Sunset Village administrator Sue Buhr said that although things like regulations, health care and medicare guidelines have changed residential care facilities, some things have remained the same.

“One thing that hasn't changed is the quality of our staff,” Buhr said. “We have always had a faithful and loyal staff.”

Buhr was on the administrative board on Oct. 26, 1982, when five local business people purchased the facility.

Buhr said that the family-like atmosphere sets Sunset Village apart from other care facilities, provided by a number of long-term employees who make for a stable atmosphere.

“Resident care is the most important thing here,” she said.

In fact, seven of the facility's employees have worked at Sunset Village for more than a decade. And one nurse, Emma Gill, has worked as a licensed practicing nurse since the facility opened in 1982.

“Emma is such a hard worker and always has been,” Buhr said. “It's employees like her who truly make this place special.

Another reason why Sunset Village has been able to provide family-like care over the past 30 years is the small number of residents.

“I would really like to thank all the residents, volunteers, and the families who help us out so much,” she said.