Paranormal activity reported at assisted living center

A Grand Haven assisted living center apparently has more residents than just the elderly in its care.
Kevin Collier
Jan 27, 2014


Several members on staff have reported seeing strange things and have heard eyewitness accounts from residents of paranormal activity at the home.

A former male resident who passed away many years ago is said to have taken up occupancy again at the nursing home. Witnesses said the man, who we'll address as Dan, reappeared at the facility a few years back.

“I was working in the kitchen, and when I walked out into the dining room, I saw a man in the corner of my eye,” a member on staff said. “When I turned around to see who it was, there was no one there. I was the only one in the dining room.”

The woman was so concerned about the experience that she called her mother, who also worked at the same assisted living facility, on the phone.

“I described this man that I saw, and she thought that it was a former resident named 'Dan' who died about two years earlier,” she said.

That evening, while passing out night snacks to residents, this employee walked into the room of Dan’s widow, who was a resident at the home.

“I walked into her room to put her snack on her night stand," the caregiver recounted. “She looked at me straight in the eye and told me that ‘Dan woke me up today.' Of course, I freaked out at that moment and fast-walked out of her room.”

On Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, another caregiver at the assisted living center, whom we will address as Amanda, was working second shift when she went to attend a resident in need. When she returned to her medical cart in the hall, she found a message scribbled out in black ink. It read: “We are from the plane — lost  — we will not hurt you! Honest!”

The nurse believed a resident wrote this message and left it on her cart while she was away from it.

However, she stated the residents in that particular area are Alzheimer patients, and the only patient who could write in a script was a woman known as "Edith." But Edith’s handwriting did not match the penmanship on the note.

In another situation, one resident at the facility reported that she witnessed a little girl playing around in her third-floor residence. However, no child was found, and no registered visitors were reported to have been in that area at the time.

Another claim of a paranormal encounter was between a caregiver and a man seated in a resident’s room. Checking in on another resident, the caregiver departed the room for mere seconds and, upon her return, the man had vanished.

Another caregiver helped search for the mystery guest. Two aides stated they never saw a man enter or exit the room, nor did they see any visitor in the hallway.

“She (the attending caregiver) freaked out,” one employee recalled. “There was no trace of him whatsoever.”

Perhaps the strangest thing about the claimed paranormal activity at the assisted living facility is it appears to be common knowledge there. While much of the reported activity is trivial, most of the significant activity seems to occur on a particular shift.

“Little sightings (happening) are very common (knowledge) among the nurses that work there,” a member on staff said. “Most activity, I believe, occurs on second shift.”

Caregivers believe some of the specters might be former residents, while other phantoms are visitors stopping by to see a friend. Of course, long hours and overactive imaginations might factor in, as well.

Whatever it is that's going on there, it keeps caregivers on their toes.



Sounds like the folks in charge there need to call in the West Michigan Ghost Hunters Society and see if they can help maybe find something. I've hung out with these folks on a couple of occasions and they're nothing if not serious about what they do.

It'd be fun to hang out with them for this adventure and see what, if anything, they find.


Less than Amused... You don't possibly drink Dos Equis do you?


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Something flew over and paused over Dewey Hill in Grand Haven last Saturday night. We were leaving the Tip-A-Few after celebrating a 21st birthday. We were joined by one of GH's finest. Many suggestions were given as to what we were seeing, but none seemed to gain any credibility and were quickly dismissed. The lady with the badge did say she once flew in something similar. After gazing into the sky for about 20 minutes, our kitchen passes were about to expire so we went our separate ways.


I think 2nd shift is having too much fun with the meds.


To answer LessThanAmused, a paranormal team, G.R.A.S.S.P. of Grand Haven, did approach management at the facility some time ago, but an investigation wasn't allowed. So, this was attempted.


Thanks for the info. I've never heard of G.R.A.S.S.P. and a Google search turned up absolutely nothing. So, given that you need a website these days to be considered a viable entity, that might be why you weren't allowed to investigate. Jus' sayin'..... :-)


LessThanAmused — Sorry, I got my letters mixed up, it's "G.R.A.S.P.P." You can learn about them here:


Aha! Well, alright, that works much better. So, is it safe to assume you're a member?

I went with a friend to Nunica cemetery years ago with the "other" group and it was interesting, didn't see anything, but I was just there for support at that point....I'm more interested in UFO's myself.....keep hoping somebody will show up and save us from ourselves. You guys do anything with UFO's? Know anything about the underwater base out in Lake Michigan?

Michigan Ghost Man


You are commenting about a sad but growing trend. Groups like G.R.A.S.P.P. have been popping up all over the country. Most of these teams have no more experience with the paranormal than watching someone do it on TV. Honestly TV is a great way to learn things, I watched "The Swan" and now have a booming plastic surgery business.

Many of these so called investigators go on to write "books" in which they blindly repeat urban legends and post legitimate investigators photos to back-up the reports. One thing that can be said for WMGHS is that the books authored by it's members don't do that, they have the REAL stories behind the legends.

Just a thought, maybe the author of this article could do a story on the pop-up investigation teams and the victims they leave in their wakes. I was one such victim a team with no training came in to investigate my house, told me I had a demon and left me high and dry. If it weren't for a referral from WMGHS to a team with a man experienced in demonic hauntings I might have had to sell my house.


The thing about writing a column about “pop up” paranormal groups is that how does one determine who are “experts” when you're dealing with such phenomenon? There's folks that flat out don't believe in this stuff at all, so are they the experts? I agree with Michigan Ghost Man that “REAL stories behind the legends” is a goal for any writer of the paranormal. I try to do that, personally, one example being the legend of the “Melonheads” in Ottawa County. If you dig far enough into anything, there is an origin to where the most outrageous things come from. In this case, young students at a seminary were made fun of by local kids who made jokes that their entitled education made them have “large brains,” or “big heads,” and thus, the word Melonhead was born — according to statements to be my two former students at the seminary. In the case of haunted houses, I'd think the best sword against anything demonic is a man of the clergy. I've been following this demonic possession case in Gary, Indiana this week, and it's quite shocking. That's where it gets sticky, and folks can exploit one another — when it gets unbelieveable, but might be true. Lastly, in defense of GRASPP, I've been around them on a few occasions, know a few members/former members, and from what I witnessed, take paranormal investigative work seriously.


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