Swope Care Center opening gala

| December 16, 2010

The Sam Swope Care Center on the Masonic Home’s Frankfort Avenue campus held a black-tie grand opening gala on Dec. 9.

People came to pay their well-deserved respects to Sam for his vision and his generosity. As always, he was modest but full of humor.

The $40 million center is a beautiful one-floor brick building. It really is beautiful. No expense has been spared to make this the finest center of its kind in the state.

This 196,000-square-foot skilled-nursing facility is very welcoming and homelike. There is an inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation center, short and long-term nursing care, respite and transitional care, wellness program and advanced memory care.

Hair Strobel has a lovely beauty shop next to the gift shop. Besides the dining room, there is a café and a kitchen where residents may cook! There also is a library and an arts and crafts room.

There are three households, so to speak, each containing resident quarters, a living room, dining room and residential-styled kitchen. They are connected by different patterned carpets to “Main Street” to help you find your way. The households were sponsored by Nancy and Jim Judy, Rita and Gary Marsh and Stephanie and Martin Walters.

The ceiling of Main Street is a sky-like ceiling with luminous, large-scale imagery from National Geographic. Now it is a blue sky with tree branches overhead. It can be changed to fall trees or a sky of hot air balloons.

- Carla Sue Broecker

photos by JACOB ZIMMER | chief photographer

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