Papa's Place acquires Tustin House Assisted Living

Haney: "I'm really excited for this additional opportunity"

Nicole Haney, the owner of Papa’s Place Adult Day Care in Reed City, is expanding her business - acquiring Tustin House Assisted Living from Doug and Jackie Fitzgerald, who are retiring after 9 years of service.

Nicole Haney, the owner of Papa’s Place Adult Day Care in Reed City, is expanding her business - acquiring Tustin House Assisted Living from Doug and Jackie Fitzgerald, who are retiring after 9 years of service.

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REED CITY — Nicole Haney, the owner of Papa’s Place Adult Day Care in Reed City, is expanding her business — acquiring Tustin House Assisted Living from Doug and Jackie Fitzgerald, who are retiring after nine years of service.

They are holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25.

“I feel strongly that Nicole needs to have this place,” Doug Fitzgerald said. “She has the energy and the vision."

The Fitzgeralds ultimately chose Haney to acquire the Tustin House amongst other offers from larger corporations.

“It means everything” to Haney to be able to expand, and she has been planning to for a long time. Haney has been in the field of healthcare for 20 years and always had expansion on the agenda.

Haney can now place seniors who go to Papa’s Place but are unable to continue living at home in the Tustin House where they will be taken care of 24/7.

“Your care won't change, maybe some of the faces that you see,” Haney said.

There is an already existing group of staff at the Tustin House, who Haney said are very good, engaged with their residents, and “have good heads on their shoulders.”

“I don't anticipate changing the staffing at all," Haney said. "They're dependable, they're solid,” 

The philosophy and mission statement of Haney’s business is remaining the same between Papa’s Place and the Tustin House. Haney is just adding a layer of care to her network of senior care facilities.

She understands how flexible they must be to provide their residents with the best care to suit their needs.

“I think one thing that is constant in health care is that changes happen. We have to be able to change and go with the ebbs and flows of what we do,” Haney said.

The goal of Papa’s Place is to be as adaptable as possible to the needs of the residents.

She plans to make changes at the Tustin House but hopes that with those changes, the lives of the staff and residents will improve.

Haney said she’s “really excited” for what she described as a “perfect opportunity” to expand the care network that started with the foundation of Papa’s Place in 2018.

Several of her clients would end up in assisted living or home care after being at Papa’s Place. Now, those same clients can remain within their system and simply transition to living at the Tustin House.

“With being able to now have this assisted living, we don't have to lose touch with our people,” Haney said. 

For more information, go to the Papa's Place website, or Facebook page.