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Friday, January 01, 2010 - At Home Up North: Couple Enjoy Assisted Living
Up North Living: Couple Enjoy New Home
Kalkaska Memorial Assisted Living offers pleasing alternative

Grace and Gordon Leepart listened to their daughter talk about a new facility opening in Kalkaska. The North Carolina couple considered their options.
 
"Our health was deteriorating a little bit and our daughter kept hounding us for weeks and weeks about coming up here," Gordon Leepart said. "She tod us how nice it was and everything."
 
Now the Leeparts are among the first residents to make their home at Kalkaska Memorial Assisted Living. The new 34-unit community has 24 studio apartments and 10 one-bedroom apartments. All units have kitchenettes, private bathrooms, and emergency call systems.
 
The facility is located next to Kalkaska Memorial Health Center and the Kalkaska Dialysis Center. Residents are offered three restaurant-style meals a day with optional room service, personal assistance and medication management, an active social calendar, and housekeeping services. There also is a beauty salon and spa room.
 
"The meals are good," said Gordon Leepart. "Anytime we need help, the staff insist on helping us."
 
Administrative Manager Laura Murray said the goal of the facility, which opened in October, is to help seniors who want to maintain an independent lifestyle, but require some assistance with their daily routine.
 
"Someone can move in simply because they no longer want to shovel snow at home, or perhaps it is getting harder for them to dress themselves, or maybe they are forgetting to take their medication," she said.
 
A registered nurse is on staff at the facility that oversees medications and health monitoring of the residents. "There's a wonderful staff here, each one seems to make you feel at home," said Grace Leepart.
 
"They go out of their way to make you feel at home and happy."
 
The facility offers a unique indoor streetscape design as well as common areas including a great room, library, and café. The entire facility is handicap accessible and offers multiple common areas throughout, as well as indoor and outdoor porches.
 
"This really is a home, it really is a community for people," Murray said.
 
The facility is licensed as a "Home for the Aged" from the state of Michigan. For more information about Kalkaska Memorial Assisted Living, contact Murray at (231) 258-3030 or lmurray@mhc.net.