Owner. Consultant. Senior Director. Church Elder. Nurse. Wife. Sister. These are just a few of the titles held by Lauren Clifton. It is her life-long title of daughter, however, that inspired her current role as Founding Partner of Camellia Place.
As her mother’s independence waned and her needs grew, Lauren began to anticipate the touchstones desired for her mother’s future – those things that really add quality of life to later years. On a mission to find an assisted living community that exemplified safety, personalized quality care, compassion and joy, she soon realized that the place she sought for her mother did not exist. This realization, along with her desire to return to the workforce after thirteen years of retirement, pushed Lauren to look for a new way to make a significant difference in not only the care of her own mother, but the care of others in need of assistance as well.
Now she has dedicated her life to creating a sense of place for seniors in a pocket neighborhood—Camellia Place in Woodstock, Georgia. At Camellia Place, a caring community of distinction, residents can move to a new home with new possibilities where growing older is acceptable and inviting. Lauren insists, “Our credo of ‘adding life to years’ isn’t merely important; it’s everything. It’s the fuel that lights our passion in caring for seniors.”
Described by her husband as “strong as iron and sweet as southern iced-tea,” Lauren’s vast career has been one of dedication, empathy, integrity and leadership. As a healthcare professional, Lauren’s executive healthcare operations and consulting experience spans more than 26 years. It includes roles as vice president of nursing and operations in for-profit, not-for-profit, adult and pediatric hospitals and consulting firms — with over 10 years at three Tenet Healthcare facilities (formerly AMI) and nine years at Egleston Children’s Healthcare System at Emory (now Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta).
A life-long learner, Lauren is certified as a Dementia Care Practitioner and Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer. Lauren’s knowledge, combined with her love of operations management and her desire to provide a revolutionary approach to care for seniors, encouraged her to develop Camellia Place.
When she’s not busy at Camellia Place, Lauren enjoys traveling, cooking and entertaining. She loves time with friends and family – including seven nieces and nephews and eight great nieces and nephews. “They offer the small graces that make my life a blessed and wonderful journey,” she says. Lauren also delights in making sure Mother and Mother’s Westie, Murray (affectionately referred to as the M&Ms), are well cared for. On visits to her childhood hometown of Dothan, Alabama, she often reminds Mother that, “it’s my turn to care for you, after all you did to care for my five brothers and me.”