New home for the golden years

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:57 AM

Dan Modderman, a partner in the business, said he got the inspiration for the home-like setting when an elderly friend fell a couple of years ago and stayed at an assisted living facility to recover.

“Unfortunately for him, the only one he could find was a skilled nursing facility, and he didn't need skilled nursing,” said Modderman, an English teacher at Rockford High School. “We were disappointed with how much he was being charged and the level of care he was getting. He was in a small room with another person.”

Dan talked over the situation with his cousin and best friend, Joe Modderman, a real estate investor. The two decided to search for a large home and launch a care center of their own.

“We thought we could do a better job,” Dan said. “Rather than a large commercial facility — with long hallways, small rooms and cafeteria food for dinner — this is a home.”

The home at 16609 Villa Parkway Drive offers six private rooms. Two of the bedrooms can accommodate couples.

A seventh room is for the live-in administrator, who has been trained and licensed in nutrition, medication administration, residents' rights, disease prevention, and other adult foster care curriculum. Three other staff members will work shifts.

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