Owning and operating long-term residential care homes is more that just a career for John and Lynn Grass, it’s their passion.
As owner/operators of The Grass Home for the past 22 years, the couple officially opened a second home for seniors in Riverview on September 23, 2019.
Located at 705 Coverdale Road, the stylish new 13,000 square foot home will complement their other long -term care home operating at
774 Coverdale Road since 1984.
Prior to construction, John and Lynn traveled extensively to other facilities of varying degrees of care in order to capture some best practice ideas. They knew exactly what they wanted and worked closely with architects and Avondale Construction to develop drawings that matched their vision to a tee.
Drawing on experience and insight they have gained during their many years at the first home; they were not willing to compromise in any way.
“Everyone who worked with us on this project had to buy into our vision,” says John. “We were adamant that it be a home and not an institution. When residents and their families walk through the front door, we want them to immediately feel this is a home.”
The home is comprised of 36 beds evenly divided between two 3G wings. About 40 people are employed at the home which is specifically designed to be non-institutional in both look and feel.
“Creating a home-like environment is very important to us, which is why we’ve created a space where we are the guests and not the other war around,” he adds.
They consider themselves an extension of the families who have loved ones living there; always eager to help out and provide support in any way possible.
“We work hard with families to understand their needs and will do whatever is in the best interest of our residents. Our philosophy is that this is their home. You won’t find a ‘Grass Home’ sign by the road. There is no sign at mom and dad’s home so there shouldn’t be one here. If my mom were here, what would she want?”
The couple chose the Town of Riverview as the site for the new home because of its quality of life and sense of community. As life-long residents of Riverview, John and Lynn have come to love the community in which they have lived, worked, and raised their family for many years.
Celebrating over two decades in business, john and Lynn have been married for 31 years and have two children – Ben, age 27, and Sarah, age 30, who also happens to be a registered nurse. They also have two fur kids. Teddy and Charley are their Golden Retrievers who come to work with them each day.