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transportation, dining services; housekeeping; weekly laundry services; and access to a hair salon, nail technician, approved private duty care givers, podiatry visits, in home nurse practitioners and delivering local pharmacy services.


“We try to have everything they could ever want or need in house,” included Laurie.


Villa residents have priority when it comes time to move to Daisy Hill’s assisted living facility. Should they have an event or something occurs overnight and they need availability the next day in the assisted living facility, they are the priority,”.


Daisy Hill’s main goal on the campus is to provide a safe and secure environment for each resident that also promotes dignity and respect. In our certified Assisted Living model, we offer seven different floor plans ranging from alcoves to studios to two-bedroom units with porches. Here residents receive assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and medication reminders and monitoring. A 24-hour emergency call system is available for everyone; residents receive call pendants should they need assistance outside of tasks outlined on their individual service plan or have a fall.  These pendants notify our resident assistants of the need for service. Kitchenettes are furnished with a microwave and refrigerator, but residents don’t need to cook because homestyle meals are prepared and served three times a day in the dining room. The community focus is on providing a variety of food choices and varying menu options so residents have choices in their selections. In-home nurse practitioners and home health providers also partner with our assisted living community to help residents maintain their overall independence and health and well-being.


Daisy Hill offers residents an exciting calendar of different opportunities for learning, creativity, exercise and spirituality every month, from musical entertainment and guest speakers to exercise, games and classes, services and celebrations, shopping, movies and more.


Given the circumstances over the last year with the restrictions surrounding COVID 19 in the long-term care industry, we have made it a continual priority to be intentional and creative in making connections with our residents.  “We see activities and socialization as being everything here,” Laurie stated. “Activities are just as important as the medication residents may take, so we really use all staff to implement activities and meaningful connections throughout the day. We have a pretty full calendar with a lot of things going on.”


 “Our Memory Care Unit, “Pathway” is under final phases of construction and we plan to open later this year. We are currently developing a list of families who are interested in learning more,” Laurie said. “Our Pathway care unit will be in a secure building and will offer special programming that includes music and pet therapy, intergenerational activities and individualized care planning. ” Providing a licensed Personal Care environment for those residents who benefit from a medical model gives us the opportunity to meet the needs of those who also benefit from the approaches.


All this is in line with the belief of Gary Keckley, the CEO of GoodWorks Unlimited, Daisy Hill’s parent company.


“Our parents loved us and it’s our honor and our duty to love them back and that’s what, in faith, we do at GoodWorks,” he said. “We look forward to joining your family to love your parents. It’s the highest compliment we can receive when your loved one moves into Daisy Hill, because it’s our goal to create a really special home for them.”


Daisy Hill’s mission – to promote greater health awareness by providing information, activities and services designed to support healthy lifestyle choices – is found in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, created to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” On the wall in the activities room is a loving reminder for residents, staff and visitors alike: “Live, Laugh, Love Every Moment Every Day Beyond Words.”


Laurie encourages potential residents to come to Daisy Hill for a “trial run. ”It’s sort of like having the option to test drive a car before buying it,” she said. “We offer short-term stays, so if someone wants a trial run, they can come stay for two weeks up to three months in a furnished apartment. They can receive all services, meals, everything, to see how it feels and make sure this is where they want to be at an affordable daily rate with all the included services and amenities.”


Being able to offer independent and assisted living, and soon bringing Memory Care to the community of Versailles, is an exciting time for us. Meeting the needs of our residents and families will always be what we strive for as a local resource.

LOVING LIFE


“It’s like a triangle with the resident at the top, the family in their corner and now Daisy Hill also in their corner,” she added. “There must be a good communication line and partnership with any family members who may be involved. We help them make the transition into long term care”


Currently, Daisy Hill offers two lifestyle options for residents. The one-story Villas are designed for independent living. They are ideal for people who want to live a maintenance-free, active lifestyle and also have services available as needed.


“We see those residents as very independent, coming and going, cooking, cleaning and utilizing optional services along the way,” Laurie said.


Each one or two-bedroom Villa has a fully furnished kitchen, laundry room, walk-in closet, patio, screened in porch or sunroom and garage. You can choose to rent or select the life lease option. Basic services include ground maintenance and snow removal, interior and exterior maintenance; an emergency call system that is monitored 24 hours a day; utilities; and trash removal. Optional services include

Daisy Hill Senior Living’s emphasis is on aging in place, pared with plenty of activities and opportunities for social interaction, in an atmosphere that supports the spiritual, emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs of every resident.


“I love our social model for care,” Laurie said. “You really get to know the residents and their life stories. We involve them in planning activities and their individualized service plans to ensure their participation and quality of life.


We continue to follow guidelines set forth by the cabinet for Health & Family Services in regards to restrictions related to the virus to keep our residents safe. Fortunately, our community has received both boosters of the COVID 19 vaccine. We have an active working relationship with our local Public Health Department and will have priority in the community for any incoming staff, employees or residents to receive this vaccine as it becomes available.


“Family communication is also a priority at Daisy Hill,” Laurie further states.


“Typically, we initiate what we call a service plan with the resident and their family,” she said. “We want to be sure their quality of life improves after moving instead of experiencing a decline. Whatever their baseline is, we do our best to maintain and improve it upon arrival.