Progress continues on track for a late 2023 opening at Morning Pointe at Happy Valley, the new assisted living and memory care campus in development in Walker County, Georgia.
Recent developments at the building at 2989 Happy Valley Road include flooring, wallpaper and electricity, including air conditioning.
Other recent highlights include the hiring of the community’s business office manager, Angie Morgan. Connie Bundy, LPN, is also on board as the director of nursing, overseeing clinical care at the community. Other key members of the leadership team are being hired. The community is also starting to take applications for nurses and clinical staff.
“It’s really exciting to see the rapid progress on our new community,” said Pam Turley, executive director. “Every week, something new is happening, and it looks less like a construction zone and more like a real home for our seniors in North Georgia. I’m also excited about how our management team is coming together and can’t wait until we get to start inviting seniors to tour this beautiful community.”
Morning Pointe at Happy Valley continues to take reservations for apartments. So far, more than a dozen seniors have made reservations.
The new campus will offer 58 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care apartments specially designed for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss. The senior community is part of an overall community redevelopment of the historic 300-acre Happy Valley Farms. It will be the 38th Morning Pointe Senior Living community and the company’s second campus in Georgia (with the other in Calhoun).
The 300-acre Happy Valley farm and estate were established in 1935 by John L. Hutcheson, Jr., and were the site of an award-winning Jersey cattle and dairy farm, and later a world-class American Saddlebred horse-breeding facility. Greg A. Vital, Co-Founder and President of Morning Pointe Senior Living, purchased the farm from the Happy Valley Estate in 2020 for preservation and development.
The campus is located across the road from the barn, between Ridgeland High School and Rossville Middle School. Leaders at the community anticipate many intergenerational activities between the students and the residents.
Clinical services at the campus will include 24/7 nursing care and personal care services, medication assistance and reminders, periodic check-ins, personal grooming assistance, assistance with transferring to a bed or chair, escorting to meals and events, incontinence management and more. On-site physical, occupational and speech therapy services will also be offered through The Weston Group.
Programming will include life enrichment such as arts and crafts, wellness offerings such as exercise classes, and intergenerational activities such as partnering with local schools.
The Lantern memory care wing will provide an array of Alzheimer’s and dementia care services, including innovative therapies such as Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® to Care, Best Friends™ Approach and Morning Pointe’s own Meaningful Day™ – a purposeful memory care program providing structure to help residents feel safe and secure.
The campus will also feature Morning Pointe’s Farm to Table program with local, farm-fresh and seasonal ingredients.
“It is such a great feeling to see this historic location take shape to not only become a home for our seniors in the region but also honor the legacy of Happy Valley Farms,” said Greg A. Vital, Morning Pointe Senior Living co-founder and president. “This is such a special place where new memories will soon be made as seniors enjoy a place to thrive while receiving the clinical oversight they need.”
Founded in 1996 by healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living operates assisted living, personal care and Alzheimer’s memory care communities in five southeastern states. In the greater Chattanooga area, Morning Pointe operates assisted living and memory care communities in Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Hamilton, Hixson, Athens and Calhoun.