BUSINESS BEAT: Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living feels like ‘home’

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 10:56 am on Monday, July 21, 2014


Clifford and Christina Wright feeling like home at Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living. (Daily News | Mike Taylor)

LAKEVIEW — If you build it, they will come. It worked for Kevin Costner in the film “Field of Dreams,” and by all appearances it’s working for the management of Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living. The recently completed facility officially opened its doors to new residents Wednesday.

According to Director of Operations Samantha Thalen, about 50 percent of the facility’s available units have already been filled and she anticipates the rest will be occupied within the next six to 12 months.

“We have 12 apartments sold already,” Thalen said.  “We’ve been very impressed with the support we’ve gotten from Lakeview and all the surrounding communities. They’ve all been so wonderful to us.”

Thalen added that the facility’s opening is the culmination of a yearslong process in which management studied the feasibility of an adult assisted living community from every angle before actually breaking ground. Also, Thalen said, Lakeview businessman Todd Lincoln, of Lincoln Insurance, was instrumental in bringing Lakeview Terrace to the village.

“It was Todd and his tenacity,” Thalen said. “He and the community really wanted our services provided to that area and the demographics looked strong. The community just embraced us.”

Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living caregiver Shelly Bergeron.

Of course, part of the facility’s “instant” success is owing to the fact it is, quite simply, a really nice place to live. Homey touches abound; from a walk-through garden and paved, easily navigable walking trails, to the vaulted ceilings and tasteful decor, everything about the place feels like a “residence” rather than a “facility.”

“It’s a beautiful place,” Thalen said. “It just feels like home. I think the private accommodations, the private baths in each apartment and the high ceilings, these are all things people appreciate and enjoy.”

That’s not surprising, considering facility’s owners have a good deal of experience in the business. The company owns and operate 36 similar facilities in communities throughout the state. Nearby, the Michigan-based company has facilities in Alma, St. Johns and Mount Pleasant.

The Lakeview facility, Thalen said, is among the company’s nicest, owing in part to the surrounding community itself.

Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living Registered Nurse Angie McElhinny.

“(Lakeview) is such a charming community to be a part of,” Thalen said. “The other businesses have all been very supporting of us. They’re excited to seem more business come to Lakeview.”

Facility administrator Carmel Slebodnik notes that things are running quite smoothly in Lakeview Terrace’s first few days of operation. Six residents will be moving in within the first week, with about 12 anticipated by mid-August.

“We’re expecting more soon,” Slebodnik said.  “We’re open for tours or to answer questions any time. All our staff are trained to give tours.”

For more information, call Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living at (989) 352-5550 or go online to

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