Andrew McFall Managing Director Camellia Place

Camellia Place Shares Vision of Assisted Living that Adds Life to Years

Community Enjoys Garden Flair and Stories of UGA Coach Vince Dooley

More than 150 local leaders, residents and members of the gardening community heard famed UGA Coach and Master Gardener Vince Dooley tell his wife Barbara, “We are coming here!” at the Camellia Place inaugural event on November 5, 2015.

Coach Dooley had just heard the vision of local founding partners and owners, Denise Swords of Canton and Lauren Clifton of Atlanta, as well as landscape architect Steve Sanchez, principal at HGOR. They described how the assisted living residential community will connect residents to a two-acre park, outdoor living space that includes courtyards and large porches, nearly two miles of walking paths and more than 100 varieties of ornamental plants and blooms to enjoy year-round.

“While Coach Dooley and Barbara won’t need our assisted living or memory care services any time soon, his response to our vision was exciting,” Clifton said after the event.

Dooley’s participation in the event was a natural, given the camellia connection: The Vince Dooley Camellia, like all camellias, evokes images of hospitality and beauty – traits that influence the design of Camellia Place.

Currently under construction at 294 Rope Mill Road, Camellia Place will open by March 2016. The neighborhood features a community house and six residential one-level homes, each with 16 private suites that include walk-in closets and private baths. At the heart of the home is the open kitchen, dining and living space.

“Our dream of building a new kind of assisted living is coming true,” Swords told the audience. “Access to the benefits of nature, whether residents are looking out their windows or walking to the Community House, is key to our unique household model of community living.”

“The personal commitment of Lauren and Denise to outdoor living spaces has been inspirational for us,” Sanchez said. “Camellia Place will not only invite people outside to enjoy the changing seasons but also encourage community engagement. We’ve worked on many senior living projects. This has been a new and special experience.”

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About Camellia Place

Opening spring 2016, Camellia Place is an assisted living community of residential homes that will exemplify safety, personalized quality care, compassion and joy. It’s where everything will personify its credo, adding life to years.

Located at 294 Rope Mill Road in Woodstock, Georgia, the residential community consists of 96 suites across six distinct one-story homes, each meeting the individual needs and lifestyle preferences of residents. The neighborhood model is designed to promote a sense of hospitality, social cohesion, and greater fulfillment as well as motivate residents who benefit from assisted living, memory care and respite care.

Camellia Place is the reality of a separate but similar dream of two local founding partners, Lauren Clifton of Atlanta and Denise Swords of Canton, who together bring nearly 60 years of experience in nursing and healthcare administration.

From thoughtful home interiors to beautiful, serene outdoor living spaces and an experienced, gracious staff, growing older is seen as a time to cherish and is rewarded with abundant opportunities to thrive at Camellia Place.