All photos this story are courtesy Harold & Jewel Alexander from Special Moments Photography (http://www.specialmomentsportraits.com/)
Nestled on 30 lush acres atop Wildcat Mountain in Fort Smith, Arkansas is the Methodist Village Senior Living (MVSL) campus. If you’ve never had a reason to visit, you may not even know it is there. It’s just off 74th Street and Euper Lane. In the 1930s, Wildcat Mountain was a camp to house transient workers during the Depression years. The white stone pillars, on either side of Euper Lane, as you turn off 74th Street, is all that is left of the original WPA construction.
As you drive up the winding driveway you began to see a glimpse of the infrastructure. At the top of the hill, you realize the MVSL campus is a hidden gem. No longer is the mindset of seniors going into senior care to die. At MVSL seniors can begin living a lifestyle promoting individuality, dignity, comfort, and peace of mind. They are providing a community that enables seniors to live on one campus throughout their life, depending on how their needs change. A place where seniors are proud to live and proud to have family and friends visit.
Step inside the new Assisted Living lobby and you will be amazed by the tall ceilings, chandeliers, fireplace, Baby Grand Piano, art and upscale decor. The campus amenities and atmosphere allow seniors to live life to the fullest. The dining room provides restaurant-style dining, with made from scratch meals, in an atmosphere full of natural sunlight and a triptych piece of artwork by local artist, Jimmy Leach as the focal point.
Around the corner from the dining room, you will find a 24-hour ‘hydration station’ including water, tea, assorted juices and soft serve ice cream.
Right off the lobby, is the ‘Razorback Room’ which can be used for activities or as a gathering place. The room has a mural progression of the Razorback logo from beginning to current and on the other wall hangs an 85” tv. Comfortable leather chairs adorn the reception area.
The Fitness Center is equipped with the newest state-of-the-art equipment available. The room has TVs for viewing while exercising or residents may choose to look out the floor to ceiling windows at the beautiful courtyard full of butterflies and birds attracted by the landscaping of hydrangeas, azalea’s, dogwoods and other classics.
Hunt Chapel provides a serene setting where six chandeliers hang above while stained glass windows provide a backdrop. The chapel is used for church services and also doubles as a movie theater.
Behind top-notch security doors, is The Alzheimer’s Special Care Unit. Designed with special touches to accommodate those with Alzheimer’s, dementia or a related disorder. Residents enjoy the amenities and their family rests in comfort knowing their loved one is being cared for in a protected environment. Each apartment has a memory box beside their door. The box displays photographs of the resident during different stages of their life. This helps to cue the resident as to which apartment is their home. The floors in the apartments are seamless and without transitional pieces to avoid unnecessary falls. In the Alzheimer’s dining room, the tables are set family style. Reminiscent of days gone by, it includes a retro warming kitchen for cooking activities with a robin’s egg blue 50’s style refrigerator.
“Many of today’s seniors are living longer, and they deserve a community like Methodist Village Senior Living, where they can come together and surround themselves with traditions of excellence and leading-edge initiatives to foster the vibrant life they are accustomed to living.” Dr.Taylor Prewitt, past MVSL Chairman of Board.
Hallways leading toward exits are all equipped with two sets of double doors that alarms when a resident enters. Inside the first set of double doors are interactive areas themed to draw the attention of residents. There is a country store that includes shopping carts, a pasture with animals on the walls and a ceiling painted as a beautiful sky. One hallway includes a farmer’s market all decked out with artificial fruit, vegetables, and other items. The Alzheimer’s community also has a secure outdoor infinity sidewalk for residents to enjoy an outdoor stroll through a lovely courtyard graced with hydrangeas, azalea’s, dogwoods and plants that attract butterflies and birds.MVSL residents have direct access to additional healthcare through a multi-treatment center on the campus. A General Practitioner, Dentist, Optometrist, and Podiatrist sees patients throughout the week as a result of MVSL’s partnership with Mercy and other local providers.
With the recent expansion, MVSL’s campus has been redeveloped into the only complete continuum of care “Life Plan Community” in the River Valley. This hidden gem is shining brightly from the top of Wildcat Mountain. With a caring staff, desire to exceed expectations and the resident as their focus, MVSL is an incredible option for senior living.
“We are so thankful for the generosity of those who paved the way and contributed to our Legacy of Faith – Vision for the Future Campaign. This allows us to take care of those who took care of us. The completion of Phase I allows us to move on to fundraising for the remaining phases which include remodeling our current care center and administrative offices, building a stand-alone rehabilitation center, and brand-new independent living cottages.” Melissa Curry, MVSL CEO.
For more information visit their website at methodistvillage.com.