Culver Meadows to break ground on second facility

TRAVERSE CITY – Families seeking housing for loved ones with dementia will have another option when Culver Meadows opens a new facility this fall.

Owners Trina and Brad Jewett of Traverse City will be breaking ground on a new 20-bed adult foster care home this spring and hope to welcome their first residents in October. Tentatively named Culver Meadows Senior Living, the home will be located at 1661 N. West Silver Lake Rd. in Traverse City. The Jewett's original 15-bed licensed facility, Culver Meadows, is located just a mile away at 5840 Culver Road.

The Jewetts felt the timing was right to begin the new home due to increasing local demand for adult foster care. They are working with Mason Construction on the new project.

Culver Meadows provides assisted living, specializing in dementia and Alzheimer's care, as well as end of life care. The adult foster care home features a family-like atmosphere with home cooked meals, shared activities and 24-hour awake staff. A physician, a podiatrist and physical therapists regularly provide services to the residents, and are on call as needed. Many residents are elderly, but the home welcomes any age.

The new location will offer the same care and atmosphere as the original. The facility will be situated on a six-acre site overlooking pine trees and a scenic setting. The grounds will feature a large yard to enjoy during nicer weather and a covered carport for comfortably transporting residents or family visits. Inside, plans call for two ten-bedroom wings with their own shower rooms and staff. Each bedroom will be private with its own bathroom. Additional features will be spacious and homelike including a large living room, day room, dining room, full kitchen and a beauty shop area. A building manager will live on-site and work alongside the anticipated 12-14 member staff.

Culver Meadows has been owned and operated by Trina Jewett's family for more than 15 years. It was originally owned by her parents Mike and Kitty Hulwick for nine years before Trina and Brad took it over in 2001. The Hulwicks had previously operated a smaller adult foster care home prior to Culver Meadows.

The family involvement is a hallmark of Culver Meadows and the Jewett's philosophy in its management. The couple lives on-site with their young children, five-year-old Conner and 15-month-old Kara, as well as their black Labrador, Jewel.

"This is my home and these (residents) are like my relatives…or my Grandma," Trina said. "We try to put ourselves in their shoes…so they can talk to us and trust us and be happy here."

She notes that visitors and family members often comment on the atmosphere and that Culver Meadows doesn't look or feel like an institution.

"It's important to us to have a homelike atmosphere," she said, noting that some of the residents have lived at Culver Meadows for 10 years and close relationships develop. "For many, they have lost so much….their quality of life is right here in this house. We want to be there for the happy moments as well as the sad ones, and to help make their time with us happy and content."

For more information about Culver Meadows, contact (231) 943-9421 or www.culvermeadows.com.

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