This month The Spires at Berry College, a retirement community on the campus of Berry College, welcome first residents in Magnolia Place, a full-service Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation community.
The continuing care retirement community began construction in October of 2018 and has opened 144 private apartment homes and 26 free-standing cottage homes. More than 70% of the community is pre-reserved at this time, and Magnolia Place residents and families have been planning for this move for the past two months.
Magnolia Place will provide higher levels of care for residents needing help with activities of daily living and is open for people 55+ outside of the Spires community and current Spires residents who may need higher levels of care.
While The Spires operates as a continuing care retirement community, people 55+ can enter into Magnolia Place under a month-to-month rental contract and monthly costs start at $3995. There is no financial qualification to be part of Magnolia Place, but residents are required to fill out a Medical Application and complete a Nursing Assessment to determine the best level of care.
The community has been assembling the leadership team of Magnolia Place for the past several months, and has been working together along with leadership from Greenbrier Senior Living to develop a team training strategy to be able to provide personalized care plans and the highest levels of care for the residents of Magnolia Place. The leadership team brings more than 150 years of experience to the community.
“It is my mission to help seniors and their families to find a solution that is right for them all the while offering a vibrant, professional and compassionate community that seniors will love to call their home,” says Williams.
The community has partnered with Floyd Medical Center and Dr. Amanda Reeves to be the in-house physician. In addition, Functional Pathways will provide Rehabilitation Services for residents on an in-patient and out-patient basis.
Opening The Spires this year has been different with the challenges of COVID-19, but the team at Magnolia Place has developed safety protocols in order to bring new
residents to the community while still adhering to Governor and state regulations for Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Communities.
“As of today, Georgia remains under shelter-in-place for people 65+, so we are limiting guests and visitors to come to The Spires,” said Laurie Steber, Executive Director. All guests and team members must complete a health check to enter the community, and everyone is required to wear a face covering in all common area spaces and practice social distancing. Hand sanitation stations are readily available throughout the campus and our Housekeeping team has been sanitizing all common area spaces and high touch areas three times a day.
“We are going to operate on an overly-cautious plan at this time,” said Steber. “We provide COVID-19 testing throughout the campus weekly to ensure everyone is staying healthy.”
The Spires was planned by the Berry College Board of Trustees several years ago, and the Board of Directors is excited to see the community come to fruition. Dr. Steve Briggs, President of Berry College has been intimately involved with the community since its beginning, and he enjoys having his mother, Betty Briggs, living at The Spires community.
“Serving on the Lavender Mountain Senior Living Board of Directors since its creation in September of 2015 has been a joy and a privilege,” said Sue Anderson, Board President. “The leadership of Berry College had a dream to build a world-class continuing care retirement community on their campus, and they have done it. As with everything that Berry College does, it was planned and executed with great care and precision.”
“There are many potential challenges when creating a community of this size,” said Brian Erb, Vice President of Finance for Berry College and Treasurer of Lavender Mountain Senior Living. “To be able to open this community on time and within budget despite all the obstacles of COVID-19 is a huge testament to the team involved in this project.”
The Board of Directors engaged Greenbrier Development, a senior living development firm headquartered in Dallas, TX to lead the construction, development, marketing and finance of The Spires. Greenbrier Senior Living will oversee all operations. Brasfield & Gorrie was the general contractor for the project, and Ziegler Financial provided funding for the community.
Part of the key to the success of The Spires is hiring the right team members to lead the community. Buster Wright, Board Member for Lavender Mountain Senior Living, was an important part of interviewing this team.
“When looking for the right leaders for The Spires, we wanted to find people who had a great passion for senior adults as well as a great passion for students,” said Wright. “I’m delighted with the folks that have joined this team.”
About The Spires at Berry College
The Spires at Berry College is a visionary new Continuing Care Retirement Community that opened June 1, 2020 alongside pristine Eagle Lake at the foot of Lavender Mountain, nestled on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia – “America’s most beautiful college campus.” The Spires will offer the security of accessible healthcare services, including renowned medical centers in downtown Rome only minutes away, and spacious apartments and cottages equipped with lifestyle amenities. The Spires will provide lakeside senior living for the un-retiring retirees. The community is being built by Brasfield & Gorrie Construction Company and started construction in October of 2018. For more information or to apply for a position at The Spires, please visit www.retireatberry.com or call (706) 368-9955.
The Spires is a gated, private community that is currently closed to outside visitors to protect the health of our residents. Appointments can be made by calling (706) 368-9955 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.