About Us

Here at Barn Swallow it is our goal to create a safe, beautiful, comfortable and caring home for our residents.

Barn Swallow Manor, complete with towering silo, was formerly an actual working dairy barn and historic structure.

Check out photos before and after Barn Swallow Manor's renovation.

The story of how I started caring for the elderly

Eversince I was a little girl I absolutely loved my Grandparents and spent as much time with them as I could. Even when I was a teenager and into my early twenties, I visited them regularly and spent many weekends with them, they were an intregal part of my life and I loved them dearly. I was tremendously sad when my Grandfather passed away in 1990, but my Grandmother lived on in very good health for many years after and I continued to see her regularly; But around the year 2000 my grandmother started getting weaker, more frail and unbalanced.

 

Over time it was obvious to the familiy that she was no longer able to fully care for herself and needed some extra help. At first my mom prepared her meals and medication, and helped her to the bathroom occassionally but Grandma's need for help slowly grew and my mother soon enlisted my help part time in 2002. It just seemed natural that I would help take care of Grandma. By the fall of 2003 taking care of Grandma was almost a full time job for me. After a while we hired someone to stay with her during the night, as she needed around the clock supervision. For four years I helped care for my grandma, usually 6 days a week, and I wouldn't trade those years for anything. Grandma had bad days where she didn't talk, but on her better days we would spend hours remembering the good old days when we went to get chocolate ice cream cones in her old V-back Riviera or her big gold Cadilac and when we would go out to eat with Grandpa in the El Camino. We had so much fun talking about all our past adventures. The days we spent remincing were such a joy, I cherished every moment I spent with her throughout my life and I loved her just as much in her last years as I ever did. I was glad I could take care of her.

Grandma passed away January 7, of 2007 at the age of 93, with her family by her side, I miss her so very much, but I am happy I got to spend so much time with her in those last years.

I was raised to love, respect and cherish my elders, whether they were my grandparents, aunts, uncles or family friends; As I have gotten older myself, it has become my goal and mission to provide the best care to my residents and give them all the care, kindness and love they need and deserve.

-Valerie (Owner)

 

Our History

The History of Barn Swallow Manor

Barn Swallow Manor, complete with towering silo, was formerly an actual working dairy barn and historic structure in the rural farming area of Byron Center.

In 2008 after a year's worth of planning, consulting with structural engineers, architects & the township; the renovation began with 5 months of hard physical labor.

First everything in the barn had to be removed, and the interior spray washed. Next most of the old concrete floor was removed, then the exterior was striped to the frame, including the roofing. In September of 2008 Trubuilt Builders began the building portion of the renovation and by June of 2009 our family moved into our newly converted barnhouse. Built with long term energy saving efficiancy in mind we chose the best unseen "green" technology like:

  • Closed Cell Spray Foam Insulation from top to bottom 3-6"thick, for the greatest in heatloss protection, while adding substantially to its structural strength at the same time.
  • A Geothermal Forced Air Heating and Cooling System, for the highest in energy savings. The system also does double duty by preheating our water before it gets to the water heater.
  • Fiberglass, low E, Argon, Double Pane Windows to limit drafts and take advantage of passive solar heat.
  • And lastly Optional In-FloorRadiant Heat, just in case we need a little more comfort.

It was all a dream come true.