ShadyLane, Inc. Specializing in Senior Living Services

about us

A Caring History

Aging well means being adaptive to new challenges, the ability to apply one's years of wisdom and yes, pondering the future along with the past.

For us, this means meeting Manitowoc's needs with innovation and creativity for rehabilitation services, assisted living and skilled care services.

Shady Lane's original building

Former District Attorney Fred G. Dicke saw a need for a community-owned retirement facility. When Manitowoc County built a new health care center, the vacated building was exactly the right place with its extensive grounds for a retirement home. He established a not-for-profit corporation and invited people from the community to serve on its board.

By 1971, a modern facility and the first building of what is now Shady Lane was constructed with 120 private rooms and 24 semi-private rooms. Laurel Grove Assisted Living Center, with 34 apartments, was constructed in 1993. Through the years, we have renovated these spaces providing all-private rooms and suites throughout the skilled nursing care center and up to 57 accommodations in the assisted living center.

Today we offer Northeast Wisconsin a modern facility with a continuum of care, and, in addition to skilled nursing and assisted living, provide Manitowoc and Northeast Wisconsin with in-patient rehabilitation and out-patient rehabilitation services as well.

Friends chat in comfy chairs while enjoying the garden view.
Black-eyed Susans line the pathway to the gazebo.


photo of Todd Meerdink

Todd Meerdink


Todd Meerdink joined Shady Lane, Inc. in 1993.  His leadership and vision continues to keep Shady Lane and its communities at the forefront of caring...

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Board of Directors

David Less

Why I Serve

Shady Lane's Board is full of talent and insight, and I'm proud to be a part of a dynamic team that will address the re-positioning...

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Nursing Scholarships

Shanna Kubsch

Shanna Kubsch

2014 — Lakeshore Technical College

Ms. Kubsch, who has lived in Manitowoc County most of her life, plans on continuing her nursing education. She aspires not only to earning a...

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Specializing in Senior Living Services