinator



Michelle Thrasher, Neighborhood Coordinator, COTA has been with Water’s Edge for 11 years. Michelle’s favorite part of her job is the residents because it’s rewarding listening to their life stories and being a part of their family.


Director of Nursing



Teresa Scharlau, BSN, RN, Director of Nursing I have been with Hayward Area Memorial Hospital and Water’s Edge for 9 years and I have been the DON for 3 ½ years. What I love most about working in long-term care is the residents and the relationships that grow between them and the staff. There is love everywhere you look.


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