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Senior living nonprofit converting facility

January 10, 2018
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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

A senior rehab center in the area is becoming a memory care facility.

Sunset Retirement Communities and Services said last week that its Waterford Rehab Center in Jenison, a 39-bed, short-term rehabilitation facility, will become a long-term memory care center serving 40 people.

Current rehab patients will receive care for the duration of their treatment plans, with no new admissions taken after Jan. 5.

Waterford Rehab Center, located at 1725 Port Sheldon, will officially close on March 5, almost three years after it opened, to begin the transition.

Sunset plans to open the memory care center late this fall.

The renovation project will cost an estimated $500,000 to $600,000.

Chris Matzke, COO of Sunset, said the nonprofit has “opted to increase our ministry outreach by serving a greater community need.”

Factors that contributed to the decision to close include fluctuating state regulations, changing reimbursement rates from Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicaid Significant, as well as changes to the industry and the increasing need in Kent and Ottawa counties for memory care assistance.

By 2025, more than 6,000 adults with dementia in Kent and Ottawa counties will require assistance with care in either an assisted living or nursing home, according to prevalence projections by the Alzheimer’s Association. Current capacity in both counties is 440.

“The mission of Sunset Retirement Communities and Services is to provide quality services for senior adults in a spirit of Christian love,” said Steve Zuiderveen, CEO, Sunset.

“We best honor this commitment to our community and our faith by expanding this ministry to address a growing unmet need for memory care in west Michigan.”

Over the next few weeks the Sunset leadership team will meet with residents, employees, partners and other community members to fully explain the transformation.

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