Wil­low Creek Manor cel­e­brated grand open­ing on Oct. 6

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Wil­low Creek Manor by I-care cel­e­brated its grand open­ing on Oc­to­ber 6, one year after an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion be­gan.

The former home of the Swift Cur­rent Care Cen­tre un­der­went a lengthy eight month ren­o­va­tion and to­tally changed decor be­fore re-open­ing dur­ing the sum­mer.

Shirley Ann Friesen said it was ex­cit­ing to fi­nally be able to show­case the build­ing dur­ing their grand open­ing.

“It’s great. All the hard work that we put into it,” Friesen said. “But the most im­por­tant is the res­i­dents, and they’re happy.”

Friesen has worked as a Care Aid in Swift Cur­rent for the past 19 years, and five years ago she started the pri­vate care com­pany I-care In­de­pen­dent Care Ser­vices.

She said her goal was to have a home­like at­mos­phere in the newly re­fur­bished 24-hour care fa­cil­ity.

“I wanted it, for me, to be like com­ing into a home or com­ing to grand­mas house. I re­mem­ber walk­ing into grand­mas house, and that had very wel­com­ing, homey, old-fash­ioned stuff, and that’s kind of what I wanted here. Just to be homey as soon as you come in.”

“Our motto is Wil­low Creek Manor: Wel­come Home. So that’s what I wanted, a homey feel­ing when you walk in. For el­derly peo­ple to be feel­ing at home and see things they might rec­og­nize from over the years.”

A con­tract be­gan work at the former Swift Cur­rent Care Cen­tre build­ing last Oc­to­ber, and the facelift was com­pleted fol­low­ing eight months of ren­o­va­tions and re­dec­o­rat­ing.

“When I bought the build­ing that was my vi­sion, I saw all this. It just took a while to get there,” she said. “I didn’t give up. I had a dream and I just made it hap­pen.”

Wil­low Creek Manor cur­rently has 18 res­i­dents, and have 44 suites avail­able as they be­gin their fifth month of op­er­a­tions.

SCOTT AN­DER­SON/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Shirley Anne Friesen and Terry Friesen were pre­sented a grand open­ing plaque by Swift Cur­rent City Coun­cil mem­ber Ron Toles dur­ing the Wil­low Creek Manor Grand Open­ing on Oc­to­ber 6.

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