CALUMET - When Stillwaters Assisted Living facility in Calumet closed, it scattered a collection of employees and residents who had come to think of it as home.
After five years of vacancy, the building is back as GardenView Assisted Living & Memory Care, which held its grand opening Thursday afternoon.
The road back went through nearby Northridge Pines, which has been open for the past 10 years. Peregrine Management from Syracuse, N.Y., which directly manages Northridge Pines, partnered with Senior Housing Management of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, managing agency of GardenView.
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People eat refreshments at the grand opening of GardenView Assisted Living & Memory Care in Calumet Thursday. The facility opened in December at the former site of Stillwaters, which closed five years ago.
"They decided to purchase the building and bring back Stillwaters," said Linette Abb, nurse and executive director for both Northridge Pines and GardenView.
The facility opened in December after top-to-bottom renovations. They brought back the splendor of the garden in back, which once housed weddings. The initial population of 10 people has since grown to 47.
The memory care, since it's not tied to nursing home care, can cost as little as $2,700, Abb said.
It includes "life stations," where people can perform tasks such as carpentry they did professionally, as well as other things such as Wii games.
"The whole idea is to keep them active," she said.
Also present Thursday were longtime residents of Northridge, as well as people Abb had wroked with going back to the start of her career.
"I feel wonderful," Abb said. "And it's like a family affair."
Resident Ray Miettinen, one of the first four residents, participated in the ribbon cutting. Asked what he likes about the facility, he said, "Everything."
Throughout the opening ceremony, Lance Peterson, community relations coordinator for Northridge Pines, stood with a gold clock. It had originally belonged to a 100-year-old resident at Stillwaters. She moved to Northridge - and loved it - "but it just wasn't home," Peterson said.
"When she passed away, she gave this to Lynette," he said. "She's giving this back to Still Waters. As we go in, I just want to say, 'Welcome home.'"