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Senior living community completes $8.5M project

October 28, 2015
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Holland Home Breton Woods rehab center
Holland Home Breton Woods, a senior living community in Grand Rapids, features a rehab center. Courtesy Holland Home

A senior living community has opened a new rehab center and memory care unit after completing an $8.5-million expansion and renovation project.

Holland Home Breton Woods in Grand Rapids will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to celebrate the completion of the new 4,560-square-foot rehabilitation center and 13,390 square foot, 15-bed memory care assisted living unit.

The project included an overhaul of the existing rehabilitation gym, construction of a single-story memory care assisted living unit and remodeling of the existing facility.

Construction was completed earlier this month.

The facilities are an expansion of the campus' existing Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre, located at 2589 44th St. SE.

It’s expected that 10 to 15 new jobs will be created as a result of the new facilities. Positions will include universal workers, nursing and social work staff.

Rehab services

The rehabilitation center is attached to and easily accessible from the existing Breton Rehabilitation & Living Centre.

It includes a modern therapy gym, physical therapy, occupational therapy and a variety of exercise equipment.

Holland Home said the rehab services expansion quadruples the capacity and capabilities of the center’s rehabilitation program.

Memory care unit

Holland Home said the new memory care assisted living space is a de-institutionalized version of a typical nursing home and affords residents the feeling of living in a real home, with spacious private rooms and private bathrooms arranged around a communal dining and living area and a residential-style kitchen.

The building also houses a den, spa, nurses’ station, staff office and clean and soiled-linen rooms.

The building was 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.

Mina Breuker, Holland Home president and CEO, said one of the features of the new assisted living unit is a built-in ceiling track lift system in each room, which makes it possible for one person to safely transfer a resident from the bed to a chair or to the bathroom.

Project team

Post Associates Architects in Grand Rapids designed the facility, and Erhardt Construction in Ada served as the contractor on the project.

The privately funded project broke ground last August.

Holland Home

The nonprofit Holland Home is a continuing care retirement community and employs more than 1,250 people while serving at least 3,300 people each day.

The senior services provider has three residential campuses: Breton Woods, Fulton and Raybrook. 

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