Brookcrest Blog

Jul 08,2019 | Emily Foster

Taking Care of the Little Things

At Brookcrest, our staff does all of the small things with great care. Kathryn Waller, one of our devoted Certified Nursing Assistants, embodies that philosophy in her everyday work. Kathryn describes her work environment as empowering. The culture of passionate service, teamwork, and communication allow staff to feel included and heard. Because of the love…

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Jul 05,2019 | Emily Foster

Following Your Passions

The word “passion” describes our culture at Sunset. We are passionate about creating an environment that exemplifies the love and comfort of Jesus Christ, “who came not to be served but to serve.” (Mark 10:45) We celebrate a special place where passion meets culture in the lives of our staff and residents every day. Our…

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Jun 29,2019 | Emily Foster

Be Helpful and Be Joyful

After working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Brookcrest for almost 15 years, Jo Micallef still loves helping her residents and finds joy in the little moments of every day. Jo’s bond with the residents she cares for begins and ends with a smile. On her best days, she brings her joy to her…

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Jun 07,2019 | Betty Epperly

Choosing Life

It’s easy to see why Frank Collins is a treasured member of the Brookcrest community. With a twinkle in his eye, he’s quick with a joke and a smile, even when you least expect it. According to his daughter, Tricia Forbes, Frank has always been very social, and when he is asked what he’s enjoyed…

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May 24,2019 | Sheila Carney

Donajean’s Wish

Every one of our Sunset residents, no matter where they’re from or where they live now, has a unique story. Like fingerprints or snowflakes, no two residents are alike. What makes our residents special is their individuality and the life experience they bring with them to our communities. While we feel blessed to be a…

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Mar 21,2019 | Emily Foster

The Reasons We Love Brookcrest

At Brookcrest, we genuinely love what we do. My coworkers and I really know what it means to do great work. We pride ourselves in the care we provide to our residents, and we want the very best for them. Here are a few reasons why I, and others who work at Brookcrest, love it…

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Mar 14,2019 | Betty Epperly

A Love Worth Wishing For

For one couple sitting in the audience of the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia!,” it was more than just a date night, it was a celebration of a love worth wishing for. Thanks to the support of the Sunset Legacy Foundation’s “Silver Bucket List,” Bernie Doublestein, a current patient at Emmanuel Hospice,…

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Mar 11,2019 | Nicholas Wahl

National Recreation Therapy Month

February is often known as a month of celebrations and holidays. Everything from Presidents’ birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and even National Chili Day! However, February is also an important month to celebrate a profession within the medical field. February is also National Recreation Therapy Month. You might wonder to yourself, “What exactly is Recreation Therapy?” Recreation…

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Feb 18,2019 | Sheila Carney

Praying for each other

When Vice President and COO Chris Matzke’s husband was diagnosed with a devastating disease, volunteers, residents, staff, and families came together to pray for them. “They had in their lobby, for the whole fourteen hours he was in surgery, a prayer center set up. And so, each time somebody came up, they would say a…

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Jan 31,2019 | Betty Epperly

A Love Story

“Pete was such a great dad and grandfather,” says Marge Salamone, his wife. “He adored his family. He was the kind of person that would drop everything to help a friend, and he always made the conversation about the other person.” Pete and Marge were married on August 28, 1965, and three children soon followed:…

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