At 88, Colonel Winnick walks a bit gingerly with the help of a cane — but he hasn’t lost a step in sharing his quick wit and positive personality with his fellow participants at The Little Red House in the heart of Spring Lake Village.
“Everyone needs a little companionship and camaraderie,” says Winnick, a retired dentist from Norton Shores who drives himself to The Little Red House three days a week. “This is a wonderful place to come to and enjoy the day. The staff here is exceptional. The meals are delicious. And it’s all reasonable, affordable and a great value.”
The Little Red House, which nearly tripled its size in a recent expansion, is a nonprofit adult day care center serving residents of Ottawa and Muskegon counties in a home-like environment. It welcomes participants for an hour or two, a morning, an afternoon, or an entire day, from one to five days a week.
The Little Red House costs about half the rate of many home health care options — and offers skilled, professional staff and thoughtfully organized activities that promote healthy socialization for participants.
“As old as I am, I’m still learning something different every time I come here,” says Winnick. “We play games, we sing, we exercise, we enjoy meals together. I’ve met a lot of wonderful people here and I consider them friends.”
Winnick grew up in Muskegon Heights and served in the U.S. Navy (“I was the only Colonel in the Navy,” he notes), before beginning his 47-year career in dentistry. “That’s a long time to be looking down in the mouth,” he says with a twinkle in his eye and a dazzling smile
He’s found his happy place at The Little Red House.
“It gives me something interesting to do instead of sitting on my duff, watching TV all day,” says Winnick. “It keeps me young.”