Camellia Place is the present and future of Assisted Living & Memory Care

Memory care and assisted living at Camellia Place is like a second family.

Whoever coined the phrase “growing old gracefully” probably did not live at Camellia Place. Here, happy seniors are getting older every day, just not in a rocking chair recalling the good ol’ days. They are considered extended family members who are adding life to their years by staying engaged with the world around them.

Camellia Place in Woodstock, GA is an unconventional, assisted-living community.

But, just before you conjure up images of a large, uninviting building with senior citizens milling about, think spacious homes in a beautiful rural setting. At Camellia Place, the living arrangement is very different from its traditional counterpart. Nestled in eight beautifully landscaped acres, this neighborhood is composed of six single-story homes with only 16 residents in each, eliminating even the hint of institutional care. It is a neighborhood of homes designed to foster a sense of community within the community, where residents eat and play together.

Forging New Friendships and Families

The advantages of this small-home model are many. First, residents live pretty much as a normal family does. They participate in recreational activities and socialization events that keep them connected. They enjoy delicious meals around the table and exercise daily to keep mentally and physically fit. Each house has a porch that allows for “concerts in the park” where residents sit on their porches to watch a band. Seniors even participate in activities that give a major adrenaline rush, like the watery slip and slide.

Looking ahead, Camellia Place is the model of the future. Its importance became even more prominent with the unexpected onslaught of the Coronavirus and its horrendous impact on seniors and institutions tasked with their care. With the worldwide outbreak at pandemic levels, many assisted living facilities have been locked down. Further isolating a vulnerable group already subjected to profound loneliness, many residents are restricted to their rooms in order to avoid spreading the virus by means of social interaction.

While seniors are isolated in their rooms, residents at Camellia Place did no such thing. They practiced social distancing and enjoyed the same activities that they did previously. Thus, this proved to be a viable model of assisted living well into the future. The living layouts not only prevent the spread of the virus, but also give residents a healthy and vibrant lifestyle during their senior years.

Memory Care and Assisted Living Neighborhood

“This is why we built Camellia Place. We are locally owned by engaged and committed healthcare leaders who set out to change the perception and break outdated paradigms. We are elevating expectations of assisted living and memory care, and providing a quality of life that brings peace of mind,” says Lisa Hatton, sales director at Camellia Place.

Every aspect of life at Camellia Place is planned. Whether it’s the fresh daily meals, the activities that improve coordination, or help with memory function, staff work hard behind the scenes to make this the special place that it is. There are weekly on-site visits by a doctor and a nurse, and residents can be examined on-site. Families of residents continue to give Camellia Place high marks for the outstanding care their loved ones receive, and the security they have in knowing that their loved ones are being well taken care of.

When the pandemic began ramping up in the U.S., most senior living providers shuttered their dining rooms, ceased normal activities, and halted move-ins and tours as a way to prevent the disease’s spread. In the months since, many have maintained those strict precautions as a way to protect their residents, given the disease’s ability to spread asymptomatically. However, it is not yet known how long providers can sustain this way of doing business.

The Best Is Yet To Come for this Neighborhood Style Assisted Living in Georgia

Although Camellia Place is the first community of its kind, it certainly won’t be the last. Unlike its more traditional senior living counterparts, some providers which focus on small-house settings have not had to disrupt their residents’ lives quite as much when implementing infection control measures. And, there is even some anecdotal evidence to suggest that these communities are better equipped than larger congregate settings to prevent the disease’s spread.

With baby boomers becoming senior citizens every day by the thousands, many will need some form of care. Thus, it is incumbent upon the caregiving community to continue evolving and finding innovative ways of doing business. The universal worker concept means the communities have fewer workers coming and going, enabling caregivers to develop much closer relationships with residents. Indeed, Camellia Place is doing its part to help America’s seniors live out their days adding life to years.

Camellia Place Assisted Living Allows Residents To Live With Purpose

A Different Model For Assisted Living – Welcome to the Neighborhood?

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Camellia Place Assisted Living Allows Residents To Live With Purpose

Camellia Place takes a personalized, and family-style approach to assisted living. This small home neighborhood model is creating a new and improved standard of care for the elderly.

The Camellia Place mission is to ‘add life to years’ rather than just years to life, and this commitment to personalized care permeates every aspect of our assisted living community. Located in scenic Woodstock, Georgia, Camellia Place is only two miles away from historic Downtown Woodstock and less than an hour from Atlanta. 

Assisted living‘ often conjures up negative images of dingy, old-fashioned buildings; cramped, hallway-style living or cold, clinical facilities that senior citizens are relegated to in their twilight years. At Camellia Place, this could not be further from reality. We understand that the current system of impersonal, institutionalized care is completely out of touch with the vitality and individuality of your loved ones, so we take a different approach.

Camellia Place offers specialized communities for three categories of seniors:

1. Those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia
2. Those who require varying levels of assistance with daily living
3. Those who need temporary or emergency respite care

When a new resident moves in, he or she is placed into one of the neighborhood’s unique, family-style homes according to his or her needs. 

Regardless of whether seniors are temporary guests or long-term residents, they are treated with the same respect, love, and dignity that would be afforded to a dear family member. The staff of Camellia Place provides total support physically, mentally, and emotionally to every person in their care.

Camellia Place features eight spacious homes. Each home has 16 individual suites as well as a shared living area with a kitchen, living room, and dining room in the center. This allows residents to foster deep friendships while maintaining a sense of independence and pride.

“Our grounds feature distinct, single-story houses that allow residents to experience the joys of family-style living while also giving them private suites that are tailored to their needs.

Each home is thoughtfully designed to facilitate varying levels of independence, and this is taken into consideration when your loved one is placed into his or her new house. All of our homes are safe and secure, and there is a full complement of direct care staff available at all times to ensure the health and safety of the residents,” says Lisa Hatton, Sales Director of Camellia Place.

Camellia Place offers safe, family-oriented living

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s natural for families to feel apprehensive about permitting their loved ones to move to an assisted living community. This worry is likely compounded by the concerns surrounding traditional assisted living models.

While it is true that most traditional assisted living facilities are overcrowded and understaffed, the spacious, neighborhood-style layout of Camellia Place could not be further removed from this. The grounds design lends itself to safe, family-oriented living that allows seniors to interact with members of their own household without risking their health.

Director Andrew McFall says:
“We don’t want to downplay the challenges of managing the well-being of residents and staff during this time of chaos, but we are holding our own and we think doing it pretty darn well. Our focus will always remain on adding life to years, to us that means taking necessary steps to ensure safety, but never losing sight of the softer side of love and care.”

Camellia Place is owned and operated by local leaders in the healthcare sphere, and every single staff member is passionate about delivering engaged and person-centered care.

This revolutionary style of care is called the Household Model of Senior Living, and it is the basis of what makes Camellia Place different.

The Camellia Place approach to assisted living care was born from the founders’ personal mission to develop an exceptional community that not only cared for its residents but nurtured them in mind, body, and spirit.

If you would like more information, please call (770) 296-1513, or connect with Camellia Place via Facebook.