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      Comfort and community around the table at Kalkaska Memorial Assisted Living

      Amy Britton is the Dining Services General Manager at Kalkaska Memorial Assisted Living.

      As we or our family members age, it can get harder to perform every day tasks and sometimes a little extra help is needed. Families looking for a comfortable and happy place for aging parents or grandparents can feel safe with Kalkaska Memorial Assisted Living.

      Comfortably situated right next to Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, the assisted living center is a licensed home for the aged. The center provides the option for an independent lifestyle but with the security of extra help as needed.

      According to the Director of Assisted Living for KMHC, Laura Zingg, there are 32 apartments in the residence that opened in 2009. There is staff available 24 hours a day to help residents with bathing, grooming, and dressing and also restaurant-style and room service-style dining,

      "We have such close access to so many physicians and services as well as access to Munson Healthcare...we can virtually walk you across the street. But we want to push that this is home and not a healthcare facility and you come here and live independently as you are able to in a home like environment," Zingg said.

      That home-like environment extends through daily activities with amenities like a salon, spa room, and cafe. Residents have plenty of open space to enjoy as well as the privacy of individual apartments that offer all the comforts of home but none of the burdens.

      "While they've lived long, prosperous lives in their homes at some point its not safe to be living out 24 hours a day in the winter in northern Michigan," Zingg said.

      Amy Britton is a registered dietician and the dining services general manager. She says its great to be able to bring all the residents together around a table at mealtime as a social community while also serving wholesome meals.

      "They can have what they want when they want it and be assured the nutritional adequacy of 3 square meals a day or any snacks that they would have would meet national guidelines," Britton said.

      The residents are often encouraged to share their own recipes from home and each resident gets special treatment on their birthday. The menu is also looked over by Britton and the rest of the staff, who are able to accommodate any dietary restrictions or guidelines for any resident.

      "It's just a wonderful environment that we're able to involve our residents and take their suggestions and their ideas and put it out on the table for them and for them to see that they feel very special and loved and cared for," Zingg said.

      For more information on Kalkaska Memorial Assisted Living visit their website.