By Matt Schepeler
Lloyd and Judy Ganton have not achieved the level of success they have by doing things half-heartedly.
That point was brought up in a variety of ways at a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, February 6. The ceremony was held in celebration of the addition of 25 units and 1,200 square feet to the corporate dining room at the Brooklyn Living Center on Constitution Avenue, one of Ganton’s eight facilities.
“They do everything in a first-class way,” said Brooklyn Village Trustee Bob Jenson, who also holds a seat on the village planning commission and voted to approve the expansion. “They do what they say they are going to do. They don’t cut corners.”
Some apartments at the Brooklyn Living Center feature full kitchenettes.
That point of view reverberates from casual observers to customers, to employees. Amy Manville, who manages the Brooklyn facility and has been with the company for more than 20 years said that quality has always been a Ganton hallmark. “Lloyd always puts money back into the facilities,” she said.
The company has been in business for 50 years, and, judging from the Brooklyn facility, the future appears bright. The company offers several types of facilities to the community, from independent living to skilled nursing. The Brooklyn Living Center offers semi-assisted living. Judy Ganton noted that it is important for people to maintain as much independence as possible for as long as possible, and the living center, which features apartments complete with modern kitchens, baths and living areas offers the best of both worlds. If a resident wants to be alone in their safe and comfortable surroundings, all they have to do is shut the door. If they are in the mood to socialize and want to visit with friends and neighbors, all they have to do is “step out.”
And stepping out has never been better. The Brooklyn Living Center’s 25 new living quarters are stretched along a bright walkway. Architect Donn Roberts incorporated windows along the breezeway to bring the outside in, and the result is a natural-feeling loop that residents love to walk down.
This photo doesn’t do the new dining room justice. The expansive room is enjoyed not only as a gathering place to dine, but to enjoy the company of neighbors.
There are other benefits as well. If a resident wants to whip up a quick meal “at home,” they are free to do so. If they are not in the mood, cook Lori Early, who has been with the Gantons for 25 years, serves up two great meals a day.
Other services, like laundry, a full beauty shop, frequently planned trips and activities are also available.
In short, there is a lot to like for people who want to make new friends and remain as independent as possible, all while enjoying some nice digs to call home.
But those interested might not want to wait too long. Company president Paul Buchholz noted that for several years there has been a waiting list to get into the Brooklyn Living Center, and said that 11 of the 25 new units have already been filled.
To learn more about the Brooklyn Living Center, call 592-2818 or visit Gantonretirement.com to find out about other housing opportunities.
Walk-in showers are spacious and comfortable.