Ganton Family Timeline 1958-2015 

1958: Scott’s Grandparents, Mervin and Mary Ganton, built Faith Haven Care Center in Jackson, Michigan. This facility was state-of-the-art, with amenities and a layout that was progressive for a nursing home of its time. It was built with 52 beds and an additional 38 beds were added a few years later. 

1964: Scott Ganton was born! 

1967: Scott’s parents, Lloyd and Joyce Ganton, developed Arbor Manor Care Center in Spring Arbor, Michigan. This nursing home was originally a 50-bed facility with private and semi-private rooms. It was an ‘all-electric’ building and was indicative of the new standard of design for nursing facilities. Arbor Manor subsequently had three more additions constructed during the next several years, bringing that facility to 132 beds total. 

Arbor Manor Rehab was established in 2010 within the walls of that facility, meeting a burgeoning need for short-term rehab services. 

1978: Lloyd and Joyce developed Arbor View Estates Independent Living in Spring Arbor. These apartment homes were designed for the independent senior. In 1980, phase two of this campus was completed, bringing the total of units to 96. These apartments were designed to be income-based senior housing. 

1982: Lloyd and Joyce developed Arbor Oaks Living Center. This was the beginning of the semi-independent living concept the Ganton family helped evolve during the 1980s; apartment living with amenities and services for the somewhat independent senior.

1984 – 1987: The Ganton’s built Arbor Meadows in Spring Arbor. These ‘quads’ were full-size independent apartments with enclosed garages. They were designed with spaciousness in mind. Eventually, 24 of these apartments were added into the growing Spring Arbor campus that included skilled care and semi-independent living.

1987: Arbor North Living Center, a semi-independent living facility with 70 units, opened its doors in Jackson. This was the first complex Scott managed for his parents – fresh out of college! 

1989: Edgewood Living Center opened its doors in Lansing, Michigan. Edgewood was semi-independent and housed 68 units. Scott managed this complex as well. Eventually the name was changed to Edgewood Retirement Center. This was Scott’s first construction project as construction supervisor. 

1990: Lloyd and Joyce developed Brooklyn Living Center in Brooklyn, Michigan. This semi-independent complex boasted 50 apartments. 

1993: Scott Ganton obtained his State of Michigan Builder’s License. 

1994: After studying the assisted living concept across the nation and visiting a multitude of emerging campuses on the West Coast, Scott, working for his father, developed Arbor Woods Assisted Living in Jackson. This facility had 48 apartments and was a pioneer in the state of Michigan for being progressive in its approach to resident-centered care and dignity. This was the first facility in the Ganton portfolio to be a licensed ‘Home for the Aged.’ Scott’s vision, along with his father’s, was to provide reasonably priced, quality care in a beautiful setting. This was achieved with the paradigm reflected in the Arbor Woods vision.

1997: Scott, working for his Dad, built and developed the 55-unit Summit Park Assisted Living community in Jackson.

1999: Three-and-a-half acres was obtained on Helmer Road South in Battle Creek to develop Heritage Assisted Living. Scott and Nikki, along with partners Gareth and Denise Zebley, used the land to develop and open a 45-unit community, The Heritage opened in the summer of 2001.

2003: Scott and Nikki purchased Edgewood Retirement Center from Scott’s father. They owned and operated Edgewood until the fall of 2013, when Edgewood was sold so the Gantons could focus on their Battle Creek campus growth.

2005: Scott and Nikki bought out Gareth and Denise and dissolved the partnership that began The Heritage.

2007: The Gantons developed an addition on the Heritage, bringing the total apartments to 68. It was met with great success, filling rapidly.

2007: Scott and Nikki purchased another 10 acres, contiguous to the Heritage, for future expansion.

2009: The Reflections Memory Care community was opened on the new property just south of the Heritage. This 30-unit HFA memory care facility utilized a cutting-edge approach, with programs designed to provide the latest, most effective care for seniors who have dementia and Alzheimer’s.

2011: Scott and Nikki purchased 15 acres a quarter mile north on Helmer.

2012: The Gantons opened Lakeview Senior Living a quarter mile north of the existing campuses: The Heritage and The Reflections. Lakeview was designed for the more active senior who still desires oversight and amenities. Lakeview is an HFA and offers a different, more independent flavor to its program. The addition of Lakeview expanded the Ganton’s market share, and positioned Ganton Senior Communities as the premier family-owned senior living campus in the region.

2014: Scott and Nikki added on 10 new apartments to The Reflections Memory Care, meeting the market demand of the Calhoun and Kalamazoo County area.