Major expansion at Lakeview Assisted Living

Jordan Beck | Daily Press
Lakeview Assisted Living Owner and Administrator Daryl Miron stands in the great room of his assisted living facility’s new memory care unit Tuesday. This unit is part of a 26,000-square-foot expansion to Lakeview.

Jordan Beck | Daily Press Lakeview Assisted Living Owner and Administrator Daryl Miron stands in the great room of his assisted living facility’s new memory care unit Tuesday. This unit is part of a 26,000-square-foot expansion to Lakeview.

GLADSTONE — Local assisted living facility Lakeview Assisted Living recently completed a 26,000-square-foot expansion. To commemorate the addition to the facility, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house event were held at Lakeview last weekend.

“This has been in the works for about four years,” Lakeview Owner and Administrator Daryl Miron said of the project.

Construction on Lakeview’s expansion was finished at the end of November.

“We’re about a week away from residents moving in,” Miron said.

As Lakeview has elected to be certified by the state of Michigan, Miron said the facility must go through one last state inspection before opening.

“There’s a little bit stricter building codes,” he said. This inspection is scheduled for early next week.

The expansion has added a total of 26 new apartments to Lakeview — a total which includes six assisted living apartments and 20 memory care apartments. This marks a significant increase from the 35 apartments at the facility before this expansion.

Miron said that, locally, Lakeview’s memory care unit is unique to the facility.

“We’re the only memory care (unit) in Delta County,” he said.

This unit was designed so residents will never reach the end of a hallway, which can be confusing to people who have memory issues.

“It’s designed with loops,” Miron said.

The memory care unit is also secured so residents cannot accidentally wander outside or into other parts of Lakeview’s facility.

“It’s a very safe and secure unit,” Miron said.

To understand what it feels like to live with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, Lakeview employees have been using virtual reality technology.

“It’s a really great learning tool for our staff,” Miron said.

As is the case for Lakeview’s pre-existing space, Miron said, the expansion is meant to be welcoming and comfortable for residents.

“It’s designed to look more like somebody’s upscale home than institutional,” he said.

Miron said reactions to the expansion from people in attendance at the open house were positive.

“They were very impressed with the way the building is designed, the safety features, and how it turned out,” he said.

For more information on Lakeview, visit its website at www.lakeviewassistedliving.com.