Waterford Place Memory Care Blog

Mar 19,2020 | Chris Matzke

Sunset’s Message About COVID-19

March 19, 2020 Dear Residents, Family and Friends of Sunset Senior Communities, It’s been a week since our world’s started to shift. We are missing each other and getting used to social distancing, but overall we are doing well. COVID-19 is pushing all of us into unprecedented territory, but I hope everyone is being cautious…

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New Waterford Place Expansion Phase 3

Dec 20,2019 | Chris Matzke

Sunset Retirement Communities to Build New Senior Living Facilities

The construction project will include independent living apartments and lakeside villas  Sunset Retirement Communities and Services will break ground in the fall of 2020 to begin construction on expansion of Waterford Place in Georgetown Township. Currently at over 228,000 square feet, the expansion will add 168,000 square footage to the campus and will include 62…

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Aug 02,2019 | Sheila Carney

WGVU Community Connections: Waterford Place Memory Care

Join Waterford Place executive director Ben Leavell as he leads WGVU Morning Show host Shelley Irwin on a tour of Waterford Place. Our 40-acre campus includes independent, assisted living, and memory care neighborhoods, where residents create community. Ben shows Shelley our serene outdoor areas, where residents can visit with their friends and family, garden, or simply enjoy time outdoors in the fresh air. Grandpa’s Woodshop attracts many residents and provides a space to work with tools,…

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Jun 26,2019 | Sheila Carney

Discussing Dementia

WGVU’s Family Health Matters featured a panel of local experts discussing Dementia, including Waterford Place Memory Care’s executive director and SAIDO Lead Supporter, Ben Leavell LNHA. Ben sat alongside Joy Spahn, regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, Dean Solden, founder and co-owner of New Friends Memory Care, and Chris Simmons, Clark Retirement’s director…

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Jun 25,2019 | Sheila Carney

Waterford Place Memory Care: A Godsend

Waterford Place Memory Care is a Godsend for my mom, Rayanna, and our family. There is something special going on here, you can feel it. After 49 years of marriage dad passed away and mom moved to Waterford Place. She explained her decision to her children that, “If something happens to me, you won’t have…

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Apr 02,2019 | Joe Martin

Rayanna’s Journey: What helped us

In retrospect, the following things helped us through this journey: Having the legal documents completed while Rayanna was still herself. This included her Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney and Patient Advocate document. Getting another person as a signatory on her bank accounts was also very important as it allowed someone else to…

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Mar 30,2019 | Sheila Carney

Rayanna’s Journey: Making the decision to go to Assisted Living

Over the next year, we continued our regular discussions with staff at Waterford Place trying to determine if and when was the right time to make a move to assisted living. We had three concerns about Rayanna: that she was safe, comfortable, and happy. Safety was the primary concern. There had been phone calls during…

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Mar 29,2019 | Joe Martin

Rayanna’s Journey: Onset of Dementia

Rayanna lived comfortably in the Independent Living wing for about seven years. We, as her closest family members, started to see indications of dementia beginning in early 2016. It started very subtly; not following the right directions on the car drive, misplacing common everyday items, mixing up dates and times of appointments. We started to…

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Mar 28,2019 | Joe Martin

Rayanna’s Journey: Coming to Waterford Place

After Rayanna’s husband’s passing in 1998, she considered the options of moving near family members in Livonia, MI or Grand Rapids, MI. She had been married to her husband, Harry, for almost 49 years and had spent the last 22 years in Traverse City. Harry had been in the care of Hospice for over two…

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Jan 24,2019 | Sheila Carney

Doing small things with great love for our residents

Shelly DeBoer never imagined that she would become the Life Enrichment Coordinator at Waterford Place. When she first came to work for Sunset 20 years ago, Shelly taught pool classes a couple days a week while she was raising her three sons. She loved how family-oriented Sunset was, which allowed her to work ten hours…

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