Comfortable living at Evergreen Place

Comfortable living at Evergreen Place
Randy McKee

Evergreen Place offers residents in an updated wing of the assisted living facility an opportunity to benefit from additional amenities and experience social circles in a smaller atmosphere. They enjoy a large private dining room, a spacious sitting room with a fireplace, and a courtyard with raised flower beds.

                        

Walnut Hills is right where you or your loved one wants to be. Options abound at the 110-acre continuing care living community in the heart of Amish Country, set against a backdrop of rolling hills overlooking a valley.

“There are a lot of places on campus to sit outside, enjoy the great outdoors, and take in that beautiful view,” Director of Independent and Assisted Living Teresa Yoder said.

Many will want to take in the view from Evergreen Place — the newest option for assisted living at Walnut Hills. Tucked into a more intimate setting, residents can appreciate the view of the valley from a screened-in porch.

“We are always looking for ways to meet the changing demands of potential residents and their families,” said Paula Miller, Director of Community Relations. “Evergreen Place offers walk-in showers and other amenities that make it an attractive option for assisted living.”

At Evergreen Place, nurses and personal assistants are on hand to assist with bathing, dressing, mobility and to administer medication.

Evergreen Place offers residents in an updated wing of the assisted living facility an opportunity to benefit from additional amenities and experience social circles in a smaller atmosphere. They enjoy a large private dining room, a spacious sitting room with a fireplace, and a courtyard with raised flower beds.

“There’s a home-like feel, and the residents can get to know their neighbors,” Yoder said.

Evergreen Place is one of the many options available to residents. Walnut Hills is a uniquely situated continuing care living community.

“We have all the levels of care on our campus,” Miller said. “If a person was to move into Evergreen Place, and down the road needs nursing care, that person would receive priority admission to our nursing home.”

At Walnut Hills, a sense of community endures through a continuity of care at every stage of life. The Meadows and The Commons are active independent living communities that consist of free-standing and duplex homes. One- or two-bedroom apartments and suites are available for catered living and assisted living. The nursing home at Walnut Hills has a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Transitional Care Unit provides both inpatient and outpatient therapies.

“In Evergreen Place, two rooms are set aside for our new ‘Road to Home’ program,” Miller said. “We’re excited to offer people who are getting therapy on our campus or recovering from surgery at the hospital the opportunity for a little more time to gain strength and confidence before returning home. The ‘Road to Home’ program is there to give them another option.”

Walnut Hills reflects the values of its residents and staff.

“We have a very caring team. Many of them will tell you they’re here for more than just a paycheck,” Miller said. “For many team members who work here, it’s almost like a ministry for them to serve the older population.”

Those attitudes are a reflection of the vision of service Levi and Lillis Troyer shared when they founded Walnut Hills in 1971.

“We recognize that wellness is not just physical — there’s an emotional, mental and spiritual component, too,” Miller said. “We have several Bible studies on campus, and we work closely with the churches in the area. We have church members who come in and volunteer their Sunday mornings to provide services for our residents. It’s a very important part of what we provide here for the health and wellness of our residents.”

Walnut Hills became a nonprofit affiliate of Greencroft Communities of Goshen, Indiana, in 2007.

Walnut Hills remains locally controlled and operated through a board of directors in Holmes County.

“We are a community benefit organization, and our shareholders are our residents,” Miller said.

As a nonprofit, Walnut Hills has a higher staff-to-resident ratio.

The 185-person team earned its five-star rating through a commitment to service.

“This is not just a workplace,” Yoder said. “I always say that I don’t go to work every day, but every day I am privileged to go into the residents’ homes.”

See Evergreen Place for yourself or your loved one. Call 330-893-3200 or email info@WalnutHillsLiving.org to schedule a tour. Walnut Hills Retirement Community is at 4770 Olde Pump St. in Walnut Creek and online at WalnutHillsLiving.org.


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