Both The Sugarbush House and Manor is
a family ran company. Stoddard started it by herself but once she
opened up the doors to the third house, she knew she needed help to
continue offering the high level of caring and respect provided at her
“Sometimes the good Lord puts you in the right
place at the right time. I recruited my best friend since Jr high,
Cricket Bonner (Helen) who had 30 years of experience in the same
field. Now I have the help of my “bestie” Cricket, my daughter Trisha,
and Crickets daughter, Becky, acting as my management team. With love,
trust, and respect, along with the experience we have as a collective
group, we work daily together assuring that we offer the best quality
care of life for our residents,” Stoddard said.
When the decision to move a loved one into a
facility is made, time is of the essence in finding the perfect spot.
“I have found that when families are looking,
it is usually because they need our help now, not in three months when
I have a room open so waiting isn’t an option for them. The idea for
Sugarbush Manor came up when my contractor approached me with
available space, near McLaren hospital. Since my homes fill so
quickly, I thought that having 20 people under one roof allows me to
offer quality care to everyone along with the same great standard that
is expected at The Sugarbush Houses.”
Since Stoddard doesn’t use state funding, she
can choose just the right mix of people to live in the homes.
“I like to balance the homes out with people
who are equal in their needs and likes. I won’t take any person that
may become aggressive or combative to my staff or other residents or
are unsafe to themselves,”
Stoddard continues, “My rates start at
$2800.00 depending on level of care, location, shared or private
rooms. We also provide respite care.
Stoddard feels she owes her success to praises
from happy clients.
“I must say that I have never advertised in
print or TV, and most of my residents are from word of mouth referrals
which speaks for itself…You know the old saying, if you’re happy with
your service you tell someone, if you’re not you tell everyone!
The staff at the different Sugarbushes is made
up of 45 well-trained, caring people.
“They are often CNA, (certified nurse
assistance) or MA (medical assistance) and have gone through a back
ground check, state certified training and first aid and CPR. I have
girls that have been with me since I opened. I also have a RN on hand
to oversee medication and additional training as needed,” said
For now, she is content with her houses and
isn’t looking to expand further.
“I say it with every opening of a new home,
that it will be the last, and this time I mean it!
Five homes and a large group home later, I
think I really do mean it,”
“I want to be able to connect and stay
connected, not only to the residents but also the families and the
staff, with every expansion, I am able to do that now. I am so
grateful for the strong managers and staff that have been a part of
creating my dream.”