SWARTZ CREEK – Seated in wingback chairs in front of the fireplace, Glen and Roberta Tuck had the honor of holding the ribbon for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Springvale Assisted Living in Swartz Creek.
Five days later, the Tucks became the community’s first residents.
“This is a nice place,” Roberta Tuck said of the couple’s decision to move from Davison. “It’s very, very nice.”
A Leisure Living Management community, Springvale features 48 apartments in a variety of floor plans including studio, one-bedroom and one-bedroom deluxe. The single-floor building also has rooms for couples.
The community offers 34 assisted living and 14 memory care rooms, with total capacity for 72 residents. Springvale initially will employ about 20 people, and up to 40 as the number of residents grows, said Dawn Buhler, Springvale Assisted Living administrator.
“We are so blessed to serve the closeknit community of Swartz Creek,” Buhler said. “We promote freedom and quality of life of all of our residents, singles and couples alike, with high quality senior lifestyle offerings.
“Our purpose is to honor God by providing quality senior lifestyle services.”
Springvale Assisted Living offers assisted living, independent living, Moments Memory Care, day care and respite care options. The community is managed by Leisure Living Management, a Grand Rapids based senior living management company that oversees 25 senior living locations throughout Michigan.
“From the design of our single-floor buildings to the day-to-day care of our residents, our communities strive to do everything with purpose,” said Samantha Thelen, director of Business Development of Leisure Living Management. “We are passionate about providing high quality senior lifestyle options, so residents truly feel at home.”
Thumb-area farmer Al Terpenning was the driving force behind the construction of the senior living community, as well as two facilities in Huron and Sanilac counties.
Terpenning passed away in April, the day after he broke ground for Springvale.
Terpenning’s son, Darrell, said that, long ago, his father sold his cherished Chevy Bel Air to purchase a farm. That farm allowed him to provide for his family, and ultimately to build facilities to provide “care and respect” for seniors.
“My father had a desire to give back,” Terpenning said. “It’s about caring for people.”
In welcoming the Springvale principals to Swartz Creek, Mayor David Krueger said, “We are pleased to have a facility like this in the City of Swartz Creek. It is a reflection of the love the Terpenning family has for others.”