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Holland Home expanding residential facilities at Breton Woods

It will add 15 beds in a new model of residential living for dementia patients at Breton Woods.

July 18, 2014
| By Pete Daly |
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A $6.5 million expansion on the Breton Woods campus is expected to open next fall. Courtesy Holland Home

Holland Home will break ground in late August on a $6.5 million expansion at the senior residential living organization’s Breton Woods campus off Breton Road in Kentwood, and the project includes a new model of small residential facilities for dementia patients.

Located within the Breton Woods Rehabilitation & Living Centre, a new 4,560-square-foot rehabilitation center and a new 13,390-square-foot, single-story, assisted-living “memory care” unit for 15 dementia patients are expected to open in fall 2015.

Holland Home said approximately 10 to 15 new jobs are expected to be created in conjunction with the multi-million-dollar expansion.

Mina Breuker, COO at Holland Home, said the estimated cost of the project is $6.5 million. Funding has been provided by private contributions to the organization, which is a nonprofit.

The new rehab gym will be state-of-the-art and will quadruple the capacity and capabilities of Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre’s current rehab program. It will include a state-of-the-art therapy gym, physical therapy, occupational therapy and a variety of exercise equipment.

The project will also entail renovation and redecoration of the existing Breton Rehabilitation and Living Centre, as well as the new assisted living unit.

The new assisted living space is described by Holland Home as a “deinstitutionalized” version of the typical nursing home. It will afford residents the feeling of living in a real home, offering spacious private rooms with bathrooms arranged around a communal dining and living area and a residential-style kitchen.

The building will also house a den, spa, nurses station, staff office and linen rooms. It will be constructed to meet all skilled-nursing facility standards and codes, providing maximum future flexibility to align Breton Woods’ physical space to the needs and preferences of its residents.

“One of the features of the new assisted-living unit is that the rooms will feature a built-in track lift system that will make it possible for one person to safely transfer a resident from the bed to a chair or to the bathroom,” said Breuker.

The new memory care assisted-living unit staff will include nursing and social work professionals in addition to “universal workers” — non-professionals trained in care-giving, food preparation and housekeeping.

“Staff will handle any necessary tasks, whether it is dealing with personal care, doing laundry or making the resident a snack,” said Breuker.

A study by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society shows that this new small model for assisted-living units results in significantly improved quality of life and does not compromise care. In fact, other studies show that residents maintained self-care abilities longer with the new model represented by the Breton Woods project.

“Holland Home is excited to add the assisted-living service to our Breton Woods property, creating a full continuum of care campus,” said David Claus, Holland Home president and CEO.

A certificate of need is not required to add adult foster care beds at Breton Woods because a certificate of need waiver was approved for existing Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre renovations.

The proposed expansion has been designed by Post Associates Architects; Erhardt Construction is the general contractor. Both firms are located in the Grand Rapids area.

There are four levels of care at the new center, with the cost depending on the amount of care needed. The average monthly fee ranges from $5,000 to $7,700.

According to Holland Home, Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre has been voted one of the 100 best nursing homes in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is rated five stars by Medicare Compare.

Holland Home of Grand Rapids was founded in 1892; it is Michigan’s largest nonprofit provider of senior services and was the first continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, in the state. With three residential communities and one hospice facility, Holland Home offers a full continuum of care and is the 47th largest, nonprofit CCRC in the nation.

Holland Home has three residential campuses in Grand Rapids, plus Faith Hospice facility at Trillium Woods in Byron Center. The organization also provides community services including HomeCare of Holland Home, Faith Hospice in the community, Rehab Dimensions and In-Home Helpers.

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