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Senior living community wins statewide award

April 11, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Holland Home Raybrook Estates II
Raybrook Estates II is part of Holland Home's Raybrook senior living community in southeast Grand Rapids. Photo via

A local senior living community’s educational program has won statewide recognition.

The Raybrook Enrichment Academy for Living, or REAL, program at Holland Home’s Raybrook community won the 2016 Leading-Edge Care and Services Award.

REAL is the only recipient of the honor this year from among 65 nominations.

The winner was selected by LeadingAge Michigan, an association of “mission-based providers” that serve frail seniors and adults with disabilities through post-acute and long-term services.

REAL is a resident-led educational program that features three-month sessions on subjects ranging from history to art to yoga.

The program has offered 87 courses to all of the community’s residents, including those with dementia.

Holland Home officials hope the REAL program can spur more programs, like quilting groups and book clubs.

The organization expects to expand the program to its Breton Woods community in Grand Rapids in May.

“Our dream was to create a culture of learning for everyone,” said Judy Scholten, director of Raybrook Estates and Raybrook Homes. “We want our residents to have a fulfilling life and continued learning is part of that.”

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Founded in 1892, Holland Home operates three Grand Rapids locations and a hospice facility in Byron Center: Breton Woods, Fulton, Raybrook and Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods.

Holland Home provides residential, nursing, rehabilitation and hospice services for more than 3,600 people every day.

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