The Fieldstone opens at Tecumseh Place as new residents begin moving in
An expansion to Tecumseh Place, one of the city’s assisted living facilities known as “The Fieldstone,” began welcoming new residents on Monday, Jan. 28. Ginny Ingle, one of the company’s owners, was on hand to oversee the move-in of The Fieldstone’s first occupants, which included Lottie Martin and Ruth Crosby. Furnishings were being unloaded out of a Martin’s Home Center truck that had been loaned for the move.
“Some of our Tecumseh Place I residents are moving over here,” said Ingle. She explained that Tecumseh Place I will become a second memory care home, joining the existing Tecumseh Place II facility as The Fieldstone becomes a regular assisted living facility.
The Fieldstone is spacious with approximately 17,000 square feet, a large common area and dining room, and places to sit down each hallway. There is a large flat-screen TV built above the stone fireplace, a 200 gallon saltwater fish aquarium, a piano and organ, among other features for residents and their guests to enjoy.
The facility was built with 12 one-bedroom units and eight studio units. Additional amenities include walk-in showers with seats, kitchenettes, and walk-in closets along with areas residents may use that include a spa tub with whirlpool jets and a pedi-chair. Fieldstone also has Internet access, something more senior residents are using these days, Ingle said. The rooms also have spectacular views of the wooded areas on acreage that is part of the former McKee farm.
“It’s very common for us to see wild turkeys and deer out there,” said Ingle.
The common areas have high ceilings and are decorated with antique furnishings and warm touches, such as a painting depicting sheep and little items that were picked up along the way.
“We tried to support local businesses and bought a lot of our furniture from Martin’s Home Center and worked with What a Find and others,” said Ingle. “In keeping with the name Fieldstone, this building has a sort of a cottage feel and is decorated with pastoral items.”
Construction started in February of 2011, and Tecumseh City Council rezoned the property in May of 2010. Papenhagen Construction of Blissfield served as the contractor and Ingle said some additional workers were also hired.
“We wanted this to be a local project and everyone has been so accommodating, including the city,” said Ingle. What was originally estimated to be a $1 million project was completed at just under $2 million. The project also took a little longer when it was learned that there would be some additional engineering required for the sewer system and a retention pond.
“We had great cooperation from Kevin Welch and Brad Raymond from the city, and everybody pulled together making this a collaborative effort,” said Ingle. “Although we had to do a little more with the infrastructure, we did it with the knowledge that we could do further expansion in the future, so we’ve invested for the future.” She said a Phase II was already proposed as part of the project. “It could be a few years before it happens, but we’ll wait and see what the community needs are for assisted living.”
Ingle said that the move to expand stemmed from ongoing discussion with community leaders, representatives from the Department on Aging, and with families of current residents.
“We’ve also had a healthy waiting list and just weren’t able to get to everyone,” she said. “People are definitely recognizing there’s a need out there for facilities such as ours.”
Ingle is in business with her husband, Jim, as well as Jeff and Missy Wilcox (her sister) and John (her brother) and Carol Drews. The company has facilities in Hillsdale, Coldwater and Blissfield as well.
Tecumseh Place anticipates a projected addition of 25-30 new jobs as it works to staff the new building and possibly add some activities staff to accommodate the facility’s population of 60 residents.
“We’re excited today as families help the residents move in,” said Ingle. “We’re providing some extra support as they move in, because at this stage of the life cycle, people often like their routines and it brings them security. But we’re all excited about this new addition. We are all one big extended family here.”