Since 1939, Shorehaven has served as a trusted, faith-based resource for seniors. Offering a full continuum of care on the shores of Lac La Belle, the not for profit senior living headquarters delivers unsurpassed care in the City of Lakes.
Trusted for Generations
Built on a faith-filled foundation. Moving forward through innovation. Grounded in compassion and care for our community. Since 1939, Shorehaven has earned the trust of older adults, family members and the community. Shorehaven continues to stay ahead of senior trends, while wrapping its arms around those right at home.
On the Oconomowoc Shorehaven site in 1939, Shorehaven Founders established a legacy of Christ-centered care. The Lutheran Homes Society of Wisconsin was organized by Judge Alvin Brendemuehl, Rev. Herman Michelke, and Rev. T.K. Herbener. The Rosenkranz mansion was offered for sale on Lac La Belle’s south side and the Society purchased the property for about $6,000 as a home for the aged. In 1962 the Rosenkranz mansion was razed and a new nursing home was built, and renamed Shorehaven. Today, Shorehaven continues our Founders’ mission, “Reflecting Christ’s love, we provide homes and resources for seniors.”
Shorehaven is known for surpassing industry standards in adult living. Serving as a home for 380 seniors and employing more than 380 staff, the organization serves as one of Oconomowoc’s largest employers. A strong community partner, Shorehaven is committed to working with the Oconomowoc Area School District, Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce, and state and national senior health care organizations.
Its rehabilitation program uses “best-practice” therapies that help people return home more quickly. Shorehaven was an innovator when establishing its signature household model within its skilled care and rehabilitation center, a model that offers proven health and wellness benefits. And Shorehaven was one of the first in the state to pioneer and offer assisted living.
It continues to provide services to keep seniors thriving, safe and at home, including Life@Home nonmedical home care, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s support groups based at the Center for Life Enrichment. The Center was opened in 2008 to bring a whole new approach to learning to live life successfully. It offers education, art, and history classes and hosts Bible studies, special events and rental space for business workshops. The public Café LaBelle opened simultaneously to offer another dining venue for residents, families and the community at large.
Also engaging more than 240 volunteers who work to enhance the lives of Shorehaven residents, the Service League of Volunteers operates the public Forgotten Treasures Resale Boutique on the Shorehaven parking lot site.
Located halfway between Madison and Milwaukee on Highway 16, Shorehaven is easily accessible, located on the shores of historic Lac La Belle in thriving Waukesha County.
From skilled care and rehabilitation to assisted and independent living, from a comprehensive memory care program to catered living services, from the Shorehaven Strength and Fitness Center’s yoga classes to the Historic Boat Tours, Shorehaven has served as a strong and progressive community partner. The organization continues to walk with seniors, every step of their journey.
Shorehaven is planning a host of events to mark its 85th anniversary throughout this year.