Dr. Herbert Neff influenced individuals from various walks of life while fulfilling his vision of a new nursing home facility for Guthrie Center and the surrounding areas. The twelve-person charter board of The New Homestead, on March 10, 1961, included Dr. Herbert Neff, Ed Feilmeyer, Lillian Pearson, H. E. Rhodes, J.I. Vandevanter, H.A. (Bud) Parrot, Tom Hay, Fred Nance, Albert Rogers, Robert Kelley, Russell Wright, and Agnes Taylor.
The original building was constructed in 1964, with a multipurpose center adjoined to three halls, giving each room exterior windows to provide natural light. The building featured eight private rooms and 21 semi-private rooms with a State of Iowa licensure for 50 residents.
As needs increased additions were made. An additional northwest hall was dedicated in 1977, and four rooms on the south wing were added in 1991, bringing the State licensure to 66 nursing home beds. A larger dining room was added in 1984, followed by a new activity room in 1988.
In 2000, an Assisted Living addition was built with eight one-bedroom apartments, each with its own kitchen and living area. Tenants enjoyed a spacious common area for dining and entertainment with family and friends.
The New Homestead Board of Directors, faced with challenges to modernize the original building, voted to build a new facility in 2006. As the board continued the vision, Dr. Neff was contacted and graciously accepted being named honorary fund drive chairman.
In October of 2007, construction began on the new 56,000 square foot building carefully designed to provide rehabilitation, healthcare, memory care, and assisted living. The all new New Homestead building was completed in May of 2009, and opened with room for 64 residents in four households, each featuring a central activity area. Every household has 4 private rooms and 6 semi-private rooms for a total of 16 residents per household. Each household includes a secure courtyard and its own dining area. The lower garden level is home for 14 assisted living residents with four apartment styles to choose from. The original Assisted Living apartments were converted to independent living apartments
On March 1, 2016, nine new independent living apartments opened with a variety of floor plans to choose from: one-bedroom, one-bedroom with den, and two-bedroom. Tenants enjoy a noon meal together in the dining area, along with a resident fitness center, and community room for 24/7 use and enjoyment.