Nurse opens Mt. Forest Senior Living facility – Midland Daily News

Assisted living center provides residency, care for Midlanders

Tess DeGaynerMidland Daily News

Mt. Forest Senior Living Owner Lori Schwerin has been a nurse for almost two decades. Recently, she opened a senior living facility to provide one-on-one care to assisted living residents. 

Mt. Forest Senior Living, located at 1606 E. Wheeler Street came into town in March. The facility provides adult foster care, senior living and respite care for elderly people. 

Schwerin said she’s been trying to open a personal senior living center for almost eight years. Her goal is to make an intimate home environment for older adults who are in need. 

And it is a home environment. Lori and her husband, Dale Schwerin, renovated the home on Wheeler Street to operate as a six-bedroom facility. 

Lori Schwerin, who has 17 years of experience as a nurse, provides personal care, medication administration, daily activities, home cooked meals, housekeeping and laundry services at her senior living center. She said her experience as a nurse helped her create a vision for Mt. Forest Senior Living. 

“I know what it’s like being a nurse on the floor whether it be hospital or nursing home, you’re passing medication for 30 plus people and they just don’t get that attention that they need,” Lori said. “It’s just how it goes sometimes that you have 30 patients, and there’s only one of you, when you have medications that you need to pass (out) and treatments to do. I think just not for some people.” 

Lori Schwerin hopes to provide a more intimate experience for the caregivers and residents. Including herself, there are five other staff members working at Mt. Forest Senior Living. Lori Schwerin said all of the caregivers are CPR trained and certified. 

She said at least one staff member is working at the senior living facility 24/7 to provide assistance or enjoy a game of crossword. 

Dale Schwerin said the home was renovated to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. 

The Schwerins added two ramps outside of the home to make it easier for residents with a wheelchair, remodeled a bathroom and widened doorways to be more accessible. 

Plymouth Park backs up to the senior living center. Lori said this park makes for a great view at the dining table or a fun exercise activity for residents. 

In addition to the park, Lori Schwerin added a garden to the property so residents can attend the flower beds as an activity. The garden also supplies the home with fresh corn, peas, strawberries and more. 

Mt. Forest Senior Living is currently home to one resident. Lori Schwerin said it’s nice to have a single resident because it allows the staff to provide direct and personal care. But, the senior living facility is accepting new residents.