Today’s residents of Ohio Living Swan Creek, located at 5916 Cresthaven Lane in Toledo, enjoy access to resort-like surroundings; multiple levels of care on the same campus; a wide variety of social, cultural, and educational activities; and a host of other services and amenities. But in January of 1992, when the very first residents moved into what was then a brand-new retirement community, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. In fact, this handful of early residents who had ventured into the unknown began to call themselves “pioneers.”
As it turns out, these pioneers had staked their claim in some very exciting territory. The fledgling community’s growth was exponential and proceeded in three phases: a luxury apartment building, spacious ranch-style villas, and a healthcare center, the last of which opened in December of 1994.
Over the next 20 years, expansion continued apace. As Ohio Living Swan Creek Executive Director Ann Roller explains, “The community added multiple dining venues featuring chef-prepared meals cooked to order, the Kridler-Meloy Wellness Center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment, as well as a campus center and a chapel with a full-time chaplain and regular religious services. Amenities also expanded to include a hair salon, walking trail, dog run, library, technology center, and woodshop. In addition, our care continuum grew to include services such as assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation, and outpatient therapy.”
In celebration of their 25-year anniversary—and to honor the pioneer spirit of those original residents—Ohio Living Swan Creek held a pioneer-themed open house on Saturday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Current residents and staff and their families, prospective residents, past board members, and key vendors who have done business with Ohio Living Swan Creek over the years were among those invited.
“This special day featured a wide variety of attractions, including demonstrations of different pioneer skills by volunteers from Sauder Village; horse-and-carriage rides with Clydesdales pulling the carriage; musical performances by Ragtime Rick, Tapestry, and a fiddler and banjo player; as well as plenty of food and drink, including hamburger sliders, Johnny cakes, fruit pies, and root beer floats,” says Sarah Schnurr, Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Ohio Living Swan Creek.
Of course, the open house included plenty of fun activities for kids to enjoy, as well. Examples included petting the Barnyard Bunnies, building a barn out of Lincoln Logs, a rope-a-horse event, and even a makeshift candy store.
Most importantly, the open house gave many area seniors and their families the opportunity to visit Ohio Living Swan Creek, tour the facilities, and experience the community’s amenities and unique atmosphere firsthand. “These prospective residents are our next group of pioneers,” says Roller. “While the community has grown and expanded in exciting new ways, each resident has demonstrated their own brand of ‘pioneer spirit,’ beginning a new adventure by moving to Ohio Living Swan Creek and waiting expectantly to see what great things the future may hold.”❦