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Senior living community opens $18M expansion

March 31, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Sunset Waterford Rehab Center rehab room
The rehab center at Waterford Place in Georgetown Township features short-term private rehab rooms, as well as assisted living units and various amenities. Courtesy Sunset

An $18-million rehab center at a senior living community in the area is now open.

Sunset Retirement Communities & Services said this week that it has opened the 70,000-sqaure-foot Waterford Rehab Center addition at its Waterford Place community in Georgetown Township, at 1725 Port Sheldon St.

Waterford Rehab Center features 24 assisted living units and 39 short-term private rehab rooms.

Sunset CEO Steve Zuiderveen said the nonprofit is “committed to the seniors we serve and our communities.”

Zuiderveen added that the center addresses the township's “need for short-term rehabilitation” and provides “much-needed jobs for community members.”

He called the center a “win-win situation for the community.”

Rehab center project

Construction began in February 2014 and concluded last August, with hiring and licensing occurring since the completion date.

Sunset said the rehab center has “the first skilled nursing beds to ever be built in Georgetown Township.”

Susnset has hired 120 staff members in various roles for Waterford Rehab Center: administration, nurses, certified nursing aides, therapists, dietary staff, housekeepers and maintenance workers.

More nursing aides and therapy staff will be added.

Short-term residents at the rehab center will see a 1:5 patient-to-nurse/certified-nurse-assistant ratio and private bathrooms.

The community also features Wi-Fi, a bistro, bank office, beauty shop, pool and vertical garden.

Progressive AE was the architect on the project.

Construction on the center was a joint project between The Christman Company, based in Lansing, and Elzinga & Volkers in Holland.

“The design we developed with Waterford focuses on an approachable and visitor-friendly setting that is a true reflection of the skills and services offered by the facility and staff,” said Laurie Placinski, practice leader, Progressive AE.

Placinski added that residents will “feel safe and confident in their surroundings.”

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