ELDER CARE: Glen Eagle retirement community to open in May

TRAVERSE CITY – Glen Eagle, a retirement living community currently under construction off West Silver Lake Road, will be opening May 2001.

“It’s easy to get really excited about; it’s like being on a cruise ship–always something available for you,” said sales manager Dee Dee Grabowski.

Glen Eagle is a retirement residence managed by Holiday Retirement Corp., which has been providing gracious living to seniors in residences across the United States, Canada and Great Britain since 1971. Currently there are more than 240 facilities in the United States, with a total of 326 retirement communities world wide.

Sales manager Mary Ann Karamon, says Holiday chose to open a community in Traverse City because of the demographics.

“People love to come here to retire,” she said. “A lot of people are wanting the elegant life style; they planned for it all their life.”

Glen Eagle will consist of 115 ranch-style apartments, including studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. Each apartment comes with three emergency pull cords. There will also be four cottages in the community.

Glen Eagle residents are served three meals a day, prepared by a chef from scratch. Employees provide weekly housekeeping and change of linens, and free transportation to places like the bank and medical appointments. All utilities, including cable, are paid for, plus an activity director plans daily and weekly activities.

“It really is all affordable,” Karamon said.

Glen Eagle offers exercise equipment and exercise classes, a billiard room, TV room with a big screen TV, a beauty/barber shop and a chapel. Residents can dine in the main dining room, complete with a big fireplace, or reserve a private dining room. Pets are allowed, and managers are on site and available 24 hours a day.

“We treat people like we would want to be treated ourselves,” Karamon said. “That’s basically our whole focus.”

One of the most exciting features, Karamon says, is the guest apartment. Visitors can stay in the apartment and have the same services available to them as the residents. Plus, residents of any Holiday-managed retirement residence may stay at no cost in any other Holiday facility upon availability of the guest apartment. (There’s a charge at the Hawaii facility because of its popularity.)

The apartments are furnished by the residents. Leases are on a month-to-month basis; there are no long-term leases.

Reach Glen Eagle at 935-4553. BN