Conrad’s newest senior living home to be unveiled

T-R PHOTO BY CHUCK FRIEND This serene view is what residents and visitors to Conrad Mansion Country Estates will see as a first impression upon entering the property.

CONRAD — For more than 40 years, the largest single family home Iowa has ever known has stood north of the community of Conrad. This 16,000-square-foot French provincial home was built in 1975 by Les and Sandy Clemens and has always been known as the Conrad Mansion. The mansion has corners and crevices that radiate with mystery and majesty. Some call it “palatial, fancy, extravagant, a masterpiece in workmanship, and a dream home.”

But for the Jeff and Kim Mossman family they simply call it “home.”

Now after 13 years of calling the Conrad Mansion their private home, the Mossmans are opening its doors to become a senior living home for 16 seniors. They call it the Conrad Mansion Country Estates. Here seniors are invited to live life together with other seniors and be cared for by a loving staff assisting them with cleaning, bathing, eating and just plain enjoying life in a caring community.

“We wanted everything to remain residential as the mansion has always been a home,” Mossman said. “We intend to do away with the institutional feel of some assisted living or senior care facilities.”

There are 11 suites in the facility (six private and five shared rooms) each named for a particular aspect of the property itself. Each senior’s bedroom will have its own spa bathroom. The Mossman’s painstakingly worked to keep the charm and repurposed much of the imported marble and other unique features throughout the estate, including four fireplaces.

Every room will have television, internet and access to caregivers, three meals and two snacks per day and laundry service. For those with cars, there will even be valet parking service with the vehicles parked in the carriage house on the property. Medical personnel will be brought in as needed, and also hospice services will be available if the need ever arises. A beauty salon will be available to the women of the facility on a regular basis.

“Our home becomes your home,” Jeff Mossman said. “When you rent a room from us you get the entire house including six common areas and all of the services.”

Initially the Mossman family, with their four children, will remain in a wing of the home and interact as part of this senior community. Mossman will serve as administrator for the facility until it is fully occupied and the family has to move out. At that time he said a new administrator would be hired and more caregivers added..

“We will just be expanding our family. And we will even have a full-time chef making delicious and nutritious meals from scratch throughout the day … my wife is looking forward to having the chef, and so am I!,” he said.

According to Mossman, one of the things they have heard from seniors is how nice it is to live in the country and still be close to town.

“Many seniors grew up on the farm or have fond memories of country living. Now seniors can watch the corn grow right out their bedroom window! Busy streets, noise and buildings are replaced with corn fields, tractors, a few cows, lambs and plenty of chickens laying farm fresh eggs. It’s relaxing and feels like home because it is a home,” Mossman said.

An open house is planned from 2-6 p.m. Sunday for area residents to tour the facility. It is located two miles north of Conrad at 31121 Hawk Ave. Those unable to attend the open house but would like to schedule a tour, can call Mossman at 641-691-4628.