By Valerie Herr
An expansion at the Brooklyn Living Center not only means additional rooms available, but also means more jobs.
Paul Buchholz, president and chief financial officer of the Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers, of which The Brooklyn Living Center is a part, says “Ganton Retirement Centers is committed to investing in the community and providing top quality care for our loved ones and jobs for the people living in our community.”
For instance, the Brooklyn Living Center expansion is utilizing Stone Ridge Builders as the general contractor, Don Roberts of Roberts and Associates designed the addition, and funding was secured through County National Bank. When the expansion is completed, more people will need to be hired to help with all aspects of care.
Amy Manville, Manager of the Brooklyn Living Center, describes the facility as, “A warm and cozy living space for seniors who are completely independent to those needing a semi-assisted facility. Not everyone living here is in need of medical help.”
Depending on their needs, residents can have up to two meals a day, but have the capability to cook all their meals in their apartments if they wish. Also available is housekeeping, which includes all sheets and towels. The staff includes a full-time activity director for people who want to stay busy, and provides specific times for community games, shopping, music and spiritual events.
Outside groups often come in to perform for the residents including local high school choirs and a traveling animal show. They also work with Jackson District Library to have books, movies and music delivered directly to the Center.
The expansion is a result of being at capacity for years and having a waiting list of people who wish to move in. The current capacity is 54 and through this expansion that will increase to 85.
The addition will offer several different choices including studio and deluxe apartments, as well as one and two bedroom apartments. All units will include a full kitchen.
Both Buchholz and Manville noted that the Irish Hills area is a tight – knit community and people want to keep their loved one’s close. With this expansion, they will be able to help more families keep their loved ones in the Irish Hills.
Of course, not all residents are from the Irish Hills. They have residents from Chelsea, Addison and Onsted.
Construction on the new facility is set to be completed around Christmas time, but people who are interested can call Manville at 517-592-2828 to set up a tour and learn about the different services and apartments Brooklyn Living Center offers.
As our population continues to live longer Buchholz said that further expansion of the facility is not out of the question, as they want to continue to grow and serve the community.