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Hickory Valley customizes to meet residents’ needs

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014

The month of January proves to be one of the busiest for Hickory Valley: A Senior Living Community.

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    Hickory Valley is situated on a beautiful campus.

“Coming out of the holidays and visiting family, a lot of people notice changes in their families,” explained Hickory Valley Sales Director Mia Preston. “Adult children who live out of town start thinking that it might be time to talk to their parents about looking into a retirement community like ours.”

But many may not be aware of the waiting lists to get apartments at Hickory Valley, or any local retirement community for that matter. “If you’re thinking of making the move, we advise you start the process early instead of waiting until you need a room,” Preston urged.

Hickory Valley’s independent- living apartments are equipped with full kitchens, but the community also has a full-service dining room on-site that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also an on-site beauty salon, which is open to the public as well as residents, plus weekly housekeeping services, a nursing staff and full laundry services.

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    Hickory Valley sports a stunning dining room for residents.

Additionally, Hickory Valley has a full activity calendar that is catered to residents and voted on by them during weekly meetings.

Due to the variety of services and customization the community offers, Hickory Valley is one of the more popular and sought-after communities in the area.

The process to move in begins with an initial inquiry and evaluation of the potential resident’s needs. “From the first phone call we talk about where they are at and what they are looking for,” Preston explained. “From there we recommend an evaluation with our nurse.”

Potential residents can tour the community, eat lunch on-site to sample the food and meet current residents to find out if Hickory Valley will be a good fit for them.

The independent-living facility has an assisted-living section on-site as well, making it one of the more unique retirement communities in Chattanooga, according to Preston.

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“Our community is one that’s really self-sustaining,” she added. “We’ve been here for 29 years and our reputation and services proceed themselves.”

Preston also noted that many of the community’s staff have been there for 18 or more years.

One of the goals of the community is to tailor its services to residents’ needs, including everything from meals to activities. Hickory Valley offers transportation services to all destinations, from doctor appointments to fun daily outings such as lunch and shopping. “We make sure they stay as active as possible, and there are endless options of activities for our residents,” Preston said. “We have a group of singers called Voices of Hickory Valley, and they travel and perform at different communities. There’s also a Wii bowling tournament with residents and staff joining in on the fun.

“We make sure there’s plenty going for our resident to get involved in.”

MORE INFORMATION

With residents ranging in age from 70-104, Hickory Valley: A Senior Living Community, located at 6705 Ballard Drive, is a unique community full of heritage and history. For more information on the community and its activities, or to schedule a tour, visit hickoryvalleyretirement.com or call the office at 423-855-0508.

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