About Us

The Difference: Families Caring for Families

At Grace Manor at Lake Morton, you’ll feel the difference that local ownership and management make in creating a warm, family-focused environment specially suited for memory care. Grace Manor at Lake Morton is owned and managed by local Lakeland residents, Louis and Lori Garrard, not by a corporation or senior care conglomerate. The Garrards and their team members get to know each resident and their family members personally, which allows them to care for the entire family’s needs. It’s not uncommon for the Garrards and their team to see residents’ family members at church or community events, when they greet each other as friends and neighbors.

The Garrards credit their family-supportive and faith-based approach with creating the special environment at Grace Manor at Lake Morton. Grace Manor team members are dedicated to customizing care around the needs of each resident rather than requiring residents to conform to a particular schedule. This helps residents maintain a sense of calm and relieves anxiety. Our healthcare professionals understand the difficult nature of this journey and are always available to listen or to provide reassurance or prayers to help residents and their families cope with the changes that memory disorders bring.

Our History and Philosophy

Louis and Lori Garrard have been providing senior adult care since 2008. In addition to Grace Manor at Lake Morton, they own and operate The Manor at Lake Morton and Grace Manor Suites, assisted living communities. Both Louis and Lori often are asked to share their expertise and wealth of knowledge by speaking at events related to senior care.

After recognizing a need in the area for memory care provided with a family approach, the Garrards founded Grace Manor at Lake Morton. They envisioned an environment where those afflicted with memory problems retained as much autonomy and control as possible, where they could live in a secure community but still have freedom of movement, and where each person’s stage of care was honored and customized. They believed that respecting the needs and wishes of each resident was the key to creating a calm and peaceful environment.

The Garrards and their team operate Grace Manor under their founding principles and vision. They believe in providing care as if they are serving their own families. They also are dedicated to meeting the needs of their residents’ extended families. Families caring for families is their steadfast commitment.